After the Gloucester brawler was forced to withdraw from his CES MMA Featherweight Championship bout this summer, he’s anxious for his shot at the crown.
But Ogar, a winner of six straight, stands in the way.
“I was hoping to get that title shot right away, but I guess I’ve got to prove I deserve the title,” offered Gonzalez, who’s unbeaten since 2012. “Nothing against the champ Matt Bessette, but we’ve seen a lot of the flaws that he has, and I would have walked out of Twin River with that belt with me that night. I definitely want that shot and Ogar will not stop me from getting it.”
A former Russian sambo champ, Ogar plans on continuing the trend of European fighters, like Levan Makashvili and Ruslan Melikov, taking care of business in the CES MMA cage.
“I’m very excited. Even in Russia we know of CES MMA and that it’s a very high-level promotion. I’m excited and honored to be on this card,” the hard-hitting Russian said through his translator. “I know Pedro is very tough, but I’ve faced tough opponents before … I still have great respect for Pedro’s skills and am taking him very seriously.”