|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)|
|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. A professional competitor for 16 years from 1997-2013, Yvel competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Affliction, the UFC, RINGS, M-1 Challenge, Cage Rage, K-1, and Showtime promotions.
Yvel was born in the Netherlands of Surinamese descent. He was raised as an orphan in the notorious neighborhood of the Bijlmer in Amsterdam. He holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under John Lewis.
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 Fighting Network RINGS promotion, initially only in events hosted by its Dutch brand. One of his first opponents would be Bas Rutten's apprentice Leon Dijk, whom he defeated by KO, and "dirty" Bob Schrijber. In another of his performances, he squared off against Russian fighter Vyacheslav Kiselyov in an event promoved by RINGS Holland leader Chris Dolman. This fight would become controversial because Yvel, after getting his leg grabbed by Kiselyov in a missed flying knee, grabbed the fence to keep himself vertical and then, still hanging off the cage, delivered several knees and axe kicks against his opponent. Yvel would go to win the match by knee strikes shortly after.
His first loss came in 1998, in a rematch against Schrijber, being knocked out in the first round. Yvel had actually met his biological mother for the first time two days before the fight. He would follow with a participation representing RINGS Holland in the Russian tournament Pankration European Championship, where he would face RINGS Russia fighter Karimula Barkalaev. Although Yvel dominated the match, he was disqualified after Barkalaev's coach Volk Han noted the referee Yvel had biten his fighter.
In the following years Yvel came to be considered the best Dutch Heavyweight fighter active on the European fighting circuit. He got a victory over teammate Valentijn Overeem by TKO, as well as a high level one over RINGS England chief Lee Hasdell. In April 1999, Yvel was finally called to Japan by RINGS, where he fought Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Through the match, Yvel left himself behind by five points due to multiple fouls, which included grabbing the ropes, hitting the face on the ground, striking against an opponent on the knees and, in spectacular fashion, hanging himself off the turnbuckle in order to land a knee to the face. However, he rallied over in points with a palm strike and a tight guillotine choke, and finally won the match when it was stopped due to accumulated damage to Kohsaka's face. He then would fly back to Holland in order to face Semmy Schilt in a special match, which pitted Yvel from RINGS against Schilt from Pancrase, its rival promotion in Japan.
The fight was met under special rules, with Gilbert keeping his gloves for punching while Schilt preferred to go barehanded and use open palm strikes. Though Schilt was considered a heavy favourite, sporting a huge advantage in both weight and height and boasting victories over Masakatsu Funaki and Guy Mezger, Yvel proved himself by almost finishing the match early with a flurry of hooks, knocking down Schilt for a point. The Pancrase fighter recovered with knees to the body and took down Yvel repeatedly in an attempt to grapple with him, but the quick stand-ups of the ruleset and Yvel's own defensive acumen impeded any advance in this field. Although Schilt still won some of the striking exchanges, Yvel eventually took over and bloodied his eye with punches and a possible eye gouge which was dismissed by the referee. At the end, after a war of attrition, Yvel overpowered Schilt and landed a long series of unanswered punches, knocking Schilt out on his feet for a KO victory.
In his return to Japan, Yvel was scheduled in a rematch with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. This time, however, Yvel was forced to spend a rope escape by an early toehold, and shortly after had to defend on the ground after being thrown down by the judo specialist. With Gilbert behind on points, the match was stood up, but then it was suddenly stopped when Kohsaka, trying another judo throw, made both them fall outside the ring and was rendered injured by the fall. The bout was declared no contest, but as Yvel had lost a point while Kohsaka hadn't lost any of them, the Japanese was be controversially declared winner by points.
In December 1999, Yvel qualified for the King of Kings world tournament. He eliminated karate champion Tariel Bitsadze by armbar on the first round, and went to avenge his defeat to Kohsaka in the second, stopping him by a cut caused by a grazing punch. Yvel would face eventual winner Dan Henderson in his block's final match. The American controlled the wrestling and seemed to have an armbar set off, but Yvel rolled out of it and utilized a strategy of trying to strike him between takedown and takedown. In one of them, he would get a yellow card when he landed an illegal elbow to Henderson's spine. At the end, although Yvel landed solid shots, he couldn't finish Henderson and was eliminated by unanimous decision.
Yvel's last bout in RINGS would be against Kiyoshi Tamura in a match for the RINGS Openweight Championship. Again, Yvel was taken down and positionally controlled on the mat, but he resisted successfully Tamura's scarce submission attempts and knocked him out via strikes. He won the title, but was forced to vacate it shortly after due to signing up with PRIDE.
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 was subsequently released from his UFC contract after the loss.
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 was subsequently 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 accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Fighting Network RINGS
- International Mix-Fight Association
- 1998 KO Power Tournament Runner Up
- M-1 Global
- 1997 M-1 MFC Light Heavyweight World Championship Tournament Winner
- World Vale Tudo Championship
- WVC Superfight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|56 matches||38 wins||16 losses|
|Win||38–16–1 (1)||Houston Alexander||KO (punch)||RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander||March 30, 2012||1||3:59||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|Win||37–16–1 (1)||Damian Dantibo||TKO (punches)||RFA 1: Pulver vs. Elliott||December 16, 2011||1||3:12||Kearney, Nebraska, United States||Light Heavyweight debut|
|Loss||36–16–1 (1)||Jon Madsen||TKO (punches)||UFC 121||October 23, 2010||1||1:48||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||36–15–1 (1)||Ben Rothwell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||36–14–1 (1)||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||1||2:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||36–13–1 (1)||Pedro Rizzo||KO (punches)||Ultimate Chaos: Lashley vs. Sapp||June 27, 2009||1||2:10||Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||35–13–1 (1)||Josh Barnett||Submission (punches)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||3||3:05||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||35–12–1 (1)||Alexander Timonov||TKO (punches)||M-1 Challenge 9: Russia||November 21, 2008||1||0:22||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||34–12–1 (1)||Sergey Shemetov||Submission (toe hold)||KOE: Tough Is Not Enough||October 5, 2008||1||0:53||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||33–12–1 (1)||Michal Kita||KO (punch)||Gentlemen Fight Night||May 24, 2008||2||0:02||Holland, Netherlands|
|Win||32–12–1 (1)||Hakim Gouram||KO (punch)||K-1 World Grand Prix 2007 in Amsterdam||June 23, 2007||1||0:31||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||31–12–1 (1)||Akira Shoji||TKO (punches)||Pride 34||April 8, 2007||1||3:43||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||30–12–1 (1)||Rodney Glunder||KO (punches)||2H2H: Pride & Honor||November 12, 2006||1||1:38||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||29–12–1 (1)||Fabiano Scherner||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 17||July 1, 2006||1||1:30||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||28–12–1 (1)||Roman Zentsov||KO (punch)||Pride FC - Total Elimination Absolute||May 5, 2006||1||4:55||Osaka, Japan|
|Win||28–11–1 (1)||Valentijn Overeem||Submission (armbar)||It's Showtime Boxing & MMA Event 2005 Amsterdam||June 12, 2005||1||4:30||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||27–11–1 (1)||Ikuhisa Minowa||Submission (toe hold)||Pride Bushido 6||April 3, 2005||1||1:10||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Loss||27–10–1 (1)||Atte Backman||DQ (ko'd the referee)||Fight Festival 12||November 13, 2004||1||0:35||Helsinki, Finland|
|Win||27–9–1 (1)||Cheick Kongo||TKO (punches)||It's Showtime 2004 Amsterdam||May 20, 2004||2||4:40||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Draw||26–9–1 (1)||Daniel Tabera||Draw||M-1 MFC - Russia vs. The World 7||December 5, 2003||1||10:00||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Loss||26–9 (1)||Jeremy Horn||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 21||June 23, 2002||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||26–8 (1)||Bob Schrijber||TKO (doctor stoppage)||2H2H 4: Simply the Best 4||March 17, 2002||N/A||N/A||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||25–8 (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||24–8 (1)||Don Frye||DQ (gouging the eyes)||Pride 16||September 24, 2001||1||7:27||Osaka, Japan|
|Loss||24–7 (1)||Igor Vovchanchyn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pride 14 - Clash of the Titans||May 27, 2001||1||1:52||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Win||24–6 (1)||Carlos Barreto||KO (flying knee)||2H2H 2: Simply The Best||March 18, 2001||1||2:20||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||23–6 (1)||Kazuyuki Fujita||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 12 - Cold Fury||December 9, 2000||2||10:00||Saitama, Japan|
|NC||23–5 (1)||Wanderlei Silva||NC (kick to groin)||Pride 11 - Battle of the Rising Sun||October 31, 2000||1||0:21||Osaka, Japan||Yvel was rendered unable to continue after accidental groin strike|
|Win||23–5||Gary Goodridge||KO (head kick)||Pride 10 - Return of the Warriors||August 27, 2000||1||0:28||Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan|
|Loss||22–5||Vitor Belfort||Decision (unanimous)||Pride 9||June 4, 2000||2||10:00||Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||22–4||Kiyoshi Tamura||TKO (strikes)||Rings: Millennium Combine 1||April 20, 2000||1||13:13||Tokyo, Japan||Won RINGS Openweight Championship. Later Vacated Title|
|Win||21–4||Brian Dunn||TKO (punches)||2H2H 1: 2 Hot 2 Handle||March 5, 2000||1||0:21||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Loss||20–4||Dan Henderson||Decision (unanimous)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final||February 26, 2000||2||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||1999 RINGS King of Kings Third Round|
|Win||20–3||Joop Kasteel||KO (palm strikes)||Rings Holland: There Can Only Be One Champion||February 6, 2000||1||4:16||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||19–3||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||1:17||Osaka, Japan||1999 RINGS King of Kings Tournament Second Round|
|Win||18–3||Tariel Bitsadze||Submission (armbar)||Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block B||December 22, 1999||1||2:18||Osaka, Japan||1999 RINGS King of Kings Tournament First Round|
|Win||17–3||Dennis Reed||KO (flying knee)||AAC 2: Amsterdam Absolute Championship 2||November 27, 1999||1||1:43||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||16–3||Fabio Piamonte||TKO (strikes)||WVC 9: World Vale Tudo Championship 9||September 27, 1999||1||2:28||Aruba|
|Loss||15–3||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Technical Decision (lost points)||Rings: Rise 5th||August 19, 1999||1||8:17||Japan|
|Win||15–2||Semmy Schilt||KO (punches)||Rings Holland: The Kings of the Magic Ring||June 20, 1999||2||4:45||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Win||14–2||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Rings: Rise 2nd||April 23, 1999||1||14:58||Japan|
|Win||13–2||Todd Medina||KO (knee)||WVC: World Vale Tudo Championship||March 20, 1999||1||0:10||Aruba|
|Win||12–2||Big Mo T||KO (flying knee)||Rings Holland: Judgement Day||February 7, 1999||1||1:59||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Win||11–2||Lee Hasdell||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Rings Holland: The Thialf Explosion||October 24, 1998||N/A||N/A||Heerenveen, Netherlands|
|Win||10–2||Valentijn Overeem||TKO (shoulder injury)||Rings Holland: Who's the Boss||June 7, 1998||1||0:38||Utrecht, Netherlands|
|Loss||9–2||Karimula Barkalaev||DQ (biting)||IAFC: Pankration European Championship 1998||May 23, 1998||1||4:49||Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||9–1||Bob Schrijber||KO (punches)||IMA: KO Power Tournament||April 12, 1998||1||4:15||Amsterdam, Netherlands||IMA: KO Power Tournament Finals|
|Win||9–0||Algirdas Darulis||TKO (3 knockdowns)||IMA: KO Power Tournament||April 12, 1998||1||3:02||Amsterdam, Netherlands||IMA: KO Power Tournament First Round|
|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 (strikes)||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||1997 M-1 MFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals|
|Win||5–0||Sergei Tunic||KO (punches)||M-1 MFC - World Championship 1997||November 1, 1997||1||1:16||St. Petersburg, Russia||1997 M-1 MFC Light Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals|
|Win||4–0||Pedro Palm||TKO (strikes)||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
- Selected matches from RINGS on WOWOW - RISE 2nd Taped 4/23/99 Osaka Furitsu Taiikukaikan (3,870) - Tsuyoshi Kosaka (RINGS Japan, 25-16-1, #1) vs. Gilbert Yvel (RINGS Holland, 4-0)
- PRIDE Grand Prix 2004 Critical Countdown 1757
- 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.
- Caplan, Sam (December 3, 2008). "Gilbert Yvel in talks to fight for Affliction". Fiveouncesofpain.com. Retrieved December 9, 2008.
- 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.