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  Monday - December 1, 2003
Storm Samurai Brings a Blend of Fighting Sports to the Crowd in Curitiba
By Eduardo Alonso

Famous for its Muay Thai action, Storm added a different aspect to their card for the first time in the show's history, and the result was several hours of fighting in an attempt to please every sort of fan. The Muay Thai action, being the event's trademark, saw a dominance of the Chute Boxe team in their hometown court as their athletes ended victorious in most matches. In the most aanticipated Muay Thai bout of the evening, several time Storm winner Fabio Tigrao, from Chute Boxe, defeated Emerson Nunes by decision in a match that saw Fabio getting the nod in the second round to take the win. In another important fight in the Thai Boxing card, MECA veteran Alex Gaze also won a fair judges' decision over another MECA veteran in Paulo Bueno, in a bout where he even scored a knockdown in the first round. Both Jiu Jitsu matches were decided by points, with Cristiano Neguinho, from Gracie Barra in Curitiba defeating Paulinho, and Ocimar from Chute Boxe defeating Simpson. The most awaited moment of Storm Samurai was, however, the MMA matches with the debut of Chute Boxe fighters Marlon Matias and Mauricio "Veio", who made their names fighting Muay Thai bouts at past Storm editions. Marlon didn't disapoint his fans as he showed good composure in his first MMA match, getting the better in the stand up and not taking much punishment on the ground, until he scored a knockout over Daniel Mexicano in the 3rd round. Mauricio "Veio" also did well as he dominated late replacement "B.A.", as he is called, controlling both the stand up and wrestling aspects, and getting a deserved judges' decision. Word is that the show has some problems in its production and organization, but all in all the fights are now in the history books and some new talents are being developed. Here are the results:

MMA Matches:
  • Marlon Matias def. Daniel Mexicano by KO in R3
  • Micheal Costa def. Rodrigo Tadeu by triangle choke in R2
  • Jadison def. Junior Aguiar by KO in R2
  • Mauricio "Veio" Amado def. "B.A." by judges' decision
  • Jefferson def. Alexandre Marciano by KO in R1
  • Vinicius def. Lamar by KO in R2
  • Geremias def. Nelson "Pantera Negra" by KO in R1

Ultimate Combat 8 - Retribution
Held Nov. 30, 2003 Chippenham, UK
Results by David West

  • Billy Harris def. Steven Milward by rear choke - 2:27 R2
  • Mark Spencer (UK) def. Sami Berik (Turkey) by arm bar - 2:28 R1
  • Mick Broster (UK) def. Enrique Anton (Spain) by decision after 2 rounds
  • James Thompson def. Marc Goddard by KO - 0:18 R1
  • Kim Hovgaard (Denmark) def. Ian Butlin (UK) by heel hook - 4:28 R1
  • Evert Fyeet (Holland) vs. Tom Blackledge (UK) - no contest
  • Dave Butlin def. Greg Loughrin by triangle choke - 3:57 R1
  • Dina Van Den Hooven (Holland) def. Kelli Salone (UK) by decision after 1 round (semi-pro)
  • Mark Wilson def. Pat Carr - Carr unable to continue after R1 due to injury
  • Rafles LaRose (Holland) def. Javier Garcia (Spain) by guillotine choke - 0:46 R2
  • Lars Besand (Denmark) def. Stephano Meneghal (Italy) by tap out from strikes - 1:26 R3
  • Thomas Duffin def. Marc Collett by Rear Choke - 2:06 R1
  • Damien Riccio (France) def. Ruben Vazquez (Spain) by rear choke - 1:43 R3
  • Matt Ewin def. Sol Gilbert by rear choke - 4:04 R1
  • Fabricio Nascimento (Brazil/Italy) def. Paul Jenkins (Wales) by heel hook - 0:32 R2

  Tuesday - December 2, 2003
Ring of Combat 5
Over 220lb limit / 3 Five Minute Rounds
Justin Villella (Villella Fight Team) Vs.
Carlos Moreno (Team BAMA)

170lb Limit / 2 Five-Minute Rounds
Anthony Ladonna (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.
Eddie Alvarez (Fight Factory)

164lb Limit / 2 Five-Minute Rounds
Joe Scarola (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.

200lb Limit / 3 Five-Minute Rounds
Mike Stine (Team Tiger Schulmann) Vs.
Derex Johnson (Team Ricardo Almeida)

170lb Limit / 3 Five-Minute Rounds
Jay Hieron (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy/Rodrigo Gracie) Vs.
Jermaine Johnson

165lb Limit / 3 Five-Minute Rounds
Chris Johnson (Team Tiger Schulmann) Vs.
Rob Copenhaver (Practical Fighting Concepts)

179lb Limit / 3 Five-Minute Rounds
Luke Cummo (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.
Taylor Sensabaugh (Team Prodigy)

152lb Limit / 3 Five-Minute Rounds
Nardu Debra (Team Renzo Gracie) Vs.

Valodia Gevorgyan (Tiger International) Vs.
Michael Murray (Team Tiger Schulmann)

Card subject to change
Live From the RexPlex Sports Complex in Elizabeth, NJ
Exit 13A NJ Turnpike, Elizabeth NJ 07201 - Next to IKEA

Tickets are available at these locations:
Tiger Schulmann's Karate (800)52-TIGER
Ray Longo's International Martial Arts Academy (516)294-6313
Louis Neglia's Martial Arts Karate, Inc. (718)372-9089

***Fighters needed for this show! ***
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Sul Combat Results
By Eduardo Alonso

      Storm Samurai wasn't the only MMA show taking place in Brazil this last Saturday, November 29th. As mentioned before here at FCF, the city of Sao Leopoldo, near Porto Alegre in the extreme south of the country saw their first ever taste of Mixed Martial Arts action, as the crowd got pleased with a lot of local fighters, such as Storm veteran Helio Dipp and BTT member Rafael Cestari winning their fights with a good showing. MECA veteran Fabricio Morango also followed his win at MECA 8, his last apparance, with another solid effort in Sul Combat, defeating Marcelo Rodrigues with a katagatame choke. Here are the results of this show, who is helping out our sport to break even more ground in Brazil:
  • Eduardo Verissimo def. Gelson Carvalho by armbar in R1
  • Lindomar Silva def. Reginaldo Daora by judges' decision
  • Fabricio Morango def. Marcelo Rodrigues by side choke in R1
  • Alexandre Vieira def. Sergio Piu by KO in R1
  • Carlos Aveline defated Fabricio Moura by choke in R2
  • Minnu Bittencourte def. Atila Martins by choke in R2
  • Rafael Cestari def. Diego Nosferatu by judges' decision
  • Antonio Conceicao def. Francisco Marcos by armbar in R1
  • Helio Dipp def. Bernardo Lopes by TKO in R1

  Wednesday - December 3, 2003
New Year's Eve Shows' War and Broken Nose Takes Shoji Out of HEAT FC 2!
By Eduardo Alonso

      A broken nose suffered in late November and later the battle taking place between three Japanese organizations to use fighters on their New Year's evening shows forced Japanese fighter and PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji to be taken out of of the HEAT FC 2 Revolution card, coming up this next December 18th. Around the initial date for HEAT FC 2, November 27th, Akira suffered a broken nose during a training session against UFC veteran Ivan Salaverry, making it impossible for him to attend the show. With the constant rain in the city of Natal, hometown of HEAT, moving the show to December 18th at an indoor arena, it was against possible, although not sure, for the Japanese fighter to compete again, since his trainer Matt Hume was hoping for a possible recovery in time. However, as the seasoned fighter recovers Japanese events started a war after fighters to use in their cards. With three major shows taking place at New Year's evening, fighters native from the land of the rising sun became very important and a fight for Shoji in one of those also became probable, making HEAT promoters to make a choice for taking him out of their card, keeping a good relationship with the AMC Pankration camp as well as shows such as PRIDE. On the same trend, WEF veteran Roman Roytberg, also from AMC Pankration, had to withdraw from the show due to personal issues and conflicts with the new date, but will most likely be featured at a future edition of the show, with HEAT FC 3 being tentatively scheduled for late March of 2004. Replacements for both Akira Shoji and Roman Roytberg will be announced at any time by the promoters. Here is the current card of HEAT FC 2, on December 18th:
  • Carlos Barreto vs. Travis Wiuff
  • Allan Goes vs. Gustavo "Ximu" Machado
  • Ebenezer Fontes Braga vs. Eric Wanderlei
  • Forrest Griffin vs. Edson Paredao
  • Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes vs. Kleber Galdino
  • Marcelo "Uirapuru" Azevedo vs. TBA
  • Dinarte Silva vs. Charles Andrade
  • Sergio Junior vs. Fabio "Bolinho"
  • Alexandre "Vaca" vs. TBA

From Dream Stage Entertainment:
Pride FC logo

LOS ANGELES, California - Dream Stage Entertainment announces two upcoming events for the year 2004:

Live Event: February 1, 2004
PPV Date: February 8, 2004
From the Osaka Castle Hall in Japan

Live Event: February 15, 2004
From the Yokohama Arena in Japan

More information on both fight cards soon to follow.

From Zuffa/UFC:
UFC logo

Matt Hughes To Meet BJ Penn For Welterweight Crown In Ultimate Fighting Championship Super Bowl Weekend Show At Mandalay Bay In Las Vegas

Heavyweights Frank Mir, Wes Sims To Battle In Rematch;
British Middleweight Lee Murray To Clash With Jorge Rivera


      LAS VEGAS, December 2, 2003...Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Randy "The Natural" Couture will defend his title for the first time against Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort in the main event of UFC 46: Super Natural LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Saturday, January 31, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
      In the co-main event of the Super Bowl Saturday fight show, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes will defend his belt for the sixth time when he meets one of the world's top rated fighters, BJ Penn, who will move up from the lightweight division for the title fight. In two feature matches on the eight-fight card, Las Vegas Heavyweight Frank Mir will again fight Wes Sims in the much-anticipated re-match of their June 6 bout, and Lee Murray, one of Britain's top ranked middleweights will clash with Jorge Rivera. The remainder of the card will be announced.
      Live event tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Ticket purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFC 46: Super Natural also will be available on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Couture and Belfort fought six years ago in an epic battle that Couture won by technical knockout. Now both are at the peak of their careers and are ready for a re-match. Belfort vows the outcome will be different this time, but Couture says the light heavyweight division suits him well and he won't be relinquishing the belt any time soon.
      Couture (12-5-0 in mixed martial arts) from Portland, Ore., is the 40-year-old superman who has blitzed the light heavyweight division since he dropped down from heavyweight in June and defeated then number one contender Chuck Liddell to capture the interim championship. He followed with an even more impressive defeat of Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision September 21 to capture the light heavyweight crown outright. Couture, the former two-time heavyweight champion, is the only fighter in the UFC's 10-year history to win titles in two different weight classifications.
      Belfort (11-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro, is one of the world's top-ranked light heavyweight fighters. He is coming off a dominating performance in June in Las Vegas where he defeated Marvin Eastman by technical knockout in just 1:10 of the first round. Belfort's mastery of jiu jitsu and his lightning quick hands established his reputation early on. He exploded on the scene in 1997 at just 19 dazzling fans and opponents alike with his furious hands and punching power. He won his first three fights with devastating punches, including a 53 second knockout of the legendary Tank Abbott.
      Penn (6-1-1) from Hilo, Hawaii, is the undisputed top lightweight fighter in the world. A threat both striking and on the ground, the energetic, young Hawaiian is always looking for a new challenge. He may have accepted his greatest one yet moving up a weight class to challenge the seemingly unstoppable Welterweight World Champion Hughes (30-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill.
      Since winning the welterweight crown in November 2001 with a knockout of Carlos Newton, Hughes has destroyed everyone in his path including highly-rated Frank Trigg with a rear naked choke in just 3:54 of the first round at UFC 45: Revolution. Hughes, known for his high amplitude body slams and devastating ground and pound attack, is considered the pound-for-pound strongest fighter in mixed martial arts. He is at the absolute top of his game right now and everyone wants to know if Penn will shock the world or if he has bitten off more than he can chew against the most dominant welterweight champion in UFC history.
      The Mir-Sims bout not only will be a re-match but also a grudge match. Sims, the 6'10" Hammer House fighter, and 6'3' submission expert Mir first battled at UFC 43: Meltdown. Mir (6-1-0) from Las Vegas, started strong taking Sims down and working for a submission. The fight ended when Sims (6-2-1) from Columbus, Ohio, was disqualified for repeatedly stomping Mir in the face, a tactic that is illegal under UFC fight rules. Sims claims the stomps were payback for Mir eye gouging him earlier in the fight. Both agree the only way to settle their differences is with a rematch and both are confident it is their hand that will be raised at the end.
      The Murray-Rivera fight will pit two fighters of similar styles. Rivera made an impressive debut at UFC 44: Undisputed in September with a three-round unanimous decision over David Loiseau, one of Canada's top middleweights. After sustaining a head cut in the first round, Rivera (7-1-0) of Milford, Mass., came back strong to win all three rounds with his boxing skills. Murray (8-1-1) from London, England, will be making his UFC debut. He also is an accomplished boxer and submission specialist who says bluntly that his favorite technique is the knockout. He currently holds middleweight titles in World Extreme Force, Millennium Brawl and is the CFC British champion.

