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Jorge Gurgel signs multi-year deal with Strikeforce, fighting in March

Brazilian lightweight Jorge Gurgel is a rare breed in Mixed Martial Arts ripe with respect and possessing as big a heart as there is in the sport. A BJJ blackbelt, Gurgel often opts to stand and exchange on his feet against opponents rather than rely on his grappling background out of a love for the competition and appreciation for fans’ expectations of excitement. Beyond that, in a brutal bout with K.J. Noons this past August, though Gurgel was knocked down a split-second after the end of the opening round and went on to fall shortly thereafter in the following frame, never once did “J.G.” contemplate quitting, fault officials, or blame Noons for the infraction.

In news that should fall on welcome ears to those who enjoy Gurgel’s unique combination of charisma, courage, and combative skills, Five Ounces of Pain has learned from sources close to the Cincinnati resident that Gurgel has agreed to a new five-fight deal with Strikeforce and is likely to be in action on March 5 when the promotion journeys to Columbus. No opponent has been attached to the potential match-up. A request for an official comment from Strikeforce has not been returned as of this posting.

Gurgel has gone 1-2 in Strikeforce after a two-year stint in the UFC but entertained throughout in the trio of bouts including a decision win over Conor Heun in mid-2009. He is 13-7 in his career with nine submissions victories to his credit (one by way of strikes).

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He has balls. He needs a few wins though. Give him an up and comer and then down the road Aoki.

  • Angry Mike says:

    They need to start calling him “Speed Bag”, because that’s how his opponents use his head.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    He always comes to bang. Like Baroni, Leben and co. They are better than their records show but have gone the route of entertainment instead of the sometimes less entertaining intelligent game plan way.
    It may well be better for him and his employer that he fights this way.
    It is very handy to have a guy who will fight anyone in 2 weight classes and be entertaining. He is the sort of guy who would come in as a replacement on the day of the fight against the most feared opponent in the world, be entirely up for it and ready to throw down

  • LiverPunch says:

    Not a big fan of his or the idea of entertainment being the main focus for fighters.
    Catch wrestling was much like MMA is today way back in the 19th century and because of the pressure to entertain and be spectacular it turned more to scripting , drama and entertainment. Pro wrestling was born.
    True story.
    It is very interesting actually. We think of the 1990s as the first MMA boom but in the 1890s and before was the first real boom of sorts. Catch wrestlers were competing against Judo and JJ practitioners as far back as the turn of the century and probably before. You can kind of trace it from carnival in the late 19th century to Kuzushi Sakuraba in Japan. I think BJJ catch wrestling and other kinds of martial arts were competing and sharing knowledge a long time before UFC 1.
    Interesting reads on wiki and a good place to start are:
    -Catch wrestling.
    -Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
    -The history of pro wrestling.

  • Guthookd says:

    Frankly I’m surprized they’d want to renew his contract at all. I have nothing against the guy, and it’s true, he’s an entertaining fighter….the only thing is….every time he fights it’s almost a guaranteed loss. I don’t know if I’ve ever caught a fight where he came out victorious.

    Regardless, he’s still a good stepping stone for up-and-coming fighters. Would have loved to see Gurgel vs. Eddie Alvarez.

  • Dufresne says:

    I like watching guys stand and trade as much as the next guy, but I can’t stand watching someone who doesn’t just prefer to trade even though they have good BJJ but seemingly refuses to use the skills that got them to where they are now even when faced with a superior striker. It’d be one thing if he won half of his standup battles but after starting his career 9-1 with all 9 wins coming via submission he’s gone 4-6 with no finishes to his credit.

    But to his credit that shot he ate from Noons at the end of Round 1 was clearly after the bell and he should not have been allowed to even answer the bell. He was clearly still woozy at the start of Round 2 and the fight should not have been allowed to continue. At best they should have gone to the judges cards at that point, at worst Noons should have been DQ’d.

  • climbarock says:

    I don’t really understand what’s so exciting about watching a mediocre striker. I want to see fighters using their expertise and skills, and for Gurgel that means taking the fight to the ground. For me, his fights are maddeningly frustrating to watch.


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