In an Oct. 26 interview with Promoting Real Women radio, XFC flyweight champ Pearl Gonzalez opened up to world-renowned MMA writer Jason Adams about the spray tan greasing accusations that Cortney Casey brought against her.
Casey is appealing her recent XFC loss to Gonzalez because the Chicago brawler got a spray tan three days prior to their fight, which the former says made her tough to submit since her skin was so slippery.
Gonzalez responded by saying she was checked before and after the fight, without any issues being found by XFC boss John Prisco, the referee or anyone from the Tennessee commission.
"I was checked before the fight. I was checked right after the fight. The commission, John Prisco, before I even got to my dressing room, right after I did my XFC interview, they asked me 'are you dry?' They touched me and I'm like 'what?' They're like 'she said you greased,' and I said 'excuse me?' They touched me and they are like 'she's dry.' I'm like 'I'm not even in my dressing room yet.' Like what do you mean I greased? I don't need to cheat to win," Gonzalez said. "I put thousands of hours into this and I don't need to put on anything to beat her. To me it's complete ridiculousness and I'm not going to feed into whatever she's doing and saying. I just don't feed into negativity. I don't talk crap. That's not the fighter that I am. But I expected it from her. She was complaining the entire fight."
Gonzalez explained that Casey complained about various issues throughout the fight, so she wasn't exactly surprised to hear that the win is being appealed.
"I mean if you go back and watch the fight, you can kind of see in the first round, you can see the whole knee thing to her crotch. If you look at her knee, she kneed me in the crotch at the exact same time. Actually I let her go," Gonzalez stated. "She was bending over. I didn't continue to attack her. I gave her a second to gain her composure and then went back at her. At the end of the first round, she was complaining that I punched her after the bell rang. If you watch that and watch the referee, we sat there for a second and didn't get up right away and the ref was telling her 'it was emotion, it was emotion,' because she was complaining that I punched her after the round. In the third round, she complained I had my hand over her mouth and she was complaining I was poking her in her eye and if you watch that the referee is like 'there's no fingers in your eyes.' You know in one of the rounds, I remember getting out of a submission and she screamed the F-word really loud. Like she was screaming in between her rounds."
Gonzalez and her coach, Manolo Hernandez, say Casey's decision to appeal the loss is nothing but sour grapes.
"She was a very emotional fighter, complaining the entire time," Gonzalez said of Casey. "Did I expect this? Obviously not. But I was checked by the commission right after the fight. I was dry. I don't need to cheat. John told me if anyone questions or has anything to say about this, you tell them to come talk to me because 'we checked you as well as the commissioner.'
"I told them I got a spray tan three days before the fight. She had a tan as well. I didn't put lotion on that day. I don't wear lotion. It's not the kind of fighter I am. I'm girly, but not girly to that extent. I use a bar of soap and that's it. I'm here to train, I'm here to fight and that's my job."