Mike Russow vs. John Olav Einemo
Round 1: Russow rushed in and pushed Einemo against the cage, forcing him to the ground with a single leg takedown. Russow stood and Einemo followed. Russow pressured his opponent, charging forward with punches and forcing the clinch. Russow scored another single leg takedown and worked to get passed Einemo’s guard. Russow stood back up and ate a upkick by doing so. Russow returned to trying to pass Einemo’s guard, but he was unable to do so. Einemo reversed position and fully mounted Russow just before the end of the round. 10-9, Russow.
Round 2: Russow stayed aggressive and got Einemo on his back again, briefly getting caught in a guillotine. He got out of the hold and continued to work in Einemo’s guard, throwing elbows to score points. Russow stood for a moment, but returned to try and get passed Einemo’s guard. This theme continued for a majority of this round with Russow standing then returning to guard. Referee Herb Dean stood them up because of the lack of action, but Russow took his opponent down again just before the end of the round. 10-9, Russow.
Round 3: The fighters clinched early in this round and Einemo was able to land some good knees to his opponent’s head. Einemo landed a couple of good punches, too, but Russow got a hold of him and brought him down to the ground again. Russow worked again from Einemo’s guard, but, once again, had issues trying to pass it. The referee stood them up for the lack of action from that position. Russow got another single leg takedown with just about a minute left to go in the fight. The fight stayed there until the end and Russow won on MMAWeekly.com’s card, 30-27.
Official call: Mike Russow def. Jon Olav Einemo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)