UFC on Fox 6 Results: 5 Fights for Shawn Jordan to Take Next
UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan looked very impressive on Saturday night. In a preliminary fight against Mike Russow, the former football player was able to weather the early storm of his opponent before scoring a TKO victory.
This was an important win for Jordan, who was on the heels of a disappointing performance against Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 over the summer.
Now with a UFC record of 2-1, Jordan has some options when it comes to his next step.
Here is a look at five potential opponents for Shawn Jordan in his next fight.
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva typically avoids pairing a fighter coming off a win against someone who just lost a fight. However, considering the lack of depth in the UFC heavyweight division, that isn't always possible.
In some cases, fighters who are on similar rungs of the ladder need to meet regardless of the discrepancy between their current levels of momentum.
For that reason, top prospect Stipe Miocic could be in the near future for Jordan.
Miocic suffered his first career loss in September when he was stopped by Stefan Struve in his first UFC main event. A bout with Jordan gives him the opportunity to redeem himself against an opponent who is both powerful and dangerous.
Matt Mitrione is the only other member of this list who is also coming off a loss.
The former football player was my original candidate to fight Jordan in late 2012. Both men suffered decision losses to Cheick Kongo in disappointing performances and have a background in football.
In December, Mitrione was ejected from the top of the division when he was finished by Roy Nelson. Taking a fight against someone in the middle of the division such as Jordan is more his speed.
Todd Duffee is back in the UFC and has some momentum on his side.
After returning to the Octagon at UFC 155, the chiseled heavyweight scored a knockout victory of Phil De Fries after a 31-month absence from the UFC.
Like Jordan, Duffee is a powerful striker who holds a UFC record of 2-1. Both heavyweights should be looking to step back into the cage in late spring, so a matchup between them is fitting.
Looking for a lower-tier heavyweight who has dynamic striking and is not fearful of any puncher on the planet?
Look no further than Pat "HD" Barry.
After a disappointing KO loss to Lavar Johnson last May, Barry recently returned to the win column.
His December knockout of Shane del Rosario showed that he can compete with a heavy-handed striker who has a dangerous top game.
Considering that Jordan will bring those same dangers into the cage, this is an intriguing matchup between two guys who are currently trying to find their footing within the UFC's heavyweight division.
Heading into Saturday's fight, Sherdog.com ranked Mike Russow as the No. 10 heavyweight in the world.
If Jordan did indeed just finish a ranked opponent, he deserves a matchup against someone with some name recognition.
Enter Gabriel Gonzaga.
Gonzaga set the MMA world on fire in 2007 when he head kicked Mirko Cro Cop into a coma. It is widely considered to be the greatest head-kick knockout in history.
Currently, Gonzaga is riding a two-fight winning streak inside the Octagon, culminating last weekend with a submission win over "Big" Ben Rothwell.