Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez to Headline Naciones MMA 1

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Erick Gonzalez
Erick Gonzalez victorious following a Combate Americas bout. Photo: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas

Top lightweight prospect Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez will headline the inaugural Naciones MMA event on March 19 in Monterrey, Mexico.

One of MMA’s top lightweight prospects will be making his return to action as Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez will headline the inaugural Naciones MMA event in Monterrey, Mexico against Oziel Rodriguez on March 19.

Best known for his time in Combate Americas, Gonzalez is a 10-4 pro who became one of the promotion’s winningest fighters.  His resume has seen him record victories over Danny Ramirez, Alejandro Martinez, and Won Sik Park.  He also went the distance in competitive bouts with newly signed UFC lightweight Rafa Garcia for the promotion’s title and Humberto Bandenay in the finals of a one-night tournament.

Naciones MMA is new promotion that will air (at least for now) exclusively on Facebook through MMA UNO, one of Latin America’s top websites for mixed martial arts.  The commentary team will consist of veteran analyst and former UFC fighter Erik “Goyito” Perez, his Entire Rounds co-host Andres Lichtveld, and current Bellator flyweight contender Alejandra Lara.

Besides Gonzalez and Rodriguez, the event will also see fellow Combate Americas veteran and inaugural Copa Combate winner Levy Marroquin take on Juan Pablo Mendoza.  “Goyito” Perez’s brother, Ivan Perez, will also be on the card as he takes on Emanuel Rivero.

The full Naciones MMA 1 fight card:

• Erick Gonzalez vs Oziel Rodriguez

• Levy Saul Marroquin vs Juan Pablo Mendoza

• Ivan Perez vs Emanuel Rivero

• Cesar Vazquez vs Emilio Saavedra

• Fernando Vazquez vs Hector Granados

• Daniela Hernandez vs Karen Manzo

• Ricardo Hurtado vs Christian Torres

• Gerardo Bazaldua vs Ian Villanueva

• Alan Hidalgo Castro vs Paulino Siller

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