  Thursday - December 4, 2003
PRIDE FC "Bad Blood"
Double DVD Set

PRIDE FC: Bad Blood Fight Card:
  • Ken Shamrock (USA) vs. Don Frye (USA)
  • Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan)
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Enson Inoue (Japan)
  • Heath Herring (USA) vs. Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine)
  • Carlos Newton (Canada) vs. Jose Landi-Jons (Brazil)
  • Rodrigo Gracie (Brazil) vs. Daijiro Matsui (Japan)
  • Alex Stiebling (USA) vs. Wallid Ismail (Brazil)
  • Tom Erikson (USA) vs. Tim Catalfo (USA)
Special Features:
  • Behind the Scenes at PRIDE FC "Bad Blood"
  • "Bad Blood" Press Conference
  • Shamrock/Frye Promo Spots
  • Shamrock/Frye Interviews
  • PRIDE FC Ring Girl Photo Gallery
  • PRIDE FC Rules
  • The History of PRIDE FC featurette
  • Detailed Fighter Bios
  • Fight Glossary
  • 3 Easter Eggs

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A Prelude to Combat
By Jim Genia

      Matt Serra. Nick Serra. Ricardo Almeida. Phil Baroni. Chris Liguori. What do all these mixed martial artists have in common? They're all UFC veterans, and they were all plucked from the ranks of Lou Neglia and Ray Longo's fighting events! Showcasing the best in local talent, the latest installment of Ring of Combat comes to the Rexplex Sports Complex in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on Saturday, December 6th - and representatives from Team Renzo Gracie, the Serra/Longo Competition Team, Team Tiger Schulmann, and Team BAMA will battle it out. Here's a brief look at some of the fighters on the card:
Carlos Moreno Carlos Moreno - Team BAMA
      A heavyweight with a reputation for knockouts, Moreno is known for sending the competition into dreamland with his accurate and extremely heavy hands. Unfortunately, this has left him sitting on the sidelines more often than not as promoters struggle to find him opponents. Enter: the "Juice", Justin Villella. Hailing from Pennsylvania, the Juice sports a 4-0 record and is the heavyweight champ of the Ohio Fighting Alliance. Will he end up unconscious, like the others who have dared to stand and trade with Moreno?
      "I hear he's a striker," says Moreno. "So it's gonna be a good stand-up match until he tries to tie up. Then we'll see how it goes from there."
Mike Stine Mike Stine - Team Tiger Schulmann
      Stine is a Tiger Schulmann Karate representative who has honed his skills at local grappling tournaments. In the MMA arena, he's coming off a quick but impressive submission win over Alex Wilkie's Pat Russo, and will square off against wrestler Derex Johnson at Ring of Combat 5. Will he force his opponent to tap? Or will his ground defense and stand-up get tested? "I've heard good things about my opponent," says Stine, who asserts he's just as good on his feet as he is on the mat. "I haven't seen any tape on him, but that's just made me train harder."
Derex Johnson Derex Johnson - Team Ricardo Almeida
      His first MMA bout ended with him tapping to jiu-jitsu stud and Ring of Combat champ Pete "Drago" Sell. His second bout ended with a close decision going to his opponent, Greg Killian. But they say the third time's the charm, and with a recent shift in his training focus, Johnson will be out to secure that much needed win with a vengeance. With his wrestling skills, the takedowns are probably his if he wants them. Will it be enough to impose his will on Stine?
Jay Hieron Jay Hieron - Bellmore Kickboxing/Rodrigo Gracie
      He's an All-American wrestler from Hofstra University, a jiu-jitsu blue belt, and he's fresh off an MMA win via TKO (unanswered strikes). In short, the fierce and aggressive Hieron is a rising star and up-and-coming badass.
Luke Cummo Luke Cummo - Serra-Longo Competition Team
      Though his last bout ended in a loss (a close decision to Team Tiger Schulmann rival Dave Tirelli), Cummo is certainly no pushover. He can grapple, he can strike, and he can fight well from the clinch. So what's standing between him and redemption? Phil Mazurrco - a strong wrestler with solid takedowns. Someone's going to get grounded and pounded or someone's going to get submitted, but either way, expect this one to be a war!

Fight Card:
  • Carlos Moreno Vs. Justin Villella
  • Anthony Ladonna Vs. Eddie Alvarez
  • Mike Stine Vs. Derex Johnson
  • Jay Hieron Vs. Jermaine Johnson
  • Chris Johnson Vs. Rob Copenhaver
  • Luke Cummo Vs. Phil Mazzurco
  • Valodia Gevorgyan Vs. Michael Murray
Card subject to change

The event will be held Saturday, December 6, 2003 at the RexPlex Sports Complex in Elizabeth, NJ
Exit 13A NJ Turnpike, Elizabeth NJ 07201 - Next to IKEA
Fights start at 9:00pm

Tickets are available at these locations:
  • Tiger Schulmann's Karate
  • Ray Longo's International Martial Arts Academy
  • Louis Neglia's Martial Arts Karate, Inc.

European Vale Tudo Set to Debut with Mezger Leading the Way
By Eduardo Alonso

      Proving that the sport of MMA keeps on growing everywhere with new events appearing all the time, as it has become a recent trend even in Brazil for instance, such an important continent as Europe couldn't be left out of this movement and with de development of the sport in mind a new premier MMA show is being born next weekend. The first edition of European Vale Tudo (EVT) will grace the beautiful city of Copenhagen, in Denmark, this next Saturday December 6th at Dansborghallen, expecting a selective crowd of 1.000 spectators. With the effort of people like August Wallen and Marko Ervasti, who promote the already established Fighter Extreme in Sweden, the MMA scene in Scandinavia is growing so quickly that the tendency is for that region of Europe, along with countries such as Holland and the UK, to lead the way for the rest of the continent bringing our sport to bigger levels of popularity there, opening the way for local talents to develop their skills and get the exposure they badly need. This last months alone, Scandinavia saw seminars with the likes of PRIDE fighter Murilo Ninja Rua and UFC Champion Randy Couture, seasoned fighter Vernon White fighting and losing to August Wallen in Sweden and now they'll be treated to European Vale Tudo in Denmark, featuring none other than Lion's Den fighter Guy Mezger in the main event, in a clear sight of what's coming on in the future.
      The show itself will have a set of rules just like the UFC ones, and it'll take place on a cage, being the first time ever a show in Nordic countries uses a cage for their fights. The main reason for the show to take place in Copenhagen, is that unfortunatelly full MMA rules such as the UFC ones are still forbidden in Sweden for instance, therefore EVT is also a much needed step in a long walk to take MMA in its full rules back to other countries in Scandinavia [The Fighter Extreme show in Sweden uses no strikes in the ground]. With the goal and ambition of not only being a European talent seeker as well as an international show, as the presence of Mezger may tell, the promoters of EVT have their eyes set in doing more shows in 2004, always with international presence mixing some well known stars of the worldwide MMA scene with the "cream of the crop" Europe has to offer, this way spreading the sport in the old continent as well as bringing new talent to the table all the time. The fighting card of European Vale Tudo 1 Genesis, will feature nine fights counting with fighters from seven countries such as USA, Spain, UK, Germany and needless to say Nordic countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The main event will match up PRIDE and UFC veteran Guy Mezger facing Daniel Bergman from Sweden. Mezger comes as the favorite to win this fight, but Daniel is a tough costumer and this fight certainly means a lot to him, so it shall be interesting. Other interesting bouts will feature Warriors War veteran Antonio Tello facing Richard Bohlenius, who is regarded as one of the top BJJ fighters in Sweden, Lion's Den fighter Travis Lutter against Extreme Brawl veteran Mark Epstein, and two Shooto veterans facing each other as Mario Stapel comes right after a questionable DQ in the last Shooto show in Japan hungry for a win to face Thomas Hytten from Norway.FCF will keep an eye at some of the best MMA Europe has to offer, here's the fight card for European Vale Tudo 1 Genesis, this next Saturday December 6th:
  • Guy Mezger (USA) vs. Daniel Bergman (Sweden)
  • Scott Ireland (UK) vs. Lars Besand (Denmark)
  • Antonio Tello (Spain) vs. Richard Bohlenius (Sweden)
  • Toni Vivas (Spain) vs. Martin Kampmann (Denmark)
  • Travis Lutter (USA) vs. Mark Epstein (UK)
  • Dersu Lema (Spain) vs. Kim Hovgaard (Denmark)
  • Mario Stapel (Germany) vs. Thomas Hytten (Norway)
  • Ski Svirskis (UK) vs. Joakim Engberg (Sweden)
  • Sonny Malmkvist Nielsen (Denmark) vs. Christian Graugart (Denmark)

From the event's promoter:
Curran Returns from Injury at Extreme Challenge 55

Extreme Challenge poster       Jeff Curran will try to pick up where he left off after suffering a broken arm in Japan five months ago.
      Curran, one of the top 145 pounders in the world, will face Elvis Demir this Friday in the main event at Extreme Challenge 55 in Lakemoor, Ill.
      "This is a special show for me, because it is only a few miles from my hometown," Curran said. "I'm excited to get back in the ring."
      Curran suffered a broken right arm that required a plate and six screws while competing in a tag-team match at the ZST show in Tokyo. He hopes a victory will help him get back on track.
      Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first of 14 fights starting at 8 p.m.

The lineup:
  1. Len Plaza vs. Mike Warner
  2. Andy Kozak vs Alex Gasson
  3. Kain Rizzo vs. Josh Benton
  4. Mark Wallen vs. Mitch Darwin
  5. Rory Markham vs. Kurt Illeman
  6. Ben Uker vs. Nwanda Bell
  7. Steve Dau vs. Leo Sylvest
  8. Jay Estrada vs. Jason Bender
  9. Demien Decorah vs. John Clausen
  10. Bart Palaszewski vs. Mark Long
  11. Bill Hill vs. Brad Spent
  12. Jason Reinhardt vs Josh Delaney
  13. Jason Medina vs. Doug Henke
  14. Jeff Curran vs. Elvis Demir
-Card subject to change-

  Friday - December 5, 2003
Ring of Combat Postponed

Ring of Combat 5, originally scheduled to be held tomorrow night (Dec. 6) at the RexPlex Sports Complex in Elizabeth, New Jersey, has been postponed until Sunday, December 14th. The show will still be held in the same venue, but the show will begin at 4pm (doors will open at 3pm). All tickets from the original show date will be honored at the door on December 14th.

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  Saturday - December 6, 2003
M-1 "Russia vs. the World 7"
Two draws slow international stage progress in St. Petersburg
Report and photos by Keith Mills

St. Petersburg, Russia-The Russian team mainly represented by Team Red Devil slipped in the results slightly compared to October's Moscow show by picking up the same amount of losses but also picking up two draws for a total on the main card of 7-2-2. Unfortunately the two draws were in two of the fights with the most attention from the Western perspective, with both the much-anticipated Denis Kang/Andrei Semenov fight and the main event of Gilbert Yvel (from Holland but fighting as Red Devil)/Daniel Tabeira.

Gilbert Yvel after receiving an illegal elbow
Yvel after receiving an illegal elbow

The Russian team did do better against the Americans with two-time UFC vet Dave Strasser and his student Brad Lynde both losing by guillotine choke but the Russians still couldn't beat Tiberia from Spain and this time one of the Frech fighters Kassim Anan. It should be noted that both Anan and Tibeira were losing their fights early on but Anan mustered a good comeback while Tabeira was handed a surprising draw after fouling Yvel with an illegal elbow.

Denis Kang on Andrei Semenov
Denis Kang on Andrei Semenov

Dave Strasser throwing a kick, which led to him being taken down
Strasser throwing a kick
The major outcomes of this show were the inaugural Welterweight belt fight between the USA's Dave Strasser and Russian Ansar Chalangov left the belt in Russia while German fighter Fatih Kocamis took the belt with a TKO over Arman Gambaryan. Semenov is the Middleweight Champion but his fight was a non-title Super Fight as was Gilbert Yvel's.

Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Full Contact Fighter.

Preliminary Fights
Karen Grigoryan def Roman Galako 2:06 by rear choke
Casiliy Krilov def Danila Vaselov by decision
Sergei Bal drew Magomed Magomedrasulov after 10 minutes

Main Event
New Light Heavyweight champion Fatih Kocamis
Light-Heavy champ Kocamis
Musail Alaydinov def. Yuji Hoshino 0:13 by TKO
Alexi Prokophiev def. Loic Pora 2:02 by rear choke
Denis Komkin def. Yuji Hisamatsu 0:16 by TKO
Ansar Chalangov def. Dave Strasser 0:53 by guillotine choke (Chalangov new Welterweight Champion)
Alexi Veselovzorov def. Brad Lynde 1:51 by guillotine choke
Andrei Semenov drew Denis Kang after 10 minutes
Bashir Guliev def. Stefan Crnko 0:15 by TKO
Kassim Anan def. Mikhail Bogdanov 3:40 by triangle choke
Sergei Kaznovski def. Slavomir Molnar 2:34 by TKO
Fatih Kocamis def. Arman Gambaryan 8:00 by TKO (Kocamis new Light Heavyweight Champion)
Gilbert Yvel drew Daniel Tabeira after 10 minutes

European Vale Tudo I
Quick Results:

Guy Mezger scores a TKO as a new show was born
By Eduardo Alonso

      The first edition of the newest MMA promotion in the old continent of Europe is now history. European Vale Tudo I took place this last Saturday night, December 6th, at the city of Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, bringing first quality MMA action inside a cage for the first time ever in Scandinavia. The show was a success with only one match ending in a judges' decision and plenty of submissions and knockouts taking place. In the main event Guy Mezger proved why he was the favorite scoring a TKO win over Swedish fighter Daniel Bergman. Here are the results of the show:
  • Christian Graugart def. Sonny Malmkvist Nielsen by armbar in R1
  • Joakim Engberg def. Ski Svirskis by TKO in R1
  • Thomas Hytten def. Mario Stapel by split decision
  • Kim Hovgard def. Aaron Blackwell by armbar in R1
  • Travis Lutter def. Mark Epstein by rear naked choke in R2
  • Martin Kampmann def. Toni Vivas by TKO in R1
  • Antonio Tello def. Richard Bohlenious by rear naked choke in R2
  • Lars Besand def. Scott Ireland by tap out due to strikes in R1
  • Guy Mezger def. Daniel Bergman by TKO in R2

From the event's promoter:

To the fight community...

I am sorry to say that BATTLE QUEST 2 set for this Sunday, December 7th at the RED & JERRY'S event center will be postponed until early next year.

Unfortunetly we had so many drops of fighters from out of state after the Thanksgiving weekend that we were not able to complete a full fight card. I apologize to the fighters that trained and I have spoken with everyone who remained on the card. The fighters that did not pull off the event will be rewarded by comprising the under card of the upcoming ROF 11 show in January. I also want to say THANK YOU to the fighters that I have spoken with and who followed through with their comitments. It will be a pleasure to have you all fight on a RING OF FIRE.

Any tickets that were sold to the BQ2 event will be honored at the door for ROF 11 featuring Duane BANG! Ludwig in a World Title bout.

I am sorry for the inconvenience to all of the fans, fighters and families involved.

Sven Bean
FY Fight Productions, INC.
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Super Brawl 32
Held December 5, 2003
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka

SB 32 was to be the road back to the rematch between former Super Brawl Champion, Egan Inoue and current SHOOTO and Super Brawl champ, Masanori Suda. In their first meeting Suda scored a brutal knock out taking the championship back to Japan. Inoue wants to prove that fight was a fluke, but in order to do that, the rematch had to be built up by having Inoue fight Miller and Suda taking on Ritch. Jason Miller had an impressive showing at the Super Brawl 185lbs tournament and then dispatched Inoue's student Shawn Taylor showcasing a myriad of submissions. Shannon Ritch is one of the most active MMA fighters and has fought all over the world. Both Suda and Inoue were favored going into their matches, but nothing is guaranteed in the world of MMA. Inoue started off the match looking strong. He controlled the clinch, took Miller down and snapped on a vicious Kimura key lock that had Miller rolling to escape and Inoue looking to lock down Miller's body so he could crank it more. Miller somehow got out of that and survived Inoue's onslaught of punches from the standing, the guard and even the mount only to reverse the position and end both rounds pounding a turtled up Inoue. Inoue looked to be spent after the first round but came back in the second and landed a few hard blows that made Miller realized that the fight is not totally in his hands yet. At the end of the second round, Inoue tried to stand, but grabbed his ribs and fell to the ground. He winced in pain, apparently from a separated or broken rib. The fight almost got ugly when some disrespectful fans started heckling Inoue. Egan's brother, Enson, who is always at Egan's side for his fights, stepped into ring and told them to shut up. A huge crowd of people stood up, but luckily the situation was calmed down before any punches were thrown. The final match was a walk through for Suda. Shannon Ritch started off well and landed a leg kick, but made a fatal error when he chose to clinch Suda. Suda took him down, mounted him and lock up a triangle from the mount and rolled onto his back to finish off Ritch.

