11/26/2008 – Within minutes of being released from his UFC obligations, Jorge Gurgel signed a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce out of San Jose, California.
Coming off a tough blow for blow unanimous decision loss against Aaron Riley in UFC 91 which won “Fight of the Night,” Jorge was issued his official release letter today from the UFC. Immediately Jorge was offered a contract with Strikeforce under undisclosed terms.
When asked about his transition from UFC to Strikeforce, Jorge said “I am very very excited to part of Strikeforce and given a chance to fight new blood and capture a belt. UFC has been my family for a few years now but I am ready for the next chapter. There are some amazing contenders in my weight class including Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez. I will do whatever it takes to climb to the top of this league.”
Jorge, recently underwent surgery on his right elbow to remove a bone spur and expects to back in to training in a few weeks.
To prepare for UFC 91, Jorge travelled to Massachusetts to train with Team Sityodtong and Mark DellaGrotte. Jorge will continue to work with Mark into the 2009 season and hopes to get into the ring in first quarter ’09 on the main card.