Former UFC fighter Gabriel Gonzaga had quite the MMA career, even challenging for the UFC Heavyweight Title against then champion Randy Couture in 2007.
The fighter known as “Napao” is going to be making his pro boxing debut against Alando Pugh at New England’s Future 4 on October 28.
“Napao” won’t exactly have the toughest opponent in his debut, as Pugh’s record sits at 1-10-1 inhis twelve fight career.
NEF promoter Jose Antonio Rivera says he is excited for the longtime MMA fighter to make his pro boxing debut.
“RPE is excited to have an athlete of Gonzaga’s caliber making his pro debut on our NEF4 boxing event,” Rivera said to MMA Junkie. “We are happy that boxers and MMA athletes trust us in terms of what we are trying to do to help them build their careers.”
During his thirteen year professional MMA career, the heavyweight fighter earned notable wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Ben Rothwell, Shawn Jordan and Dave Herman. Gonzaga’s last MMA bout took place over a year ago at UFC Fight Night 86, where he was knocked out by Derrick Lewis.
New England’s Future 4 takes place on Saturday, October 28 from the DCU Center in Worchester, Massachusetts with no main event announced at this time.