Undefeated featherweight Justin Gonzales makes his Bellator debut this Friday at Bellator 260.
“It feels great to be making my Bellator debut. I’m pumped. I feel like I should have been here a long time ago,” Gonzales said in an interview with Cageside Press ahead of the event. “I’m just ready to show the world what’s up! I’m ready to handle business and then jump into that ranking system and start taking over. It’s my time.”
With a win over his opponent, Tywan Claxton, who is ranked No. 9 in the Bellator featherweight rankings, there is a huge chance that Gonzales takes Claxton’s number.
“I honestly think a win over Tywan puts me in the ranking system. I mean, theoretically, it should, if he’s number nine. I mean, I got an undefeated record and multiple titles to my name. It just makes sense,” Gonzales said.
“J-Train” described his thoughts on his pivotal match-up with Claxton.
“He’s good man; he’s skilled. He’s very explosive, very powerful, with good wrestling. He really is good stylistically everywhere. I’m pumped for the fight. This fight that I need to obviously jump in the ranking system and show everyone who I am. It’s a start for my Bellator takeover,” Gonzales said.
Gonzales (11-0) won the vacant LFA featherweight title back in July of 2020. He defeated Jake Childers via TKO and comes into Bellator with five finishes in his eleven wins.
The undefeated fighter predicts to add another finish to his record and will put away Claxton.
“I’m thinking a TKO. Probably in the second or third round. I got to give him some credit. I would say the first, but he’s durable. He might sneak out of the first round, but I’ll finish him and really announce my name to the world,” Gonzales said.
Justin Gonzales fights Tywan Claxton at Bellator 260 this Friday, June 11. The event airs live on Showtime in the U.S.