UFC 149 Las Vegas Odds: Cheick Kongo vs Shawn Jordan
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo is a fan favorite, but he will need a win this weekend at UFC 149 to stay in the good graces of the promotion's brass. He gets a chance to get back into the win column against former Louisiana State fullback MMA up-and-comer Shawn Jordan. Jordan is currently -135 at Bovada Sportsbook.
Jordan steps into the Octagon against Kongo as a replacement for the injured Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Jordan has never faced a ranked heavyweight and will be in the Octagon against one of the most lethal strikers in the division.
At only 27-years-old Jordan has compiled an MMA record of 13-3 that includes 12 stoppage wins. The Jackson’s Submission Fighting member might be glad to stand and bang with Kongo in hopes of landing the first big strike that changes the direction of the fight.
As a Greg Jackson student he will surely be getting into the Octagon with a fight-winning game plan. That plan could consist of taking Kongo down as soon as possible and working a submission or ground-and-pound approach on a one-dimensional opponent.
Kongo will be looking to do what he does best and beat his smaller opponent to the punch with his reach and speed advantage. Before getting caught by too many Mark Hunt punches, Kongo had schooled three-straight UFC up-and-comers and plans on shutting the gate on Jordan’s UFC heavyweight run.
This fight comes down to whether you think Jordan is ready for an opponent the level of Kongo or not. At 37, Kongo has shown a not-so-granite chin of late, getting rocked by Pat Barry and then KO’d by Hunt. If he can’t take a punch any longer Jordan stands a much better chance of winning.
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