Having been scheduled twice to face Michael “Venom” Page over the course of this year already, welterweight veteran Fernando Gonzalez is on the verge of finally getting the bout to happen.
For Gonzalez, it’s a combination of both frustration and happiness that he’s finally going to get to face Page in Bellator.
“To be honest, the only thing that I don’t like about it – I don’t mind who the opponent is – but is that they stalled me out from the last scheduled event,” Gonzalez told MMAWeekly.com. “I kind of wanted to take another fight in between.
“I don’t like long layoffs, but this is the fight they wanted to make. I’m all for it. I’m glad it’s finally here. And now I get to prove to everybody what I’m saying: I’m just an all-around better fighter than he is. I’m ready to get out there and finish him.”
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Gonzalez himself is coming off a split-decision win over Gilbert Smith in March at Bellator 151. It’s a bout that Gonzalez feels further vindicates his stance that he’s a complete fighter.
“It allowed me to show my ground skills,” said Gonzalez. “That’s what Gilbert does: he’s a great wrestler and a great ground guy. He was coming in there RFA champion, so he was a tough test. I went out there and proved again that I’m skilled on the ground as well as on my feet.”
When Gonzalez (25-13) finally faces Page (11-0) in the 170-pound co-main event at Bellator 165 on Saturday in San Jose, Calif., he feels everyone’s underestimation of him could end up being the thing that helps him pick ….View full article