Jared Gordon is still flabbergasted by his loss to Paddy Pimblett.
‘Flash’ met ‘The Baddy’ in the UFC 282 co-main event last Saturday night. Pimblett entered the bout as both the favorite among the fans and on paper, but after three full rounds, Jared Gordon appeared to be on his way to a massive upset with a majority of MMA media members, fighters, and fans in agreement. Instead, Pimblett was announced the winner unanimously in yet another example of inept judging by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Since the outcome, Gordon has been vocal about his thoughts toward the decision delivered that evening. Speaking with Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith on the former’s YouTube channel, ‘Flash’ revealed that he is still upset about the loss, but is trying to focus on the silver lining.
“I’m salty. A little bitter. I’m confused. It’s quite bizarre to me, but on a higher note, I’m getting a lot of attention. More than previously so, you know, it sucks, but I think it’s a setup for something big down the road and I won.”
Following the 15-minute contest, Jared Gordon admitted he was fairly confident that he would be announced as the victor. That confidence received a significant boost after Gordon was told by Joe Rogan inside the Octagon, ‘You got this’ moments before the shocking announcement was made.
“When the fight was over I’m like, ‘Alright, I did enough. Rogan was like, ‘Yeah, you got this. You got this.’ I was like, ‘Alright, Joe’s saying it. Guess I won.’ And when I heard unanimous, I was like, ‘Alright, I won.’ Then I heard 29-28 I was like, ‘Alright, they made it a little closer,’ because I thought it could have been 30-27, especially watching it back, but I can understand 29-28. And then they said his name. The world’s conspiring against me, but it is what it is and there’s nothing I can do to change it. I can’t control… It was out of my hands and I just had to take the good from it. I still think it gives me a lot of momentum.”
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Jared Gordon Discusses Third-Round ‘Regret’ Against Paddy Pimblett at UFC 284
While an overwhelming majority believe Jared Gordon was the true winner of UFC 282’s co-main event, there are a handful of people that stand by the judges’ scorecards favoring Paddy Pimblett, often citing the third round where Gordon ‘took the round off.’ Though that argument doesn’t hold much water considering Gordon won the third round on two of the three scorecards, ‘Flash’ does regret not putting a bigger stamp on the final five minutes of their pay-per-view clash.
“The one round people say I took off, you know in the third round, or that I threw away was the only round that two of the judges gave me. I was looking for the takedown. Yeah, I didn’t… It wasn’t a striking affair, but I was level changing up and down up and down. I was trying to get a takedown. Did a poor job of it, unfortunately, but I did get a reversal on a takedown that he attempted. I lost control of him and then we just stood up and then he had control for what, 20 seconds.
“That was the one round where I was like, ‘I regret that round. Should have tried to put more of a stamp on it,’ but the first two rounds, especially the first round, I clearly thought I won. The first round was the most decisive round. I had two minutes of control time on the floor. I was landing the cleaner strikes.”
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As far as what comes next, Jared Gordon would love to book a rematch with Pimblett, even if it means doing so in the Liverpudlian’s home country, but ‘Flash’ won’t be holding his breath for that matchup.
“I already threw out the rematch. I doubt that will come to fruition. I would fight him in London. At this point I don’t care where I fight him.”