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Gabriel Gonzaga Versus Justin McCully At UFC 86

Gabriel GonzagaFormer UFC heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga (8-3) will return to the octagon on July 5th against Justin McCully (8-3-2) at UFC 86 in Las Vegas.

The bout was reported earlier this week by

Gonzaga rose up the UFC heavyweight ranks with wins over Kevin Jordan, Fabiano Scherner, and Carmelo Marrero and earned a bout with Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic for a heavyweight title shot. In a shocking upset, Gonzaga knocked the Croatian kickboxer out with a late first-round head kick. “Napao” was defeated by champion Randy Couture via third-round TKO at UFC 74 in August then lost his second-straight bout to Fabricio Werdum via second-round TKo at UFC 80 in January.

McCully has won four-straight bouts dating back to 2003 including his UFC debut victory over Antoni Hardonk at UFC Fight Night 9 in April 2007. A member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, McCully has averaged just over one bout per year since debuting in 1997. He was originally set to face Frank Mir at the event but will instead face Gonzaga after the UFC decided to have Mir serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 8 and fight heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira later this year.

UFC 86 takes place on July 5th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and is headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin, who served as coaches on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter.

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