ONE Championship: No excuses for Pinoy Ramon Gonzales in his transition to strawweight

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 21, 2019 05:17 PM
No excuses for Gonzales in his transition to strawweight
“Even though I got dominated, I saw that I can hang in all three rounds. I know I can end a match, so now it’s all about improving and I’ll get used to it.” - Ramon Gonzales (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

Ramon "The Bicolano" Gonzales may have come up short in his latest outing, but the loss allowed him to gauge how he would fare in the talent-rich strawweight division of The Home of Martial Arts.

 

The Filipino Karateka dropped a unanimous decision loss to "Wolf of the Grasslands" Hexigetu at ONE: AGE OF DRAGONS last Saturday, 16 November at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China.

 

It was the first time that "The Bicolano" went the full three rounds in his professional mixed martial arts career, and it was not much to remember as he saw his three-match winning streak snapped. 

 

Still, Gonzales remains optimistic about his future. 

 

“This is my first time in strawweight and the first time I went all three rounds. In my first few matches, all of them ended in the first round,” Gonzales said. 

 

“Even though I got dominated, I saw that I can hang in all three rounds. I know I can end a match, so now it’s all about improving and I’ll get used to it.”

 

Gonzales never found his rhythm the entire evening as Hexigetu’s ground game proved to be too much for the 32-year-old. 

 

Though overmatched, the Albay City native kept going, but in the end there was no question about the result. 

 

“I was always staying positive. It never crossed my mind that I’m going to lose and I’m going to give up. I know every second, every minute, there’s always a chance,” the three-time Philippine Karate National Champion said. 

 

“I knew I was getting close, but I don’t question the decision. No excuses, I have no excuses in that loss.” 

 

In the end, Gonzales discovered that it will take time to get used to his new weight-class. But now that he was able to test the waters, he finally knows the adjustments that he needs to get done as he treks through the loaded strawweight division. 

 

“There may be an effect but that’s no excuse. I lost, so now I have to get used to competing in this division next time.”

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