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  Saturday - May 1, 2004
Ricardo Deborba KO'd by Nardu Debrah
An "Eruption" of Action
By Jim Genia

(April 30, Lowell, Massachusetts) The Tsongas Arena played host to "Eruption" tonight, and though the turnout was a scant few hundred, this marked the low point of an otherwise impressive debut show. Competitors flown in from as far away as Brazil and Texas to test the mettle of New England's own stars, and fans who made the trek were rewarded with 11 action-packed MMA bouts. Representatives hailed from Team Elite, Team Renzo, Yves Edwards' Thugjitsu, and Brazilian Top Team, among others. Highlights of the night included:
  • Jay Hieron's toughest MMA test yet, as he battled it out with jiu-jitsu black belt and Brazilian Top Team rep Fabio Holanda.
  • Nuri Shakir's flawless judo, as he sent Marcus Davis sailing through the air to the roar of the crowd.
  • New England's own MMA hero Jorge Rivera, and the war he waged with the gutsy James Gabert.
Jerry Mosquea (Rodrigo Gracie/Team Renzo-149lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (Reality Self-Defense-149)
Lauzon at 2:37 of Round One via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes.

Nardu Debrah (Rodrigo Gracie/Universal Self-Defense-160lbs) vs. Ricardo Deborba (ChuteBoxe-156lbs)
Debrah via KO at 3:30 of Round One - an impressive return for Nardu! [Deborba is pictured above being tended to after the fight]

Jay Hieron (Bellmore Kickboxing/Rodrigo Gracie-168lbs) vs. Fabio Holanda (Brazilian Top Team-170lbs)
Hieron via unanimous decision - this one was a hard-fought war!

Super-Lightweight Title
Renato Migliacci (Team Renzo-145lbs) vs. Rocky Long (Thugjitsu-145lbs)

Migliacci via unanimous decision.

Lightweight Title
Mark Colangelo (Ricardo Almeida/Team Renzo-155lbs) vs. Matt Lee (Team Elite-155lbs)

Lee via unanimous decision - a great standup battle.

Bryan Bressler (Miletich Fighting Systems-170lbs) vs. Jason Hathaway (USF-169lbs)
Judges' decision - draw.

Light-Heavyweight Title
Lance Everson (Boneyard-193lbs) vs. Tim Credeur (Thugjitsu-195lbs)

Credeur via armbar at 3:02 Round One. Everson popped his own arm out of his elbow trying to escape Credeur's picture-perfect armlock from the bottom.

Welterweight Title
Marcus Davis (Miletich Fighting Systems-167lbs) vs. Nuri Shakir (Team Elite-170lbs)

Shakir via rear choke at 2:38 of Round Three. Another great fight by Shakir!

Fabio Leopoldo (Team Renzo-204lbs) vs. Brendan Seguin (MASH-197lbs)
Leopoldo via doctor stoppage at :43 of Round One - a bout-ending cut brought this one to an abrupt end before it barely even began.

Sam Hogar (Miletich Fighting Systems-247lbs) vs. Chris Herring (Gorilla Nation)
Hogar via side choke at 2:37 of Round One. With pinpoint accurate high-kicks and a smooth string of submission attempts from the bottom, Hogar looked extremely impressive.

Middleweight Title
Jorge Rivera (Team Elite-185lbs) vs. James Gabert (Ricardo Almeida/Team Renzo)

Rivera via ref stoppage (a flash-KO) at 4:10 of Round 3 - a scrappy performance by Gabert and dominant performance by Rivera. Get this man back in the UFC!

K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II:"
McDonald Regains His Reign

Written By Michael Afromowitz

In a sold-out event filled with non-stop thrills and heart-pounding action, two-time K-1 tournament champion Michael McDonald reclaimed his throne in North America by earning a unanimous judges' decision over a ferocious Dewey "The Black Kobra" Cooper during the K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II" tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada's Bellagio Hotel and Casino on Friday, April 30th.

