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Depressing story of the day: Zoila Gurgel can’t pay her medical bills

After an ACL tear that forced her off the Bellator 57 card, things seem to be getting worse for Zoila Gurgel. In a development belying the fact that Bellator FC has new corporate sugar daddies who make Oprah look poor, Bellator’s 115lb female champion is taking to the Interwebs to ask for money with her mounting medical bills:

Less than a week after suffering a torn ACL that scratched her upcoming fight with Carina Damm, [Zoila Gurgel] 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… 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 MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I was trying to find more health insurance and applying, but these places were denying me because of my [existing] bills.”… “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.

It is really quite a downer thinking that one of the best female fighters in the world has to beg for money on social networking apps, which everyone knows are the dirty street corners of cyberspace, like some kind of Internet hobo. We’re talking about a fighter who is 11-1 with a victory over Megumi Fujii. And she was willing to fearlessly fight Carina Damm, who barely even counts as a woman anymore due to her profound case of steroid clitoris. She deserves better than this. It seems odd that Gurgel has Bellator’s back on this, as she says that they will pay the medical bills, but at the same time, she needs to pay for this operation out of pocket up front and has lots of outstanding medical bills that somehow didn’t get paid from her other Bellator-related injuries.

Bellator really ought to step up and do something here before our “we aren’t exploiting people” bubble bursts in a seething froth of cadaver ligament tissue. We all like to think that we DON’T simply watch hapless chumps getting taken advantage of by being injured for our amusement in exchange for what often amounts to a bucket of peanut-filled feces in compensation. This is because we aren’t watching XARM. But also, sometimes irrationally, we put the blinders on and figure that the athletes will be taken care of if they get injured. Ever since the Tito Ortiz “pay for my back surgery, biatches” scandal, the UFC has been very good about paying its fighters’ medical bills and getting them health insurance. This is a sad reminder of what can happen when a fighter incurs a training injury in the B leagues, even in a relatively well-to-do promotion.

It should be pointed out, though, that Zoila Gurgel actually has a new car in the garage. So take the foregoing with a grain of salt. Thanks to DJThunderElbows for pointing this out.

  • kvelertak

    Wow.. a woman begging for money. News at 7.

  • Rhufio

    Also depressing:

    Even mma bloggers can’t spell her goddamn first name right.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    This is Dick, not an MMA blogger.  It’s like saying Tiki is a former LHW champ cause he punches the same bags that Rampage hits.

    And no photos of her new car to go with this article?  Although I don’t think having a new luxury sedan is a crime, or that Bellator shouldn’t be paying these bills directly now that they’re owned by Viacom, it should still be mentioned.

    If only cause you go by the name Dick.

  • glassjawsh

    who the fuck’s news comes on at 7?

  • agentsmith

    That car pic just killed any sympathy I have for her.  Sell that shit and she’d have money for her surgery with a few grand left over to boot.

    Not that a champ shouldn’t be able to afford both, I’m just sayin… priorities, honey.

  • kvelertak

    I don’t know. I don’t watch the news.

  • iamphoenix

    I have a cold.

  • iamphoenix

    ps. WHO THE FUCK IS ZOLIA? it’s right there in the goddamn post you linked to OMG.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I really shouldn’t be pushing the car issue given the bureaucratic quagmire that is the insurance industry, but I’m sure she could sell that shit, pay that bill, buy a better looking Nissan, and even put some away for a rainy day.

    Then, when she’s making more sponsorship money from TV exposure, buy a dope car if that’s your thing.  Shit, they should buy the champs cars anyway.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    ps. WHO THE FUCK IS ZOLIA?

    Didn’t you hear?  She married Jogre Grugle.

  • SHORT_BUS

    There’s a big thread on this topic over on the UG. Opinions are varied but the general consensus seems to be that she’s basically panhandling on the web and has done little improve the situation herself (e.g. getting a real job on the side, sell stuff, cut back on nonessential items like cable, internet, entertainment…). Pretty heated topic over there. Here’s a link to the thread for those who haven’t seen it.

    http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/mma.cfm?go=forum_framed.posts&forum=1&thread=1896031&page=1&pc=335

  • iamphoenix

    ^lol…thanks for the brief. I’ll let the rest of my guys know so they can sleep well tonight.

