Will Yvel fight dirty, again?

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

Despite Yvel's controversial history that includes biting an opponent in 1998, raking the eyes of Don Frye in 2001 and attacking a referee in 2004, UFC president Dana White recently said he had no hesitation in bringing the heavyweight to the UFC.

"It was me that made the decision to sign [Yvel]," White said. "I have a long relationship with John Lewis, who's been working with him, and John's been trying to get him on the UFC now for quite a while.

"It wasn't just, 'Hey, let's throw Gilbert Yvel back in there.' We talked to him, took some time, and he assured me that he's going to be an absolute professional."

Yvel's past conduct resulted in the Nevada State Athletic Commission denying him a license to fight in 2007. After Yvel competed in a pair of 2009 fights in the U.S. without incident, the NSAC agreed to issue the Dutchman a license this past October.

Yvel will use that license for the first time in a main-card bout with Junior Dos Santos (9-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at Saturday's "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" event in Las Vegas.

And White also believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to prove that past transgressions don't necessarily mean future problems.

"Listen, you guys know how I am," White said. "We all make mistakes. We'll see if [Yvel] learned from them."

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1/3/10 11:46 AM by HYBRID JON

 Guess Dos Santos didnt have the time to pull an Aoki... Instead he pulled a Mike "quick" Swick on him... Great fight, right LILBrock????

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1/2/10 7:55 PM by tmr

 Man, you HAVE got to buy a Ric Flair wig for the next fight and "WOOOOO!" it up. you'd make an excellent Ric Flair.

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1/2/10 7:26 PM by Todd Duffee

 i hoipe so just to hear you guys whine about it

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1/2/10 7:07 PM by ShanTheMan


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1/2/10 7:06 PM by tmr

 HAHAHAH that is AWESOME! never thought of it that way for some woooooooh'rd reason.

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1/2/10 7:01 PM by Squared Circle

 The Ric Flair of MMA.

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1/2/10 6:10 PM by raoulDuke


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1/2/10 6:10 PM by tmr

 Daley failed his weight cut, and Ludwig pulled a monster of a 32 cut. Bang looked completely drained out of his mind. Yvel is the only thing that's really making this card somewhat interesting to me.

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1/2/10 6:01 PM by Altofsky

^Yvel, Daley and Ludwig... three of the best strikers in the sport and the card is rotting? Puh-lease. This card looks better now than it originally did.

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1/2/10 4:59 PM by tmr

 That'd probably be the savior of the rotting card.