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Gabriel Gonzaga Will Serve as Back-Up at UFC 153 in Case of Heavyweight Injury

Posted on by Damon Martin

Following an injury to Geronimo Dos Santos that forced him out of UFC 153, Brazilian Gabriel Gonzaga is not expected to fight at the upcoming show in his home country.

The word comes from sources close to Gonzaga’s camp that told MMAWeekly.com late Saturday that the former heavyweight title contender would be traveling to Brazil, but is not expected to compete on the card.

Instead, Gonzaga will be on stand-by as a last-minute replacement option should either heavyweight in the Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman fight suddenly become unable to compete.

Assuming the Nogueira vs. Herman fight goes on without a hitch, Gonzaga will await word from UFC officials on when he may be able to fight again.

Despite the loss of Gonzaga’s fight, the UFC 153 fight card remains full with 12 total bouts, including six on the main pay-per-view card and four bouts headed to the FX prelims. The remaining two bouts will air on Facebook.

MMAWeekly.com will have more information on Gonzaga’s next fight when it becomes available.

  • shakejunt

    cormier is scheduled to fight within a month, i fully expect the announcment that gonzaga will fill in during the 153 post fight press conference

    • http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly

      I don’t expect this to happen from what we’re hearing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690426948 Kenji Kent

    i would like to see Gonzaga fight more on live cards rather than pre-lims.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12107348 Jared Bellow

    I hope Manbearpig gets paid for his trouble. Honestly I’d much rather see him fight Nog than Herman fight Nog.

  • Darin

    Is this what the recent injury problems have come to? Guys volunteering to be back ups?

    • shakejunt

      seems a bit ridiculous, but not a bad idea huh? guys might train smarter if they know that they lose their shot should they get injured

    • http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly

      Well, with Gonzaga’s opponent out due to injury and nobody to fill the gap, at least he can be a back-up until they find him another fight card.