Rising Middleweight Alfonso Gonzalez Trying His Luck at 205 at SFL America

September 26, 2015

So far, 2015 has been a good year for middleweight up-and-comer Alfonso “Big Smooth” Gonzalez.

Coming off his only career loss in 2014, Gonzalez rebounded with two straight wins this year, including his most recent, a unanimous decision win over Will Noland for King of the Cage in August.

“We just stuck to the game plan,” Gonzalez told MMAWeekly.com. “We ground (Noland) out. I struck with him a little bit, took him down and just beat him. We did that for three rounds and got the unanimous decision. He’s a tough guy to finish, so I didn’t get the finish, but it was a good fight.”

Following his loss to Bubba Bush in July of last year, Gonzalez spent time focusing on his work outside of MMA. The time off helped rejuvenate him and get him on this latest winning streak.

“I took some time off, and then at the beginning of the year, I had a fight in January, and then switched stuff up in preparations for Will,” said Gonzalez. “Things just started clicking. The fight with Will got me motivated, got me going, and we’re just working to sharpen our skills for the next one.”

Gonzalez (7-1) will seek to pick up his third win of the year when he steps up in weight to face six-foot-seven-inch tall Thomas Hoeper (1-1) for the vacant Super Fight League America light heavyweight championship on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.

“It’s normally not my weight class, but it should be a fun fight because Thomas is a tough guy and presents a lot of problems,” said Gonzalez. “We’ll see how we do at 205 pounds.

“We usually just try to grind people out. Having that conditioning in my back pocket, I can just keep grinding. He’s long and unorthodox and he likes the guillotine off his back, so that’s the problems we need to be prepared for.”

While a title and keeping his winning streak alive would do well for Gonzalez’s career, his mind is solely on Hoeper, rather than worry about what’s next.

“This is just another fight for me,” said Gonzalez. “I’m not looking at it like I have to beat this guy or that guy to put me here or there, I go in there and just focus on the fight and then whatever doors open up after that, great.

“We’ll just keep them coming one at a time and deal with whoever my opponent is and see where it goes.”

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