Gabriel Gonzaga returns to the UFC on Jan. 14. | Photo: Terry
UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel
Gonzaga has signed a new, four-fight deal with the Las
Vegas-based promotion and will return to the Octagon at UFC
142, according to a statement released by the fighter's team on
Team Link announced the news Friday on its website, revealing that
“Napao” will square off with countryman Edinaldo
Oliveira at the Jan. 14 event, which emanates from HSBC Arena
in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Oliveira was originally supposed to meet
Broughton at the show, but UFC officials announced earlier
today that the Brit had been pulled from the proceedings due to
Slated to air live on pay-per-view in the United States, UFC 142
will be headlined by a featherweight title confrontation pitting
Aldo against Chad Mendes.
In the co-main event, former UFC light heavyweight champion
Belfort will square off with Anthony
Johnson at 185 pounds.
A 12-time UFC veteran, Gonzaga debuted with the promotion in 2005,
rattling off four straight wins before challenging Randy
Couture for the UFC heavyweight title in 2007. Unable to
capture the title from the seasoned Couture, Gonzaga was then
finished by Fabricio
Werdum to kick off 2008.
“Napao” rebounded from the defeats by winning three of his next
four but would ultimately exit the promotion after falling in
back-to-back contests to Junior dos
Santos and Brendan
Schaub in 2010. After stepping away from competition for nearly
a year, Gonzaga returned to the cage on Oct. 8, submitting Parker
Porter to win the Reality Fighting heavyweight championship.