In a fun contest, Shawn Jordan got a much-needed victory over fellow American Jack May at UFC Fight Night 47. The two heavyweights had successful periods, the most notable being May rocking Jordan in the second, before Shawn got the fight to the mat and controlled him for the rest of the round. May was close to getting his first victory inside the Octagon, but instead falls to 0-2.
Prior to making his UFC debut, May was unbeaten, though has suffered since making the step up. Shawn Jordan, meanwhile, improves to 4-3 and comes back from a two fight losing streak, the first of his professional career. Jordan now holds a professional record of 15-6 and has earned fourteen stoppages in his career.
Check out the blow-by-blow action below.
Must-win for both fighters, after Jordan has dropped two straight via first round KO. Prior to that, Jordan won three in four fights, taking his UFC record to 3-3. May, meanwhile, was unsuccessful in his UFC debut, and showed little promise in that performance against the much-heavier Derrick Lewis. May is eight inches taller than Jordan, and is the underdog for this bout.
Round 1 – Jack May takes the centre, and misses with a looping right. Jordan with a left, but blocked by May. Neither fighter landing these early exchanges. May pushing forward but huge counters from Jordan, which seemed to stagger the taller fighter in May. Jordan circling around, May trying to catch him with the leg kicks and having some success with them. Jordan lands a 1-2 to the body, but May lands upstairs on the counter. Lovely quick combination by Jordan, who now has May in the clinch against the fence. May spins away. Jordan is opened up. High kick attempted by May. Jordan avoids the right and lands a heavy combination. Body kick then two rights land for May. Jordan doing a great job avoiding May’s strikes and countering with his own, though he ate a body shot in that exchange. If one of Jordan’s haymakers land, it will be night night. 1 minute left in the first. Jordan in for a single leg, and he gets it, straight into half guard and some nice short shots land. May with double underhooks, trying to prevent any damage but Jordan gets out of the control and lands to the body, then the head. He ends the round on top.
Cooper scores round 1 10-9 Jordan.
Round 2 – May utilising the jab now. He avoids Jordan as he charges forward. Huge left lands for May, that backs Jordan up, but he’s unable to follow up. That’s opened up a cut on the right eye of Jordan. Nice combination from May. He’s having a lot more success now, and Jordan’s really starting to bleed out of that right eye. Neither fighter staying too active. But now May is unloading! He has Jordan rocked and covering up! But wow, Jordan gets the takedown and advances to mount! Half guard now. Jordan was in real trouble there but somewhere stays on top. May trying to use the cage to get to his feet but Jordan persistent. 2 minutes left in the round. Jordan trying to keep May down, and landing short shots in the process. Jordan keeping busy with short shots, and he has the mount now. May pushes off the cage to get Jordan out of the mount, and he’s now in north-south. Side control now, with May’s right arm pinned to the mat. Less than a minute left in the round, Jordan on top and landing short blows. Half guard. Jordan staying active on the top. Full mount once again. Not long to work, but he’s making a statement after being rocked earlier in the round. Short body shots as the round ends. Jordan’s right eye is a mess.
Cooper scores round 2 10-9 Jordan (20-18 Jordan).
Round 3 – They hug at the start of the round. May with the knee, and Jordan capitalises by getting a takedown. He’s got the back now! Huge shots on May! He’s picking up where he left off in the second round and overwhelming May on the mat. Jordan continuing to land these short hammerfists and elbows. Miragliotta warning May to do something. Jordan continuing to land shots and he gets the stoppage! Big turnaround for Jordan in a fun contest.
Result: Jordan via TKO (strikes) at 2:03 in third round.
A fun contest, even if neither fighter looked like they could make a run at the top. May should get another fight, and Jordan gets a win that he needed a lot.
Here are the results for the event so far, you can follow the coverage of the full card here.
Shawn Jordan def. Jack May via TKO (punches) at 2:03 in third round.
Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 in first round.
Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision (29-28 x3, 28-29).
Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).