Dana White’s Contender Series: Six Of The Biggest Snubs So Far

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Justin Gonzales (12-0)

Justin Gonzales is one of the most underrated fighters in MMA. When he made his appearance on season three of Dana White’s Contender Series he was 9-0 and had never lost a fight dating back to his amateur.

Gonzales completely dominated his opponent Zach Zane, winning a unanimous decision. “J-Train” had 12 takedowns and landed 123 strikes, while his Zane landed 16 strikes with zero takedowns.

Season three, week two was the first all-decision fight card for the series, which may have led to Gonzales getting passed over.

“Interesting fight, interesting fighter. I was really excited about this fight because this kid is undefeated, and realistically if you look at his amateur record, which I never do, but he is so impressive, I did. He’s 19-0; after tonight, he is 19-0. Even more impressive, his opponent’s records are 52-15; you never see that,” White told Laura Sanko. “I just felt when I watched his fight tonight; he was very one-dimensional. I felt like there was a lot of pushing against the fence; I saw a lot of opportunities where he could take his back and finish the fight, and he didn’t. I just feel like he is very one-dimensional right now, and I don’t think he’d be ready for the UFC right now.”

Gonzales went on to win the vacant LFA featherweight championship, and then he signed with Bellator. He defeated Tywan Claxton in his debut and is currently ranked No. 9 in the featherweight rankings.


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