WMMA’s Most Exciting Prospect

UFC Fighter, Pearl Gonzalez

Time to get excited! If you’ve been following the career of Pearl, or are just learning about her… you are in the right place. Learn all about this exciting fighters history, current training regiments, as well as upcoming news.

Former #1 Ranked Amateur WMMA Flyweight in World.

Ranked #1 at 125 in amateur WMMA prior to going pro.

Earned three 1st round finishes in eight Pro Fights.

One TKO and two submissions via Arm Bar.

10th Planet Purple Belt.

Current Combat-Do Brown Belt.

7 – 1 as an Amateur.

Defeated UFC Vet, Cortney Casey, via Submission in 2013.

Earned her First Career KO in August of 2015 (During 6th Pro Fight)

Knocked out Peruvian star Valeria Mejia with head kick.

Golden Gloves Champion

2011 Chicago Champion

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A Letter From Pearl

A Chicago Pearl is looking to make her mark in MMA” – Chicago Tribune

From the hood to the bright lights, I have fought through hell to get to where I am today. Grinding day after day to not only become a better woman and athlete, but a better professional, a better role model for my family and my community. I am relentless when it comes to my goals, dreams and happiness. I have learned this mentality through self help books, documentaries, podcasts and the amazing mentors who are in my life.

The motto I live by is; every day, every hour, every second is an opportunity to grow and an opportunity to start all over. No dream is too big, I know my limits are endless and the mistakes made yesterday, do not have to define the person I am today. When I am not training, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, dancing, yoga, meditation and of course putting on a bad ass pair of high heels.

I am proud of the woman I have become, I’ve worked damn hard to become her! I hope through me you will find your own strength and courage. And you too, will find happiness in living your dreams.  Enough of me blabbing I will let the professionals and my stats finish this about me section.

Love you guys!


Jacolyn Carrasco





On Camera

More Background Info

Chicago’s very own UFC fighter, actress, role model, and champion…


Pearl Gonzalez is a professional athlete and world class inspiration. She is self-motivated and driven to climb to the top of any challenge. Raised in Chicago’s Pilsen and Cicero neighborhoods, she has put the work in to earn her seat in the brightest of lights.

Competing in mixed martial arts since age 11, and reaching her goals with a consistency in superior performance. She has put the world on notice as a 3x Arnold’s World NAGA Champion, winning gold in three divisions. A top Ranking Pankration competitor in North America and Team USA during 98’ & 99’. Expert Division Champion in 11’, as well as 6x Midwest Jiu Jitsu Champion, Golden Gloves Champion in 09’, and MMA

Sports Federation Winner for Team USA in 11’. Pearl holds title belts with Kiama International, Jiu Jitsu Absolute Division, Whiskey Wild Showdown, Cutthroat Absolute Division, and lastly she holds the XFC’s inaugural flyweight championship belt. Pearl was the #1 ranked amateur WMMA fighter in the world at 125lbs for 2 years straight, prior to making her pro debut.

Entertaining is her passion, whether it be as an actress for her most recent film “Guerra”, and a network television spot with “Kingdom”, or as a Social Media bombshell, reaching fans worldwide with motivational and positive thoughts that mirror her own personality. She is a military wife, that loves to dance and delve into the world of fashion. Pearl is truly amazing to watch!


Discussed by the biggest media in MMA

“If you haven’t heard Pearl’s story, highly recommend her interview on #TheMMAHour. From homeless to jail to UFC PPV…”

Ariel Helwani


“If you haven’t heard Pearl’s story, highly recommend her interview on #TheMMAHour. From homeless to jail to UFC PPV…”

Ariel Helwani


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