Jordan Mein just announced himself to fans and UFC brass with a first-round stoppage victory over Dan Miller.
It was an excellent performance by the 23-year-old Canadian who had been a fixture on the regional Canadian MMA scene for years.
The bout started with the former middleweight tagging the younger Canadian with some good jabs and kicks. Mein fought back and began to work his own jabs and combinations that forced Miller to shoot for and secure a takedown.
It was a very dangerous position for Mein, as his opponent is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was hunting for a submission. On the ensuing scramble, Miller found his way to the arm of the young fighter and locked in a slick armbar.
The Canadian was resilient, however, showed excellent heart and fight instincts by rolling and eventually escaped the submission attempt. The fight went back on the feet with both men pawing at each other while trying to find their range.
Miller appeared to be landing more significant strikes on his young opponent until a perfectly placed Mein straight left dropped Miller on his back. Instead of following him to the ground, Mein kept his composure and got the fight back on the feet.
A hard hook followed in the ensuing exchange, and Mein went in for the kill. He threw a trio of nasty body shots that dropped the New Jersey native to the canvas. "Young Gun" then followed up with relentless ground-and-pound strikes until the referee intervened at 4:42 of the first frame.
Miller had never been finished before this bout, despite being matched up against names such as Nate Marquardt, Rousimar Palhares and Demian Maia.
It was an impressive UFC debut for Mein. His style and persistence are definitely things every fan loves to watch.
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