Mike Russow and Todd Duffee will square off in a highly anticipated heavyweight bout Saturday night at UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans. The bout is the third on the main card that features top UFC names like Diego Sanchez, and Dan Miller.
Russow brings an eight-fight win streak into the match that dates back to May 5, 2007. The Chicago native brought a seven- fight winning streak into the UFC and made it eight with a unamious descision over Justin McCully at UFC 102.
Overall, Russow has a 12-1, 1 NC record throughout his MMA career. After starting his professional career in 1998, Russow registered several impressive first round victories. The veteran fighter knows the importance of not overlooking a tough, young opponent.
“I definitely think Todd Duffee’s going to be a tough fight and I’m sure I’m the underdog going into this. He’s got a lot of hype from his seven second knockout (over Tim Hague at UFC 102) but I think he’s a real tough kid. He’s got a lot of talent and I know he works hard, so I’m expecting this to be a real tough fight.”
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Duffee comes into the fight with a perfect 6-0 record. In his UFC debut, he demolished Canadian Tim Hauge in a record seven second knockout. The knockout that came at UFC 102 was the fastest in UFC history. All of Duffee’s wins have come by knockout, and none have gone past the 1:16 mark in the second round.
If Russow is to stand a chance, he will have to stay away from facing Duffee on his feet, and focus on bringing him down to the ground.
“His strength is obviously his boxing; he’s very heavy-handed and he’s very athletic. I hope to get in there, take him down and pound him out. That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’ll try to keep it exciting, keep the pressure on, and try to keep a tough pace going.”
The 12 year veteran will need to use his valuable fighting experience if he is to defeat Duffee, who is considered to be one of the sport’s new super athletes.
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“I was watching the UFC ever since it first came out when I was in high school. I think with a good wrestling background like I have I think it transitions pretty well into MMA. It’s pretty much still my style today, trying to get in close and try to take them down.”
MMA Sportsbooks have Mike Russow slated as the underdog against Todd Duffee at UFC 114 at +325. Russow’s line is set at -450.