Gabriel Gonzaga: I Want To Be The UFC Champion

Gabriel Gonzaga has an opportunity to make an impact in the UFC Heavyweight division, as he is slated to face the number nine ranked Stipe Miocic at UFC on Fox 10. Gonzaga is in chase of his second UFC Heavyweight title shot and has earned two knockouts and one submission finish since rejoining the promotion.

Another point of interest is that Gonzaga is tied with Frank Mir for most UFC HW finishes at 11. Check out what Napao said about his next opponent:

“I really don’t know why he called me out,” Gonzaga told MMAFighting.com. “He’s above me in the rankings and asked to fight me. Either he’s scared to fight someone else or he believes I’m an easy win for him – and he’s wrong.”

“I believe I can beat anyone, but you have to have some luck when the time comes. I lost to Randy Couture because of an accident during the fight, and I believe things could have been different if I had better luck.”

It was unfortunate that the injury sustained in the match with Randy Couture had an influence on the bout, but it did happen because Couture kept landing clinch shots. In other words it was Randy’s punches that won the day.

I like the new Gabriel Gonzaga, he seems a lot more focused and has also sharpened his striking tools rather well. It will be interesting to see how he performs against Miocic.

“I try my best to be the most well-rounded fighter I can be to fight anyone, and I believe our styles matches perfectly,” he said. “Jiu-jitsu is always an option, but there’s no gi in MMA, so I always have to use my boxing and muay thai to open some spaces. I have way more experience in every aspect of the game, not only jiu-jitsu.”

Gonzaga had often received criticism during his first UFC tenure for standing with better strikers; something he seems to have worked through very well. Not only is his striking better, but he is taking guys down to look for chokes and holds.

“I wasn’t sure what did I want in the past,” he said on his retirement in 2010, “but now I know that I want to be the UFC champion. (Velasquez) is a tough fighter, but everybody looks up to the champion and studies his games,” he said. “He has some flaws in his game, and I’d need to be ready for this fight.”

Anyone think Gonzaga has a chance at even getting a title shot? Both Miocic and Gonzaga have been finished by strikes, although only once for Miocic and six times for Napao. Could the Croation wrestler/striker prove too much for the resurging Brazilian?


8 Comments

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    MagicMMA

    November 28, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Obviously. Isn't that everyone's goal in the UFC?

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    Dabs

    November 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Not happening Gabe…

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    André Amorim

    November 28, 2013 at 10:16 am

    You never will win of Dos Santos and Velasquez, so, give up!!

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    alvarez

    November 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    More like Amorim would never learn how to write proper English, so give up!

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    DeeJaySlyTee

    November 28, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Don't mean to bust your bubble Gonzaga but that ain't never happening..

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    grandslam

    November 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Well Why not? if a man believes in himself and his skills, I am happy to put my money on him.

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    DeeJaySlyTee

    November 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

    @grandslam Put all the money you want on Gonzaga and I guarantee you from an intelligent gambling perspective, you will lose. A man can believe all he wants, but work ethic, skill and and gift is the ultimate factor! Except for the one time wonder against Cro-Cop, Gonzaga has not really shown much against top 10 competition (Dos Santos, Werdum, Couture, Carwin) and quite frankly, does not have what it takes to become a Champion in this sport.

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