Where are they now?: Gerard Gordeau
Everyone at the gym went to a friend’s condo at wondered what was going to happen. It was November 12, 1993.
We all knew the show was were going to be real, but didn’t know what was going to happen.
First fight, this happened.
One of Teila Tuli’s teeth went into the audience. Another stuck in Gerard Gordeau’s foot. Gordeau also broke his hand from the shot above.
Gordeau went back to the warm up area, taped up his hand and foot, and went back out to fight again, this time against Kevin Rosier, and beat him down too. Then he went back to the warm up area and came out a third time, against Royce Gracie in the finals.
History tells what happened in that one – Royce got the takedown, Gordeau bit him, Royce sunk the choke, and held it as for a while, and won UFC 1.
It has been 20 years.
Telia Tuli, now known as Taylor Willy, is best known as Kamekona on Hawaii Five-0. But what about Gordeau? He only had one more fight, losing via heel hook to Yuki Nakai at ale Tudo Japan 95, and leaving Nakai permanently blind in one eye from a gouge.
MMAFighting’s Chuck Mindenhall caught up with the Dutch Kyokushin expert in his hometown of Den Haag, where he runs Dojo Kamakura with his brothers Al and Nico.
Mindenhall asked Gordeau the two questions every old school fan would.
Did Teila’s toothie really get stuck in your foot until you got back to Holland?
“Yes that is true, I had it removed in Holland when we came home,” Gordeaun, now 54, told MMA Fighting via a translator. “And there is a scar — not so much the teeth, but from infection. A bite from a human is far more dangerous than a dog bite!”
And, why did you bite Royce?
“If you go down, you might as well give him something to remember you by,” said Gordeau, laughing.
“At that time Royce was the best fighter, yet nobody knew BJJ at that time and I made all the wrong moves on the ground. We were only use to judo and wrestling as a ground game. These days we have YouTube and all other sorts of media. We would have prepared differently if we’d known back then, of course.”
“Last year Royce visited us in our gym in The Hague. It was the first time after 20 years that we spoke. No hard feelings!”