Eddie Gordon has his chance now to remove that head-kick knockout loss from people's immediate thoughts when his name pops up in conversation.
Gordon, a middleweight from Freeport, has agreed to fight Chris Dempsey at UFC Fight Night in Newark on April 18.
The 31-year-old Gordon won Season 19 of "The Ultimate Fighter" last July with a first-round knockout of Dhiego Lima. But in his follow-up fight last December, Gordon lost in the second round via knockout by Josh Samman. Gordon (8-2, 1-1 UFC) had won the first round of the Samman fight on the judges' scorecards.
Dempsey (10-2, 0-1), from Pennsylvania, debuted in the UFC last July in Ireland and lost by first-round knockout to Ilir Latifi.
Uniondale's Aljamain Sterling, a Serra-Longo teammate of Gordon, also is on the card. The bantamweight will fight Manny Gamburyan. Lyoto Machida and Luke Rockhold headline the night at the Prudential Center.