Gabriel Gonzaga

Gabriel Napao GonzagaNickname: Napão (big nose)
Born in 1979
Home: Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
Style: brazilian jiu-jitsu
Team: Team Link
Division: over 99 Kg

BJJ record:
– 2006 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – heavyweight champion
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2005 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 3rd place (absolute)
– 2004 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – heavyweight champion
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (heavyweight)
– 2003 CBJJO World Cup Black Belt – 2nd place (absolute)
– 2000 World Jiu-Jitsu Championship – 3rd place (heavyweight)

ADCC record:
– 2005 2nd place (over 99 Kg division)

Record of ADCC opponents:
Won: Mustapha al-Turk, Ricco Rodriguez, Marcio Cruz, Eduardo Telles
Lost: Jeff Monson, Xande Ribeiro

MMA record: 11 – 4 – 0 (55% wins by submission)

Gabriel Napao Gonzaga
Gabriel Napao Gonzaga

Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga holds his black belt in brazilian jiu-jitsu under Wander Braga. He is a former member of the famous Chute Boxe Academy. In 2004 Gonzaga won the Mundials which is considered to be the top BJJ competition in the world. He currently trains with Team Link in Massachusetts. Napão stunned the world on 2007 when he knocked Mirko “Cro Cop” out with a devastating head kick late in the first round after dominating him from the start. This victory earned Gonzaga a UFC Heavyweight Championship fight against the champion Randy Couture. Recently Napão delivered a beating to Chris Tuchscherer which led to a first round referee stoppage at UFC 102. He continues his quest for the top of the UFC heavyweight division!

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UFC Heavyweight Gabriel Napao invited!

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The big stars are starting to receive their invites to round out the roster for the ADCC 2009, the traditional submission fighting competition to be held September 26 and 27, in Barcelona, Spain.

One to receive such an invite was Gabriel Napão, a fighter world titles and Jiu-Jitsu and one of the UFC’s standout heavyweights.

“I like competing in the ADCC a lot, I received an invite from the organization and I’m really happy for it. The dates doesn’t conflict with the UFC and I’ll be there again this year”.

Napao’s last appearance in the ADCC was in 2005, when he was runner-up in the over 99kg tournament. On the occasion, he was overcome in the final by Jeff Monson.

Besides the leader of Team Link, the invitation of another brazilian was confirmed. On expressing his desire to participate at ADCC 2009 to GRACIEMAG.com, Ricardo Arona was contacted by the organizers and received an official invitation from the event’s organizers.

Another much-anticipated presence is that of Fedor Emelianenko, as representatives for the Russian revealed the fighters desire to compete in the competition.

source: graciemag.com