Mein, a native of Lethbridge, Alta., disposed of veteran Dan Miller at the Bell Centre in Montreal March 16 in a thoroughly impressive showing. After escaping a tight armbar early with brilliant technique and poise, Mein ended up finishing Miller with strikes late in round one of their welterweight bout.
The 23-year-old has won nine of his last 10 bouts, with his only loss during that stretch being a split decision to rising star Tyron Woodley in Strikeforce last January.
Brown (16-11) is riding a four-fight win streak and coming off a big knockout win over Mike Swick at UFC on FOX 5 in December.
With the addition of Jordan Mein vs. Matt Brown, UFC on FOX 7 now has eight matchups consisting of a Strikeforce fighter vs. a UFC fighter.
– Frank Mir (UFC) vs. Daniel Cormier (Strikeforce)
– Nate Diaz (UFC) vs. Josh Thomson (Strikeforce)
– Francis Carmont (UFC) vs. Lorenz Larkin (Strikeforce)
– Tim Means (UFC) vs. Jorge Masvidal (Strikeforce)
– Anthony Njokuani (UFC) vs. Roger Bowling (Strikeforce)
– Clifford Starks (UFC) vs. Yoel Romero (Strikeforce)
At UFC 158, shortly after Mein’s win over Miller Saturday, I crossed paths with UFC president Dana White and asked, “How about that Jordan Mein?” He simply responded: “Those Strikeforce guys are good.”
On April 20 in San Jose, we’ll find out just how good.
Also on the UFC on FOX 7 card: Chad Mendes vs. Darren Elkins; Joseph Benavidez vs. Darren Uyenoyama; Norman Parke vs. Jon Tuck; Ramsey Nijem vs. Myles Jury; and Francisco Rivera vs. Hugo Viana.
NOTE: Like Mein, Elkins is another guy competing on a quick turnaround after a win at UFC 158. He’s replacing an injured Clay Guida after defeating Antonio Carvalho by first-round TKO on Saturday.