Back-to-back losses to the world-ranked Junior dos Santos and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10 finalist Brendan Schaub have left Gabriel Gonzaga (Pictured) on the outside looking in.

Gonzaga, who fought for the UFC heavyweight championship in August 2007, was released by the UFC following his unanimous decision defeat to Schaub at UFC 121 “Lesnar vs. Velasquez” on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Gonzaga confirmed his release via Twitter.

Schuab outboxed the 31-year-old Brazilian throughout their 15-minute encounter. He pumped a left jab into Gonzaga’s face from the outset, stuffed his only takedown attempt with 90 seconds left in round one and dropped the former heavyweight title contender with a right hook. The punch punctuated a combination at the end of the first round. Gonzaga was never the same. He scored with three thudding leg kicks inside the first minute of the second period but largely abandoned those attacks as the battle deepened. Schaub, a former Golden Gloves champion, attacked both the head and body and had Gonzaga on his heels for much of their lopsided affair.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Gonzaga burst on the global scene three years ago, when he knocked out 2006 Pride Fighting Championships open weight grand prix winner Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic with a first-round head kick at UFC 70. One-sided losses to UFC hall of famer Randy Couture and Fabricio Werdum followed, curbing his considerable momentum.

Gonzaga has not won a fight since he stopped Chris Tuchscherer on first-round punches at UFC 102 more than a year ago. That match was marred by controversy, however, as the Team Link representative belted Tuchscherer with a brutal low blow in the opening seconds.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'TUF 19' middleweight finalist Dhiego Lima announces release from UFC roster

  • 16 hours ago
  • 6 views

With three losses in his four official UFC fights, Dhiego Lima says he has been released from the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC 188 results: Fabricio Werdum subs Cain Velasquez, makes Junior dos Santos (second) happiest man in MMA

  • 22 days ago
  • 60 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, after nearly two years on the injured reserves, made his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) in the UFC 188 pay-per-view (PPV) read news >>

UFC 188 Embedded Ep. 5: Junior dos Santos Breaks Down the Main Event

  • 23 days ago
  • 39 views

On Episode 5 of UFC 188 Embedded, Junior Dos Santos, former UFC heavyweight champion, breaks down the weekend’s main event. read news >>

UFC 188 'Embedded' Video Blog (Ep. 5): Tecia Torres takes a tubby, Junior dos Santos previews 'Velasquez vs. Werdum'

  • 23 days ago
  • 81 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to crank out its "Embedded" pre-fight video blogs, which focus on tomorrow night's (Sat., June 13, 2015) UFC 188 pay-per-view (PPV) event, taking place read news >>

UFC 188 Media day interviews: Luke Rockhold, Gilbert Melendez and Junior dos Santos

  • 23 days ago
  • 6 views

Ariel Helwani talks to Luke Rockhold, Gilbert Melendez and Junior dos Santos ahead of UFC 188. read news >>

Junior Dos Santos sees no issue with being next in line for UFC heavyweight title

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

MEXICO CITY – In a tumultuous heavyweight division where any fighter who can go on a small winning streak and generate talk about a potential title shot, Junior Dos Santos is in a tough position.File read news >>

Fired up Junior dos Santos baffled as to why media keeps asking about Alistair Overeem

  • 24 days ago
  • 16 views

MEXICO CITY -- Junior dos Santos talks about how he's feeling these days, why he thinks it's weird that the media keeps asking him about Alistair Overeem, his case for a fourth fight against Cain Vel read news >>

With brutal weight cuts behind him, Dustin Poirier poised for a run at the lightweight title

  • 24 days ago
  • 5 views

Weight cutting is one of the cruelest parts of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. The ability to weigh a certain amount, while still having enough muscle mass to compete physically, can be dau read news >>

Junior dos Santos: 'I've arrived in Mexico City to see who's gonna be my next target'

  • 24 days ago
  • 9 views

Junior dos Santos will be in attendance at UFC 188 to scope out his next opponent. Junior dos Santos believes he's next in line for a shot at the UFC heavyweight title. The Brazilian standout capture read news >>

UFC 188 Fight Flashback: Cain Velasquez Batters Junior dos Santos in Trilogy Bout

  • 24 days ago
  • 3 views

Go back in time to UFC 166 and relive the epic bout between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, who threw down in part III of their trilogy. read news >>