Jordan Mein certainly arrived as a fighter to watch in the welterweight division by blasting out Mike Pyle in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 49 in Tulsa, OK. “Young Gun” produced a signature victory by finishing the 38-year-old veteran in just 72 seconds. It was the biggest win of his career and netted the Canadian fighter a Performance of the Night bonus.
The end came in devastating fashion as a patient Mein waited for his opportunity and landed a picture-perfect look hook to the jaw that decked Pyle, and followed up with subsequent strikes before the proceedings were halted. Mein improved to 29-9 and now has 23 career finishes by knockout or submission. He’s gone from welterweight prospect to a fighter who deserves a top-15 ranking.
Mein is poised beyond his years and had to rely on that composure to avoid being distracted by his father’s legal matters. Lee Mein wasn’t in his son’s corner for the bout after being arrested and charged with sexual battery. He was released after posting bond, but was barred from attending the event by the UFC.
In his post-fight interview, Mein was hopeful of securing more co-main or main event spots. It’ll be intriguing to see what lies ahead for the talented striker. Mein saw potential fights on the Tulsa card against Thiago Alves and Brandon Thatch fall apart because of injuries to both of those competitors. Either of those matchups would be worth revisiting for Mein after his destruction of Pyle.
Mein now boasts an Octagon record of 3-1, with that lone defeat coming in a violent battle against top-5 contender Matt Brown. There are a number of exciting potential matchups to consider for Mein after his breakthrough performance. The talented 24 year old appears to have a very bright UFC future ahead of him.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.