New UFC heavyweight recruit Jared Cannonier (7-0-0) will make his UFC debut against vet Shawn Jordan (16-6-0) at UFC 182, the company announced.

The pride of Louisiana State University (LSU), all of Jordan’s four wins in the UFC have been by knockout. He last defeated Jack May at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs St. Preux back in August.

One can be sure fans of the Alaska Fighting Championships (AFC) will be cheering Cannonier on to victory.

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UFC 182 features UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his belt against #1 contender Daniel Cormier January 3rd in Las Vegas.

MMA CROSSFIRE’S TAKE: We’ve seen a lot of UFC debuts lately and many of them have gone quite smoothly. Some have not gone as planned e.g. see Larissa Pacheo, but our spider sense says at a glance, Cannonier has more than a shot if he can get past the UFC jitters.