Gilbert Yvel granted NSAC License, UFC next stop?

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmaweekly.com
 

Dutch heavyweight Gilbert Yvel has been given another chance to fight in Nevada. After a face-to-face meeting Friday with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, he was given a one-fight license to compete in the Silver State.

During the meeting, he addressed concerns about his controversial past and made assurances he would behave honorably in competition.

Yvel was denied a license to fight Sergei Kharitonov for Pride 33 in February 2007 due to several well-publicized incidents involving disqualification and misconduct towards a referee.

Speaking exclusively to MMAWeekly.com afterwards, Yvel said today’s decision was the beginning of a new career.

“It’s a relief,” he said. “I’m happy that they gave me a chance and I got treated like all the fighters.”

Yvel’s manager/trainer, John Lewis, said the news could open the door for a fight in the UFC, though he offered no timetable for an appearance.

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Styro site profile image  

10/18/09 5:19 PM by Styro

i met gilbert at affliction 2, he's a super nice guy and a very exciting fighter. would love to see him ktfo kimbo

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/18/09 5:14 PM by LilBrockonmychest

 ttt

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/16/09 9:41 PM by LilBrockonmychest

 Lol...he wasn't "chasing" anyone with a knife.  Nice try though.  As far as him being a psycho or maniac, you couldn't be further from the truth.  He's an emotional fighter and made mistakes many, many years ago.  And he's also had 12 fights without incident.  Lastly, if you all would like to know the story behind the ref incident, I suggest you do some research.  Of course you should never touch a ref but most people that know the details don't blame Gilbert.  I'm not going to get into the whole situation but that ref was Gilberts opponents friend, manager, gym owner where he trained, trainer, etc..  A complete conflict of interest and there were several incidents prior to the fight with the guy.  And then he kept putting his hands on him during the fight. Hope to see Yvel in UFC

Dogman site profile image  

10/16/09 9:29 PM by Dogman

Why in the Fuck would you want the psycho nut puncher to KO Dean?

HexRei site profile image  

10/16/09 9:15 PM by HexRei

why? the guy is a fucking psycho. he presents a danger to the fight officials and his opponent because he willfully ignores the rules that ensure everyone's safety. i'm frankly surprised they are still letting him fight in the states after seriously hurting a referee and all that eye gouging among other things.

MattBenwa site profile image  

10/16/09 9:11 PM by MattBenwa

He chased some dude around with a knife before or after some PRIDE event too years back...Yvel is a fucking maniac!

Poindexter site profile image  

10/16/09 9:05 PM by Poindexter

 He doesn't seem to be such a dick anymore, maybe this is a good thing.

Gigantor site profile image  

10/16/09 8:26 PM by Gigantor

I hope the UFC will pick him up. Maybe he'll KO Herb Dean. Yvel's good for that.

LilBrockonmychest site profile image  

10/16/09 8:20 PM by LilBrockonmychest

 He was submitted 4 1/2 years ago by Minowa.  In 51 fights, he's been submitted 5 times and has been focusing on his ground lately ttt for Gilbert

JOB site profile image  

10/16/09 7:54 PM by JOB

Guy has nothing to offer anyone who has half decent wrestling. He was submitted by a 180lb Minowa. Will make for interested fights against the "right" people. Something tells me that the Fertittas control the NSAC, because Yvel shouldn't be licensed in any state and certainly wouldn't unless he was exciting.