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Gilbert Ramon Yvel (born June 30, 1976) is a Dutch professional mixed martial artist. A professional competitor since 1997, Yvel competed in the PRIDE Fighting Championships, Affliction, the UFC, Road FC, the RFA, RINGS, M-1 Challenge, Cage Rage, K-1, and Showtime promotions. He is the former RINGS Openweight Champion.

Gilbert Yvel
Gilbert Yvel UFC 115.jpg
BornGilbert Ramon Yvel
(1976-06-30) June 30, 1976 (age 43)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Other namesThe Hurricane
ResidenceNaarden, Netherlands
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight275.8 lb (125 kg; 19 st 10 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
Fighting out ofAmsterdam, Netherlands
TeamVos Gym
Throwdown Training Center
Teacher(s)Jon Bluming
Chris Dolman
Rank Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active1997–2013; 2016–present (MMA)
Kickboxing record
By knockout1
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout33
By submission7
By knockout4
By submission3
By decision6
By disqualification3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: January 4, 2010


Yvel was born in the Netherlands of Surinamese descent. He was raised as an orphan in the notorious neighborhood of the Bijlmermeer in Amsterdam. He holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under John Lewis.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit


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, as well as "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 embraced 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 on his opponent's head. 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 illegally bitten 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.[2] He then would fly back to Holland in order to face Semmy Schilt in an interpromotional match. The bout was particularly intriguing because Schilt belonged to Pancrase, RINGS's 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 like it was done in Pancrase. Although 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 at the first minutes of the match by scoring a shocking knockdown on Schilt by a flurry of hooks. The Pancrase fighter recovered with knees to the body and took Yvel down repeatedly in an attempt to submit him, but the ruleset's quick stand-ups and Yvel's own defensive acumen impeded any advance in this field. Meanwhile, while Schilt still won the earlier stand-up exchanges, Yvel eventually took over and bloodied Schilt's eye with punches and a possible eye gouge which was dismissed by the referee. At the end of several grinding assaults, Yvel overpowered Schilt and landed a long series of unanswered punches, finally knocking Schilt out on his feet for the victory.[3]

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 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 locked, but Yvel rolled out of it and utilized a strategy consistent on trying to strike between takedown and takedown. In one of those instances, he got a yellow card for landing 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.[4] 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 ChampionshipEdit

Yvel fought up-and-coming Brazilian Heavyweight Junior dos Santos at UFC 108[5] 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.[6]

Yvel next faced Ben Rothwell at UFC 115: Liddell vs. Franklin. Yvel lost by unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, and 29–28).

Yvel then faced Jon Madsen on October 23, 2010 at UFC 121, replacing an injured Todd Duffee.[7] 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.

Post UFCEdit

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.[8] However, the event was postponed and was then scheduled take place on September 3.[9] The event was subsequently canceled.[10]

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.[11] but he was forced out of the bout due to an injury.[12]

Yvel announced his retirement in an interview with Ground and Pound TV. He plans to become a trainer at Agoge MMA in Germany.[13]

Yvel also has fought two kickboxing matches, losing to Ray Sefo and beating Yuji Sakuragi.[14]

Bad conduct and subsequent rehabilitationEdit

Yvel has acquired, through a number of instances, a lingering reputation in the MMA community for his temper and poor sportsmanship in the ring earlier in his career.[15][16][17]

In his May 1998 bout with Karimula Barkalaev, Yvel was disqualified for biting his opponent.[16][17]

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.[16][17]

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.[16][18]

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.[16][17][18]

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.[19]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
58 matches 40 wins 16 losses
By knockout 33 4
By submission 7 3
By decision 0 6
By disqualification 0 3
Draws 1
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 40–16–1 (1) Mighty Mo Submission (armbar) Road FC 047 May 12, 2018 1 3:43 Beijing, China Road FC 2018 Openweight Grand Prix Round One.
Win 39–16–1 (1) Ricco Rodriguez TKO (injury) Akhmat Fight Show 31: Ushukov vs. Vagaev November 19, 2016 1 1:00 Grozny, Russia Return to Heavyweight.
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 Submission (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) Michał 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 (strikes) 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

Kickboxing recordEdit

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest


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