Talented UFC welterweight prospect Jordan Mein will be in search of his biggest career victory when he battles Mike Pyle this weekend in the co-main event of Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, Okla. Both competitors will be looking to build off successful efforts in their last appearances. “Young Gun” made a successful return to action after a one-year absence due to injuries from when he defeated Hernani Perpetuo at UFC on FOX 11. Pyle looked impressive at UFC 170 as he recorded a third-round stoppage of T.J. Waldburger.
There were definitely some highs and lows for Mein in preparing for this event as he saw two potential opponents succumb to injuries. Pyle became his third option after scheduled clashes against Thiago Alves and Brandon Thatch were scuttled.
Mein has gone 2-1 during his time in the UFC with that lone loss coming in a savage encounter against Matt Brown. He’s surprisingly well-seasoned for a 24-year-old fighter having compiled a 28-9 record. Mein began his professional career at a very young age and has faced some high-quality competition. He’s a solid striker with proven toughness having been involved in his share of slugfests.
The No. 13 ranked Pyle is known for his dangerous ground skills as he has accumulated 16 submission wins in his 26 career victories. He had originally been preparing to face Demian Maia, but the Brazilian submission specialist was forced out due to an injury.
There’s nothing the 38-year-old veteran hasn’t seen during his lengthy career. “Quicksand” has a well-rounded game and has faced many of the 170-pound division’s best fighters. He owns notable victories over Rick Story and John Hathaway and has also faced the likes of Brown, Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger. Pyle has a respectable 9-4 Octagon ledger.
This should be an exciting matchup between a talented young fighter intent on making a major breakthrough and a crafty veteran who is looking to solidify his top-15 standing. The winner will see their stock rise in a deep 170-pound talent pool.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports