Gilbert Yvel, one of the most infamous competitors in PRIDE’s storied history, will be returning to the Japanese MMA scene after signing a contract with DREAM, reports Stash Capar of The Fight Network.
Yvel’s contract with DREAM is for three fights, according to the report.
A debut date and a first opponent for Yvel has not been reported, but Capar indicates that an eventual showdown with former teammate Alistair Overeem appears to be on the horizon.
Yvel, a fighter who has been accused on multiple occasions of bending the rules, is 33-12-1 according to Sherdog’s fight finder. A native of Holland, the 32-year old Muay Thai specialist holds notable victories over the likes of Cheick Kongo, Akira Shoji, Fabiano Scherner, Semmy Schilt, Gary Goodridge and Tsuyoshi Koshaka.
He has also absorbed notable losses against big-name fighters such as Jeremy Horn, Roman Zentsov, Don Frye, Igor Vovchanchyn, Vitor Belfort, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Dan Henderson.
Yvel also fought to a no conest against Wanderlei Silva at PRIDE 11 in 2000 following a strike to the groin.