Jared Gooden
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Struggles continue in Vegas
March 27, 2021
Gooden lost to Abubakar Nurmagomedov via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Two fights into his UFC career, Gooden has yet to win a round on the judges scorecards. He didn't come close on Saturday, essentially being dominated by Nurmagomedov from bell to bell. Gooden displayed a fairly well-rounded skill set on the regional circuit, but he had never fought anyone of note prior to his UFC arrival back in November of last year and he has really been exposed against a higher level of competition. There is no real reason to expect improvement from Gooden moving forward and it's far from a guarantee he gets a third shot with the company following his poor efforts in his first two opportunities.
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To fight at UFC 260
March 8, 2021
Gooden is set to fight Abubakar Nurmagomedov at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Gooden is coming off a loss in his last matchup at UFC 255, falling to Alan Jouban in what was a tightly-contested battle. While "Nite Train" is 0-1 in UFC fights, he boasts a 17-5 record in professional fights.
Toughness on display in loss
November 21, 2020
Gooden lost to Alan Jouban (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Gooden should be plenty proud of himself despite the setback in his company debut. He displayed all-world toughness and one heck of a chin throughout the course of the fight. Offensively, Gooden got off to a slow start before beginning to find his range over the final ten minutes. He essentially matched Jouban shot-for-shot throughout a good portion of the fight but Jouban's strikes did just a bit more damage. Gooden had fought primarily on the regional scene prior to Saturday but the soon-to-be 27-year-old Atlanta native will undoubtedly get another shot with the UFC after this barn burner.
Making debut in November
September 21, 2020
Gooden will fight Alan Jouban at the UFC event on November 21, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Gooden was slated to make his debut with the UFC back on Aug. 22, but ultimately had to withdraw. Now he will take on Alan Jouban at welterweight who will be making his first start in the Octagon since April of 2019.
Out of debut with injury
August 17, 2020
Gooden has withdrawn from this Saturday's fight against Dwight Grant for an undisclosed injury, MMAFighting.com reports.
Gooden was slated to make his UFC debut, but it was announced Monday that he would be forced to withdraw. We will see in the coming days if the UFC can find Grant another opponent.
UFC debut scheduled
August 3, 2020
Gooden will make his UFC debut Aug. 22 versus Dwight Grant, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Gooden made his way to the promotion following three straight victories, improving his professional record to 17-4-0. He will try his hand in the UFC versus Dwight Gooden, who is looking to boost his winning streak to three after suffering a split-decision loss to Zak Ottow in his own UFC debut.