Early life Edit
Jorge is originally from Fortaleza, Brazil where he earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under American Top Team and Pride veteran Marcus Aurelio. Jorge emigrated to the United States as an exchange student in High School. Remaining to attend college in Dayton, Ohio he soon became an American Citizen.
While in school Jorge worked full time teaching Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu evenings, waiting and busing tables late at night/early afternoons, and going to class in the morning. Since college Jorge has been training and teaching full time.
Mixed martial artsEdit
Gurgel starred in the second season of The Ultimate Fighter television series and was eliminated from the show in the fifth episode due to a loss to Jason Von Flue by unanimous decision. Gurgel is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu who trains with Rich Franklin. He currently lives in West Chester, Ohio.
Gurgel's match with Diego Saraiva at UFC 73 was designated as the "fight of the night" by the UFC. In the contest, Gurgel defeated Saraiva in a unanimous decision, even though he was badly injured during the fight. He was hospitalized afterward, due to a broken jaw and the presence of blood in his urine.
After his "Fight of the Night" loss to Aaron Riley, Gurgel was released from the UFC. He has now signed with Strikeforce. Gurgel was criticized throughout his seven-fight run in the UFC for not displaying Jiu-Jitsu in his fights. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, the 32-year-old has generally elected to slug it out on his feet.
Gurgel won a unanimous decision on 6-22-09 vs. Conor Huen on Showtime's Strikeforce SHOMMA2.
Jorge has numerous achievements including:
- 6 Time Brazilian State Champion
- NAGA SuperFight Champion
- Absolute Combat Challenge Light Weight Champion 
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|24||13 wins||6 losses|
|Loss||Billy Evangelista||Decision (Unanimous)||ShoMMA 4: Gurgel vs. Evangelista||November 6, 2009||3||5:00||California, United States||Fought at Catchweight (160 lbs)|
|Win||Conor Heun||Decision (Unanimous)||ShoMMA 2: Villasenor vs. Cyborg||June 19, 2009||3||5:00||Washington, United States||Fought at Catchweight (160 lbs)|
|Loss||Aaron Riley||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar||November 15, 2008||3||5:00||Nevada, United States||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Loss||Cole Miller||Submission (Triangle Choke)||UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin||July 5, 2008||3||4:48||Nevada, United States|
|Win||John Halverson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 82: Pride of a Champion||March 1, 2008||3||5:00||Ohio, United States|
|Loss||Alvin Robinson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||October 20, 2007||3||5:00||Ohio, United States|
|Win||Diego Saraiva||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 73: Stacked||July 7, 2007||3||5:00||Sacramento, California||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Danny Abbadi||Decision (Split)||UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn||September 23, 2006||3||5:00||Anaheim, California|
|Loss||Mark Hominick||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5||June 28, 2006||3||5:00||Nevada, United States|
|Win||Jason Ireland||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||KOTC - Payback||February 25, 2005||3||2:25||Ohio, United States|
|Win||Gin Minajev||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||EC 56 - Extreme Challenge 56||March 26, 2004||3||1:00||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||Joe Jordan||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||EC 56 - Extreme Challenge 56||March 26, 2004||1||1:55||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||Steve Kinnison||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||FFC 8 - Freestyle Fighting Championships 8||March 5, 2004||2||1:08||Mississippi, United States|
|Loss||Masakazu Imanari||Submission (Heel Hook)||ZST - Grand Prix Opening Round||November 23, 2003||1||0:32||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||Luke Spencer||Submission (Strikes)||ACC 1 - Absolute Combat Challenge 1||July 19, 2003||3||1:55||Ohio, United States|
|Win||Justin James||Submission (Armbar)||VFC 4 - Wildcard||April 19, 2003||1||3:51||Iowa, United States|
|Win||Gin Minajev||Submission (Choke)||ICC 1 - Retribution||January 12, 2003||1||2:18||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||Calib Carr||Submission (Armbar)||UW - St. Cloud 2||March 16, 2002||1||0:18||Minnesota, United States|
|Win||Elvin Rodriguez||Submission (Armbar)||UW - St. Cloud 2||March 16, 2002||1||1:10||Minnesota, United States|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.ohiomma.com/Fighters.htm
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 http://www.jorgegurgel.com/CMS/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=46
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Little new after UFC 73", The Winnipeg Sun, published July 9, 2007, accessed July 10, 2007.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 http://archive.is/20130129072157/mmajunkie.com/news/13349/jorge-gurgel-heartbroken-over-his-release-from-the-ufc.mma
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Jorge-Gurgel-4025
- Cotterill, Andy (2006-09-23). With Abbadi in Crosshairs, Gurgel Tells All. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2006-12-24.