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Todd Duffee Joins KSW, Faces Phil De Fries for Heavyweight Title on Feb. 25

Todd Duffee, UFC Vancouver weigh-in Photo credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

KSW in Poland will host a massive heavyweight title fight for KSW 79 next month.

On Wednesday, promotion officials announced that longtime heavyweight champion Phil de Vries (22-6, 1NC) will face former UFC prodigy Todd Duffy (9-3, 1NC) in the main event on Feb. 25, 2023. ).

Duffee’s signing with the company was announced on Wednesday’s show MMA hours.

“Who else would you call to save KSW’s heavyweight division but an American?” Duffy told host Ariel Helvani after the revelation.

Duffee was on and off throughout his UFC career, fighting twice in the 2008-09 season before leaving the company.He returned in 2012 and fought four times through 2019, in part due to being diagnosed with Parsonage-Turner syndrome, a nervous disorder This can cause severe pain in the shoulder and arm.

Following a 2019 game that ended in a no-game when he accidentally poked Jeff Hughes in the eye, Duffy underwent shoulder and knee surgery. He’ll retire later — but will return for a rematch with de Vries.

The two first met under the UFC banner in 2012, with Duffee winning by TKO. De Vries, who fought for the cut four times, withdrew the following year. He eventually made it to KSW and is currently on a 10-game winning streak. He defended his title seven times in a row and remains one of the most decorated heavyweights outside of the UFC.

KSW 79 will take place on February 25, 2023 at the Gitzo Arena in Liberec, Czech Republic.

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