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Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Junior Dos Santos Slated for This Winter


(Dos Santos, Destroyer of Worlds.)

Though it was previously rumored that Gabriel Gonzaga would be taking on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in December, Fighters.com is now reporting that Gonzaga will instead be taking on another dangerous Brazilian heavyweight, Junior Dos Santos. The match isn’t officially tied to an event yet, but it will likely take place at UFC 107 or 108. Gonzaga recently rebounded from his loss to Shane Carwin by scoring a controversial TKO over Chris Tuchscherer at UFC 102. Meanwhile, Junior Dos Santos has been a perfect 3-0 in the Octagon, most recently breaking down Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 103. (Speaking of which, Cro Cop now says he’s not retiring from the sport, and hopes to finish out his UFC contract, though he did want to hang himself in his hotel room after the Dos Santos loss.)

Now that Nogueira is currently without an opponent, the UFC might match him up against the winner of Velasquez/Rothwell to determine the next heavyweight title contender — or they can just give him a shot after Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin settle their grudge in November. And of course if Junior Dos Santos runs through Gonzaga, he’ll be another legitimate candidate for a title shot. Wait a minute, is the UFC’s heavyweight class the new "shark tank" division, like 205 used to be? Right now, it seems be the only weight-class with a deep bullpen of strong, fresh contenders who could realistically challenge for the title. How the hell did that happen?

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A. Silvas Heat-Seeking Missiles- October 13, 2009 at 10:07 am
Yeah it's a shark tank, but it's a shark tank where all of the sharks are being crushed against the walls by a white whale brandishing a homo-erotic trident tatoo over his blowhole. That being said all of the sharks are forced to eat each other while said whale spends his days making plans about ways to keep "Mexicans and furreigners" out of Amurica.
One Two- October 13, 2009 at 9:21 am
Give Nog his belt allready.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- October 13, 2009 at 9:09 am
Only after Cro Cop found out that the Croatian version of Dancing With The Stars was canceled did he decide to continue fighting.
Catalyst8487- October 13, 2009 at 9:01 am
Gonzaga will cave to the pressure just like he has in all his other high profile fights. Dos Santos should come out seeking blood in the first round and he'll probably get a nice highlight reel addition.
Terminator- October 13, 2009 at 8:57 am
After all those tribute videos and 'goodbyes' Cro Cop decides to return. Who is he gonna fight though? I say after Dos Santos wrecks Gonzaga, give Cro Cop a rematch with Gonzaga.
Mike Milbury- October 13, 2009 at 8:53 am
for the love of mma Says:
"get your portuguiese dictionary ready joe rogan cause both of these guys english sucks!!"

The most ironic post in recent memory.

Anyways, at least Gonzaga tries to speak English in promos and post-fight interviews.
Eyes red as Fedor- October 13, 2009 at 8:42 am
All the more reason for an 8 man free for-all in the octagon for the heavyweight championship.
for the love of mma- October 13, 2009 at 8:36 am
get your portuguiese dictionary ready joe rogan cause both of these guys english sucks!!
clutchy hopkins- October 13, 2009 at 8:26 am
dos santos is going to wreck gonzaga. simple. i might put money on this fight , hmmm
Ted Nutmeg- October 13, 2009 at 8:20 am
I sure hope all those so-called contenders in this "shark tank" of a division like eating hammerfists.
for the love of mma- October 13, 2009 at 8:08 am
and can any 1 understand what machida saying without hitting rewind on the tivo?
honkey_kong- October 13, 2009 at 8:08 am
I don't think UFC's HW division is all that special it just lacks a dominant champ. Everyone knows Brock's clock is ticking and thats why the division is so exciting. Still, this is a big improvement from the Tim Sylvia dark ages. Now if we could only get Werdum, Fedor, and Overeem to come over it would be absolutely epic.
Geriatric Peon- October 13, 2009 at 8:07 am
Coming Soon. The ArlovskiCroCop Fighter Suicide Hotline - The peepeepee, she taste not so bad comrade.
Fedor vs. Bas- October 13, 2009 at 8:05 am
It may be the "Shark Tank" for the #1 contender. But I don't know if anyone is going to beat Brock. God I hate him. DO IT SHANE!
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