Gabriel Gonzaga is a professional mixed martial arts fighter currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, is a former member of Chute Boxe Academy, and now fights out of Ludlow, Massachusetts as a part of Team Link.
Gabriel won the Mundials (2004), which is considered to be the top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition in the world and currently holds an MMA record of 11 wins and four losses.
Gabriel was set to fight Junior dos Santos at UFC 108, however it was reported that he had pulled out of the fight due to a staph infection.
Here is my “very brief” Q&A session with Gabriel Gonzaga:
In your opinion, what needs to change in 2010 to make MMA more widely accepted and mainstream popular?
I just think the fighters than are starting now, they need respect first of all, respect every aspect of the fight, know how to win and how to lose with respect, this is the most important for me.
Okay, this is an excellent point made by Gabriel.
I don’t think that anyone would disagree that sportsmanship is important and the fans seem to have definitely spoken in 2009 – they expect better behaviour from their favourite fighters.
Brock Lesnar, Tito Ortiz, Junie Browning… the list goes on. Fighters need to learn that they are representing more than just themselves. MMA is a growing sport and any misbehaviour will not (and should not) be tolerated by the fans.
We all want this sport to grow.
Negative behaviour of any kind will not help.
Poor sportsmanship, vulgar language, grave-digging, throat-cutting gestures – all of these immature displays need to go away – and fast! (Yes Dana White – that includes the “F” word)
For every person that is “entertained” by these antics, there are 100 or more that are turned away permanently from the sport. Personally, I think that professional and sportsmanlike behaviour is critical to the success of MMA.
Please read more on this subject by visiting the following link:
Strikeforce on CBS: The Importance of a Great First Impression
Thanks very much Gabriel and have a very happy New Year!
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