by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Jorge Gurgel is returning to the Octagon after suffering a broken jaw in his last fight to take on Doug Evans at UFC 77 in Cincinnati, Ohio as reported by Gurgel on his MySpace blog.
“To all my fans I would like to announce that I will be fighting Doug Evans at the UFC in Cincinnati on October the20th. It’s a great honor to finally be able to perform in front of my home crowd, students and family. I would like to thank everyone in advance for all the support over the years. I will do my best,” stated Gurgel in his blog.
Gurgel went to war with Diego Sariava in his last bout at UFC 73 in July which earned fight of the night honors by the UFC.
Shortly after the bout, Gurgel spoke to MMAWeekly and confirmed that he had a broken jaw which would require surgery to have it wired shut.
Despite the injury, Gurgel was still able to train and now after calling Cincinnati his home for the past 10 years, fighting in front of his adopted hometown crowd is a dream come true.
“In my mind I was on the card. In my mind I was totally on the Cincinnati card,” said Gurgel during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “You can’t take stuff for granted, I swear to God, the card had been full. There’s nothing Joe Silva or Dana (White) could do about it, and Monte (Cox) my manager called me and said the card is full, we’re going to have to wait to November or December. And I wrote Joe Silva, I said ‘please, please, I will fight for free, I just want to fight in front of my students and in front of my family, it means more to me than a title shot, I just want to fight at home.’ Two days ago, Monte called me and says ‘how are you doing?’ and I’m like, I’m great, I don’t have anything to do, I miss training and I’m waiting to get my jaw open and he goes ‘you better get ready’ and I said for what, and he goes ‘you’re fighting on the Cincinnati card.”
During the initial excitement about the chance to fight in front of the Cincinnati crowd, Gurgel did forget one crucial thing…who he was fighting.
“When Monte told me I was fighting I was like ‘thank you, thank you, thank you so much’ and I hung up the phone and I started running around and telling everybody and everybody was ‘I’m so happy for you’ and I didn’t even ask who I was fighting. I never care who I’m fighting, like I always say, my job is to get a name, a location, a date and I’ll show up as prepared as I can possibly prepare myself to fight. So I called him back and said ‘who am I fighting?’ and he said ‘you’re an idiot, you just hung up the phone, you’re fighting Doug Evans.’ And I remembered because I saw his fight with Huerta, he’s a very good wrestler, he’s got extremely good conditioning, but I’m very confident, I don’t underestimate my opponents,” said Gurgel.
Doug Evans made an impressive performance in his UFC debut even in a losing effort after giving highly touted lightweight Roger Huerta everything he could handle in their bout in June.
Gurgel explained that he looks at every opponent with the same thought in mind.
“For me right now, like Diego (Sariava) was, Doug Evans is the most dangerous lightweight in the world and I’m going to prepare for war and he better do the same or he’s going to get hurt.”
The entire card for UFC 77 has not yet been announced, but it will be headlined by a UFC Middleweight Title rematch between champion Anderson Silva and Cincinnati’s own Rich Franklin.