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LI's Eddie Gordon stays smart and humble

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains

MMA light heavyweight Eddie Gordon, of Freeport, trains at Ray Longo's MMA Academy in Garden City for his upcoming Ring of Combat title defense. (Sept. 6, 2012) Credit: James Escher

Freeport's Eddie Gordon will walk into the cage constructed inside the Showroom at the Tropicana in Atlantic City this Friday with championship gold.

Whether or not he walks out of that cage with the same gold -- the Ring of Combat light heavyweight belt -- is up to him.

Gordon, 29, has only been in the MMA world for three years -- and that starts from when he was just taking striking classes at Ray Longo MMA in Garden City.

In that short time -- well, "short" is relative to MMA here -- Gordon seems to have already learned the most important lesson: You're not as good as you think you are.

“The funniest, most humbling thing is when you go against a guy who's 40, 50 pounds lighter than you and you figure you're going to manhandle him," Gordon said. "And he’s moving around and trying to get your arm and you're struggling as if he's a 250-pound guy. It’s awesome. It makes you realize that there are so many aspects of the game you still have to master. It keeps you grounded. It keeps you motivated.”

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