|Born||Gilbert Ramon Yvel
June 30, 1976
|Other names||The Hurricane|
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (2011-2013) Heavyweight (1997-2010)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
|Style||Kickboxing, Muay Thai|
|Fighting out of||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
Throwdown Training Center
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gilbert Ramon Yvel (born June 30, 1976) is a retired Dutch mixed martial artist associated with the Vos Gym in the Netherlands. Yvel mostly competed as a Heavyweight, but also competed as a Light Heavyweight in the final two fights of his career. He fought in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Affliction, the UFC, RINGS, M-1 Challenge, Cage Rage, K-1, and It's Showtime promotions.
Yvel was raised as an orphan in the notorious neighborhood of the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. He lived with various foster families, one of which was very religious and beat him severely as a form of discipline. This family actually spent time in jail for what they did, which included beating the young Yvel with iron pipes. Yvel was one of the first Dutch fighters who successfully applied the Muay Thai striking style to mixed martial arts. Unlike many other Dutch MMA fighters, Yvel started out doing MMA from the onset, without transitioning from kickboxing or another striking art. Gilbert possesses an arsenal of strikes and kicks as befitting his Muay Thai training and is famous for his signature "flying knee" strike. In addition to his striking base, Yvel also holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under John Lewis. His grappling style is mainly defensive and he is often praised for his toughness and ability to do damage from the guard. When living in Las Vegas, Gilbert trained with Richard Lamoureaux: Filipino Martial Arts, Kali and JKD  Las Vegas NV and has incorporated many of the arts technique's into his current MMA fighting style.
Mixed martial arts career
Yvel came into contact with kickboxing and MMA through his brother and after only two years of training he made his debut at 17 years of age, representing Vos Gym. Gilbert was off to a flying start winning his first 9 fights, primarily fighting for the RINGS promotion. His first loss came to "dirty" Bob Schrijber in 1998. Yvel had actually met his biological mother for the first time two days before the fight with Schrijber. In the following years Yvel came to be considered the best Dutch Heavyweight fighter active on the European fighting circuit. Yvel also has fought two kickboxing matches, losing to Ray Sefo and beating Yuji Sakuragi. 
In 2008 Yvel signed a three-fight deal with Affliction Entertainment, his first and only fight on the contract was against Josh Barnett at Affliction's January 24, 2009 "Day of Reckoning" event in Anaheim, California before Affliction abandoned MMA promotion. During the fight, Yvel showed great resilience against his wrestling opponent and kept an active guard which prevented Barnett from submitting him in the first two rounds, until Yvel finally succumbed to punches at the 3:05 mark of the third round.
Yvel was scheduled to fight Chris Gathers at Affliction: Trilogy, a fight which never materialized due to the folding of the promotion.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Yvel fought up-and-coming Brazilian heavyweight Junior dos Santos at UFC 108 replacing Gabriel Gonzaga for the bout on January 2. Yvel lost the fight, with Herb Dean stopping the fight at 2:07 in the first round due to strikes. Yvel protested the stoppage but congratulated Dos Santos for winning the fight moments later.
Yvel then faced Jon Madsen on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121, replacing an injured Todd Duffee. Both men circled early on in the fight before Madsen shot for a double-leg takedown that downed Yvel after Gilbert slipped when his knee buckled, they ended up against the cage. Madsen then hit Yvel multiple times when Yvel's head was pressed up against the Octagon padding, resulting in the referee stopping the fight. Yvel has since been cut from the UFC.
Yvel was scheduled to face former King of the Cage champion Tony Lopez in a PRIDE rules bout at Colosseo Championship Fighting 6: Bushido on July 23. However, the event was postponed and was then scheduled take place on September 3. The event has now been canceled.
Gilbert Yvel cut down to 205-pounds to compete in the Light-Heavyweight division for Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). He was successful in his debut in this weight class, defeating Damian Dantibo at RFA 1 - Pulver vs. Elliott. The event took place on Friday, December 16, 2011 at the Viaero Event Center in Kearney, Nebraska. On March 30, 2012, Yvel faced Houston Alexander at RFA 2 - Yvel vs. Alexander, winning by first-round knockout.
Yvel was scheduled to fight against fellow UFC veteran and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion Marcio Cruz on November 2, 2012 at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada. but he was forced out of the bout due to an injury.
Yvel announced his retirement in an interview with Ground and Pound TV. He plans to become a trainer at Agoge MMA in Germany.
