BJJ News 9-30-16

Posted by: Philippe Dixon on 9/30/2016

UFC Veteran Gabriel Gonzaga Ready to Retire from MMA

After a long and prosperous career in the cage, long time UFC veteran Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga is ready to move on from the sport. Citing concerns about health and longevity Gonzaga has said he will not be getting back in the ring for less than $100,000. Gabriel is leaving the UFC with a respectable record of 17-11 and some epic battles in the octagon. He first made his debut in the UFC on Novermber 19, 2005 against Kevin Jordan, who he knocked out via superman punch, but really made waves in the MMA scene when he won Knockout of the Night at UFC 70 by head kicking Mirko Cro Cop defeating the Croation juggernaut with his own signature move. Cro Cop at the time was making the transition from Pride FC to the UFC and was expected to beat Gabriel and go on to fight for the heavyweight title. Instead Gonzaga went on to fight Randy Couture for the championship in a grueling bout where Gonzaga broke his nose during a take down and Couture fractured his arm blocking a head kick and, although he did not win, the combatants were awarded Fight of the Night for their gladiatorial efforts. Along with one more Fight of the Night award to his credit Gonzaga is also tied for most finishes in UFC history and second with most finishes as a heavyweight. As Napao closes the door on the cage for the last time he doesn't plan on taking retirement sitting down. The 2006 Mundial Champion is ready to get back to his roots on the mat, focusing on competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and his new team Squared BJJ. For more information on Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga and Squared BJJ you can check out his website gabrielgonzagabjj.com. BJJNation would like to wish Gabriel the best of luck and success in his new ventures.

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