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Gilbert Yvel: ‘I’m the guy the American public has been waiting for’

Sometimes controversial and always lethal kickboxer Gilbert Yvel is thick in his preparations for his upcoming bout with fellow feared striker Pedro Rizzo.

The two will meet up at “Ultimate Chaos” which is scheduled for June 27. The card will take place in Biloxi, Mississipi and will air live on pay-per-view. Headlining the card will be showdown between colossal heavyweights Bobby Lashley and Bob Sapp.

Following seven consecutive finish victories, Yvel most recently lost by TKO to Josh Barnett at Afflicton’s “Day of Reckoning” card that took place in January. Barnett utilized superior wrestling and top position to gain the victory that has left a bad taste in Yvel’s mouth to this day.

“I’m a fighter and, in my opinion, takedowns are BS,” Yvel was quoted as saying in a recent press release on the upcoming event. “I don’t want to fight on the ground. I believe there should be one man left standing and the other asleep. If both fighters are still standing, to me, it’s like a draw. I want to win by knockout, not points.

“I’m a real fighter, the type fans want to see. I’m just being myself. I just want to go in there and hurt somebody. I’m the guy the American public has been waiting for. I bring something new into the cage or ring.”

His opponent for “Ultimate Chaos” is known for his powerful leg kicks and heavy hands but he is also a well versed submission artist in his own right. Yvel is hoping that Rizzo chooses to leave the takedowns at home and comes to bang for obvious reasons.

“Pedro used to train in Holland where I’m from and I know a little bit about him,” explained Yvel. “I hope we have a stand-up fight but he’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu and if he’s smart, he’s going to take me to the ground. I hope he fights standing up so I can knock him out.”

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