Under card highlights were the Super Brawl debut of Stephen "Bozo" Paling's son, Stephen IV against Harvey Nakamura, who had an impressive debut in SB 31. Paling, like his father showed crisp punches and good take down defense. Nakamura showed some power of his own, in addition to his good ground game. In the end, Nakamura won the unanimous decision, but it was a very close fight. Watch out for Paling, he is only 17 years old and has very good skills and composure for his young age. And Nakamura has shown a lot of potential in both fights. Other highlights were the Brandon Keene-Mike Bauer fight. Keene came in with an undefeated record, having just won in Maui. Bauer is coming into the fight with one win under his belt and has shown that he is a tough young fighter and very aggressive. Both fighters went after each other on their feet and exchanged hard punches, kicks and knees. The fight turned as Keen started taking Bauer to the ground more often and finally wearing him down enough to slip in a rear naked choke.

The road to the rematch took a detour as the title, which was expected to be heading back to Hawaii, will now either stay in Japan or move to the west coast. One name that can be thrown into the mix is Falaniko Vitale, who is hungry after coming off of a disappointing performance in the UFC. The next event is scheduled to take place on February 7, 2004 and only time will tell what surprises T. Jay Thompson has in store.

139 lbs. - 3 Rounds - 3 Minutes
Ivan Jennings (808 Fight Factory) drew Ryan Lee (Bulls Pen)
Draw after 3 rounds.

125lbs - 3 Rounds - 3 Minutes
Harvey Nakamura (Grappling Unlimited, 2-0) def. Stephen Palling IV (Jesus is Lord, 1-1)
Unanimous decision [(29-28), (29-28), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

170lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Brandon Keene (Grappling Unlimited, 5-0) def. Mike Bauer (HMC, 1-1)
Submission via rear naked choke at 1:58 into R3.

205lb - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Bryan Pardoe (Phoenix, 7-4) def. Sam Bass (Grappling Unlimited, 1-1)
Submission via tap out due to strikes from the cross position at 3:40 into R1.

Heavyweight - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Ray "King Kong" Seraille (Grappling Unlimited, 4-4) def. Tyler Lecky (Phoenix, 1-1)
Submission via inverted key lock (Kimura) at 2:14 into R1.

145lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Justin Mercado (Grappling Unlimited, 3-2) def. David Yeung (HMC, 2-3-1)
Submission via rear naked choke at 0:51 into R1.

185lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Jason "Mayhem" Miller (Las Vegas, 10-3) def. Egan Inoue (#1 Contender, Grappling Unlimited, 14-6)
TKO via rib injury, Inoue could not come out for R3.

185lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 Minutes
Masanori Suda (Super Brawl Champ, 20-8-2) def. Shannon "The Canon" Rich (Team Canon)
Submission via triangle at 1:01 into R1.

From the event's promoter:

Gladiator Challenge logo MAIN EVENT
Cole Escovedo Vs David Rivas
Joe Stevenson Vs Cory Cass
Dustin Arden Vs Robert Escalera

Leo Acosta Vs Fernando Estrada
Garrett Feanco Vs Matthew Balangue
Mike "The Hammer" Castillo vs Teddy Louzs


Harris Sarmiento working a toehold on Ben George
Punishment in Paradise
Held November 30, 2003
Campbell High School Gym, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka

      The name is new, but the people behind the event are not. Brennan Kamaka, the man behind Hawaiian Combat and Warriors Quest is back with his new event combining mixed martial arts matches with kickboxing matches. The three of the four kickboxing matches consisted of kids matches which included two of Brennan's nephews and his son. These kids are the future champions of Hawaii and it is amazing to see so much skill in that small a package.
      The MMA matches brought together some young fighters looking to get their feet wet by taking on opponents that are on the same level. These fighters really wanted to gain some experience because some of the fighters fought last week. In fact, there was a rematch from last week's event. Marcus Moreno wanted another shot at Ed Newalu, but Newalu repeated his performance and went on to beat Moreno via decision again. Vilapando was the other fighter to return to fight again and racked up another win using a relentless take down game and controlling Aiana on the ground.
Ulip punching Saragosa
Ulip punching Saragosa
      The main event pitted the Amateur Fighting Champion, PJ Dean against one of Hawaii's best kept kickboxing secrets, "3D" Deshaun Johnson. Dean is an accurate and power puncher and Johnson has power of his own, but is known for his ability to NOT get hit. This was an interesting match up going in. Both fighters exchanged strikes going in, with Johnson effectively slipping some punches and counter punching. Johnson surprised the home town crowd when he started landing more punches and buried a punch that had Dean lean into Johnson. Dean was out on his feet and when Johnson finally stepped out of the way, Dean fell to the canvas. Dean was given a standing 10 count and he recovered and survived the round. The second round had Dean pressuring Johnson trying to make up for the previous round. The final round saw Dean come on strong and the deciding factor turned out to be the minimum number of kicks required per round. Johnson did not meet the kick requirements in the last two rounds and a point was deducted off the score cards because of it. This turned out to be the one factor that cost Johnson the match.

Exhibition: Kids Kickboxing - 3 Rounds - 60lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Dido Rodrigues (Waianae Kickboxing) drew Kai Kamaka III (808 Fight Factory)

MMA - 130lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 minutes
Corey Ferreira (808 Fight Factory) def. Ikaika Silva (Animal House)
Submission via triangle choke at 1:11 into R1.

MMA - 145lbs - 3 Rounds - 5 minutes
Ed Newalu (808 Fight Factory) def. Marcus Moreno (Bulls Pen)
Unanimous decision after 3 rounds.

Exhibition: 65lbs - Kids Kickboxing - 3 Rounds - 45 seconds
Chancen Kalua (Makakilo Kickboxing) def. Keanu Kamaka (808 Fight Factory)
TKO via referee stoppage at 0:32 into R2.

Exhibition: Kids Kickboxing - 60lbs - 3 Rounds - 45 seconds
Triston Kamaka (808 Fight Factory) draw Triston Pebera (Ewa Beach Fight Club)

Exhibition: Kickboxing - 145lbs. - 3 Rounds - 1 minute
Duke Saragosa (808 Fight Factory) drew Alvin Ulip (Animal House)

MMA - 170lbs. 3 Rounds - 5 minutes
Robert Vilapando (808 Fight Factory) def. Chris Aiana (Kailua Fight Club)
TKO via injury default (injured ribs) after the end of round 1, fighter could not come out for second round.

MMA - 190lbs. 3 Rounds - 5 minutes
Corey Daniels (Kodenkan) def. Jason Nicholson (808 Fight Factory)
Unanimous decision after 3 rounds.

Exhibition: MMA - 145lbs. - 3 Rounds - 5 minutes
Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) def. Ben George (Bulls Pen)
Submission via toe hold at 3:23 into R1.

Main Event -Kickboxing - 170lbs. - 3 Rounds - 2 minutes
PJ Dean (Waianae Kickboxing Club) def. Deshaun Johnson (HMC)
Split decision [(27-28), (28-27), (28-27)] after 3 rounds.

Held November 28, 2003
Holomua Elementary School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka

Shilo Ho vs. Doug Armaral
Ho vs. Armaral
The big tent in Ewa that the event was held in could barely contain the action as Hawaii's best kickboxers put it on the line. They came out and emptied their gas tanks in every round. Once very large in Hawaii, kickboxing events slowly fizzled out. Dennis Alexio kept it alive by headlining his own events for a while. After Alexio retired, kickboxing almost ceased to exist. Now after only three events, you would have never believed that kickboxing had taken a break by the level of the kickboxers. The night started off with a great battle of two young warriors. Kai Ruiz and Keanu Kamaka took turns having the upper hand in the fight only to have the other one come back and take back the lead of the fight. Some of the night's action got to the next level during matches like Kaneala Stanton and Nick Correira and when David Balicao's quick hands and power punches took apart Earnie Candilaris. Danny Kaheaku and company felt it was time to crown some champions and have them start defending their titles in future events. This event was capped off with five championship bouts. Starting with the kid's championship and leading up to the most anticipated kickboxing match in a long time, Moreno versus Taylor. In a championship title bout, Brandon Absher and Joey Kuni had a war. This fight had supporters from both sides on their feet and brought on a comedic twist when the sprinklers suddenly turned on and had to be covered up. When the sprinklers were taken care of, the estatic crowd kicked out the electrical cord to the lights. The match was stopped with 20 seconds left. After the lights were restored, both fighters unloaded on each other for the remaining seconds causing the crowd to go crazy. Absher's accurate punches and kicks earned him more points in the judge's eyes than Kuni's constant pressure throughout the bout. This led us to the main event, Moreno versus Taylor.

Danny Kaheaku came into the ring to announce that part of the proceeds of this event would be donated to the war on Ice (Crystal meth-amphetamine), which is a huge problem in Hawaii. This event was created with the hope that this would give kids a reason to stay away from drugs and have an activity to train for and compete. Danny gave a piece of himself to the crowd telling everyone that he made some mistakes in the past with this very issue and that he would be paying for that mistake by serving some time behind bars. This brought a real world perspective to the issue and more than helped to drive home the point. Hopefully, more than a few young people took his message to heart and will choose the right path.

Dahwen Bright kicking Triston Pebris
Bright kicking Pebris
On to the main event. The key to this bout was who would be able to make the other fight their fight. It was a classic boxer versus kickboxer match up. Three time Hawaii Golden Gloves champion and MMA fighter Mark "El Torro" Moreno fought Hawaii Golden Gloves champion, Hawaii State Kickboxing champion and West Coast kickboxing champion, Shawn "Tornado" Taylor. Taylor's straight ahead style seemed to work right into Moreno's. Moreno chose to forgo most of the kicks and unloaded his fists on Taylor. Every one of Moreno's punches were thrown with bad intentions and most of them hit their mark. Taylor has always been known to have a tough head...er...chin. Moreno dropped Taylor to the canvas in the first round and seemingly had Taylor out on his feet at one point. Moreno started getting a little frustrated because Taylor's reaction was to keep pressing Moreno. Moreno finally landed the punch that finished the fight, causing Taylor to crash into the ropes.

65lbs - Exhibition: 3 Rounds - 45 seconds
Kai Ruiz (Makakilo Kickboxing) drew Keanu Kamaka (808 Fight Factory)

50lbs - Exhibition: 3 Rounds - 45 seconds
Dahwen Bright (Makakilo Kickboxing) drew Triston Pebris (Ewa Beach Fight Club)

95lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Sage Yoshida (HMC) def. Rodney Jo Barona (Team Big Dog)
Majority Decision [(29-28), (29-28), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

160lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Jerry Bright (Nanakuli Kickboxing) def. Oscar Cano (HMC)
Unanimous Decision [(29-28), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

150lbs - Exhibition: 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Kaneala Stanton (Ewa Beach Fight Club) drew Nick Correia (Makakilo Kickboxing)

200lbs - 3 Rounds - 2 minutes
Mark Shemwell (Geraldi Muay Thai) def. Gun Wheeler (HMC)
Unanimous Decision [(29-28), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

65lbs - Exhibition: 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Dillan Bright (Nanakuli Kickboxing) drew Kawai Keliihoomalu-Abregano (Ewa Beach Fight Club)

Heavyweight - 3 Rounds - 2 minutes
Shilo Ho (Team Big Dog) def. Doug Armaral (Hard Knocks)
Unanimous Decision [(30-25), (29-27), (30-26)] after 3 rounds.

Kids Championship - 60lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Dido Rodrigues (Waianae Kickboxing) def. Kai Kamaka III (808 Fight Factory)
Majority Decision [(30-27), (29-28), (28-29)] after 3 rounds.

Lightweight Championship - 140lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
David Balicao (Nanakuli Kickboxing) def. Ernie Candilaris (Waimanalo Kickboxing)
TKO via referee stoppage at 1:58 into R1.

Super Lightweight Championship - 135lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Dominator Lopez (Team Big Dog) def. Jr Yacup (808 Fight Factory)
By default, Yacup could not fight.

Welterweight Championship - 155lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Brandon Absher (Nanakuli Kickboxing) def. Joey Kuni (Team Big Dog)
Majority Decision [(29-28), (29-28), (28-28)] after 3 rounds.

Super Middleweight Championship: 175lbs - 3 Rounds - 1:30 minutes
Mark "El Torro" Moreno (Bulls Pen) def. Shawn "Tornado" Taylor (Waimanalo Kickboxing)
KO at 1:24 into R2.

  Sunday - December 7, 2003
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The Brazilian Beat
Belfort focused on Couture, endless rumors of Brazilians fighting in Japan, Silva and Mino relaxing and HEAT FC 2 just 11 days away!

The Brazilian Beat:
      As December will grace us with plenty of MMA action all around the globe, this column begins the month with plenty of news from the hot summer of Brazil, since this humble reporter has been boosting up his writing once again and trying to keep up the pace with the growth of our sport here in this young country. With shows happening in the most diverse places around globe this month, such as Scandinavia, Russia, America and Japan, Brazil couldn't be any different, mostly after a busy end of November that saw three shows in a mere 3 days. Like a Christmas gift to Brazilian fans, the month we waited desperately for as kids will bring the two most prestigious MMA shows in the country, HEAT FC and MECA with only two days separating one from the other. I guess this can only be beaten by the always lucky Japanese fans, who will have three top-notch events on the same day to choose! What a way to end 2003, a year that brought us so many emotions in Mixed Martial Arts. However, it's not time to get emotional as we'll see in more editions of "The Beat" over the course of the month, and with news regarding all sorts of rumors from Brazilian fighters, and the above mentioned events, it's better for me to leave you with the news instead of my rhetoric. Whether you're a Silva fan, Belfort fan, Minotauro and Sperry fan, or even a fan of them all, enjoy our December debut as Full Contact Fighter brings you the Beat, as summer keeps getting hotter here!
  • Getting ready for his long awaited rematch against Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort has been training for a good while already, since he at first expected to participate in the last UFC, with rumors flying around some months ago that he would have faced Rich Franklin. However, as he ended up confirmed to face "The Natural" at UFC 46, Vitor slowed down the pace of his preparation a bit to not risk overtraining, and now he is already gearing up his training for the UFC title shot he craved for so much. "The Phenom" told FCF he is very confident going to this fight and is taking the fight as seriously as he ever did. Belfort is now preparing in his new training center, also located in the city of Sao Paulo, but nearer to his house than the ADPM one [Featured in an article here at FCF months ago].

  • Three-time MECA winner, IVC Venezuela runner-up and HEAT FC veteran Angelo Araujo seems to be on the verge of finally getting his shot to fight in Japan. The Brazilian Top Team fighter has been rumored to be taking part in the Antonio Inoki New Year's Eve show against a yet to be named opponent. Reports from the Brazilian Top Team camp have it that Angelo is in shape and ready to perform, as he was training previously for the postponed major Korean MMA show.

  • Speaking of Brazilian fighters rumored to be on Japanese New Year's Eve cards, Chute Boxe fighter Murilo Ninja Rua has been reported to be taking part on the PRIDE December 31st card, also against a yet to be named opponent. Ninja was supposed to fight at MECA 10 in Brazil, but with this gig in PRIDE appearing after a year since his last professional appearance, his brother Mauricio Shogun Rua is supposed to take his place at MECA as Murilo goes to Japan to resume his fighting career.

  • Another PRIDE veteran who is reported to be returning to the Japanese ring on December 31st is none other than the manager, promoter, trainer and still a top level fighter Mario Sperry! The "Zen Machine" is taking part at the next PRIDE card and is still waiting to find out his opponent in the show. Sperry has been training very hard and told FCF he is feeling like a kid again, and is eager to fight after all the promoting activities he has been performing. Rumors have it that his opponent may be a very famous American fighter, time will tell.

