UFC 149: Heavyweight Shawn Jordan Steps Up To Face Cheikh Kongo…

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Shawn Jordan steps up to replace former champion Rodrigo Noguiera at UFC 149, taking on Frenchman Cheikh Kongo.

This weekend’s UFC 149 card scheduled for Calgary, Alberta, Canada has several important match ups that have title repercussions, and it also features several entertaining fights, at least on paper.  The heavyweight battle between Frenchman Cheikh Kongo and Shawn Jordan falls into the latter category, but it sure is hard to predict a winner.  I’m looking for the odds on this match to break with Kongo as the favorite, but you never know…

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Your immediate tendency is to think that Jordan may be in over his head, as this is certainly the biggest fight of his life.  But after being slated to face Rodrigo Noguiera and now getting Jordan, will Kongo be looking past the rugged youngster?

Jordan is a tough guy with a cement head, but he is low on skill.  He does have the experience of having played on two NCAA National Champion Football teams at LSU, so hopefully he is tempered towards the bright lights of the big stage.

Because after all is said and done, Kongo will be bringing the same holes in his game that he has always had.  It won’t be the easiest takedown in the world for Jordan, but that is what he has to do – get this fight to the ground and avoid striking with Kongo.

If he stands in front of Kongo looking to exchange, he is goin gto get beaten.  Kongo is ten times the striker that Devin Cole is, and Cole dominated Jordan on the feet.

But if Jordan can work to the back, like he did against Cole in the opening round, or if he can at least work from top position, he should find a kimura or arm lock and take Kongo out.

I am going to wait and see the official line, and I would like to see what the physical matchup is going to look like, however Jordan is going to be shorter and more compact.  I dont see Jordan having the gas to last 3 rounds, so he is going to have to take Kongo out early.  If he is an underdog, I would bet Jordan.


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