For only being 25 years old, Todd Duffee has seen an awful lot of the good side and the bad side of being a professional mixed martial artist. From his fast rise in the UFC to subsequent departure to where he’s at now, training and looking for the best opportunities the sport has to offer.
Now Duffee gives his insights in a monthly blog for MMAWeekly.com to talk about his training, fighting, and thoughts on the MMA world.
This week, Todd explains his recent departure from the upcoming Dream 17 fight card in Japan, and his hopes for the future.
I have spent my entire life dreaming about being one of the best athletes in the world. I still have that same dream now. I am hungry as ever and I feel as if I can hang with the best of them. That is why I waited two weeks after my opponent dropped out of my fight to pull out. Dream officials were working on finding a replacement and even though I was already injured I was going to fight.
Fighting injured is just a part of the sport and if you are hungry you will take chances. So I gave Dream time and eventually they were not able to find me anyone willing to take the fight on short notice, so I pulled out. Even if I hadn’t taken my name off the list, it was a 99.9-percent chance Dream would not have found me a fight.
I have read that a lot of fans somehow question my heart or desire to be a fighter. That is all I want to do. I think about fighting and being the best I can be all the time. I am training and working my ass off to make sure if I ever get the opportunity I am ready.
To say that I have no heart or I do not want to fight is not fair. I am the guy that stepped up and fought the baddest heavyweight on the planet on short short notice.
I got knocked out, but seriously, how many of you would step in and fight a guy like Overeem on any kind of notice? I am all heart and I am working hard to make sure I can blend skill with that heart.
I am focusing on being the best. I am young and learning a lot about life, the MMA business and myself. I know nothing is perfect in life and I have learned to try not to force the issues but just prepare for opportunity. I am willing to fight anyone anywhere, I am committed to becoming a champion and making the sacrifices that a champion must make.
A lot of you need to realize that I am young and I have a lot to learn about the sport and life. I wasn’t even 10 years old when the UFC started. Time is on my side. I need to get as healthy as possible and continue training as hard as I can and be ready for whatever comes my way.
I love MMA, I love training and learning the sport. I know if I focus on those things everything else will take care of itself and my dreams will become reality. I am thankful to have great sponsors and training partners helping me along the way.