  • PRIDE Middleweight Champion and Middleweight Grand Prix Champion Wanderlei Silva has been relaxing after his conquest of the PRIDE Middleweight GP, defeating both Hidehiko Yoshida and Quinton Jackson on the same night. "The Axe Murderer" took his wife and 3-month-old son and traveled all the way up to the gorgeous city of Natal, home of HEAT FC, in the Northeast of Brazil to enjoy the sun and the beaches there. During his vacation Silva has been taking his time to rest and enjoy his family, while he had the pleasure of checking out the preparations for HEAT FC 2 Evolution, next December 18th. Wanderlei is likely coming back to Curitiba Monday and is recovering fine from his elbow surgery.

  • PRIDE Heavyweight interim champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira has also been enjoying his moments of glory, which are not rare for him, after his win over Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at the last PRIDE show. Minotauro went to Curitiba where he received some tributes at the last STORM Samurai event, and he is soon traveling to his birth city of Vitoria da Conquista, in the state of Bahia also in the Northeast of Brazil, where he will once again receive an homage and also attend at an small MMA event that will take place in his city, to honor him and give something back to the sport that made famous the most important son of Vitoria da Conquista.

  • Scheduled at first to take place in the city of Porto Alegre at December 20th, the 10th edition of MECA Vale Tudo won't take place in the Southern Brazil city anymore. According to reports one company that was serving as a partner in the project of bringing MECA to the city backed out, and now the show is likely coming back to the city of Curitiba, hometown of the Chute Boxe team that held MECA for its first 8th editions, in a venue to be decided. According to the promoters, the show will keep its date of December 20th, and more information is expected to follow in the coming days.

  • Jungle Fight veteran Leopoldo Montenegro, who defeated famous Wrestler Mark Schultz in a match full of controversy, just won an 8-man MMA tournament in his hometown of Manaus, up in the North of Brazil, in a small event. The sad news is that the show was reported to have no gloves, and believe it or not no mouthpiece! Montenegro got prize money amounting to 5,000 Reais [around US$1,700] for winning the tournament. In this day and age, shows that won't require at least a mouthpiece are just what some politicians may need to ban our sport and with so much struggle to make MMA grow again in Brazil, having people trying to take advantage of the momentum putting up shows such as these is extremely sad and what can be called a disgrace. Hopefully the sport will soon find some form of a regulation and only serious promoters will be able to handle it from now on. Hopefully Montenegro will find better places and stages to show his talent in the near future as well.

  • Plans for a major MMA show taking place next January in the city of Rio de Janeiro have been floating around Brazil for a while already, and now are getting stronger and stronger. Global Mix Combat, as the show is called, is reported to take place the last week of January at Rio Centro, the same venue where Rock In Rio Festivals I and III took place, and will feature not only MMA fights but live bands doing gigs as well as DJs to entertain the crowd and mix fighting with partying in the hot summer of Rio. Names such as Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz and Marcio Feitosa are supposed to make their MMA debuts in the show.

  • UFC veteran Pedro Rizzo is already back in Brazil after his trip to Las Vegas, where he held talks with representatives of fighting organizations about his future. Pedro told FCF he hasn't closed any deal yet, but talks are going well and he will have good news for his fans about his future very soon. Now "The Rock" is focused on his teammate Gustavo "Ximu" preparation for his bout against Allan Goes at HEAT FC 2 on December 18th.

  • Another major Jiu-Jitsu event is going to take place in Brazil as Summer Combat will bring the action to the beach in the city of Guaruja, near Sao Paulo, on December 12th and 13th. Taking place in an arena located on the beach, the show will feature single matches and will include famous Jiu-Jitsu names such as Saulo Ribeiro, Fernando Terere, Jorge "Macaco" Patino and Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz, among others. In one very interesting challenge, Abu Dhabi 2003 champion Marcelo Garcia will face Adu Dhabi Brazilian Trials 2003 champion Daniel Moraes.

  • Time is coming for the second edition of HEAT FC, on December 18th in the city of Natal, including fighters such as Carlos Barreto, Ebenezer Braga, Allan Goes, Gustavo Ximu, Travis Wiuff, Forrest Griffin, Vinicius Draculino, Eric Wanderlei and others. As everything gets ready for the much anticipated show, entitled "Evolution," tickets are on sale now in the city, as advertisements of the show are being aired every day on TV creating hype among the local fans. Promoters are still looking for the best possible opponent for Gracie Barra fighter Marcelo "Uirapuru" Azevedo, who fought Renato Babalu at HEAT FC 1, with the withdrawal of PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji. Local fighter and BJJ brown belt World Champion Alexandre "Vaca" may end up being his opponent, as Alexandre was also left without an opponent when Roman Roytberg also had to step out of the card. Both guys' opponents are likely to be announced in the following days, as HEAT FC 2 Evolution is just 11 days away!

From the event's promoter:
RITC 56 - Results
Fickett retains title; Lucero retains title; Beraun upsets Montana

Eddie "The Twister" Bravo was on hand to enjoy RITC 56 action. Drew Fickett retained his RITC Welterweight Championship with a hard fought win over California fighter Greg Bell from the Submission Factory. Vince Lucero retained his RITC Super Heavyweight Championship with a 1st round submission win over Cory Timmerman. Robert Beraun pulled off a stunning upset win over Andy Montana by ref stoppage (strikes). Robert landed several good shots in round 1. In round 2, Robert took Andy's back and the stoppage came at the 2:15 mark. This impressive win earned Fight of the Night (FOTN) honors for Robert Beraun. Other candidates for FOTN were Danny Wren, Gabe Rivas, Israel Juarez, Daniel Betzold, Rich Moss, Hans Marrero, Drew Fickett and Vince Lucero.

Danny Wren (166), Leininger Dojo
won by submission (kimura), 2:44 Rd 1
Adrian Leos (162), Arizona Punishment

Gabe Rivas (167), Pinal Martial Arts/Arizona Punishment
won by ref stoppage (strikes), 1:47 Rd 1
Travis Jordan (161), AZ Regulators Freestyle

Israel Juarez (175), Leininger Dojo
won by ref stoppage (strikes), 1:41 Rd 1
Adam Millican (165), Team Brausa

Daniel Betzold (165), Team Brausa
won by decision (3-0)
Pete Morales (164), Arizona Punishment

Rich Moss (194), Team Brausa
won by KO, :10 Rd 1
David Canuas (192), Freestyle

Robert Beraun (244), Dan Lowe's JKD
won by ref stoppage (strikes), 2:15 Rd 2
Andy Montana (244), Arizona Punishment

Hans Marrero (183), Marrero's Combat Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 2:49 Rd 1
RJ Gamez (178), Arizona Punishment

Welterweight Championship)
Drew Fickett (170), Arizona Combat Sports
won by submission (choke), 2:43 Rd 3
Greg Bell (170), Submission Factory

Super Heavyweight Championship
Vince Lucero (294), Arizona Punishment
won by submission (choke), :56 Rd 1
Cory Timmerman (301), Team Brausa

Other upcoming events:

  • RITC 57 - Tucson Revisited
    Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

  • Desert Quest #7 - Christmas Classic
    Saturday, Dec 20, 2003
    Westwood HS (Mesa)

  • RITC 58
    Saturday, Jan 24, 2004
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

  • RITC 59
    Saturday, Feb 7, 2004
    Casa Grande

  Monday - December 8, 2003
From the event's promoter:
Female Fighter Needed ASAP

130-135lb female fighter needed to face Laura D'Auguste in Ring of Combat 5 on Sunday, December 14th in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Preferably someone local to the area.

If interested, please contact MMAFights@aol.com as soon as possible with your name, phone #, training background and fight experience.

Sperry Set to Face Don Frye and Rogerio Close to Facing Sakuraba at PRIDE!
By Eduardo Alonso

      As the PRIDE New Year's Eve card continues to be built, a lot of stars are being signed in an effort to be a step ahead of the competition, as K-1 and Inoki are also putting cards on the same day in Japan. An important part of that mix is, as it should be, the Brazilian Top Team, and one of the most important fighters on the team is now confirmed on the card. Jiu-Jitsu legend Mario Sperry will be facing none other than PRIDE and UFC veteran Don Frye in what promises to be an exciting fight matching up two veterans with different fighting styles. DSE is likely to announce this match-up this coming Wednesday. Another fight that is in the works and is likely to be announced also is Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira, twin brother of Rodrigo "Minotauro," facing PRIDE legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who is coming off a win over Kevin Randleman. Some details are still being negotiated, but this fight is likely to be announced soon as well. Still on the subject of the Brazilian Top Team, HEAT FC veteran Angelo Araujo, who is fighting at the Antonio Inoki New Year's Eve show, will likely be facing PRIDE Bushido veteran Alexander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor Emelianenko, who defeated Assuerio Silva in his MMA debut. FCF will keep an open eye on all the developments of the negotiations.

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By Eduardo Alonso
Fanning the Flames as the HEAT is Coming:
Forrest Griffin Returns to the Brazilian Spotlight at HEAT FC 2!

      Taking the MMA world by storm last July 31st with his submission win over seasoned veteran Ebenezer Fontes Braga at HEAT FC 1, youngster Forrest Griffin out of Athens, GA, suddenly got the recognition his fighting skills and raw talent should have got him long ago. Ever since his amateur days Forrest was adding win after win to his record, scoring armbars and chokes and amazing those who were close to him at that time. Later, in his first venture as a pro, Griffin faced much more experienced and much heavier Dan Severn, only to lose by judge's decision. His next six professional fights saw six impressive wins, including names such as Jeff Monson and Travis Fulton. However, as he was getting ready for bigger opportunities a broken hand would sideline Forrest for quite a while, making him miss a potential fight against Bobby Hoffman and having him wonder about his future. However, it would be a matter of time until he would be back on track again as faith would give him a shot at facing tough veteran Ebenezer Braga in the inaugural HEAT show, all the way down in Brazil! In what seemed a risky move, Griffin went down to Brazil to score a rear naked choke and get the win in under four minutes, and doors started to open again. Next step for Forrest was his IFC tournament appearance, where he proved his potential again in both winning and losing efforts, as he submitted Team Quest member Chael Sonner with a triangle choke, and lost to UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeremy Horn by KO, in an exciting match up that he won't forget soon. Already known in our sport's biz, Forrest Griffin is now taking his game to Brazil once again at HEAT FC 2, where he will most certainly prove his skills once again and show a bit more of his sense of humor, as this guy is truly one of the most humble fighters you'll ever meet! As HEAT FC 2 Evolution approaches, Full Contact Fighter is gearing up the expectations for what promises to be one of the best MMA shows in Brazil in recent times, and so we bring you Forrest Griffin as he talks about his last fights and his next tasks!

FCF:   Your last fights took place at the IFC tourney, where you won your first fight before losing in the second one. Besides the actual results of your fights, what was your general feeling of being part of that show?
Forrest Griffin:   Just being around the fighters and being at an event of that caliber made me think, "shit this really is a professional sport!" The athletes were there to win and they trained and lived like professionals. They didn't mess around, for them it was not a vacation, it was work and it showed in their performances. The event itself was organized and ran like a German clock.

FCF:   In your first fight you submitted wrestler Chael Sonnen by triangle. You mentioned to me, before the tournament, that you would be happy if you would just win the first fight. Did you really feel happy with it after the show?
FG:     Hell no! That was garbage! I don't know what I was talking about. I think I was afraid to come out and say "I want to win". But I should have gone Quinton Jackson's style and just said "damn I want that money!". After I lost I was depressed as hell and wanted to quit all together.

FCF:   What did you think of your fight against Sonnen, and do you like to fight from the bottom, using your guard?
FG:     Junk, nobody wants to see a guy just sit in his guard and protect himself. It's performances like that that give Jiu-Jitsu a bad name. The guard can be exciting. My guard can be exciting!

Click here to contiue the interview

From the event's promoter:
Gladiator Challenge logo

Friday, January 2nd 7:30PM
Belleville Exposition Center
200 Southbelt East
Belleville, IL. (East St. Louis)

St. Louis area fight fans are in for a monumental treat. There's nothing like ringing in the new year with some brews, babes and battles and that's just what promoter Randy Greenman has in mind for the 1/2/04 RSF/SHOOTO event. As with many MMA shows, keeping a rock-solid main event can be a difficult thing to do. The original main event of CHRIS LYTLE vs. KARO PARISIAN was off due to Karo accepting a UFC fight less than 4 weeks ouch which is a "no-no" for both Shooto and UFC. Dennis Hallman stepped up an accepted the fight but later had to pull out. Hallman recommended northwest standout SCOTT NORTON. Norton wanted to bring his 8-0 record to the Midwest against Lytle but due to a severe family emergency pulled out of the fight.

"I was to the point where I didn't even want to call anyone else" says CO-matchmaker Jeff Osborne who shares booking duties with Greenman and Shooto. "I was so frustrated over keeping this one fight together and the cost of plane tickets around showtime that I was going nuts all weekend."

Randy Erikson, USA SHOOTO representative, suggested that a call to PETE SPRATT should be made. After a few phone calls from both Osborne and Erikson, Sven Bean called and said Pete would gladly accept the fight.

IT IS ON! Pete Spratt vs. Chris Lytle will do battle and both will be brought back to UFC.....but one will get there a little quicker after January 2nd.

Main Event
Chris "Lights Out" Lytle (Shooto Americas #3) vs. Pete "The Secret Weapon" Spratt (A-class)

Phil Johns (Shooto Americas #6) vs. Steve Berger (A-class)
Sam Morgan (Shooto Americas # 4) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (A-class)
Alex Stiebling vs. Mike Rogers (A-class)
Curtis Stout (Shooto Americas #4) vs. Mike Rothmeir (A-class)
Ginelle Marquez vs. Kelly Kobald (B-class)
Mark Long vs. Jay Estrada (B-class)
Doug Sauer vs. Travis Fulton (B-class)
Ryan Maynor vs. Heath Pedigo (B-class)
Matt Schwinnen vs. Bill Hill (B-class)

Area fans are no strangers to Randy Greenman's RSF shows. He's drawn as many as 2,400 fans to his events with zero advertising! This show is no different as nearly 900 tickets have been sold at an alarmingly fast pace. This event also marks the first time ever that a women's MMA bout will take place in Illinois. Look for more news in the upcoming weeks!

For ticket information call (314) 832-3489

From the event's promoter:
"For Guts & Glory"

Saturday, December 6, 2003 - Club Lido, Revere, MA


Professional Full Contact Kickboxing
  • Randall "The Perfessor" Pogue (Norristown, PA) WDEC 12 (1118-115, 118-107.5, 119-112.5) Tony "TNT" Ventura (New Bedford, MA). (Pogue retains USKBA Light Heavyweight World Championship and captures ISKA Super Middleweight World Championship).
  • Jason "The Trooper" Bonacorsi (Derry, NH) WTKO 1 Randy Oliveira (New Bedford, MA). (Bonacorsi captures vacant USKBA Heavyweight Northeast Championship).
Amateur Mixed Martial Arts
  • Rinat "Golden Legs" Myrzabekov (Hillburn, NY) Won by Submission, Rd. 1, tap-out Joao Amaral (Malden, MA). (Myrzabekov captures vacant USKBA Middleweight USA Championship).
  • HEAVYWEIGHTS: Mandela Kponoa (Marlboro, MA) Won by submission, Rd. 1, tap-out Ross Gravier.
  • CRUISERWEIGHTS: Leigh MacNeil (Merrimack, NH) Won by Submission, Rd. 1, chokehold Brian Wilson (Abington, MA).
  • Mike Littlefield (Raynham, MA) won by forfeit and was awarded the USKBA Interim Light Heavyweight USA Championship.
  • Huzon Alexander (Waterbury, VT) won by forfeit and was awarded the USKBA Super Middleweight USA Championship.

