Jordan Young feels the fans were robbed at PFL 2. “Now it’s time to set that right, and give them a performance,” the former Bellator standout exclaimed ahead of this week’s PFL 5 card.
Let’s recap. Young was originally scheduled against former WSOF champ Smealinho Rama at PFL 2 in April. He was soon replaced by Vinny Magalhaes — but the BJJ ace was forced out last minute due to weight cutting complications. Askar Mozharov managed to make weight as a short-notice replacement, but was forced to withdraw on the day of the fight.
That led to a walk-over win and three points for Young, who joined the PFL this season. Friday at PFL 5 will now be his official debut, and he knows exactly what he has to do to ensure another fight this year.
“I’m definitely going to look for the finishes. I always do. From my calculations, I need a finish to advance,” Young stated during this week’s PFL 5 media day. “It doesn’t matter if it’s first, second, or third, I need a finish. And I need someone with points already to take an L. And that’s my path to Hollywood, Florida [where the PFL post-season will be held].”
Young is up against “Filthy” Tom Lawlor, a well-known figure to MMA fans. Young recognizes Lawlor’s veteran experience, but had his own take on it this week.
“Tom Lawlor has a lot of experience and he’s fought some good guys. It’s been a long time since he fought those guys though, and times change. Things change in this sport very fast,” noted Young.
Later, he’d add of Lawlor that “he’s a tough guy, he seems to be able to take a shot, very durable. I don’t think Tommy’s a killer through.”
Watch the full PFL 5 media scrum with Jordan Young above. The event takes place Thursday, June 17 in Atlantic City, NJ, airing live on ESPN+ and ESPN 2 (TSN in Canada).