Bad conduct and subsequent rehabilitation
In his September 2001 match with Don Frye, Yvel repeatedly raked his fingers across Frye's face and pushed his thumb into Frye's eyes to avoid being wrestled to the mat. Yvel was disqualified in this match, as well, although the official reason given was for grabbing the ropes.
During Yvel's November 2004 match with Atte Backman, the referee separated the fighters as they were falling over the ropes in a clinched position. Yvel refused the attempts by the referee to get the fighters to resume the clinched position away from ropes, swatting the referee's hand away when he attempted to guide the fighters back together. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to restart the fight in the clinched position, Yvel suddenly punched the referee in the head, dropping him to the canvas, and then kicked him while he was down. This was Yvel's 3rd disqualification in six years.
A scheduled PRIDE 33 match in 2007 with Sergei Kharitonov had to be cancelled when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) refused to grant Yvel a license to fight in their state due to his history of poor conduct.
Yvel's 2009 Affliction match-up with Josh Barnett was scheduled to take place in California. Again, because of his past behaviour, there was debate over whether he should be allowed to have a fight license. After taking the unusual step of arranging a personal meeting between Yvel, Assistant Executive Officer Bill Douglas and Chief Athletic Inspector Dean Lohuis, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) did license him to fight there.
In October 2009, after a new application, the NSAC again declined to grant Yvel a standard license but did grant him a limited, 1-fight only license to fight in Nevada due to his good conduct since his last instance of poor behaviour in 2004.
Championships and Accomplishment
Mixed Martial Arts
- Fighting Network RINGS
- World Vale Tudo Championship
- WVC Superfight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|53 matches||38 wins||13 losses|
|Win||38–12–1 (1)||Houston Alexander||KO (punch)||RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander||March 30, 2012||1||3:59||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||37–12–1 (1)||Damian Dantibo||TKO (punches)||RFA 1: Pulver vs. Elliott||December 16, 2011||1||3:12||Kearney, Nebraska, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Loss||36–12–1 (1)||Jon Madsen||TKO (punches)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||1||1:48||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||36–11–1 (1)||Ben Rothwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||36–10–1 (1)||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||1||2:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||36–9–1 (1)||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punches)||Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp||June 27, 2009||1||2:10||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||35–9–1 (1)||Josh Barnett||Submission (punches)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||3||3:05||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||35–8–1 (1)||Alexander Timonov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 9: Russia||November 21, 2008||1||0:22||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||34–8–1 (1)||Sergey Shemetov||Submission (toe hold)||KOE: Tough Is Not Enough||October 5, 2008||1||0:53||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||33–8–1 (1)||Michal Kita||KO (punch)||Gentlemen Fight Night||May 24, 2008||2||0:02||Holland, Netherlands|
|Win||32–8–1 (1)||Hakim Gouram||KO (punch)||K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Amsterdam||June 23, 2007||1||0:31||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||31–8–1 (1)||Akira Shoji||TKO (punches)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||3:43||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||30–8–1 (1)||Rodney Glunder||KO (punches)||2H2H: Pride & Honor||November 12, 2006||1||1:38||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||29–8–1 (1)||Fabiano Scherner||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 17||July 1, 2006||1||1:30||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||28–8–1 (1)||Valentijn Overeem||Submission (armbar)||It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam||June 12, 2005||1||4:30||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||27–8–1 (1)||Atte Backman||DQ (Yvel KO'd the referee)||Fight Festival 12||November 13, 2004||1||0:35||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||27–7–1 (1)||Cheick Kongo||TKO (punches)||It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam||May 20, 2004||2||4:40||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Draw||26–7–1 (1)||Daniel Tabera||Draw||M-1 MFC - Russia vs. The World 7||December 5, 2003||1||10:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||26–7 (1)||Jeremy Horn||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 21||June 23, 2002||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||26–6 (1)||Bob Schrijber||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2H2H 4: Simply the Best 4||March 17, 2002||N/A||N/A||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||25–6 (1)||Ibragim Magomedov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||M-1 MFC - Russia vs. the World 2||November 11, 2001||N/A||2:45||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||24–6 (1)||Don Frye||DQ (gouging the eyes)||Pride 16||September 24, 2001||1||7:27||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||24–5 (1)||Carlos Barreto||KO (flying knee)||2H2H 2: Simply The Best||March 18, 2001||1||2:20||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||23–5 (1)||Kazuyuki Fujita||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 12||December 9, 2000||2||10:00||Saitama, Japan|
