Heavyweight sensation Shawn “The Savage” Jordan just stopped Pat Barry in 0ne minute at UFC 161 in Winnipeg. One of the more athletic men competing in the heavyweight division, Jordan is training with Greg Jackson out of Albuquerque NM., which is a facility that’s known for creating champions and contenders.

Jordan recently spoke with sherdog.com about a possible drop to light-heavyweight, how he got his toughness, and much more.

“Mental toughness is a huge part of playing football. The strength coach at LSU is Tommy Moffitt. That’s what he did with all of us. Every athlete that came in and out of there was just mentally tough. I think that’s one thing I did carry over, plus work ethic. I think those two things really, really carried over well and helped me kind of climb the ladder quick.”

Former fullback at Louisiana State University, the Savage says that’s where he acquired his mental toughness that he’s brought over to MMA. Maybe that’s why he took a fight with Cheick Kongo on short notice in only his second fight in the Octagon?