Sometimes it seems that women’s bantamweight prospect Brenda “Boom-Boom” Gonzales would have no luck at all if it weren’t for bad luck.
Multiple times in Gonzales’ career she’s been sidelined by injuries and thus has only had a handful of fights since she started training in MMA five years ago.
Most recently Gonzales was injured in her Pancrase debut in May of last year in a loss to Rin Nakai.
“(Nakai) hip-tossed me and I stuck out my arm to break the fall and I dislocated my elbow,” Gonzales told MMAWeekly.com. “She was able to sink in the rear naked choke from there. It was kind of a heartbreaker going out that way.”
Even though Gonzales suffered her first MMA loss in the bout, she was able to learn from it and become a better fighter.
“Whether it was from watching on the sidelines or getting to drill the moves, I feel like my wrestling and ground game has truly come along,” said Gonzales. “I feel the time off has made me mentally and physically stronger.
“I haven’t been in the cage since May of last year due to an injury, so I’m hungry, excited and can’t wait to get back in there.”
“I let my coaches watch the videos and tell me what to look out for,” said Gonzales. “But I’ve been drilling it all: stand-up, wrestling, and the ground.
Gonzales feels a strong performance against Bassett can be a huge boost to her career going forward.“I feel like my teammates give me all the looks that I need, so whether she’s going to stand or go to the ground, I feel like I’m prepared and ready to react and fight my fight and take it to her.”
“I feel the RFA is a good promotion and I feel if I go out and put a good performance on and get the W, I feel the next step is one or two calls away,” said Gonzales. “I’ve just got to go in there, fight my best and give it my all.”