Gonzaga: I want to be a world champion

by Ed Knapp | source: bleacherreport.com
 

“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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JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

1/13/12 1:00 AM by JimmersonzGlove

He lost me a shit ton of money the first time he tried to be world champion.

Bailx site profile image  

1/12/12 11:55 PM by Bailx

well put....also you don't have to like him to respect him...

Poindexter site profile image  

1/12/12 11:18 PM by Poindexter

 I like GG as a fighter and representative of the sport, but it's a mental game. He's getting KTFO.

HELWIG site profile image  

1/12/12 10:56 PM by HELWIG

"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.""Unfortunately, everything I have seen tells me that that "win or lose" attitude is the end of guy's run as potential world champs.Wand, Sherk, etc.NEVER said those sentiments while they were in the running for titles.

HELWIG site profile image  

1/12/12 10:56 PM by HELWIG

" The bell rang and GG was quite obviously... not scared.. that's not the right word at all, but something was definitely wrong. He was not ready to engage at all." Werdum was likely still in his head from the first time he beat him. Werdum is a very haunting opponent for most guys.

SKARHEAD site profile image  

1/12/12 5:04 PM by SKARHEAD

Lots of assholes on this thread. If the guy wants to fight then he needs to do it NOW. Not every fighter will be world champion...Flat out, most simply will never be. Doesn't mean they shouldn't fight and strive...Some of the most loved fighters never even sniffed a title....LOL @ Gonzaga being 80 years old and wishing he would have made one last run, win or lose, but didn't because a bunch of asshole keyboard dorks thought he shouldn't even try and stay retired...Win or lose he can have an amazing fight career, make some fat cash, and live his dream w/ his talents while he is still able...Time retires everyone anyway. Gonzaga has a chance to live something we only dream of. I'm glad he's back.

Leghound site profile image  

1/12/12 3:48 PM by Leghound

I've never, ever heard fighters say this before.

saemskin site profile image  

1/12/12 2:55 PM by saemskin

gonzaga looked to be the next HW monster after he smashed CC. then the fight with Werdum... I was so psyched! The bell rang and GG was quite obviously... not scared.. that's not the right word at all, but something was definitely wrong. He was not ready to engage at all.

saemskin site profile image  

1/12/12 2:55 PM by saemskin

gonzaga looked to be the next HW monster after he smashed CC. then the fight with Werdum... I was so psyched! The bell rang and GG was quite obviously... not scared.. that's not the right word at all, but something was definitely wrong. He was not ready to engage at all.

Kingtony87 site profile image  

1/12/12 2:01 PM by Kingtony87

Man has mad skills/power and always comes to fight. I hope he can put it all together.