The UFC may have released Jorge Gurgel, but Gurgel’s time out of work did not last long. FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned that just a few minutes later following his release, Gurgel signed a multi-fight deal with the Strikeforce organization.
Gurgel had a string of exciting fights in the UFC culminating with the unanimous decision loss to Aaron Riley at UFC 91. Even in defeat, Gurgel pocketed an additional 60k as he and Riley took home fight of the night honors. More often than not though, Gurgel ended up on the losing side of the ledger. His UFC record stands at 3-4 at the time of his release.
Strikeforce has a few well known lightweights at the top of its rankings. Gurgel was quick to point out a couple of guys he’d like to face.
“There are some amazing contenders in my weight class including Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez,” said Gurgel, “I will do whatever it takes to climb to the top of this league.”
Gurgel is optimistic about fighting outside of the Octagon.
“I am very excited to be a part of Strikeforce and given a chance to fight new blood and capture a belt.”