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  Wednesday - October 2, 2002


Results from
Rage on the River

Held September 28, 2002 - Portsmouth, Ohio
By Joe Hall

Todd Carney back mounted on Pete Caniglia Alan Fenn def. Roger Sexton - Judges' decision

Billy Bob Westfall def. Harry Bishop - KO

Forrest Petz def. Daniel McRae - Referee stoppage (strikes)

Todd Carney def. Pete Caniglia - Rear-naked choke

Eric Wilson def. Brad Sizemore - Referee stoppage (punches & knees)

Josh Smith def. Daniel Barrow - Rear-naked choke

Jeff Cox def. Chad Ryner - Side choke/neck crank

Tim Mannon def. Joe Walls - Armbar

John Jones def. Chris Melvin - Guillotine choke

Andrew Varney def. Zach Wilds - Armbar

UFC 38 Video
UFC 37 video
Brawl at the Hall
Held July 13, 2002 at Royal Albert Hall in London, England

Welterweight Championship
Matt Hughes (Champion) vs. Carlos Newton (Challenger)

Heavyweight Bout
Ian Freeman vs. Frank Mir

Middleweight Bout
Eugene Jackson vs. Mark Weir

Lightweight Bout
Leigh Remedios vs. Genki Sudo

Light Heavyweight Bout
James Zikic vs. Phillip Miller

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PRIDE 22 Results

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  Thursday - October 3, 2002

The Brazilian Beat
The Beat is Back:
Brazil to Host a New NHB Event!
Belfort & Rizzo Recovering,
MECA 7 Rapidly Approaching!

The Brazilian Beat:
After the Brazilian fighters' participation at PRIDE 22, the attention in Brazil is now focused on the month of November, with PRIDE's biggest show of the year coming up, and MECA's seventh edition also rapidly approaching. Needless to say PRIDE 23 in November promises to have a number of Brazilians on the card, with both Vanderlei Silva and Rodrigo Minotauro defending their belts, plus the likely participation of several others. Besides all the training, contract deals, etc. for PRIDE 23, everyone is anxious to hear the final card for MECA 7 and the news of a new event in the country will surely heat up the month of October for the Brazilian NHB community. If that's not enough to shake things up, two major fighters undergoing surgery, Vitor Belfort and Pedro Rizzo, and their recoveries will also be on the spot as October rolls on. "The Beat" is finally back now, and it promises not to lose its rhythm anymore!
  • It's apparent that Vitor Belfort's injury was indeed serious enough for him to pull out from the upcoming UFC; Vitor just had surgery on his knee yesterday and is still in the hospital recovering. According to the doctors, the surgery on his knee ligaments went well and, since Vitor is very strong, he is recovering better than expected. However, due to the seriousness of the injury "The Phenom" will need to take the usual physiotherapy to fully recover and it may take up to five months for him to fight again, leaving him unable to compete on the November UFC card. Full Contact Fighter wishes a speedy recover for Vitor and will keep you up to date as things develop.

  • After his family vacation through the Northeast of Brazil and going up to Japan to help Anderson Silva in his PRIDE 22 preparation, PRIDE Middleweight Champion Vanderlei Silva is finally back in training in Brazil. "The Axe Murderer" resumed his weight training and fight training this week and is looking to be in the best possible shape for his title defense at PRIDE 23 in November. Some opponents are rumored at this point, with all of them being Japanese, but nothing is anywhere near sure at this point, the only sure thing is that he is eager to fight again and will be defending the belt in November at the Tokyo Dome.

  • Speaking of the Chute Boxe team, the news about NHB legend Pele Landi leaving the team are unfolding to be true. Chute Boxe coach Rudimar Fedrigo told FCF that the team is staying united and strong, and will keep on working hard to achieve the best possible results in the future, despite being sad about the situation. At this point the situation still isn't clear and resolved, so we wish the best for both parties and will report on the developments in the near future.

  • UFC Middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante is also back in Brazil after spending a good amount of time abroad helping his teammates in training. Murilo is happy how things are going for the team and he is now training hard again to stay in top shape. Bustamante still hasn't reached a deal with the UFC, but he is preparing himself with defending his UFC belt in mind, and hoping to be in the Octagon again early next year.

  • Speaking of the Brazilian Top Team, the team's attention is now focused on the November PRIDE show at the Tokyo Dome, and chances are high that several team members will be performing at the event. Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is scheduled to defend his belt for the first time at the show, and his twin brother Rogerio, coming from a win over Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at Deep, will probably be fighting on the card as well. After his fight with Kopylov at PRIDE 22, the "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry is still in Japan right now negotiating possible fights at PRIDE 23 for his fighters, including Rogerio Nogueira and former Top Team member Ricardo Arona, and maybe even for himself. Paulo Filho is another name who can very well appear on the PRIDE 23 card and one thing is certain, PRIDE 23 will feature several Brazilian Top Team members. FCF will keep a close eye on the developments.

  • Ruas Vale Tudo fighter Pedro Rizzo will have surgery on his broken nose next Tuesday because of the severe damage suffered in his fight against Gan McGee at UFC 39. "The Rock" will remove the bone in his nose on the surgery, because the bone wasn't merely broken, it actually detached itself from the skull, and was also fractured in several points. The doctors gave Rizzo the option of gluing the bone back, but since fighting is his career it was better to remove it to avoid future problems. Pedro will leave the hospital the day after the surgery and will spend the month of October recovering. In November he will resume his physical training, and December and January will feature his intense fight training once again, to get ready for a fight in the February UFC. Pedro Rizzo told FCF today that this unfortunate incident didn't take his will away, and he will train as hard as ever as soon as he gets better to face whomever the UFC wants in February. FCF wishes a speedy recovery for "The Rock" and we will keep you posted on his progress.

  • Brazil will have a new NHB event still in 2002! With the success of the last editions of MECA World Vale Tudo, promoters Rudimar Fedrigo and Jorge Guimaraes are already working on the final details to release a new event that promises to shake the NHB community in Brazil upside down. The event's first edition will be held in Curitiba before the end of the year, and will be sort of a partner event for MECA. According to Rudimar, the most important thing about the event is that it is going to be broadcast on National TV -- not on cable, but on a regular network! The name of the network couldn't be revealed yet since the contract is still being discussed, but this promises to give the sport even more exposure, giving the general public a chance to watch and get to know NHB better and creating a bigger market to attract sponsors. Several fighters who were originally scheduled to appear at a MECA event this year, but couldn't find a place on the card will have their chance in the new event. We wish the best for the new promotion and hope to have good news soon.

  • Speaking of MECA, the seventh edition of the event is confirmed for November 8th, once again in the city of Curitiba, with the headline being Ruas Vale Tudo team member and WEF veteran Alexandre Cacareco against Chute Boxe fighter, IVC and K-1 veteran Nilson de Castro. On the undercard for the event, the fight between Mauricio "Shogun" (Murilo Ninja's brother), against Barra Gracie fighter "Capoeira" is also confirmed. The rest of the card will be released this weekend. The event will be broadcast live for Brazil on Pay-Per-View, and promoters are working non-stop on the final details for the event. Additionally, the next edition of the Storm Muay Thai has been moved to December 8th, due to all the events happening this year in Curitiba, and will still be a National Muay Thai tournament to determine a Brazilian Champion.

NY BadAss Phil Baroni
ESPN Article
about UFC

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Click here to read Sodom, Gomorrah and the UFC By Bill Simmons.

From John Petrilli (RITC):
Rage in the Cage
7 Weeks!! 3 Cities!! 4 Shows!!

RITC, one of the most active MMA shows in the world, will close out a wildly successful year by having 4 events over a 7 week period in 3 different cities throughout Arizona.

RITC 39 - Bring It!!!
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, October 19, 2002
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

Edwin Dewees vs Sam Adkins (UFC Veteran)
Joseph Riggs vs Allan "A-Dawg" Sullivan
Kenneth Alexander vs Adam Durant

RITC 40 - Road Trip
Beaudry RV Resort, Tucson, Arizona
Saturday, November 2, 2002
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

RITC 41
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, November 23, 2002
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

RITC 42 - Let's Get It On !!!
Pinal County - Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds
Casa Grande, Arizona
Saturday, December 7, 2002
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

Earlier this year we brought you these memorable shows which had an average attendance of 2,300 fans.
  • RITC 33 - The "Big" Show (Feb 2, 2002)
  • RITC 34 - Unfinished Business (Mar 15, 2002)
  • RITC 35 - This Time It's Personal (May 3, 2002)
  • RITC 36 - The Rematch (Jun 22, 2002)
  • RITC 37 - When Countries Collide (Jul 27, 2002)
  • RITC 38 - "Let's Roll" (Sept 7, 2002)
With our loyal fan base, RITC will continue to get bigger and better. We're already busy planning more "surprises" for next year in an effort to improve on our winning "formula".

Here's our preliminary schedule for our Celebrity Theatre shows for next year.
  • RITC 43 Jan 25, 2003
  • RITC 44 Mar 1, 2003
  • RITC 45 Apr 19, 2003
  • RITC 46 Jun 7, 2003
  • RITC 47 Jul 19, 2003
  • RITC 48 Sep 6, 2003
  • RITC 49 Oct 18, 2003
  • RITC 50 Dec 6, 2003
We also plan to intersperse RITC events in Tucson, Casa Grande and possibly other cities as well. RITC made a quantum leap forward in CY2002 and we'll continue to improve in the future.

  Saturday - October 5, 2002

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  Sunday - October 6, 2002

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Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock
UFC 40: Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock

The bad blood is about to boil over. The UFC light-heavyweight title fight between current champ Tito Ortiz & past UFC Superfight champ Ken Shamrock is fast approaching and opinions on the pending battle between these personal rivals are as varied as they are many. We'd like to hear what you think about this fight and how it will play out...

Some of the commentary we receive may appear in the October 2002 issue of FCF


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From the event's promoter:
WORLD FIGHTING ALLIANCE RETURNS IN GRAND STYLE
TRIGG VS. MILETICH IS ON!

Pat Miletich Believe the rumors! The World Fighting Alliance has come through again with the official announcement of its first scheduled match-up for its upcoming November 23rd show. The WFA's third installment picks the party up where its Level 2 predecessor left it off by bringing fans, the pulsating beats, electrifying sights and tantalizing beauties it has become famous for. At the center of all the excitement, are seven of the sport's most anticipated match-ups, including a face-off of epic proportions between MMA veterans Frank Trigg and Pat Miletich for the WFA Welterweight title. For those who dare enter "Where the fight club meets the night club," the WFA is back with the ultimate in freestyle competition!

Internationally-revered Frank Trigg returns to the WFA to serve up more devastation... as only he can. Fighting out of the rAw team, Trigg's top-notch wrestling skills, sheer aggression and confident attitude have made him one of the most talked about MMA athletes today. With victories over Jean Jacques Machado, Fabiano Iha, as well as a close loss in a back and forth war against Japanese samurai Hayato Sakurai, Trigg has certainly proved his mettle within the combat arena. Clamoring for more top-notch competition, "Twinkle Toes" may finally get his wish in the form of living legend Pat Miletich.

Pat "the Croation Sensation" Miletich proudly makes his WFA debut on the heels of a prolific MMA career that has spanned seven years of active competition. As one of the MMA's most influential figures in the sport, Miletich's focus on mastering all aspects of the fight game have served him well in his reign as a six-time world champion. Looking to continue his tradition of solid performances, Miletich views his move to the WFA as the next logical step in his career. "I'm excited to fight for John Lewis and the WFA -- he knows how to treat fighters -- and I'm excited to fight Frank Trigg. Frank's a tough guy, and at this point in my career, that's the only type of guys I want to fight." With this bout to be joined by six other enticing pairings, the WFA: Level 3 will surely become one of the hottest tickets in town!

Don't miss out on the next level in MMA competition. Stay tuned for ticket sales information on the way.

For more event information, please contact Paula Romero, WFA Marketing & Promotions at prome100@aol.com.

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
UFC TO TELEVISE ULTIMATE KEN SHAMROCK ON PAY-PER-VIEW STARTING SUNDAY, OCT. 13

One-Hour Special To Highlight Career of Ultimate Fighting Championship Legend

Shamrock Continues To Train For Title Fight Vs. Tito Ortiz, Nov. 22, in Las Vegas

Ken Shamrock       As he continues to train for his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship November 22 in Las Vegas with a title fight against Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz, the UFC will premiere Ultimate Ken Shamrock, a one-hour pay-per-view television special, starting at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on DIRECTV and 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT, Sunday, Oct. 13, on iN DEMAND, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
      Ultimate Ken Shamrock is a retrospective of the career of the UFC pioneer who was its first super fight champion. Highlights will include classic battles with Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov and Kimo. Re-plays of the show will air throughout the remainder of October.
      Shamrock will return to the UFC live on pay-per-view Friday, Nov. 22, in the main event of UFC 40: Vendetta, when he meets Ortiz for the light heavyweight championship. Fight fans are well aware that Ortiz and Shamrock have a major score to settle based on long-standing hostilities between each other.
      [Following the show's premiere, the re-play schedule includes: iN DEMAND, channel iN1, Midnight EDT/9 p.m. PDT, Oct. 13; iN2, 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT and 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m.PDT, Oct. 14; iN1, 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT, Oct. 16; iN2, Midnight EDT/9 p.m. PDT, Oct. 16 and iN1, 1 a.m. EDT/10 p.m. PDT, Oct. 16/15.
      DIRECTV will re-play it on its All Day Ticket Oct. 14, 17, 21, 25 and 29.
      BellExpressVu re-plays will be at 10 p.m EDT/7 p.m. PDT, Oct. 13; 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT and 10 p.m.EDT/7 p.m. PDT, Oct. 14; 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT and 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
      Viewers Choice Canada will re-play it on its All Day Ticket Oct. 14, 19 and 28.]
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
      The UFC's next PPV event will be at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, November 22, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

  Tuesday - October 8, 2002


From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
HUGHES TO DEFEND WELTERWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST CASTILLO AT UFC 40: VENDETTA, NOV. 22, AT MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

Second Ultimate Fighting Championship Title Fight On Live, Pay-Per-View

Tickets On Sale Now; Ortiz To Battle Shamrock For Light Heavyweight Belt

      LAS VEGAS, October 8, 2002...Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the third time when he takes on top contender Gil Castillo of Concord, Calif., live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST as the co-main event of UFC 40: Vendetta, Friday, November 22, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will meet UFC legend Ken Shamrock for the light heavyweight belt in the main event. Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the MGM Grand box office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-880-0880 and 702-474-4000, or at www.ticketmaster.com.       UFC 40: Vendetta will be available live at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Hughes, 27-3-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, most recently defended his title July 13 at UFC 38: The Brawl At Royal Albert Hall in London where he defeated former champ Carlos Newton by referee stoppage due to punches at 4:37 of the fourth round. It marked his second victory over Newton in eight months after he won the belt from him Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a knockout at 1:27 of the second round. In between, Hughes also defeated Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand by technical knockout at 3:01 of the fourth round.
      Castillo, 17-1-0, is a top welterweight contender who defeated Chris Brennan January 11 at UFC 35: Throw Down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., by unanimous decision after three rounds. Castillo is a jiu-jitsu specialist who trains with Cesar Gracie and like many Gracie fighters his strengths are grappling and submissions.       The Ortiz-Shamrock matchup has been much anticipated for some time and the fight will pit the UFC's old guard against the new. Fight fans are well aware they have a major score to settle based on long-standing hostilities between each other although they have never fought. Shamrock has not fought in the UFC since December 1996 but continued to train UFC fighters.
      Bad vibes were building for years, but reached a boiling point March 5, 1999, at UFC 19: Young Guns in Bay St. Louis, Miss., after Ortiz battered Shamrock protégé Guy Mezger forcing stoppage of the fight. In the post-fight celebration, Ortiz donned a T-shirt parodying Mezger's name. Shamrock jumped atop the Octagon fence and has since vowed to teach Ortiz some humility. "I cannot leave the game without fighting him," Shamrock said.
      Ortiz' response to Shamrock's return is typical Tito. "I can't wait to welcome him back to the new UFC," he said.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
      The UFC's next PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Editor's Note: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz' mixed martial arts record is 10-2-0. He lives in Huntington Beach Calif. Ken Shamrock is 8-4-2. He lives in San Diego, Calif. The remainder of the UFC 40: Vendetta card will be announced.

From the event's promoter:
Fight Night IV
Nov. 17, 2002 - Ft. Wayne, IN.

The Danger Zone will be holding Fight Night IV at Broadripple Place in Ft. Wayne, IN. All amateur fighters interested in getting their start or continuing their career contact us.

This is full contact mixed martial arts in a ring in one of the best night clubs in Northern Indiana.

Fill out a fighter application at http://www.the-dangerzone.com/. We will have 2 pro bouts and if you are interested in competing contact Becky Levi at dzmatchmaker@yahoo.com

Amerisuites is hotel sponsor and rates are $55 per night. This is double with sitting area, refrigerater, and microwave. Tickets will be $15, $20, and $25. Tables of 4 will go for $100.

Weight classes are 135-below, 136-150, 151-165, 166-180,181-185-196-210, and 211-above.

We have developed this area of fans and it is a fantastic show to compete in or attend. All fighters must fill out a fighter application, and get HIV results within a 6 month time frame.

Don't miss this night of full contact mixed martial arts action!

  Wednesday - October 9, 2002

From T. Jay Thompson:
Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun Drops to 170lbs!

Ron Jhun Hawaiian born, Ronald Jhun was once again on the verge of breaking into the "big show" at 185lbs before losing to UCC sensation Stephan Potvin last month by toe hold. By all accounts Jhun was dominating the fight and was going in for the kill when he was caught with a very skillful submission.

Since then Jhun has been contemplating which way to take his career. He even pondered taking some much deserved time off (although that would have dropped him even further off the radar in the big picture).

Well, once the stinging taste of defeat began to wear off, "The Machine Gun" decided to reload... 15lbs lighter! Jhun, who walked around below the 185lb class he was previously fighting in was constantly pitted against larger opponents.

Look for Jhun to make his debut at 170lbs in Super Brawl's "Battle for the Belts" to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday night, November, 9 against an opponent to be named in the coming days.

A win against a formidable opponent will no doubt revitalize Jhun's career.

  Thursday - October 10, 2002

Official ISKA and IFC press release:
ISKA MMA logo
ISKA/IFC COMBINE EFFORTS

Gainesville, FL: The ISKA today announced the merger of the sanctioning functions of the IFC with the ISKA. IFC officials will now become part of the newly formed Mixed Martial Arts division of the ISKA. Mr. Paul Smith, former Commissioner of the IFC, will become Director of the new ISKA MMA division.

"The ISKA welcomes the expertise and experience of Mr. Smith and the many fine officials that he has supervised under the IFC banner," states Cory Schafer, President of the ISKA. "They have been instrumental in the development of Mixed Martial Arts as a legitimate and highly recognized sport. Together we'll work to continue the development of the sport and to help its incredible athletes gain the recognition and reward that they deserve."

IFC, one of the oldest and most recognized names in MMA will continue as a promotional company only, producing MMA events sanctioned by the ISKA. Since1996 their leadership has helped to shape the rules and safety regulations that currently exist for MMA competition. Paul Smith has been an advisor to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and currently serves as the MMA advisor for the California State Athletic Commission.

"Mixed Martial Arts is maturing, and it is here to stay," states Smith. "With the extraordinary growth of the sport at both the professional and amateur levels, it is important that we provide a safe and unified system of rules and requirements to guide promoters and to assist those athletic regulating bodies not familiar with the sport. The ISKA has a long and distinguished record of promoting fairness and fighter safety on a world-wide level and we look forward to coordinating our efforts through the ISKA MMA division and working hard for the future of this very exciting fighting sport."

For more information please contact ISKA President Cory Schafer at (352) 331-0260, schafriska@aol.com or ISKA MMA Division Director Paul Smith at paulsmith@ifc-usa.com.

From the event's promoter:
Gauntlet Trials 4.0

The Gauntlet Trials 4.0 is getting ready for an action packed night. On October 12th in Griffin Georgia the doors will open at 6pm to host the 4th installment of the Gauntlet Trials. This is a Mixed Martial Arts event with the winners of each five weight classes advancing to the Nationals held in Iowa by Monte Cox. This is an I.S.C.F sanctioned event.

Saturday, October 12, 2002
The Gauntlet Trials 4.0
Griffin, GA
Doors open at 6:00PM
Sanctioned by the ISCF
Winners of each weight division advance to the Nationals held by Monte Cox in Iowa
Tickets in advance are $15.00 and $20.00 the week of the event.

To finish off the night, the ISCF East Coast Welterweight Champion will be decided between Walter "Peewee" McCall of Valdosta Martial Arts, Valdosta, GA and Shawn "The Executioner" Porter of Spartanburg Martial Arts, Spartanburg, GA.

The card to date is as follows:

150 under
Jason Hicks - SC
Chris Wittnick -GA- South Side BJJ
Jason Thompson -GA
Dustin Rhodes** AL

170 under
Cliff Hagerman - GA -Academy Of Fighting Arts
Dan Anchetta - GA - HardCore Gym
Douglas Edwards - GA
Byron Whitesides - SC
Todd Moon- GA -Valdosta Martial Arts
Matt Corsey - GA- Academy of Fighting Arts
David Sosbee** - AL
Dustin Duck** - GA - LA Boxing

190 under
Ron Myers - GA
Mitsuaki Uchida - GA - Taido
Kevin Gittemier - GA
Jim Cruce**- GA

210 under
Jason Thompson - AL
Brian Lefleur** - GA -Valdosta Martial Arts
Brent Weedman - KY
Sam Smith - GA- Augusta Martial Arts

211 up
Jeff Alcorn - GA- Warehouse Martial Arts
Jimmy Jennings - GA Wayne Music - GA -Valdosta Martial Arts
James Thorpe**- GA - LA Boxing Nate Spivey** LA -Team Outlaw

Directions to the venue are:
  • From Atlanta take I 75 south to exit 205, turn right off the exit and travel about 11 miles. The venue is Taylor Street Middle School and will be on your left.
  • From Macon take I 75 north to exit 205, turn left off the exit and travel about 11 miles. The venue is Taylor Street Middle School and will be on your left.
The Best Western acts as the official hotel. Call them at 770-227-8400 and be sure to ask for the Gauntlet rate. For more information, contact Matthew Waller at GauntletProds@cox.net.
Card subject to change.

From the events' promoter Brian Cimins:
Grapplers Quest & SportFighting Updates

Grapplers Quest Worlds
Only A Week from This Saturday!!

The Grapplers Quest Submission Grappling World Championships, Saturday, October 19th at Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey is shaping up to be another blockbuster event. With 221 competitors already pre-registered, we are expecting well over 500 competitors at the show. 72 Divisions have been slated for Novice-Advanced Men, Women, Children, Executives, and Masters!

SAVE $25 - We have extended online pre-registration to Sunday, October 13th until 11:59 PM. After that time, registrations will only be accepted at-the-door. Weigh-Ins start at 8:00 AM, and the Children's Division begin at 10:00 AM.
To register online and Save $25, go to: http://www.grapplers.com (Click on Registration Image to the Left or STORE)
For driving directions and mass transit info, go to: http://www.grapplers.com/worlds/framedirections.html
For hotel accommodations, go to: http://www.grapplers.com/worlds/accommidations.html
To visit the official website of GQ-Worlds, go to: http://www.Grapplers.com/Worlds
SportFighting Mixed Martial Arts Championships
Full Contact Action in New Jersey

The premier of SportFighting will be on Saturday, November 9th, 2002 at Marist High School (1241 Kennedy Blvd.) in Bayonne, New Jersey.
SportFighting will also feature a 15-20 minute set (during the break between The Undercard and Main Card) newly signed Sony label Punk Rock and Alternative Rock Band, CHARM SCHOOL featuring some classic and electrified cover songs, plus some super-charged originals!
The Marine Corps Reserve's "Toys for Tots" program will host a "Toy Drive" on Saturday, November 9th at SportFighting in New Jersey. The Event will be hosted at Marist High School (1241 Kennedy Blvd.) in Bayonne, New Jersey. Seating and At-The-Door Ticket Sales begin at 5:30 PM and the first match begins at 7:00 PM.
Please bring new and unwrapped toys to the SportFighting event on Saturday, November 9th in Bayonne, New Jersey between the hours of 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Last year, this program reached out to 187,000 children in Northern New Jersey because of the community's heartfelt generosity. I would like to continue this tradition and show the Marine Corps Reserve as a whole that the Grappling and Martial Arts community will continue this very worthy cause.
The Fight card will include The MMA debut of 3-Time Grapplers Quest Champ, Todd Margolis and 2-Time GQ Superfighter, Ken Kronenberg, plus:
  • Zack Wakeman, Tai Kai vs. Mark Colangelo, Renzo Gracie
  • Nakapan Phungephorn, Linxx vs. Vlad Koulikov, Combat Sambo
  • Eddy Rolon, Team End Game vs. James Gabert, Renzo Gracie
  • Joe VanBrackle, Yamasaki vs. Jeff Williamson, Machado JJ
  • Jay-Shannon Russell, Renzo Gracie vs. Joey Brown, End Game
  • Rich Latta, Team Renzo vs. Mark Papadimitriou, Combined Martial Arts
  • Alan Teo, Team Renzo vs. Mike Acosta, Yamasaki Muay Thai Instructor
  • Steve Hankin, Combat Zone vs. John Timlin, Combined Martial Arts
  • Chris Schlesinger, Matt Serra/Renzo Gracie vs. David Taurosevicivs, PKA
  • Dante Rivera, Team End Game vs. Chris Scanlon, Kioto Jiu Jitsu
  • Brian Shepard, Tai Kai vs. Brad Cunningham, Kempo Karate
  • Norm Schack, Renzo Gracie vs. John Ryan, V-Force Fighting
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  Friday - October 11, 2002

World Champion Louis Neglia Presents
Neglia show photos by Tom DeFazio
ISKA MMA logo
A Night of Triple Martial Arts Excitement
All in One Arena

* Kickboxing Championship *
*Muay Thai Championship *
* Mixed Martial Arts Championship *

Championship kickboxing including:
ISKA World Light Welterweight Championship
USKBA Champ Tim Lane vs. Intn'l Champ Erik Marshall

Men's & Women's Muay Thai bouts,
including

Shennen Maceo, Kat Diaz & more!

Mixed Martial Arts matches featuring:
Jose Rodriguez, Steve Anshelewitz, Nardu Debra, Chris Liguori, John Rottendella, Danny Suarez, Themi Papadimitriou, Steve Haigh & more!

*Card subject to change

Saturday, October 12, 2002 8:00PM
Mohegan Sun Arena
Uncasville, Connecticut

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PRICES $75,$50,$40,$30.

The Brazilian Beat
MECA 7 in its final details;
Top Team to shine in Pancrase in 2003;
Chute Boxe going to Mexico!

The Brazilian Beat:
October is already rolling and Brazil's biggest NHB event is in the final stages of development! MECA 7 will bring back several veterans and showcase some newcomers as well, promising to develop new talents as always. With names like Murilo Ninja, Anderson and Assuerio Silva, Luiz Azeredo, Gustavo Ximu and others having their careers practically started in MECA, it's always important to keep a close eye on the new talent that may appear on the card. Yet MECA isn't the only thing happening right now in Brazil, PRIDE 23 is still more than a month away, but the negotiations are heating up the scene in Brazil with several fighters pursuing a spot on the event's card. But since PRIDE isn't the only event in the world, the Brazilian teams are always breaking new ground with the Brazilian Top Team establishing a relationship with Pancrase for 2003 and Chute Boxe going to Mexico in the next two months . So enjoy the reading as Full Contact Fighter delivers the beat!
  • MECA World Vale Tudo 7 will be held on November 8th, and the card is finally developing. Despite what other websites published, the entire card is not yet defined, and promoter Rudimar Fedrigo told FCF some of the matches by some previously announced by other media won't happen. However, he assured the follow match-ups are confirmed for the event:
    • Mauricio Shogun vs. Capoeira
    • Dave Phillips vs. Luizao
    • Silvio Urutum vs. Evangelista "Cyborg"
    • Nilson de Castro vs. Lucas Lopes
    Mauricio Shogun is Chute Boxe sensation Murilo Ninja's brother, and he will be facing a Barra Gracie fighter named Capoeira. American fighter Dave Phillips will be facing a Mario Sperry BJJ black belt Luizao and Chute Boxe veteran Silvio Urutum will return against a very experienced NHB fighter in Cyborg. The sad note is that Alexandre Cacareco suffered an injury to his ribs and won't be able to compete in the event, leaving the place of Nilson de Castro's opponent to Lucas Lopes, who is reported to have very good boxing skills along with some decent jiu-jitsu skills.

  • The details for the rest of the card are still in the works and the fight between Royler Gracie BJJ black belt Cristiano Marcelo against Brazilian Muay Thai sensation Alex Gaze is not likely to happen anymore, the two fighters will compete in the event, but probably against other opponents. Also, with the relentless work of the promoters a new match-up is about to be announced, Brazilian Top Team fighter Juan Carneiro, who fought Anderson Silva at the last MECA, will be added to the card to go up against an as yet to be named opponent.

  • PRIDE heavyweight champion Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira is finally back in Brazil after an extended trip to Japan. Minotauro, who stayed in Japan to attend his brother's fight in Deep and then later at PRIDE 22, accepted an invitation to attend at the last K-1 event and ended up staying in the land of the rising sun for much longer than expected! He finally returned to Brazil this Wednesday and got back to training on Thursday beginning his preparation for his first title defense at PRIDE 23 in November.

  • Speaking of the Brazilian Top Team, negotiations are still ongoing about the team's presence at PRIDE 23, and it is still likely that several members of the team will compete in the event. Minotauro, of course, is guaranteed to be in it and chances are still high that his brother may appear in the show. It also looks more likely that the "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry may return to the event after his participation in PRIDE 22, and former Top Team member Ricardo Arona is already preparing hard for a fight on the card as well. Look for him to be performing in the Tokyo Dome.

  • Ruas Vale Tudo star and UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo had surgery on his nose this Tuesday. According to his wife the surgery was a success and Rizzo left the Hospital on Wednesday. Right now, due to the obvious post-operative recovery process, "The Rock" is suffering some pain and isn't able to speak very much, but the dressings are being taken off today and the recovery process is going fine. Pedro will resume his physical training in the coming weeks.

  • Chute Boxe star and PRIDE middleweight champion Vanderlei Silva is also training hard for his second title defense at PRIDE 23. In typical Chute Boxe fashion, the training sessions have been pure hardcore and Silva is sporting four stitches just above his eye, due to an incidental headbutt by his teammate Jamanta. Vanderlei's comments to FCF about the stitches were also in typical "Axe Murderer" fashion: "It doesn't matter! Training is always fun!" At this point Sanae Kikuta and Hiromitsu Kanehara are two likely opponents, although nothing is sure yet.

  • As the popularity of the sport of NHB continues to grow worldwide, Mexico has been holding NHB events with good success and in a matter of two months they'll have a Chute Boxe fighter competing in an event! Chute Boxe coach Rudimar Fedrigo told Full Contact Fighter he was approached by a Mexican event and right now they are deciding and negotiating which Chute Boxe fighter will appear in the event, but the team is very excited about having a fighter competing in Mexico in two months from now.

  • The ADCC Submission Grappling tournament will be held in th ecity of Sao Paulo in 2003! Although this is sort of old news, what's important now is that the details and logistics of the operation are in the works and it looks highly likely that the largest city in Brazil will be receiving the world's top grapplers in the most important submission grappling competition in the world. Talks are going on for the event to be broadcast by the biggest TV station in Brazil! This would be a giant step for the grappling sports in the country, and with the involvement of Sheik Tahnoon in the event, several sponsors are already showing interest in associating their names with the competition. FCF will keep following the developments of the next edition of the biggest event of its kind.

  • PRIDE's new policy has been one of the major subjects of talk in the NHB community in Brazil. As already reported by the media, PRIDE is intending to cut the fighters' purses by around 20% to 30% and all the fighters and managers in Brazil are wondering how things will end up. It'll be interesting to see how this will affect things - newcomers' purses in particluar, since stars like Minotauro and Vanderlei Silva are less likely to suffer any cuts. FCF will keep following the developments as always, and sincerely hopes one day our sport will reach a level where all fighters will get paid as well as they deserve.

  • As the Brazilian teams are constantly working hard and breaking new ground, the Brazilian Top Team is making important contacts with Pancrase, and their fighters will be competing a lot during the next year for the Japanese organization. Pancrase has interesting plans for 2003 and they'll likely hold 12 events during the year, one per month, and with the contacts being made, plenty of BTT fighters will be fighting on their cards, giving the team's newcomers and proven veterans another stage on which to perform.

  Sunday - October 13, 2002

UCC 11: The Next Level
Held October 11, 2002
Montreal, Canada
Jeremy Horn (right) kicking Christophe Midoux
Results & Photos by Keith Mills
  • Joe Doerkson def. Dennis Kang 4:49 R1 by triangle choke

  • David Goulet def. Scott Clay 3:21 R1 by TKO

  • Ivan Menjivar def. Shane Rice 1:58 R1 by TKO

  • Justin Bruckman def. Frederick Poirier 3:18 R2 by rear choke

  • Donald Ouimet def. Pain Peters by judges' decision after 2 rounds

  • Mark Hominick def. Steve Claveau 3:24 R1 by TKO, Hominick retains Super Lightweight belt

  • David Loiseau def. Jesse Jones by judges' decision after 3 rounds, Loiseau new Middleweight champion
    Pictured below: Loiseau (left) trading with Jones
    Loiseau (left) trading with Jones

  • Georges St. Pierre def. Travis Galbraith 2:03 R1 by TKO, St. Pierre retains Welterweight belt
    Pictured below: St. Pierre's unique way of knocking out his opponent... by slamming his head into the mat
    St. Pierre's unique way of knocking out his opponent... by slamming his head into the mat

  • Jeremy Horn def. Christophe Midoux 1:02 R2 by forearm choke
    Horn is pictured kicking Midoux at the beginning of this article

Ring of Combat
Makes Lackluster Debut

By Loretta Hunt
Kat Diaz (left) and Shennen Maceo
Talented fighters Kat Diaz (left) & Shennen Maceo won quick, one-sided Muay Thai fights
Louis Neglia is no stranger to successful promoting, with over 100 kickboxing and 15 recent mixed promotions bringing the action of kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA to Long Island. Hoping to build on these extremely popular "Vengeance at the Vanderbilt" shows, Neglia kicked off his newest endeavor at the Mohegan Sun Arena last night. But this former world kickboxing champion's latest foray into martial arts promotion was less than spectacular. With a disappointing crowd turnout, Ring of Combat's maiden voyage was a lonely one.

Marred by the eternal curse of last minute injuries, illness, and fighter mishaps -- the card of MMA, kickboxing, and Muay Thai fare undoubtedly suffered. Losing one main event fight (Tim Lane versus Erik Marshall for the ISKA Championship was called off scant hours before the event when Marshall was found to have an upper respiratory infection during the required pre-fight medical exam), the night was generally not an example of stellar MMA action and was only punctuated by two clear mismatches in Muay Thai action (reportedly due to loss of opponents that had to be replaced at the last minute). With many of the match-ups not making it past the first round (or a couple of minutes in the case of single round time-limited bouts), the entire show lasted a little over two hours.

For the East Coast MMA Championship, Renzo Gracie's Steve Anshelwitz was victorious over Pitts Penn's Jose Rodriguez in a validly controversial referee stoppage. Of the six mixed martial arts bouts offered last night, Gracie-trained Nardu Debra's victory in his battle with newcomer standout Danny Suarez, of Combined Martial Arts, was the night's high point.

The Results

MMA Non-Title Bouts
  • Chris Liguori def. Themi Papadimitriou - Triangle Choke 3:44 (10-min. time limit)
  • Luke Cummo def. Kadir Kadri- 2:37 Rd 1 Referee stoppage due to strikes
  • Tom Muller def. Carlos Rodriguez- 1:30 Rd 1 Rear-naked choke
  • Erick Shaver def. Paxton Ryan- 5:59 Key lock (10-min.time limit)

    Nardu Debra USKBA Ring of Combat MMA Championship
  • Nardu Debra [pictured at right] def. Danny Suarez - 4:52 Rd 1 ref stoppage due to strikes

    East Coast MMA Championship
  • Steve Anshelwitz (Renzo Gracie) def. Jose Rodriguez (Pitts Penn)- 6:27 ref stoppage (10 min. time limit)

    Muay Thai
  • Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann) def. Keith Nesbitt- :45 Rd 1 TKO Ref stoppage due to strikes

    Women's Muay Thai Bout
  • Kat Diaz (TTS) def. Mindy Nesbitt- :50 Rd 1 TKO ref stoppage (due to strikes)

    K.I.C.K. World Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship
    Chris "The Cannon" Wagner def. Tony "TNT" Ventura- Majority decision (12 rounds)

  •   Tuesday - October 15, 2002

    King Of The Cage Preview
    By Keith Mills
    This weekend King Of The Cage returns to the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA with several surprises. The main event is 13-4-0 Joe Stevenson defending his 170-pound title against Romie Aram, a 5-0 vet with a very similar style. According to Aram, "Stevenson fought for the title in June when I was supposed to fight him, but I had to pull out because of a broken rib. Joe fought and beat [Jeremy Jackson] in the first round so Joe is the Welterweight champion and his first defense is against me. So, I've been waiting to fight for the belt for a while. I've paid my dues and fought enough fights to get my shot. These last couple of months have been rough because I feel like I should already have the belt." As far as the perception that the fight will be decided by whoever gets the first takedown Aram responds, "That's pretty much what everybody thinks. One thing is I have been doing jiu-jitsu for a while and I haven't been put on my back yet in a fight, but I have an idea of what I can do on my back and I fight pretty well in my guard. So, if I do end up getting taken down, it won't be the end of the world for me. If I do end up on my back, it'll be a test for me and a test for Joe to see what happens, if I can get up to my feet or reverse him or tap him."

    Debi Purcell Also on this card is the first women's bout in KOTC history. 3-0 HOOKnSHOOT vet and Ruas Vale Tudo student Debi Purcell [pictured] takes on Nicole Albrecht, a student of John Delao where Chris Brennan received his black belt with a reported 5-0 record. Although Debi has been tearing up the women's 135 division on her quest for the HOOKnSHOOT belt, this bout does not have a weight division so Albrecht, at 5'11" and 155-160 lbs, will have both the reach and weight advantage over Debi. Of the show itself Debi says, "It means a lot. King Of The Cage is a huge show, one of the biggest shows in the world. The fact that they are going to allow a female bout on the card is really, really important to me." Debi has already given up the first title shot at the coveted HOOKnSHOOT belt to take this fight. "I had a really hard decision to make, whether I was going to fight her for the belt right now or fight in KOTC," says Debi, "I chose KOTC because it's a good organization and I think for me right now it's definitely the move I need to make."

    Other surprises on the card include the return of Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett. Bennett has fought in KOTC before where he lost to Duane Ludwig over a year ago, but is most remembered for two knock out slams both against Todd Carney in WEF in 2000 and RSF in 2001. Bennett reportedly has had trouble with the law keep him out of the cage for most of this year with the exception of a loss in WEFC in June to Rick Davis. His opponent Charlie Kohler may have an equally mixed record but his losses were to Joe Hurley in KOTC and Vitor Ribeiro in WFA 1, nothing to be embarrassed over. Bennett has a very unorthodox style that always pleases the crowd so look for this one at 165-170 to be less technical and more exciting than some of the heavier fighters.

    KOTC 170-Pound World Title Match: Romie Aram Vs. Joe Stevenson
    Fernando Vasconcelos Vs. Churuto Verissimo
    Todd Medina Vs. Edwin Dewees
    Charlie Kohler Vs. Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett
    Art Santore Vs. Thomas Kenney
    Jason "The Punisher" Lambert Vs. Brian Stromberg
    Freddie George Vs. Cliff Jacobs
    Thomas Denny Vs. Aaron Anderson
    Debi Purcell Vs. Nicole Albrecht
    Mike "Rhino" Bourke Vs. Brent Stevens
    Cipi Gamino Vs. Dave Rivas
    Richard Soliz Vs. Ricky Libertini
    Chui Vs. Josh Lewis
    Shad Smith Vs. Chris Jefffers
    Mark McLelland Vs. Raymond Young

    (Fight Card Subject to Change)

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    From event promoter T. Jay Thompson:
    Jhun/Carter to Battle in Super Brawl

    UFC and Pancrase veteran, "Mr. International" Shonie Carter will battle Hawaiian sensation, Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun on November 9, in Super Brawl's "Battle for the Belts".

    Carter the self proclaimed "Player with a Passport" is coming of a decisive and flamboyant win in Super Brawl 25 over Grappling Unlimited's "Ice Cold" Kolo Koka.

    Jhun has been on the verge of breaking into the "big show" on a number of occasions at the 185lb limit. But this time will be testing the waters at 170lbs for the first time. A win over Carter would put him right back on the map in the 170lb division.

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    Susumu's Gallery Update

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    Hello,

    We have added 27 photos from Pride 22 held on September 29th. Please enjoy!

    Visit Susumu's gallery at http://come.to/susumu.

    From the event's promoter:
    MMA is LEGAL in Vancouver, BC, Canada!!!

    WFFC poster After many years of hard work and months of preparation, the World Freestyle Fighting Championships is excited to announce that the WFF Championships 3 will be the first MMA event in history to be sanctioned by the Vancouver Athletic Commission (VAC). WFF 3 is scheduled for Friday, October 25th, 2002, at the historical Orpheum Theatre, in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia!

