Jared Gordon believes he deserves a spot in the top 15 with a win at UFC Vegas 53.
Defeating a highly touted prospect is a big deal. Some can pull it off, and others falter when given the opportunity. Gordon has the chance in his upcoming bout. He faces Grant Dawson, who is undefeated in the UFC and, up until his recent draw against Ricky Glenn, has looked unhuman.
Gordon is up for the test, however. The New Yorker, who is now living in Florida, is on a nice winning streak of his own after a rocky period when he lost three of four. Everything is coming together.
He is coming off a split decision against Joe Solecki last October. While it was officially scored a split decision, Gordon doesn’t know why. After surviving a rocky first round, he came back to win rounds two and three.
“Oh, yeah, I came from behind after getting crushed in the first round basically- he had me have my back for like three minutes of the first round, so I clearly lost,” Gordon told The All Star. “It was weird. Like, I always thought, if that happened to me, and I was in the corner, like, when I’d be nervous? When I went back to the corner, my coaches said, ‘you lost that round. Don’t do this’, and I’m like, ‘I’m trying. You know, like, I’m doing what I got when I can.’
“I was a little tired. My arms were a little heavy feeling, and my legs were a little heavy because he was really pushing me to the cage, you know? And he’s a big boy…but I know how to win fights.”
Win he did. Gordon said he knew he won the fight, so it wasn’t controversial to him.
Gordon sees his matchup with Dawson as eerie similar to his last with Solecki. So much so that he thinks the fight will come down to who wants it more, just like his last one.
“I think it’s a great matchup. When I win, I will deserve a top 15 spot for sure,” Gordon said. “Stylistically, I think it’s a great matchup for me. I think I know what he’s going to do: try and take me down, kind of similar to Solecki.
“I think Grant has better takedowns and is a little more aggressive. I just think Joe has more sporty jiu-jitsu, like a slicker type of jiu-jitsu that is very tricky, but Grant has great grappling, obviously. We have a similar style. I think it’s going to be like my last night, who wants to more, or who sets the tone first.”
Jared “Flash” Gordon is a 33 year old male fighter from United States with 18 pro wins and 4 losses. Gordon is scheduled to fight Grant Dawson at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera on Saturday April 30, 2022.
Jared Gordon’s recent form coming into this matchup
Jared Gordon has gone 4-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Joe Solecki • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-10-02
- Win vs Danny Chavez • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-02-20
- Win vs Chris Fishgold • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-07-15
- Loss vs Charles Oliveira • KO/TKO R1 1:26 • 2019-11-16
- Win vs Dan Moret • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-06-29
Jared Gordon’s next opponent: Grant “KGD” Dawson
Grant “KGD” Dawson’s recent form coming into this matchup
Grant “KGD” Dawson is a 28 year old male fighter from United States with 17 pro wins and 1 losses. Dawson is scheduled to fight Jared Gordon at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Vera on Saturday April 30, 2022.
Grant Dawson has gone 4-0-1 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Draw vs Ricky Glenn • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-10-23
- Win vs Leonardo Santos • KO/TKO R3 4:59 • 2021-03-20
- Win vs Nad Narimani • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-07-18
- Win vs Darrick Minner • Submission R2 1:38 • 2020-02-29
- Win vs Mike Trizano • Submission R2 2:27 • 2019-05-18
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