Erick Gonzalez

The Ghost Pepper

USA

Set for Aug. 6 bout
LightweightUFC
May 12, 2022
Gonzalez will take on Terrance McKinney on the Aug. 6 card, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez withdrew from UFC 272 ahead of the scheduled bout in early March but has a new contest on the books to continue his career. Gonzalez fell via KO (punch) early in the second round of his UFC debut, so he enters his second fight in the promotion still seeking his first win. McKinney is also aiming to bounce back from his first loss since joining the promotion. Gonzalez holds the upper hand in terms of both height (one inch) and reach (two inches) in this matchup.
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Withdraws from UFC 272
LightweightUFC
February 25, 2022
Gonzalez (undisclosed) has withdrawn from his scheduled lightweight bout against Devonte Smith at UFC 272 on March 5, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez struggled in his UFC debut in October as he was knocked out by Jim Miller, and he pulled out of this matchup due to "some issues with [his] mental state," according to a post on his personal Twitter account. L'udovit Klein will step in with little more than a week's notice to battle Smith.
Scheduled to fight at UFC 272
LightweightUFC
January 12, 2022
Gonzalez will take on Devonte Smith in a lightweight bout at UFC 272 on March 5, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez is looking to bounce back following being knocked out by Jim Miller in his UFC debut back in October. That snapped a two-fight win streak and moved his record to 16-6 overall.
Hammered in UFC debut
LightweightUFC
October 16, 2021
Gonzalez lost to Jim Miller via KO (punch) at 0:14 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Miller hasn't been a threat on the feet for seemingly the past decade, so the fact he knocked Gonzalez out cold in his UFC debut clearly isn't a great sign for the latter's future potential. Gonzalez didn't generate much offense in Round 1, with a single successful takedown being the highlight of maiden voyage. Gonzalez has fought for countless different regional promotions with limited success, so it comes as no surprise he struggled at the highest level. He'll likely get another fight with the company, but little should be expected.
Set to make UFC debut
LightweightUFC
October 6, 2021
Gonzalez will face Jim Miller in a lightweight bout at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 16, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Gonzalez will be making his UFC debut against a fighter that will be making his 38th appearance with the promotion. Gonzalez is 14-5 overall in his career and has won his last two bouts.