LFA Signs Cuban Olympic Wrestler Maikel Perez Gonzalez

By Mike Sloan Mar 21, 2017
Las Vegas-based Legacy Fighting Alliance has signed former Olympic wrestler Maikel Perez Gonzalez to a multi-fight contract, Sherdog.com has learned. Gonzalez, who represented his native Cuba in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, signed with LFA on Monday.

Gonzalez made his pro MMA debut last July at RFA 38, where he submitted Martin Diaz via first-round guillotine choke. After competing for a few regional promotions and building his record to 3-0, he signed on with LFA with one goal in mind: to follow in the footsteps of fellow Cubanos who have competed in the UFC’s famed Octagon.

Cuban standouts Yoel Romero and Hector Lombard have both competed in the Olympics and the UFC, and Gonzalez is looking to do the same. The freestyle wrestling standout is ready for the next phase of his life, though an exact date and opponent for the bantamweight’s LFA debut has yet to be determined.

“I am excited for the new challenges,” stated Gonzalez. “Thank you LFA for the opportunity to fight in this great show. I will do my best to display my skills inside the LFA Octagon.”

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