High Times for Jordan Mein
Growing up with Lee Mein as a father, it is no wonder that Jordan Mein is one of the toughest twenty-year olds in Canada. Not only is Lee Mein a Heavyweight MMA fighter, Jordan’s dad has also been teaching him martial arts before he was even enrolled in Kindergarten. “It was awesome growing up with a father who fights and been in the cage. I have learned everything from him,” says the younger Mein.
Jordan Mein (17-6) is truly a fighter from the new generation that cross trains many martial arts disciplines from a very young age. “Jordan started coming to the gym for for Kempo Karate when he was three year’s old,” states Lee from his Canadian Martial Arts Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. “He has been at the gym his whole life.” As he grew older, Jordan added Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling to his ever improving striking game.
Jordan attempted other sports like football, basketball, and lacrosse, but it was fighting that he excelled in. “Young Guns” Mein entered every competition available as he grew up. Jordan slowly advanced through Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu tournaments to grappling and Kickboxing events to having his first amateur MMA fight at 14 years old.
Ironically, it was another MMA wunderkind from Western Canada that Jordan debuted as a pro fighter when he was 16 years old. Future UFCer Rory MacDonald was the first fight and also the first loss of young Jordan’s career. The two grew up in MMA in similar fashions but many feel that MacDonald’s team was a little more selective on who Rory would fight, while Jordan would fight anyone at anytime and anywhere.
“Jordan has always wanted to fight the toughest guys,” says his father. Incredibly, the 16 year old Jordan fought six times in his first six months of professional fighting. He went 3-3 while taking on stiff competitors like MacDonald, Kevin Manderson and Tim Jenson. Since those first six months of fighting, Mein has shown drastic improvement going 14-2 in the cage. “I have fought all around around Canada,” states Jordan, “and I have kept getting stronger and when I have had a few losses I have learned from them.”
His last loss was against Montreal’s Mike Ricci who ended up going to Bellator. “Ricci took me down and held me there. By the third round he was tired and I was feeling good. He got the win because he had good position but I was not hurt.” Since that fight, Mein has focused on getting up off his back and he has incorporated more wrestling into his game. Since that loss, Mein has been unstoppable – tearing through good opposition like Andrew Buckland, Victor Bachmann, and George Belanger.
The loss to Ricci was an important lesson for Jordan as he now prepares to fight Jason High (9-3) on Thursday, August 26 at Rumble in the Cage in Taber, Alberta. High is a strong wrestler who also made the Grand Prix finals in DREAM in 2009 before losing his last two fights and being released by the UFC.
“Jason High will come hard at me, but I will do the same to him. With his wrestling background, he will try to take me down and sometimes he might get it. I will put a lot of pressure on him and take him down as well,” explains Jordan. “He may be good at wrestling, but I am good at everything combined. I have high confidence in my stand up and if I have to work off my back.”
A win against the recently released High is just what Mein needs to get noticed by the UFC. “I have fought for a long time and beaten everyone around here. This fight is exactly what I want at this point in my career.”
Tickets are still available for RITC 40 in Taber. As well, fans can watch the online PPV.