Gonzaga, who lost a unanimous decision to rising star Brendan Schaub at UFC 121 last Saturday night, broke word of his release via Twitter, saying, “Official now – Out of UFC – Thanks for all your support – back to normal life and BJJ forever.”
The final segment of the statement seems to imply Gonzaga may be planning to permanently hang up his gloves order to focus on teaching, and competing in, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu but the word “retirement” has yet to be officially used in connection with his name.
The loss to Schaub dropped Gonzaga’s record to 11-6 and was the fourth in seven bouts for “Napao” since suffering a third-round TKO loss to Randy Couture in a heavyweight title-fight at UFC 74 in 2007. His most-notable victory to date came in the form of a highlight-for-the-ages head-kick against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 70.
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