    This is a huge moment for mixed martial arts in Canada, as the city of Vancouver has been opposed to any type of MMA events since the negative press of the early UFC's... until now!

    The lineup is equally as impressive with the return of some familiar faces and the introduction of some new talent. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

    Complete Lineup - Main Event:
    Chris Franco, Vancouver, BC, 220 lbs, C-Franco Pankration
    - Guam Superbrawl Champion
    - Oregon State Super-Heavyweight Jujitsu Champion
    - Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight Champion
    - BC Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion
    - Trained some of the top amateur and professional fighters in Canada in boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, NHB & Pankration

    VS Roger Neff,Dalton Gardens, Idaho, 250-265lbs, Wrestling / Sambo
    - Shooto Heavyweight - No. 1 Ranking
    - 2001 Submission Wrestling World Championships
    - 2001 Abu Dhabi American Heavyweight champion
    - 'Frank Shamrock's Bushido Open' winner
    - 'King of the Cage IV' Heavyweight Champion
    - Greco Roman & Freestyle Olympic Trials finalist
    - FIAS Sombo National Champion
    - 10 AAU National Wrestling titles

    Semi-Main Event:
    Denis Kang, Vancouver, BC, 185lbs, Soares Jiu-Jitsu
    - Pancrase Japan Champion
    - Canadian Abu Dhabi Qualifier Champion
    - World Freestyle Fighting 2 Champion
    - Veteran of Bas Rutten Invitational, Pancrase, Extreme Fighting, IFC

    VS Amir Rhanavardi Los Angeles, CA, 185 lbs, Team Extreme / Bas Rutten
    - 2 time Pride Japan Veteran
    - Veteran of King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, Extreme Fighting.

    Blake Frederikson
    Vancouver, BC, 155 lbs, Gibson Pankration
    - UFCF Lightweight Pacific Northwest Pankration Champion

    Vs Anthony Hamlett, Tacoma, Washington, 155lbs, AMC Pankration
    - Former Hook n Shoot Lightweight World Champion
    - 3 Time All-American Wrestling Champion
    - Veteran of Abu Dhabi, IFC, WEF, Shooto

    Kultar Gill Vancouver, BC,155 lbs, Gibson Pankration
    - North American Muay Thai Champion
    - UFCF Middleweight Pacific Northwest Champion
    - Veteran of Shogun Hawaii

    Vs Dave Scholton, Vancouver, BC, 155lbs, Marcus Soares Jiu-Jitsu
    - Canadian National Wrestling Champion

    Also on the card:
    - Cameron Brown (Gibson Pankration) vs Chris Peak (Peterac Martial Arts)
    - Justin Livingston (Soares Jiu-Jitsu) vs Kajun Johnson (PG Fight Club)
    - Jeremy Whittingham (C-Franco Pankration) vs Gord Cummings (Sholty Jiu-Jitsu)
    - Garret Davis (Soares Jiu-Jitsu) vs Jason Hardgraves (PG Fight Club)

    The WFF3 is presented by Bio-X Engineered Nutrition and Reflex, and sponsored by Studio 54, Nitelife Guide, Granville Island Brewery, Bushido Martial Arts, Carter Motor Sports, and the Travelodge.

    ** Card subject to change

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      Thursday - October 17, 2002

    From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
    UFC Logo
    CHUCK LIDDELL TO TAKE ON 'BABALU' SOBRAL AT UFC 40: VENDETTA LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW, NOV. 22, AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
    Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight Top Contender To Fight Brazilian Wrestler/Kickboxer On Ortiz-Shamrock Championship Card
    Tickets Now On Sale; Hughes To Meet Castillo for Welterweight Title

          LAS VEGAS, October 16, 2002... Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight top contender Chuck Liddell of San Luis Obispo, Calif., will take on Brazilian kickboxing/submission specialist Renato "Babalu" Sobral of Rio de Janeiro in one of the main card bouts of UFC 40: Vendetta, live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 22, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will meet UFC legend Ken Shamrock for the light heavyweight championship in the main event and Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes will defend his title for the third time against top contender Gil Castillo in the co-main event.. Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the MGM Grand box office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-880-0880 and 702-474-4000, or at www.ticketmaster.com.
          UFC 40: Vendetta will be available at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
          Liddell, 10-1-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, earned the top contender title with a hard-fought, three-round unanimous decision over world-ranked Brazilian fighter Vitor Belfort at UFC 37.5: Liddell vs. Belfort June 22 at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Liddell knocked Belfort down with a hard right in the third round and continued an aggressive attack for the victory. He is known as the "Iceman" because of his ability to freeze opponents with his combination of kickboxing and wrestling skills.
          "Babalu" is a former three-time Brazilian national wrestling champion and a skilled Muay Thai kickboxer. In his most recent UFC fight, he won a unanimous decision over Australian Elvis Sinosic with sharp punches and a relentless ground and pound attack July 13 at UFC 38: Brawl At Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
          The Ortiz-Shamrock showdown for the light heavyweight title will settle a long-standing vendetta. Fight fans are well aware they have a major score to settle based on hostilities between each other, although the two have never fought. Shamrock is a UFC legend who was its first super fight champion. Ortiz has risen through the ranks to become light heavyweight champ and represents the new UFC.
          Hughes, 27-3-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, most recently defended his title July 13 in London where he defeated former champ Carlos Newton for the second time by referee stoppage due to punches at 4:37 of the fourth round. He won the belt from Newton Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand with a knockout at 1:27 of the second round. In between, Hughes also defeated Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand by technical knockout at 3:01 of the fourth round.
          Castillo, 17-1-0, is a top welterweight contender who defeated Chris Brennan Jan. 11 at UFC 35: Throwdown at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., by unanimous decision after three rounds. Castillo is jiu-jitsu specialist who trains with Cesar Gracie and like many Gracie fighters, his strengths are grappling and submissions.
          The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
          The UFC is currently airing Ultimate Ken Shamrock, a one-hour PPV retrospective of Shamrock's career on all its U.S. cable and satellite systems. Viewers should check their local listings for dates and times. The suggested retail price is $9.95. Its next live PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand.

    HOOKnSHOOT DVDs in Stock!

    HOOKnSHOOT DVDs

    FUSION AND USMMA#1 - 2 SHOWS ON 1 DVD! USMMA made history as the first, fully-sanctioned MMA show in Massachusetts. The show didn't disappoint as it showcased some of the best MMA talent from around the United States. HOOKnSHOOT "Fusion" marked the first fully-sanctioned Shooto event in Indiana and had some incredible fights. Steve Berger vs. Jutaro Nakao, Mishima vs. Tony DeDolph, Scott Henze, Yves Edwards and many more.

    HOOKNSHOOT "SHOWDOWN" - The mystique surrounding the fight in which many call the "2001 MATCH OF THE YEAR!" involving Aaron Riley and Yves Edwards traces the two fighters history dating back to 1999 when they first met. This action/documentary featuring two fights never before seen, as well as BOTH fights when the two met up (four fights total). In addition to the action, you go inside the lives of both fighters just days before the event. News broadcasts, comments from the promoters, friends and parents, fallout from the 2001 match, the controversy surrounding it and much more. Also go behind the scenes in the lockerooms with a backstage pass into one of MMA's hottest fighting events and see why HOOKnSHOOT could be the next big product in the industry. This DVD is approximately 1hour25minutes in length and is sure to get a standing ovation from true fans of the sport as the two nicest guys you'll ever meet become the two baddest men on earth. The future of the sport is here....Riley and Edwards set the new standard of performance with a battle that will leave you talking for months!

    KINGS - This DVD is a new step in establishing HOOKnSHOOT as a proving ground in MMA! HnS delivers with tons of fights and all-new production qualities that is sure to impress. Backstage interviews with UFC Champ, Jens Pulver and top contender Josh Barnett! Matches include:
    Ian Freeman Vs. Carlos Baretto... Shelby Walker Vs. Judy Neff... Anthony Hamlett Vs. Jeff Curran. The 10 Second Ko Slam!... Aaron Riley Vs. Mike Willus... Cacareco Vs. Chris Monson... Phil Johns Vs. Leigh Remedios... Takumi Nakayama(Shooto) Vs. Henry Matamoros... Yohei Suzuki(Shooto) Vs. Victor Estrada... Ivan Salaverry Vs. Jason Rigsby In A War!... Scott Henze Vs. Angelo Popofski... Shiko Yamashita(Shooto) Vs. Curtis Stout.... Plus The Silviera Bros. Fight Team (Wilson Goveia, Wald Bloise, Hermes Franca)... Newcomer Mike Brown, Mike Delaney, Don Richard, Jim Desouza, Ray Casius And Tons Of Others!!!



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      Sunday - October 20, 2002

    The final sequence of Vasconcelos/Santos after Vasconcelos finally got Santos down after weathering tremendous punishment
    The final sequence of Vasconcelos/Santos after Vasconcelos finally got Santos down after weathering tremendous punishment
    King Of The Cage
    Held October 19, 2002 at Soboba Casino - San Jacinto, CA
    Results & Photos by Keith Mills

    The final sequence of Vasconcelos/Santos after Vasconcelos finally got Santos down after weathering tremendous punishment
    Romie Aram not allowing Joe Stevenson to stand... a situation repeated over and over throughout the fight

    • Alex Rickards def Mark McCleellnad 1:34 r1 by guillotine choke
    • Shad Smith def Chris Jeffers seconds into r1 by injury (torn ACL)
    • Chuy def Josh Lewis 1:06 r1 verbal submission to strikes
    • Richard Solis def Ricky Libertini 1:45 r2 by TKO
    • Dave Rivas def Cipi Gamino 3:48 r1 by rear naked choke
    • Brent Stevens def Mike Bourke :38 by KO
    • Debi Purcell def Nicole Albrecht by unanimous decision
    • Thomas Denny def Aaron Anderson 3:40 r1 by TKO
    • Freddy George def Cliff Jacobs between rounds 1 & 2 when Jacobs succumbed to exhaustion
    • Jason Lambert def Josh Hoag 1:25 r1
    • Art Santore def Dave Roberts 2:52 r1 by TKO
    • Joe Crilly def Adam Brooks by unanimous decision
    • Fernando Vasconcelos def Marcos Santos 3:54 r1 rear naked choke
    • Romie Aram def Joe Stevenson unanimous decision

    Debi Purcell taking Nicole Albrecht down 1 of 4 times
    Debi Purcell taking Nicole Albrecht down 1 of 4 times


    By Eduardo Alonso
    MECA World Vale Tudo 7
    Card Defined

    The card for the biggest NHB show currently running in Brazil is finally set. Despite some previous cards published on the Internet, the event's card was only finalized in the past few days and it promises to bring several new talents to the NHB scene. Promoters Rudimar Fedrigo and Jorge Guimaraes had to deal with several issues to put the card together, from injuries to a limited budget going through TV issues, but they managed to put together nine fights for the seventh edition of MECA. The event is scheduled for November 8th, as always in the city of Curitiba, with the fights starting at 9 PM Brazilian time, being broadcast live in Brazil on Pay-Per-View. Among the young fighters who will be appearing in the event, some deserve a close look as they might make some noise on the international circuit in the near future; Alex Gaze is a Muay Thai fighter from Rio de Janeiro with great striking skills who will be making his MECA debut; Royler Gracie Black Belt and current Chute Boxe training partner Cristiano Marcello will be making his return to MECA, but this time with improved striking skills; and Mauricio "Shogun" will make his NHB debut trying to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Murilo Ninja. This show will not only feature exciting young newcomers on the rise, but some tough veterans will be gracing the ring in Curitiba as well... like BTT member Haroldo "Cabelinho", IVC veteran Claudionor Fontinelli, Chute Boxe's Silvio Urutum, and his teammate and K-1 veteran Nilson de Castro. With all those ingredients, MECA 7 promises to deliver the action. Stay tuned to FCF for a preview of the event in the near future. Here's the complete card* (the sequence of the fights is not yet set):
    • Carlinhos (Brazilian Impacto) vs. Gazé (Muay Thai/RJ)

    • Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Haroldo "Cabelinho" (Brazilian Top Team)

    • Cristiano Marcello (Royler Gracie/CB) vs. Jackson (Muay Thai)

    • Mauricio "Shogun" (Chute Boxe) vs. Rafael "Capoeira" (Barra Gracie)

    • Silvio "Urutum" (Chute Boxe) vs. Evangelista "Cyborg"

    • David Phillips (Jiu Jitsu/Muay Thai) vs. Luiz Orlando (Brazilian Top Team/Mario Sperry)

    • Riscado (Jiu Jitsu) vs. Cristiano Lazarini (Titi - Jiu Jitsu)

    • Juan Carneiro (Jucăo - BTT) vs. Carlos Gomes (Esponja - Jiu Jitsu)

    • Nilson de Castro (Chute Boxe) vs. Lucas Lopes (Jiu Jitsu/Boxing)
    * Card is subject to change

    Jay White hunting for the heelhook on Brandon Vera
    Despite a Walk-out,
    Grapplers Quest 2002 Worlds a Success

    By Jim Genia

          (October 19th) Bayonne, New Jersey, played host to the Grapplers Quest 2002 today, and despite a hotly contested disqualification that lead to the mass walk-out of one of the major teams, the day was a success. Bidding Team Tiger Schulmann adieu after one of their own lost a match due to an illegal slam, promoter Brian Cimins rolled with the punches, and kept the rest of the over five-hundred competitors and over eight-hundred spectators happy with six mats of grappling action.
          Francisco Neto was the referee at the center of the conflagration. Holding court over mat number three, Neto watched as a Team Schulmann representative stood within a Marcelo Mello student Albert DeSilva's guard, lifted him up, and slammed him down -- a move unquestionably against the rules. A forearm across his throat had caused the Mello student to tap, but Neto raised DeSilva's arm in victory. Chaos ensued, with an angry Danny "Tiger" Schulmann proclaiming that his team was done -- and the entire Schulmann contingent left (some were even in the midst of matches; they ceased grappling and simply walked off).
          "The guy on the bottom tapped from the forearm," Neto later recalled. "But there was nothing I could do -- the guy was slammed."
    Anthony Argyos       Undeterred, the event continued. Highlights of the day included: Abu Dhabi Trials competitor Anthony Argyos [pictured being lifted up by teammates after his victory] winning both the Executive Cruiserweight and the Advanced Light-heavyweight division, beating Tai-Kai representative Jeremiah Fountain with an amazing nine-second heelhook to earn the fastest submission of the day; Renzo Gracie fighter and MMA up-and-comer Jay White's war with Linxx Academy's Brandon Vera in the Advanced Superweight division (Vera won on points)[White is pictured at the top of this article searching for a heelhook on Vera]; and the heated battle between Dan Simmler, of Renzo Gracie, and Eddie Rolon, of Team Endgame (Simmler won on points).

