By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to talk with undefeated rising Bellator star Jordan Young. Jordan won his last fight on April 21 via first round submission to keep his streak going. Let’s have a seat and get to know Jordan a little bit better.
Jordan began training martial arts at an early age. When he was 7 he started taking karate classes. Once he hit the sixth grade he gave wrestling a chance. He did admit that he only tried it for one year. He told me that he was a bigger kid (not in a good way) and got pinned which made him upset at the time. At the age of 15, he found jiu-jitsu which he loved. It was all downhill from there. Jordan currently trains in “MMA”. He does hold a purple belt in jiu-jitsu but prides himself on being a well-rounded fighter. He also trains boxing, wrestling, and muay thai.
Speaking about training we touched on his camps and where he currently calls home. Once he hit 15 years old he split his time between two gyms. Josh Neer jiu-jitsu and Joe Brammer’s Elite Edge Gym where the spots he began to hone his craft. He spent four years there while also branching out to train all over the country. He has been training at American top Team for the past year and told me that this is where he will be spending his career, Not a bad place to call home if fighting is your job.
When he was 18 years old he remembered the news saying that Rory MacDonald was the next generation of fighter being proficient in everything. Jordan has trained in all areas since he started. He feels that he is the next-next generation and plans to prove it. He also told me that being a fighter has many meanings. He stays true to his martial arts background, but at the end of the day, he is a prize fighter.
Jordan was 4-1 as an amateur before stepping onto the pro stage. He told me that he began training for a professional career at the age of 16. When he hit 17 he was already in the game and making his way to his dream. He admits that his amateur fights were to see where he stood in his training. At the conclusion of his fifth amateur fight, he knew that he was ready to climb the professional ladder. Jordan has fought professionally under the promotions MMC (where he is still the current middleweight champion), Victory, and now Bellator.
I wanted to try and get a bigger picture of his career path and what he plans to do in the future. He said with confidence, “Bellator does good business. They take care of me so I take care of them.” While no one knows what the future holds he has no plans of moving anytime soon. That should be great news for the loyal Bellator fans.
Jordan is a very confident young man and off to a great start at the age of 22. While sitting on a perfect 7-0 record I inquired about what he thought his best attribute was at this point. He couldn’t pinpoint one specific thing but told me his strength, conditioning, and flexibility were a huge help. He has been training hard in those areas from a young age so he is in top shape. While those are great things outside of the cage he also said that his mindset is his greatest ally inside the cage. Fights do not make him nervous. He stays calm, composed, and ready to go.
With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority I asked what methods of cutting weight does he use. Jordan stays healthy year round and walks around roughly 25 pounds out at the start of his fight camp. He trains hard and eats good so the weight comes off fairly easy. Light water loading is used to get those last few pounds out of the way, but he feels great come fight night. Taking care of his body all the time allows him to have minimal if any strength losses.
April 21 Jordan faced a tough opponent in undefeated Tim Caron at Bellator 178. He was able to finish the fight in the first round via submission. Jordan said, “I predicted an early finish. I took the fight on 2.5 weeks notice and felt I was the better fighter.” Apparently, he was correct only being in the cage for 3 minutes and 55 seconds to chalk up his seventh professional win.
I asked Jordan to give one tip to all the guys just getting into the fight game that may be reading. His advice was simple. Have a plan and surround yourself with the right people. You need a great team to keep your mindset and have the support needed to compete.
I also wanted to know when we could expect to see Jordan in the cage next. He has a date in mind. August 25 Bellator will be having a fight in Upstate New York. Jordan hopes to be on that card and fighting Chris Honeycutt. Jordan said, “Chris needs to get this fight to happen so I can whoop his ass. It’s an easy five-figure payout in my pocket.”
Jordan would like to thank American Top Team for the great training and support. Shout out to his sponsors Elite Edge, J&K Complete Auto Care, Aaron Pouncey, and Ape man Strong. He would also like to thank TheMMATakeOver.com for holding this interview. Big thanks to all his friends and family for the support through the years. Last but not least his girlfriend Lou.
I had one final question for Jordan, have you submitted to the takeover? “This is undefeated Bellator middleweight Jordan Young and I have submitted to the takeover”.
I enjoyed talking with Jordan. He has a clear plan and is executing it to perfection so far. I wish him all the best in his career and am waiting for him to enter the cage once again. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA