MMA Junkie | ESPN 3 Jared Gordon uses win over Dan Moret as platform to help addicts, victims

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MINNEAPOLIS – Jared Gordon beat Dan Moret with a unanimous decision Saturday night on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN 3 in Minneapolis.

Take a look inside the fight with Gordon, who snapped a two-fight skid.

Result: Jared Gordon def. Dan Moret via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Updated records: Gordon (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Moret (13-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC)
Key stat: Moret has lost all three of his fights since signing with the UFC in 2018.

Gordon on the fight’s key moment

“I felt like a could’ve done more. Dan’s a tough guy – long. … And he fights awkward. He’s a southpaw. So I had a little puzzle to solve. I started getting my timing down a little better and I was able to get my takedowns and capitalize on some scrambles. I wanted the finish. Fighting three rounds is exhausting, but I got the win.”

Gordon, a former drug addict and sexual assault survivor, on giving back

“I was praying to God to give me the win so I could have the platform. When you lose, you don’t get the interviews. … You don’t get to reach the people I’m trying to reach. In America, unfortunately you need a platform to reach people – because nobody’s going to listen to Joe Schmo in the corner.”

Gordon on what he wants next

“Madison Square Garden is coming up (in November). My grandfather fought in Madison Square Garden. I was born in Manhattan. I trained at Renzo (Gracie’s) for seven years, which is on 30th Street – Madison Square Garden is on 34th Street. I’ve been in Manhattan my whole life. My grandparents grew up in Harlem. My mother grew up in Manhattan. I lived in Queens. It’s my destiny.”

To hear more from Gordon, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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