Gabriel 'Napao' Gonzaga back to UFC, fights at UFC 142 in Brazil

by Damon Martin | source:

Gabriel Gonzaga once challenged Randy Couture for the UFC Heavyweight title. The Brazilian had his nose broken and was eventually stopped by the champion. In the three years following, 'Napao', went 4-4 and eventually was released after a loss to Brendan Schaub.

At the time, the Brazilian announced he expected to retire, but recently fought a local bought at Mohegan Sun and defeated Parker Porter. Today it was announced that Gonzaga is back in the UFC:

Gabriel Gonzaga is back in the UFC and will face Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 142 in Brazil.

Gonzaga’s manager and trainer Marco Alvan confirmed the news on Friday. According to his manager, Gonzaga signed a new 4-fight deal with the UFC as well.

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Freakin 10er site profile image  

12/18/11 2:47 PM by Freakin 10er

I'm suspicious of this as well. Wouldn't sleep on Napao though, dude's still got some legit skill

FryedTakayama site profile image  

12/17/11 3:31 PM by FryedTakayama


CALI NATIVE site profile image  

12/17/11 12:10 PM by CALI NATIVE


mmavixen site profile image  

12/17/11 9:33 AM by mmavixen

 This made my day when I read it yesterday, always been a fan of Gonzaga's.  I hope he has a great performance.

Shope_1990 site profile image  

12/17/11 8:03 AM by Shope_1990

Really like the guy, and always thought he had what it takes. Let's hope he makes a good run.

swany site profile image  

12/17/11 4:12 AM by swany

Good to see hime get another chance

rampageforpresident site profile image  

12/17/11 1:30 AM by rampageforpresident

Hope he just trains takedowns and uses his jiu-jitsu more often. He can grapple with anyone. good luck to him.

HELWIG site profile image  

12/16/11 8:43 PM by HELWIG

 Was never the same after Randy hit that crotch lift slam. Hope he's hungry again

WestBuiltAMountain site profile image  

12/16/11 8:16 PM by WestBuiltAMountain

I hope he goes back to doing what he does best - grappling. Stop with the kick boxing shit. Use it to get your opponent into a position where you can take him down and grapple.