Jared Gordon Out Of Jim Miller Fight After Confirming Recent Concussion

Jared Gordon has been pulled from his fight with Jim Miller at this weekend’s UFC On ESPN 46 event soon after acknowledging n a pre-fight interview that he’d recently been dealing with a ‘minor concussion’ recently related to his last fight with Bobby Green.

It’s was surprising that the relatively short-notice fight was booked in the first place given that Gordon was clearly flash KO’d due to an accidental headbutt and follow-up ground-and-pound in that bout just six weeks ago, leading to a no-contest.

Being offered a fight against Miller on just 17 days notice seemed like a bad idea, and though Gordon was eager to get back into the cage and try to cast aside his recent disappointments, his pre-fight comments seem to confirm that he should never have been given the opportunity in the first place.

“I had a minor concussion, but I got over the symptoms fairly quickly,” Gordon said in his media interview for Saturday night’s show.  “I did everything I could to recover; supplements, I was in a hyperbaric chamber for the last six weeks. At this point my career, I was like—sometimes you gotta risk it a little bit, right, to get what you want? I think a little bit of risk is not too bad. I’m risking it anyways going in there, even if I didn’t have that outcome six weeks ago. So, I’m like, ‘Let’s do it.’

“And this is what we do. We fight, I make a living doing this, that’s another reason to do it. They gave me a new contract, the UFC; another deal, and a bump in pay, and I think it was worth it. I should have been 3-0 on that [previous] contract. I beat Leo Santos, I beat Paddy—but I lost—and then this one, I was on my way to winning the Bobby one. So I would have had leverage. I was 1-1-0 (1 NC) after that.

“This was just a great opportunity for me to get another contract and get back in there with a legend in Jim Miller. And I think, stylistically, it’s a great fight for me.”

With Gordon out, Miller will now fight a newcomer in Jesse Butler, who holds a 12-4 record.

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