Mixed martial arts veteran Gilbert Yvel has announced that he will be retiring from the sport. Yvel made the announcement during an interview with German MMA site, Ground and Pound TV. His retirement comes at age 36.
Yvel, who fought all over the world in PRIDE, Affliction, UFC, RINGS, M-1 Challenge, Cage Rage, and K-1, was one of the most unique characters in the sport.
The Dutch light heavyweight was best known for his knockout power, ridiculous disqualification losses and his tattoos that included the name of every opponent he defeated via knockout. To say that Yvel walked his own path would be an understatement.
While Yvel’s time in the UFC was less than stellar with an 0-3 run that included two knockout losses, he was able to end his career on a two-fight win streak with victories over Damian Dantibo and fellow UFC veteran Houston Alexander.
Here is the video interview where Yvel announces his retirement from the sport:
He may have been a wild, eccentric character, but Yvel provided some great moments for mixed martial arts fans that will be missed.
We wish him the best in the next chapter of his life.