It has been reported that UFC lightweightr fighter Jorge Gurgel was dropped from the UFC. The news is certainly not a shock as Gurgel has struggled in the UFC. He is always exciting, but his record does not show his ability and heart. The good news is that Gurgel is already signed on with Strikeforce and could be a contender in the Strikeforce lightweight divison alongside Josh Thomson, Gilbert Melendez, and Mitsuhiro Ishida. Gurgel’s loss to Aaron Riley was apparently the final straw for the fighter who went 3-4 in the UFC. However, Gurgel picked up $60,000 in a bonus in his last fight for fight of the night. Exciting is not good enough. You need wins to stay in the UFC.
It’s not a happy moment. It’s very humiliating, and it’s a crushing of my childhood dream. I never fought for the money. If you read any of my interviews, I only did it because my childhood dream — when I was in Brazil and 15 years old — was to come here to fight in the UFC. I wanted to have my own school and fight in the UFC. I got there, and now I’m out of the UFC. One day I’ll be back again. I can not be happy — truly, truly, thoroughly happy — about what happened. But I am excited about new opportunities and new chances and new doors that are going to open, and for me to show my skills. I’m so sick of people asking why I don’t do jiu-jitsu. “So I’m going to start doing it so people can shut up. ‘Why don’t you do jiu-jitsu?’ Come on, man. Joe Rogan, everybody asks me. ‘Why don’t you do jiu-jitsu? You’d be in the top of the guys in the weight class if you would do jiu-jitsu.’ But I always get caught up in not being boring. I live with no regrets. I fight the fight the way I want to fight because it’s my job. And if you’re not having any fun doing your job, you should do a different job so that you have fun. I have so much fun striking, and I love it so much. And the high that I get that I look for when I train is to be in the octagon in heated exchanges. And we’re just going crazy punching each other, moving from a head kick or something. And the crowd goes from watching the fight to, ‘Wow.’ That’s what I feed on. After the three rounds are over, I go, ‘Oh, [expletive], maybe I was having too much fun and I didn’t worry too much about winning decisively. Then I lose and I think, ‘Oh my God. I can not believe this.’ I don’t even think about maybe losing until the end of it. That’s something that I have to fix. I always think that I’m winning and not that I’m not doing good. Because I’m having so much fun, I don’t think too much about it. I just get on auto-pilot, and I get out and go to war. And that’s cost me in the past. But I have no regret not using the jiu-jitsu. I have the arsenal. I put 16 years of my life into jiu-jitsu. I know what I can do. And I’m going to use it now. I don’t know why I have such a humongous fan base, it’s definitely not based on performance because my performances have been poor in my own standards. But I think they see how I fight with so much heart, and I fight for them. I fight for my fans and mostly my students, because I want to make them proud. Everybody that’s believed in me and supported me for all these years, I want to say thank you. And I’m only getting started. I’m going to go to Strikeforce, and I’m going to win that belt. Then I’m going to come back to the UFC as a contender and not a gatekeeper.