UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The circumstances surrounding Jordan Mein’s promotional debut are totally different than anticipated – however that doesn’t imply he’s not having fun with the experience.

Regardless of co-headlining Bellator 242 within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mein (31-12 MMA, 0-Zero BMMA) is relieved to lastly be on the grounds throughout battle week.

“It feels nice,” Mein instructed MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “I’m excited to kick off this new chapter right here.”

Mein had ups and downs throughout his five-year, nine-fight UFC profession, the place he went 5-4. After his July 2018 win over Alex Morono, Mein entered free company. Quickly after, he signed with Bellator.

“I principally obtained recruited, actually,” Mein stated. “It was an excellent alternative for me and I took it actually. I ended up having a pair knee surgical procedures. I blew my knee out a few occasions. That form of took a while – then, the method of simply getting all this achieved. It simply took that a lot time. That’s form of what occurred. I used to be trying to get in there however this was simply the time it took.”

What made Mein select Bellator over the UFC? After consulting his father, coach and supervisor, Lee Mein, felt he stated the conclusion was reached that the upside was larger with Bellator.

“It was extra of a chance,” Mein stated. “My outdated man was speaking with them and all of it simply got here collectively. We form of simply made that call.”

Mein makes his promotional debut towards on Jason Jackson within the Bellator 242 co-main occasion. The occasion takes place at Mohegan Solar Enviornment with the principle card set to air on Paramount and stream on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. The battle between Mein and Jackson was initially focused for Could, however was delayed as a consequence of Bellator’s coronavirus-induced hiatus.

“We had been presupposed to battle in Could after which clearly all these items kicked off,” Mein stated. “I’ve been watching him for a short time – and watching his coaching movies along with his coach there. It’s a troublesome opponent. I’ve been watching a few of his fights in Bellator – and the LFA fights. I didn’t see his Contender Sequence battle however he’s a stable opponent. It’s going to be an excellent problem.”

The Bellator welterweight title gold is in consideration on the subject of objectives at his new residence, however Mein stated he hopes to placed on entertaining fights alongside the best way.

“I wish to placed on some thrilling fights,” Mein stated. “It’s simpler stated than achieved. We’ll see what occurs on Friday right here. I’m going to attempt to make that occur. Placing on thrilling fights and actually strolling away after each single battle and being happy with myself and that I went in there and did my greatest.”