The long-awaited return of Todd Duffee highlighted a flurry of activity that resulted in several new fight bookings, UFC officials announced on Thursday.
Duffee (8-2), a puzzling but promising heavyweight whose MMA career has been hindered by long droughts of inactivity, now returns from a two-year absence to take on Anthony Hamilton (13-3) on December 6 at UFC 181. ESPN first reported the bout, which is set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.
Duffee, 28, earned 'Knockout of the Night' honors the last time he appeared inside the UFC Octagon, smashing Philip De Fries in a little over two minutes in late-2012. He was diagnosed with the rare nerve disorder Parsonage-Turner syndrome following the bout, but has since been cleared to return to fighting.
Hamilton, 34, split his first two UFC contests, first succumbing to an opening-round neck crank at the hands of Alexey Oleinik, but rebounding last month by stopping Ruan Potts with body shots.
Additionally, UFC officials announced the finalization of four other fights on Thursday: