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Former PRIDE star Gilbert Yvel joins DREAM

Gilbert Yvel, one of the most infamous competitors in PRIDE’s storied history, will be returning to the Japanese MMA scene after signing a contract with DREAM, reports Stash Capar of The Fight Network.

Yvel’s contract with DREAM is for three fights, according to the report.

A debut date and a first opponent for Yvel has not been reported, but Capar indicates that an eventual showdown with former teammate Alistair Overeem appears to be on the horizon.

Yvel, a fighter who has been accused on multiple occasions of bending the rules, is 33-12-1 according to Sherdog’s fight finder. A native of Holland, the 32-year old Muay Thai specialist holds notable victories over the likes of Cheick Kongo, Akira Shoji, Fabiano Scherner, Semmy Schilt, Gary Goodridge and Tsuyoshi Koshaka.

He has also absorbed notable losses against big-name fighters such as Jeremy Horn, Roman Zentsov, Don Frye, Igor Vovchanchyn, Vitor Belfort, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Dan Henderson.

Yvel also fought to a no conest against Wanderlei Silva at PRIDE 11 in 2000 following a strike to the groin.

  • MMA SKOOL™ says:

    Is that Yvel cracking Schilt?

    This is one of the various times I wished 5 Oz. had captions with the pics or in the article a reference to the pic somehow… (pictured right), etc.

    Excellent website, otherwise.

  • Bad Monkey says:

    Let the dirty fighting commence!! I just hope the ref in his first fight watches his ass!!

  • Sam Caplan says:

    That is indeed Schilt. When we upgraded to the latest version of WordPress, we thought we’d be able to do captions. But I am having problems keep the margin set properly whenever I add a caption.

  • Nolan says:

    God Jeremy Horn is such a man whore, who hasnt he fought?

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  • platypus says:

    yvel ko’d schilt b4, one of the rarest things to ever happen to schilt.

    ahhh…yvel…hes had some of the most honorable fights ever =)

  • Bad Monkey says:

    Why isn’t Schilt wearing any gloves in that pic?

  • BG says:

    I’m wondering about the gloves too? Whats the story there?

  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Sam, maybe a happy medium would be a post-story caption?

    Something, possibly in italics, along the lines of: Yvel taking on Semmy Schilt at a RINGS event in 1999.

    And yes, I had to look that up. =)

  • Darrin says:

    I have Yvel down to lose at least one of these three fights by DQ.

  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Darrin: Yeah, he’s about due for one. It’s been a few years.

    My favorite Yvel fight is his kickboxing match against Ray Sefo in which Sefo DESTROYS him with legkicks and smiles the whole time. It’s classic.

  • PooPooPlatter says:

    Wondering the same thing….

    Why does Gilbert have gloves and Semmy have no gloves in the pic?

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  • Rich S. says:

    ya, i was wondering why Yvel has gloves on and Semmy doesn’t..

    i’m sure the only explanation is that it was an organization that didn’t require gloves, but, Yvel just wore them for protection, or comfort, etc..

    just like that loser that came to one of the early UFC’s with ONE boxing glove on.. :)

  • Sergio G. Hernandez says:

    Rich S., you call Art Jimmerson a loser ONE more time and we’re gonna have some words.

  • Rich S. says:

    well.. he IS a loser, you know..

    i believe he’s the one that tapped out to Royce without even having a sub applied on him.. after being mounted for so long he just tapped..
    no pain. no threat to physical health. he was just.. scared?? stressed?? chlosterphobic??

    either way..
    he’s a loser..

    my dad was making jokes during that fight, like:

    Royce Gracie was probably whispering in his ear, “I’m about to start punching, you should probably tap soon..”


  • Justin B says:

    Yvel fits in so well over in Japan. Dream can turn into a bigger circus then Pride was at times. He is entertainment though. Overeem is going to smash Yvel.

  • Justin B says:

    Jimmerson and his one fucking glove what an idiot. He didn’t even get punched he just freaks out and taps while he’s mounted. Superfoot Wallace was the announcer he didn’t know a damn thing, and fucking Jim Brown.


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