While the majority of professional sports have been sidelined for the last few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MMA has been one sport still in action around the world. 

The UFC has been holding events for a couple of months, and the LFA, the feeder promotion to the UFC, re-started operations in July.

Justin “J-Train” Gonzales became the new LFA featherweight champion when he defeated Jake Childers via TKO on July 10 at LFA 84.  

Gonzales is a local product, fighting out of Top Notch MMA and hails from Greeley, Colorado.

Gonzales caught up with Joe Rico and Alex Ramirez of Mile High Sports’ The Final Word radio program to discuss his latest victory and what is next in his career.

J-train with hosts Alex Ramirez and Joe Rico as well as Dr. Erik Natkin from the R2 Medical Clinic and Vicki Severson and Alicia Marie from Peak Kia Littleton/Denver

Special thanks to Dr. Erik Natkin from R2 Medical Clinic as well as Vicki Severson and Alicia Marie from Peak Kia Littleton/Denver for being apart of the show!

“If you want to reach your goals, you have to make sacrifices, and in the end, I know it’s going to be worth it,” Gonzales said. “We are undefeated, 11-0 as a pro, Sparta belt, LFA champ, the world is mine for the taking.” 

Gonzales‘s latest win extended his win streak to 20.

“It feels good to be the world champ,” He said. “I really enjoy this. My coaches keep it fun. I’m hungry. I want to take on the world plain and simple. Big things are coming!” 

With his latest win and hardware, Gonzales is primed to make the jump to the UFC and told fans to stay ready for a big-time opportunity in the future. 

Listen to the full interview with Gonzales here, including his thoughts on the Colorado fight scene.

Catch The Final Word with Rico and Ramirez every Sunday from 10a-12p on Mile High Sports Radio FM 104.7 | AM 1340 or stream live any time for the best local coverage of Colorado sports from Denver’s biggest sports talk lineup. Rico and Ramirez are the longest-running sports radio duo in the Denver market.