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For Bellator’s Fernando Gonzalez, fight at Pechanga represents something bigger


Last updated 1/26/2018 at Noon

Fernando Gonzalez (left), the Menifee Maniac, will be fighting Lorenz Larkin at Pechanga Resort and Casino Jan. 26. Courtesy photo.

Menifee-raised Fernando Gonzalez will be brawling with Riverside’s Lorenz Larkin in the main event of Bellator 193 at Pechanga Resort and Casino’s new 40,000 square foot event center Jan. 26, and said he feels like he’s accomplishing a goal.

34-year-old Gonzalez, known as “The Menifee Maniac,” said he remembers driving by billboards advertising fights all the time when he was still in the beginning stages of becoming an MMA fighter.

“Maybe five or six years ago my brother and me were driving by and we said, ‘you know what? we’re going to be on those billboards soon enough,...

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