Jordan (15-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who knocked out buddy and fellow heavyweight Pat Barry (8-6 MMA, 5-6 UFC) at the June 15 event, said he was able to set aside the friendship for one night. It resulted in a $50,000 “Knockout of the Night” award after just 59 seconds of work.
Later on the pay-per-view main card at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, Miocic (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) upset Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) in the co-headliner. That led to some calls for a Jordan vs. Miocic fight, which would feature two of the division’s more promising prospects.
Currently, Miocic is No. 13 and Jordan is an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings.
“We don’t really ever get to say who we’ll fight … but yeah, I like Stipe,” Jordan told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “He’s awesome, and we were hanging out at all week. … If they asked me to fight him, hey, I just fought a guy who’s been my buddy for a few years. Absolutely, if they ask me to fight him. I’m sure we both feel the same way.”
Jordan, though, said he’s not necessarily counting on that specific bout, and as usual, he’ll be back in the gym quickly to prepare for any other possible late-notice fights. With a 4-1 run in Strikeforce and the UFC, he knows the organization could call with another big bout.
“I’m pretty healthy still,” he said. “I’m as healthy as I was going into the fight. Yeah, your hands are a little sore because you’re wearing little gloves and throwing hard. But I’m ready. I’ll probably take a couple days off and then get back to the gym.”
“The UFC knows that (I’m ready whenever they call). I’ve never said no to a fight. Even the Cheick Kongo fight, it was probably the worst fight of my career, and I took that one on like three weeks’ notice and eight weeks after shoulder surgery. I wasn’t exactly training. But they know I won’t say no.”
The Kongo loss, which came via decision, remains the former LSU football player’s only loss in the past two years.
Jordan, who said he prepared for Barry’s well-known power by training with Pedro Rizzo at American Top Team, also owns recent victories over Mike Russow and Oli Thompson. Barry was a step up in competition, and with his dominant win, he expects another step up the ladder in his next fight.
“We do this sport to be the best, and at some point I’d like to fight … whoever is No. 1,” he said. “But I want to keep working my way up and fight the best heavyweights I can.”
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