Duffee vs. Russow
One of the featured bouts of UFC 114 is a heavyweight bout between Todd Duffee and Mike Russow.
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Duffee enters this fight as the clear favorite with a betting line of -375 according to online sports book Sportsbook.com. Russow comes in with a line of +275. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this main card bout, which will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning at 10PM ET live on pay-per-view.
Todd Duffee (6-0):
Strengths: Duffee comes into his second UFC fight having tied the record for the fastest knockout in his debut, defeating Tim Hague by KO in seven seconds. Duffee is a big, strong, and powerful heavyweight that looks to have solid conditioning along with his strength. All six fights in his career have ended by KO or TKO, four of which ended in less than 90 seconds. Duffee likes to attack and comes out quickly.
Weaknesses: We still have yet to see just what Duffee has made of as he has not been taken deep into a fight and he has yet to fight anyone of merit in the UFC. Russow isn’t a high caliber opponent either, but he is at least a veteran of the octagon that can test Duffee in a way that he hasn’t been tested yet. Duffee is also coming off an injury that has sidelined him for nine months, so he could have some rust early in the fight.
Last Five Fights:
First round KO win over Tim Hague at UFC 102 on Aug. 29, 2009
Second round TKO win over Assuerio Silva at JF 11 on Sept. 13, 2008
First round KO win over Josh Bennett at ANFC 2 on Aug. 8, 2008
First round TKO win over Mark Honneger at CHF on Dec. 11, 2007
First round TKO win over Mike Walbright at ISCF on June 1, 2007
Mike Russow (12-1):
Strengths: Russow is a big grappler that is hard to move around. He used his size and wrestling to control Justin McCully in his UFC debut to earn a win, and he is currently riding an eight-fight winning streak that has featured six submission victories. Like Duffee, Russow has been able to finish fights often and early and he will look to apply pressure in this contest.
Weaknesses: Russow needs to develop his striking game, which could be a problem for this fight. This contest will truly be striker vs. grappler, so Russow will need to find a way to throw combinations and not allow Duffee to establish a base that will keep him on his feet. Russow will also have to be able to take a punch, which he may not be able to do.
Last Five Fights:
Unanimous decision win over Justin McCully at UFC 102 on Aug. 29, 2009
First round submission win over Braden Bice at AMMA 2 on Dec. 11, 2008
First round submission win over Jason Guida at AMMA 1 on June 14, 2008
First round submission win over Roman Zentsov at Yarennoka on Dec. 31, 2007
Second round submission win over Steve Campbell at XFO 21 on Dec. 1, 2007
Who will win: Duffee will have to go more than seven seconds this time around to win, but he should be able to win as long as he stays off his back. We could see how Duffee’s submission defense is in this fight, but ultimately the fight should end when Duffee lands a clean punch. We like Duffee by TKO late in round one.
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Posted: 5/29/10 10:00AM ET