Thursday, February 15, 2007


By Loretta Hunt

Holland’s bad boy Gilbert Yvel (29-12-1) and recent MSNBC “Warrior Nation” star Erin Toughill will both appear separately in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission tomorrow as part of their fighters’ licensing process. Standard protocol allows the Commission to process applications administratively as long as the subject is under the age of 35 and does not have an extraneous medical condition to review.

However, both Yvel and Toughill are under review for varying reasons.

“Because of Yvel’s three disqualification losses, including one which was the result of striking a referee, I did not feel comfortable processing him. Therefore, I informed PRIDE if he was going to get his license, it would only be through an official presentation in front of the Commission.”

Yvel’s three disqualifications in MMA competition have spanned nine years. In 1998, The Golden Glory striker was admonished for biting opponent Kareem Barkalev, in 2001 for earning three yellow card at PRIDE 16 against Don Frye, and in 2004 when he demonstrated unsportsmanlike conduct against a ring official.

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