Gilbert Yvel announces mixed martial arts (MMA) retirement

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Doe-doei! Dutch-born mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Gilbert Yvel has announced that his combat sports career is over after more than 16 years of head-scratching competition.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran, Gilbert Yvel, is calling it a mixed martial arts (MMA) career after more than 16 years of professional competition.

"The Hurricane" made the announcement in an interview with GnP.tv earlier this weekend.

Yvel seemingly went out on top, winning his two most recent Heavyweight fights under the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) banner, stopping Damian Dantibo with punches in Dec. 2011 and then doing the same to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) washout Houston Alexander in March 2012.

Most modern fight fans more than likely remember the Dutch fighter getting creamed by Junior dos Santos in little more than two minutes at UFC 108 in Jan. 2010. Yvel, 37, would go on to lose back-to-back fights against Ben Rothwell and John Madsen, forcing his quick exit from the world's leading MMA promotion.

Meanwhile, most long-term fight fans likely remember Yvel biting an opponent, rake-facing Don Frye (for real) and knocking out a referee, among other unsportsmanlike transgressions.

Regardless of how Yvel is remembered, he was a journeyman of the sport who plied his trade in just about every major organization to date, including Rings, Pride FC, Affliction MMA and, of course, UFC. His most notable win more than likely came against Semmy Schilt earlier in his career, as well as an over-the-hill Pedro Rizzo and green Cheick Kongo.

The 6'2" Yvel finishes his MMA career with 38 wins, 16 losses, one "No Contest" and a draw (38-16-1-1).

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