Gabriel Gonzaga said that there’s no shame in losing to Randy Couture, which is I suppose correct. However, there is shame in losing THE WAY that Gonzaga lost to Couture. Namely, Couture broke Gonzaga’s spirit and made him quit mentally like a bitch.
Once again tonight, Gonzaga ended up looking like a bitch. He was doing a pretty good job of controlling the fight right up till the last minute, throwing devastating kicks that looked like they were inches away from felling Werdum. Then something funny happened: Werdum closed the distance, got inside Gonzaga’s defences, and starting beating the shit out of Gonzaga with close strikes and brutal knees.
Gonzaga had no answers for the knees … he actually slid down the cage and put a hand on the ground so Werdum wouldn’t be allowed to throw them any more. But from there Werdum pushed him over, got his back, and pounded Gonzaga out. It’s not that Werdum’s strikes looked all that devastating … it’s just that Gonzaga was DONE. He gave up again, just like he did against Couture. Rather than look for an escape or work to stand up or improve position, he just covered up and put a glove over his face. Lame
I’m not too sure what the hell happens with Gonzaga now. He can train to get better in the clinch. But can he train to have more heart?