UFC 166: What We Learned from Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

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UFC 166: What We Learned from Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Shawn Jordan

Quick: What rhymes with "Napao"? 

Got it?

KA-POW! 

Yes, I went there. Gabriel Gonzaga just laid the boom all over Shawn Jordan's face, notching a brutal knockout finish in the second pay-per-view fight. 

The win marks Gonzaga's second straight first-round knockout finish and his fifth victory in six tries. The old dog has some momentum, folks.

 

What We'll Remember About This Fight

At just 93 seconds, this contest was short and brutal. Gonzaga whipped out some nice jabs early, and he caught Jordan with a flush counter hook that earned him the victory. 

There is not much to remember here besides the finish. Jordan showcased some decent striking, but he left himself open while charging in and got caught with a vicious counter punch. 

Gonzaga still has big power, and, at 34 years old, it looks like he is still evolving as a mixed martial artist. 

 

What We Learned About Gonzaga

We've seen Gonzaga knock dudes out before, so that's nothing new. Many felt Jordan would have the speed and athleticism advantage here, but Gonzaga looked agile and crisp early as he landed the flush finishing blow. 

The 23-fight veteran is still learning and still growing, and that's exciting for UFC fans across the globe. 

Fun fact: Gonzaga has 16 career wins, all by submission or knockout (nine submissions and seven knockouts).

 

What We Learned About Jordan

I still believe in Shawn Jordan. 

He trains at a great camp with Greg Jackson and company, and he possesses the type of explosive natural athleticism that can push him over the top inside the Octagon. 

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see any strides he's made since his last win over Pat Barry, so we will have to wait until his next outing to assess his improvements. 

 

What's Next for Gonzaga? 

A fight with Brendan Schaub makes sense. Schaub is on a two-fight winning streak of his own, and both guys match up well in all areas. 

This makes sense for the division and for the fans. 

 

What's Next for Jordan? 

Matt Mitrione. Two ex-football players, two hyper athletes, two dudes who never reached their full potential inside the Octagon. 

Who is for real, and who needs to head over to Bellator? I want to find out. 

 

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