In a preliminary fight at UFC on Fox 2, Mike Russow defeated Jon Olav Einemo via unanimous decision. Scorecards were 29-28, 29-28, and 30-27. With this win, Russow remains undefeated in the UFC, with a 4-0 record. Einemo drops down to 0-2.
In the lead-up to this fight, I said it had the potential to be a pretty boring 15 minutes, and sadly, that is what we got. For the most part, the fight turned into a plodding ground battle. Einemo, the submission grappling expert, was unable to control Russow on the ground, and while he attempted to work for better positions, he never had Russow in trouble, and spent most of his time absorbing punishment. By the end, both men were gassed, but the Chicago native pushed through it (as he is known to do) and got the win.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Einemo had a nice striking flurry at the start of the 3rd, but that was about it.
Where do these guys go from here?
Post-fight, the BE staff had an interesting conversation about Russow. He's a tough one to figure out because there are huge holes in his game, and his fights are sloppy, but he keeps winning. He should face someone tough next, but chances are good Russow will win in a boring fight. Still, I think he deserves a shot. I'd like to see him against either Travis Browne or Matt Mitrione.
Einemo is pretty clearly not cut out for the UFC anymore, and I imagine will be cut. It's a shame he lost so much of his career to injury - he could potentially have been a Heavyweight of note, but that time has passed and he is done at this level. The big question is, will he continue to fight MMA at all? And honestly, I kind of doubt it.
Watch it now, later or never?
Never. It was seriously not fun.
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