BKFC 18 results: Pearl Gonzalez dominates Charis Sigala in debut decision victory

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UFC and Invicta veteran Pearl Gonzalez made her bareknuckle debut on Saturday evening against Charisa Sigala, and looked fantastic.

BKFC 18 took place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., airing on FITE TV.

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Gonzalez (1-0 BKFC) took control of the action from the onset by letting her hands fly early and often. Working behind a left jab, she put together frequent combinations throughout the opening round, all but shutting down any effective offense from Sigala (0-2 BKFC).

The second round was similar to the first, with Gonzalez throwing and landing frequent punches as Sigala tried to find a way to close the distance. Outside of a few single punches landed, Sigala struggled to find answers for her opponent’s pressure.

The fight continued to play out in a similar fashion over the next three rounds, as Gonzalez’s distance management proved too difficult for Sigala to overcome to put together consistent combinations to change the course of the fight.

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The judges scored the fight unanimously in favor of Gonzalez, with identical scores of 50-45, impressing in her bareknuckle boxing debut.

“I’m not a brawler, I’m a mixed martial artist,” Gonzalez said during her post-fight interview.

“I’m learning to be a boxer and I’m gonna come in here and show technique and skill, and every f*cking day, I’m getting better. Watch the f*ck out!”

Up-to-the-minute results of BKFC 18:

  • Pearl Gonzalez def. Charisa Sigala via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

  • Julian Lane def. Jake Bostwick via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-43, 48-45)

  • Jarod Grant def. Travis Thompson via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 4, 0:35

  • Eddie Hoch def. Bruce Lutchmedial via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)

  • Steve Herelius def. Juan Torres via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46)

  • Francisco Ricchi def. Brian Maxwell via TKO – Round 2, 1:25

  • Montaser Aboughaly def. Luke Parson via knockout – Round 1, 0:34

  • Famez def. Paul Teague via knockout – Round 1, 0:17

  • Yosdenis Cedeno def. Alan Arzeno via split decision (49-46, 46-49, 49-46)

  • Eduardo Conception def. Gabriel Brown via knockout – Round 1, 0:05