There were questions whether or not UFC welterweight Jordan Mein was distracted heading into his UFC Fight Night 49 co-main event bout against Mike Pyle in Tulsa on Saturday. Mein’s father and trainer, James Lee Mein, was arrested prior to the official weigh-ins on Friday on allegations of sexual battery. He was taken into custody and later released on bail.
UFC officials later banned Mein’s father from attending the event and released a statement explaining their decision.
“Mr. Mein is accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper at the UFC’s host hotel in Tulsa, Okla.,” read the UFC’s official statement.
“The UFC finds the allegations against Mr. Mein deplorable and we fully support local law enforcement in its investigation. The UFC is also prohibiting Mr. Mein from attending tonight’s event should he post bail.”
You wouldn’t have known there were any distractions surrounding 24-year-old welterweight when he walked into the Octagon at BOK Center.
Mein fended off Pyle’s early takedown attempts. He stepped into the pocket with a combination a minute into the action landing a left hook cleanly on the chin of Pyle. Pyle collapsed to the canvas and Mein finished with a series of strikes on the ground, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to step in and stop the fight.
“I feel great, and I wanted a knockout because I want to stay in the co-main and main event spots,” said Mein following the first-round stoppage. “When I felt it land, it just felt so clean right on his chin. I tried to aim for his throat, nice and low. When I saw him fall I could really see how hurt he was.”
The Canadian up-and-comer doesn’t care who he gets matched up against in his next outing as long as it’s a main event or co-main event match-up.
“I just want to see another co-main event, main event spot because I love being here. I love being in the spotlight and that’s where I belong I believe,” he said.
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