From the outset of his quarterfinal round matchup with K-1 Superfight veteran and tournament first-timer, Marvin Eastman, McDonald's chances capturing a third K-1 tournament title on United States ground appeared bleak as he was roughed up in the first three minutes by his aggressive and somewhat unorthodox opponent. Eastman scored a handful of jumping knee strikes to the Canadian's midsection before landing a hard left hand that sent his opponent reeling back towards the corner. During an exchange, McDonald was put on the canvas for a partial referee 10-count.
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From the event's promoter:

Repeating the huge success of the first edition, Jungle Fight set up its second edition, to break, once again, all PPV records in Brazil.

After a successful and surprising Jungle-Fight 1 which took place on the middle of Amazon Forest in September 13th, 2003. Antonio Inoki and Wallid Ismail already stated: 'We've a lot of surprises for this next event, the world never watched nothing equal. Our intention is to capture all attention of the MMA world with our innovations.'

Fourteen MMA warriors together in the biggest Forest of the Planet - Amazonia - in an original and extremely gorgeous scene. Jungle Fight 2 is confirmed for next May 15th of 2004 in Studio 5 - Center of Conventions - Manaus. Inoki and Ismail are waiting 5,000 spectators in the place. For this event we will count on the presence of some national and international celebrities. The following battles are already scheduled:
  • Vladimir Matyushenko (RAW Team) vs. Leopoldo Montenegro (Brazil Dojo)
  • Assuerio Silva (Muay Thai Dream Team) vs. Fabiano 'Pega-Leve' Scherer (BTT)
  • Jorge 'Macaco' Patino (ChuteBoxe) vs. Thomas 'WildMan' Denny (JESUS Is Lord)
  • Carlos Barreto (BTT) vs. Brian Sherpad (Las Vegas Combat Club)
  • Ronaldo 'Jacare' (Brazil Dojo) vs. Victor Babkir
  • Adriano Martins (Gracie) vs. Boris Jonstomp (France)
  • Fredson Paixao (GBCT) vs. Rani Yahira (Ataide Jr)
The Jungle Fight Championship 2 is being divulged in the entire world by internet and the local tv, TV Amazon that is an affiliate of the Rede-Globo(the biggest Brazilian TV) in Manaus and all the North of the Brazil. The event will be covered by diverse private channels in the four corners of the world. The accomplishment of the Jungle Fight Championship 2 is a partnership of the TV Amazon with the City hall of Manaus, Government of the State of Amazon and Grafite Advertising. MMA specialists will be facing themselves in fights that will mark the history of the MMA. Don't forget, May 15th will mark a deeply the MMA World.

From the event's promoter:
RITC 61 - Results
Pardoe, Homer & A-Dawg Win
Aldano named Fighter of the Night

A huge turnout welcomed RITC back to Dodge Theater. Superstars Mark Kerr and Brock Lesnar were in attendance. Among the exciting match-ups was a 3 second KO by Gilbert Aldano. This is the fastest KO in RITC history and earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors for Gilbert. Other candidates for FOTN were Troy Tolbert, Carlos Ortega, Ed West, Hans Marrero, Bryan Pardoe and "A-Dawg" Sullivan.

Troy Tolbert (139), Leininger Dojo
won by submission (choke), 1:37 Rd 1
Aaron Millican (143), Team Brausa

Carlos Ortega (149), Arizona Jiu-Jitsu
won by decision (3-0)
Matt VerHalen (144), Freestyle

Gilbert Aldano (255), Team Brausa
won by KO, :03 Rd 1
Herb Garcia (300), AZ Punishment

Ed West (148), Hinzmann's MMA
won by submission (key lock), 1:01 Rd 1
Amos Sotelo (153), ACS

Hans Marrero (190), Marrero Combat Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 1:58 Rd 1
Robert Rose (187), Leininger Dojo

Bryan Pardoe (219), Rufus Kickboxing
won by submission (key lock), 1:28 Rd 1
BJ Gile (201), Genesis Jiu-Jitsu

