American boxer and MMA fighter

Pearlmelia Marie Keyser Gonzalez[5] (born August 12, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist. She formerly competed for Ultimate Fighting Championships, and currently fights in the strawweight division of the Invicta Fighting Championships.



Gonzalez was born in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were both drug and alcohol abusers, disturbing her childhood and adolescence. Her parents eventually separated, leaving Pearl with her father and rest of the siblings with their mother. Her father, after getting clean, placed her in combat sport classes when she was eleven years old.[6][7] Gonzalez later trained in boxing, and won the Golden Gloves amateur championship in 2008. She stopped fighting for a while in order to raise her younger sister, but went back to fighting at 21.[4]

She is of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Irish and African-American descent.[8][9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gonzalez started her amateur career in 2009, and fought professionally since 2012. [10] She competed for the Xtreme Fighting Championship, Xtreme Fighting Organization, Splode Fight Series, and Hoosier Fight Club. Gonzalez amassed a record of 6-1 prior to being signed by UFC.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championships[edit]

Gonzalez made her promotional debut on April 8, 2017 at UFC 210 against Cynthia Calvillo.[11] She lost the fight via rear-naked choke.[12]

Her next fight came on October 7, 2017, facing Poliana Botelho at UFC 216.[13] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

After two losses at UFC, Gonzalez was released by UFC and she joined Invicta Fighting Championships shortly after.[15][16]

Invicta Fighting Championships[edit]

Gonzalez made her promotional debut on March 24, 2018 at Invicta FC 28: Mizuki vs. Jandiroba against Kali Robbins.[17] and she won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Gonzalez faced Barbara Acioly on May 4, 2018 at Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner.[19] She submitted Acioly and won the fight.[20]

Gonzalez faced Daiane Firmino on September 1, 2018 at Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs. Morandin.[21] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[22]

Gonzalez faced Vanessa Porto for the vacant flyweight title at Invicta FC 34 on February 15, 2019.[23] She lost the fight via technical decision.[24]

On October 4, 2019, Gonzalez faced Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 37.[25] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Gonzalez is expected to face Miranda Maverick at Invicta FC 39 on February 7, 2020.[27]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Xtreme Fighting Championships
    • Xtreme Fighting Championships Women’s Strawweight Champion vs. Cortney Casey [3]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]


See also[edit]


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  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology”. Tapology. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ a b “Meet the UFC’s Newest Strawweight: Pearl Gonzalez”. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ a b “Pearl Gonzalez – Official UFC® Fighter Profile”. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
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  • ^ Ben Fowlkes (May 1, 2018). “From the streets of Chicago to jail to MMA, Pearl Gonzalez has quite a story to tell in this video”.
  • ^ Paez-Pumar, Luis (2017-04-07). “New York State Won’t Let This Latina UFC Fighter Compete Due to Her Breast Implants”. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  • ^ @PearlGonzalez (2017-02-05). “I’m a variety pack lol mexican, Puerto Rican, black, Filipino and irish” (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  • ^ a b “Pearl Gonzalez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography –”. Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “UFC 210: NYSAC clears Gonzalez to fight after implant controversy”. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “UFC 210 results: Cynthia Calvillo spoils Pearl Gonzalez’s debut, wins with choke in third”. MMAjunkie. 2017-04-09. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez VS Poliana Botelho | This Saturday at UFC 216 prelims | 8pm ET, LIVE on FX – WMMA Rankings”. WMMA Rankings. 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “UFC 216 results: Poliana Botelho outworks takedown-hungry Pearl Gonzalez for decision sweep”. MMAjunkie. 2017-10-08. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez On UFC Release, Invicta FC Debut vs. Kali Robbins”. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “After UFC release and retirement thoughts, Pearl Gonzalez promises evolution in Invicta debut”. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “Invicta FC 28’s Kali Robbins jokes that the UFC are being ‘silly’ in ‘taking their time’ to sign her”. Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “Invicta FC 28 highlights: New champ crowned, bloody victory for Kal Schwartz, Pearl Gonzalez wins”. MMAjunkie. 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez vs Barbara Acioly added to #InvictaFC29 on May 4 – WMMA Rankings”. WMMA Rankings. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez def Barbara Acioly at Invicta FC 29”.”/><meta property=. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  • ^ “Invicta FC 31: Jandiroba vs Morandin Fills Out Card | Pearl Gonzalez in the Co-Main Event – MMA Today”. MMA Today. 2018-08-02. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  • ^ “Invicta FC 31 results: Champ Virna Jandiroba taps Janaisa Morandin”. MMAjunkie. 2018-09-01. Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  • ^ Tristen Critchfield (January 16, 2019). “Vanessa Porto, Pearl Gonzalez to Vie for Vacant Flyweight Crown at Invicta FC 34 on Feb. 15”.
  • ^ Raimondi, Marc (2019-02-16). “Invicta FC 34 results: Vanessa Porto beats Pearl Gonzalez for title by technical decision after eye poke”. MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  • ^ Cunningham, Nicholas (2019-10-03). “”Chi-Town Princess” Pearl Gonzalez moves to main event tomorrow night against Brogan Walker-Sanchez at Invicta FC 37 on UFC Fight Pass | Hola America News”. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  • ^ “Invicta FC 37 results: Pearl Gonzalez edges Brogan Sanchez, Mariya Agapova impresses”. MMA Junkie. 2019-10-05. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  • ^ Alexander K. Lee (January 3, 2020). “Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Cummins 2, Pearl Gonzalez vs. Miranda Maverick announced for Invicta FC 39”.
  • ^ “Pearl Gonzalez MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography –”. Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
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