The stage is set. The biggest fight of Lewis Gonzalez’ career is 10 days away and the Turlocker is anxious for the days to pass.
On Aug. 10, Gonzalez will step into the cage for the first time since signing his six fight contract with the World Series of Fighting. Waiting for him will be Antonio McKee, a 43-year-old mixed martial arts veteran with 35 fights under his belt.
“He’s a big name; it would be a big win for me,” Gonzalez said. “I’m excited. I want to show everybody that I’m ready to take on top quality opponents.”
When Gonzalez and McKee clash in the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif., there will be some noticeable differences from Gonzalez’ past fights—higher stakes, a southpaw opponent, the national stage. What won’t change, however, is Gonzalez’ approach: a proven formula of aggressive offense centered on his wrestling skills and supported by an ever improving stand up game.
“I’m not going to change anything,” Gonzalez said. ”I am where I am from what I’ve done already. I haven’t had any defeats, so why change it up?”
With his fight plan established, Gonzalez has been directing much of his focus during training on making the 155 pound weight limit. A natural 170 pounder, Gonzalez is confident in his ability to take the Lightweight division by storm as the bigger man in the cage. Though McKee trumps him in experience, Gonzalez believes he has the edge in strength.
“I never go out there thinking about losing. I think about all the bad things that can happen, but I never envision me not getting my hands raised at the end of the night,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a tough opponent, but I’ve already fought a couple of tough opponents. I fought Justin Baseman who just got signed to Bellator and I beat that guy in like two minutes. I know I can compete. In the beginning of my career I beat some of the top 170 pounders in the area, so I’m more confident know fighting at 155s.”
While Gonzalez is eager to showcase his talent on the national stage for the first time, his true aim is to continue his unbeaten win streak and continue to garner clout within the industry.
“I know that if I’m successful with this contract and win my fights I’m going to be a big name. I know this is my chance,” Gonzalez said. “If I’m successful I know I’ll be where I want to be. The next contract will be the big one that puts me over the top.”
Fans interested in watching Gonzalez’ national debut can save themselves the trip to Ontario by liking the World Series of Fighting facebook page and watching a live stream of the event for free.