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Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"

Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga-Nogueira was born on May 18, 1979 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a mixed martial arts competitor, he holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is also a former member of the well known Chute Boxe Academy. Gonzaga has earned the title of UFC Heavyweight. His knockout victory of the well known Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, which earned him the title, is considered to be one of the most startling victories in the sport.

Gonzaga made his MMA debut on April 4th, 2003 in Santos, Brazil. In that match he was pitted against Cicero Cicero and went on to win through submission coming from strikes in the first round. After that, Gonzaga went on to compete over the next two years and racked up three more wins with only one loss; that one going to Fabrico Werdum. During his UFC debut at UFC 56, he knocked out Kevin Jordan during the third round. Even though, the knockout proved to be a startling finish to the fight; many considered the bulk of the fight to be without much excitement. It was later revealed that Gonzaga had not been able to train properly for the fight due to complications related to his wife's pregnancy; which resulted in her near death and the death of one of their twin daughters.

Gonzaga returned at UFC 60 and scored a win against Fabiano Scherner through TKO during the second round. He went on to terminate Carmelo Marrero's undefeated winning streak during the first round of UFC 66. This was followed up with a head kick delivered to the PRIDE FC 2006 Open Weight Grand Prix Champion, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, during the first round.
 

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