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And Now He’s Fired (And Possibly Retired): Gabriel Gonzaga

(Don’t worry Gabe, the world will always need drinking instructors… / Props: gonzagabjj)

Following two consecutive losses to Junior Dos Santos and Brendan Schaub (at UFC 121), former heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga has been released by the UFC. "Napao" confirmed the news via Twitter today, writing: "Official now – Out of UFC – Thanks for all your support – back to normal life and BJJ forever." Could Gonzaga really be retiring from MMA altogether? Come on bro, all you need is a new camp and a strategy that doesn’t focus on the absolute weakest part of your game

Though he began his UFC career with four consecutive stoppage victories — culminating with an infamous head-kick knockout of Mirko Cro Cop — Gabriel Gonzaga was never the same after the unsuccessful title bid that came next. (Sound familiar?) Gonzaga was broken down by Randy Couture at UFC 74, losing by third-round TKO, and also suffered a TKO loss in his next fight against Fabricio Werdum.

Gonzaga went on to score victories against low-level talent like Justin McCully, Josh Hendricks, and Chris Tuchscherer, but continued to struggle against the elite in the division, suffering yet another stoppage loss to Shane Carwin last March. The defeats against Dos Santos and Schaub sealed his fate. Though we suggested Gabe be given one more shot against a low-level up-and-comer, the UFC had apparently seen enough. We’ll let you know if Gonzaga changes his mind about the whole "normal life" thing…

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Lysol- October 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm
^^^ Um, as oppossed to $250,000 to show for a guy who has absolutely zero chance of even holding Strikeforce's LHW strap, yet alone the UFC's?

Not that I disagree that he was overpaid in the UFC, warranting him being cut, but I can think of someone who shall not be named that was more expensive, yet also more worthless.
LAS- October 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Most likely it's because he makes 67/67; there's no point in paying a guy that much to smash the Chris Tuscherer's and Justin McCully's of the world. He could probably earn his way back in at a significantly reduced rate, but I doubt he thinks it's worth his time to do so.
cecils_pupils- October 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm
I'm with Almost North - Gabe has always reminded me of Donkey Kong. If they ever decide to do a movie or live-action comedy he'd be a perfect fit.

And like the rest of you are sayin', he'd prolly kill it in Bellator.
Rayce.- October 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm
the ones they are keeping around look the "scariest". big muscles and what not.
those guys will look good on the up and comers high light reels.
Almost North- October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm
^ funny how the two that have no chance of winning are still around.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm
I'm two for four in firings. I called Cote, Gonzaga, Ortiz, and Yvel to all be fired by Monday morning when I watched their fights. It's still not too late to bat 1000...
RearNakedSpoon- October 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Crazy mofo, hope he keeps up the looney youtube posts.
fACE7biter- October 28, 2010 at 1:34 pm
Holy crap, great idea! Gonzaga kicking Cole Konrads head off, or submitting him when he tries to fuck him on the ground, brilliant idea! Bottom line, he shouldn't have a problem being scooped up by either Strikeforce or Bellator.
jimbonics- October 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm
Damnit ReX.
RwilsonR- October 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Since I can't think of anything funny I will just tell you what "Napao" actually means: Big Nose.

Seriously. He was given it when he was younger because of the size of his nostrils.
MoTropolis- October 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Napao is the Portuguese translation of "D'oH". As in, "D'oH!! Forgot to use my jits again!!".
Almost North- October 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Napao is the name Donkey Kong was sold under in Brazil.
CAP10- October 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm
I guess I'll never know WTF a "napao" is.
Almost North- October 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Biggest waste of talent ever?
thebassmaster- October 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm
Maybe South Park will finally make ManBearPig a full-time character now
ReX13- October 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Gabe, you are a bad.
Kimbos Bread- October 28, 2010 at 1:03 pm
Goodbye Gonzaga. But I did see this one coming.
Oatmeal Baby- October 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm
He could have been a much faster fighter if he was not weighed down by 20 pounds of body hair.
Dr.- October 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm
And for his stupid mouth guard show right up in the camera after wins. Every time he did that, it looked like he was getting ready to receive a load.
Bill Jackson- October 28, 2010 at 12:51 pm
His submission over Carmelo Marrero was pretty slick.
Bill Jackson- October 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Leading up to his fight with Randy, he was becoming one of the biggest names in the UFC. He was on ESPN doing an interview about Randy and looked to be the next heavyweight champion. Then Randy slammed him and broke his nose and he was never the same. Shame. As everyone knows, he should have used his BJJ.
RwilsonR- October 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm
@ knucklesammy - I think it was somewhere back around the time Jorge Gurgel was using BJJ.
Lysol- October 28, 2010 at 12:48 pm
He could easily make waves in Bellator's heavyweight division. I wouldn't mind seeing him fight Konrad.
knucklesamitch- October 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm
LOL @ "BJJ Forever"...When did that dude ever use any BJJ?
Fried Taco- October 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm
I can understand losing to Randy Couture (even though he's old), Fabricio Werdum, Shane Carwin, and Junior dos Santos, but then losing to Schaub just sealed his fate. That's not even being a gatekeeper anymore.