Jamie Varner (167), ACS
bout ruled No Contest, :54 Rd 2
James Upshur (164), Team Brausa

Rich Alten (219), Ryan Defense Systems
won by fighter retirement (broken thumb), 2:33 Rd 1
Mike Rainieri (212), Team Brausa

Homer Moore (212), Team Bang
won by decision (3-0)
Andy Montana (235), AZ Punishment

Main Event
"A-Dawg" Sullivan (210), Savage Te Dawg Pound
won by decision (3-0)
Shane Johnson (210), Hinzmann's MMA Academy

The next RITC show is just days away.

RITC 62 - More Punishment
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Casa Grande

RITC 63 - It's Time
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Phoenix (Dodge Theater)

  Sunday - May 2, 2004
AFC 8 Results
Held May 1, 2004
By Keith Mills

Jason MacDonald Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- in what was billed as an up-and-comer show, Jason MacDonald surprised most fans but submitting heavily favored Anthony Rea in the first round to take the vacated Light-Heavyweight belt. Not as surprisingly American Top Team continued their dominance of the South East, going 4-0 while Paulo Geurreiro picked up the Fighter of the Night award.
  • Brian Medlin def. Scott Johnson by verbal submission 3:27 R1
  • Paulo Geurreiro def. Buck Bisbey by guillotine choke 3:53 R1
  • Edson Berto def. Chad Gauldin by TKO 2:55 R1
  • Ben Saunders drew Crafton Wallace
  • Raphael Dias def. Brian Geraghty by split decision (20-18 x2 for Dias, 20-18 for Geraghty)
  • Renato Tavares def. Eric Obryon by arm guillotine 0:51 R1
  • Jorge Masvidal def. Justin Wisnewski by majority decision (19-19, 20-19 x 2)
  • Mike Quinlan def. Nick Thompson by rear choke 0:16 R2
  • Pedro Brandao drew Marcos Avellan
  • Edson Diniz def. Darrell Smith by armbar 2:08 R2
  • Jason MacDonald def. Anthony Rea by armlock 2:22 R1 (McDonald new Light-Heavyweight Champion)

  Tuesday - May 4, 2004
Schall-Herring Rematch
Highlights ICE 9

ICE 9 Poster       FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Kerry Schall is excited about his rematch against Chris Herring this Friday in the ICE 9 event at Tori's Station.
      "I'm not mad, and I don't want revenge or anything like that," Schall said. "I'm excited because the first fight was going to be a good one... he wanted to stand, and I wanted to stand... we were going to have a slugfest."
      Unfortunately, during the first clinch, Herring landed an unintentional knee to the groin that dropped Schall and halted the bout. The fight was declared a no-contest and the rematch was added to this weekend's card.
      Schall, better known as "the Meat Truck," has won 7 of 8 fights and has a 17-6 record. The Cincinnati resident hopes this will be a good year for him.
      "I've trained harded this year than ever before... and I'm healthy right now," Schall said. "I'm thinking this is going to be my year to do something in the sport."
      Schall has another rematch scheduled on June 26 in Fontana, Wis., where he will face Damien Decorah in the main event of the XFO event. Schall won a split decision over Decorah late last year.
      Also fighting on the card is local favorite Ron Fields, a good puncher who will face Leo Sylvest in what promises to be a standup war.
      ICE 9 is scheduled this Friday at Tori's Station. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the first bout starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (513) 290-3259.

