Ex-UFC star Pearl Gonzalez has accomplished more in mixed martial arts than fighters with far better fighting records.
At the end of the day, the point of prize-fighting is winning a prize. Money is the name of the game, and Gonzalez gets that better than anyone.
That is why, despite only fighting twice in the UFC, she was able to parlay the attention she received into a lucrative career outside the cage.
These days, Gonzalez boasts one of the most impressive social media followings in all of MMA. Any time she posts anything, it immediately blows up.
This week was no exception.
In a series of now-viral posts, Gonzalez shared the outtakes from her recent boat party.
@pearl_gonzalez Got that Friday feelin #miami #fy #fypage #friday #vibes #latina #mami ♬ Salsa – Yuri Buenaventura
Fans loved it.
“Nice,” one person wrote.
“Oh wow,” another agreed.
“Thank you, Pearl, you are amazing,” a third fan chimed in.
Gonzalez’s two UFC bouts came against Cynthia Calvillo and Poliana Botelho. She lost the first via submission and second via unanimous decision. Since then she has bounced around from Invicta to Bare Knuckle Boxing – securing a ton of attention from fans along the way.
She has also repeatedly gone viral for the things she has done outside the cage. Between her wild chest tattoo situation, titillating offer to UFC boss Dana White and legendary morning routine, Gonzalez has been a mainstay in the headlines.
The fight game is brutal.
Vanessa’s photos immediately went viral after the Lakers won. https://t.co/JW3zgHypm1
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 13, 2023
Few walk away from it with their health intact and a substantially bigger bank account. You are lucky to get one of those two and have to be really smart to check both boxes.
Gonzalez seems to be doing just that, though.
What will Gonzalez ultimately blow up online for next? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.