Gerard Gordeau

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Gerard Gordeau
Born (1959-03-30) March 30, 1959 (age 56)
Den Haag, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Style Kickboxing
Team Dojo Kamakura

9th dan Kyokushin Karate (International Budo Kaikan)
4th dan Kyokushin Karate (NKA)
7th dan Sei Budo Kai
2nd dan Full-Contact Karate (USA)
3rd Silver glove in Savate (Boxe Francaise)

4th dan Oyama Karate
Mixed martial arts record
Total 4
Wins 2
By knockout 2
Losses 2
By submission 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: April 4, 2011

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2][3][4][5][6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9] Nakai went on to beat Gordeau by submission, but lost sight in his right eye from the gouge.[10]

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[edit]

In 1995, he took part in New Japan Pro Wrestling's four-man Final Countdown BVD Tournament on January 4 at the Tokyo Dome during Battle 7. He lost his match to eventual winner Antonio Inoki.

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.[11]

Kamakura dojo[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

Kickboxing record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 27-6 Japan Toshiyuki Atokawa Decision K-1 Illusion 1993 Karate World Cup October 2, 1993 N/A N/A Osaka, Japan
Loss 27-5 Australia Adam Watt KO (spinning back fist) K-1 Illusion September 4, 1993 2 2:07 Tokyo, Japan
Win 27-4 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Jokovic TKO Savate World Championship May 25, 1991 3 0:01 Paris, France For Savate World Heavyweight Championship
Win 26-4 France Simon Bienvenu KO Savate World Championship April 27, 1991 ? ? Toulouse, France


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  3. ^ Books LLC (2011). Dutch People of Jewish Descent: Dutch Jews, Baruch Spinoza, Xaviera Hollander, Paul Ehrenfest, Harry Mulisch, Uriel Da Costa, Anne Frank. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781234575205. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ Books LLC (2010). Jews and Judaism in the Netherlands. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781157108108. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Books LLC (2010). Dutch Jews: Baruch Spinoza, Xaviera Hollander, Paul Ehrenfest, Harry Mulisch, Uriel Da Costa, Tom Okker, Etty Hillesum, Emanuel Tov, Job Cohen, Gabriel Milan, Tom Coronel, Fred Kaps, Barthold Fles, List of Dutch Jews, Bart Berman, Martin Van Creveld. General Books LLC. ISBN 9781157032939. Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "Choke (1999) - IMDb | Rickson Gracie: Choke - documentary". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ Nowe, Jason; Martinez, Stephen (February 14, 2006). "Nakai talks Vale Tudo, SHOOTO and Rickson". Sherdog. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ ""自分で見に行く"ブログ|プロレス観戦記: 2010/04/11 ZERO1(靖国神社)". Retrieved June 20, 2015. 

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