Heavyweight veteran Gabriel Gonzaga will be making his long awaited return to the UFC in Brazil for UFC 142. Gonzaga’s last UFC bout was a loss to Brendan Schaub in October 2010 at UFC 121. After a short lived retirement, Gonzaga returned to the cage in October at Reality Fighting by defeating Parker Porter. Gonzaga quickly rose to fame after his highlight reel knockout of MMA legend Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
Gonzaga will face fellow Brazilian Edinaldo Oliveira who was supposed to have faced Rob Broughton.
UFC 142 takes place Jan. 14 at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena.
Oliveira will make his UFC debut at 142; the majority of his fights have been on the Brazil regional circuit. He has fought an impressive six times in 2011 and his overall MMA record is 13-0-1.