  Thursday - December 11, 2003
From the event's promoter:
One Week Until Evolution In Brazilian MMA!
HEAT FC 2 coming December 18th

HEAT FC poster       Brazil is just seven days away from its biggest MMA event in recent years, as HEAT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2 Evolution will take place this next Thursday December 18th in the gorgeous city of Natal, in the middle of the hot Brazilian summer. Following the success of HEAT FC 1 Genesis, the second edition of the fastest growing Brazilian MMA promotion takes a step further into bringing the sport to a new level in the country, including talented fighters and a special production for Brazilian standards and taking HEAT FC for its Brazilian pay per view system debut [schedule to air in February]. Tickets are already on sale in the city of Natal, as a crowd of over 6,000 spectators is expected at the Machadinho arena, with some surprises being awaiting the fans at the show. The HEAT FC 2 Evolution press conference will take place on December 16th, at the Piramide Palace Hotel [www.piramidepalace.com.br] and the weigh-ins will follow on December 17th on the same place. A DVD of the show is expected to be available to the American public on early 2004, don't miss it!

HEAT FC 2 Evolution:

Charles Andrade
(Gracie Barra)
[Bitetti Combat Veteran]
Vs. Dinarte Silva
(Kimura/Nova Uniao)
[WVC Veteran]
Kleber Galdino
(Kimura/Nova Uniao)
[Veteran of small shows]
Vs. Vinicius "Draculino" Magalhaes
(Gracie Barra)
[Gracie Barra master, MMA debut]
Marcelo "Uirapuru" Azevedo
(Gracie Barra)
[HEAT Veteran]
Vs. Alexandre "Vaca"
(Kimura/Nova Uniao)
[BJJ purple belt world champion]
Sergio Junior
(Combate Real)
[RN Vale Tudo Veteran]
Vs. Fabio "Bolinho"
(Kimura/Nova Uniao)
[RN Vale Tudo Champion, HEAT Veteran]
Edson Paredao
(Nova Geracao)
[WVC and HEAT Veteran]
Vs. Forrest Griffin
(The HardCore Gym)
[KOTC, IFC and HEAT Veteran]

Main Events:
Erik Wanderlei
(Gracie Barra)
[IFC Veteran, BJJ Wolrd Champ]
Vs. Ebenezer Fontes Braga
(Ruas Vale Tudo)
[PRIDE, UFC, K-1, IVC and HEAT Veteran]
Gustavo "Ximu" Machado
(Ruas Vale Tudo)
[KOTC and RINGS Veteran]
Vs. Allan Goes
(Brazilian Top Team)
[PRIDE and UFC Veteran]
Travis "The Diesel" Wiuff
(Dave Menne Combat)
[UFC and Superbrawl Veteran]
Vs. Carlos Barreto
(Brazilian Top Team)
[PRIDE, UFC, RINGS and HEAT Veteran]

From Zuffa/UFC:
UFC logo

Hermes Franca To Meet Josh Thomson; Matt Serra To Fight Javier Vasquez In Lightweight Action LIVE On Pay-Per-View From Mandalay Bay

Karo Parisyan, Georges St. Pierre In Welterweight Match On Super Bowl Saturday Night


      LAS VEGAS, NEV., December 11, 2003...Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton will return to the Octagon to meet Brazilian Renato "Charuto" Verissimo in one of the feature fights of UFC 46: Super Natural LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Saturday, January 31, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC 46: Super Natural is presented by Miller Lite beer, its title sponsor.
      A second welterweight match will pit judo specialist Karo Parisyan against Canadian newcomer Georges St. Pierre and in two lightweight bouts undefeated Hermes Franca will meet submission specialist Josh Thomson and veteran Matt Serra will take on Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter Javier Vasquez.
      In the main event, new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (12-5-0 in mixed martial arts) from Portland, Ore., will defend his title for the first time against Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort (11-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro and in the co-main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (30-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt for the sixth time against top-ranked Hawaiian BJ Penn (6-1-1) from Hilo. The eight-fight card also will feature a heavyweight re-match between Las Vegan Frank Mir (6-1-0) and Wes Sims (6-2-1) from Columbus, Ohio, and a middleweight bout between Lee Murray (8-1-1) from London, England, and Jorge Rivera (7-1-0) from Milford, Mass.
      Live event tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be purchased by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFC 46: Super Natural will be available on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Newton (13-7-0) from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, has been a big fan favorite since his UFC debut in 1998. He became the welterweight champion in May 2001 with a decisive win over legend Pat Miletich but then lost the title in November when Hughes began his remarkable victory streak. Newton's outstanding submission skills were evident in his last UFC fight when he defeated highly-regarded Pete Spratt with an armlock in just 1:45 of the first round at UFC 40: Vendetta.
      Verissimo (4-0-0), who will be making his UFC debut, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist who grew up in Rio de Janeiro but now fights out of Hilo, Hawaii, and trains with Penn. He is known for his ferocious ground game and outstanding stamina. A former water polo player, he started jiu jitsu training 10 years ago and began kickboxing and wrestling when he moved to the U.S. He says it has been his dream to fight in the UFC for some time and he knows Newton is a very experienced, technical fighter. "But, I'm really looking forward to fighting him."
      Parisyan (17-2-0) from North Hollywood, Calif., made a huge impression in his UFC debut in September at UFC 44: Undisputed when he defeated veteran Dave Strasser in just 3:52 of the first round with an arm bar. Renowned for his judo technique (he is a black belt at just 21), he already is a 2004 Olympic qualifier in the sport and is hopeful of making the U.S. team. When he is not training six days a week, Parisyan is a Hollywood stuntman and has appeared in such productions as U-Boat, Ultraviolet and Tucker.
      St. Pierre (5-0-0) from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, also is making his UFC debut. He is a strong wrestler with excellent Brazilian jiu jitsu skills with three victories by knockout and two by submission. He is the current TKO Canadian Welterweight Champion and is coming off a decisive submission victory over veteran Spratt. St. Pierre openly admits that one of his biggest heroes is Couture, with whom he will now share the same stage.
      The Franca-Thomson fight could be one of the most exciting on the card. Franca (8-0-0) from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the American Top Team by way of Fortaleza, Brazil, has been unstoppable in the UFC. He won a unanimous decision over talented Rich Crunkilton in April at UFC 42: Sudden Impact, and followed with a powerful knockout in September of Japanese veteran Caol Uno at 2:46 of the second round at UFC 44: Undisputed. Franca is at the top of his game and he can dominate a fight on the ground with his submission skills or standing up with his punching power.
      But, in Thomson, "The Punk," (23-1-0) from San Jose, Calif., Franca will face a mirror image. Known for his speed, fast pace and aggressive style, Thomson also is coming off a huge win at UFC 44 where he knocked out a very good fighter, Gerald Strebendt, in just 2:45 of the first round. "But, Franca had the big knockout of Uno, so I know I will be the underdog again," he says. You get the feeling that is just the way he likes it.
      The Serra-Vasquez fight also pits a wily veteran against a talented first timer. Serra (10-3-0) from Long Island, N.Y., has fought all over the world. He has trained for years with Brazilian martial arts guru Renzo Gracie and was the first American fighter to earn a black belt in Gracie jiu jitsu. Vazquez (8-1-0) from Ontario, Calif., is a well- rounded fighter who also is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. "Matt has good submissions and is very aggressive. That is just how I fight. This bout will display our ground fighting abilities and will answer the question: Who is the better black belt?," he says.

From Dream Stage Entertainment:
Pride FC logo

LOS ANGELES, California - Dream Stage Entertainment is officially protesting claims and reports made by the Nippon Television Network Corporation of Japan, the company holding the December 31, 2003 event, "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003." These claims and reports are regarding the appearance of fighters with whom we have exclusive contracts.

Announcements have been made that fighters such as Semmy Schilt and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira would participate in the "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye." This was despite the fact that our company has exclusive contracts with both fighters, which would prevent them from appearing in this event.

It has also been reported that the appearance of Fedor Emelianenko, another PRIDE FC fighter, has been finalized for the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye. We have had an exclusive contract for Fedor Emelianenko's appearances in our mixed martial arts events, through his agent, since his appearance in PRIDE 21 "Demolition" on June 23, 2002. Under this contract, Fedor Emelianenko has fought in six matches and officially obtained the title of current PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion. This fact is well known throughout the MMA world. It has also been reported that Fedor Emelianenko has cancelled his contract with his former agent and signed a contract to appear in Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye through a new agent. It seems that Fedor Emelianenko's new agent has declared that our exclusive contract, and its validity, no longer exist due to the end of the contract between Fedor Emelianenko and his former agent. Our company however, believes that the contract, which Fedor Emelianenko himself signed, is both valid and on going.

Likewise, there is a similar dilemma with Semmy Schilt, now scheduled to appear at the "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye." We have a worldwide, exclusive contract with Schilt regarding MMA events. According to this contract, he is not permitted to fight in any MMA event, other than our own, within Japan, for the duration of the contract.

Dream Stage Entertainment has not received a single inquiry from the promoters of Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye regarding any of these contractual issues. It should be easily foreseeable to a promoter that a current champion, participating in another organization's event, on the same day of an event put on by the organization in which he is a champion, would be rife with background problems. We plan on taking legal measures regarding the appearance of Fedor Emelianenko in Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye.

For Nippon TV, as a producer and promoter, to announce these Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye appearances, without any investigation into facts or rights, is a problem both legally and morally, as well as a violation of journalism ethics. We believe that, as a promoter, there is, at a minimum, a duty to have a completed contract with a fighter. Announcing a fighter's appearance without a contract will cause problems later, starting with ticket sales. If a fighter was announced as a participant but then became unable to appear due to contract problems, it would be a fraudulent act against those who purchased tickets as well as bring liability under both civil and criminal law. Aren't these announcements of fighter participation, based upon uncertain issues, an act of fraud against the viewers, the fans and the world in general?

This New Year's Eve will feature three different mixed martial arts broadcasts, an unprecedented event in our sport's history. We hope that this will bring about a new level of enthusiasm into the MMA world. We believe that this enthusiasm will be born from the three producers and the three promoters combining their various knowledge and unique creativity. However, we hope that this competition can be conducted with fairness.

From the event's promoter:
RITC 57 - Tucson Revisited
(This Saturday Night)

Saturday, Dec 13, 2003
Pima Fairgrounds
Doors Open: 5:30 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

RITC Tucson Christmas fan appreciation special: general admission tickets just $20 with open seating on a first come first serve basis. VIP seating just $30. Joseph Riggs, fresh off a victory in Texas, returns to RITC action to face Cory Timmerman, the #2 ranked RITC Super Heavyweight. Two top Tucson lightweights will go head-to-head in an interesting matchup when Nike Knight (135), from Ultima Martial Arts, faces Ed West (140), from Hinzmann's MMA Academy. The full card is not finalized yet but are some of the planned matchups.

Joseph Riggs (200) vs Cory Timmerman (300)
Gabe Casillas (175) vs Hans Marrero (180)
Nike Knight (135) vs Ed West (145)
Lemuel Vincent (300) vs Mike Rainieri (210)
David Klein (160) vs James Attwood (170)
Steve McDonald (155) vs Carlos Ortega (150)
Allen Branson (175) vs Israel Juarez (175)
Brandon Roberts (165) vs Danny Wren (165)

Fight Card subject to change.

Pima Fairgrounds
11300 S Houghton Rd
Tucson, AZ 520-762-9100 or 520-798-3233


I-10 to Exit #275
Turn South (right from Phoenix direction) onto S Houghton Rd
Go approx 1 mile and turn right onto Brekke Rd (Fairgrounds Entrance)

Other upcoming events:

  • Desert Quest #7 - Christmas Classic
    Saturday, Dec 20, 2003
    Westwood HS (Mesa)

  • RITC 58
    Saturday, Jan 24, 2004
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

  • RITC 59
    Saturday, Feb 7, 2004
    Casa Grande

  Friday - December 12, 2003
By Eduardo Alonso
Fanning the Flames as the HEAT is Coming:
"The Diesel" is fueled up and ready to explode on Barreto in Brazil!

      With an extensive MMA record of more than 20 wins, Travis Wiuff (pronounced View) has been one of the most active heavyweights in the game in recent years, performing in several medium and small shows throughout the USA and working hard to establish his name as a serious contender in the most prestigious division in most events. With wins over names like Travis Fulton and Jason Godsey, Wiuff got himself a gig in the UFC only to experience defeat to the hands of Vladdy Matyushenko. However, this didn't phase the young fighter's career as he has been training harder than ever, and has been on a 10 fights winning streak proving why he is nicknamed "The Diesel". Now, this next Thursday December 18th, Travis is going to face one of the most important challenges of his career, and a crucial fight for his intentions and plans for 2004, fighting against Brazilian Top Team PRIDE and UFC veteran Carlos Barreto at HEAT FC 2 Evolution. The headline of the premier Brazilian event can mean a lot to the American Wrestler, as a win over Barreto will help him to get the exposure he craves so much about, and Travis Wiuff is well aware of that. In this interview he shows his views on his latest outings, as well as the challenge that lies ahead of him this next week, as Full Contact Fighter keeps burning high for Heat FC 2 Evolution!

Travis Wiuff FCF:   Your last fight was against Travis Fulton, little more than a month ago. You ended up winning by split decision, what are your thoughts on the fight and on the actual split decision?
Travis Wiuff:     I consider Travis Fulton a legend in this sport and a win over him is always a "good" win. It is the same old story with Travis Fulton Though, he does not train and is not in his "prime." Anybody who seen the fight knows that I won all three rounds. I guess one judge must have not seen it another way to get the split decision.

FCF:   By the way, you fought Fulton twice already in your career. What differences could you feel fighting him for the second time, more than one year after your first bout with him?
TW:     The first time I fought Travis I had no clue what I was doing. I was strictly a wrestler that had no real training in MMA. I look back at that fight now and wonder how I made it through that fight and did not get ko'd.

FCF:   You also recently fought in Mexico, and are about to fight in Brazil. How was the experience in Mexico, and how do you feel when fighting in other countries?
TW:     My fight was in Mexico was a disaster. I had to fly in the day of the show cause of a problem with the flight info. I arrived about a hour before the show began and was stranded at the airport waiting for a ride to the venue. I won the fight, but that was after they raised my opponents hand cause I refused to go a fourth round after I won all three rounds. I ended up winning the fight, but it was not a pretty situation!!!

