Gabriel Gonzaga will return to the octagon in January to take on Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80 in Newcastle, England reports Gracie Mag.
Prior to his loss to Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture at UFC 74 in August, Gonzaga had been defeated just once, losing to Werdum in 2003 at Jungle Fight 1. Gonzaga, who accepted their first meeting on short notice, will look to avenge the third-round TKO loss and get back on track following his loss to Couture. Prior to being defeated in his first UFC championship attempt “Napao” had won four straight UFC fights including a highlight-reel knockout of then-heavyweight contender Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
Werdum enters the fight with a 9-3-1 record including notable wins over Gonzaga and Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of top-ranked Fedor Emelianenko. In his UFC debut in April Werdum was defeated by Andrei Arlovski via unaninmous decision, a fight that caused Arlovski to be absent from any subsequent UFC cards to date.