Jordan Mein (L) hitting Marius Zaromskis (R)
Now in the UFC, Jordan Mein aspires to test himself against all competitors in the welterweight division.
Hailing from Lethbridge, Alberta, Mein (Twitter: @fightingmeins) makes his UFC debut Saturday at UFC 158 against Dan Miller at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. It’s been a lifelong goal for Mein to compete in the Octagon, and at 23-years-old, the Canadian has put in the work throughout his 34-fight career.
Mein’s journey to the UFC began was he was a teenager and had his first professional fight against a now well-known UFC welterweight.
“(Rory MacDonald and I) were 16(-years-old), and it was at the Enmax Centre,” Mein told Jason Kelly and Joe Rizzo on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “It’s one of the bigger buildings we have in Lethbridge, they put on big concerts and my dad (the promoter) had the fights there. We’ve had a few there, but usually we had them at The Pavilion (At Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds), which is a smaller venue.
“I brought the family out there and it was a great night. We had a lot of fun. Unfortunately I lost in front of my friends and family, so that was kind of embarrassing, but you get over it and get better from it and learn.”
Though, Mein suffered a loss in his pro debut, he rebounded with back-to-back victories and continued gaining experience in western Canada. After racking up wins against UFC veterans such as Joe Riggs and Josh Burkman, Mein got a call from The Score Fighting Series to scrap international sensation Marius Zaromskis. Mein defeated Zaromskis via decision, and got an opportunity to show his skills under the Zuffa banner in Strikeforce.
First up, Mein met Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, and brutalized the Brazilian with standing elbows, resulting in a TKO victory. He then dropped a split decision against Tyron Woodley, but was victorious in his final Strikeforce match against Tyler Stinson.
With the closing event in Strikeforce’s existence scheduled, Mein was not required for the card. This led to the Canadian returning to SFS and fighting another UFC veteran in Forrest Petz, who Mein dismantled in Round 1, but it was still unsure if the Albertan’s next bout would be in the Octagon.
Fortunately, Mein didn’t endure a great deal of anxiety after defeating Petz.
“It took about a few weeks for them to get a hold of us,” Mein said. “They sent the contract, and yeah, that’s the only organization we talked to. That’s basically the only organization we wanted to talk to because that’s been my goal for a while now, to get in the UFC.”
In his inaugural UFC match, Mein is not being handed any favors, nor is he requesting any. Meeting Miller in his debut will gauge where Mein stands amongst the UFC welterweight division, and he is honored to test his mettle against such a formidable foe.
“He’s one of the best guys in the organization,” Mein said. “Coming down from middleweight, he fought Ricardo Funch. I watched that fight; I watched basically all of his fights. He’s a really tough guy, he’s never been finished, he’s one of the best and he’s had a long UFC career. I’m super excited I get my first fight to be with a guy like that. It means a lot to me.”
Defeating Miller is first on Mein’s list-to-do, but he does foresee a plethora of intriguing matches in his UFC career.
Mein said avenging a loss against MacDonald, or any of his previous opponents he suffered defeat to would be grand. But, with a talent laden pool of 170-pound fighters in his division, Mein is not picky with who he is matched against.
“There’s so many guys, right?” Mein said. “You got Kyle Noke, Nick Catone, Seth Baczynski, Brian Ebersole, T.J. Waldburger, Claude Patrick, there’s so many names out there. Maybe not a whole lot of people know who they are, but they’re all really solid fighters. There’s so many good guys to fight and I want to fight all of them.”