By Patrick DeMoss | July 4th, 2018 | This week, I had a chance to catch up with former UFC veteran and 2-time Ultimate Fighter competitor, Eddie Gordon. Eddie is now signed to the PFL (Professional Fighters League, formerly World Series of Fighting) banner, which is set to put on its third event of the regular season tomorrow night, in Washington, DC. Fight fans can tune into the NBCSN broadcast starting at 9PM ET to catch Eddie, while earlier bouts begin at 5PM ET on Facebook.
I asked Eddie exactly what he thinks about the new promotion, and of course, about the $1 million cash prize up for grabs in each of six weight classes, where he’s competing as a middleweight. In terms of fighting, we also discussed his recent time away from the sport, as well as taking on a rising undefeated talent in Thursday’s opponent, Shamil Gamzatov. Needless to say, Gordon feels pretty good about how well he stacks up against the Russian.
We also talked about his training methods, and how he has remained active and recovered since the last time we saw him compete, which was on the 25th season of TUF, back in 2017. Check out the full interview, and listen in on his thoughts about the PFL, training, and how his new organization stacks up to the UFC.
What to Look for in PFL 3
MMA fans who haven’t caught a PFL card yet are encouraged to do so – the first two events have brought tons of aggression, submissions, knockouts, drama with the athletic commissions, chair tossing bedlam – pretty much everything that makes for combat sports intrigue. Among the match-ups on the docket for Thursday night, Jake Shields is set to fight Ray Cooper III at the top of the card. The backstory there is also a good one.
As as PFL spokesperson told BrooklynFights, “Jake fought Ray Cooper’s father at the beginning of his career and the younger Ray was in the arena when Jake beat his father, so there’s legacy on the line here.”
- Abubakar Nurmagomedov steps up Thursday, looking to follow in the footsteps of his cousin, Khabib Abubakar’s by nabbing his own championship belt.
- Welterweight Rick Story is a member of the National Guard, so “it’s only fitting he’s fighting in D.C. during Independence Week.”
About PFL MMA
The Professional Fighters League presents MMA for the first time in a true sport format where individuals compete in a regular season, “win or go home” post-season, and championship. The PFL 2018 Season has 72 fighters in 6 weight-classes, competing in seven regular season events on Thursday nights in June, July, and August. The top 8 in each weight class face off in single elimination playoff fights on Saturday nights in October and the PFL season concludes December 31 with six championship fights where winners will be crowned 2018 PFL Champion in their division and will go home with a $1 million purse. During the PFL post-season, $10 million will be awarded—the largest prize pool in MMA history.