|From:||Salvador, Bahia Brazil|
|Fights Out Of:||Salvador, Bahia Brazil|
|Height:||6' 5" ( 195 cm )|
|Weight:||205 lb ( 93 kg )|
UFC 163 at HSBC Arena on August 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 03, 2013
UFC 163 Weigh-In at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 2, 2013. (Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)Aug 02, 2013
Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga gets back to his jiu jitsu roots, submitting Ednaldo Oliveira with a rear naked choke at UFC Rio.Jan 08, 2013
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 14: UFC 142 Event at HSBC Arena on January 14, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Jan 14, 2012
TRAINING: My workout routine starts with boxing: I train a lot of boxing, but I also do my homework on the ground, where I am also a black belt in jiu-jitsu. Boxing workout in the morning and jiu-jitsu in the evening.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training when I was 14 years old. In the beginning, I trained for fun because I enjoy jiu-jitsu, but I only started taking it seriously when I started to serve as a sparring partner for some friends who were already fighting.
What ranks and titles have you held? 2nd place in the Brazilian Boxing Championship in 2010 and 2011, and ranked 1st place among heavyweight MMA fighters fighting in Brazil.
Do you have any heroes? My father
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I’m carrying out a personal dream to make a living off fighting and the prospect of being able to help my parents.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I’m currently going to college. I’m on my 10th semester of Law School.
What was your job before you started fighting? Security Guard
• Pro since 2005
• 10 wins by knockout, one by submission
• Has won three of his last five
• Light heavyweight debut
• Training partner of former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos