Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Gurgel was the victim of what clearly was a punch that occurred after the 1stRound bell. The left-hook went unpunished and the fight continued until the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt was stopped only :19 seconds later, obviously still dazed from the unfortunate strike.
Some have argued the fight shouldn’t have continued since he appeared to be in no condition to compete. Gurgel himself can’t even remember what went down in the cage after the first five minutes at “Strikeforce: Houston.”
“I don’t think I remember getting hit. I was dropped. I was folded over. I thought it was a punch because I was so dizzy, but I don’t remember the 2ndRound very much,” Gurgel told TapouT Radio. “After I got hit, all I remember is I heard a bell and then my mind relaxed immediately. So I really thought it’s over and as soon as I felt like my mind was relaxing, I remember getting hit with a huge blow and I don’t remember much after that.”
The exciting 155-pounder didn’t blame the referee, the commission or KJ Noons, who walked away with his 10th MMA victory. Although, he was disappointed how the fight video replay was portrayed on YouTube.
“The only thing that I really got upset with, it’s funny because I haven’t seen it yet live. I just now saw it, and then before then I had seen it on YouTube. Somebody from Strikeforce somewhere put it on YouTube and they delayed the bell like almost a full second. So it looks like the hit was immediately at the bell,” Gurgel explained.