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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Todd Duffee returns to the octagon on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 16 after more than four years away from the sport.
Much of the discussion ahead of this contest hasn’t revolved around his fight with Jeff Hughes (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), though, but instead Duffee’s (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) thoughts on the state of MMA media.
During a Wednesday interview with MMA Junkie, Duffee opened up about his belief that the state of media in the sport is going in the wrong direction. He doesn’t like where the focus is centered, and on Thursday at UFC on ESPN+ 16 media day he discussed his stance even more at length.
When presented with a question about what he would do if he were on the other side of the camera as part of the media, Duffee said he would give more attention to the positives surrounding athletes.
“I would build up the fighters,” Duffee told reporters, including MMA Junkie. “I would never (expletive) on the fighter. Anybody that walks out there and risks their life for your entertainment, because that’s what going on whether you want to ignore the realities of it. I would be thankful to them. You’re why I’m here and I’m why you’re here. I need you and you need me.
“I’m not a reporter. I don’t have that skillset, and I think there’s a lot of great reporters out there. This is the most prestigious sport in the world, and it needs to be presented that way. There’s no other way to present it.”
Duffee talked much more about this subject during a lengthy scrum, which can be viewed in the video above.
UFC on ESPN+ 16 takes place at Rogers Arena. The card streams in its entirety on ESPN+.
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