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Jared Gordon’s UFC 282 clash with Paddy Pimblett was the most high-profile fight of his entire career by a considerable margin. He lived up to the moment, outworking Pimblett for the majority of three rounds in the eyes of everyone but the three judges watching. Aside from costing Gordon his biggest win yet, the decision was so controversial its inspired new regulations.
Prior to “The Baddy” scandal, Gordon was perhaps best known for overcoming drug addiction. He’s spoken very openly about his past, and one of his primary motivations as an athlete is to inspire others to get clean. While talking with Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith on the Believe You Me podcast, Gordon talked about how his drug use was discovered while training at Donald Cerrone’s BMF ranch in New Mexico.
“One time I was out at Donald Cerrone‘s ranch,” Gordon explained (via MMA News) “(Paul) Felder was fighting Ross Pearson, and I was a similar style, shorter, stocky, the way we move, so I was asked to come out for him, and I was shooting dope at the ranch. Everybody was there. I was shooting heroin,” Gordon said.
“I was passed out in my room on the bed, and I think Jonavin (Webb) came to me and was like, ‘Hey, we need to talk to you inside,’” Gordon continued. “When I shot up, I had left my toiletry bag on top of the toilet, with all my dope and needles in there, and I just, like rolled out of the bathroom, and fell on the bed, and passed out. Obviously, someone went to take a piss and they saw it.”
That’s a bit of an awkward situation to say the least. Fortunately, his fellow athletes, including Cerrone himself, were more supportive than judgmental. Instead, they tried to help the troubled “Flash,” staging something of an intervention at camp.
“So, they’re all sitting there in a circle, it was like A&E Intervention. They’re like, ‘Hey, man, we found this.’ I was so embarrassed; it was such an embarrassing moment,” Gordon explained.
“They helped me. Cerrone knew someone who had an issue with opiates, and they gave me some Suboxone to come off of. And I actually stopped using it for the time I was there. I got off, and it was really tough obviously … I was clean, and when I got home I relapsed.”
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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.