Longtime MMA veteran Gilbert Yvel announced his retirement on Monday after a sixteen-year career in the sport. The Dutch fighter retires with a record of 38-16-1 (1 NC) in MMA, along with a 1-1 record in kickboxing.
Said Yvel (via groundandpound.de):
“I’ve been fighting for the last 16 years… I’m done. I’m tired. I don’t want to punch nobody anymore. I want to teach people, train and have fun. I’ve been fighting for 16 years. That’s a long time.”
Yvel ended his career on a two-fight win streak after an 0-3 run in the UFC. “The Hurricane” decided to hang it up after struggling with injuries and kidney problems in the latter stages of his career. The Dutchman struggled with conduct issues early in his career, and was banned at one time by NSAC, before getting his act together in the latter half of his career.
Yvel’s career includes victories over former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo and a knockout victory over one of the greatest heavyweight kickboxers of all-time in Semmy Schilt. The Dutch fighter will now embark on a coaching career after hanging it up, teaching at the Agoge MMA training center in Germany.