Gabriel Gonzaga may best be known as a submission specialist but
lately he’s adding knockouts to his resume with his latest coming
in the first round after a devastating right hand crushed Shawn
Jordan’s jaw at UFC 166.
It was less than three years ago that Gonzaga was considering
retirement after losing back-to-back fights in the UFC and exiting
the promotion, but he was able to reinvigorate his career and since
returning to the Octagon he’s picked up three wins in four
Gonzaga put away Dave Herman in his last fight, but this time he
faced former LSU football player Shawn Jordan, who is also known
for carrying dynamite in both fists. It didn’t seem to matter much
to Gonzaga, who was willing to stand and exchange punches with the
Jordan uncorked a quick combination landing a jab straight to
the mush, but Gonzaga timed it perfectly and came back over the top
with a beautiful right hook that slammed into his opponent’s jaw.
Jordan crumbled to the mat and Gonzaga only needed to add a couple
extra punches to finish the fight.
Gonzaga (16-7) has looked fantastic since returning to the UFC
in early 2012 with his only loss coming by way of knockout to
Travis Browne. With another knockout to his credit, Gonzaga could
be staring at a top ten fight for his next bout in the UFC.