It was breaking news yesterday, UFC heavyweight newcomer Todd Duffee was dropped from the world’s biggest MMA organization. We heard from Duffee’s manager Alex Davis, but not until earlier today did the fighter respond to what had happened. Check out some of the quotes taken from his interview.

“I’ve had every emotion there is to have,” Duffee told MMA Junkie. “Right now, I’m just kind of numb.”

“I don’t know what happened. I first heard from my manager, Alex Davis, about a week ago that I might get cut. I have some friends that fight for other organizations, and they actually told me they had heard a rumor that I was about to be released, too.”

“On Tuesday, I got the confirmation email saying I had been cut because I lost my last fight.”

“Emotionally, I’m hurt. I’m hurt more than anything because I don’t know why. As a man, you just want to hear why so you can understand.”

“They had talked about me fighting Madsen. I asked if I could get some time.”

“I had a knee injury going into the Russow fight. I’m not making any excuses because I lost that fight, and all props to Mike, but I definitely feel like it affected my gameplan and my mentality going into the fight. I didn’t want that to happen again with Madsen. I wanted to be able to go out there and fight to my full potential instead of just boxing, basically. I asked for more time, and as far as I knew, they had granted it to me.”

“Maybe I rattle off three more wins real quick, and the UFC changes their mind and decides to re-sign me.”

“I think the best is yet to come. I think this is a part of it, and we’ll just kind of see what happens. In five or six years we may just look back and laughing about this. That’s my goal.”

“I guess I can say I shouldn’t have dropped out of college – stay in school, kids,” Dufee joked. “This is my dream. It’s just a bump in the road. I got to where I was at a little sooner that a lot of people. Now I have to go enjoy the journey. I definitely would like to get back the opportunity that I had in front of me just a few days ago. We’ll just see where the road takes me.”

“I know the UFC is running a business, and they’re going to do what’s best for them at the end of the day. I’m not going to harbor any hard feelings or anything like that. I’m just going to roll with punches. It’s been a year of a lot of tough losses, but I think you grow from that. It’s been a good run of bad luck. I’m just trying to stay positive and learn from these life experiences.”