The lineup:

Chris Herring vs. Kerry Schall

Leo Sylvest vs. Ron Fields
Ricky Hutchins vs. Chris Moore
Kevin Rinear vs. Trevor Garrett
Sam Sheridan vs. Jason Keneman
Josh Howat vs. Anthony Smith
Rod Housley vs. Shawn Coffman
Clay Coffman vs. Gerald Pierson
John Coleman vs. Brian Paul
Brian Williams vs. Adam Bass
Sam Riley vs. Nick Ollberding

Jeremy Coomer vs. TBA (185 pounds)

  Wednesday - May 5, 2004
UFC Shot Eludes Ron Jhun...For Now:
Rumble On The Rock Up Next

By Loretta Hunt

Ron Jhun
Ron Jhun
      It's the call every American fighter waits for. UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is on the other end, and he wants you to fight. Hawaiian resident Ronald Jhun got that call early last week, but do to prior commitments will not be making his long-awaited Octagon debut come June 19th's UFC 48. "It was kind of bad timing," shares Jhun from the construction site he works full-time from to support his wife and four kids, with yet another little one on the way. "I just told them right now, I have obligations to Rumble On The Rock and I was pretty much committed to them, but I would take the fight if they would wait on me." Jhun is scheduled to meet Team Quest up-and-comer Ryan Schultz this Friday, and was hoping the UFC could hold off till after. But, according to Jhun, the UFC didn't call back and word quickly surfaced that the vacant middleweight slot would go to UFC 30 veteran Curtis Stout.
      Despite the UFC's decision to lock down Stout instead, Jhun insists that all is well between him and the UFC. "I didn't sign anything," he says. "We were in talks and negotiating for a possible fight with Lee Murray, and I was telling them I fight at welterweight now, and would it be possible for me to crack into the UFC at 170?" Since moving down to the welterweight division, the 20-11-2 fighter has celebrated a level of success, with draws to UFC vets Shonie Carter and Dennis Hallman, and another victory over Carter in their rematch that followed six months later. Jhun has gone 6 for 2 in his last eight fights.
      Following the unofficial news that Stout was in and the heap of unsubstantiated negative gossip that followed, Jhun says he was grateful to receive another phone call from Silva. "He kind of shed some light about me fighting in the UFC," Jhun comments. "He said I've pretty much been on their list for quite sometime, but it's been bad timing. Either I've had an event that was scheduled around that time or I had a big fight that I lost or something. But, I've been contacted by them [the UFC] at least two or three times already. I think that the position that Joe Silva is in right now, he's kinda under the gun and he needs to get a committed fighter right now."
      "He said that Lee Murray requested me," Jhun adds, with a twinge of approval in his voice. Dubbed "the Machine Gun" for his stand-up tenacity, it is feasible to see why the UFC would encourage a match-up of its kind. In addition, Jhun has a win over Murray's teammate and UFC 38 participant James Zikic at Superbrawl 12.
      But, for now, Jhun is doing what many fighters do in situations like these. "I'm not even looking past this guy," the Hawaiian wisely conveys about his pending battle with Schultz. "I just been kind of brushing everything off. Guys have been calling me asking for interviews and how I feel about the UFC, and I'm like, first of all, I gotta fight next week. This fight that I have coming up is a big fight to me. It's a big deal, because it could make or break both of us guys. I've seen a few of this guy's fights, and even though he a wrestler at heart, he's looks to be a brawler. He just tries to go in and knock everybody's heads off."
      If Jhun is able to get past Schultz, though, he divulges there's already been talk with Zuffa for a debut on the UFC 49 card, tentatively scheduled for August. Till then, a cheerful Jhun says he will continue to take it one fight at a time, having already reached a level of notoriety in the biz that attracts some of the gamer opponents out there. "They should call me the 'Billy the Kid' of this sport," Jhun laughs. "Everybody that I fight, they become famous after it, not me." All in due time, Ron, all in due time.

  Thursday - May 6, 2004
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From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:

Here is the fight card of PRIDE BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 announced at Dream Stage Entertainment office Today.

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Ryan Gracie (Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy) Takanori Gomi vs. Ralph Gracie (Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy) Ryo Chonan vs. Ricardo Almeida(Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy)

Also on the card:
Daiju Takase vs. Carlos Newton
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Chalid "Die Faust"
Tamakairiki vs. TBA
Mirko Crocop vs. TBA

Date: May 23rd 2004
Place:Yokohama Arena

The Brazilian Beat
Arona to Face Jackson! Wanderlei's Injury Under Control, Jungle Fight 2 Shaping up, MECA 11 Getting Interesting and Four Months Without Information on Priscila Belfort.

