Photo of Mike Russow courtesy of MMA Weekly.
Hey, you know that heavyweight who fights for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the one who is 14-1 with 12 finishes and hasn't lost since way back in 2007?
No, I'm not talking about Junior dos Santos.
I'm talking about Mike Russow, the Chicago police officer who is victim of the old "out of sight, out of mind" adage that has left him on the outside looking in.
That could change at UFC on Fox 2 this Saturday night (Jan. 28, 2012) when Russow takes on grappler extraordinaire, Jon Olav Einemo, in perhaps his stiffest test inside the Octagon since a 2010 knockout of Todd Duffee.
And one Russow tells ESPN could finally get him into the top ten in the heavyweight rankings.
"I don't want just one fight a year. I think this fight could lead to better things. It's huge for me and there's some pressure. Ultimately, I want to try and break through the top 10 somehow. But to do that, I have to fight more. Life has been pretty hectic to balance everything. I really have to be very strict with my schedule. There's no going out. It's basically sleep, get up, eat, train until 11, then weights or sprints. After that, I go to work from 5 PM until 1 AM. I've been fighting since I was 27. Sure, I'm a little jealous of the guys who can train full-time. And if it ever came to be that I could take a leave from the CPD to train full-time and they were OK with it -- I would. But I've got a wife, a kid and a mortgage. We need the insurance. I can't take a chance like that."
Hear Russow break it all down, after the jump.
For a closer look at his UFC on FOX 2 fight against "The Viking" click here.