Another mixed martial artist is about to make his debut in the squared circle.
Former UFC heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga will put the boxing gloves on to compete at the New England’s Future 4 event in Worcester, Mass., on Oct. 28, the promotion announced.
According to BoxRec’s Grey Johnson, the Brazilian will debut in the sport against Alando Pugh, who holds a 1-10-1 record with nine knockout defeats.
Gonzaga defeated the likes of Ben Rothwell, Shawn Jordan and Dave Herman in the UFC, and ended his MMA career with a 17-11 professional record, going 7-9 in bouts that ended by knockout. “Napao" was finished three times in his last four UFC bouts.
"RPE is excited to have an athlete of Gonzaga's caliber making his pro debut on our NEF 4 boxing event," promoter Jose Antonio Rivera stated in a release. "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."
The 38-year-old Brazilian announced his retirement from MMA in an interview with MMA Fighting in Sept. 2016, saying that he wouldn’t compete anymore unless he was paid good money for it.
"I don’t fight for less than 100 thousand dollars," Gonzaga said at the time. "I’m 37 years old and I won’t risk my health or waste my time training and suffering for this. I don’t need it anymore. God gave me a good opportunity in life, and I don’t need this anymore. That would be my number. For less than 100 thousand, I wouldn’t step into a ring anymore."