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Mike Russow

Mike Russow

American martial artist
Mike Russow
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American martial artist
A.K.A. Michael Russow
Is Wrestler Amateur wrestler Athlete Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 November 1976, Kankakee, USA
Age 44 years
Star sign Scorpio
Residence Chicago, USA
The details (from wikipedia)


Michael Earl Russow (born November 9, 1976) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Heavyweight division. Having made his professional debut in 1998, Russow has also formerly competed for the UFC, Adrenaline MMA, PRIDE FC, and also participated in the Yarennoka! event in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Mixed martial arts career


Russow is from Kankakee, Illinois and was a state wrestling champion in high school for the Heavyweight division. He also attended college at Eastern Illinois University and earned a degree in sociology. His first fight was in 1998.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Russow signed with the UFC in 2009 and made his debut against Justin McCully at UFC 102. He won via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–26, and 30–27).

Russow then defeated Todd Duffee via third round KO at UFC 114. Russow absorbed heavy punishment from Duffee during the course of the fight but hung on late into the third and final round. Russow then connected with a hard straight right hand, taking Duffee and the fans in attendance by surprise.

Russow defeated TUF 10 alum and DeathClutch teammate Jon Madsen on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24 via TKO; with that win he improved his winning streak to ten.

Russow was expected to face Dave Herman on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136. However, the bout was cancelled after Herman failed his preliminary drug test in which he tested positive for marijuana.

Russow faced John Olav Einemo on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis and won via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, and 30–27).

Russow faced Fabrício Werdum on June 23, 2012 at UFC 147. Russow was defeated by Werdum via TKO at 2:28 of round 1.

Russow faced Shawn Jordan on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson. Despite a strong first round, Russow lost to Jordan by TKO in the second round and was subsequently released from the promotion.

World Series of Fighting

On October 6, 2013 it was announced that Russow has signed with World Series of Fighting.

Personal life

Russow and his wife have a daughter. Russow is also a police officer in his hometown of Chicago.

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Knockout of the Night (One time)

Amateur wrestling

  • National Junior College Athletic Association
    • NJCAA All-American (1997)
  • Illinois High School Association
    • IHSA Class AA High School State Championship (1995)
    • IHSA Class AA High School State Championship 3rd Place (1993, 1994)
    • IHSA Class AA All-State (1993, 1994, 1995)

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 15 wins 3 losses
By knockout 4 2
By submission 8 1
By decision 3 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 15–3 (1) Shawn Jordan TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 2 3:48 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 15–2 (1) Fabrício Werdum TKO (punches) UFC 147 June 23, 2012 1 2:28 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Win 15–1 (1) John-Olav Einemo Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 14–1 (1) Jon Madsen TKO (doctor stoppage) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 2 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States Stoppage due to eye injury.
Win 13–1 (1) Todd Duffee KO (punch) UFC 114 May 29, 2010 3 2:33 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 12–1 (1) Justin McCully Decision (unanimous) UFC 102 August 29, 2009 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 11–1 (1) Braden Bice Submission (north-south choke) Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny December 11, 2008 1 1:13 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 10–1 (1) Jason Guida Submission (guillotine choke) Adrenaline MMA: Guida vs. Russow June 14, 2008 1 2:13 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 9–1 (1) Roman Zentsov Submission (north-south choke) Yarennoka! December 31, 2007 1 2:58 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 8–1 (1) Steve Campbell Submission (arm-triangle choke) XFO 21 December 1, 2007 2 4:32 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 7–1 (1) Pat Harmon KO (punch) Bourbon Street Brawl 4 July 25, 2007 1 2:10 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 6–1 (1) Demian Decorah Submission (kimura) XFO 18 June 30, 2007 1 2:54 Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, United States
Win 5–1 (1) Scott Harper Submission (americana) XFO 16 May 5, 2007 1 0:32 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Loss 4–1 (1) Sergei Kharitonov Submission (armbar) Pride 33 February 24, 2007 1 3:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 (1) Steve Conkel Submission (rear-naked choke) Bourbon Street Brawl 2 January 24, 2007 1 1:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 (1) Chris Harrison Submission (americana) XFO 14 December 9, 2006 1 1:11 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 (1) Brandon Quigley KO (punches) Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 7 April 22, 2006 1 0:18 Cicero, Illinois, United States
NC 1–0 (1) Ed Meyer NC Combat: Do Fighting Challenge 6 February 25, 2006 N/A N/A Mokena, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Nate Schroeder Decision (unanimous) JKD: Challenge 1 April 25, 1998 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
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