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Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane

Known around the world for his outstanding stand-up fighting style, Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel was born on June 30th, 1976 in The Netherlands. Yvel’s reputation as a solid fighter and well-trained Muay Thai martial artist is marred with his equally solid reputation for losing his temper and showing a definite lack of restraint. This lack of self control lead to Yvel being disqualified from a match in November 2004 after his knocked a referee down and proceeded to viciously kick him while he lay undefended on the mat. Other disqualifications include one for biting in 1998 versus Karimula Barkalaey and another in 2001 after Yvel repeatedly raked his fingers across the eyes of opponent Don Frye; the official disqualification was due to holding the ropes.

While “The Hurricane” had proved himself to be a fighter with great potential, his reputation as a dirty fighter who made no apologies earned him an indefinite ban from professional fighting by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. An attempt to regain his fighter’s license prior to his scheduled match at PRIDE 33 was denied and Yvel was forced to forfeit the match. He did continue to fight outside of the United States, following his PRIDE 33 mishap with four straight wins by technical knockout.
 

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