Two heavyweights looking for a rebound performance are set to square off this weekend in Macau at the UFC’s TUF: China finale. Both Shawn Jordan and Matt Mitrione are desperate to deliver an impressive effort after being finished in their last fights. Jordan was blasted out in the opening round by veteran Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 166 while Mitrione was choked unconscious at UFC 165 in the very first round by Brendan Schaub.
Jordan has had some explosive moments during his relatively short career inside the Octagon. “The Savage” has lived up to that moniker in delivering knockouts in all three of his UFC victories, including a dominant performance in a first-round stoppage of Pat Barry at UFC 161. He has shown the ability to close the show with 14 of his 15 career wins having come by either knockout or submission. That explosiveness makes him entertaining to watch and he could be in line for some attractive future matchups if he can deliver an exciting winning effort against Mitrione.
As for Mitrione, after registering five straight wins to begin his career it has been tough sledding since that high point. The former NFL player is just 1-3 in his last four fights and another loss could seriously jeopardize his Octagon future. Mitrione will have a size advantage in this one in both height and reach and is never shy about standing and exchanging punches and kicks to see who is the better man. “Meathead” has recorded five knockouts in six career wins and definitely needs to get his faltering career back on track this weekend.
While both combatants have shared disappointment of late, this contest has the potential to be an explosive one because of what’s at stake. Both competitors realize how important a victory would be for moving their careers forward against top competition. Jordan and Schaub have shown an ability to produce finishes in the past and both will be intent on making an emphatic statement this weekend.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports