An injury to Rob Broughton has paved the way for former UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga to return to the UFC this winter.
According to MMA Junkie, Gonzaga has signed a new multi-fight deal with the UFC and will take on UFC newcomer Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro as Broughton’s replacement.
The fighter has signed a new multi-fight deal with the organization and now meets fellow Brazilian Ednaldo Oliveira (13-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) as an injury replacement for Rob Broughton (15-7-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at next month’s UFC 142 event.
Gonzaga’s management today announced the booking. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it with sources close to the event.
Gonzaga is 1-0 since he was cut from the UFC following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 121. There were rumors earlier this year that he was in talks to fight Fedor Emelianenko, but that fight never came together and obviously won’t now.
It was also reported today that Siyar Bahadurzada and Stanislav Nedkov have withdrawn from UFC 142 due to injuries. It’s unclear who will replace them. Another report, albeit unconfirmed, claims that Paulo Thiago has also sustained an injury and will not fight in Rio.