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Breaking News: Jorge Gurgel signs with Strikeforce

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11/26/2008 – Within minutes of being released from his UFC obligations, Jorge Gurgel signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce out of San Jose, California.

Coming off a tough blow for blow unanimous decision loss against Aaron Riley in UFC 91 which won “Fight of the Night,” Jorge was issued his official release letter today from the UFC. Immediately Jorge was offered a contract with Strikeforce under undisclosed terms.

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Post #1   11/27/08 7:11:22AM   

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At least he found work quickly. With a sub-.500 UFC record he was gone, just a question of when.

Post #2   11/27/08 7:23:52AM   

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agreed, i think the only thing keeping him around was rich's influence, hopefully he'll learn to use his strengths to win a fight instead of trying to prove he's a standup fighter, which he clearly is not.

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NOOOOOOOOOOO, I'm never watching the ufc again now that they lost such a big superstar.

Post #4   11/27/08 9:21:21AM   

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Posted by nickcuc547

NOOOOOOOOOOO, I'm never watching the ufc again now that they lost such a big superstar.



props for that one

Post #5   11/27/08 10:06:34AM   

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Y'know, i kinda like Jorge. He totally goes against his strongest weapons in a fight to make it more entertaining for the fans, and hes probably sacrificed a couple of wins make fights more fun for the casual fan. I mean, thats all well and good when it works, but Jorge needs to realise he aint getting anywhere. The way he fights, its like anderson trying to win fights using his wrestling. He needs to start putting some wins together if he wants to get back into the ufc, and the only way hes going to do that is if he starts using his jits.

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I like Gurgel. Maybe its a little ohio pride. But i think he can be an exciting fighter. I am frustrated by his style tho. I know the fans might prefer a standup fight. At least thats what he seems to think. However, i am a fan, and personally, im most entertained by someone doing what their best at. If he was more likely to shoot and use his jitz, i think he couldve beat riley. Also, he had to know he wasn't exactly safe in the UFC. So did he just not care? Why not try to use your strengths to potentially save your job. Either way, what i learned is that he is not that interested in fighting as his career. Nothing wrong with that when hes set teaching.

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Strikeforce is a much more fitting place for him and I'm sure he'll have more success over there. At least he wont be hurting my MMAPlayground record now

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not suprised.

Post #9   11/27/08 11:50:40AM   

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well there goes a lock for every UFC event that we pick on here.......this was a long time coming though, and i dont know that anyone was surprised that he was let go or signed by a smaller org.

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I'm surprised he got cut I figured they were going to keep him around forever with as much of a pass as he kept getting.

I think he'll roll some fools in a smaller org, though. Hopefully he'll actually use his jits

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No more busted parlays!!!!

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hes still gonna have trouble with melendez, thompson, ishida, etc etc

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Well on the bright side he says he's going to start using his jiujitsu, just so people will "shut up". He's invested 16 years of his life in BJJ so it's about damned time. He wants to be exciting and that's cool, but jiujitsu can be exciting to, just ask your student Dustin Hazellet.

He's heartbroken he's out of the UFC, and I truely believe him. He wants back in the UFC fighting the best. I think being released will be an eye-opening experience for him.

Now he's going to have to come to the crossroads. Do I want to an exciting brawler, or do I want to be a good MMA fighter?

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Posted by Wolfenstein

Well on the bright side he says he's going to start using his jiujitsu, just so people will "shut up". He's invested 16 years of his life in BJJ so it's about damned time. He wants to be exciting and that's cool, but jiujitsu can be exciting to, just ask your student Dustin Hazellet.

He's heartbroken he's out of the UFC, and I truely believe him. He wants back in the UFC fighting the best. I think being released will be an eye-opening experience for him.

Now he's going to have to come to the crossroads. Do I want to an exciting brawler, or do I want to be a good MMA fighter?



In all fairness I think his striking was definitely coming along and it showed in his last fight. I give him another year or two of development before he's a legitimate threat to most of the LW division. Again, provided he starts using his jits.

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