Jared Gordon inked another chapter in his remarkable comeback story on Saturday night, stopping Jay Coleman with a hailstorm of strikes from top position to secure a first-round TKO victory and preserve his undefeated record at CFFC 45.
A 26-year-old featherweight whose harrowing struggles with addiction were profiled this past week on MMAFighting.com, Gordon (5-0) showcased crafty submission defense throughout in the fight, working out of two early submission attempts before shucking Coleman off his back and unloading with punches. Gordon's right hand proved to be his best weapon, and referee Vitor Ribeiro ended the contest at 4:47 of the opening round as Coleman turtled under the New Yorker's barrage.
"First round finish," Gordon said afterward. "I won't be happy until I'm in the UFC. That's the goal. I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing."
A former heroin and painkiller addict, Gordon was officially pronounced dead for two minutes in 2012 after overdosing on heroin the same day he was bailed out from a Boca Raton jail, where he had rotted for three weeks facing felony charges for an alleged assault on a local drug dealer. Gordon relapsed several more times, ultimately ending up homeless on the New York streets, before turning his life around and committing himself to professional fighting.
"A lot of people overcome the disease of addiction," Gordon recently told MMAFighting.com. "But a lot of people don't. A lot of my friends are dead. So I don't think I'm really all that unique. Anything can happen at any time. I try not to take things for granted. Nothing good has come without hard work and sacrifice."
CFFC 45 took place Feb. 7 at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, and aired live on GFL.tv. Former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good (16-3) outclassed Micah Terrill (5-4) en route to a first-round rear-naked choke finish to win the CFFC interim welterweight title in the night's co-featured fight, while Darrell Horcher (11-1) blasted through Jordan Stiner (9-2) to win the CFFC lightweight strap in the main event.