Aussie NFL star Jordan Mailata is not someone you want to mess with.
The 203cm,166kg Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman reminded his NFL opponents why on Monday morning (AEDT), with another physically dominant display in the Eagles’ 40-29 win over the New Orleans Saints
Mailata appeared fired up from the outset, with an early verbal altercation with the Saints’ Cameron Jordan setting the tone for a confrontational encounter.
Midway through the second quarter, the 24-year-Australian imposed his will on Jordan, sending him to the turf with a brutal one-handed block.
Mailata effectively tossed aside the 130kg, 10-year NFL veteran like a rag doll.
Not done yet, Mailata once again got into it with Davenport, barrelling his opponent to the ground before getting into a wrestling match before officials intervened to separate the pair.
Mailata’s impact during the game didn’t go unnoticed, with NFL fans on Twitter quick to point out how terrifying the former South Sydney Rabbitoh’s presence is.
Jordan Mailata performance 'like f***ing UFC'
Asked about Mailata’s confrontation with Davenport after the game, Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson described it as something that would not have looked out of place in a UFC octagon.
“I don’t know what the hell happened,” Johnson said.
“It looked like f*****g UFC 286 out there. I don’t know what happened, I don’t know what caused it.
"I think I was on the backside of the play and I just saw (Mailata’s) big a** rolling and Davenport rolling together.
“You got that big dinosaur on you, Mailata, I’d get angry too.”
Mailata, who had never played a single down of American football before being drafted by the Eagles in 2018, continues to vindicate their decision to sign him to a four-year $USD 64 million contraction extension this offseason.
Mailata’s Australian teammate, punter Arryn Siposs, had five punts during the contest for an average of 44.2 yards, including one punt inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
The victory improved the Eagles’ record to 5-6 on the season, seeing them maintain second place in the NFC East, behind the Dallas Cowboys.
The Saints meanwhile dropped to 5-5 on the season, leaving them in second place in the NFC South.
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