  • Reverend Clint

    maybe she should have married a non loser or not had a kid

  • Blackula Jonez

    she has a kid?

  • dick

    Name spelled wrong? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I just double-checked the article and it seems accurate.

    About the new car, that’s hilarious, I basically assumed that she wouldn’t be begging for money when she had a brand new car in the garage that she has no plans to sell. Kinda eliminates my sympathy for her.

    It’s true that she “could” get another job, cancel her cable and internet subscriptions, etc., but think about it: she is one of the best in the world at her sport. Would the best baseball or football player in the world have to choose between medical care and cable/internet bills?

  • CAP

    I feel for her but that car really blows it for me as well. Pretty sure Jorgy has won a few “fight of the night” bonuses that could have been put to better use.

    I want to get a website and have people donate to my Mercedes.

  • Reverend Clint

    hell if i know blackula but she is brazilian so she probably has at least 10

  • DaltonSwayze

    That looks to me like a first generation Cadillac CTS, which means it could be as old as a 2003. Not a new car at all, and really not expensive used.

  • delicious flat chest

    shut up cunt

  • Blackula Jonez

    Zoila married a brazilian but she herself is an american of mexican descent.

     

    And like everyone else, if she is really hurting for cash she can sell the new car, buy something decent at a police auction for a fraction of the price and pay for her new knee.

    Times are rough for a lot of people right now, its hard to sympathize with pro athletes.

  • frickshun

    Thank you Dick for putting that hot ass pic of Zoyler up there, that’s all I’m thankful for from you. To all of the idiots saying she should sell her car, eliminate her cable & subsist on dirt cookies…….YOU’RE A BUNCH OF FUCKING MORONS.

    Barring the children, students or unemployed losers on here, the big boys have real jobs w/medical insurance (sorry Clint & Subotic). If I shred my knee playing ball, I’m fully covered. Besides that, I wouldn’t miss a paycheck from the office. When she gets injured, even if they pay the medical costs fully, she DOESN’T GET TO WORK. She can’t fight, which also affects sponsor money, her brand & her very short timeline as a pro. Are you saying that you losers would give up all the little luxuries in your life including cel phones, liquor, meat & internet? Yeah, you’re a bunch of fucking liars.

    As far as the car, they may have been making good money when they bought it. Are you saying you’ve never treated yourself to something extravagant? It’s not a fucking Maclaren F1 for fuck sake!! Let’s say they paid $30K for the car (which is not even luxury car territory) & they want to sell it to help pay for mounting bills, should they take a $5K loss (at a minimum) to unload it? That’s not the smartest move either. Yes, let’s make them sell off every asset & live in a homeless shelter. These are not the top paid athletes in their field. Probably not even in the top 200 with their COMBINED income. You’re all a bunch of dicks & I look forward to the next time you are overrun w/debt so I can suggest you FUCKING KILL YOURSELF & save your family the financial burden.

  • SHORT_BUS

    ^^^^ LOL @ Mr White Knight. “LEAVE BRITTNEY ALONE!!!!!!!!!!”

    It was her decision to seek employment in a dangerous profession with little to no financial stability and little to no medical coverage. It was also her decision to beg the public for money so I feel the public has a right to voice their opinion on the subject.

    Her husband owning several gyms and driving a pricey BMW doesn’t get them any pity points either.

    Jorge’s car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=596T1I57nl8

    Here’s a reference for what the car is worth: http://www.dupontregistry.com/autos/Search/DRauSearchResults.aspx?sorttype=1&makeid=13&makename=BMW&modelid=215&modelname=5-series&fromyear=2009&toyear=2007

  • Blackula Jonez

    I think the moral of the story is she should not have made a public call for donations to pay for her own medical bills.

    Frick and The Gurgels are clearly the 1%, trying to get us 99%’ers to pick up the tab for their extravagant life styles.

    I say we occupy both their houses, use up all their extra freezer space, take all their laundry detergent (one cup per house hold, we are not animals) canned goods and raid their dvd collections for anything we don’t already own or can still get a decent trade in amount at the local Buy Backs/CD warehouse. LETS TAKE AMERICA BACK FROM THESE FAT CATS!!

