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Monday, May 13, 2013

Jordan Mein Recovering From Eye Injury, Targeting Toronto UFC For Return

Mein (photo via Strikeforce.com)

By Kelsey Mowatt

While Jordan Mein may not have scored his second Octagon win at UFC on FOX 7 last month, the rising welterweight continued to demonstrate during his loss to Matt Brown, why he’s been mentioned in the same breath as his fellow countryman Rory MacDonald.

Although at one point it looked as though Mein was going to stop another of the division’s more rugged vets, Brown came out firing in round two and finished the 23 year-old with a vicious series of strikes. The victory was Brown’s fifth straight.

After the punishing bout, it was reported that Mein had been handed a six month medical suspension, pending a further review of the fighter’s jaw and right orbital bone. According to his father and longtime trainer Lee Mein, Jordan did indeed fracture his orbital bone during the April 20th bout.

“Jordan is doing great,” Lee Mein told Full Contact Fighter recently, when asked for an update on the Lethbridge fighter, who had stepped in for Dan Hardy against Brown. “He feels good; still has blurred vision in his right eye from the fractured orbital bone.”

Lee Mein (left) and Jordan (photo via canadianmartialartscentre.com)

As most expected would be the case, both Mein and Brown came out firing strikes, and both men appeared to take some hard shots early on. Mein proceeded to drop Brown to the canvas with several pounding body blows, but the 32 year-old recovered and soon had the Canadian on the defensive with a triangle-choke attempt.

“I thought Jordan performed great considering his vision in his right eye was obstructed 30 seconds into the fight,” Mein noted about his son, who made his Octagon debut at UFC 158 in March and stopped resilient vet Dan Miller in round one. “It was the fight we thought it would be and he learned a lot about himself from it.”

The loss ended a three fight win streak for Mein and was just the second defeat he’s suffered since 2010. The only men to defeat him during that time, which includes 12 bouts, have been Jason High, Tyron Woodley and now Brown.

The Mein-Brown tilt won fight of the night honors and each man collected an additional $50,000 for their efforts. Although Mein lost the bout, considering his performance that night and in recent fights, the Strikeforce vet will likely face another big name when he returns.

“Nothing scheduled for him until his eye is back to normal,” Mein noted. “But hoping September in Toronto.”

The UFC is expected to return to Toronto, Ontario this September for an event, however, no date has been confirmed yet.



posted by FCF Staff @ 10:53 am
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