Jordan Youthful, a professional combined martial arts fighter originally from Urbandale, died this weekend at age 27.
A trigger of death was not declared, according to MMA publication MMA Junkie. Youthful was when a rising star in Bellator MMA, the second-largest MMA advertising in the U.S.
He was primarily based in Florida wherever he fought for American Best Crew MMA. The team was shocked by Young’s dying, according to a tweet Sunday.
“Our group is stunned and deeply saddened by this news,” the statement claimed. “A fantastic teammate, he will be deeply missed by all of us.”
Young explained to the Des Moines Register in a 2019 job interview that he was thrilled about his early MMA career.
“I truly feel that I am in the guide right now for (blended martial arts) fighters coming out of Des Moines, besides Jeremy Stephens,” Young said in July 2019.
Not like many MMA fighters, Young by no means wrestled in superior school. At age 14 he dabbled in jiu jitsu. But his big break arrived just after his sophomore football season at Urbandale when he gained a jiu jitsu match in Las Vegas. There he submitted semi-skilled and expert fighters in his ultimate two matches.
“I won that tournament in Las Vegas, and that genuinely opened my eyes,” Younger reported in 2019. “I observed that there was money to be created doing this, and I started off to establish a much better knowledge of what I was able of.”
Blended martial arts appealed to Younger due to the fact he was on his possess. Gain or get rid of, every thing was on him and him by itself.
“There’s a good deal extra management in your hands as much as conclusion generating,” Young reported in 2019. “Other sporting activities like soccer or basketball, you’re relying on folks to be in the ideal positions.”
Youthful went 12-2 just after his debut in 2014, according to MMA Junkie. 10 of his 11 wins arrived without getting made a decision by judges.
Youthful signed with Bellator in January 2017 . He went 6-1 in fights for the marketing, like 5 straight submission finishes. At one particular issue he was ranked the No. 70 ideal fighter throughout all leagues by Fight Matrix.
He remaining Bellator soon after voicing his displeasure in excess of how little he fought. In March 2020 Youthful signed with the Specialist Fighters League. At the time he regarded likely to the UFC, but did not really feel prepared still.
“When I go to the UFC, I want to be geared up to be there to continue to be,” Young explained to MMA Junkie in 2020. “It’s not that I don’t imagine I’m all set now, but I experience I have far more techniques to choose. I never want to be a dude in the UFC that doesn’t own a dwelling yet, that does not have his (expletive) together, and then I’m pressured to take unique techniques and consider distinct matters out mainly because I have to have the income. When I go to the UFC, I’m likely to be established. I’m going to have what I have to have to have, and irrespective of what comes about in my fights, I’m going to be taken care of.”
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