    From the event's promoter:
    Results from
    World Extreme Cagefighting's
    Halloween Fury

    World Extreme Cagefighting delivered another great show to a sold out audience at The Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore California. Starting the show 1/2 hour late due to a traffic jam outside the casino as fans scrambled to get tickets to the event, The show, titled "Halloween Fury" began with a group of cage maidens entering the cage in black hooded robes to the music of Mettalica's Enter Sandman. Just as the music took off, so came off the robes as the bikini'd maidens paraded around to the absolute delight of the crowd. The announcer, dressed as one of the Kiss characters began the action and it was a night of non-stop MMA fighting that left everyone talking. The main event, titled "It's about Respect", pitted two very tough opponents in an all out brawl that was highlighted by an unbelievable kick to the head delivered by Escovedo (who is known for his ground game) that downed the tough Perez and sent the crown into a frenzy. The fight demonstrated the well rounded fighting skills of the still undefeated and new I.F.C. and W.E.C 145 World Champion Cole Escovedo training out of Matt Smith's Pacific Martial Arts in Fresno California.
    • Justin Wieman def. Daniel Camarillo - Decision (Split) 5:00 R3
    • Sam Wells def. Gabe Ruediger - KO (Punch) 4:22 R1
    • Alex Khanbabian def. Alex Chu - TKO (Strikes) 1:43 R1
    • Gilbert Melendez def. Gary Quan - TKO (Strikes from Rear Mount) 4:37 R1
    • Diallo Baza def. Chris Mooney - TKO (Strikes from Rear Mount) 1:55 R2
    • Tim Kennedy def. Mack Brewer - TKO (Strikes from Rear Mount) 1:03 R1
    • Richard Crunkilton def. Victor Estrada - Submission (Ankle Injury) 1:13 R1
    • Jeff Bedard def. Antonio Banuelos - Submission (Guillotine Choke) 0:47 R1
    Main Event
    IFC & WEC 145lb World Championship Fight
    • Cole Escovedo def. Philip Perez - Submission (Triangle Choke) 3:07 R1

    From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
    Results from
    MMA THE BEST Vol.3
    Held October 20, 2002 at Differ Ariake

    Future Fight: One 5-min. round
    • 1st Match
      Shinichio Takamura (BCG) vs. Togo (Monster Kingdom)
      Winner: SHINICHIO TAKAMURA by KO 4:59 R1

    • 2nd Match
      Yutaro Miyamoto (TGG) vs. Yoshinori Oniki (Team-Roken)
      Winner: YUTARO MIYAMOTO by decision (3-0)

    • 3rd Match
      Akira Nitagai (A3 Gym) vs. Kyosuke Sasaki (U-File.Com)
      Winner: KYOSUKE SASAKI by arm bar 4:35 R1
    Two 5-min. round matches
    • 1st Match
      Giant Ochiai (Monster Kingdom) vs. Kim Jong Wang (Makoto Gym/Korea)
      Winner: GIANT OCHIAI by forfeited fight 0:24 R1

    • 2nd Match
      Xue Do Won (From Myanmar) vs. Aji Susilo (From Indonesia)
      Winner: AJI SUSILO by front choke 0:42 R2

    • 3rd Match
      Yusuke Imamura (Takada Dojo) vs. Han Ten Yun (Makoto Gym/Korea)
      Winner: YUSUKE IMAMURA by front choke 2:15 R1

    • 4th Match
      Anglo-Saxon Ohba (AO/DC) vs. Kestutis Smirnovas (From Lithuania)
      Winner: KESTUTIS SMIRNOVAS by arm bar 0:55 R1

    • 5th Match
      Yushin Okami(Wajutsu Keishukai) vs. Steve White (Team Wildman)
      Winner: YUSHIN OKAMI by KO 3:25 R2

    • 6th Match
      Eiji Mitsuoka (RJW) vs. Scott Bills (Team Cordeiro)
      Winner: EIJI MITSUOKA by decision (3-0)

    • 7th Match
      Yuji Hisamatsu (Tiger Place) vs. Demetrius Gioulacos (Team Goriki)
      Winner: YUJI HISAMATSU by decision (3-0)

    • 8th Match
      Daijiro Matsui (Takada Dojo) vs. Rory Singer (Hard Core Gym)
      Winner: DAIJIRO MATSUI by decision (3-0)

      Monday - October 21, 2002

    From John Petrilli (RITC):
    RITC 39 - Results
    Dewees, Riggs, Durant and Timmerman Victorious!

    The Triple Main Event and One Super Fight announced four weeks ago came off exactly as scheduled. Brausa Academy delivered a dominating performance going 5-0 against top competition. Recognition also goes out to Asher Combat Academy for posting a 3-0 record for the evening. Adam Durant avenged the only loss on his record with a split decision victory in a rematch with Kenneth Alexander. Adam and Kenneth are two of the top lightweights in the Western United States. Joseph Riggs, an accomplished Wrestler/Boxer, has added jiu-jitsu skills to his arsenal. Joseph won by arm bar submission over veteran cage warrior Allan "A-Dawg" Sullivan. This impressive win earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors for Joseph. Other candidates for FOTN were Curtis Hines, Roger Mejia, Santino Defranco, Adam Durant and Cory Timmerman. Cory Timmerman, a 300 lb fighter, won again by arm bar submission for the second event in a row.

    Results:
    • John Lansing (170 lbs), Brausa Academy
      won by submission (arm bar), 1:18 Rd 2
      David Canvas (185 lbs), Freestyle

    • Joe Vigil (150 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound
      won by doctor stoppage (nose injury), 3:00 Rd 1
      Adam Alvarez (135 lbs), Wolverine Fighting Systems

    • Roy Neeman (165 lbs), Team Bad Boy USA
      won by decision (3 - 0)
      Nobuhiko Takatsu (175 lbs), Absolute Martial Arts

    • Curtis Hines (175 lbs), Absolute Martial Arts
      won by submission (arm bar), 2:47 Rd 1
      Robert Maldonado (165 lbs), Tucson Judo

    • RJ Gamez (175 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
      won by ref stoppage (strikes), 2:00 Rd 2
      Eric Walker (175 lbs), Warrior's Spirit

    • Roger Mejia (202 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
      won by submission (arm bar), 1:04 Rd 2
      Mike Rainieri (195 lbs), Freestyle

    • Thomas Gil (230 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts
      won by fighter retirement, 3:00 Rd 2
      Johnny Knisely (235 lbs), Leininger Dojo

    • Santino Defranco (165 lbs), Brausa Academy
      won by ref stoppage (shoulder injury), :40 Rd 2
      Daniel Souza (160 lbs), Team Bad Boy USA

    • Adam Durant (154 lbs), Freestyle
      won by decision (2 - 1)
      Kenneth Alexander (152 lbs), Team Bad Boy USA

    • Vince Lucero (255 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
      won by ref stoppage (strikes), 1:14 Rd 1
      Brad Reynolds (215 lbs), Leininger Dojo/Warrior's Spirit

    • Cory Timmerman (300 lbs), Brausa Academy
      won by submission (arm bar), :47 Rd 2
      Justin Lyon (375 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

    • Joseph Riggs (225 lbs), Brausa Academy
      won by submission (arm bar), 1:57 Rd 3
      Allan Sullivan (225 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

    • Edwin Dewees (200 lbs), Brausa Academy
      won by decision (3 - 0)
      Sam Adkins (195 lbs), Mousel's Academy
    Upcoming RITC events:

    RITC 40 - Let's Get It On, Casa Grande!!!
    Pinal County - Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds (520-723-5242) 11 MC Road
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Saturday, November 9, 2002
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
    Ticket Prices $15 & $20

    RITC 41
    Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
    Saturday, November 23, 2002
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

    RITC 42 - Road Trip, Tucson
    Site: TBA
    Saturday, December 7, 2002
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

      Tuesday - October 22, 2002

    By Eduardo Alonso
    Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira Likely Out of PRIDE 23

          It is almost certain that the PRIDE Heavyweight champion will not be competing in November's PRIDE 23 at the Tokyo Dome. Despite DSE's initial plans to have Minotauro defending his belt for the first time in the show, it looks highly likely the Brazilian fighter will only be appearing on their December card. The probable absence of Nogueira at the next PRIDE is due to the difficulty getting him a desired opponent, leaving the Champion waiting for a December title defense. Dutch fighter Semmy Schilt, who was considered as an opponent for Minotauro, is going to compete at the K-1 Grand Prix in early December and this is his main priority right now. A rematch with Bob Sapp was never seriously considered, at least by the champion's camp; additionally, Sapp is also competing at the K-1 Grand Prix, and after his win over K-1 super star Ernesto Hoost he has to be considered a candidate for the tourney prize. With PRIDE 23 already featuring a Vanderlei Silva title defense, a likely Nobuhiko Takada farewell match and Kazushi Sakuraba's return, DSE can hold Minotauro's defense for their December card, probably against Heath Herring or Emelianenko Fedor, who may face each other in November. At this point, chances are slim that Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira will grace the Tokyo Dome ring in November, but FCF will continue to follow the developments.

    From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
    UFC Logo
    CARLOS NEWTON, ROBBIE LAWLER TO FIGHT AT UFC 40: VENDETTA FRIDAY, NOV. 22, LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW FROM MGM GRAND
    Ultimate Fighting Championship Is Creating One Of Its Best Fight Cards Ever As Ortiz Meets Shamrock For Light Heavyweight Championship
    Tickets Now On Sale; Hughes To Fight Castillo For Welterweight Belt

          LAS VEGAS, October 22, 2002... The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will offer fight fans one of the best cards in its history with the addition today of two welterweights, top contender and former champion Carlos Newton and its fastest-rising star Robbie Lawler, to the lineup for UFC 40: Vendetta, live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Newton, of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, will meet Pete Spratt of Denton, Texas, and Lawler of Davenport, Iowa, will fight "Tiki" Khalil Ghosen of Huntington Beach, Calif. The main event will be the light heavyweight title fight between Champion Tito Ortiz, 10-2-0, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and UFC legend Ken Shamrock, 8-4-2, of San Diego, Calif. Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, 27-3-0, of Hillsboro, Ill., also will defend his title for the third time against top contender Gil Castillo, 17-1-0, of Concord, Calif. Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the MGM Grand box office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-880-0880 and 702-474-4000, or at www.ticketmaster.com.
          UFC 40: Vendetta will be available live at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
          Newton, 11-6-0, is a veteran martial artist although he is just 25. He is a three-time Canadian jiu-jitsu champion and the current Canadian Pankration champion. He won the UFC welterweight title May 4, 2001, at UFC 31: Locked And Loaded at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J., with a third-round tap-out by choke of UFC legend Pat Miletich. Newton lost the belt to current champion Hughes Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand.
          His opponent, Spratt, 11-4-0, is known as the "Secret Weapon" because he is one of the most talented "unknown" MMA fighters. Although he is welterweight in the UFC, Spratt is the Ring of Fire Middleweight Champion, Reality Combat Middleweight Champion, a two time Renegades Extreme Fighting Middleweight Champion and the USKA US Muay Thai Champion.
          Lawler, 5-0-0, is not only the youngest fighter competing in the UFC but also is one of its stars. He made a spectacular debut on May 10 at UFC 37: High Impact in Bossier City, La., in a grueling war with Aaron Riley that many believe to be one of the best UFC fights of all time. After three tough rounds, Lawler won a unanimous decision. He returned in a main undercard match June 22 at UFC 37.5 Liddell vs. Belfort at Bellagio in Las Vegas against veteran Steve Berger. His punching power proved too much for Berger and Lawler won a second straight victory with a TKO at : 27 of round two.
          "Tiki," 8-2-0, is a submission and kickboxing specialist who is as an excellent stand-up fighter, which is also Lawler's strength. "I've never seen him fight in person, but I am training hard every day and am now in the best condition of my career. I'm looking forward to meeting him," Tiki said.
          Another major match-up will pit UFC top light heavyweight contender Chuck Liddell, 10-1-0, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., against Brazilian kickboxing/submission specialist Renato "Babalu" Sobral, 10-1-0, of Rio de Janeiro.
          The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
          The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand.

      Wednesday - October 23, 2002

    From DSE/Pride:
    2 PRIDE-23 Matches Announced

    PRIDE FC Championship Chaos-II (A.K.A PRIDE-23)
    Date: Nov. 24th, 2002
    Place: Tokyo Dome
    Gate Open: 3:00PM
    Fight Start: 5:00PM

    PPV: Same Day Taped Delay PPV @DIRECTV, DISHNETWORK, TVN, VIEWER'S CHOICE CANADA, BELL EXPRESSVU, etc.

    Don Frye vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
    Nobuhiko Takada vs. Kiyoshi Tamura

      Thursday - October 24, 2002

    Pick up the October 2002 issue of FCF today!

    FCF New Issue In this issue...

    UFC 39: Tales of the Unexpected: KO action on the East Coast -- New champ crowned.

    Lorenzo Fertitta: The UFC owner shares his thoughts about the 2 years that he's had the UFC and the future of the organization.

    PRIDE 22: Beasts from the East II.

    Renzo Gracie: The amiable Brazilian talks candidly on many subjects... including a first-hand eyewitness account of his cousin Rickson's infamous beach fight with Hugo Duarte.

    K-1 Brazil World Max: K-1 brings its action South Of the Border for the first time ever!

    This month's Shooto Report covers some of the action at Pro SHOOTO fights held on September 16 in Kanagawa, Japan.

    The 2003 Abu Dhabi Submission Grappling Championships are to be held in Brazil, the ADCC North American Qualifier was held recently in La Jolla, California and we bring you the highlights of the action.

    Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championships: Chute Boxe's Jiu-Jitsu teacher takes home the gold.

    Canadian MMA travels to the beautiful islands in the Pacific for SuperBrawl 26: UCC Hawaii.

    Ring Of Fury 2: featured furious action in Massachusetts.

    We take a look at the MMA scene in Great Britain with Ultimate Combat 3: Warriors Quest & Millennium Brawl 8

    HOOKnSHOOT New Wind: Franca finishes Hamlett for Featherweight title; Edwards returns to HnS with KO.

    There's also coverage of the smaller shows... Maximum Fighting Championships: Sweet Redemption from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Rage on the River from Portsmouth, Ohio and BAMA Fight Night 18 from South Plainfield, NJ where the local boys throw down.

    As a follow-up to his series on Periodization, Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther brings us his Periodization of Endurance Part 1: Theory.

    Carlos Newton BioFile: learn about the "Ronin", everything from his first job (carrying buckets of cement at 6 years old in the Virgin Islands) to childhood dream of becoming an astronaut.

    Fight fans give their opinions on the upcoming Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock fight at UFC 40.

    In our monthly columns...
    In Matt Hume's techniques, Matt Hume & Trevor Jackson demonstrate a Middle Kick Catch to Leg Lock; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses A Fatal Mistake.

    Every issue of Full Contact Fighter is jam-packed with fight news from the U.S. to Brazil to Japan. FCF travels the globe to bring the fights to you. Get yours today! Available at Tower Records stores around the world or by subscription...


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    The Brazilian Beat
    New NHB event in Brazil in November!
    PRIDE 23 approaches &
    MECA 7 Just Around the Corner!

    The Brazilian Beat:
          October 2002 is close to being called history and, as the month just flew through by, the news never stopped "popping up" in the Brazilian NHB scene! In a month where few major NHB events are being held, and when November will bring several important shows, logically several contract negotiations and hardcore training sessions are going on at all major fight camps. MECA World Vale Tudo 7 is just around the corner, and promoters are working out the final details on a brand new promotion to bring NHB excitement to other parts of the country! Bitetti Combat will debut in one of the most beautiful Brazilian cities and hopefully will add another venue for fighters to perform. In days where there's talk about cutting fighters' purses and reducing expenses, it is good to see new events coming to life, especially to benefit the newcomers to the sport. So, with two events coming up in Brazil, plus PRIDE 23 and UFC 40 approaching, what more can a fan want? Raise your intensity level, cause FCF is here to give you the beat...
    • After years suffering from the lack of no holds barred events, Brazil will have yet another event in November! Carlson Gracie black belt Amaury Bitetti is putting together a brand new show to be held in the beautiful city of Natal, located in Brazil's Northeast, on the 28th of November at the "Machadăo" Gymnasium, a facility that is reported to hold up to 15,000 spectators. The promoters couldn't have chosen a better location for the event, since interest for NHB is growing dramatically in the country's Northeast and Natal is a beautiful city with astonishing beaches. The event is called "BITETTI COMBAT NORDESTE" [which translates to Bitetti Northeast Combat] and the promoters estimate a live audience of more than 10,000 people! The card will feature eight fights, including several Brazilian Top Team members as well as other seasoned veterans. The highlight of the show will probably be the participation of MECA veteran and BTT member Jorge "Navalhada". Sportv will broadcast BITETTI COMBAT on tape delay, and FCF will be releasing more details on this brand new enterprise soon.

    • Speaking of the Brazilian Top Team, although the team's participation in PRIDE 23 is certain, it is still not decided what fighters from the team will be performing in the Tokyo Dome. With the highly likely absence of Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira from the show, chances are now a bit higher that his twin brother, Rogerio Minotouro, may be fighting in DSE's November show. The "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry hasn't yet reached a new deal with PRIDE, therefore his participation is still uncertain, and at this point the only sure thing is that former Top Team member Ricardo Arona will be competing at the show. Rumors are high that his opponent will be Chute Boxe's own Murilo Ninja, however nothing is signed as of now.

    • As PRIDE 23 is rapidly approaching, things are also busy at the Chute Boxe camp. Vanderlei Silva is already intensifying his training routine as fight-time approaches and he guaranteed FCF the four stitches he is still sporting above his eye hasn't reduce his training pace a single bit. Although his opponent is not officially decided, it's now looking highly likely that it'll be RINGS veteran Hiromitsu Kanehara. "The Axe Murderer" is still not aware of whom he will fight for certain, but in typical Vanderlei fashion, he told FCF that, "It doesn't matter!"

    • Vitor Belfort is recovering very well from his knee injury suffered a few weeks ago. According to Belfort the surgery was a success, and the recovery process is going as well as expected. "The Phenom" told Full Contact Fighter he is doing physiotherapy as recommended by the doctors, and expects to resume his physical training next month. Vitor went on to say that he expects to be doing his complete training, including his fighting training of course, in January and will certainly return to the Octagon in 2003. We will continue to follow Belfort's recovery.

    • The Seventh edition of the biggest NHB event currently running in Brazil, MECA World Vale Tudo, is also quickly approaching! Tickets are already on sale in Brazil, and Sportv/Premiere is already taking care of the details for the event's live broadcast on pay-per-view. The fighters are also excited and in the final stages of their preparations. Chute Boxe fighters Nilson de Castro and Silvio Urutum are barely being able to wait for fight-time! Nilson had a good year so far in 2002, with his victorious comeback at MECA 6 and a K-1 win in Japan and is in top shape to face Lucas Lopes. Urutum on the other hand is eagerly waiting for the fight since this fight can decide the future of his career. Both fighters are reported to be in top shape, and Rudimar Fedrigo told FCF that Royler Gracie black belt Cristiano Marcello, who has been training Muay Thai with Chute Boxe for close to a year now, has improved his striking skills a lot and is as ready as he ever was for this fight. Stay tuned to FCF for more on MECA as the event draws near.

    • Still speaking of MECA, Mario Sperry's black belt, Luis Orlando, who will be fighting HOOKnSHOOT veteran Dave Phillips at MECA 7 is already in Rio de Janeiro training for the fight at the Brazilian Top Team headquarters. Luizao, as he is called by his friends, is a black belt from Sperry's academy in the city of Porto Alegre, in the South of Brazil, and he traveled to Rio to be close to his master and to prepare for his match with Phillips, who is reported to have a very good Jiu-Jitsu and trained a lot with Cristiano Marcello and the Chute Boxe team for this fight. "The Zen Machine" will be in Orlando's corner for the fight. Another MECA fighter who did some sparring sessions with the BTT is Muay Thai talent Alex Gaze! Gaze will do MECA 7's opening fight, and it is reported that in addition to great Muay Thai skills he did some ground sparring with Top Team members to pick up some grappling techniques. FCF will be there to cover all the action of MECA 7!

      Friday - October 25, 2002

    From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
    UFC Logo
    BRITISH FIGHTERS FREEMAN, WEIR; HEAVYWEIGHT MIR COMPLETE UFC 40: VENDETTA PAY-PER-VIEW CARD, NOV. 22, AT MGM GRAND
    All-Star Lineup Will Feature Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock Light Heavyweight Title Fight; Matt Hughes To Defend Welterweight Belt
    Tickets Now On Sale; Chuck Liddell To Fight Renato "Babalu" Sobral

          LAS VEGAS, October 24, 2002... The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will offer fight fans an All-Star lineup at UFC 40: Vendetta, live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m., EST, Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand with today's addition to the eight-fight card of two of Britain's top fighters, Heavyweight Ian Freeman and Middleweight Mark Weir, and Heavyweight Frank Mir of Las Vegas. Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will meet UFC legend Ken Shamrock for that title in the main event and Welterweight Champ Matt Hughes will defend his belt for the third time against Gil Castillo in the co-main event. In addition, Light Heavyweight top contender Chuck Liddell will take on Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the MGM Grand box office and all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-877-880-0880 and 702-474-4000, or at www.ticketmaster.com.
          UFC 40: Vendetta will be available at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
          Freeman, 13-5-0 in Mixed Martial Arts, of Sunderland, England, will clash with Andrei Arlovski, 5-3-0, of Minsk, Belarus, in a battle of strong strikers. Freeman is a former boxer who is also well-versed in jiu-jitsu and wrestling. In addition to previous UFC victories over Nate Schroeder and Tedd Williams, he won the FNC World Championship in Russia and defeated Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Carlos Barreto to win the Hook N Shoot Super Heavyweight Championship. He handed Mir his first UFC loss with a first-round technical knockout July 13 at UFC 38: Brawl At Royal Albert Hall in London. Arlovski, a sambo/kickboxing style fighter, is a former World Sambo Champion and European Mixed Fighting Champion.
          Weir, 17-0-0, of Gloucester, England, will meet Phillip Miller, 14-0-0, of Hesperia, Calif., in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Weir, the U.K.'s top ranked middleweight contender, made an explosive UFC debut July 13 before a hometown crowd in London with a 10-second knockout of veteran Eugene Jackson. A Tae Kwon Do black belt, Weir opened with a kick to the chin that Jackson dodged, followed by a hard right hand that ended the fight. Miller, a striker/grappler, also made a successful UFC debut on the same London card with a hard-fought, unanimous decision over the U.K.'s James Zikic. Miller moved up to the light heavyweight division for that fight, but will return to middleweight to meet Weir.
          Mir, 4-1-0, of Las Vegas, will fight veteran wrestler/grappler Vladimir Matyushenko, 11-2-0, of Los Angeles, Calif., who is moving up a weight class for the fight. Before running into Freeman in London, Mir earned two UFC victories in less than two minutes. In an impressive debut November 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage in Las Vegas, he defeated previously unbeaten Brazilian Roberto Traven by armbar submission in just over a minute. In his second fight March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide in his hometown, he submitted veteran Pete Williams by modified shoulder lock in just 47 seconds. Matyushenko will be formidable. In his last UFC fight, he met Ortiz for the light heavyweight championship Sept. 28, 2001 at UFC 33: Victory In Vegas. With less than two weeks to prepare, he went the full five rounds and gave the champ all he could handle.
          The Ortiz, 10-2-0, of Huntington Beach, Calif., versus Shamrock, 8-4-2, of San Diego, Calif., showdown for the light heavyweight title will settle a long-standing vendetta. Fight fans are well aware they have a major score to settle based on hostilities between each other, although the two have never fought. Shamrock is a UFC legend who was its first super fight champion. Ortiz has risen through the ranks to become light heavyweight champ and represents the new UFC.
          The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
          The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand.

    Warriors Quest 8:
    Young Guns: Wanted Dead or Alive

    Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
    October 24,2002
    By Chris Onzuka - Chris@Onzuka.com

    Nick Diaz punching Harris Sariento from mount Warriors Quest 8, aptly named Young Guns, gave a chance for Hawaii's young fighters to gain experience and build their records. The great thing about up and comers is that they go into fights with something to prove and nothing to lose, so the action is usually high intensity. Tonight was no exception, some fighters found out what people meant when they said that one mistake can cost you the match, while a few of the others fought it our for at least one round. The event was hurt by poor attendance, two matches being dropped due to two no-shows and bad refereeing. The referee halted one match prematurely to the extreme dismay of the losing fighter; one match way too late and he restarted two fighters that had just barely started touching the ropes instead of dragging them into the center of the ring. The crowd did not like this at all. Paul Smith flew to Hawaii for this show as his International Fighting Championship sanctioned all the bouts. Overall the event ran smoothly with exception of the problems previously mentioned.

    Augie Padekan punching from inside Desmond Miner's guard Cruiserweight 2x5-Minutes
    Augie Padekan def. Desmond Miner (Koden Kan)
    TKO via referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 1:27 into round 2.

    Constructed 140lbs
    Kyle Takai (HMC) def. Josh Vierra (Universal Roughhousing)
    TKO via referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 0:54 into round 1.

    Cruiserweight Constructed 190lbs 2x5-Minutes
    Kapono Spencer (Team Spencer) def. Jason Verdadero (Bulls Pen)
    Submission via strangle choke (both hands on neck) at 2:10 into round 1.

    Middleweight 170lbs 2x5-Minutes
    Tripstin Kerisiano (808 Fight Factory) def. John Naole (HMC)
    Unanimous Decision after 2 Round.

    Welterweight 155lbs. 2x5-Minutes
    Neal Andres (HMC) def. Jim Kikuchi (808 Fight Factory)
    TKO via referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 2:52 into round 1. Questionable call due to the fact that Kikuchi was getting up when the fight was stopped.

    Welterweight 170lbs. 2x5-Minutes
    Nick Diaz (Cesar Gracie) def. Harris Sariento (Koden Kan)
    TKO via corner calling an end to the match due to strikes at 1:47 into round 2.

    Lightweight 155lbs. 3x5-Minutes
    Jamal Perkins (808 Fight Factory) def. JR Palmer (Universal Rough)
    TKO via referee stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 2:50 into round 2.

    IFC Championship 185lbs. 3x5-Minutes
    Steve Heath (Cesar Gracie) def. Mark Moreno (Bulls Pen)
    Submission via heel hook at 20 into round 1.


      Saturday - October 26, 2002

    From Nat McIntyre (MMAA Combat Zone):
    Greg Nelson Benefit Events
    Nov. 2nd & 3rd

    The Best Run Tournament in the Midwest
    Saturday November 2nd
    Earl Browne Heritage Center
    6155 Earl Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, MN
    Weigh-in Friday 6:00-8:30
    Start Time 10:30am Carriage Hall A
    Pre Registration Fee: BJJ $35.00, Submission Wrestling $35.00
    Both divisions $50.00
    Spectators $5.00
    ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE NELSON FAMILY TO SUPPORT THE COST OF GREG'S TREATMENT

    Featuring a no-gi Super Bout between Pedro Sauer Brown Belt Jeff Curran and Saulo Ribeiro/Royler Black Belt Gracie Leonardo "Batatinha" Xavier a.k.a. The Wizard. Also, Jeremy Horn (Team Miletich/Extreme) vs Caio Malta (Macaco Gold Team/MMAA).

    Minnesota Martial Arts Academy
    1916 57th Avenue N, Brooklyn Center MN 55430
    To register call (763)560-5696
    www.mmaacombatzone.com


    Benefit Dinner for Family/Medical Fund For Greg and Vee Nelson

    Greg A. Nelson, age 37, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer in June of 2002. He is actively involved in giving support to his community. Greg is the founder and owner of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in Brooklyn Park. For the last four years, he has sponsored annual kick-a-thons to raise money for the St. Jude Children Hospital. Through his passion in martial arts, he has won numerous distinctive high-honor awards around the world and shares his skills by teaching the martial arts discipline to both children and adults nationally. Greg is married to Vee Phan Nelson and has two children, Gunnar, age 2, and Nina, age 4. Vee is the Executive Director of CAPI, a non-profit organization that provides culturally grounded services to immigrants and refugees from all over the world. Greg and his family have dedicated their lives to serve their community. This benefit is to support Greg's medical and other expenses due to the effects of the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer. His family and friends are hosting this benefit -- we hope that you can join us in supporting someone who has contributed so much to the community. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

    What: Dinner Catered by Ming Wok of Excelsior
    Entertainment: Thai Boxing Demo & Mix Martial Art Demo
    Raffle, Silent Auction, Games

    When: Sunday November 3, 2002 3:00-7:00 PM

    Where: Northview Junior High School
    5869-69th Ave N
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55429

    Suggested Donation: Black Belt: $30.00
    White Belt: $20.00
    General: $10.00
    Child (Under 12): $5.00

    For Further Information
    CAPI at (612) 721-0122, Jennifer @ ext. 22
    Sue at sue@capiusa.org
    Please Make Donations Payable to the
    "Greg & Vee Nelson"
    Send All Donations and Correspondences to:
    CAPI
    3702 East Lake Street Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55406O

      Sunday - October 27, 2002

    Results from
    Cagefighter Championships
    By Lee Coates

    Cagefighter Championships
    Held Oct. 26, 2002 - Atlanta, GA.

    Amateur Bouts
    • Welterweight
      Harris Norwood def. Todd Moon - forearm choke R1

    • Heavyweight
      Mark Selbee def. Wayne Musid - guillotine choke R1

    • Light Middleweight
      Cheyenne Buchannon def. Mike Schwartz - guillotine choke R1

    • Super Heavyweight
      Big Sam Holloway def. Jeff Alcorn - strikes from the guard. R1

    Pro Fights
    • Welterweight
      Mike Lee def. Pee Wee McCall - unanimous decision.

    • Heavyweight
      Kevin K.O. Brooks def. Jason Jones - by forfeit.

    • Light Heavyweight
      George Allen def. Jason Braswell - Allen via majority decision

    • Middleweight
      Joe "Scissorhands" Merit def. David "The Fury" Davis - injury stoppage. Davis dislocated his left shoulder.

    • Heavyweights
      Forest Griffin vs. Travis "Ironman" Fulton - Doctor stoppage (cuts) after end of round 1

    • Main Event- Heavyweight
      Brian Hawkins def. Kent "The Norseman" Hensley - Doctor stoppage R1

    From the events' promoter:
    SportFighting & Grapplers Quest West 3 Updates

    SPORTFIGHTING - NOVEMBER 9TH - NEW JERSEY

    The SportFighting Mixed Martial Arts Championships at Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey is less than 2 weeks away. With more than 400 tickets sold already, we are looking at a potential sell-out crowd!

    Main Card:

    SuperFights:
    • Zack Wakeman, Tai Kai vs. Mark Colangelo, Renzo Gracie
    • Nakapan Phungephorn, Linxx vs. Vlad Koulikov, Combat Sambo
    • Todd Margolis, Linxx/Lloyd Irvin vs. David Perez, Professional Karate Academy

    • Joe VanBrackle, Yamasaki/Muay Thai vs. Jeff Williamson, Professional Karate Academy
    • Brian "Big Fam" Shepard, Tai Kai vs. Brad Cunningham, Kempo Karate
    • Dante Rivera, Team End Game/Eddy Rolon vs. Chris Scanlon, Kioto Jiu Jitsu
    • Jay-Shannon Russell, Team Hunter vs. Joey "Knockdown" Brown, Team End Game/Eddy Rolon
    The Undercard:
    • Carlos Moreno, BAMA vs. Jeremiah Fountain, Tai Kai
    • Norm Schack, Renzo Gracie/Martain's vs. John Ryan, V-Force Fighting
    • Rich Latta, Renzo/Hatfield vs. Mark Papadimitriou, Combined Martial Arts
    • Steve Hankin, Combat Zone vs. John Timlin, Combined Martial Arts
    • Mike Acosta, Yamasaki Jiu Jitsu/Muay Thai vs. Deividas Taurosevicivs, Professional Karate Academy
    Event Details: The SportFighting Mixed Martial Arts Championships
    Saturday, November 9th, 2002
    Marist High School
    1241 Kennedy Blvd.
    Bayonne, New Jersey
    *Card Subject to Change

    SAVE $5 and GET TICKETS ONLINE at: http://www.grapplers.com/store/tickets_tournament.cfm
    OR
    Please send a check or money order (Payable to THE GRAPPLERS COMPANY, INC. - $25 per ticket for General Admission, $45 for Ringside) with a note to:
    SportFighting Tickets
    PO Box 4505
    Wayne, NJ 07470

    All tickets will be held at-the-door under your name.
    GRAPPLERS QUEST WEST 3 - VIVA LAS VEGAS
    Saturday, November 16th
    Durango High School
    7100 West Dewey Drive
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89113-1104

    208 Pre-Registered Competitors already in the BOOKS...Looking to break 600 for GQ-West 3!!!
    65 Divisions for Children, Women, Executives, and Men (Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)
    SAVE $25 NOW - PRE-REG ENDS NOV. 1st
    REGISTER ONLINE NOW AT: http://www.grapplers.com/store/midscreen.cfm
    OR
    Download the event info package (Fill Out Application and Mail Check/Money Order In):
    http://www.grapplers.com/article_images/gqwest3.doc

      Monday - October 28, 2002

    From the events' promoter:
    SuperBrawl Logo
    Primetime Television!

    A Super Brawl 1 hour program entitled "Super Brawl Superstars!" will air on Hawaii's Channel K5, the local WB affiliate, at 9pm on Wednesday, October 30. The show will feature a "Best of" series of fights featuring, Cabbage, Falaniko Vitale and Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun. The program will also feature never before seen training and lifestyle segments of each fighter.

    T.Jay Thompson said: "I just left the editing studio with the Master copy. I am truly proud of this show. It will show a different side of the sport to 10's of thousands of new fans in Hawaii!"

    The program will re-air Monday-Thursday, Nov 4-7, at midnight.

    Contact: T.Jay Thompson SuperBrawl@hawaii.rr.com (808) 371-2300

    From the event's promoter:
    WFA Logo
    "WHERE THE FIGHT CLUB MEETS THE NIGHT CLUB"

    THE "PLAYAS" ARE IN THE HOUSE...

    WORLD FIGHTING ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL LINE-UP FOR NOVEMBER 23RD LEVEL 3 CARD

          LAS VEGAS (October 25, 2002) - Lights! Music! Action! The World Fighting Alliance returns to "Sin City" this Saturday, November 23rd for its third installment. Bringing its unique mix of battling warriors and gyrating beauties to the heart of the Las Vegas strip are Mixed-Martial Arts superstar John Lewis and the King of the Nightclub John Huntington. Touching down at the Aladdin Resort & Casino's own 5,000-seat venue, WFA: Level 3's distinctive blend of combat and unparalleled style will surely elevate this mixed martial arts experience above all others. The stakes are high for these chosen "playas" willing to lay it all on the line. Two championship belts are up for grabs, and with a guest performance by rap music pioneers Naughty by Nature, Level 3 is sure to provide hardcore thrills like never before!
          Frank Trigg: an unstoppable world-class wrestler who's dominated the competition in the WFA cage and beyond. Pat Miletich: a nine-time world-champion with solid boxing and grappling skills. Vying for the WFA welterweight championship, these two men will meet for the first time to determine who's the baddest welterweight on the planet. Will the Croatian Sensation's well-rounded game be too much for the wrestler? Or will the Trigg-machine steamroll over another victim?
          With the WFA light-heavyweight title at stake, Las Vegas' own Marvin "the Beastman" Eastman will face Alex "the Brazilian Killa" Stiebling in a bout that pits brawler against brawler. The Beastman mauled his way to victory at his last WFA outing, with a solid display of ferocious takedowns and quick hands. Stiebling makes his way to the WFA cage via a successful run in Japan, where audiences marveled this promising newcomer's aggressiveness and fortitude. Only one of these top competitors will walk away with the belt. It all comes down to just who wants it the most...
          Two of the toughest lightweights in the sport clash in co-main event action, as Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Chris "the Westside Strangler" Brennan will test their high-level jiu-jitsu skills in the cage. Shaolin continues to impress each time he does battle. He put his last WFA opponent to sleep with a choke and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Brennan's move down to the lightweight class has already started to make waves in the division with a recent and impressive performance against one of Japan's best. Can Shaolin overwhelm the Westside Strangler? Or will Brennan's vast experience prove to be too much for the Brazilian warrior?

    The WFA Championships: Level 3 Playas -
     
    WFA Welterweight Title Bout
    Pat Miletich
    "The Croatian Sensation"
    Miletich Fighting Systems
    Team Extreme
    Bettendorf, IA
      Vs.   Frank Trigg
    "TwinkleToes"
    RAW Combat
    RAW
    Los Angeles, CA
     
    WFA Light-Heavyweight Title Bout
    Marvin Eastman
    "The Beastman"
    Kickboxing/Wrestling
    Lewis/Pederneiras Vale Tudo
    Las Vegas, NV
      Vs.   Alex Stiebling
    "The Brazilian Killa"
    Freestyle
    Muay Thai Inst. of Kunponly
    Salt Lake City, UT
     
    WFA Co-Main Event
    Chris Brennan
    "The Westside Strangler"
    Jiu-jitsu
    Next Generation
    Irvine, CA
      Vs.   Vitor Ribeiro
    "Shaolin"
    Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
    Nova Uniao
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
     
    Mike VanArsdale
    Wrestling
    Zinkin/American Kickboxing Academy
    Colorado Springs, CO
      Vs.   Chris Haseman
    "The Hammer"
    Wrestling
    Team Extreme
    Brisbane, Australia
     
    Rob McCullough
    "Razor"
    Submission wrestling
    Huntington Beach, CA
      Vs.   Josh Thomson
    "The Punk"
    Submission Fighting
    American Kickboxing Academy
    San Jose, CA
     
    Todd Lally
    Kickboxing/Submission Wrestling
    Lewis/Pederneiras Vale Tudo
    Las Vegas, NV
      Vs.   Nigel Hudson
    "UK Hammer"
    Thaiboxing/Boxing
    UK

          Stay tuned in the coming days for a final match-up to be announced. In total, seven scintillating fights will be set in motion to put your mind into submission.
          The next level of MMA competition is upon us. Don't let it pass you by! Tickets go on sale Monday, October 24th and can be purchased directly through the Alladin Resort & Casino's box office (877-333-9474) and through all Ticketmaster locations (702-474-4000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices range from $30, $50, $100, $150 and $200. A seating chart is available at www.aladdincasino.com and (The World Fighting Alliance website), the official web site of the world's hottest MMA experience.

    For additional event information, please contact: Paula Romero, WFA Marketing & Promotions at prome100@aol.com

    From John Petrilli (RITC):
    RITC 40 - Let's Get It On, Casa Grande!!!
    Saturday, November 9, 2002

    Pinal County - Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds
    11 MC Road
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

    Main Event:
    Andy Montana (225 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
    vs
    Wayland Berry (255 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Super Fights:
    RJ Gamez (175 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
    vs
    Robert Maldonado (170 lbs), Tucson Judo

    Steve Castillo (220 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
    vs
    Jed Hunt (300 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Also: Michael Kline (150 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
    vs
    James Attwood (150 lbs), Brausa Academy

    There will be 12 fights (the AZ Commission limit). Fight Card subject to change. There will be a HUGE post-fight party hosted by Famous Sams in Casa Grande. Tickets are available in advance at Asher Combat Academy or at the door the night of the show until sold out. Tickets prices are $15 and $20.

    Asher Combat Academy
    595 W. Cottonwood
    Casa Grande, AZ
    (520) 431-2993
    or e-mail: combat@cgmailbox.com

    For more information, please visit www.rageinthecage.com

    Here are the directions for those traveling from Phoenix or Tucson for the event:
    Take I-10 to Exit 194
    Head East on 287 away from CG for 7 miles
    Turn right on 11 Mile Corner Rd and you're there

      Wednesday - October 30, 2002

    The Brazilian Beat
    Minotauro likely not going to Battleship; Marco Ruas ready to go again; MECA 7 looking to sell out!

