Though Gabriel Gonzaga is one of the most fearsome can-crushers in the sport, he has repeatedly struggled against high-level competition during his tenure in the UFC. Now coming off a knockout loss to Shane Carwin at UFC 96 — his third defeat in his last five fights — Gonzaga may be getting his "win or GTFO" matchup. MMA Weekly reports that "Napao" and UFC newcomer Chris Tuchscherer have agreed to face each other at UFC 102, which is scheduled for August 29th in Portland.
The last time Gonzaga fought a UFC newcomer (Josh Hendricks at UFC 91), the Brazilian dominated. But Tuchscherer isn’t an unseasoned sacrifical lamb. The Minnesota Martial Arts Academy product holds a 17-1 record with big wins over Krzysztof Soszynski, Travis Fulton, and Branden Lee Hinkle, and he’s a regular training partner of Brock Lesnar. Tuchscherer’s sole career loss came in a decision against Travis Wiuff in the finals of last year’s YAMMA tournament, which shouldn’t even count on his record because who could deal with that ridiculous inclined ramp-edge?
Since Gonzaga has had problems with big, strong wrestlers in the past, Tuchscherer may have a solid chance in this one — and if the Minnesotan can pull off the upset, Gonzaga could be getting his walking papers.