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WTF is wrong with the Gurgels?

wgrapple2011-10-30 22:38:02 +0000 #1

Less than a week after suffering a torn ACL that scratched her upcoming fight with Carina Damm, Bellator's 115-pound women's champion is holding an online fundraiser to help pay for her medical treatment.

Gurgel (formerly Zoila Frausto), who is married to UFC and Strikeforce vet Jorge Gurgel, hopes to raise $5,000 for the procedure.

The injury occurred this past Wednesday as Zoila Gurgel practiced wrestling. An MRI done the same day confirmed that she's suffered a complete tear of her ACL. She initially requested to forgo surgery and requested a cortisone shot, according to Jorge Gurgel, but was told by her doctor not to fight.

A lapse in Gurgel's health-insurance plan coupled by previous medical bills prompted her to seek outside help.

"By the time I was able to pay that insurance, they canceled on me," Zoila Gurgel today told "I was trying to find more health insurance and applying, but these places were denying me because of my [existing] bills."

Gurgel broke her hand in March at Bellator 35, and at Bellator 25, she suffered a foot injury that required a hospital visit in Chicago. She moved earlier this year from Fresno, Calif., to her husband's adopted hometown of Cincinnati and said the bills didn't follow her.

When she went to the hospital this past week to assess her knee injury, she discovered she was on her own, at least for the meantime.

"We don't know if [my current insurance] is going to be able to cover it or not," Gurgel said. "[Bellator] is going to pay for the bills, but the thing is, I wasn't able to get medical insurance right then and there when I needed it during my training camp (and) before my training camp because of the outstanding bills that we've had before.

"Paying out of pocket to go to the hospital to get an MRI (or) to have surgery is ridiculous, and right now, we're not at a point where we're actually able to pay for that out of pocket."

Gurgel admitted that the amount she's seeking to raise is not likely to cover all of her medical bills but would help pay for the initial phase of treatment.

"This surgery can cost anywhere from 35 to 40 grand, so it's very little compared to what we're going to need if this health insurance doesn't go through," she said.

Despite his ownership stake in a successful gym in West Chester Twp., Ohio, Jorge Gurgel said he "had dishonest encounters with financial advisors and business partners" that have put him and his family in a bad spot. Hence, the couple is going to the public.

"It's just a test," he said. "God's testing us as a married couple."

wgrapple2011-10-30 22:51:35 +0000 #2
Jorge is suppose to be a successful operator of his own BJJ schools and both Jorge and Zoila are suppose to be professional MMA fighters.

Yet they are making excuses for not having proper medical coverage and claiming that they have money problems?

Amazing that people still don't take care of the most important things first.
seansloan2011-10-30 23:05:59 +0000 #3
What does "the bills didnt follow her" even mean?What does she need the 5 grand for if the surgery costs 35 to 40 grand?If you believe the " I didnt know I didnt have insurance til I was at the hospital" Jorge deserves every cent you have.
BulldogWrestler2011-10-30 23:05:42 +0000 #4
Yeah. Desperate pled to scam people out of money.

Screw both of them.
Cbear2011-10-30 23:16:18 +0000 #5
If you leave a forwarded address with the post office, the bills will follow you.

Letting insurance lapse especially when you have current injuries is just stupidity. You dont let that insurance drop no matter what especially being a fighter where each fight can give you a 50k hospital bill. As for Jorges gym having money trouble due to due to people ripping him off it sounds like the classic case of an athlete dumping their money in a crap investment or money scheme and getting fleeced.

I guess Ace didnt drop 5k on them to take care of it.
seansloan2011-10-30 23:14:20 +0000 #6
Yeah I didn't get a bill so it must be taken care of.A responsible person picks up the phone,a deadbeat makes excuses



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