    The Brazilian Beat:
          We're almost in November already and things are really heating up in Brazil! In a time where news about new events is popping up all the time, the "newest promotion in town," Battleship, has begun to draw attention from the press. Since "The Beat" maintains the policy of commenting on facts and correct information only, this column hasn't commented on this event until now, but with some rumors popping up around the 'net lately with Brazilian fighters names involved, we decided to clear up some things for the readers. Setting aside the to come in 2003, there are still several big shows taking place in the upcoming month of November of 2002, and PRIDE 23 is one of them with rumored fights becoming reality on a daily basis and MECA 7 heating up Curitiba for yet another night of pure Brazilian NHB action. In addition to all the upcoming event news, veteran NHB fighter and UFC legend Marco Ruas is ready to return to the ring, and since he always laid some beat downs on his opponents, take your seat and get ready to read a lot 'cause the "Brazilian Beat" is back in FCF!
    • NHB legend Marco Ruas is finally fully recovered from his broken hand. Marco suffered the injury while training for a UFO fight against Murakami Kazunari, and had to withdraw from the event that saw Wallid Ismail crush the Japanese fighter. Now the UFC 7 champion tells FCF that he is not only fully recovered, but training hard and ready to fight again! Despite several comments in NHB circles to the contrary, Ruas guaranteed us that he isn't thinking about retirement and hopes to get back in the ring - before the end of 2002 if possible. Still on the subject of the "King of the Streets," Marco Ruas and his wife just celebrated their 18th anniversary! FCF wishes the best for the couple and hopes they'll still happy and together in the years to come.

    • Ruas Vale Tudo team member Renato Babalu is currently training very hard in the USA for his upcoming UFC 40 bout against Chuck Liddell. This will be the last fight in Renato's UFC contract and the Brazilian fighter is very clear on the fact that this is the fight of his life, so he isn't taking "The Iceman" lightly by any means. According to his master, Marco Ruas, Babalu is dedicating himself to training with amazing discipline and has been looking to sharpen up his Muay Thai skills for the fight. Renato Babalu is also reported to be showing tremendous cardio condition and FCF will continue to follow his preparation.

    • Chute Boxe star Vanderlei Silva is continuously training hard for his title defense at PRIDE 23, probably against Hiromitsu Kanehara. Silva has been training full time and is no longer sporting the stitches on the gash he received during a training session with fellow teammate Jamanta. "The Axe Murderer" told Full Contact Fighter this week that he is amazed with the amount of punching power he is developing in training and is looking to a stand-up brawl against his next opponent.

    • Still on the subject of Chute Boxe and PRIDE 23, at this point is very highly likely that Chute Boxe star Murilo "Ninja" Rua and former Brazilian Top Team member/RINGS champion Ricardo Arona will face each other in the ring at the Tokyo Dome in November. The fight isn't signed yet, but it's considered a done deal among NHB circles in Brazil.

    • Jiu-Jitsu legend Mario Sperry is definitely out of PRIDE 23. Despite some early intentions from DSE to maybe use him on their November card, Mario told FCF he won't be competing in the show since he isn't training properly for a fight now and has been focusing on helping his students and teammates for their next fights. The Zen Machine's next step will be a travel to Curitiba to corner his student Luizao, and other BTT members Haroldo Cabelinho Bunn and Jucao for their MECA 7 fights.

    • Since some fans are always wondering and asking about Chute Boxe heavyweight Assuerio Silva, "The Beat" decided to give an update on his current status. The MECA and PRIDE veteran is currently fully healed from his knee injury that took him out of action for so long, and he is training as hard as ever with the Chute Boxe team in Curitiba. Assuerio is reported to be much stronger now, due to all the time he spent in the weight-room during his absence from the ring, and is eager to fight again. Assuerio is likely to make his return at PRIDE 24 in December.

    • There has been much talk lately about a new NHB promotion in America, called Battleship. Since there's Brazilian fighter's names being tossed around in relation to the new show, this column decided to clear some things up about the situation. The event will hold two 4-man tournaments - one middleweight & one heavyweight. It will most likely take place on January 31st and the prize money for the tourney winner is reported to be U.S. $250,000 Dollars. Contracts are flying around the globe looking to attract several top NHB stars. However, although it has been reported elsewhere that PRIDE heavyweight champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira is close to signing for this event, this is not the case. In fact Minotauro is very likely NOT going to fight at Battleship and still has a fight left in his PRIDE contract, which will happen still in 2002.

    • UFC Middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante is training hard in Rio de Janeiro, both preparing his students and teammates and keeping himself in fighting shape. As of now Bustamante hasn't signed any deals with any events, and is still studying offers from several events. It is still too early to say if Murilo will be fighting at the Battleship promotion, return to the UFC or go to Japan to fight, the only sure thing is that "Bustamove" will be fighting again in 2003 and still plans to fight for several years to come.

    • MECA World Vale Tudo 7 is getting closer and things are heated in Curitiba! The promotion of the event is going at full force with advertisements on local radio stations and cars going around the city announcing the event over P.A. systems. Tickets are already on sale and the promoters are expecting a packed house as in the last show, however this time they'll open the gates earlier to try to avoid a situation with more than 2.000 people being left without a ticket like in MECA 6, due to the event's huge success. As the city's excitement over the biggest NHB event in Brazil is huge, fighters are also finishing up their preparations… Chute Boxe coach Rudimar Fedrigo told FCF that Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Nilson de Castro are on the top of their games, and American fighter Dave Phillips is already back in Brazil and ready for his fight against Mario Sperry's black belt Luis Orlando. Also, as MECA is attracting more and more attention from the NHB world, PRIDE's Koichi Kawasaki has confirmed that he will be on hand as a special guest at the event on November 8th. Full Contact Fighter will continue to follow the last minute preparations for MECA 7.

      Thursday - October 31, 2002 - Happy Halloween

    From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
    PRIDE.23 Matches

    Today (October 31st) in Japan, DSE/PRIDE announced two additional matches for PRIDE.23 on November 24th as follows:

    PRIDE middleweight championship
    Wanderlei Silva vs Mitsuhiro Kanehara

    Murilo Ninja vs Ricardo Arona

    Already announced:

    Nobuhiko Takada vs Kiyoshi Tamura

    Don Frye vs Hidehiko Yoshida

    PRIDE.23
    DATE: November 24th, 2002
    OPEN: 3:00 PM START 5:00 PM
    PLACE: Tokyo Dome, Japan (Aichi-Pref, Japan)

    KOTC Preview
    By Keith Mills

    Reno, NV-This Friday, November 1st, 2002 KOTC hold their next pay-per-view broadcast event from the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Gates open at 4:30pm PST, fights start at 6:00pm.
    • Paul Buentello Vs. Mike Kyle
    • Dan "The Beast" Severn Vs. Mark "The Bear" Smith
    • Rocky Batastini Vs. Seth Petruzelli
    • Betiss "Super" Mansouri Vs. Dennis "Superman" Hallman
    • Chad Bannon ("DOA" of Battle Dome) Vs. Rick Collup
    • Jason House Vs. James Fanshier
    • Jimmy Walker Vs. Gary Grate
    Dark Matches:
    • Chad Davis Vs. Roberto Ramirez
    • Sean Gray Vs. Brian Foster
    Perhaps the most intriguing fight of the night is Dan "The Beast" Severn, a name every MMA fan will recognize, taking on Mark Smith who seems to be the perennial hunter of vets of the early UFC. After Dan's loss to Pedro Rizzo, his career slid in the eyes of many to taking on relatively inexperienced fighters in promotions seeking name recognition over quality matches such as Dan's loss to rookie Jonathon Wiezorek in RSF1 or his controversial win over Travis Fulton in WEC1. Dan's KOTC debut win came this summer against John Jensen, marking a possible turning point for Dan of drawing his career to a close against higher competition as evidenced by taking on Mark Smith.

    Smith started his career in the early days of HOOKnSHOOT where he won four of his five fights before moving around various promotions including KOTC5 and Gladiator Challenge 1, but mostly regional shows like Ultimate Pankration. In that time he became noted for the amount of early UFC fighters he has faced - he lost a decision to Joe Charles in '99, beat Zane Frazier in '01, and won a decision over Remco Pardoel in '02. Mark has won three of his four fights in '02, but they were against Pardoel who has been having an off year, Samu Samu (in Samu's debut fight) who is now 0-2, and 1-5 Ron Faircloth;while his loss was to Kerry "Meat Truck" Schall out of Miletich Martial Arts. Now holding a record of 11-6 Smith, is doing okay but to take the next step needs to beat a high profile fighter and Severn, although not usually thought of as one of the top fighters in the sport today, still holds a name with enough clout in the minds of old school fans to bring respectability. Will Severn continue on his rise back to glory or will his attempt to get back in the limelight be the reason he falls? This one could be intense.

    Another one to watch for is 10-6 Dennis Hallman making his KOTC debut against 3-0-1 Betiss Mansouri. Mansouri only fights about once a year and is known for either getting a quick submission, as he did in 1:15 against Eddy Ellis and 0:20 of r2 against Adrian Serrano, or going the distance as he did in his one decision win and one draw. Hallman's 10-6 record is misleading as he suffered a four loss losing streak in 2000 but went 6-2 since then with the two losses being a title shot against former UFC champ Jens Pulver followed by Amaury Bitetti. Now, with three more wins under his belt, look for Hallman to try to use this show to vault back into contender status where he belongs.

    Also on the card 6-5 Paul Buentello, who started out last year with three losses in a row but has since turned it around to three wins in a row, takes on up-and-comer Mike Kyle, a 2-1 fighter with his only loss to former champion Daniel Bobish. James House vs. James Fanshier looks to be the most even fight of the night while Gary Grate vs. Jim Walker could be interpreted as KOTC vet vs. IFC vet. The only bout on the card so far that does not seem of much interest is 0-2 Rick Collup vs. unknown Chad Bannon.

    "King of the Cage: Sudden Impact" will be televised on pay-per-view. The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST and is available via DirecTV, The Dish Network, TVN, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice. For more information on pay-per-view availability, check your local listings. For tickets, go to www.ticketsplus.net or call 1-800-585-3737.

    From the event's promoter:
    UPDATED FIGHT CARD FOR SPORTFIGHTING

    The SportFighting MMA Championships featuring Jon Weidler, Hybrid Elite vs. Mark Colangelo, Team Renzo Gracie NYC

    Saturday, November 9th, 2002
    Marist High School
    1241 Kennedy Blvd.
    Bayonne, NJ
    Seating Starts at 5:30 PM, Event Starts at 7:00 PM. For Tickets and Event info, go to: www.grapplers.com/zone/news.cfm?#213

    Main Event of the Night:
    • *Jon Weidler*, Hybrid Elite vs. *Mark Colangelo*, Renzo Gracie NYC
    Superfights:
    • Nakapan Phungephorn, Linxx vs. Vlad Koulikov, Ultimate Sambo
    • Todd Margolis, Linxx/Lloyd Irvin vs. Forrest Petz, ISFA Shootfighting/Dan Bobbish
    • Joe VanBrackle, Yamasaki/Muay Thai vs. Jeff Williamson, Professional Karate Academy
    • Brian "Big Fam" Shepard, Tai Kai vs. Brad Cunningham, Freestyle
    • Dante Rivera, Team End Game/Eddy Rolon vs. Chris Scanlon, Kioto Jiu Jitsu
    • Jay-Shannon Russell, Team Hunter vs. Joey "Knockdown" Brown, Team End Game
    The Undercard:
    • Carlos Moreno, BAMA vs. Jeremiah Fountain, Tai Kai
    • Norm Schack, Renzo Gracie/Martain's vs. John Ryan, V-Force Fighting
    • Rich Latta, Renzo/Hatfield vs. Mark Papadimitriou, Combined Martial Arts
    • Steve Hankin, Combat Zone vs. John Timlin, Combined Martial Arts
    • Mike Acosta, Yamasaki vs. Deividas Taurosevicivs, PKA

    From Pancrase:
    Pancrase Results

    Pancrase 2002 Spirit Tour
    Tuesday,October 29,2002
    Doors Open; 5:30pm/Fights Start; 6:30pm
    Korakuen Hall (Tokyo,Japan)
    Live Gate: 2,200 Sold Out
    • Pancrase Gate#1/Middleweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Hidenobu Koike(Freelance) drew Hidehiko Hasegawa(Sk.Absolute) at Full Time Limit.

    • Pancrase Gate#2/Lightweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Hideaki Hirayama(P's Lab Yokohama) drew Tomoya Miyashita(Battlearts B-Club) at Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#1/Welterweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Hiroyuki Nozawa(Stand) def. Minoru Ozawa(V-Cross) By Unanimous Judges Decision at Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#2/Featherweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Miki Shida(P's Lab Tokyo) def. Takahiro Sanehara(Team Shinagawa) By Unanimous Judges Decision At Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#3/Welterweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Kenji Arai(Pancraseism) def. Takehiro Kat0(1997 All Japan Kyokushin Karate Lightweight Champion/1997 All Japan Kyokushin Karate Lightweight Champion/Kiguchi Workout Studio) By Majority Judges Decision At Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#4/Middleweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Hikaru Sato(Pancraseism) drew Susumu Yamazaki(1998, 1999 Hokutoki Heavyweight Champion/2001 Hokutoki Absolute Class Champion/Daidojuku Hombu Dojo) At Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#5/Welterweight 2x5 Min Rounds
      Satoru Kitaoka(Pancraseism) def. Taro Minato(Former Ma Japan Kickboxing Middleweight Champion/Former U.K.F. World Middleweight Champion/K.I.B.A.) By Majority Judges Decision At Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#6/Welterweight 3x5 Min Rounds
      Koji Oishi(Welterweight 2nd Ranked/Pancraseism) def. Juan Ayala (F.F.C. Lightweight Champion/U.S.A./Todd Medina Freestyle Jiu Jitsu) by Unanimous Judges Decision At Full Time Limit.

    • Pro-Match#7/Middleweight 3x5 Min Rounds
      Chris Lytle(Middleweight 2nd Ranked/U.S.A./I.F. Academy) def. Yuji Hoshino(Middleweight 3rd Ranked/Rjw/Central) By Triangle Choke At 1r 2:12.

    • Pro-Match#8/Middleweight 3x5 Min Rounds
      Izuru Takeuchi(Former Shooto Lightheavyweight 3rd Ranked/Sk.Absolute) def. Nathan Marquardt(Former Middleweight K.O.P./Middleweight 1st Ranked/U.S.A./Colorado Stars)

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