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Gabriel Gonzaga latest fighter cut by UFC

Brazilian heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga has joined Patrick Cote on the list of casualties stemming from this past weekend’s UFC event.

Gonzaga, who lost a unanimous decision to rising star Brendan Schaub at UFC 121 last Saturday night, broke word of his release via Twitter, saying, “Official now – Out of UFC – Thanks for all your support – back to normal life and BJJ forever.”

The final segment of the statement seems to imply Gonzaga may be planning to permanently hang up his gloves order to focus on teaching, and competing in, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but the word “retirement” has yet to be officially used in connection with his name.

The loss to Schaub dropped Gonzaga’s record to 11-6 and was the fourth in seven bouts for “Napao” since suffering a third-round TKO loss to Randy Couture in a heavyweight title-fight at UFC 74 in 2007. His most-notable victory to date came in the form of a highlight-for-the-ages head-kick against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 70.


  • Creature says:

    I dont believe they should have cut him just yet, his recent losses have come from very skilled HWs and i think they should have put him in the with kongo 4 a loser gets cut fight

  • MCM says:

    Is he leaving MMA? It kinda sounds like he’s just going back to just BJJ. I hope he stays in MMA, he’d be one of the top HW’s in an or like Bellator and could still get plenty of fights (ala Monson) if he decided to stay with it. Of course, I don’t know a lot of other orgs that can pay a guy 60k for one fight.
    Or does he just end all his tweets with “BJJ forever”?

  • egad81 says:

    Cutting fighters to make room for the more exciting lighter weight classes is okay with me.

    Now if the would just get rid of Jake “The Boring Blanket” Shields

  • damn that makes me sad…I like Gabe. I would love to see him go to SF and FINALLY get the win over werdum he deserves(he lost to him twice, but he put a BEATING on him in both fights and then gassed.) Bellator would be an even better option. But it does seem like the fight has gone out of him, he didnt even look determined the other night.

    But this makes me really wanna see someone beat the hell out of The Hybrid…he got one of my favorite heavyweights fired.

  • Angry Mike says:

    He has a future in other orgs if he wants it, but I’m not surprised he was cut. He didn’t just lose to Schaub, he looked bad doing it.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Agreed A.M.


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