UFC welterweight Jordan Mein reminded the MMA world of his status as one of the sport’s brightest young stars by beating Dan Miller last month in his Octagon debut. In addition to emerging successful against a seasoned foe, Mein also became the first man to finish Miller, doing what past opponents like Rousimar Palhares, Michael Bisping, Demian Maia, and Chael Sonnen could not.
Instead of bask in his success, Mein decided to step up and meet Matt Brown on short notice. Though the 23-year old may have turned in an impressive effort against Miller, he also knows he’ll have his hands full this weekend with a well-rounded finisher who is extremely durable to boot.
“With how good I feel about this last win, it can just as easily be taken away with a loss to Matt Brown, and I’m aware of that,” said Mein to the UFC’s website of his UFC on FOX 7 bout with Brown. “That’s the sport, and that’s the way it is, so you can’t hold on to your wins. You want to be proud of yourself and happy, but for me it’s another challenge against a really, really tough dude, and I think I’ll be just as happy – if not happier – after this next win.”
In terms of how he sees the fight unfolding, Mein knows action could take place all over given Brown’s ability to both strike and grappler. That being said, Mein is confident he’ll rise to the occasion whether standing or on the ground, and he is ready for an all-out war too if necessary.
“I think my style matches up well with his. I think I can do really well against him. I expect it to be a crazy fight because every fight that he has is super-exciting. He’s a gritty guy; he just keeps moving forward, and he hurts people, so I’m expecting a hard fight,” offered Mein. “Obviously it’s one that I think I can do well in, and I see myself getting my hand raised, but he’s on a win streak for a reason. To derail him from that is going to be hard, but I think I can do it.”
Mein is 27-8 with 22 stoppages notched on his record. He has won nine of his last seven fights. Comparably, Brown is 16-11 with 14 finishes of his own and the momentum of victory in three straight scraps.
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