Canada’s Malcolm Gordon Retires Following UFC 297 Loss

Malcolm Gordon, UFC 297
Malcolm Gordon, UFC 297 ceremonial weigh-ins Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

UFC flyweight Malcolm Gordon has retired following this past weekend’s UFC 297 in Toronto.

Gordon (14-8) came out strong in the opening round of the card-opening fight, but soon found himself fending off submission attempts from fellow veteran Jimmy Flick. Gordon eventually tapped in the second round, ending his night early and starting a disastrous run for the Canadian men, who went 0-7 on the card (England’s Arnold Allen, who trains with Canada’s TriStar Gym, also suffered defeat, making it 0-8 in a sense).

Following the fight, Gordon could be seen taking off his gloves, though he was not afforded any mic time to make an announcement. However, on his Instagram, Gordon posted a simple message in the wake of the loss: Retired.

A former TKO flyweight champion, Malcolm Gordon never found the same success in the UFC, posting a 2-5 record across his seven fights dating back to July of 2020. He had missed weight for his last two fights including the Flick bout, making his exit from the promotion almost certain after a third consecutive loss.

Gordon started his career on a much more positive note, however. He won multiple regional titles and ran up a 12-3 record across his first 15 fights in a career dating back to 2012. Under the UFC banner, he holds a victory over Francisco Figueiredo, brother of former UFC flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo.