This weekend's UFC on Fox is drawing a lot of attention for the fights that have been stuffed down our throats as the best fights on the card.
While Johnson/Dodson intrigues me, and I think everyone wants to see what Jackson/Teixeira and Pettis/Cerrone bring to the table, no one is talking about what could be the most entertaining fight of the night: Russow/Jordan.
By no means am I trying to say that the other fights on the card aren't worthy of the praise they are getting. In fact, of all the free fights the UFC has offered to its fans, as opposed to the usual pay-per-view format, this card might be the best yet.
But at the end of the night when the bonuses are handed out, don't be surprised if Mike Russow or Shawn Jordan end out with some cash in their pocket. It might be for Knockout of the Night or Fight of the Night, depending on who comes with the solid chin.
This fight could be an all out, drag down war if both fighters realize what is at stake.
Mike Russow came to the UFC and went on a four-fight win streak before losing to Fabricio Werdum by TKO. The native of Chicago will no doubt want to impress his home crowd this Saturday night when he faces off with the former LSU Tiger fullback and 2007 National Champion Jordan.
Jordan is a newcomer to the sport and has risen to the highest level of MMA quicker than most. With his first professional fight coming in May of 2009, it took Jordan less than three years before he was in the UFC, and only 16 months before he was fighting in Bellator.
Jordan had things relatively easy prior to joining the most well known MMA companies as he compiled a 9-1 record prior to losing his debut with Bellator. He is now in the rather precarious position of having to improve quicker against the best in the world if he is to become a contender.
Jordan is just 4-3 since making the jump to Bellator, which led to a chance in Strikeforce and then the UFC.
Russow has the type of one punch power that could send Jordan packing early but is also versatile enough to catch Jordan in a choke.
While neither fighter is a household name to new fans of MMA, both have an opportunity to raise some eyebrows when they get on the national broadcast this weekend. When this weekend's match up is finished, there is a very good chance that both could have a larger fan base than before and a little more cash in their pocket from a post-fight bonus.