Gabriel Gonzaga explains his decision to switch to Xtreme Couture Camp

Former UFC heavyweight title contender, Gabriel Gonzaga speaks about his reasons for moving his camp to Las Vegas to work at the famed Xtreme Couture facility ahead of his UFC 121 showdown with Brendan Schaub, explaining the reason for the switch was all about to evolving his game to the next level.

Gonzaga, speaking via UFC.com, said:

“I’m working at Xtreme Couture for this fight (against Schaub). The idea is always to evolve, and here in Las Vegas the training is good. I also prepared in the TapouT Gym, but most of the time I was with Couture. Training in Vegas I’ll bring a diversified game plan and better timing. I agree that Team Link doesn’t have the same amount of experienced teammates, but I trained there for the Mirko Cro Cop fights and Couture fights – I got great motivation training there and that counts too.”

“I simply committed a mistake, and this is not an excuse, because if I made them and my opponent didn’t take advantage, the fights would have continued. That was like Cro Cop, who made an error of defending my leg kick instead of the high one I landed to his head. These things happen. So I want to evolve, and to fix what isn’t working properly. The defeats are bad and learning from them isn’t for everyone.”

“People ask what would have happened if this or that didn’t happen in my career, and I answer that if I didn’t beat Cro Cop, perhaps I wouldn’t be fighting anymore. So I don’t think about what will happen after the fight, my thoughts are in this fight. I trained hard and I won’t underestimate Schaub, I’ll only try to put my whole potential to work on the day of the fight, and if God wants it, I’ll leave with a win. I believe he’ll come with determination, because he asked to face more renowned fighters after his last fight, but I’ll be prepared for what he’ll bring.”

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