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Shawn Jordan signs with WSOF: 'I look forward to fighting for their heavyweight strap'

Former UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan has signed with WSOF. He discusses the UFC opting to not re-sign him, fighting for the WSOF title in the future, and the possibility of him retiring prior to the new deal with WSOF.

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Heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Shawn Jordan decided to test the free agency waters last year prior to an October UFC fight with Ruslan Magomedov, which he would lose by decision. Following the loss, which snapped a three-fight winning streak (all knockouts), the organization quietly did not re-sign Jordan (18-7).

"Yes, they did not re-sign me," Jordan told on Monday. "No real reasoning. Most likely because I didn't re-sign before the loss.

"The division is shallow and all my fights are good. Yet they let me go."

The former Louisiana State University football player has sought a new contract ever since he was informed the UFC was no longer interested in his services, and has been out of luck -- until now. Jordan announced on his Twitter that he has signed with World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

"I'm excited to have the opportunity to compete for the WSOF now," Jordan told "It's a great opportunity to make some waves in a new pool of heavyweights. I look forward to fighting for their heavyweight strap soon.

"The good thing about signing with the WSOF is now we can make up some income through sponsors. It's a new champ tee in my career and I'm ready to prepare for an opponent."

Jordan did not share the specifics of WSOF's offer, although in a back-and-forth exchange on social media on Sunday, WSOF president Ray Sefo revealed what could be Jordan's purse.

Without confirming whether or not the above numbers are accurate, Jordan said that his purse with WSOF is lower than what he was making as a UFC fighter.

"Well, it's pay, but it's less than I was making," he said.

Prior to getting signed to WSOF, Jordan was considering stepping away from the sport and pursuing another career. He graduated at LSU with degrees in Kinesiology (human movement) and chemistry.

Jordan's first fight with WSOF has not been confirmed at this time.