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It was hard to think that Pearl Gonzalez wasn’t a hometown athlete at InvictaFC 29 in Salt Lake City, but the Chicago native and San Diego resident had the biggest pop of the night from the crowd.
“The support system that I have is unbelievable. I couldn’t do it without them,” Gonzalez expressed.
Her fans weren’t disappointed. That night she snapped back to back losses, both in her short stint in the UFC, getting decision over previously undefeated Kali Robbins. A lot of people would have a bad taste in their mouths if they were cut by the UFC with only a few fights, but Gonzalez expressed her appreciation being picked up by Invicta and starting a new chapter in her career.
“I am very grateful that Shannon saw a rising star (in myself), and that’s what I am. I expect to come out and put on a great performance.”
“My purpose is to show the world you can succeed through any failure, you can overcome any obstacle if you believe in yourself and stay consistent.”
“I met Pearl in person for the first time when she came in to fight at the Salt Lake City event,” InvictaFC president Shannon Knapp explained. “She is enthusiastic and friendly. An athlete I would like to see more of here. This is a place for her to shine and find her rhythm. She has her eyes on the belt.”
What belt is yet to be determined. While Gonzalez was a strawweight for the promotional debut, she may move back to flyweight. Being a champ in either or both divisions isn’t out of the questions.
“All I want to do right now is challenge myself and get better. Whatever opportunity arises will be the next opportunity.”
With a solid fan base and finding success once again, hard not to think Gonzalez has become one of the bigger stars of Invicta overnight.