“I’m gonna be honest with you, I don’t like Duffee’s attitude. I don’t like his attitude and I don’t like some of the things he’s said or done. He made it seem to me that he doesn’t want to be in the UFC, like being here didn’t matter to him and he didn’t like it. You don’t want to be in the UFC brother? Okay. We’re working on long term stuff, where guys can live and fight under this brand forever and continue to make money, even after they retire. Being in the UFC is a very big thing for a fighter. Some guys ‘get it’ and appreciate it and some guys don’t. The guys that don’t, I don’t have time for — and you won’t be around for long.”
The release came as a shock to many when first reported since Duffee was a highly though prospect in the UFC heavyweight division, holding the UFC record for the fastest KO to date. After only one loss in a fight Duffee was winning to Mike Russow, the cut did not make sense at first. Now as White explains, it all makes sense. One general rule of thumb in business is, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Duffee will now likely be looking to the second tier promotions such as Bellator, and Strikeforce.