Click here to contiue the interview

  Sunday - December 14, 2003
Carlos Moreno finishing off Justin Villella
Ring of Combat V: Total Destruction
By Jim Genia

Have you been a good little boy?
Stocking stuffer
      (December 14, Elizabeth, New Jersey) Fans and fighters alike braved sleet and snow to see Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat V at the Rexplex Sports Complex today, and with all bouts ending with either a flurry of strikes or a hard-won submission, there was action aplenty. Representatives hailed from BAMA, Team Endgame, the Serra/Longo Competition Team, Fight Factory and Team Tiger Schulmann, among others, and each of the 14 competitors left it all in the ring. Highlights of the night included:

  • Team Tiger Schulmann rep Mike Murray's patience and poise under fire. Opponent Valodia Gevorgyan quickly wore himself out swinging for the rafters, and was put to sleep courtesy of Murray's tight triangle choke.
  • Fight Factory stud Eddie Alvarez utilizing his wrestling skills to control Anthony Ladonna, and rain down knockout strikes from the mount.
  • BAMA/Team Endgame slugger Carlos Moreno's furious punching onslaught and opponent Justin Villella's dogged determination and solid chin, as these two battled to either score the knockout or the takedown. Securing a TKO win, this was another impressive win for Moreno!

Jay Hieron pounding out a win over Jermaine Johnson
Hieron pounding on Johnson


Mike Murray (Team Tiger Schulmann-135lbs) vs. Valodia Gevorgyan (Tiger International-139lbs)
Murray via triangle choke at 4:10 of R1.

Anthony Ladonna (Serra/Longo-168lbs) vs. Eddie Alvarez (Fight Factory-166lbs)
Alvarez via KO (punches from the mount) at 3:57 of R1.

Mike Stine (Team Tiger Schulmann-199lbs) vs. Derex Johnson (Team Endgame-201lbs)
Stine via KO at 0:21 of R1.

Luke Cummo (Serra/Longo-181lbs) vs. Mike Thatcher (Alex Wilkie-186lbs)
Cummo via triangle choke at 1:53 of R2.

Jay Hieron (Bellmore Kickboxing/Rodrigo Gracie-170lbs) vs. Jermaine Johnson (Team Endgame-169lbs)
Hieron via rear choke at 1:02 of R1.

Chris Johnson (Team Tiger Schulmann-167lbs) vs. Rob Copenhaver (Practical Fighting Concepts-160lbs)
Johnson via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 1:21 of R1.

Justin Villella (Villella Fight Team-230lbs) vs. Carlos Moreno (Team BAMA-262lbs)
Moreno via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes at 0:39 of R2.

Carlos Moreno smashes Justin Villella
Moreno smashes Villella

  Monday - December 15, 2003
Kendall Cross Wrestling DVD!
Available in the FCF Shop

Kendall Cross Exposed: Don't Call it Funk
John W. Smith Takedown DVD Every MMA fighter needs this dvd-Improve your leg trip [a must know for any fighter, but yet lacking in MMA]. Setups and must important drills! A must have in any fighters collection!

Kendall Cross Bio:
  • 1996 Olympic Champion
  • 1997 World Cup Champion
  • 4x Sunkist International Open
  • 3x U.S. Open Champion
  • 2x New York Athletic Club
  • 1998 Espoir National Champion
  • 1997 USA Wrestling Athlete Of The Year
  • 1992 Final Olympic Wrestle-off
  • 1988 Espoir World Cup Champion
  • 1989 NCAA Champion
  • 3x NCAA All-American Champion
After taking 6th in his first Olympics for three consecutive years prior to the 1996 Games, Kendall tried and failed to maintain his #1 ranking on the U.S. team. His opponent and long-time nemesis defeated him and went on to win two world titles. With the 1996 Games fast approaching, Kendall changed his style and adopted a new strategy developed around his opponent's weaknesses. In the Olympic Team trials, Kendall wrestled his nemesis in a best-two-of-three series, losing the first bout but rebounding to win the second and third matches by the slightest of margins: 7-6 and 8-7. Kendall then cruised to Olympic Gold, defeating four opponents by a combined score of 32-7.

After winning the gold in Atlanta, Kendall capped his impressive wrestling career by capturing the 1997 World Cup Championships with a dramatic come-from-behind victory against Russia's Murat Umakhanov. That same year, Kendall received USA Wrestling's Man of the Year Award.

  1. Inside Trip
    1. Introduction
    2. Mechanics
    3. Mechanics II
    4. Setups
    5. Setups II
    6. Troubleshooting
    7. Developmental Drills
  2. Cross Body Ride
    1. Intro
    2. Setups
    3. Mechanics
    4. Turns
    5. Turns II
  3. Leg Ride Counters
    1. Defenses
  4. Signature Moves
    1. Head Chancer
    2. Single Leg Trip
    3. Defense Grab Leg

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By Eduardo Alonso
Fanning the Flames as the HEAT is Coming:
Time for the "all new Carlos Barreto" to show his magic again!

Use to fighting in the biggest MMA shows on earth such as PRIDE and the UFC, Carlos Barreto has a long story in the sport, being competing as a professional since 1996. A Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Carlson Gracie, and fighting out of the Brazilian Top Team, Barreto has wins over names such as Kevin Randleman, Mikhail Illoukhine, Dan Bobish and Tra Telligman, he was often criticized for being a boring fighter, mostly relying on his ground skills only. As times changed in MMA Carlos found out what he needed to change and started dedicating himself to Muay Thai with an intensity rarely seeing on a pure Jiu-Jitsu fighter, even venturing himself on K-1 Brazil early in 2003. In his attempt to prove his new fighting style the tall Brazilian fighter engaged in a true war against American Ben Rothwell, who fought Tim Sylvia to a decision, at HEAT FC 1, where both fighters traded strikes viciously and he ended up scoring his first knockout ever with a nice high-roundhouse kick in dramatic fashion. Now, with high goals set for 2004 another challenge presents itself in front of Carlao [as he is known in Brazil] facing UFC veteran Travis Wiuff at HEAT FC 2 next December 18th. Feeling more than ready, Barreto shared his views on his fight at HEAT FC 1 and his upcoming task at HEAT FC 2, as Full Contact Fighter is burning high and spreading the fire as HEAT FC 2 is coming up this Thursday!

Carlos Barreto FCF:   Your last fight was at HEAT FC 1 against Ben Rothwell, where you won by knockout. What can you tell us about the experience of fighting in a new show and against someone who accepted an open fight against you?
Carlas Barreto:     Ben Rothwell was a big surprise for me. People told me he was a weak opponent who wouldn't give me much trouble, however nowadays in Mixed Martial Arts there is no such thing. Everybody is well trained and everybody is willing to win badly, and I know I'm a guy that has somewhat of a name abroad so beating me in a fight is always interesting for anyone's career. So, he came after me with everything he had, even reminding me of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky, where I would hit the guy hard and he would always come back, and the harder I would hit him the more he would try to get me! I thought "Oh my God, this guy is a mutant! He is taking all my power!" (Laughs) So I found Rothwell a talented guy, who will have a great future if he trains hard. It was a good fight for me, It pushed me to my limits and showed that to fight me my opponent has to be well prepared, cause I try hard and I believe a lot in my own talent. The event itself was well organized and well ran, and the fight was great for me.

FCF:   You punished Rothwell a lot during that fight, even scoring a knockdown before the final knockout. However, there was a moment where Ben took you down and you seemed to have ran out of gas. What went trough your mind at that specific moment in the fight?
CB:     When I attempted a takedown, already tired, and he managed to sprawl and force me down, getting in side-mount position, I thought "It's time for me to hold him down, cause I have the advantage on the ground, I know all the tricks here, so I'll make him spend some energy here and recover my cardio, to get back to stand-up fighting" Cause I was looking for a KO, since I had trained for that. I didn't get scared at that point, I only knew that if I would keep fighting in that rhythm I would ran out of stamina, since the fight started out with a lot of intensity, which is rare for a heavyweight fight. So I tried not to use any power at that point and just make him spend energy while I was saving it. So this is what happened, we ended up getting to our feet again, and I scored the knockout with a high-kick to his head. I hope this can also happen at HEAT FC 2, and I can show my Muay Thai moves again. But if I can't do it, my Jiu-Jitsu is getting better and better and I'm ready to secure a submission as well.

FCF:   Speaking of Muay Thai, you have been training it a lot for quite a while already, and some people were resisting in believing in your new found Muay Thai skills. What was the importance for you of winning the fight against Rothwell by such a beautiful knockout instead of a submission?
CB:     It was very rewarding without a doubt. It was satisfactory due to all my work and dedication with Muay Thai, all the work professor Paulo Nikolai has been doing with me at Brazilian Top Team. I already have some submissions in my record, and to add a knockout is always good. I got very happy to see that all the work we did paid off. I fought at K-1 Brazil with only seven months of Muay Thai training, risking myself against experienced fighters and managed to do a good showing. Months later I fought MMA in HEAT and was able to show what I learned trough the tough trainings with Paulo Nikolai. I hope in my next fight I'll be able to show even more of my Muay Thai, since I think I'm not a bit better of a Muay Thai fighter than I was at HEAT FC 1.

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  Tuesday - December 16, 2003
ADCC Submission Wrestling 2003
'Best of the Trials'
Best of the Trials DVD This 2 DVD set features the best of the 2003 ADCC Trials. Come see the best grapplers battle it out for a spot in the world's most elite submission grappling event.

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The 'BEST of the TRIALS' 2 DVD set The first shipments are starting to arrive and people are raving about the 2 DVD Set packed with 4 hours that includes the top names in GRAPPLING today!

Dean Lister, Eddie Bravo, David Terrell, Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz, Alexandre 'Cacareco', Marcelo Garcia, Ronaldo 'Jacare', Joachim Hansen and many more!

The first ever 2 DVD set looking back at over 4 hours of NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE from the Submission Wrestling's qualifier tournaments.


North American TRIALS (October 5th, 2002):
- Mark Ashton vs. Eddie Bravo
- Nathan Ducharme vs. Dean Lister
- Sean Spangler vs. Pablo Popovich
- Ken Kronenberg vs. Joe D'Arce
- Kenny Florian vs. Sean Williams
- James Lee vs. Todd Margolis
- Kenny Jackson vs. Anthony Argyros
- Mike McClure vs. Jamal Patterson
- Michael Bland vs. Alan Teo
- Jamal Patterson vs. Dean Lister
- Angelo Popofski vs. Denis Kang
- David Terrell vs. Keith Rockel

European TRIALS (JANUARY 11th, 2003):
- Jussi Tammelin vs. Joachim Hansen
- Corille vs. Joachim Hansen
- Jussi Tammelin vs. Robert Sundal
- Joachim Hansen vs. Joachim Engberg

Brazilian TRIALS (January 24th, 2003):
- Fabio Mello vs. Fabio Cabral
- Galvao vs. Carlos Lemos
- Fernando 'Terere' vs. Daniel Moraes
- Marcio 'Pe De Pano' Cruz vs. Fabiano Scherner
- Marcello Garcia vs. Aloiso Barros
- Alecandre 'Cacareco' vs. Andre Castro
- Marcello Garcia vs. 'ZULU' Gomes
- Ronaldo 'Jacare' vs. Fernando 'Margarida' Pontes
- Marcio 'Pe de Pano' vs. Rodrigo 'Artiliheiro'
- Ronaldo 'Jacare' vs. Bruno Bastos
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From the event's promoter:
Arizona Desert Quest #7
Grappling/BJJ Championship

Date: Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

Westwood High
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201

Weigh-Ins: 10:30 AM (cut off at 11:30 AM sharp)
Fight Time: 12:00 PM (noon)

All teams and individual competitors are welcomed to participate. Competitor entry fee: $30 for one Division or $50 for both. To encourage Team participation, there will be a team discount for 5 or more team members registering together ($25 for one Division or $40 for both).

Children (by weight not age): $20      Spectator admission only $5.

Planned weight classes for Gi and No-Gi Tournaments:
135 lbs - 147 lbs
148 lbs - 160 lbs
161 lbs - 173 lbs
174 lbs - 188 lbs
189 lbs - 201 lbs
202 lbs - 213 lbs
214 lbs - Over

There will also be an OPEN Women's Gi Division and an OPEN Women's No-Gi Division.

Directions: closest major cross streets, Alma School Road / University Ave.

Westwood High is located on the South side of West 8th St between Alma School and Country club (closer to Alma School). West 8th St is just North of University.

From 202, take Alma School Rd exit (exit #11), turn south, go 1.1 miles, turn left on West 8th St, go .3 miles and Westwood High is on the right side (south) of the street.

  Wednesday - December 17, 2003
From Zuffa/UFC:
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Six-Hour Show To Feature Best Bouts, Top Fighters During UFC's 10-Year History

      LAS VEGAS, NEV., December 16, 2003…. For the ninth consecutive year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will bring viewers the ultimate pay-per-view event on the ultimate night of the year: Ultimate New Year's Eve. This annual six-hour fight show will feature the very best action and top mixed martial arts fighters of the last 10 years on pay-per-view starting at 10 p.m. EST, Wednesday, December 31.
      Ultimate New Year's Eve will be available on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, Echostar, TVN and Viewer's Choice Canada for the suggested retail price of $24.95. An encore performance will begin immediately after the telecast.
      This classic show will provide a memorable trip through 10 years of UFC history and will include fights from UFC 1: The Beginning, held in November 1993, up to UFC 44: Undisputed, September 26, where a packed house at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas saw 40-year-old Randy Couture continue his legendary career by defeating Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight championship. Fight highlights from 2003 alone will include "New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni's war with U.S. Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist Matt Lindland; Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes' successful title defense against Sean Sherk, and both of Light Heavyweight Champion Couture's title winners over Chuck Liddell for the interim belt and Ortiz for the undisputed championship.
      UFC legends like Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Don Frye, Tank Abbott, Dan Severn, Oleg Taktarov and Royce Gracie also are featured. Top mixed martial artists such as Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, Liddell, Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton, Mark Kerr and Dave Menne all make their way once again to the Octagon in these vivid highlights.
      The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 46: Super Natural at 10 p.m. EST, Saturday, January 31, during Super Bowl weekend from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

  Thursday - December 18, 2003
By Eduardo Alonso
It's time to HEAT things up!
The biggest show ever in Brazil is about to begin!

In a matter of three hours all fighters and press will be heading to the Machadinho arena, where HEAT FC 2 Evolution will take place. The show is schedule to start at 8 PM local time and the expectation is running high in the city of Natal. Never before in Brazil an MMA show had a so large structure. Yesterday the weigh-ins and rules meeting took place, and everything went well with only Edson Paredao, who is fighting Forrest Griffin, stepping on the scale 5 kg heavier than the fight's limit. However, being a gentleman as always Griffin allowed the extra weight and is ready to work his magic once again. Here are some tidbits about HEAT FC 2, before the action starts:
  • Allan Goes weighed 87.6 kg for his fight against Gustavo Ximu. The fight has a weight limit of 88 kg, and Goes was looking trim and is reported to be in great cardio. He has been very tranquil and relaxed trough the last days in the hotel.

  • His opponent Gustavo Ximu is also focused and weighed right on the limit, at 87.9 kg. According to Pedro Rizzo, the Ruas Vale Tudo fighter is in the best shape ever and is looking to force Goes to engage in stand up fight.

