BY Dan Paulo Errazo
More than practicing the Bushido code, he always wants to give honor and pride to the Philippines through his actions.
“I’m honored to represent the Philippines in Thailand,” Gonzales said.
“I always keep in mind that the way I act, what I say during interviews, how I interact with people, and my performance inside the ring represents my country. That is why I always make sure that I hold everyone in high regard and respect.”
Gonzales has prepared for this match by studying Hexigetu’s disciplines and has formed a strategy from there. He is clearly preparing for a match that will show his respect for the man from China.
“Hexigetu is a great athlete,” Gonzales said.
“His Mongolian wrestling is something rare we see in the international stage and he is really good with that. He also trained in Sanda so that makes him an even more dangerous opponent. He can take the match to the ground or in the standup and that will keep me on alert for the entire duration of the fight.”
Gonzales is not underestimating his opponent and has spent every waking hour preparing for a match that fits a true ONE athlete.
“I really do not tend to look at an individual and break down their strengths and weaknesses,” Gonzales said.
“I treat each and every match as a very difficult bout where I am the underdog which pushes me to train even harder. I have seen athletes who underestimated their opponents only to lose and I don’t want to be that person. Hexigetu being a part of ONE Championship means that he is one of the world’s best and it will be a great honor and opportunity for me to share the same stage.”