MIKE RUSSOW VS. JUSTIN McCULLY
Round 1 -
Referee Herb Dean gets the action started. McCully immediately works his jab. Russow tries a bullrush, but McCully evades. Russow tries for a single-leg, then snags the other and dumps McCully on his back. McCully tries to roll up as Russow stands over him, but Russow dumps him back to the floor. McCully pulls guard with his head against the cage. Russow stands, then falls back to McCully's guard. Russow lands a few short right hands, and McCully tries to wiggle free, though the cage impedes his progress. The crowd boos at the slow pace, and McCully tries again to move. McCully secures a close guard, though Russow stands when he releases the legs. Halfway through the opening round, and Russow works to McCully's half-guard. McCully stands, and Russow immediately tries again for a leg. McCully tries to rolling into a kimura attempt, but Russow works free and winds up in top position as they hit the floor. McCully pulls guard, and a brief scramble allows McCully to sweep to the back. McCully look for a choke, but its not there. Russow stands, and McCully catches him with an upkick. McCully looks for an ankle lock as time is winding down, but Russow pulls free. McCully had the submission attempts, but Russow dominated too much of the positioning and takes the round on the MMAjunkie.com card, 10-9.
Round 2 -
McCully staggered a bit to his corner following the round, and it warrants an extra look from the ringside doctor. The doctor has McCully stand, and he appears to be having a bit of trouble balancing. McCully says he can continue, pleads his case, and eventually gets the reprieve. Russow shoots in immediately at the start of the round, and he works out to the side while in McCully's half-guard. Dean calls for action as McCully seems comfortable remaining on his back. Russow stands briefly, then falls immediately back onto McCully. It's undeniable effective, but the crowd hates the strategy. McCully rolls to his knees, and Russow controls his head. Russow spins to the side, looking briefly for a kimura. Two minutes remain, and McCully has been trapped on the floor the entire time. Dean watches closely as Russow delivers a few short punches. Dean stands the fight, and McCully looks a bit disorientated as he slowly rises. McCully pumps a few slow jabs that miss, then tries a flying knee that misses as well. Russow uses the blow to throw McCully off balance and to the floor. Russow works in a solid kimura attempt from side control, but McCully is saved by the bell. One-sided action, and MMAjunkie.com sees it for Russow, 10-8.
Round 3 -
The doctor again checks McCully, but he's allowed to continue. Both fighters winded, though McCully opens up withn a few punching combinations. The blows don't land, but Russow doesn't answer.McCully tries a Superman punch, but Russow ducks underneath and pushes McCully to the floor. McCully pulls guard, and the crowd groans. McCully hold Russow close, and Dean restarts the action. McCully again looks to utilize his jab, then a front kick. McCully sprawls on a Russow takedown attempt and throws a knee. A big right by McCully narrowly misses. McCully seems to have a small second wind halfway through the final frame, but Russow closes the distance and forces McCully to the mat. McCully has an open guard with 90 seconds left. Dean calls for action, but Russow presses McCully to the cage. Russow stands and passes to side control. It's a trudging pace, but Russow stays just busy enough to keep the action there. Dean stands the action with 30 seconds left, and McCully lands a knee then misses with a flurry of punches. There will be no surprise ending to the one-sided affair. McCully labors back to his corner, and MMAjunkie.com sees the round for Russow, 10-9, and the fight for him 30-26. Mike Russow def. Justin McCully via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-26, 30-27).