Former Louisiana State University fullback Shawn “The Savage” Jordan will face off against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) journeyman Cheick Kongo on Saturday, July 21 in UFC 149. Jordan will be replacing Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who withdrew from his match with Kongo because of an injury.
For the second time in his career, Jordan has stepped into a UFC fight on short notice. On July 22, 2011, he faced Devin Cole in a UFC-owned Strikeforce match with only a few days to prepare for the fight. He lost via Unanimous Decision, but earned some deserving attention. He went on to win his next two fights—one in Strikeforce Challengers 19 against Lavar Johnson and the other in UFC on FX 2 against Oli Thompson.
Now training under Jackson’s Submission Fighting camp, Jordan believes he has the experience and the training to compete with the elite of the UFC’s heavyweight division. Using this camp to his advantage, the Savage has sought the help of heavyweight juggernaut Travis Browne, who fought Kongo to a draw at UFC 120 and Jon “Bones” Jones, the current light heavyweight champion.
However, to say that Kongo is a step-up in competition for Jordan would be the understatement of the year. Jordan will be giving up huge advantages in reach, height, and experience. This will also be the second LSU Tiger that Kongo has faced, winning against Pat Barry at UFC Versus 4. That night, Kongo took home awards for Comeback of the Year, Knock Out of the Night and was a candidate for fight of the year.
With that said, if Jordan wins this match, he could crack the Top 10 rankings of the UFC. Even with a loss to Kongo, this could be viewed as a win-win situation for Jordan as long as he isn’t finished inside of a minute. The huge favor he’s doing for the UFC by taking this fight on such a short notice against a legitimate Top 10 UFC heavyweight puts him in the company’s good graces and could ensure some great fights in the future. It also speaks volumes about Jordan’s character, toughness and tenacity to be the best in the UFC.
Prediction: Jordan finishes the fight in the second round, making a definitive statement that he’s here to stay.
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Cheick Kongo – Paris, France, 6-4, 240 pounds, 27-7-2
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Jordan by Submission (Kimura)
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Ebersole by TKO (Strikes)
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Matthew Riddle – Allentown, Pa., 6-1, 170 pounds, 6-3-0
Riddle by Unanimous Decision
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McGee by TKO (Strikes)
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Delorme by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
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Perosh by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
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Caraway by Unanimous Decision
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Pineda by Unanimous Decision
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Clarke by Submission (Guillotine Choke)