Gonzaga Announces (Tentative) Retirement
In the age of money fights, that is exactly what previous UFC heavyweight Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga is looking for. He fought out his contract against Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis at UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. Dos Santos and has moved on to the path of many fighters in running his own gym.
“I don’t fight for less than 100 thousand dollars,” he said. “I’m 37 years old and I won’t risk my health or waste my time training and suffering for this. I don’t need it anymore. God gave me a good opportunity in life, and I don’t need this anymore. That would be my number. For less than 100 thousand, I wouldn’t step into a ring anymore.”
Unless the situation is resolved the Brazilian will end his career with a 17-11 record with 16 finishes but having been on the wrong side of nine knockouts.
“The UFC is more like a show than a fight sport now,” Gonzaga said. “[Conor] McGregor is the biggest example. I’m embarrassed to be in a sport where McGregor is the biggest idol. If you wouldn’t like your son to be like the biggest idol in your sport, there’s something wrong with it. And I don’t believe anyone would like to have a son like McGregor.”
As he shifts his focus to his Squared BJJ gym, although he disagrees with the direction of the sport/UFC, he is content with what he’s done in the Octagon.
“I wasn’t the best in the world or became the champion in a big organization, but I was always there. I was a top 10 for almost a decade, I have the second-fastest knockout in the division, I have more than 20 fights in the biggest promotion in the world, and I believe I’m tied with Frank Mir with most finishes in the division. I had a good run. It could have been better, but it could have been worse, too.”