Unless you’re brand new to MMA, then chances are you know the two fought before, and that Gonzaga won the fight via spectacular KO. Even if you haven’t watched the 2007 bout in its entirety, chances are you’ve seen Gonzaga’s fight ending head kick a bazillion times.
Well, “Cro Cop” and Gonzaga have been booked to fight again at UFC Fight Night 64, which will go down April 11th, in Krakow, Poland. “Cro Cop” appeared on a recent edition of “The MMA Hour” to discuss the upcoming fight, and here is some of what the PRIDE vet had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“It was one of the fights I will never forget, and I just want a rematch with him,” “Cro Cop” said. “I can’t say I will beat him, but I will die trying. That’s how I feel. I feel good right now. There are a few things I still want to do and definitely fighting Gabriel Gonzaga is one of them.”
“I really believe that I’m a better fighter than Gabriel Gonzaga,” the Croatian heavyweight added. “I don’t want to be a big mouth and I respect him. He’s a great fighter. But I will do my best, definitely. He will do his best. We are going to perform a great show and the fans will be happy.”
How about that? Now, all the avenging a previous loss stuff aside, it’s a big fight for both men. “Cro Cop” is 40 years-old now, and since he lost his last three UFC bouts and exited the promotion in 2011, another defeat would be a serious setback. More recently “Cro Cop’s” gone 3-1 in MMA action
Gonzaga, meanwhile, is coming off a decision loss to Stipe Miocic and a quick, stoppage defeat versus Matt Mitrione. Prior to those losses, the 35 year-old KO’d Dave Herman and Shawn Jordan in consecutive bouts.
UFC FN 64 will be hosted by the Krakow Arena.