After an April victory in the cage marked his first win in more than 18 months, it wasn't long before Jordan Titoni was humbled again.
Titoni was perfectly fine with that, since he trains at Factory X Muay Thai in Englewood, one of Colorado's premier mixed martial arts gyms.
"You come back down-to-earth pretty quickly, especially being at Factory X getting lumped up on on a daily basis," Titoni said. "But yeah, I'm still riding that wave of confidence for sure."
The former Pine Creek wrestler and current head wrestling coach at Factory X steps back into the cage Saturday night at Massari Arena in Pueblo (the site of his last victory) at Top Shelf Entertainment's Rubicon V.
When Titoni (2-2) gets into the cage it will be against a familiar opponent, or as familiar as one can become acquainted with after grappling for just 68 seconds. That's how quickly Titoni submitted Jake Mendez in 2014 in an amateur bout.
"He actually is the one who asked for the fight," said Titoni, a featherweight. "He's been asking for the fight for a while apparently. And I never shy away from a challenge. I honestly take it as a little bit of an insult that he thinks he's gotten that much better that he can beat me now."
Titoni had a dominant amateur career, going 5-0 with four submission victories. He started his pro career in the same fashion, submitting Andrei Jones by choke in August 2015. But Titoni lost back-to-back fights, the first loss via decision while suffering a broken arm in the first round.
His next loss came via punches, as Andrew Tenneson stopped him. Tenneson has since pushed his record to 6-1, including winning impressively the same night Titoni did at LFA 10 in April.
Titoni got back to .500 with a grueling submission win over Joel Whitney in the final minute of a three-round bout. Both fighters exchanged big shots in the match and sustained damage.
But Titoni sunk in a rear naked choke in the final round, forcing Whitney to tap.
Mendez was 4-2 as an amateur. He's 1-2 as a pro, looking to even his record and exact some revenge.
"It just works out with where my career is at now and trying to build up that record, just get some fights under my belt," said Titoni, who graduated from Pine Creek in 2006. "I think it'll be a real good look and (I'll) have a lot of fun just beating this guy's butt and walk away with a W."