Following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 122, former UFC title contender Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga has been released from the UFC.
The Brazilian heavyweight made the announcement via his personal Twitter page.
“Official now, out of UFC,” Gonzaga wrote. “Back to normal life and BJJ forever.”
During his time with the UFC, Gonzaga went 7-5 overall and hit his biggest mark when he landed the head kick heard round the world as he knocked out former Pride open weight Grand Prix champion Mirko CroCop.
Gonzaga went on to face UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture in a title fight, but lost by TKO in the third round. Following that loss, Gonzaga went up and down with wins and losses, before dropping his final two fights to Junior Dos Santos and as previously mentioned Brendan Schaub at UFC 121.
Training out of Team Link in Massachusetts, Gonzaga’s message was somewhat cryptic as far as his future with MMA goes, but it’s hard to imagine the former top ten heavyweight wouldn’t sign on with another organization at some point down the road.