UFC on ESPN 3's Jared Gordon ready to prove himself worthy of new contract

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Were it not for some crazy luck, UFC lightweight Jared Gordon is sure he’d be in a better position on the first fight of a new contract.

Then again, Gordon had no way of preparing for the torn hamstring that preceded his previous bout, a third-round KO loss to Joaquim Silva at UFC on FOX 31.

And so, Gordon (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) isn’t too down about his fortune. He got a $50,000 bonus and an invitation to return – things could be worse.

“I proved in my last fight that I was the better fighter, but this is MMA, and crazy things happen,” Gordon told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “I won one and two, and I was winning the third round until I couldn’t move well and I got hit, and the ref stepped in and stopped it.”

Gordon is well acquainted with crazy stuff. He nearly lost three fingers in an altercation with gang members prior to his third UFC fight. And that’s on top of a very rough stretch with drug addiction.


On Saturday, Gordon plans to make up for lost momentum with a win over Dan Moret at UFC on ESPN 3, which takes place at Target Center. The fight card airs live on ESPN.

Check out the above video to hear how Gordon bounced back and what he expects from his fight.

And for more on the UFC on ESPN 3, check out the UFC Rumorssection of the site.