22-year old Strikeforce welterweight Jordan Mein has never been afraid of a challenge. It’s a mindset he developed in the formative years of his life, growing up both the son of a fighter/promoter and brother of a twin with severe cerebral palsy. In the first instance he learned about toughness first hand, training with his dad as a teenager and making his professional debut while in high school. In the latter he saw his brother Preston, who unfortunately passed away over the summer from surgical complications, struggle to do even the most basic things and learned to not only appreciate life to the fullest as a result but saw someone dealing with a situation far more difficult than any he’d encounter inside a ring or gym.
Mein’s next challenge comes Saturday night when he takes on undefeated star Tyron Woodley as part of the lineup for Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine. The fight comes after notching six straight wins including those over Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman, Marius Zaromskis, and most recently Evangelista Santos.
However, while the spotlight on their scrap may be bigger than those Mein has seen in the past, the 23-7 Canadian isn’t phased in the least bit regardless of Woodley’s past success or implications on the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt.
“I don’t really look at it that way,” said Mein in an interview with Strikeforce’s website. “I just see it as another fight. I don’t know what Strikeforce has planned for title fights, but for me, it’s just another test. He’s undefeated and he’s been a problem for everybody else, so I’m gonna try to figure that out and get the win and just take it as another fight.”
Mein made it clear he has no illusions about what Woodley offers as an opponent, explaining fans shouldn’t expect an all-out war so much as a chess game.
“He is a very strong grappler, a strong wrestler, and an athletic guy,” Mein began. “Me and ‘Cyborg’ had good styles to show each other’s skills off and entertain, and in this fight here, our styles are gonna be clashing, and his gameplan and my gameplan are completely different, but I think for hardcore fans and people who really enjoy watching technical stuff, this will be a good fight to watch.”
However the difficult task at hand is, as you might expect, it’s one Mein welcomes with open arms as he has all challenges in his life.
“I like fighting the best guys and testing my abilities and that’s what I’m here to do in mixed martial arts. I’m here to test myself,” Mein concluded.