UFC Fight Night 158 Preview And Picks: Todd Duffee Fights For First Time In 4 Years

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Todd Duffee returns to the octagon for the first time in more than four years at UFC Fight Night 158. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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The last time Todd Duffee fought was four days after Conor McGregor defeated Chad Mendes to become the interim UFC featherweight champion. McGregor captured that strap on July 11, 2015, Duffee faced Frank Mir four days later in the main event of UFC Fight Night 71. 

Another reminder of how long ago that fight took place is that Tony Ferguson faced Josh Thomson in the co-main event. Ferguson was only five fights into his current 12-fight winning streak heading into that matchup.

Duffee endured a two-year break between 2012 and 2014. He also missed all of 2011. Injuries and Parsonage–Turner syndrome sidelined the big man.

Duffee was a -205 favorite over Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champ, who was a +165 underdog. The fight lasted 73 seconds with Mir scoring a nasty knockout that dropped Duffee flat on his face. The bout wasn't the most technical striking battle, but it was an entertaining slugfest between two large and powerful men.

Since that loss, Duffee, who is only 33, endured a shoulder injury and two knee surgeries. During his recovery for the second knee surgery, Duffee contracted MRSA. 

Duffee is 9-3 in his MMA career. None of his fights have gone the distance. All have ended with him scoring a knockout or getting knocked out. With so much time away from the octagon and his fighting style, expect this matchup with Jeff Hughes to be Duffee's 13th fight to end via stoppage.

The 31-year-old Hughes dropped his UFC debut in March, losing a split-decision to Maurice Green. Hughes, who is 10-2, has four knockout wins and one loss via KO.  

For most fighters there would be a concern that they would come out too fast in their return after so much time off, but that's almost an impossibility for Duffee, he has always fought that way. I would be surprised if he did anything different against Hughes.

With a win here, Duffee could get right back into the heavyweight mix. Don't think he's not aware of that fact.

UFC Fight Night 158 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The entire card streams on ESPN+. The prelims begin at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 8 p.m. ET.

Pick: Duffee

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The last time Todd Duffee fought was four days after Conor McGregor defeated Chad Mendes to become the interim UFC featherweight champion. McGregor captured that strap on July 11, 2015, Duffee faced Frank Mir four days later in the main event of UFC Fight Night 71. 

Another reminder of how long ago that fight took place is that Tony Ferguson faced Josh Thomson in the co-main event. Ferguson was only five fights into his current 12-fight winning streak heading into that matchup.

Duffee endured a two-year break between 2012 and 2014. He also missed all of 2011. Injuries and Parsonage–Turner syndrome sidelined the big man.

Duffee was a -205 favorite over Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champ, who was a +165 underdog. The fight lasted 73 seconds with Mir scoring a nasty knockout that dropped Duffee flat on his face. The bout wasn't the most technical striking battle, but it was an entertaining slugfest between two large and powerful men.

Since that loss, Duffee, who is only 33, endured a shoulder injury and two knee surgeries. During his recovery for the second knee surgery, Duffee contracted MRSA. 

Duffee is 9-3 in his MMA career. None of his fights have gone the distance. All have ended with him scoring a knockout or getting knocked out. With so much time away from the octagon and his fighting style, expect this matchup with Jeff Hughes to be Duffee's 13th fight to end via stoppage.

The 31-year-old Hughes dropped his UFC debut in March, losing a split-decision to Maurice Green. Hughes, who is 10-2, has four knockout wins and one loss via KO.  

For most fighters there would be a concern that they would come out too fast in their return after so much time off, but that's almost an impossibility for Duffee, he has always fought that way. I would be surprised if he did anything different against Hughes.

With a win here, Duffee could get right back into the heavyweight mix. Don't think he's not aware of that fact.

UFC Fight Night 158 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The entire card streams on ESPN+. The prelims begin at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 8 p.m. ET.

Pick: Duffee

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