If all goes as planned later this evening (Sat., June 6, 2015) inside Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La., and Shawn Jordan wins the rematch against Derrick Lewis, "The Savage" feels he will crack the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Top 10 Heavyweight rankings.
Jordan shared those and other thoughts on the Parting Shot Podcast recently with James Lynch and Carlin Bardsley as he prepares to compete at UFC Fight Night 68. The Heavyweight also talked about his first fight with "The Black Beast" on the regional circuit in 2010, which he prevailed via judge's decision.
"There were a few instances after the bell rang and we were walking back and he ... there were like late strikes and stuff. But, nothing it's no big deal. I don't have bad blood. I think I've grown since then and we're both way better athletes at this point in our careers."
The statement was a step down from previous comments Jordan had made about Lewis kicking him in the head after the round was over. The 30-year-old said that at this point in his career he brings "more to the table" than his opponent, but wouldn't rule out a shocking finish.
"We're heavyweights, you know. The thing about heavyweights, we hit hard. So it's a curse. It's a blessing and a curse. You hit hard and one or two punches can change the entire fight. He and I both hit hard. So it can be a really fast finish and really exciting and explosive fight."
Although "The Savage" last faced Lewis nearly five years ago, he revealed he has some had some more recent experience with his opponent when the Silverback Fight Club member came to American Top Team (ATT) to train.
Jordan had been training at Jackson's Submission Fighting team in Albuquerque, N.M., until 2013 when his training partner Travis Browne sustained an injury that left him without another Heavyweight to tangle. He moved to ATT to prepare for high-level wrestler Mike Russow, whom he finished via strikes in the second round at UFC on FOX 6 back in Jan. 2013.
Now riding a two-fight win streak, Jordan says another win puts him in the Top 10 (or 12) in the division. In January, he told MMAFighting.com that he didn't want to be "No. 20 in the world forever." While he welcomes the chance to prove himself tonight, Jordan suggested on the podcast that Lewis is a bit of a "step back" at this point in his career. For his part, Lewis is 3-1 since joining UFC with all three wins coming via brutal knockout.
The two have another thing in common: Both fighters suffered their last defeat to Matt Mitrione, who also competes on the FOX Sports 1-televised event tonight. And in case you weren't aware, Mitrione is "really damn good."
MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 68 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET, right on through the FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before moving on to the main card, which is slated to start at 10 p.m. ET.