The 37-year-old Dutchman made the announcement during an interview with groundandpound.de.
Here is what Gilbert Yvel had to say when asked what was next for him:
“I’m pretty much done.” Yvel later went on to say. “I’ve got a kidney issue, it’s just to much work and all together I’m done, I’m tired of it. I don’t want to punch anybody anymore, I want to teach people, train and have fun. You know, I’ve been fighting for 16 years, that’s a long time and look at me, I’m still pretty, I’m not slurring my words. I had a good run, this is it.” – Gilbert Yvel.
Yvel will finish his career with a record of 38-16-1, having competed for various promotions including PRIDE, Affliction, UFC and many more. His most recent bout was against Houston Alexander at RFA 2 in March 2012, where he scored a first round KO victory. Prior to that he picked up a first round TKO win over Damian Dantibo at RFA 1 in December 2011, bouncing back from a three fight losing skid in the UFC.
Gilbert began his MMA career back in 1997 and has since gone on to fight some of the top heavyweights in the world, picking up notable wins over Valentijn Overeem, Cheick Kongo, Pedro Rizzo, Bob Schrijber and Semmy Schilt.
Gilbert Yvel will be remembered for his devastating first round KO’s and reputation for being a badboy following various instances of bad conduct during his career. We say goodbye to another veteran and give thanks for the memories that will live forever in MMA history.
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