Ex-UFC stunner Pearl Gonzalez is latest MMA star to take up bare-knuckle boxing after Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich

Ex-UFC stunner Pearl Gonzalez is latest MMA star to take up bare-knuckle boxing after Paige VanZant and Rachael Ostovich

06/04/2021

PEARL GONZALEZ is set to become the latest former UFC star to fight in Bareknuckle Fighting Championship.

The 34-year-old inked a multi-fight deal with the promotion in April and is set to make her bow on June 26.

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Gonzalez will be welcomed to the BKFC ring by former Combate Americas flyweight Charisa Sigala, who made her promotional debut in February.

The UFC vet was originally meant to make her debut on May 21 but had her maiden outing pushed back.

Upon announcing her deal with the promotion, Gonzalez said: “I’ve officially signed with [Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships] and I will be fighting in Miami on May 21!.

“I made the biggest sacrifice of my life, packed up everything and moved to Brooklyn, New York permanently to train with the greatest female boxer in the world, [Amanda Serrano].

"I promise to dedicate my life to becoming the next BKFC World Champ and couldn’t be happier to start this new chapter in my life!”

Gonzalez was released from the UFC in 2018 following back-to-back losses to Cynthia Calvillo and Poliana Botelho.

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She returned to Invicta FC soon after, where she won four of her last six outings.

BKFC's acquisition of Gonzalez is the latest in a series of marquee signings of ex-UFC fighters.

Last August, they secured the services of former strawweight and flyweight standout Paige VanZant.

And in April, they snapped up former Ultimate Fighter competitor Rachael Ostovich.

Ostovich is set to make her BKFC debut against VanZant at BKFC 19 on July 23.

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The pair, 30 and 27 respectively, have history with one another having shared the octagon in January 2019.

VanZant got the better of the Hawaiian that night, submitting her with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Following the announcement of their rematch, PVZ gave her legion of social media followers a titillating reason to tune in to the fight.

She wrote on Twitter and Instagram: "Come for the boobies, stay for the violence."

Ostovich, meanwhile, wrote: "It’s a Fight girl summer for meeeeeee.

"Let’s run this back real quick. 👀 See y’all July 23rd."

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