‘Impressive’ isn’t the word that comes to mind when thinking of Mike Russow’s performance at UFC 114, but the fact that he pulled off that hail mary knockout of Todd Duffee after breaking an arm earns him some respect from me:
The 34-year-old veteran had plenty of reasons to quit, not the least of which was a broken arm, which came from deflecting Duffee’s advances at the end of the first round. Russow said he knew the injury was serious when no amount of adrenaline could dull the pain.
“It hurt pretty bad throughout the fight, but I had no choice but to keep fighting,” Russow told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Jordan Breen Show” on Thursday. “Every time I threw a punch, in the back of my mind I thought, ‘This is gonna hurt.’”
The broken arm was set and casted on Thursday. Russow predicts he’ll be able to start training again in another six to eight weeks. Russow, who works the 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. police shift and finds time to train during the day, is anxious for another opportunity to prove himself.
The NSAC doctors listed the injury as a ‘broken left ulna/forearm’, which sounds like a real treat to throw a punch with. The estimated time to recovery: 6 to 8 weeks. But a note to Russow: just because you can’t train MMA for the next 2 months, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your tubby ass out of the donut shop and onto a treadmill.
(pic via MMA Weekly’s UFC 114 gallery)