The UFC announced a heavyweight battle for UFC on Fox 10, which takes place Jan. 25.
Former UFC Heavyweight title contender Gabirel Gonzaga will face rising star Stipe Miocic. Although the card is scheduled to be headlined by a lightweight match between former UFC Lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Strikeforce Lightweight champion Josh Thomson, the match between Gonzaga and Miocic could come away with “Fight of the Night” honors.
On paper, this looks like the classic veteran vs. prospect match up between two powerful hitters. Miocic is 4-1 inside of the octagon, with his latest victory coming over Roy Nelson back in June. Other than a TKO loss to Stefan Struve and decision wins against Nelson and Joey Beltran, Miocic has finished all of his fights, which makes for an exciting prospect. Even his loss against Struve earned him a “Fight of the Night” bonus – his second Fight Night bonus since being a part of the UFC.
Gonzaga, who had returned to the UFC after a 15-month exile, has looked outstanding since he returned to the UFC. He is 4-1 in his last five fights, including finishes against Dave Herman, Shawn Jordan and Ben Rothwell. Before he returned to the UFC, Gonzaga added some hardware to his trophy case aftr he won the Reality Fighting Heavyweight Championship. Of course, everyone knows Gonzaga for being the man who spoiled Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s run the UFC title in the early 2000s.
Both fighters have impressive striking, with a combined 14 knockouts between the two of them. One area where Gonzaga excels is grappling. He is a fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and nine submissions on his record.
With both opponents known for finishing their opponents, this fight could turn into a quick slugfest that could leave fans on the edges of their seats.
Whoever wins this fight would move up the ladder in the UFC’s heavyweight division.