Injured Gabriel Gonzaga guarantees: ‘I’ll get over it’

Gabriel “Napao” Gonzaga couldn’t pick his opponent’s replacer. But Shane Del Rosario replacement by Roy Nelson would be a big fight for him and something that could be considered a win on his journey to the top. However, during the shooting of the countdown for UFC 146 he suffered a lower back injury, what forced him to cancel the confrontation, scheduled for May 26th.


“Both Shane and Nelson are pretty tough opponents and I was training hard. I was in great shape to get there prepared. The low back pains were so strong. After a 4-day observation period we didn’t have other choice than inform the event I wouldn’t be able to fight. I’m very upset because it was a really important fight for me, but things happen for a reason. I’ll get over it”, commented Gabriel.


According to the fighter, the recovery takes time and he still doesn’t know when he will be back to training. He affirmed that when he suffered the injury he couldn’t even walk, move and regretted having to watch UFC 146 on TV.


“The fighting card is great and it’ll change many things in the division. I’m sad I’m out, but I wanna be 100 percent to fight”.


BJJ black belt graduated by Wander Braga, Gabriel Gonzaga fought last time at UFC Rio 2. Away from the stages since 2010, he returned this January in great style submitting Ednaldo Oliveira with a rear naked choke.

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