Growing up in Iowa, Gorman found himself attracted to the fight world even when he was 4-years old and he was at home battling it out with his favorite He-Man figures, and watching a show about the Old West.
There was something instinctual about fighting that struck a chord with Gorman, but his father wasn’t about to let the young man start throwing hands in kindergarten, so he made the next logical move. Hit the wrestling mats instead.
“When I was five, my dad got me involved in wrestling because he too was a state qualifier in high school. I wrestled every year since I was five except for eighth grade where I had to sit out because I broke my wrist and busted my two front teeth out rollerblading; but I still attended every practice,” Gorman told MMAWeekly.com.
Wrestling was a great outlet for Gorman, but fighting was still in his blood and it’s been a great thing, and a terrible thing throughout his life. While it helped him eventually transform into a mixed martial artist, Gorman isn’t afraid to admit it’s also led him to several street fights when a bully made the wrong move and he was there to back them off.
“I love to fight, I love it but I hate it. It’s my curse, and my blessing all in one,” said Gorman. “It’s gotten me in trouble a couple times outside the ring because I defend myself against bullies. Don’t get me wrong I’ve never started a fight just to fight, I have always hated people like that and those were always the types of people I beat up.”
As Gorman grew up he started to learn that street fighting isn’t always the best idea, even if it is for the right reason, so he put his aggression into his training. At his local gym in Iowa, Gorman began being known as one of the fiercest competitors, but he didn’t always compete.
See Gorman knew from day one that to make it to the level of the UFC you have to be UFC ready, and he didn’t want to start taking every fight offered just to say he fought. Following a loss in late 2009, Gorman decided to up his work once again and vowed that when he returned he would be hitting his peak and there would be no doubt that the matchmakers at the UFC would take notice.
“I took the break because my ultimate goal is to be in the UFC. Because a loss is so devastating to a fighter’s record and their chances of moving on to the next level decrease. I wanted to train and wait for the right moment in my life where I was peaking as an athlete, then come out of the wood works and start smashing people and get to the top. A loss never leaves your record and will haunt a fighter for life,” said Gorman.
“There is no season to fighting where a fighter can lose five times one year then the next year do good and all of a sudden you’re in the finals it doesn’t work like that. I didn’t want to mess up my chances of someday competing in the UFC. My time is now and I’m going for it, I feel like I’m ready. I wish MMA had a season where you could do poorly one year and then be on fire the next and still fight in a big show like the UFC. I know there a lot of talented fighters that are good enough to be in the UFC and would probably destroy many UFC guys but never get there shot because they took losses early in their career and can’t ever take them back.”
Since coming back full time to fighting, Gorman has put together two impressive victories in a row, and looks to make it three this Wednesday. He hopes the victory will help push him one step closer to making his debut in the UFC in 2013.
Nothing is a guarantee of course, but Gorman is determined to show everybody that he belongs among the best fighters in the world, and he’s finally ready to do that.
“My dream is to fight in the UFC and has been for 10 years so I can only hope that this win will propel me to the UFC. If this win does not I believe it only be one or two more just from what I’ve seen in the past as what your record needs to look like to be in the UFC. I believe that once the right people see my abilities they will agree I am worthy of getting the shot I have been waiting 10 years for,” Gorman stated.
“I plan to demonstrate my abilities in my upcoming title fight in Midwest Cage Championship on Wednesday November 21st. I believe that winning this fight will prove that I have the skills necessary to compete and be successful at the upper levels of the sport.”