Gonzalez (13-5) now threw his title in the hat when when Cerrone was in have to have of an opponent following Diego Sanchez withdrew from their UFC on ESPN 24 bout this earlier Saturday. The promotion opted to go with Alex Morono, who stopped Cerrone by TKO in the initial round.
“My manager did request for the battle for us,” Gonzalez explained to MMA Junkie. “I was informed that there were being numerous fellas presently in the UFC who requested for the struggle, as nicely. I required to reassure Sean Shelby that I was completely ready and inclined to transfer up a bodyweight course to facial area a residing legend to make the fight transpire as my debut. I couldn’t say we had been shut, but I was completely ready to do what was required to make it happen.”
Cerrone (36-16 MMA, 23-13 UFC), the all-time leader for most UFC wins, is at the moment -5 with a person no contest in his past 6. Dana White claimed he’s willing to give “Cowboy” an opportunity to contend in the octagon at the very least one more time, and Gonzalez would be honored to be Cerrone’s prospective last battle in the UFC.
“Now that Cerrone would like a battle at 155, I surely want to go on to drive for this combat,” Gonzalez reported. “He’s a legend. I have watched all his fights and he is one particular of the best. To confront him in my UFC debut, I would be honored. I’ve found guys encounter just lately legends in the UFC, for instance (Israel) Adesanya preventing (Anderson) Silva.
“That’s a aspiration of mine – to struggle an individual I have seemed up to my complete combating career. He established the bar substantial. I want to break those people general performance data, and to begin with a legend would be the very best way. He is an elite striker and grappler. This would be a wonderful examination for me at this position in my occupation as an up-and-coming fighter coming off a third-spherical TKO victory for Naciones MMA.”
Gonzalez has competed the majority of his career below the Combate Americas banner and the 29-year-old mentioned he’s completely ready for the major stage. “The Ghost Pepper” has received 3 of his previous four and is coming off a stoppage acquire in March. Though he’s aware the UFC probable will glimpse for a person within the group, he spelled out why he’d be the ideal fight for Cerrone.
“I’m a special fighter and the bulk of my fights have been most important activities,” Gonzalez reported. “I’ve normally manufactured the fights entertaining, as I really like to stand and trade, but my ground match is high degree, as very well. I fought in an 8-person event in the past exactly where I fought 3 situations in one particular evening. I’m quite perilous anywhere the battle goes, and I have a chin you’ve under no circumstances found. I smile during my fights and provide force to my opponents that will make them unpleasant. I’m a tension fighter, and I really don’t gasoline.”