Earlier today (March 1, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweights Matt Mitrione and Shawn Jordan squared off on the main card of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "China" Finale from Cotai Arena in Macau, China.
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Last year wasn't the best of either fighter's mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Coming in off stoppage losses, both Mitrione and Jordan were in dire need of a win.
Jordan saw a two-fight win streak disappear after Gabriel Gonzaga knocked him out at UFC 166. But Mitrione was in even worse shape, having lost three out of four after Brendan Schaub choked him to sleep at UFC 165.
With Mitrione and Jordan known for their knockout power, the bout promised was destined to end quickly, and it did. When it was all said and done, former NFL football player Mitrione got back into the win column with an impressive striking display in Macau.
The fight kicked off with Mitrione throwing wildly. Jordan responded with a solid left of his own before pushing the action up against the cage. Mitrione broke free to continue looking for several right hands.
Jordan pressed forward with a combo that hit mostly air. The fighters traded shots as Mitrione controlled the Octagon. "Meathead" peppered Jordan with some sharp rights and leg kicks, prompting Jordan to shoot for an unsuccessful takedown.
Then, it was all over in a flash.
Mitrione unleashed a flurry in the last seconds of the opening round, blasting Jordan with a number of vicious hooks that earned the stoppage from referee Dan Miragliotta with only one second left in the first.
"Meathead" is still light years away from true relevancy, but the win probably saved his UFC career. After starting out in the promotion with five straight wins, losing four out of five would not have looked good on his resume. He made waves with his polarizing comments about Fallon Fox last year, but his only win was over lesser known competition in Phil De Fries.
Jordan was a tough opponent. Mitrione showed great patience in landing some pinpoint strikes, especially for a fighter his size. Heavyweight is arguably the most shallow in UFC right now, so a fight against Gonzaga, who lost to Stipe Miocic at UFC on FOX 10 in January, would be a hard-hitting match to make.
Mitrione is going to have to shore up his ground game if he ever wants to be a serious threat, however.
For Jordan, the loss is an extremely disheartening one. He's shown some very solid abilities in some of his fights, but his run has also been characterized by extreme bouts of inconsistency. Jordan's chin hasn't always held up to the fullest, something that definitely does not bode well in the heavyweight division.
With two straight losses, there aren't many top-level fights left for him. He may get one more shot in the Octagon, but it's undoubtedly time to sink or swim for Jordan.
Matt Mitrione righted the ship with an impressive first round stoppage of Shawn Jordan. "Meathead's" footwork and striking looked top-notch in China, but does he have the all-around game to contend with ranked heavyweights in UFC?