Gabriel Gonzaga’s time away from the UFC wasn’t that long, but when the heavyweight resigned it was for a substantial difference.
“My friends and family told me I should get back [to fighting], so I decided to give myself another chance,” said Gonzaga to MMA Fighting. “The financial part helps, of course, but I came back making a third of what I was making before. I didn’t get to the half yet, but that’s part of the game and I’m happy.”
The pay difference wasn’t discussed.
Gonzaga rejoined the UFC in early 2012 and is 2-1 in this outing. His recent appeal against Travis Browne was denied. Gonzaga had claimed illegal shots to the back of the head in his one minute defeat to Browne. He regrouped, needing 17 seconds to knockout Dave Herman.
He’s expected to take on Shawn Jordan at UFC 166. Jordan is 3-1 for the UFC and riding a pair of knockout wins.
UFC 166 is October 19 from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.