|NC||23–4 (1)||Wanderlei Silva||NC (Yvel was kicked in the groin)||Pride 11||October 31, 2000||1||0:21||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||23–4||Gary Goodridge||KO (head kick)||Pride 10||August 27, 2000||1||0:28||Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||22–4||Vitor Belfort||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 9||June 4, 2000||2||10:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||22–3||Kiyoshi Tamura||TKO (strikes)||Rings: Millennium Combine 1||April 20, 2000||1||13:13||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||21–3||Brian Dunn||TKO (punches)||2H2H 1: 2 Hot 2 Handle||March 5, 2000||1||0:21||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||20–3||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final||February 26, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||20–2||Joop Kasteel||KO (palm strikes)||Rings Holland: There Can Only Be One Champion||February 6, 2000||1||4:16||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||19–2||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (cut)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||1:17||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||18–2||Tariel Bitsadze||Submission (armbar)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||2:18||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||17–2||Dennis Reed||KO (flying knee)||AAC 2: Amsterdam Absolute Championship 2||November 27, 1999||1||1:43||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||16–2||Fabio Piamonte||TKO (strikes)||WVC 9: World Vale Tudo Championship 9||September 27, 1999||1||2:28||Aruba|
|Loss||15–2||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Technical Decision (lost points)||Rings: Rise 5th||August 19, 1999||1||8:17||Japan|
|Win||15–1||Semmy Schilt||KO (punches)||Rings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring||June 20, 1999||2||4:45||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||14–1||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Rings: Rise 2nd||April 23, 1999||1||14:58||Japan|
|Win||13–1||Todd Medina||KO (knee)||WVC: World Vale Tudo Championship||March 20, 1999||1||0:10||Aruba|
|Win||12–1||Big Mo T||KO (flying knee)||Rings Holland: Judgement Day||February 7, 1999||1||1:59||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||11–1||Lee Hasdell||TKO (cut)||Rings Holland: The Thialf Explosion||October 24, 1998||N/A||N/A||Heerenveen, Netherlands|
|Win||10–1||Valentijn Overeem||TKO (shoulder injury)||Rings Holland: Who's the Boss||June 7, 1998||1||0:38||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Loss||9–1||Karimula Barkalaev||DQ (biting)||IAFC: Pankration European Championship 1998||May 23, 1998||1||4:49||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||9–0||Algirdas Darulis||TKO (3 knockdowns)||IMA: KO Power Tournament||April 12, 1998||1||3:02||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||8–0||Bob Schrijber||Submission (achilles lock)||Rings Holland: The King of Rings||February 8, 1998||2||1:12||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||7–0||Bas Jussen||KO||RDFF 2: Red Devil Free Fight 2||December 7, 1997||N/A||N/A||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||6–0||Oleg Tsygolnik||KO (punch)||M-1 MFC - World Championship 1997||November 1, 1997||1||1:41||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Sergei Tunic||KO (punches)||M-1 MFC - World Championship 1997||November 1, 1997||1||1:16||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Pedro Palm||TKO||Gym Almaar: Fight Gala||October 5, 1997||N/A||N/A||Bergen, Netherlands|
|Win||3–0||Vyacheslav Kiselyov||TKO (knees)||RDFF 1: Red Devil Free Fight 1||September 27, 1997||1||0:51||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||2–0||Leon Dijk||KO (knee)||Rings Holland - Utrecht at War||June 29, 1997||1||2:05||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||1–0||Rob van Leeuwen||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rings Holland - The Final Challenge||February 2, 1997||1||4:06||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
1 win (1 KO), 1 loss
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest
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- Caplan, Sam (December 3, 2008). "Gilbert Yvel in talks to fight for Affliction". Fiveouncesofpain.com. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
- "Gilbert Yvel, Jon Madsen to meet at UFC 121". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24.
- "Gilbert Yvel vs. Tony Lopez headlines Colosseo Championship Fighting on July 23". Retrieved 16 June 2011.
- "CCF Bushido Postponed". Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Exclusive report: Pride rules, missing promoters, and an angry Gilbert Yvel; this is what happened to "CCF 6: Bushido"". Retrieved 2 September 2011.
- "RFA 4 Heads to Las Vegas with UFC Vets Gilbert Yvel, Marcio Cruz, Tyson Griffin, Efrain Escudero". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero to headline RFA 4; Joe Yager replaces injured Gilbert Yvel against Pe De Pano". onthemat.com. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
- "Gilbert Yvel announces retirement, talks career and future after fighting". Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- Gilbert Yvel Reportedly Signs With the UFC
- "Gilbert Yvel not cleared to fight Josh Barnett at Affliction 2 - SI.com - Mixed Martial Arts". CNN. 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2010-05-03.