If there’s one thing you can count on with the UFC, it’s that every time they come within a few hundred miles of Cincinnati, they’ll throw Jorge Gurgel on the card. Jorge is like one of those small yappy dogs that doesn’t realize they’re small … he’s willing to fight anyone, regardless of how badly he’ll get destroyed.
I was at UFC 77 in Cincinnati when Alvin Robinson pounded on Gurgel for three straight rounds, and it wasn’t pretty. But it WAS entertaining! Well, at least it was for out of towners like me and Jake. Everyone else looked like they were watching their best friend get stabbed in the neck at a Burger King. Gurgel’s got fans for weeks in Ohio, so it doesn’t surprise me that the UFC brings him back whenever they’re around, despite his questionable skills.
To me, Alvin Robinson seemed like a gimme for Gurgel … the UFC equivalent of a nice softball their boy could knock out of the park. Kenny Florian dismantled Robinson like a marine dismantles his gun: disturbingly quick. The fact that Gurgel couldn’t get past him was not a good sign. Next up on the softball express is John Halverson, who lost to Roger Huerta in 17 seconds but doesn’t have too shabby of a record in the minors.
It’s funnny – Gurgel has better success when he slugs it out like a retard. It was when he tried to use a standard jiu-jitsu gameplan that he got creamed by Robinson. Okay … sure he takes a licking every time he steps into the ring. But he didn’t look too bad in his loss to Mark Hominick and actually managed to win his other two fights. So here’s hoping this jiu jitsu guy goes in and tries to slug it out again … either way, it’s always fun watching Gurgel in action.