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March 30, 1959 |
Den Haag, Netherlands
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||216 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)|
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|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gerard Gordeau (born March 30, 1959) is a Dutch former savateur, karateka, and mixed martial artist. He is the 1991 World Champion Savate and holder of the Dutch Champion Kyokushin Karate title for 8 consecutive years, but foremost known internationally for his fight against Teila Tuli in the first televised Ultimate Fighting Championship bout on 12 November 1993.
Mixed martial arts career
Gordeau had fought in several no-holds-barred matches in his native Netherlands and Japan, including two bouts against Masaaki Satake and Mitsuya Nagai at "free fight" events held under the then professional wrestling promotion RINGS as well as a shoot style bout with Akira Maeda under the Newborn UWF.
Gordeau's Ultimate Fighting Championship match with Teila Tuli lasted only 26 seconds and was stopped after Gordeau knocked out three of Tuli's teeth with a kick, The fight was the first in the history of the Ultimate fighting championship and also caused controversy when Gordeau appeared to do a roman salute. But he was doing the traditional Savate salute and also he has Jewish background. The announcers claimed that Tuli's tooth landed underneath their table, the other two were embedded in Gordeau's foot for the remainder of the show, due to the UFC doctors not wanting Gordeau to have an open wound in his foot. Gordeau also broke his own hand on Tuli's head after the kick. Despite the injury, he fought twice more that night. After winning his second match against Kevin Rosier, Gordeau lost to Royce Gracie in the championship bout. During the bout, while Gordeau was in Gracie's guard, he allegedly bit Gracie's ear in an intentional foul. However Gracie still managed to submit Gordeau to win the fight and tournament.
Gordeau was a trainer for UFC 2 semifinalist Remco Pardoel in 1994. He became notorious as a "dirty fighter", again using illegal tactics with the intentional eye-gouge of Yuki Nakai in the 1995 Japan Vale Tudo. Nakai went on to beat Gordeau by submission, but lost sight in his right eye from the gouge.
Gordeau was later recruited by Antonio Inoki for his Universal Fighting-Arts Organization. He took part on the infamous 1.4 Incident, which occurred on January fourth, 1999 at the Tokyo Dome, where UFO member Naoya Ogawa faced Shinya Hashimoto in a pro wrestling match. Gordeau was in the corner of Ogawa along with Kazunari Murakami and Tiger Mask, and accompanied Ogawa to the ring. However, Naoya turned the bout into a shoot match by brutally striking Hashimoto, who had no idea what was going on, and a brawl ensued in the ring, with Gordeau and his colleagues having to protect Ogawa from the NJPW crew.
Professional wrestling career
Since his retirement from MMA, Gordeau has participated in various puroresu events, the last one of which was held at Pro Wrestling Zero1 Yasukuni Shrine Festival on 11 April 2010 where he teamed with Ryouji Sai.
Gordeau, along with his brothers Al and Nico, owns the Dojo Kamakura in The Hague. He also trains the current Dutch K-1 fighter Mourad Bouzidi, along with Anil Dubar, and sometimes the Romanian champion Daniel Ghiță.
Accomplishments and titles
- Eight time Dutch Champion Kyokushin Karate
- Competed at the World Championships Kyokushin Karate (1979, 1983, 1987)
- Savate World Heavyweight Champion (1991)
- Three time Savate European Heavyweight Champion
- UFC 1 Tournament Runner Up (1993)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||2 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||2-2||Yuki Nakai||Submission (heel hook)||Vale Tudo Japan 1995||April 20, 1995||4||2:41||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||2-1||Royce Gracie||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||1:44||Denver, Colorado, United States||For UFC 1 Championship|
|Win||2-0||Kevin Rosier||TKO (body stomp)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||0:59||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||1-0||Teila Tuli||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 1||November 12, 1993||1||0:26||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||27-6||Toshiyuki Atokawa||Decision||K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup||October 2, 1993||N/A||N/A||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||27-5||Adam Watt||KO (spinning back fist)||K-1 Illusion||September 4, 1993||2||2:07||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||27-4||Jokovic||TKO||Savate World Championship||May 25, 1991||3||0:01||Paris, France||For Savate World Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||26-4||Simon Bienvenu||KO||Savate World Championship||April 27, 1991||?||?||Toulouse, France|
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