“I believe in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I accomplished everything I wanted,” Gonzaga, 32, explained to Bleacher Report. “I won state, national, and world-championship titles. In MMA, I had the opportunity to fight 12 times so far for the UFC. I fought for the UFC heavyweight title, and against some of the best fighters in the sport.”
Gonzaga’s retirement from mixed martial arts would ultimately prove to be short-lived.
“I believe I was looking for some time to reset my goals,” offered Gonzaga. “I enjoyed the chance to stay close to my students, and also the extra time I was able to spend with my family...My students and my friends were asking to see me fight again.”
Although Gonzaga insisted that he is taking a pragmatic approach to his return, the former heavyweight title contender is nevertheless hoping to make the most of his return to the canvas.
“I take one fight at a time,” offered Gonzaga, who will be contesting the first match of his new four-fight contract with the UFC on Saturday. “I just want to focus on this fight right now.
“I want to be a world champion...I want to be recognized as a guy that comes to fight win or lose, and puts on a good show for the fans.”
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