Jared Gordon’s elite-level mixed martial art skills came in handy when an unknown assailant apparently tried to attack his family with a baseball bat.
The New Yorker – a UFC lightweight fighter once heavily linked with facing rising star Paddy Pimblett, uploaded a video to his social media channels that showed the concluding moments of the incident.
“Here’s me subduing a guy with a bat after he tried to attack my family and I with it. I don’t know how I restrained myself from beating his face in. My mother then went Karen and wanted to call the cops,” Gordon wrote alongside the clip on Instagram.
The video starts with Gordon already in touching distance of his attacker, who he manages to take down to the floor before the scuffle continues as the 33-year-old tries to disarm the man.
Despite being on the ground and outnumbered, the stranger continues to fight back, refuses to let go of the bat, and suggests he never had any intention of using it as a weapon.
A number of high profile people liked what they saw and made their feelings known in his comment section.
Eryk Anders joked: “Is it because he had glasses on you didn’t hit him?”
Ange Loosa wrote: “He’s lucky the camera is on,” while Kendra Lust and Thiago Alves used emojis to signal their approval.
Before he was one of the baddest men on the planet, Gordon was an addict who overdosed on heroin three times and had 10 separate stints in rehab before getting clean in late-2015.
He also uses his profile to help others with addiction, but when not fighting bad guys in his hometown, he is a well-known MMA fighter who has been competing against the likes of former lightweight champion Charles Oliveira under the UFC banner since 2017.