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David Castillo breaks down the three things you need to know about the Heavyweights try to tumble their way into our favorite pugilism memories UFC 192 in Houston, TX.

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Shawn Jordan tries to outdo his hook kick KO over Derrick Lewis this October 3, 2015 at the Toyota Center in City Houston, Texas.

The Match Up

Heavyweight Shawn Jordan 18-6 vs. Ruslan Magomedov 13-1

The Odds

Heavyweight Shawn Jordan +140 vs. Ruslan Magomedov -160

Three Things You Should Know

1. Shawn Jordan is exactly what his hook kick KO says he is; a brawler with tricks up his sleeve, and bricks in his feet.

A fight like Jordan's bout with Derrick Lewis is hard to evaluate. It's a good win for Jordan but it doesn't really teach us anything. I'm not even sure Jordan could reach that high with his foot if he tried it a second time. Nonetheless, the heavyweight they call "The Savage" lived up to his billing.

Jordan didn't enter the UFC with any expectations. He predictably stumbled when the competition didn't get easier, but he's on a nice three fight winning streak that have all ended violently. Ruslan Magomedov is a step up in competition. The question for Jordan is whether or not he can replicate the kind of violence he's known for against the upper echelon.

2. Magomedov is undefeated in the octagon. While it's been over average competition, his in-cage talents could take him far in Heavyweight's average division.

Magomedov made his early career impression by beating up fighters with big names, and little to zero recent success. Names like Tim Sylvia, and Ricco Rodriguez for example. The talented Dagestani is a little stereotypical in terms of pugilist description, but he's not quite a Sambo apparition. Buckle up, because I have a hard time believing both men will walk away with their wits intact.

3. Unless Jordan has something crazier than a hook kick up his sleeve/shorts, the odds should favor Magomedov more.

Jordan is a brawler, first and foremost. But he's the kind of brawler who relies on momentum more than mechanics, which makes him predictable, but hard to stop; think the Jerome Bettis of heavyweight MMA.

The word "brawler" has so many negative connotations that it's worth elaborating on here. Why? Because Jordan is not mindless. 'Wild' is not the element I think of when I call Jordan a 'brawler'; rather, "active" is where I take my cues. Jordan does some very intelligent things on the feet; feinting, moving, and using more than just a right hook to land strikes. Aesthetically, his hook kick KO over Lewis was kind of funny, but it represents his habit of using angles to land with power rather than sheer velocity.

Magomedov is something different entirely. He has a very classical mode of attack in a lot of ways. On the feet he hones two deft strikes; a nice straight right, and a wide angle left hook that argues against the notion that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Magomedov's left hook is the non-Euclidean, anti-Pythagorean argument Jordan must watch out for.

In addition, Magomedov's athleticism allows him to do other things, like throw well time spinning back kicks. If Jordan can pin him up against the cage, he's got a chance to win an attrition battle. Magomedov isn't weak in the clinch, but he can become inert. His talents are at range.


Magomedov's boxing, in combination with Jordan's lack of defense, will earn him the decision win. Jordan's losses to Gabriel Gonzaga and Matt Mitrione speak to his inability to deal with technicians without losing his rhythm, and Magomedov is definitely a technician. Ruslan Magomedov by TKO, round 2.