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Today, we have yet another bout confirmation for UFC 153. The bout was announced today via Tatame and pits one Brazilian against a fellow countryman, as long time UFC fighter Gabriel Gonzaga welcomes Gerônimo "Mondragon" Dos Santos to the big show. This bout is likely to be a solid prelim, probably to be seen on FX.
Gonzaga has had a rather up and down career with the UFC. He started with the promotion at UFC 56, and for his first three fights in the promotion, he had wins over rather unspectacular opposition. Then he burst onto the scene when he defeated the highly regarded Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 70 with a brutal head kick that is a fixture in highlight reels to this day. He was awarded a title shot against Randy Couture after this performance, but was clearly just not ready, succumbing to a TKO in the third round. Since that loss, he has gone 5-4, with a brief split from the UFC. In his most recent victory, he put on a showcase against Edinaldo Oliveira, giving him a rough welcome to the UFC and a first round submission loss. He enters the fight with "Mondragon" on a two fight win streak.
"Mondragon" has a very lengthy career, and bears a 31-14 record in professional MMA. Though most of his fights have been against little known fighters in Brazilian promotions, he has had fights with notable fighters like Junior Dos Santos and Josh Barnett, though he's lost to both. His build is intimidating and heavily muscular, and that translates into his fighting style. Of his 31 professional victories, only one has been by decision. Most of his finishes are by way of (T)KO, with 20 wins through this method. He enters the fight with Gonzaga on the longest win streak of his career, having won ten fights in a row.
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