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Jiu-jitsu instructor at heart, Gabriel Gonzaga still happy to fight again

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Onetime UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6) admits he wasn't really sure what he wanted to do.

An October 2010 loss to Brendan Schaub dropped Gonzaga to just 1-3 in his previous four outings, and the former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champ strongly considered forever hanging up his gloves.

But Gonzaga returns tonight for a heavyweight title fight against Parker Porter (5-2) at the aptly named "Reality Fighting: Gonzaga vs. Porter" event at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. "Napao" admits he doesn't know what comes after that, but he's touched by those that encouraged him to return.

"There were a lot of fans and students of mine asking me to return," Gonzaga recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in his native Portuguese. "There were some e-mails that touched me – from people I've never met – talking about how I helped them in life. That was very gratifying."

And so the 32-year-old, who studied under Wander Braga from his grappling beginnings until he was awarded his black belt, turned to Marco Alvan, Alexandre Moreno and the rest of the crew at Massachusetts' Team Link and sought their advice.

"Fight," came the answer.

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Post #1   10/8/11 4:06:03PM   

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He should jump into Bellator and wreck the place!

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Posted by jae_1833

He should jump into Bellator and wreck the place!



Agreed.

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Post #3   10/8/11 8:50:31PM   

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I never cared for Gonzaga. He had one of the best KO's in mma history but outside of that he was just another run of the mill Heavyweight

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Post #4   10/9/11 1:05:13AM   

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I wouldn't mind seeing him back, sure he was a gatekeeper in the division but all his losses aside from Schaub were at the time, or have been at some point near the fight, arguably top 2-3 HW's in the world (Couture/Werdum/Carwin/Dos Santos).

If he still has the fighting spirit, and he won last night, I think he'd be a good test for quite a few guys to see if they belong. They either get a 'name' on their resume or show they may not be able to hang in the UFC.

As long as he stops doing that face in the camera thing. It freaks me out.

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Posted by jae_1833

He should jump into Bellator and wreck the place!



fabulous idea!!!!!

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Post #6   10/10/11 12:50:03AM