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Gabriel Gonzaga: “I’m gonna try to fight again in ADCC and BJJ…MMA, I don’t know.”

A little more than three years ago, 31-year old Gabriel Gonzaga stood across the Octagon from Randy Couture with the UFC’s heavyweight championship up for grabs and was riding the high of having delivered one of the most-memorable head-kicks in the sport’s history against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

As of this past week, it appears he may never step foot inside the ring again.

The 250-pounder’s decision to consider hanging up his gloves for good appears to have come as a result of having suffered losses in three of his last four fights, the most recent of which came against Brendan Schaub at UFC 121 and resulted in his release from the world’s foremost MMA promotion.

Gonzaga recently recorded a brief video blog where he discussed the situation, saying he planned to focus on grappling tournaments like ADCC with his “main goal” being to “not fight MMA again.” However, the 11-6 Brazilian did mention he would be willing to get back into the cage if the right financial compensation was in place but that it would also take more than “cheap money” to influence his change of heart.




    i just can’t understand how someone as talented as Gonzaga is on the ground, couldn’t come up with a better gameplan during his fights where he was obviously losing the standup battle

  • mma.Australia says:


    U had me at hello

  • MCM says:

    Werd Gike.
    It’s like Gonzaga wants to be the HW version of Jorge Gurgel. I know there are a lot of fans that don’t really appreciate the ground game, but if that’s you major strength, use it. Gonzaga has all the talent to be a top 5 HW, he just doesn’t believe it.

  • Swing Em says:

    I will say it right now, Gabe needs a new camp that will challenge him everyday & formulate good game plans, can anyone say Greg Jackson?

    Considering his losses are to Werdum (2x), Couture, Carwin, Dos Santos & Schaub (the only non top 10 guy) i wouldn’t say he has much to be ashamed of, but thats the feeling i get when hearing him speak. He’s obviously lost a lot of confidence & for a pro fighter thats the worst thing that can happen.

    I think taking sometime off from fighting is a good thing for him, however I believe he needs to continue to train MMA fulltime and start shopping around for a new camp.

    He has all the talent in the world & if he started planning his attacks around those talents he’d be a force to be reckoned with.

  • @ swing Em
    Agreed and to elaborate…Both Werdum fights he was handily DOMINATING werdum till he gassed out and got stopped, He was the first(and until brock) the only fighter to give Carwin any trouble, I still thing had he thrown another right hand instead of takin him down he’d have ended that fight right there.
    But yes it seems he’s lost his belief in himself and that sucks, I hella like big gabe, and whether he comes back to mma or stays in grapplin, i’ll be watchin.


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