Jorge Gurgel

Jorge Valente Gurgel (/ˈɡɜːrɡəl/;[dubious ] Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɔʁʒi ɡuʁˈʒew]; born January 25, 1977) is a retired Brazilian mixed martial artist who competed in the Lightweight division. A professional competitor from 2002 to 2014, Gurgel is best known as a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2 and for his career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Strikeforce.

Jorge Gurgel
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Jorge Gurgel, Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter.
BornSilvio Jorge Valente Gurgel
(1977-01-25) January 25, 1977 (age 44)
Fortaleza, Brazil
Other namesJ.G.
ResidenceCincinnati OH, United States
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
DivisionLightweight (2002-2015)
Welterweight (2005)
Fighting out ofWest Chester, Ohio, United States
TeamThe JG MMA academy
Rank  Fourth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2000-2014
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout1
By submission9
By decision4
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision6
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Gurgel is originally from Fortaleza, Brazil, where he earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Marcus Aurélio.[1] Gurgel immigrated to the United States as an exchange student in high school.[2] Remaining to attend Wright State University he soon became an American citizen.[3] While in school, Gurgel worked full-time teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu evenings, waiting and busing tables late at night/early afternoons, and going to class in the morning. Since college, Gurgel has been training and teaching full-time.[2]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Gurgel starred in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television series and was eliminated from the show in the fifth episode due to a loss to Jason Von Flue via unanimous decision, but showed tremendous heart by fighting with a blown ACL.

Gurgel's match with Diego Saraiva at UFC 73 was designated as the "Fight of the Night" by the UFC.[4] In the contest, Gurgel defeated Saraiva by unanimous decision, even though he was badly injured during the fight.[4] He was hospitalized afterward, due to a broken jaw and the presence of blood in his urine.[4]

After his loss to Aaron Riley, Gurgel was released from the UFC.[5] Gurgel was heavily criticized throughout his seven-fight run in the UFC for not displaying Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills in his fights. A third degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, the 35-year-old has generally elected to slug it out on his feet.


Gurgel made his Strikeforce debut on June 19, 2009, defeating Conor Heun via unanimous decision.

Gurgel faced Billy Evangelista on November 6, 2009 at Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista losing via unanimous decision.

Gurgel faced former EliteXC Lightweight Champion KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Houston and lost by knockout 19 seconds into the second round. There was controversy surrounding this fight due to an apparent late punch by Noons at the end of the first round that dropped and stunned Gurgel and an illegal knee by Noons during the barrage of strikes prior to the referee stoppage.

Gurgel submitted Billy Vaughan in just 44 seconds via guillotine choke at Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson on March 5, 2011.[6]

Gurgel headlined Strikeforce Challengers 18 on August 12, 2011, against fellow Ultimate Fighter alumni Joe Duarte[7] Gurgel lost by a unanimous decision.

Gurgel faced Adriano Martins at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013, he lost via unanimous decision.

Titan Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Gurgel fought former UFC fighter Mike Ricci at Titan FC 27 on February 28, 2014. He lost by first-round TKO. Gurgel has now lost 7 of his last 9 fights.[8]

On September 16, 2014, Gurgel announced his retirement from MMA competition.[9]


Gurgel owns the JG MMA and Fitness Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, Gurgel has trained known fighters such as Rich Franklin, Justin Edwards, Zoila Frausto, Dustin Hazelett, Jason Butcher, and Sean Salmon.

Personal lifeEdit

Gurgel married female MMA fighter Zoila Frausto on February 19, 2011.[10] The two have since separated.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Brazilian jiu-jitsuEdit

  • NAGA SuperFight Champion[1]
  • Six-time Brazilian State Champion

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
24 matches 14 wins 10 losses
By knockout 1 2
By submission 9 2
By decision 4 6
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 14–10 Mike Ricci TKO (punches and elbows) Titan Fighting Championship 27 February 28, 2014 1 3:57 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Loss 14–9 Adriano Martins Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 14–8 Joe Duarte Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte August 12, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 14–7 Billy Vaughan Submission (guillotine choke) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 1 0:44 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 13–7 KJ Noons KO (punches) Strikeforce: Houston August 21, 2010 2 0:19 Houston, Texas, United States
Loss 13–6 Billy Evangelista Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista November 6, 2009 3 5:00 Fresno, California, United States Catchweight at 160 lb.
Win 13–5 Conor Heun Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Villasenor vs. Cyborg June 19, 2009 3 5:00 Kent, Washington, United States Catchweight at 160 lb.
Loss 12–5 Aaron Riley Decision (unanimous) UFC 91 November 15, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 12–4 Cole Miller Submission (triangle choke) UFC 86 July 5, 2008 3 4:48 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–3 John Halverson Decision (unanimous) UFC 82 March 1, 2008 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Loss 11–3 Alvin Robinson Decision (unanimous) UFC 77 October 20, 2007 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 11–2 Diego Saraiva Decision (unanimous) UFC 73 July 7, 2007 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 10–2 Danny Abbadi Decision (split) UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn September 23, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Loss 9–2 Mark Hominick Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night 5 June 28, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–1 Jason Ireland Submission (guillotine choke) KOTC 48: Payback February 25, 2005 3 2:25 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 8–1 Joe Jordan Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 56 March 26, 2004 1 1:55 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 7–1 Gin Minajev Submission (guillotine choke) Extreme Challenge 56 March 26, 2004 3 1:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 6–1 Steve Kinnison Submission (guillotine choke) Freestyle Fighting Championships 8 March 5, 2004 2 1:08 Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Loss 5–1 Masakazu Imanari Submission (heel hook) ZST: Grand Prix Opening Round November 23, 2003 1 0:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 5–0 Luke Spencer TKO (submission to punches) Absolute Combat Challenge 1 July 19, 2003 3 1:55 Canton, Ohio, United States Won the Absolute Combat Challenge Lightweight Championship.
Win 4–0 Justin James Submission (armbar) VFC 4: Wildcard April 19, 2003 1 3:51 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 3–0 Gin Minajev Submission (guillotine choke) ICC 1: Retribution January 12, 2003 1 2:18 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 2–0 Calib Carr Submission (armbar) UW: St. Cloud 2 March 16, 2002 1 0:18 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Win 1–0 Elvin Rodriguez Submission (armbar) UW: St. Cloud 2 March 16, 2002 1 1:10 St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Jorge Gurgel". 2011-03-07. Archived from the original on 2011-06-20. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2009-06-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b c "Little new after UFC 73", The Winnipeg Sun, published July 9, 2007, accessed July 10, 2007.
  5. ^ "Jorge Gurgel "heartbroken" over his release from the UFC". 2008-11-27. Archived from the original on 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  6. ^ "Billy Vaughan Tapped to Face Jorge Gurgel This Saturday at Strikeforce". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
  7. ^ "Joe Duarte draws Jorge Gurgel in Strikeforce Challengers 18 headliner". 2011-06-22. Archived from the original on 2011-06-25.
  8. ^ "Titan FC 27 Results: Ricci Crushes Gurgel, Riddle Chokes Kuiper". February 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "MMA veteran Jorge Gurgel retires following tragic death of mother". September 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "Jorge Gurgel weds long-time girlfriend Zoila Frausto". 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2011-02-21.

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