  • Ebenezer Braga, back with Ruas Vale Tudo, is also showing the best shape of his fighting career. Much different from his fight at HEAT FC 1, Braga is cut and weighed 93 kg, however he had to do it naked! He is tranquil and confident, and Beto Leitao said he didn't miss a single training session for this fight.

  • Forrest Griffin is looking relaxed as he ever is. Sporting a blonde hair now, Forrest had problems with his luggage that got lost by the airline, and even with that happening he manage to keep smiling and relaxing all the way during the trip. Griffin is likely to have a special entrance in Santa Claus style for this fight.

  • Eric Wanderley, the guy who fought Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at the IFC show, is also looking focused and relaxed despite having to face a game Braga, and weighed 91 kg for the fight. Wanderley is reported to have an awesome groundwork, and has been working on his stand up to deal with Ebenezer.

  • The lighting rig for HEAT FC 2 Evolution is the biggest ever to be used in a MMA show in Brazil. The production for the show has been upgrade from HEAT FC 1 and several light effects are expected. The show will also feature 6 cameras to film the show, including some special ones in rails to follow the fighter's entrances.

  • Ticket sales went well in advance, and the crowd being expected for HEAT FC 2 is also the biggest ever in a MMA show in the city of Natal. We're having sun all day in the city and everything is set for a historic show! Check out the results on FCF later!

From the event's promoter:
RSF SHOOTO Challenge
Rings in the New Year with Big News

On Friday January 2nd, on the heels the New Year celebration, promoter Randy Greenman, along with co-matchmaker Jeff Osborne and the Shooto Association, has assembled one of the hottest card ever to hit the Midwest. Top Midwest talent, UFC veterans and high ranking Shooto competitors will all gather at the Belle Clair Expo Center in Belleville, IL for the next installment of what is quickly becoming one of the foremost MMA promotions around. The event features a talent-packed card in what promises to be an action-packed night of intense Shooto action.

With a quick look back at 2003, we saw the formation of the Shooto Americas divisional rankings. These served to give recognition to fighters who were active within the Shooto circuit in North and South America. Now that those rankings have been developed we take it a step further and proudly announce our BIG NEWS for 2004... As SHOOTO and RSF kick off the New Year together, they also kick off a series of on-going tournaments that will crown the Shooto Americas Champion in 5 different weight classes. So feast your eyes on this entire blockbuster card, and be ready to see who rises up as the new Shooto Americas Champion!!!

Main Event
Class-A (MW - 167.5 lbs) 1st round tournament
Chris "Lights Out" Lytle (Shooto Americas #2) v. Pete "The Secret Weapon" Spratt

Class-A (WW - 154.4 lbs) 1st round tournament
Phil Johns (Shooto Americas #5) v Steve Berger

Class-A (MW - 167.5 lbs) 1st round tournament
Sam Morgan (Shooto Americas # 2) v. Manvel Gamburyan

Class-A (LHW - 183 lbs) 1st round tournament
Curtis Stout (Shooto Americas #5, World #8) v. Mike Rothmeir

Class-A (CW - 200.6 lbs)
Alex Stiebling v. Mike Rogers (A-class)

Ladies - Ginelle Marquez v. Kelly Kobald
HW - Doug Sauer v. Travis Fulton
WW - Mike Lloyd v. Jay Estrada
MW- Ryan Maynor v. Heath Pedigo
CW - Matt Schwinnen v. Bill Hill

Look for more information on the tournaments regarding dates and additional participants to be released soon. For tickets and information on this event logon to www.RSFshootochallenge.com or call (314)832-3489.

  Friday - December 19, 2003
HEAT FC 2 Evolution Quick Results:
By Eduardo Alonso

      HEAT FC 2 Evolution is now history, and the biggest MMA show assembled in Brazil in recent years brought eight fights with some surprising results, controversy and a never seen before production in the country. In the most controversial fight of the night Allan Goes refused to continue fighting and left the ring, when the referee tried to continue the fight after a stand up order to the fighters, which Goes ignored only to apply a key lock that made Ximu tap cause the fight was already stopped before by the referee. With this strange action Allan was called the loser on the fight with Ximu getting the win by forfeit. American fighters Forrest Griffin and Travis Wiuff both did great showings, with Griffin scoring an impressive KO in great fashion and Travis controlling Barreto and cutting his face a lot during the fight. The sad news comes with a broken arm suffered by Griffin in his winning effort, due to the absurd punching power of Edson Paredao. FCF will feature a review soon, check the results:
  • Dinarte Silva def. Charles Andrade by judges`decision
  • Vinicius Draculino def. Kleber Galdino by katagatame choke in R1
  • Sergio Junior drew with Fabio Bolinho by judges`decision
  • Alexandre Vaca def. Marcelo Uirapuru by judges`decision
  • Forrest Griffin def. Edson Paredao by KO in R1
  • Ebenezer Braga def. Eric Wanderley by judges`decision
  • Gustavo Ximu def. Allan Goes by forfeit in R1
  • Travis Wiuff def. Carlos Barreto by judges´ decision

From Zuffa/UFC:
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Ultimate Fighting Championship To Present 8-Fight Card
Live On Pay-Per-View On Super Bowl Saturday From Mandalay Bay


      LAS VEGAS, December 18, 2003….Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight fighter Javier Vasquez (8-1-0 in mixed martial arts) from Ontario, Calif., suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in training and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Matt Serra (10-3-0) from Long Island, N.Y., at UFC 46: Super Natural, Saturday, January 31, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
      Serra will fight Gerald Strebendt (7-3-0) from Los Angeles, Calif., in the lightweight feature bout that is part of an all-star, eight-fight card that will be LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST on Super Bowl Saturday night.
      Tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be purchased by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFC 46: Super Natural will be available on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      In the main event, new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (12-5-0 in mixed martial arts) from Portland, Ore., will defend his title for the first time against Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort (11-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro and in the co-main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (36-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the sixth time against top-ranked Hawaiian BJ Penn (6-1-1) from Hilo.
      The Serra-Strebendt match up pits two fighters who are both exciting submission experts. Serra is a veteran with superb ground fighting and submission skills. He has trained for years with Brazilian martial arts guru Renzo Gracie and was the first American fighter to earn a black belt in Gracie jiu jitsu. Strebendt also is a jiu jitsu fighter who is strong on the ground. "I'm a Matt Serra fan. "I have seen all his fights. This is going to be fun for me. If I get on top of Matt, he will be in trouble. It's going to be a great fight."
      The remainder of the UFC 46: Super Natural card includes a heavyweight re-match between Las Vegan Frank Mir (6-1-0) and 6'10" Wes Sims (6-2-1) from Columbus, Ohio; two welterweight bouts featuring former champion Carlos Newton (13-7-0) from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, against Renato Verissimo (4-0-0) from Hilo, Hawaii, and Karo Parisyan (17-2-0) from North Hollywood, Calif., versus Canadian Georges St. Pierre (5-0-0) from Montreal, Quebec; a middleweight match between Lee Murray (8-1-1) from London, England, and Jorge Rivera (7-1-0) from Milford, Mass., and another lightweight fight between undefeated Hermes Franca (8-0-0) from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Josh Thomson (23-1-0) from San Jose, Calif.

  Sunday - December 21, 2003
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  Monday - December 22, 2003
So "The Phenom" Got Married!
By Eduardo Alonso

      After endless speculation and a long romance with his fiancée Joana Prado, Vitor Belfort finally became a married man this past Saturday, December 20th, in the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Vitor and Joana have been living together for a long time already, but ever since they re-started their relationship during filming of a reality TV show called Casa Dos Artistas 2, a VIP version of Big Brother, talks had been going on about the couple's marriage. Keeping the flamboyant style, with Vitor being a usual guest on Brazilian TV Shows and even soap operas, and Joana Prado being a former Playboy Playmate, the marriage was broadcast live by TV Record, likely the 3rd biggest TV channel in the country. In spite of what many may think, "The Phenom" guaranteed FCF that he is still focused on his fight against Randy Couture at the next UFC, and the honeymoon will have to wait for after this challenge. FCF wishes nothing but the best for the couple in the years to come.

From the event's promoter:
Three Title Fights Among Evening of Martial Arts Entertainment

SUNRISE, FLA. - The Office Depot Center proudly announces the King of the Cage no holds barred cage fighting competition on Jan. 24, featuring the biggest names in the sport. King of the Cage, Inc., one of the nation's top three mixed martial arts pay per view promotional organizations, teams with bodybuilding and pro wrestling's Stonecutter Event Promotions, Inc., to bring their brand of world championship cage fighting to the East Coast for the very first time. This event is co-sponsored by Bodyonics Pinnacle and Cytodyne.

The fight card includes a world title bout in the unlimited weight class between KOTC Heavyweight Champion Paul Buentello and Patrick Smith, an unlimited class superfight title bout between Dan "The Beast" Severn and Seth "The Silverback" Petruzelli and a world welterweight title fight between John Alessio and George Santiago. Also among the 12 fights scheduled is a tilt between lightweight division challenger Paul Rodriguez and Melvin Guillard.

Buentello has fought extensively in the USWC, Extreme Challenge and the International Fighting Championships and is the current KOTC Heavyweight Champion of the World. Smith is a Denver native, who uses a Tae Kwon Do fighting style. Severn is the world's only Triple Crown Ultimate Fighting Champion. He is also the winner of the UFC V 8-man tournament, the World Extreme Super Heavyweight Champion and the Continental Freefighting Alliance Super Heavyweight Champion. Petruzelli, a native of Cape Coral, Fla., won his first national karate title at the age of 13. The rising martial arts star trains in kickboxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling, sambo and karate. Alessio is the KOTC Welterweight Champion of the World. Santiago, a Brazil native now fighting out of the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., holds a black belt and is 5-2-0. Rodrigues is a Port St. Lucie, Fla., native now fighting out of Orlando. Guillard, known as "The Young Assassin," is 9-0-0 in his young career.

Also on the fight card is local fighter Manny Reyes Jr., from Miami. Reyes has won seven NASKA titles in the last 10 years, as well as two NBL titles, four ISKA titles, two PKC titles and three USKA titles in point tournament karate. From 2001-2003, Reyes went 14-0 in Full Contact Point Karate, winning the ISKA lightweight title and the Lords of the Ring Full Contact Karate World Title.

King of the Cage, headquartered in Los Angeles, promotes over 24 live casino-hosted events yearly in the United States. They broadcast four pay per view events yearly with worldwide exposure, distribute VHS and DVDs to major stores like MusicLand, Tower Records and Best Buy, just to name a few, and will have a video game on store shelves next year.

Featuring only professional, elite fighters from around the globe, "King of the Cage" is a competitive event, pitting warrior against warrior in hand-to-hand battles of skill, honor and art. From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to wrestling, Muay Thai to boxing, all styles are encouraged, but in order to consistently win, participants must be well versed in every aspect of the fighting game.

Office Depot Center is the home of the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers and host to more than 150 events annually. Owned by Broward County, the Office Depot Center is the preeminent sports and entertainment venue in Florida and among the best in the world, with more than 2 million customers entering its doors annually.

  Wednesday - December 24, 2003
By Eduardo Alonso
December 20th: MMA Frenzy in Brazil!
MECA 10, Minotauro's and Pele's shows guaranteed lots of action on a single day

      In what can be called a unique day in Brazilian MMA history, three good level shows took place on the very same day, last Saturday December 20th, in our country. Keep in mind on the very same week HEAT FC 2 took place, going to show the considerable growth our sport has been experiencing in Brazil during the course of 2003, like this report has been mentioning endless times in his articles. After a busy year for Mixed Martial Arts, December 20th brought a great style closure to the fighting calendar in a country that rarely saw a show some years ago. MECA 10 continued its tradition in the city of Curitiba, Conquista Fight saw Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira's first venture as a promoter in his birth place of Vitoria da Conquista, and Pele took the second edition of his show to Maringa, a city located on the same state as Curitiba. MMA was set to please all tastes that Saturday.

      CONQUISTA FIGHT: In what started billed as a small event mixing up MMA and Muay Thai matches on its card, the 1st Conquista Fight saw Rodrigo Minotauro using his influence and prestige to attract bigger names to his card at the last minute, to have the likes of Anderson Silva, Evangelista Cyborg and Junior Buscape among others competing at the show. In the end, the show that took place at the small city of Vitoria da Conquista, where Minotauro was born, in the state of Bahia, saw Anderson Silva winning against Diamante Negro in his first outing after leaving Chute Boxe, in a match up he controlled the stand up action making Diamante quit between the 1st and the 2nd rounds. Junior Buscape, making his BTT debut, took quick work of Nova Uniao fighter Devanir Marques, needing less than 2 minutes to make his opponent give up due to strikes. The biggest surprise of the show was Claudio Godoi imposing his ground game against once feared Evangelista Cyborg and getting a TKO in the 3rd round adding a very important win to his career. Here are the results from the MMA matches:
  • Marcilio Marcio def. Johnny Eduardo by armbar in R1
  • Adriano Nasal def. Claudio Alcantara by rear-naked choke in R1
  • Will Ribeiro def. Gabriel Barros by tap out in R1
  • Cesar "Profeta" def. Averaldo by KO in R1
  • Marcelo Salazar def. Alexandre Lima by judges' decision
  • Yuri Fernandes def. Aloisio Freitas by KO in R1
  • Junior Buscape def. Devanir Marques by tap out in R1
  • Claudio Godoi def. Evangelista Cyborg by TKO in R1
  • Anderson Silva def. Diamante Negro by forfeit after R1
      CHALLENGER ORIGINAL BRAZILIAN VALE TUDO 2: MMA legend Pele Landi brought the second edition of his own MMA show, that debuted in October in Curitiba, to the city of Maringa, also located in the state of Parana [where Curitiba is the capital]. The show saw some of the names that graced the ring in its first edition and continued with its trend of giving a chance to the newcomers of the sport. Stand outs of the first edition of the show like Sandro Reni, Leonardo Pelucio and Eliezer Ninja returned to action with the first two conquering important wins, while Eliezer Ninja, billed as the next great thing coming out of Curitiba, experienced a loss to Jiu-Jitsu fighter Pato. Here are the results:
  • Cristiano (Gracie Barra) def. Gelson by rear-naked choke in R1
  • Binzo (Pele Team) def. Gringo by rear-naked choke in R1
  • Pablo def. Flavio Menega by referee stoppage in R1
  • Fabio "Testa" def. Jeferson "Gaucho" (Pele Team) by doctor stoppage in R1
  • Parana def. Chileno by rear-naked choke in R1
  • Jaime def. Cabeleira (Gold Team) by tap out in R1
  • Regiglaucio def. Curio (Gold Team) by tap out in R1
  • Leonardo Pelucio (Gracie Barra) def. Junior by tap out in R1
  • Pato def. Eliezer Ninja (Pele Team) by judges' decision
  • Sandro Reni def. Enrico by KO in R1
      MECA WORLD 10: The most traditional MMA show in Brazil also returned this past Saturday, bringing its action to the city of Curitiba once again after a edition at Terespolis, near Rio de Janeiro, at MECA 9. The difference this time was that MECA took place at the Parana Clube Arena, instead of the traditional Palacio de Cristal. The show featured mostly newcomers and fans criticized the lack of well known names in the show. In the end, those who watched the show live on Pay Per View in Brazil or insided the arena saw the first ever women fight at MECA with Vinicius Draculino student Ana Carolina defeating Carmen "Casca Grossa" by key lock in the first round. The stand outs of the show were Daniel Acacio making a winning debut as a Chute Boxe member and Jadson Costa continuing with his march also in the Chute Boxe camp and scoring his 3rd win after joining the group. In the most awaited fights of the evening veteran Jorge "Macaco" Patino won a controversial decision in a true war against former BTT player and also MECA veteran Luis Brito, and another former BTT player in Carlos Baruk won a judges' decision over Chute Boxe own Nilson de Castro. Macaco dominated the first two rounds, imposing his rhythm against Brito who punished him badly in the last round. In the end, the all wounded Macaco got a split judges' decision in his favor. Baruk controlled the fight getting numerous takedowns and controlling the action in the ground, not allowing Nilson to unleash his Muay Thai. Here are the results:
  • Nelson "Jaca" Medeiros def. Angelo "Tilapa" Antonio by KO in R1
  • Waldir "Cabeça" def. Rafael "Tatu" by forfeit after R1
  • Jadson Costa def. Marcelo Nigue by triangle choke in R1
  • Delson "Pe de Chumbo" def. Marcelo "Pitbull" by forfeit in R1
  • Ana Carolina def. Carmen "Casca Grossa" by key lock in R1
  • Junior "Besouro" def. Fabricio "Morango" by tap out due to injury in R1
  • Jorge "Macaco" Patino def. Luis Brito by split judges' decision
  • Daniel Acacio def. Roberto Godoi by TKO in R1
  • Carlos Baruk def. Nilson de Castro by unanimous judges' decision

  Thursday - December 25, 2003
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  Friday - December 26, 2003
The November 2003 issue of FCF is here!

