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Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga returning to the Octagon at UFC 142

Former UFC title-contender Gabriel Gonzaga has won his way back into the promotion after being announced as an injury replacement for Rob Broughton.

Gonzaga will face Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes on January 14 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In his last bout, Gonzaga (12-6) downed Parker Porter via submission in the third round. The fight marked his first since being cut from the UFC following losses to Shane Carwin, current UFC heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos, and Brendan Schaub, then vowing to only compete in BJJ tournaments.

His retirement from MMA didn’t last long, however, and Gonzaga took the Porter bout. Now, “Napao” and his four-fight UFC contract get Oliveira who is 15-7-1 but lost his last two bouts after a five-fight win streak.

UFC 142 will feature Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against Chad Mendes on pay-per-view. No word has surfaced on whether the Gonzaga-Broughton bout will make the PPV card or head to the FX-televised prelim portion of the night.


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