There is no shortage of confidence in Tresean Gore. The 26-year-old undefeated middleweight prospect from North Myrtle Beach, S.C. has worked tirelessly to achieve his goals in MMA and has gotten one step closer to the grand stage he knows he belongs on.
The journey was hard for Gore, though. A difficult upbringing almost led him down the wrong path in life, but he turned things around during his teenage years. Gore was intrigued by combat sports as a child and asked his mother to enroll him into any martial arts discipline he could indulge in at that time. It did not happen immediately, however, and Gore had to wait a while before he was finally able to get involved.
At 17, Gore walked into his first MMA gym and let his intentions be known. He was there to be great.
“When I first started, I walked in there and I told everybody that I’m gonna be the greatest to ever do this,” Gore told MMA Media during a pre-season scrum in May. “I told them and everybody laughed at me. They didn’t necessarily laugh, but they just wrote me off and that’s the whole point of why I got into this sport. To just fight to be the best and not be average. Just be different and that’s why I’m here.”
Nine years have gone by and the love Gore has for the sport has only grown. He has made several sacrifices throughout those years that would have derailed the dreams of anyone else, but not him. Sadly, more hardship followed as Gore left South Carolina for Georgia about five years ago. The transition from one state to another did not come easily, yet Gore was determined to make it work in spite of the adversity.
Once he arrived in Georgia, Gore got straight down to business and resumed his training. He ended up joining American Top Team Lima in Lawrenceville, which happens to be spearheaded by the famed MMA brother duo of Douglas and Dhiego Lima. The duo helped Gore round out his amateur career and prepared him for his professional run that started in 2018.
Gore made quite the name for himself under National Fighting Championship banner. He fought three times in the promotion — once as an amateur and twice as a professional — and earned wins over the likes of Robert Hale, Prince Ellerbe and LJ Jones. Gore hoped to keep his momentum going, but cancelled fights and withdrawals against Josh Krizan and Nick Maximov forced a break in his career.
Gore returned to action in October of last year in Alabama Fighting Championship (AFC) and made quick work of his opponent during his appearance at AFC 5: Five On It. He submitted Christian Echols by rear naked choke in the first-round and saw his overall record improve to 3-0.
The next time we saw Gore was when his name appeared on the broadcast of UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Gastelum in April. A graphic was quickly put up on the left side of the screen and the cast for the upcoming installment of the Ultimate Fighter was revealed, and there he was. Gore was featured alongside seven other middleweight fighters that would be competing for a UFC contract.
A glance at the contestants for TUF shows the obvious: Gore does not nearly have the amount of fights that his counterparts do. He does not believe this is much cause for concern, though, as he ensures his skills are indeed on the level of a UFC fighter. Gore has preemptively warned those who will share the cage with him to be ready for anything because he excels in every aspect of MMA.
Gore describes himself as well-rounded, and it is safe to say that he is correct in his assessment. He is a technical striker that takes his time setting up his shots, especially the left hook that has stunned many of his previous opponents. If that does not land, then he will throw a right hand behind it. His variation in striking is worthy of praise on its own, but it is his kicks that are the true highlight in his stand-up.
Gore kicks unbelievably hard. He will start chopping away at the legs of his opponents for a good portion of the round. Just when you think he has tenderized your legs enough, Gore starts aiming high and looks for head kicks. Then, there is the wrestling to worry about. Gore has shown himself to be more than capable in that department and is certain enough in his ground game to snatch up a submission or control from top position.
To summarize, Gore is ready to meet the moment. He is a God-fearing man driven by the love of his family and desire to be the best fighter in the world. Even though he is venturing into the next phase of his career, his intentions remain the same as they were when he was a 17-year-old fledgling.
“My goal has always been to be the best fighter to ever live. I know I’m not there yet, but I know God is going to get me there and I’m just gonna keep working until I get there.”