When I hear the name Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga, my thoughts are automatically brought back to his incredible head kick KO over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Following that win, which was the most impressive and most memorable of his career, he went 3-5 in his next 8 UFC fights.
After Gonzaga’s departure from the UFC he stated via twitter that he was no longer going to compete in MMA and strictly focus on his BJJ training. During his time off he enjoyed his family, built an school in Worcester Mass (Team Link) where he is making bjj champions. His Team Link family obviously had an impact on him, which brought him back to MMA nearly a year after his last UFC fight. He picked up a 3rd round submission victory over Parker Porter to pick up the Reality Fighting Heavyweight Championship.
We are a family here at Team Link and they always keep telling me that I belong there and motivating me all the time. I want to have a big run in the UFC and I am training hard for it!
It will be nearly 5 year...