UFC Fight Night 24 Prelims: Russow Wins 10th Straight

By Brian Knapp Mar 26, 2011
Chicago police officer Michael Russow (file photo) has won 10 straight. | Sherdog.com

Mike Russow passed one more rung on the heavyweight ladder.

The Pride Fighting Championships veteran defeated previously unbeaten “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 quarterfinalist Jon Madsen on a second-round doctor’s stoppage at UFC Fight Night 24 “Nogueira vs. Davis” on Saturday at the KeyArena in Seattle. Referee Anthony Hamlett called a halt to the heavyweight bout between rounds two in three on the advice of the cageside physician, who deemed Madsen unable to continue due to considerable swelling around his left eye.

The two heavyweights stalemated in the first round, as they traded sporadic power punches and worked mostly from the clinch, much to the chagrin of those in attendance. Russow rushed in behind an uppercut to start round two and transitioned to Madsen’s back from a standing position. When they separated, the extent of the damage to Madsen’s eye became apparent. Russow later snatched a takedown and threatened with a guillotine choke. By the end of the second period, Madsen’s eye was swollen shut, and it was over.

The 34-year-old Russow, who works full-time as a patrol officer in the Chicago Police Department, has rattled off 10 consecutive victories since submitting to a Sergei Kharitonov armbar at Pride 33 “Second Coming” four years ago.

Semerzier Submits ‘Bruce Leroy’

WEC veteran Mackens Semerzier submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 alum Alex Caceres with a first-round rear-naked choke, as he brought a decisive end to their featherweight matchup. Semerzier finished it 3:18 into round one.

Semerzier capitalized on recklessness and mounted the colorful Miami, Fla.-based fighter on the third of three takedowns, transitioned to Caceres’ back and went to work with punches. He seized further control with a body triangle and caught Caceres in the choke as he postured up from the bottom. The tapout followed, as Semerzier snapped a three-fight winning streak in style.

Hathaway Edges TUF 11 Finalist McCray

Talented British import John Hathaway captured a split decision from “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 finalist Kris McCray in a preliminary welterweight battle. Two of the three judges scored it in Hathaway’s favor by matching 29-28 counts. A third cast a dissenting 29-28 scorecard for McCray.

The two 170-pound prospects traded takedowns throughout their competitive 15-minute scrap, but it was Hathaway who put the more meaningful offense together. The once-beaten London Shootfighters standout attacked McCray with a foot lock in the first round and followed with an attempted triangle choke and armbar in the second. Hathaway also landed the cleaner punches during the stand-up exchanges and fought effectively in the clinch.

Hathaway, 22, closed strong with two late takedowns, ground-and-pound and a flurry of targeted strikes on McCray, who remains winless in three Octagon appearances.

Top Prospect McDonald Decisions Figueroa

Michael "Mayday" McDonald file photo

McDonald had a dazzling UFC debut.
Former Tachi Palace Fights bantamweight champion Michael McDonald passed a formidable test in his promotional debut and swept the scorecards from previously unbeaten Edwin Figueroa in a preliminary duel at 135 pounds. All three cageside judges scored it for the 20-year-old McDonald by identical 30-27 counts.

McDonald, one of the sport’s top prospects, wobbled Figueroa with a two-punch combination in the first round and nearly finished him twice in the second, first with a rear-naked choke and then with a triangle. He built his lead with crisp striking, well-timed takedowns and brilliant mat work.

Figueroa mounted a last-ditch assault in round three, but McDonald survived his encounter with a knee and a two-punch combination from the Texas-based bantamweight. A fast-rising Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, McDonald will carry a five-fight winning streak into his next appearance.

Morecraft Chokes Out McCorkle

Christian Morecraft choked Sean McCorkle unconscious with a standing guillotine choke in the second round, as he notched his first win inside the Octagon. McCorkle passed into unconsciousness and fell to the mat 4:10 into round two of a preliminary encounter featuring two of the promotion’s biggest heavyweights.

The monstrous 6-foot-8, 265-pound Morecraft outmuscled, outworked and punished his 6-foot-7, 266-pound foe throughout much of the bout. On bottom, he swept into McCorkle’s guard with an attempted kneebar in the first round and battered him with strikes from above. One of them, an elbow, knocked out McCorkle’s mouthpiece. Morecraft spent the final half minute of the round grinding away at his opponent.

McCorkle’s situation did not improve. Morecraft met him with a series of uppercuts at the outset of round two and put him back on the ground, where he stepped up his assault and set up the finish. After a low blow from Morecraft brought about a brief pause in the action, McCorkle swooped in for an attempted double-leg takedown, only to find himself trapped in the vice-like grip of the Morecraft guillotine. He blacked out soon after.

Hendricks Rebounds, Flattens Waldburger in 95 Seconds

The once-beaten Johny Hendricks bounced back from his first professional MMA defeat, as he stopped Anthony Waldburger on first-round punches in a welterweight dark match. The end came 95 seconds into round one.

Hendricks, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion (2005-06) at Oklahoma State University, sprawled and stuffed an attempted takedown from Waldburger and then landed a clean left hand that sent the 22-year-old Texan face-first to the canvas. Referee Mario Yamasaki intervened, and though Waldburger protested, it was clear he was badly hurt.

Simpson Outpoints Miranda

Two-time collegiate All-American wrestler Aaron Simpson dominated Mario Miranda in the clinch, secured multiple takedowns and cruised to a unanimous decision in a preliminary middleweight matchup. All three cageside judges sided with Simpson: 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27.

Miranda never kept separation between himself and his opponent. Simpson utilized a variety of takedowns -- trips, single legs, double legs and slams -- and struck effectively enough on the ground to maintain a clear-cut advantage in the 15-minute affair.

The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for the 36-year-old Arizonan, who entered the cage on the heels of back-to-back defeats to Chris Leben and Mark Munoz. A Matt Hume protégé, Miranda fell to 1-3 inside the UFC.

Lentz Guillotine Stops Lowe

Minnesota Martial Arts Academy representative Nik Lentz remained unbeaten in six Octagon appearances, as he submitted Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Waylon Lowe with a third-round guillotine choke in a lightweight dark match. Lowe, who appeared to take rounds one and two, met his demise 2:24 into the third.

Lowe controlled the first 10 minutes of the match with crisp counterstriking and timely takedowns. However, Lentz timed Lowe’s final shot, locked him in the guillotine and coaxed the tapout. The 26-year-old Minnesotan has quietly compiled a 12-0-2 record in his last 14 appearances.

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