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Gilbert Yvel

Updated: 2007-11-05
Gilbert Yvel


Country Netherlands Age 40
Club Height 188 cm / 6'2"
Style Mauy Thai Weight 102 kg / 225 lbs
Website http://www.gilbertyvel.com/


Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Other Fights 43 31 27 11 1
Statistics 43 72% 63% 26% 1


Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel (June 30, 1976-) is a Dutch mixed martial arts fighter. He is associated with the Vos Gym training camp in the Netherlands.

Yvel's nickname of "The Hurricane" comes from his fighting qualities: strength, spirit, and quickness. He also possesses one of the largest tattoo collections in the sport! Among his numerous tattoos, a "KO List" listing his knock out victims!

Yvel is known as an accomplished stand-up fighter, possessed of an unusual arsenal of strikes and kicks as befitting his Thai-boxing training, and famous for his signature "flying knee" strike. Yvel's grappling is usually considered sub-par. Although he owns a few wins via submission, many of his losses were due to opponents taking him down and outwrestling or submitting him.

Yvel is infamous for his temper and lack of restraint. For example, in November 2004 during a fight with Atte Backman, he knocked the referee down and subsequently kicked him as he lay prone on the mat. Consequently, Yvel was disqualified from the match, receiving a loss.

Previous to that incident, Yvel had also been disqualified twice before against Karimula Barkalaev in May 1998 for biting and in September 2001 (PRIDE 16) in a bout with Don Frye for eye gouging. Several times during the match with Frye, Yvel can be seen raking his thumbs across Frye's eyes in an attempt to avoid being wrestled to the mat.

These incidents have left Yvel with a reputation as an aggressive and potentially dirty fighter, which he apparently is not ashamed of as witnessed when he proudly marched out of the ring after a match in Pride holding his penalized card above his head with a smile.

Due to his aforementioned assault of a referee, as well as losses by disqualification in previous matches, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) rejected Yvel's application for a fighter's license. As a result, he was pulled from a scheduled fight with Sergei Kharitonov at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas, and was replaced with Mike Russo, a Chicago police officer.

Though he has suffered some tough losses in PRIDE FC, Yvel still possesses one of the all-time spectacular highlight film pieces with his high kick KO of Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge.

His last fight was a TKO win over Hakim Goram at K-1's World Grand Prix in Amsterdam on June 23, 2007.

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Posted: 2008-05-12 at: 10:51
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