UFC 161 will not be remembered as one of the more dynamic events in UFC history.
The injury-riddled card was advertised to be a battle of hard-hitting heavyweights and light heavyweights. Neither the main event nor co-main event, however, delivered as advertised.
Even worse, the Ryan Jimmo-Igor Pokrajac fight, which was inexplicably placed on the main pay-per-view card, took all the energy out of the sold out Winnipeg crowd. Both Jimmo and Pokrajac elected to hold each other against the fence for the majority of the 15-minute fight, causing the crowd to voice its displeasure for most of the final two rounds.
The lone bright spot, in the otherwise terrible pay-per-view, was the opening fight of the main card. Shawn Jordan was paired off against Pat Barry in a heavyweight fight to kick things off.
Both Jordan and Barry had promised fireworks leading up to this fight and both fighters wasted little time delivering the minute soon as they stepped in the cage.
After close to a minute of back-and-forth action, Jordan caught Barry with two huge right uppercuts. As Barry went to the mat to cover up, Jordan unloaded almost a dozen left hands to the downed fighter, forcing the referee to intervene.
The victory was Jordan’s third in four fights since entering the UFC. All three of those victories have come by way of knockout.
“I didn’t figure we would stay up too long,” Jordan told a group of reporters at the post fight press conference. “Either way, one of us was going to go down at the end.”
Fortunately, for Jordan, it was Barry who went down. Now, Jordan finds himself in a position to fight a big name in the heavyweight division and cash in on a big payday.