Although it’s been over six years now since Gabriel Gonzaga failed to unseat former heavyweight champ Randy Couture at UFC 74, and the 34 year-old vet considered stepping away from the sport not long ago, believes he has what it takes to make another title run.
While speaking with MMA Junkie.com Radio recently to discuss his UFC 162 bout this Saturday with Dave Herman, Gonzaga talked about his career and future plans.
“Until my body is ready to go, I think (I’ll keep fighting). I don’t have a date. As long as I still feel healthy to do it, I’m going to do it. My skill level, I definitely do have. You need to have good fights and a good showing for the crowd, like a knockout, and then you go faster to the title shot. If you keep winning the fights and aren’t so exciting, they still hold you back.
“With the skills, I have what it takes to get back there.”
Of course, Gonzaga will need to get back on the winning track this weekend, as controversial elbows or not, he is coming off a vicious knockout loss to Travis Browne. Prior to that “Napao” had scored consecutive wins over Ben Rothwell, Ednaldo Oliveira and Parker Porter. The wins followed back-to-back losses to Junior dos Santos and Brendan Schaub.
So, while some fans may have a tough time picturing Gonzaga fighting for the heavyweight title again, Mark Hunt was written off by pretty much everybody, and came one win away from securing a championship bout.
In case you’re wondering, Gonzaga is a fair sized favorite on the betting lines heading into his bout with Herman, who is coming off three losses in a row.
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