On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, the UFC returned to Vancouver for UFC on ESPN+ 16.
The event takes place at Rogers Arena and will be headlined by a lightweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje. Prior to the main event, the heavyweight division will be on display as Todd Duffee makes his return to the Octagon to face Jeff Hughes.
It has been over four years since Duffee has competed in the world of mixed martial arts and the UFC. In July 2015, Duffee was finished by Frank Mir in the first-round of one of the craziest fights you’ll ever see at UFC Fight Night 71. Duffee looks to get back to form after a long layoff in Vancouver.
Hughes makes his second UFC appearance after earning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series last July. “Lights Out” made his Octagon debut in March, losing a split decision to Maurice Greene, snapping a four-fight winning streak.
Here is how the heavyweight featured bout between Todd Duffee and Jeff Hughes went down at UFC Vancouver, including round-by-round scoring. For full results of UFC Vancouver, get them right here.
They circle around, feeling each other out. Duffee blitzes in and lands a flurry of punches to the head and body. Duffee shoots in for a takedown, literally rattling the cage. Duffee gets him down, but Hughes gets right back to his feet. They battle against the fence. Duffee lands a clinch knee and throws big punches. Hughes returns a huge right hand, just missing. Duffee throwing haymakers at Hughes and they work against the fence. Knee to the body from Duffee. Hughes reverses the position and Duffee separates. Both trade, Hughes lands a big left hand and Duffee is cut open. Big right hand from Duffee gets Hughes’ attention and looks for a takedown. They separate and Hughes lands a jab. Head kick lands from Hughes and Duffee lands a huge flurry. Hughes is down and Duffee is unloading as Hughes gets back to his feet. Hughes is landing as well despite being badly hurt. They tie up against the fence and Duffee is taking some big breaths. Looks like Duffee got poked in the eye and the referee stops the action. Duffee said he’s seeing double. Duffee says he needs time to the referee and the doctor gets called in. Duffee reiterates to the doctor that he needs time and says he still sees double. The referee waves it off and that’s it. An unfortunate end to Duffee’s return, and also a very fun opening round to this point.
Official result: Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes ends in no contest (accidental eye poke) – Round 1, 4:03
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