UFC 149 Results: 5 Fights for Shawn Jordan to Take Next
Shawn Jordan put on a performance that embarrassed UFC president Dana White. Paired off with French striker Cheick Kongo, Jordan attempted to use pressure to hold his opponent against the cage long enough to win a decision.
The plan backfired, as Jordan found himself exhausted halfway through the second round. Kongo would deliver big knees from clinch positions and do enough damage in the rare striking exchanges to win a unanimous decision.
If Jordan is lucky enough to avoid the wrath of Dana White and see another fight in the UFC, here are five options that we think he should look at.
Lavar Johnson is a striker who has previous experience dealing with Shawn Jordan. The two met in Strikeforce in a contest where Jordan was able to pull out a keylock submission.
Rematches can show us how far a fighter has evolved. Additionally, with the relatively small roster of the UFC heavyweight division, it is difficult to find opponents who are on similar ground in terms of ranking and have yet to square off.
Johnson found himself submitted by Stefan Struve only 65 seconds into their UFC 146 contest and is looking to rebound. Avenging a loss to Jordan would motivate and excite the man known as Big.
If any fighter in on the chopping block of the UFC heavyweight division, it's Pat Barry. After losing three of his last four contests, the fun-loving kickboxer is near the bottom of the barrel these days.
Jordan's neck is on the line, and few things instill motivation better than the fear of losing their jobs.
This striker vs. grappler affair would allow us to see if Barry has overcome his issues on the ground, while also giving Jordan another chance to beat a notable striker who also came up short against Kongo.
Jordan tried to grind out a boring decision Saturday night, and it didn't work out for him. Fighting another grinder will force the back-flipping heavyweight to see the other side of the coin.
Enter Mike Russow.
Russow is a wrestler who isn't afraid to stick to his bread and butter to pull out a win. A fight against the former fullback would be like watching bulls butting heads.
Holding an impressive record of 21-4, Dave Herman hasn't found the most luck since joining the UFC roster. Suffering from consecutive losses to Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve, Herman needs to take a step down in competition to get his feet back under him.
With 17 victories by way of KO or TKO, Herman is a veteran of Sengoku, Bellator and Elite XC. That experience led him to a victory over grappler Jon Olav Einemo.
Herman is near the bottom of the division and will need a win to keep his roster slot. For that reason, he and Jordan find themselves in similar shoes.
Shane Del Rosario
Fellow Strikeforce heavyweight Shane del Rosario tasted defeat for the first time in his career at UFC 146 when he fell short to Stipe Miocic.
As one of the hottest prospect from Strikeforce, del Rosario garnered the attention of the MMA world when he was set to challenge Daniel Cormier in a battle of undefeated fighters.
Unfortunately, a car accident pulled him out of the fight and nearly ended his career. Now that "No Limits" has recovered and joined the UFC roster, he needs to get into the win column. With excellent wrestling and a muay thai championship to his credit, del Rosario should be able to defeat Jordan.