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16-8-0

Gabriel Gonzaga

Gabriel "Napão" Gonzaga

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  • Name: Gabriel Gonzaga
  • Professional MMA Record: 16-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Napão
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1979.05.18
  • Last Fight: January 25, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 258.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Link
  • Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 76.0" (193cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $815,000 USD
  • Born: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Ludlow, Massachusetts
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

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UFC heavyweight veteran Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga has seen his share of highs and lows inside the Octagon. He entered the promotion with a vaunted Jiu-Jitsu pedigree, a 2004 Mundials winner and an Abu Dhabi grappling veteran. That, his size and strength, and a frightening ability to knock opponents out both standing and on the ground, led to some serious hype in Gonzaga’s early goings in the promotion. The pinnacle of his career – and a heavyweight title shot – came as a result of his April 2007 fight with Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic, whom many expected to finish “Napao” with a patented head kick. The tables were turned in stunning fashion when it was Gonzaga who knocked out Filipovic with one of MMA’s all-time greatest head kick finishes, a grisly KO in which the Croatian challenger collapsed unconscious onto his own knee, buckling it and requiring surgery thereafter.


Unfortunately for Gonzaga, he looked rattled and unsure of himself in the championship tilt four months later against Randy “The Natural” Couture at UFC 74, who used superior cagemanship and savvy to smother Gonzaga’s offense, press him against the cage, bloody him and eventually pound him out with strikes on the ground. Since that disappointment, Gonzaga has assumed more of a gatekeeper role in the division, showing flashes of his previous brilliance but also paving the way for ferocious young lions such as Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos, who both built their names with impressive KOs of the Brazilian. Gabriel Gonzaga now lives and trains out of Ludlow, Massachusetts. Following a decision loss to Brendan Schaub he was released from the promotion. He would fight once for Reality Fighting defeating Parker Porter to claim the heavyweight title. He would then get his shot back in the UFC against Ednaldo Oliveira who he would submit in the first round. He has been scheduled to face Roy Nelson, Shane Del Rosario and Geronimo Dos Santos but all of those bouts were cancelled. 


Instead he would face and submit Ben Rothwell before losing by TKO to Travis Browne. He would however bounce back with a quick 17 second knockout over Dave Herman at UFC 162 and then just three months later score another massive KO over a dangerous slugger Shawn Jordan in just 1:33. His 2 fight win streak however would be ended when he faced Stipe Miocic in the Co-Main Event of UFC on Fox 10. Miocic was able to stuff Gonzaga's take down attempts and Miocic would cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory.

Last updated 04.09.2014, 2:55 PM ET
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Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Stipe Miocic
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC on FOX 10: Henderson vs. Thomson
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2014.01.25
Odds: +260 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 258.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:33 Round 1 of 3

Shawn Jordan
Ref: Jay Stafin

UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.10.19
Odds: +135 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 257.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:17 Round 1 of 3

Dave Herman
Ref: Kim Winslow

UFC 162: Silva vs. Weidman
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.07.06
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $58,000 ($29K Base, $29K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 262.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Elbows
1:11 Round 1 of 3

Travis Browne
Ref: Chris Tognoni

The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.04.13
Odds: +200 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $24,000 Base | Weigh-In: 261.0 lbs
#43 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:01 Round 2 of 3, 6:01 Total

Ben Rothwell
Ref: Marc Goddard

UFC on FX 7: Belfort vs. Bisping
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2013.01.19
Odds: -125 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
#16 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Geronimo Dos Santos UFC 153 2012.10.13
Reason: Dos Santos Injury
Cancelled Bout Shane Del Rosario UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Gonzaga Rescheduled
Cancelled Bout Roy Nelson UFC 146 2012.05.26
Reason: Gonzaga Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
3:22 Round 1 of 3

Ednaldo Oliveira
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.01.14
Odds: -145 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 250.0 lbs
#22 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
Win | Submission | Choke
1:50 Round 3 of 5, 11:50 Total

Parker Porter

Reality Fighting: Gonzaga vs. Porter
Main Event | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2011.10.08
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Brendan Schaub
Ref: Jason Herzog

UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.10.23
Odds: -150 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $67,000 Base | Weigh-In: 254.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Danzig - Mother
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:53 Round 1 of 3

Junior Dos Santos
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC on Versus 1: Vera vs Jones
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2010.03.21
Odds: +238 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $67,000 Base | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
#16 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC on Versus 1 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Junior Dos Santos UFC 108 2010.01.02
Reason: Gonzaga Staph Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Chris Tuchscherer
Ref: Dave Hagen

UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.08.29
Odds: -433 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($60K Base, $60K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 259.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Danzig - Mother
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:09 Round 1 of 3

Shane Carwin
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2009.03.07
Odds: -143 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 Base | Weigh-In: 257.5 lbs
#34 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3

Josh Hendricks
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 91: Couture vs Lesnar
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.11.15
Odds: -360 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $110,000 ($55K Base, $55K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 256.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Shoulder
1:57 Round 1 of 3

Justin McCully
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.07.05
Odds: -485 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 249.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:34 Round 2 of 3, 9:34 Total

Fabrício Werdum
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC 80: Rapid Fire
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2008.01.19
Odds: -240 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:37 Round 3 of 5, 11:37 Total

Randy Couture
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 74: Respect
Main Card | Title Challenge | Heavyweight | 265

2007.08.25
Odds: -133 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $85,000 ($45K Base, $40K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 252.0 lbs
#65 Biggest Upset of All Time
#15 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
UFC 74 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Kick
4:51 Round 1 of 3

Mirko Filipovic
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 70: Nations Collide
Main Event | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2007.04.21
Odds: +400 Heavy Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus, $30K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 243.0 lbs
#5 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#3 Biggest Upset of All Time
UFC 70 Knockout of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:22 Round 1 of 3

Carmelo Marrero
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.12.30
Odds: -276 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 ($9K Base, $9K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 244.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout Mario Neto UFC 63 2006.09.23
Reason: Gonzaga Withdrew
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:24 Round 2 of 3, 5:24 Total

Fabiano Scherner
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti

UFC 60: Hughes vs Gracie
Preliminary Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2006.05.27
Odds: -330 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 244.5 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:39 Round 3 of 3, 14:39 Total

Kevin Jordan
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 56: Full Force
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2005.11.19
Odds: -350 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $6,000 ($3K Base, $3K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 255.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Head

Walter Farias

Shooto Brazil

2004.10.23
Win | Submission

Charlie Brown

Jungle Fight

2004.05.15
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Fabrício Werdum

Jungle Fight

2003.09.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Branden Lee Hinkle

Meca World Value Tudo

2003.08.01
Win | Submission | Punches

Cicero Costa

BG 2

2003.04.02

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