2012 World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report: #9 - Jan Jorgensen

Photo by Mark Johnston, Daily Herald

Name: 22px-flag_of_the_united_states Jan Jorgensen
Nickname: Janimal
Age: 25
Height: 6'2"
Location: Utah

Jan Jorgensen (1-0) is no stranger to the sound of two burly heavyweight athletes clashing in the midst of a heated battle for real estate. That was, in a nutshell, his job when he played defensive end for Brigham Young University, pushing, pulling, juking, and spinning his way past his opponent to sack the quarterback. Now, his aim isn't to move past his opponents. It's to break them.

Jorgensen's foray into the sport began in September of 2010, beating fellow collegiate football player Jerzy Siewierski by technical knockout in the third round of an amateur bout at Showdown Fights: Respect. He followed up the victory with a first round technical knockout of Felix Guel four months later at Showdown Fights: New Blood, then submitted Jeff Prescott in the first round at Showdown Shootout in April, improving his amateur record to 3-0.

In his pro debut at Showdown Fights: Evolution in November, Jorgensen continued his dominance, defeating Lolo Tuiaki by technical knockout when he couldn't answer the bell in the third round. It was an expected outcome considering Jorgensen's talented background and surprisingly well-rounded skill-set.

Feeding off a high school wrestling background and the skills it takes to move powerful, explosive offensive lineman out of his path, the 25-year-old is expectedly effective in the takedown department. He has a basic understanding of position on the ground, and he can control opponents from the top while he moves to more dominant positions or beats up opposition with ground and pound.

His stand-up game is surprisingly diverse for a novice fighter. He can work from the clinch, the Thai Plum, and from distance, mixing up his strikes and throwing combinations. He also possesses sufficient conditioning, enough to keep a pace that surpasses his opponent's rate of attack.

The jury is still out on whether Jorgensen can compete against better competition. Fortunately, the division isn't deep, and a few more wins should bring bigger names into the mix. Despite only having one fight under his belt as a pro, Jorgensen is worth keeping tabs on. He could make considerable progress in 2012. Look for him at Showdown Fights: Breakout on February 24 when he battles fellow prospect Aaron Magro.

Footage of Jan Jorgensen after the jump...

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Jan Jorgensen vs. Felix Guel

Jan Jorgensen vs. Jerzy Siewieski

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