FCF New Issue In this issue...

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Weighing in on UFC 45.

A Decade That Forever Changed Fighting - Joe Hall continues his look back at the first 10 years of UFC & MMA in America.

Sleep Deprivation and Stalking at UFC 45 - An all access pass to the heart of mixed martial arts. Go behind the scenes with Frank Trigg as he prepares for (and returns from) his championship battle with Matt Hughes.

Two Times a Champion: Wanderlei Silva now holds 2 prestigious Prides titles -- Middleweight Champ & Middleweight Grand Prix Champ - FCF takes some time with the Axe Murderer to get his thoughts on the Grand Prix and his plans for the future.

In this month's jam-packed Shooto Report, Marcelo Alonso and John Donehue join Manabu Takashima to bring you the best fights from the U.S.A. (Las Vegas, Nevada and Hammond, Indiana), Latvia (Riga), Australia (Melbourne), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and Japan (Kitazawa, Tokyo).

On the Canadian MMA scene: George St. Pierre takes out Pete Spratt, while Patrick Cote and David Goulet win Light-heavyweight & Lightweight titles respectively at TKO 14.

Across "the Pond" in merry ol' England, we bring you coverage of Ultimate Combat 8: Retribution .

Jason Miller makes Honolulu not so sunny for Egan Inoue as he TKOs the Grappling Unlimited fighter in SuperBrawl 32.

We talk with Jason Miller, a man with a very "unique" personality, after his win over Egan.

Pride Bushido: The Gracies vs. Japan, plus Brennan vs. Mitsuoka, Arrab vs. Faverus, Rua vs. Shoji, Aleksander Emelianenko vs. Assuerio Silva and Cro Cop vs. Dos Caras Jr. -- All 11 fights!

Storm Samurai: The Brazilian Muay Thai promotion tries its hand (and foot) at MMA.

K-1 MMA Brazil: K-1 also takes a shot at MMA in the birthplace of Vale-Tudo.

Smack Girl Third Season-VII: Revenge of the Power Puff Girls! Japan's all-women's MMA show lays the smack down.

Jay Glazer: Sportscaster Steps out from Behind the Desk and into the Ring.

Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther discusses Non-Linear Periodization Revisited: Balancing the numerous training demands for MMA.

Dan Henderson BioFile.

Controversy: Fight fans discuss the happenings at UFC 45.

In our monthly columns...
In Matt Hume's techniques, Viridiana "Dark Angel" Soto & Trevor Jackson demonstrate a Rear Choke to Rolling Armbar; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses Choosing a Fighting Stance.

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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  Sunday - December 28, 2003
Josh Barnett
By Derek Callahan

Josh Barnet mounted and pounding on Semmy Schilt at UFC 32
UFC 32: Barnett on Schilt
On New Year's Eve "The Baby Faced Assassin," Josh Barnett will continue to march on in another defense of his King Of Pancrase Open-weight title. Although now doing some work as a pro-wrestler, his KOP title defense will be an MMA match against the near 7-foot-tall Semmy Schilt - a rematch of their UFC 32 outing, which Barnett won via armbar.

FCF:   Since your leave from the UFC what have you been up to?
Josh Barnett:   6'3" so nothing has really changed. Oh and touring on the New Japan Pro-Wrestling circuit and still fighting in MMA in between. I dabble.

FCF:   How does what you're doing now in Japan compare to the old UFC fights?
JB:     Well I have to say that I like the rules a lot better since there is more freedom and I also like that most fights in Japan are judged on damage and effectiveness to end the fight, not control. It awards the guy trying to finish and as I have only had 2 decisions in my career so far that's good news for me. I do miss Big John though; he was a character, literally. I told him that I couldn't stand his character in the UFC game. His front kick would practically kill you with one hit and [is] almost impossible to beat. Way too aggravating. So I told him that one day I was going to turn and attack him during a fight one of these days. Big John, I haven't forgotten all those times you infuriated me through that video game and I know you had this planned all from the beginning to drive me mad. I still have my sanity and I will savor my revenge.

FCF:   PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko ran into some trouble with PRIDE when he tried to fight in another show. It seems as if many of the great heavyweights are in PRIDE where there are good fights for you. Do you foresee any similar troubles in fighting outside of Pancrase?
JB:     No, because I signed my contract with Vaseline, which makes it easy for me to slip out of my obligations and fight wherever I choose.

FCF:   You're facing Semmy Schilt next for the KOP title, how has your training been altered for this fight?
JB:     Well this is something that never changes, but I can say again that I always train the same except for some emphasis towards a weakness in my opponent. I believe that I should be ready for any and everything.

FCF:   What are the advantages/disadvantages of fighting someone in a rematch?
JB:     Simply the fact that you have already beaten them and they stand to gain much more than you stand to lose externally as well as internally. Of course you are both now more familiar with each other's styles, but that's not always a factor because sometimes there wasn't that much you could pick up from the fight. Maybe it was over quick or either one was not able to utilize their strengths. Still, going in with one over them is never going to hurt.

FCF:   What was the driving force behind your accepting this bout?
JB:     They asked and he said yes. Oh and a red-hot poker.

FCF:   This is your first top contender at your weight in a little while, how do the emotions change while facing a known threat as compared to a lighter and/or seemingly overmatched opponent?
JB:     As a fighter I understand other fighters and their strength a lot better than someone who isn't. Kondo, Takahashi, and Ambriz were not weak or easy opponents and weight doesn't mean as much as people make it out to. If I won quickly or dominated a fight it isn't because my opponents aren't good, I just trained really hard and did what I do better than they could do at what they do. Before me, Ambriz was undefeated and KOTC Super-heavyweight champ with all wins by finish and 60lbs heavier. Because I beat him in the first round laymen want to cry "bum." Kondo was smaller, but had fought many, many times at unlimited and had defeated Semmy three times before. Takahashi was at the top of his game when he showed up at Ultimate Crush 2 and is known to be a real tough guy and weighed 210, which is heavyweight. The only people who think that those guys weren't any good are people who aren't training for a fight. Personally I don't take people lightly and I don't care who ranks them where or what weight or how great people talk of him. I can tell who can bring it and who just sings it.

FCF:   You've submitted your last two opponents and have previously beaten Schilt by armbar. Are these stats any hint at a possible strategy?
JB:     Hell no! I don't give hints or play twenty questions. You never know what I'll do, except that it'll be as exciting as possible. I have to say there aren't many who can claim to have pulled off a rolling German suplex in a fight. In fact just two I know of. Someone already did the giant swing, and [Bob] Sapp used the powerbomb so maybe I'll try a Death Valley Bomb. What the hell is that you say? Guess you'll have to watch.

FCF:   After Schilt, what's next for you?
JB:     You buddy. Hot sauce eating contest with the gloves off. Loser has to rub "the Bomb: Ground Zero" in his underwear and wear it. Then maybe PRIDE, or really anywhere that will give me the chance to show the most exciting fights in the world.

From the event's promoter:
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AFC Presents the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I Scheduled for February 28th, 2003 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida

'After the success of the 5th Submission Wrestling World Championships, held in May of 2003 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we wanted to have additional Submission Wrestling competitions in North America starting in 2004.' states spokesman and AFC matchmaker Miguel Iturrate. 'So the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I was born.'

'We are working right now to sign our superfights, and we should have some announcements on these soon. There are some big names and surprises in the works for these 4 fights! There will also be 3 different 4 Man Tournaments, in the ADCC weight classes of 65.9 KG and under (under 145 lbs), 66-76.9 KG (145.1-169 lbs) and 77-87.9 KG (169.1 - 194 lbs)'. describes the spokesman.

'The event will also feature an ABSOLUTE tournament of 8 men. This is one of the signatures of the ADCC competition, and we think it will add to the excitement of the event.' starts the spokesman. 'The competitors for this tournament will be selected from the competitors who competed in the tournaments earlier. This will add to the excitement, in that the event gives an opportunity for competitors who were impressive in earlier matches to fight again. It will be exciting!'

There will be over $12,000 in prize money for the superfights and the tournaments. More information to come on this event!

- 65.9 KG and under 4 Man Tournament
- 66-76.9 KG 4 Man Tournament
- 77-87.9 KG 4 Man Tournament
- 8 Man ABSOLUTE Tournament (Open Weight)

4701 Johnson RD ste 8
Coconut Creek FL 33073

Anyone interested in competing in the 4 man tournaments should contact us via e-mail at itur_miguel@yahoo.com. EXTREMELY LIMITED SPOTS available.

Official ADCC Judges Planning Seminars and Judge Certifications

In an effort to spread information about the ADCC Submission Wrestling rules, ADCC's head judge Lubomir Guedjev will lead a contingent of judges from the ADCC. The goal is to hold a series of seminars, and to begin training additional officials (judges and mat referees) to hold Submission Wrestling competitions.

'Lubo' and company will also judge the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I, making this event the first OFFICIAL ADCC Submission Wrestling event on North American soil that is not a TRIALS event! The sport of Submission Wrestling is growing!

Much more info to come, though interested seminar participants can contact

Absolute Fighting Championship #7 Scheduled For Same Weekend!

AFC #7 - Friday, February 27th, 2003
War Memorial Coliseum, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Doors Open: 6:30 pm- Fight Start: 7:30 pm

BEST PRICE ON TICKETS ANYWHERE: GOLD CIRCLE: $35.00 / RINGSIDE: $25.00 - $35.00 / GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00 Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com. Enter 'ABSOLUTE' for the event!

The SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I on February 28th will be preceded on February 27th by the AFC #7 - south Florida's top MMA event, making south Florida the place to be for MMA at the end of February.

There will not be tickets sold for the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I - people who have tickets from the AFC #7 will get in for free (until capacity). 'With access to both competitions for the same ticket price, this is the best deal on tickets anywhere!' states the spokesman.


  Monday - December 29, 2003
Homer Moore on top of Chael Sonnen
Rumble On The Rock 4.5:
Proving Grounds

Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, Hilo, Hawaii
December 27, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

Mike Bickers KO'd
Bickers KO'd
Rumble went back to the town that it originated, Hilo, Hawaii and brought in some of the best production ever seen in Hawaii for an MMA event. Light racks, two large screens, an entrance ramp, smoke, fighter video introductions and instant replay treated those who were in attendance at this event. The event brought a full card of twelve matches and played the entire match between BJ Penn and Takanori Gomi. The action started off with a 4-man lightweight tournament with a fighter from BJ Penn's academy and a fighter from Oahu's 808 Fight Factory meeting in the finals. Some of the highlights were the war between Villapondo and Castro with tons of reversals and even though Villapondo controlled the match, you had the feeling that Castro could steal it from Villapondo at any moment. Another came via KO from the hands of Abraham Cortes-Kalaupa being delivered to Gaven Mata. The finals of the lightweight tournament was also a war when Villapondo fought off Robison's take down attempts or was able to fight his way back up to his feet and pounded Robison, while Robison was relentless with his take down attempts and had Villapondo in some bad positions, keeping Villapondo on his toes for the entire fight. The Sonnen-Moore fight was pretty uneventful, with Sonnen peppering Moore for the whole fight and Moore getting a few take downs, but not capitalizing on the positioning. The judges made an error awarding the decision to Moore only for the fight to be reviewed on tape at the request of Sonnen, causing them to reverse their position on the fight, giving Sonnen the victory.

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals:
2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Abraham Robison (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Jerry Saribay (Bull's Pen)
Submission due to rear-naked choke at 3:00 into R1.

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals:
2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Robert Villapondo (808 Fight Factory) def. Ashton Castro (Young Guns DeLuta Club)
Unanimous Decision [(20-17), (20-17), (20-17)] after 2 rounds.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Paul Laga (Bull's Pen) def. Eric Beach (BJ Penn's MMAA)
TKO, Beach could not return for R2.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Abraham Cortes-Kalaupa (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Gavin Mata (Shirotaka Kenpo & Kajukenbo)
KO (right upper cut) at 1:27 into R1.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Mark Rodriguez (Rudy Valentino) def. Pete Sefo (808 Fight Factory)
Verbal submission due to strikes from the cross position at 0:20 into R2.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
DJ Delfin (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Eric Devers (Shirotaka Kenpo & Kajukenbo)
TKO, referee stoppage due to rear naked choke (Devers was about to go unconscious) at 0:49 into R1.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Mike Aina (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Mike Bickers (Vendrell's Martial Arts)
KO (right hook) at 0:22 into R2.

Pro-X Division: 3 Rounds - 3 Minutes (no grappling)
Kaleo Padilla (Koden Kan/Kona Boxing) def. Mark Moreno (Bull's Pen)
Unanimous Decision [(30-26), (30-26), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Kaynan Kaku (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory)
Unanimous Decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Lightweight Tournament Finals
Tournament Finals:
2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Robert Villapondo (808 Fight Factory) def. Abraham Robison (BJ Penn's MMAA)
Majority Decision [(20-17), (20-18), (19-19)] after 2 rounds.

Semi Main:
2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Ross Ebanez (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Shawn Beckett (Fusion Fight Team)
Unanimous Decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Main Event:
2 Rounds - 5 Minutes:
Chael Sonnen (Team Quest) def. Homer Moore (Brausa Academy)
Unanimous Decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Full report in the next issue of FCF

  Wednesday - December 31, 2003
Happy New Year!

Your friends at FCF hope that you all have a very happy and safe New Year's Eve, and we wish you all of the best in the new year.

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From the event's promoter:

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Due to injuries to three of our main event fighters and various other reasons, this event had to be cancelled. A lot of time went into creating and promoting this event, however, it cannot happen. Please stay tuned for future BAMA Fight Night events.

Thanks to all of the schools and fighters that have shown support.


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