Shawn Jordan Says He's Never Had a Diagnosed Concussion
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.28.2014
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Shawn Jordan recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Matt Mitrione at the TUF China Finale. Check out the highlights:
On his never having a diagnosed concussion: "The UFC does a good job of making sure we get checked up after fights and get CT (scans). They're pretty adamant about all of us getting checked out. But I've never really had any concussions playing football or anything, or, I guess, diagnosed concussions. I was a fullback, so I was always getting hit. Even this sport, I've never had a diagnosed concussion, so I'm not really too worried about it yet. But if I ever had a problem, the UFC would take care of it for me."
On American Top Team minimizing impacts in training: "I'm a good training partner, so I don't really kill anybody with any specific stuff. You can go 70 or 80 and even 90 percent if you're throwing straight punches. Those are things that we should be able to adjust off of and not get too much damage...Now, if we're going out there and throwing crazy spinning kicks and elbows, that's when you get hurt. Straight punches are things we should be able to move out of the way of and make them glancing blows. Sometimes you get guys that come in and get close to fights, whether it's training style or anxiety. But it's a good training environment."
On rivalry between ATT and the Blackzillians: "We're competitors and athletes; we're not fighting for our lives. It's a business, not whether he talked about my mama. That's the good thing about this fight. I don't really talk trash. We've crossed paths a few times this week, and we've been very cordial. We signed the contracts, and we fight on Saturday. Why waste energy being upset or mean-mugging each other now?"
On heavyweights having better odds at performance bonuses: "We all hit hard, so there's always a chance to win a bonus. But it's also kind of fun. You go back to the (Antonio) ‘Bigfoot' (Silva) vs. Mark Hunt fight, when you have guys slugging it out, it's really conducive to our fans to be exciting. I just don't think most heavyweight fights are going to last that long because everybody hits too hard."
On his gameplan: "In our weight class, you have to be very flexible and versatile with your gameplan. But especially in our weight class, a few strikes can change a lot of things, whether you get your bell rung or not. You have to adjust to it, and survive or change things to help your position. A few strikes can force you to be flexible with it."