Jordan Mein vs Alex Morono
Young Veteran is typically a term used for an at most 30 year old fighter, with substantial experience, ranging from quantity of fights to quality of opposition. At only 28 years of age, Jordan Mein has had 42 fights, a quarter of which have come from both UFC & Strikeforce. Fighting Rory MacDonald in his pro MMA debut, and even fighting Tyron Woodley in 2012! For every Young Veteran that refocuses all of his experience, and reaches new heights (Robbie Lawler during his UFC Welterweight Title Run), there is a slew of once promising prospects that have succumbed to their all-action styles, and are a ghost of their former selves.
While it is very unlikely Alex Morono will ever be a top-tier Welterweight, he is a well rounded mid-tier fighter, that is used as a measuring stick to see who is ready to take a step-up, and fight a ranked 170 pounder. Skill for skill, Jordan Mein is the superior fighter, but the split second instinct necessary for his style is gone, and he is on the downside of his career. At this point, a hard-nosed, well-rounded fighter, with a decent submission game, and far less tread on the tires, is a nightmare match-up for him, and that’s “The Great White” (couldn’t even keep a straight face typing that nickname).
Pick: Alex Morono +100