Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga will make his Octagon return on Nov. 15 at UFC 91 in Portland, Oregon against UFC newcomer Josh Hendricks. Bout agreements have yet to be finalized but both camps have verbally committed to the fight.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com first learned of the matchup early Tuesday morning from a source speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Gonzaga ended a two fight losing streak at UFC 86 on July 5 when he submitted Justin McCully with a Kimura at 1:57 of round 1. Prior to the victory he had lost a UFC heavyweight title fight against Randy Couture at UFC 74 last August and then had lost a rematch to Fabricio Werdum at UFC 80 this past January.
Hendricks is based out of Ohio and has a record of 14-4 with one no contest. He hasn’t lost in his last ten fights with his most recent victory coming against James Powell via knockout at 3:35 of round 1 during a Legends of Fighting event this past November. He also fought and lost against former UFC veterans Sam Hoger and Travis Wiuff earlier in his career.
The only match officially announced for UFC 91 thus far is a lightweight encounter between Kenny Florian and Joe Stevenson. FiveOuncesOfPain.com was also the first to report over the weekend that season seven winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” Amir Sadollah announced at Combat Sports Challenge 26 on Saturday that he expects to fight on the show as well.