UFC on Fox 6: Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan Head-to-Toe Breakdown
Russow had won 11 consecutive fights, including four inside the Octagon, when he was stopped by Fabricio Werdum last June. He looks to rebound against Jordan, who also suffered his first UFC loss over the summer.
Jordan came up short against Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 in a bout that he took on short notice. The performance was critically panned due to the clinch-heavy strategy utilized by "The Savage," and some called for his UFC release after the loss.
Both men are in need of a win on Saturday night, but unfortunately, only one man can have his arm raised.
Here is a head-to-toe breakdown of Mike Russow vs. Shawn Jordan.
Mike Russow might be known for his one-punch knockout of Todd Duffee. However, there is little question that he will be at a disadvantage in the stand-up department of this contest.
Shawn Jordan may have had a lackluster performance against Cheick Kongo the last time that he stepped inside the Octagon, but giving credit where it is due, he took the fight on short notice against a powerful kickboxer who is known for wrecking people.
Jordan has solid boxing combinations, a deceptive Superman punch and he loves to deliver a flying knee to opponents. However, the best weapon in his arsenal for this contest is a solid uppercut that he will need to time well in order to stay off of his back.
Jordan engaged in a clinch game against Cheick Kongo, but it is unlikely that he will try the same strategy against Russow.
As an NCAA Division I wrestler fighting out of Team DeathClutch, Russow has had the benefit of working with some of the best pure wrestlers in the division. Moving a fight's location to the canvas is what he is best at and undoubtedly what he plans to do.
Jordan was a fullback out of LSU and has great power and a quality sprawl. However, he is outmatched in this matchup when it comes to wrestling.
Although Shawn Jordan and Mike Russow have 17 and 18 professional bouts, respectively, the years of experience is heavily skewed in favor of Russow.
Russow's first professional bout came in 1998, although he took an eight-year absence from the sport. Upon returning, Russow wasted little time between fights. Over the course of the next three years, the Chicago police officer competed 12 times, losing only once to Sergei Kharitonov.
Jordan, on the other hand, had his first professional fight in 2009. He jumped in feet first by fighting under the Bellator banner in his debut. He went 3-1 in that organization and also holds a Strikeforce victory over Lavar Johnson. However, he doesn't have much experience against a wrestler on Russow's level.
There is no denying that Shawn Jordan is a monster in the power department. "The Savage" has five KO or TKO victories coming within the opening minute of action. Not only that, but his brute strength allowed him to muscle around Cheick Kongo more than the Frenchman was comfortable with.
The one-punch knockout over Todd Duffee illustrates that Russow additionally has power, but it doesn't come across too often due to his complacency with controlling opponents.
In terms of a comparison between these heavyweights, Jordan certainly comes ahead in this category.
This fight is going to be determined by whether or not Jordan can stuff the takedowns of his opponent. With Russow having a clear advantage in that department, it ultimately comes down to whether or not Jordan can use his power advantage to shrug his opponent off.
Look for Jordan to use uppercuts frequently in this fight as a way to deter Russow from shooting in for a double leg. It is unlikely that we will see many leg kicks from him, as they give Russow too much of an opportunity to get this fight on the ground.
Ultimately, the wrestling of Russow will be too much for Jordan, and he will be smothered by his opponent, who likes to use weak ground-and-pound to stay active enough that the referee doesn't stand it back up.
Prediction: Mike Russow wins via unanimous decision.