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The Legend 10-08-2008 12:28 PM

Gurgel vs. Riley at UFC 91

Originally Posted by MMAJUNKIE
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 ( 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.


This is most likely a prelim don't really see how it could be on the main card.

bbjd7 10-08-2008 12:41 PM

Why is Gurgel still in the UFC I don't get it.

The Legend 10-08-2008 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by bbjd7 (Post 679217)
Why is Gurgel still in the UFC I don't get it.

Probably because of this guy:

I can't think of any other reason.

Shamrock-Ortiz 10-08-2008 12:57 PM

I know it doesn't seem like it, but the guy is actually 3-3 in the UFC.

Even though it feels he's at least 1-5.

Never lost two in a row, so yeah it would be a bit harsh if they cut him.

Not that I think he is UFC standard, but they keep giving him guys like John Halverson and Danny Abbadi after losses. This is why he has never lost two in a row, which is also why he's still there.

The Legend 10-08-2008 01:07 PM

I knew he was close to .500 and I agree he feels like he is around 1-5 but that is probably because a lot of his fights go to DEC. The UFC must think of him as a valuable asset for the prelims if they are having a hard time filling it up. Also I can't believe he was one of the favorites to win TUF 2.

Aaronyman 10-08-2008 02:54 PM

OMFG are you serious????????

finally some validity to UFC 91. Everyone knew Lesnar vs. Couture couldn't hold up a PPV, but this just changes everything.

Fedor>all 10-08-2008 03:22 PM

Weird, I was thinking of Gurgel for some reason yesterday---in relation to when his next fight is, of course. :laugh:

plazzman 10-08-2008 04:03 PM


Gurgel is like Nicholas Cage, no matter how bad the performance, he's gonna make 4-5 movies a year.

bbjd7 10-08-2008 04:14 PM

Wait Plazz but which of Gurgel's fight was Matchstick Men because I actually liked that movie but I've never liked watching Jorge.

plazzman 10-08-2008 04:22 PM

Hmm, never saw Matchstick Man, I'm a Face/Off man myself. And to be honest, I haven't had the nerve, or the patience to sit through more than 2-3 of his fights, and they all sucked whale nuts.

Maybe the Imanari fight, that was entertaining :D

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