    WHO’S WITH ME!!!!!!

  • CAP

    Being in the profession they are in they should be prepared for this kind of situation. No one wants to get injured but it’s very likely to happen at some point when your occupation is “cage fighter”.

    frickshunt: Calm down you are one racist remark away from having no insurance or a fat paycheck. But I might kick you a few bucks if you hurt yourself in the sand. Keep being awesome!

    Word up Black!

  • Blackula Jonez

    Real talk: this was a dumb move by Zoila, it makes her, Bellator, and womans mma look bad.

     

    It maker her and her husband look like they are either poor or don’t know how to handle their finances. It makes Bellator look like a 3rd rate mma org that can’t take care of their champs. And it makes womens mma look like a dangerous athletic endevor that even with the success you willl not be financially able to take care of any medical obstacles that may pop up.

     

    No matter how she gets her knee fixed this episode will hange over her head for the rest of her career, barring a string of highlight reel finishes (preferably knock outs, subs are okay but finish via strikes brings in the casuals more) or leaking a sex tape, this may end up defining her career.

  • frickshun

    Black–>1st response=lulz. 2nd response=Captain Obvious.

    Although I disagree about this “hanging over her head.” The 800 people that read about this story barely care enough about WMMA to even write about it (see: Ryan Fightlinker).

  • frickshun

    PS: Cap–>my boss is in the 1% & I have hit him up on several occasions to “sponsor” (aka: pay for) some volleyball stuff. He used to also sponsor my high school team in Brooklyn b/c he grew up in the area but when the coach moved to a swanky neighborhood in LI, he refused to give them rich kids any skrilla!!

  • SST

    I’d donate if it was for a boob job.

  • dick

    SST: There’s a site out there that has you covered: http://myfreeimplants.com/

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    That address should be PutSomeDsOnIt.com, though

  • Reverend Clint

    Zoila married a brazilian but she herself is an american of mexican descent.

    so she has 20 kids then… call TLC

  • G Funk

    Fricks argument is the stupidest thing Ive ever read!

    They should fill out a welfare application and get it fixed.

  • frickshun

    Thanks G. Well thought out response that concisely illustrates all that is wrong w/my argument. I guess that South Florida barrio education hasn’t worked out so well…..

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    SELLING THE NEW MERCEDES IS AKIN TO EATING DIRT COOKIES!!!  WAHHHH WAHHHHH!!  - Frick

    Is that a better assessment?

  • frickshun

    ^^Perfect. I have no idea what’s going on…..

  • G Funk

    Frick, I bow down to your sophisticated mind and intellectually superior opinions in your comment. Your reasoning shows a profound level of education that the majority of people in this country should encompass. Oh, wait a minute…

    I didn’t actually think that a full counter was necessary. I figured a fine scholar such as yourself would have a better memory. We’ve been down this road before. I’ve already called you out on how you’re a freeloading, entitled, materialistic, shallow douche in a detailed manner. But I still love you anyway.

    ;-)

  • frickshun

    I don’t freeload. The rest is accurate.

  • G Funk

    Really? What would you call taking your family over to your fat neighbors house whom you hate just to take advantage of free food and drinks and pool access? How bout going to the Bosses place just cause there’s free UFC and open bar? Don’t denounce the Jew in you. Jews are the master freeloading people.

  • iamphoenix

    g funk is cartmen and frick is kyle? joan is butters?

    when did we become south park?

  • Reverend Clint

    who are you? Mr garrison?

  • iamphoenix

    no. but i do know that blackula and thunder elbows are Token.

  • Reverend Clint

    i’ll be uncle jimbo

  • G Funk

    Ha!

  • frickshun

    This thread took a turn down Funny Blvd.

  • glassjawsh

    goddamnit I guess that makes me kenny

  • iamphoenix

    of course, the canadians on FL are various the various canadians on south park…

  • agentsmith

    ^ Ryan & Jake = Terrence & Phillip?

  • Reverend Clint

    ha pretty much.

    volds should be big gay al or skuzzlebutt

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