Again at his authentic weight class, Jared Gordon is able to make a run within the featherweight division.
Gordon (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a former CFFC 145-pound champion, stopped Michel Quinones within the second spherical in his UFC debut in 2017, however missed the featherweight restrict by three kilos. The load miss prompted a transfer as much as light-weight the place Gordon went 2-3.
However in his previous outing at UFC on ESPN 13 in July, Gordon determined to maneuver again right down to 145 kilos the place he defeated Chris Fishgold through unanimous determination. His current modifications additionally included a transfer to Sanford MMA in Florida, and Gordon is worked up to lastly attain his full potential within the UFC.
“I’m in the precise place. I simply acquired a brand new contract, I’m coming off a win, I acquired a pleasant increase, I’m again at ’45,” he advised MMA Junkie Radio. “I actually really feel like I’m gonna hit a stride right here. I feel I’m flying below the radar, too. My recreation is underrated. I’ve a skillset that most individuals don’t possess.”
Gordon returns at UFC Fight Night on Feb. 20 the place he’ll tackle Columbian Danny Chavez. Although Gordon’s file might not precisely mirror his work within the octagon, “Flash” has managed to rack up some spectacular numbers together with his high-pressure floor recreation.
“After I take individuals down, they usually don’t rise up,” Gordon mentioned. “I’m beating you up on the ground and in floor strikes, I’m prime 5 in UFC historical past. I feel I’m in entrance of GSP, and I’m behind Kamaru (Usman), I’m behind Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and Tatiana Suarez. I put up numbers. I take you down, you’re gonna have a tough time there.”
He continued, “For those who have a look at me on paper, it’s like, ‘Oh this man is 4-3.’ I misplaced to 2 guys which might be ranked prime 10, Ferreira and Oliveira. My different loss is in a ‘Struggle of the Evening’ that I used to be successful each spherical, each decide’s scorecard – my hamstring ripped off my pelvis so I used to be on one leg within the third spherical…if you understand what you’re speaking about and also you have a look at my file on paper, you’re like ‘nicely, this man has fought some monsters,’ and I used to be combating out of my weight class. So I feel I’m flying below the radar, and I do know I’m gonna hit my stride, and I’m gonna go on a tear.”