by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
After suffering back to back losses for the first time in
his career, Gabriel Gonzaga got right back on track with a dominant win over
Justin McCully in his last fight at UFC 86 in July. Knowing the pressure is always on a fighter to get quality
wins, Gonzaga felt no extra stress going into the fight and just did what he
does to get the job done.
“The pressure was the same in every fight, but I knew that I
had a great training camp and the result should be good,” Gonzaga told
MMAWeekly.com recently. “Definitely
I was happy with the win it bring me back on track.”
With that win,
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back in the hunt in the UFC heavyweight division, but his upcoming opponent, href="http://videos.mmaweekly.com/view_player.php?id=2861">Josh Hendricks,
is a newcomer to the Octagon, and the Brazilian is anxious to welcome him.
“I think he is a wrestler and have (been) training lately in
Las Vegas,” Gonzaga said. “I hope
he comes ready and we can make a great show for the UFC fans.”
had no hesitation fighting whomever the UFC puts in front of him – he
just prepares for battle.
“I am a UFC employee so I just wait for the phone call and
then start to get ready,” he said.
Fighting a lesser-known opponent doesn’t worry Gonzaga who
says he gets ready for every fight the same way and knows his training can get
him a win.
“I try making my preparation pretty much the same for every
fight,” he commented. “At the end
we adjust the game for the opponent and try to make the best strategy for that
Of course with
wrestling pedigree, the fight may go exactly into Gonzaga’s strong suit, which
is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and he’s anxious to test the UFC newcomer on the
“I will be ready to fight wherever the fights go, but I
think my superior Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu will make the difference and the fight will
end by submission,” he stated.
Never one to underestimate any opponent, Gonzaga still has
his eyes set on the UFC gold that escaped him once before.
“My goal is to take the UFC belt to home,” he said.
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