CFFC 45: Jordan Stiner Weighs-In on Pivotal, Title Fight With Fellow Prospect, Darrell Horcher
By Kelsey Mowatt
Darrell Horcher is set to battle Jordan Stiner for Cage Fury Fighting Championship’s vacant lightweight title tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, but the latter understands that more than the belt could be on the line.
Due to what both Stiner and Horcher have accomplished in their pro careers to date, observers throughout the MMA industry will likely be keeping tabs on tonight’s main event.
“I was really excited, you know?” Stiner said on a recent episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio, when asked for his reaction upon finding out he’d face Horcher for the vacant lightweight title. “I feel like me and Darrell have kind of been on a path, for a little while; I always consider us the top two prospects for this weight, and when I found out it was for the title, it just made it even sweeter, because the past few times they crowned a lightweight champion they got called up to the UFC.”
Stiner heads into the bout having put together an impressive, 9-1 record since he turned pro in 2012, while Horcher has gone 10-1 since he began fighting professionally in 2010.
“Ultimately that’s what I want to do, so it kind of makes the prize even sweeter,” added the 29 year-old Stiner. “I’m thinking whoever wins this fight has a good chance of moving on up to the next level.”
And what does the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt and former collegiate wrestler think of the 27 year-old Horcher’s skill set?
“Obviously, I think a lot of people would tell you he’s most dangerous with his hands; he’s more of a power puncher,” said Stiner. “I think he wrestled a little bit in high school and what not, so he has a little bit of a background in grappling. But I definitely think he leans on his punching power and stand-up. That’s kind of what we’ve been preparing for in this camp.”
Despite the weapons Horcher possesses standing, Stiner does not believe his only path to victory is on the ground.
“I mean, it definitely could happen,” said Stiner, when asked if people should expect him to take the fight down. “I’m the type of guy where wherever the fight goes, I’m comfortable. Obviously, what stands out is my grappling background, but I’ve spent a lot of time on my stand-up as well, and I really pride myself on being well rounded, and being able to fight anywhere.”
“That being said, if the fight does go to the ground, I think I have a distinct advantage there,” the Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu PA fighter furthered. “But if the fight stays standing I’m cool with that too…”
CFFC 45 will be hosted by the Sands Casino Resort and is available for viewing via online pay-per-view with Go Fight Live.