by Adam Martin
A battle between two of the hardest-hitting heavyweights in the UFC is going down this fall.
According to TheAdvocate.com, Shawn Jordan will meet Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 166, which takes place Oct. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
The Gonzaga vs. Jordan bout will likely be a part of the evening’s preliminary card.
Jordan (15-4) is coming off a “Knockout of the Night” winning performance over Pat Barry at UFC 161. The 28-year-old heavyweight is so far 3-1 in the UFC with three knockout wins and if he can continue his hot streak then he will soon find himself fighting top-10 competition. Jordan, a former football fullback at LSU, is one of the most compact and explosive heavyweights in the division and he can be a real star if he keeps on winning fights.
Gonzaga (15-7) is coming off a 17-second KO of Dave Herman at UFC 162. The 34-year-old Gonzaga is one of the longest-tenured heavyweights in the entire UFC and despite his age he continues to win in impressive fashion and is closing in on top-15 status. Gonzaga still has something left in the tank and if he can take out the surging Jordan, expect him to start fighting the cream of the crop in the UFC heavyweight division.
UFC 166 is a stacked card that is headlined by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos, co-headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Roy Nelson and also features a lightweight bout between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez and a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Luke Rockhold.
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