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After "depressing" July loss, Jorge Gurgel next meets Aaron Riley at UFC 91   [View Full Version]
Twenty20Dollars » Posted 6/21/07 4:27:00PM

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After dealing with the first bout of depression in his entire life, submission specialist Jorge Gurgel (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will next fight at UFC 91 against Aaron Riley (26-10-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who returns to the UFC for the first time in nearly three years.

Gurgel today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements have been signed for the Nov. 15 fight, which takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Gurgel, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, looks to rebound from his disappointing submission loss to Cole Miller at UFC 86.

Although seemingly on his way to a tough-fought unanimous-decision victory in the July bout, Gurgel ran into disaster in the fight's final moments. While scrambling for position after securing a trip-takedown, Gurgel was trapped by Miller's triangle choke and forced to tap out with just 12 seconds remaining in the fight.

It would have been Gurgel's fourth UFC victory in a five-fight span. Instead, he suffered just the second submission loss of his career -- and his first in nearly five years.

"It was extremely difficult for me," Gurgel said. "I never in my life -- never in any circumstance -- I've never been depressed. Depression can't get to me. I'm always happy. I don't get depressed. But, I got to the point where I couldn't sleep.

"My parents were disappointed. My family was very hurt, and the first words out of my step-dad's mouth, as soon as he walked down the aisle in the arena (at UFC 86) and saw me -- he goes, 'This is the first time in my life, Jorge, that I saw a fighter win and lose a fight in the same fight.' And that quote has never left my head because that's exactly what happened. ... I lost my focus for one second, and it cost me 14 minutes and 30 seconds of beating [Miller] up. It was my best fight yet. I didn't even have a black eye, but I just lost focus for that split second."

After such a stunning and stinging loss, Gurgel heard the same thing over and over from friends, family and fans.

"It was either 'tough break' or '[expletive] happens,'" Gurgel said. "I'm just ready to get in there and put it behind me."

Standing in his way is Riley, who returns to the octagon for the first time since a first-round TKO loss to Spencer Fisher at UFC Fight Night 3. Ten fights and four years earlier, the former PRIDE and BodogFIGHT veteran made his UFC debut with a unanimous-decision loss to Robbie Lawler.

Since his latest UFC appearance, Riley has posted a 3-2 record in a variety of organizations; the losses came to notables Eddie Alvarez and Ryan Schultz.

Riley, a former Golden Gloves champion who made his professional MMA debut as a 16-year-old in 1997, has won seven of his past 10 fights.

Twenty20Dollars » Posted 6/21/07 4:27:00PM

Here's what you do Jorge, you take Aaron Riely to the ground and slap an armbar on him. The End.

McBee » Posted 4/15/07 3:21:00AM

I do not see the point in Jorge being in the UFC, he has should many times over he is not going to be in the top 10 IN THE UFC lightweight division he should be an unaired gatekeeper for the WEC. There are too many good lightweight fighters to keep Jorge around.

postman » Posted 6/23/07 7:57:00PM

Its crazy how long they have kept him around. The guy constantly under achieves the whole way back to his stint on TUF. I have to think he loses this fight and hes out.

RampageOwnedYou » Posted 5/11/07 8:55:00PM

Jorge Gurgel and Houston Alexander, give them both the pink slip. These guys are boring and not worth a PPV event to watch!!

prozacnation1978 » Posted 7/5/07 11:42:00PM

i was upset with the fight i was about to win 22 points with a min left gurgel should have played a defensive game in the late 3rd round he was winning that fight

pv3Hpv3p » Posted 1/24/07 6:08:00PM

I can't believe that Gurgel is still in the UFC... His fights aren't fun to watch and I don't think he's even very personable... I stand by my guns and swear he must have witnesed Dana White kill a hooker or something, it just doesn't make sense....

gsquat » Posted 11/15/07 5:00:00PM

No kidding. How is Jorge "Underachiever" Gurgel still here. He's a nice guy, and has all the knowledge, but his ability to apply what he knows is crap. He lost to Jason Von Flue for pete's sake.

candynuts » Posted 12/6/07 1:36:00PM

Woo-hoo! I know im alone on this but go Gurgel!

He might not exactly be "UFC material per se", but for some reason I keep rooting for him (and Sakara for that matter).

telnights » Posted 6/21/07 4:17:00PM

WOW how in the world is he still in the UFC. His fights aren't that great and he keeps losing. He isn't even a gate keeper level fighter. Someone in the UFC higher ups must really like him.

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