ONE Championship: Filipino Ramon Gonzales used his previous setback as motivation to succeed

Santino Honasan on Oct 09, 2018 03:00 PM
ONE: Gonzales used previous setback as motivation to succeed
Filipino mixed martial artist Ramon Gonzales gets his hand raised following a first-round submission victory over Dodi Mardian at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES in Bangkok, Thailand last 6 October, 2018. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

In the world of mixed martial arts, competitors draw motivation from various places, but one of the biggest motivators that a mixed martial artist can have is the experience of a loss.

Ask most athletes, and they’ll tell you that nothing gets them more motivated to get back in the gym and work harder than the bitter taste of defeat.

Such rings true for Filipino mixed martial artist Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales.

The Kyokushin Karate black belt is currently enjoying a two-bout winning streak, and is coming off a fantastic first-round submission victory over Dodi Mardian at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES last 6 October in Bangkok, Thailand.

It was Gonzales’ second submission victory in as many bouts.

And while the Albay, Bicol-native is currently riding high with back-to-back victories, he admits that it’s a certain setback in the past that’s keeping him motivated until today.

“Like I said before, I’m not here to waste time. I’m in the gym everyday,” Gonzales shared, “my biggest motivation now is my loss to Yodsanan Sityodtong last year.”

In what was just his second appearance on the ONE Championship stage back in 2017, Gonzales absorbed a second-round stoppage loss to Thai martial arts icon Yodsanan “Little Tyson” Sityodtong.

Early on, Gonzales was competitive as he used his striking to set up his grappling and put the Thai star in some precarious situations.

As the bout progressed however, Yodsanan picked up steam and battered Gonzales into verbal submission.

More than a year later, the loss is still a tough pill to swallow for the Filipino striker

“Up to now, I’m still motivated by that loss and I hope that one day, our paths will cross again and I can avenge that loss,” he expressed.

Gonzales did have some words of praise for the 44-year old veteran who currently holds a 4-1 record under ONE Championship.

“Yodsanan is one of a kind, it’s really impressive, I’m definitely a fan,” he stated, “even at his age, he’s still really so strong and so skilled.”

Moving forward, the 31-year old Filipino flyweight says that he’s ready for anyone that ONE Championship decides to put in front of him, but admits he’d rather work his way up to the top of the division.  

“It’s really up to ONE Championship. Whoever they decide to give me next, I’ll be ready, but hopefully it won’t be any of the top guys in the division just yet. I feel as though there’s still a lot of work for me to do until I can challenge the big names in the flyweight division, and I intend on working on my game until I get to that level,” Gonzales stated.

As for a chance at the world championship, Gonzales admits that he’s not sure how far off he is from being a contender but remains firm in his dream of one day becoming a world champion in mixed martial arts.

“Honestly, I have no idea how far I need to go until I can call myself a contender for the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Hopefully, I get to achieve that goal as well,” he concluded.

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