By Josh Reese
Shawn Jordan will be facing his stiffest competition to date at UFC 149 in Calgary Canada. Jordan with 13 wins and 3 losses has been fighting since 2009. As a former college football fullback at the prestige’s LSU in the greatest conference in college football, he faced stout competition week in and week out. As a blocker for great running backs his job was to smash guys sometimes twice his size, a sort of steam roller. His goal was to make it to the NFL, but as they say when a door closes a window opens “Yeah wanted to play in the NFL but when that door closed I found fighting, I tried it out and I was hooked.”
Jordan won his 1st 3 fights in relative ease all 3 were finishes and none made it to the 3rd round. In his 4th fight he ran in to current M-1 Heavyweight Champion Kenny Garner and was finished in under a min. After his 1st loss he would experience a 6 fight win streak. He then faced Mark Holata and was finished in a little over a minute, that however was is 6th fight of 2010. After that loss he won twice more and on 3 days’ notice he took a fight with StrikeForce and took on Devin Cole, Cole pulled off the win via decision.
Since that loss to Cole he has been at Jackson’s MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With the help of a good camp, he picked a win over KO artist Lavar Johnson and a win in his UFC debut against former strongman Oli Thompson. His next fight will be against Cheick Kongo (17-7-2), Kongo was originally booked to take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira “Big Nog” but due to an injury the ever game Jordan was game for a fight against Kongo.
When preparing for fights people are usually brought in but at Jackson’s MMA they already have a guy on site that not only has fought Kongo before, but drew with him. Travis Browne is the one of the many men helping prepare Jordan. Not only can Browne help Jordan get used to getting inside of Kongo’s reach he can also share some insight of what it is like to face the ever dangerous Kongo.
Jordan doesn’t worry about facing a crowd that doesn’t favor him “Coming from a football background it helps it not be that big of an issue, I played in a different state every week so it’s not all that hard for me.” In all honesty if he can handle rival SEC crowds in stadiums 60,000 plus strong, he can handle any boo’s in the UFC. Really though you won’t be booing during Jordan’s fights he is a real banger.
Per fightmatrix.com Jordan will come in the underdog at number 81 will Kongo is still in the top 20 at number 18. Jordan really doesn’t care about the rankings but offered this”I will come to fight, as Heavyweights the best fighters do not always win. It’s the nature of the weight class everyone has knockout power.” Jordan knows this is the most important fight of his career, but not because he is facing a top ranked fighter but only because this is just his next fight. “This is the biggest fight of my career because it is the next one, as far as rankings goes that doesn’t really matter I just want to keep winning.”
Win or lose expect this fight to have lots explosions and be a very exciting and fun fight, that is surely not destined to go the full 3, 5 minute rounds. Someone will get finished, Jordan will be looking to extend Kongo’s 1 loss in to a losing streak.