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Gabriel Gonzaga vs Shane Carwin at UFC 96

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FiveOuncesOfPain.com can exclusively report that a heavyweight clash between former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga and former NCAA Division II wrestling champion Shane Carwin is now set to take place.

Gonzaga is 10-3 and trains out of Team Link in Massachusetts. The jiu-jitsu black belt’s most high-profile fight took place at UFC 74 in August of 2007 when he lost to then-UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture via third round TKO.

Following the loss to Couture, the native Brazilian then suffered a second round TKO defeat at the hands of Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80 last January. However, since that time, Gonzaga has once again begun to climb the championship ladder with consecutive wins.







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Post #1   12/20/08 1:00:10PM   

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This is an awesome fight

I hope Carwin steam rolls, but my instinct tells me Gonzaga won't stand with him, Gonzaga sub 2 or Carwin TKO 1.


Great match up though

Post #2   12/20/08 1:01:46PM   

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Yeah i think it all depends if carwin can get a good hit and then maybe finish it or if gonzaga goes straight takedown.

I see this as an interesting battle. Im kinda pulling for gonzaga.

Post #3   12/20/08 1:13:25PM   

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I think Gonzaga is the better fighter and the more skilled of the two.

Carwin is a beast and has a ton of power and has good wrestling. But his standup is a little robotic and lacking footwork and headmovement. I haven't completely bought into his hype yet.

That being said I think Carwin gets the tko victory. Gabriel doesn't like to be hit and when you land a hard shot he seems to give up and wait for the ref to step in. And a guy like Shane will probably land a couple shots and get that win.

Post #4   12/20/08 1:29:04PM   

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carwin > lesnar

Post #5   12/20/08 1:39:43PM   

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Well there goes the Shane Carwin hype train...coming to a screaching halt...screeech! Gonzaga should dominate this fight anywhere it goes. Shane may have the biggest hands in MMA but I guarantee Gonzaga's hands are just as heavy. Gabriel is also going to be spending some time again at Chute Boxe, so expect to see some crisp standup enroute to a big KO.

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Post #6   12/20/08 1:40:40PM   

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Carwin is in trouble standing and on the ground. I would like for Carwin to win, but I don't see it happening. Gonzaga is a lot more experienced and Carwin is not that fast. I could see Carwin getting an early takedown easily and then Gonzaga either sweeping or submitting him.

Post #7   12/20/08 1:45:32PM   

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Carwin's best shot at victory is using the strategy Ryan Bader used against Vinny. This will be a hard one to call for me even though Gonzaga is one of my favorites because, like Mayhem said, he seems to crumble under hard punches to the face.

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carwin gets subbed. gonzaga gets it to the ground at some point and comes out with the win. this is a bad matchup for gonzaga but at this point he is the better fighter.

Post #9   12/20/08 2:23:48PM   

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Great fight, but I would have rather wanted to see Carwin vs Cain V.

Post #10   12/20/08 2:37:39PM   

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very hard fight to call. i'll be pulling for Carwin but Gonzaga is definitly the better all around fighter. i think Carwin can win this fight if he set a hard pace the way Couture did. he needs to close the distance, get the takedown, and pund Gonzaga out. only thing is Gonzaga obviously has very dangerous BJJ . should be a very interesting fight.

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Im pulling for carwin. gonzaga will struggle to get this fight to the ground and carwin can take him down and make him use his BAD gas tank all up. use a gameplan like werdum did in there 2nd fight. great fight though imo

Post #12   12/20/08 4:34:42PM   

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Heart is with Carwin. Hand is with Gonzaga.

Post #13   12/20/08 5:30:01PM   

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we get to see if carwin is the real deal. i don't think he has to win the fight to prove he's the real deal he just has to put up a good fight against gonzaga because gg is one of the best in the world hands down.

Post #14   12/20/08 6:17:52PM   

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i got Gabriel Gonzaga, he has world class jujitsu and his stand up is extremely underrated

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