Jordan Griffin prepares for Revelation Fight Organization 145-lb. title
On September 30, Jordan Griffin faces Cody Stevens in RFO’s first featherweight title fight.
It’s been over a year since your last fight. How have you taken that time to grow as a martial artist?
“I’ve just been training a lot. I’ve been in and out of camps. I jumped into different camps. I think I had to re-motivate myself. I jumped in Anthony’s (Pettis) last camp against Jim Miller. I was his main sparring partner and I was also Paul Felder’s main sparring partner for his last performance. I think that really re-motivated me to want to come back to fighting. I wasn’t really sure if I was going to fight again honestly. I figured everything else out; figured out what I had to figure out. With the help of Roufusport and Duke and everybody else I’m back to fighting so I’m really happy.”
Stevens has competed more recently than you and is currently on a win streak. How do you stay mentally prepared in between fights?
“I’m a killer! I’m gonna kill him. No, to be honest, yeah, I saw he was on a win streak but you’ve got to look at who he’s fighting. In my head, I really don’t care who he fought or how he beat them. He’s a decision fighter. You know what I mean? He goes out there and he rolls around on the dudes. He doesn’t really finish them, he just kind of wrestle f**ks them. Sorry for my language. He doesn’t really do anything. I just think he’s going to have a hard time doing that against me. I literally just spent the last year working on my wrestling as well as my strength and conditioning. I’m just not here to play those games. I’m going to punch him in the face and I’m going to punch him in the face hard. I think he’s used to fighting these dudes who are a little afraid of him, a little skittish. It’s like nah man you’re in there with someone who’s more experienced. He fought one of my buddies, Charles Bennett, who has been all over the world aka Crazy Horse aka Felony. Stevens fought him and I think Charles could have beaten him but it’s just one of those things it didn’t go Bennett’s way.”
What are your thoughts on facing Stevens in his home town?
“We’re going to be in his hometown so I think I can’t let it go to the judges. I’m going to have to knock him out; I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to hurt him. It’s just gonna have to be that way. I’ve made most of my career off of going to guy’s hometowns, beating the shit out of them, collecting my check, and going on to the next town to fight that hometown hero. Ruin his face. So, it doesn’t bother me, the booing doesn’t bother me. I’ve actually found most people like me after they see me fight. Even though I whooped on their bigger brother or best friend or whatever and it’s a lot of fun.
What’s next for you?
“I just want to win this title. Technically I think I’ve defended the King of the Cage title four times. I have the DFC title so that’s five titles, so this will be my sixth title win. I haven’t fought a three-round fight, I’ve fought nothing but five round fights over the last two and a half years. I just want to get back on another win streak. If I can then get signed to the UFC, get signed to Bellator, get signed on a bigger show. I want to show the world what I can do. Then that’d be awesome. That’s what I want to do in the long run. I’m 27, I’m not getting any younger. It’s just time. I’m mad that I had to take a year off. But I just wasn’t mentally all there to be honest. I think I’ve got myself together now. I’m ready to come back. I’m ready to hurt some people.”
You’re a favorite fighter to interview here at My MMA News due to your colorful, off the cuff style. What’s one fun fact fans may not already know about you?
“Oh man, there’s just so much. I think over the last year I’ve just been grinding. I start work at 5 am and don’t go to bad till 11pm. I think I’ve found a lot of joy in the small things. Right now, I can honestly say and I don’t mean to get all sentimental I find a lot of joy in seeing my son. I only get to see him on Fridays and Saturdays just because I work so much. I enjoy setting my goals and working harder and harder every day to accomplish those goals. Also, my girlfriend and I are obsessed with the little Pillsbury holiday sugar cookies.”