Retirement? What retirement?
Former heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga has signed a brand spankin' new four-fight contract with the world's largest fight promotion and will make his return against Edinaldo Oliveira at UFC 142 on Jan. 14, 2012, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
This according to his very own Team Link website, who brought word of the big news earlier today.
Gonzaga was last fighting in the Octagon in Oct. 2010 when he suffered a unanimous decision loss in an uninspired performance against Brendan Schaub at UFC 121. The loss prompted "Napao" to step away from the game for a while.
But nothing lasts forever, especially retirements in MMA.
Gonzaga returned to active competition one year later at a Reality Fighting event in Connecticut against Preston Parker, whom he defeated with little issue.
And, thanks to Rob Broughton suffering an injury and the UFC needing a warm Brazilian body early next year in Rio, Gabriel was the natural choice to fill in.
His opponent will be undefeated Brazilian Edinaldo Oliveira, who has spent his entire career fighting in South America where he has yet to suffer a defeat in 14 bouts.
UFC 142 will feature featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his 145-pound title against undefeated wrestler Chad Mendes. In addition, Vitor Belfort will strap on the gloves to try and ruin Anthony Johnson's middleweight debut.
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