Gabriel Gonzaga: “I believe that I belong in the top ten and I want to be there.”

UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga fought his way into a title-shot a little over five years ago but came up short in his effort against then-champion Randy Couture. Unfortunately, Gonzaga was never able to capture the same momentum catapulting him into contention and was cut by the organization after an October 2010 loss to Brendan Schaub.

Gonzaga briefly retired to focus on his school in Maine and BJJ competition but eventually got the itch to fight again. With a 3-0 record since the decision to come back including two finishes in the Octagon, Gonzaga is poised to potentially make another run at a belt if he can get by Travis Browne this weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.

The 14-6 Brazilian, who has finished every opponent he’s beaten, recently spoke with the UFC’s website where he expressed confidence in his ability to rise back up through the ranks and get one more crack at divisional gold.

“I believe that I belong in the top ten and I want to be there.”

“He is a good fighter. Tall, fast, powerful, and with a great camp. But I am very well prepared for it. I had an awesome training camp, I’m injury free, and I want to put a great performance against Browne. My fans can expect a warrior in the Octagon and I want to finish this fight.”