By: Nick Portella
Today I had the chance to sit down with 12-1 professional MMA fighter Jared “Flash” Gordon. Besides being a great guy to talk to and having a dominant record, Jared was recently signed to the UFC and is awaiting his debut. Let’s pull up a seat and see what Jared has to say.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Jared: For me fighting is about helping the next person. Yes I love fighting and want to make a living off of it, but I want to make a platform for myself so people will listen to me. People don’t listen to a nobody.
Nick: What disciplines do you train in? What belts do you have in those disciplines?
Jared: I train in boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and Bjj. I hold a brown belt under John Danaher at Renzo Gracies.
Nick: How long have you been with Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu? Church Street Boxing?
Jared: I’ve been training ate Renzo’s for 5 years now, and Church Street Boxing with my head coach Jason Strout.
Nick: With a clear background in BJJ do you prefer a fight to stay on the feet or take it to the ground?
Jared: I want to have exciting fights so I like to keep it standing. If it goes to the ground i’m looking to punish not submit.
Nick: What would you say is your best attribute as a fighter? Greatest weakness?
Jared: I believe my greatest attribute is my cardio and will of attrition, I don’t believe I have any bad attributes so I don’t know what my worst one is.
Nick: What’s your favorite strike? Submission?
Jared: My favorite strike is the Jab, and submission is the guillotine.
Nick: There is a lot of talk about the next generation of fighter. Do you feel that you are the next generation of mixed martial artist? Do you feel any pressure to represent that?
Jared: I think I do represent the next generation fighters. We are lucky enough to have learned a lot from the previous guys. We are all well rounded now and bring a lot to the table.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Jared: I do cut a decent amount of weight about 15lbs the week of the fight. I use the hot bath as my way to cut. I think I have it pretty down so I don’t believe i’m losing a lot of strength during my fights from the cut.
Nick: Your nickname is the Flash. Who gave it to you? Why?
Jared: My first bjj coach Steven Williams gave me my nickname Flash, because I wouldn’t stop moving around and I always had good cardio.
Nick: What do you think of the USADA banning fighters for non-controlled substances that can be purchased in any drugstore or GNC?
Jared: I guess USADA feels that some supplements give you an edge. I’m not against suspending people for taking them even though you can buy them over the counter.
Nick: You understand that marketing is important in this sport, it is all part of the fight game. Do you have any plans to market yourself?
Jared: I don’t have plans per say to market myself, but I believe I’m a marketable fighter with my background and where I come from (Queens, NY).
Nick: What tips would you give young up and coming fighters just getting into the fight game?
Jared: If I were to give tips to up and coming fighters, I’d say be yourself, and find why you’re really doing this.
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be? Why?
Jared: I would love to have a sparring match against my grandfather Salvator Ferellow, who was 38-3 as a pro, and a golden glove champion. Id just want to see how I match up with him. I box a lot. I think he would kick my ass though.
Jared would like to thank all his coaches, trainers, friends, and family. He would also like to send a bug thank you to his fans who have supported him thus far. I wish jared the best of luck and will definitely be keeping an eye out for his UFC debut. I suggest you do the same. This is Nick Portella signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com