The Brazilian Beat:
      It is often said that time flies, and we seem to get this notion in endless ways in our personal lives. One day you're dreaming of that toy you just have to have, and the next thing you know, you're buying one for your own kid. However, for one family, time is going as slowly and painfully as possible, as we're approaching four months without any valid information on Priscila Belfort. It seems like yesterday that Vitor Belfort, Priscila's brother, fought Randy Couture for the UFC Light Heavyweight title without any information on his sister for around a month, and now we're already counting 120 days as hopes fade away and the suffering only increases for the family. Some ways of human nature go beyond our understanding, and as it's inevitable to think of the worst at this point and as nothing will ever justify something like that happening, we still hope for the best. At this very point the best for the family can come in many different ways, but as friends and members of the fighting community we all can only pray for the suffering to end, being it for Priscila or the family as we hope to never have to report this kind of news again and still somewhat dream or hope to report good news about this case.
      As time insists on moving on, and keep making us learn to also move on, the sport of MMA continues to bring news here in Brazil and here we are once again to report those! After the first round of the PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix, the focus now turns to the next events to take place in the country and the next fights abroad for our main icons of the sport. With Wanderlei Silva defining his recovery strategy, fighters preparing for Korea, Arona set to face Jackson, a Brazilian qualifying to the Olympic Games in Wrestling for the first time in 12 years, MECA and Jungle Fight 2 coming up, there's plenty of news for you to read! So, enjoy your reading cause times truly fly and life never ceases to surprise us but no matter what FCF keeps the beat going all the way from Brazil!
  • Brazilian Top Team member, PRIDE veteran and Abu Dhabi champion Ricardo Arona is set to face Quinton "The Rampage" Jackson in PRIDE in a much awaited match up that was bound to happen at the Middleweight Grand Prix last year! Despite the rumors of the fight taking place at the PRIDE Bushido show in May, word has that the fight is a go for PRIDE's June 20th show, in a card that promises a lot. Arona has been training hard as he knows Jackson is a tough opponent for anyone, and the winner of this fight will keep himself in position for a future challenge at Wanderlei Silva's belt.

  • PRIDE middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva's recent knee injury has nothing to do with the serious ligament problem that forced Silva to have surgery on his knee in the 2002. According to the same doctor that did the successful surgery on "The Axe Murderer" before his fight against Hiromitsu Kanehara, the injury is minor and a normal training injury. The doctor recommended four weeks of treatment though, and some lighter training for a while. Silva trained lightly this week and at this point it seems likely that his fight against Yuki Kondo may be postponed to June, at the second round of the PRIDE Heavyweight GP. Nothing is set in stone however, as the Brazilian fighter is known for quick recoveries.

  • Silva's teammate Murilo Ninja Rua is back in Brazil after his loss to Sergei Kharitonov at the PRIDE Heavyweight GP and is dealing well with his first knockout defeat ever. Ninja told FCF he wanted to fight aggressively and never thought about anything else but to go for the stand up war during the fight, as this is what the public expects from a Chute Boxe fighter. Murilo also mentioned that he felt a bit of the extra power of the heavyweight division as well as Kharitonov's reach advantage, and he believes the Russian may give others a hard time during the competition. The young Brazilian went on to say that he felt a great deal of support from the Chute Boxe team, and now wants to train hard again, lose some extra pounds and likely fight under 205 lbs again.
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  Friday - May 7, 2004
Believe It!
Penn Confirms MMA Showdown with Ludwig for May 22nd K-1
By Loretta Hunt

BJ Penn Making a strong launch into the growing mixed martial arts market, it appears as if top-ranked kickboxing promotion, K-1, has scored a coup of sorts in booking one of America's most sought after lightweight fighters for its May 22nd card. Although the match-up will take place at 170 pounds, it's been unofficially announced that Duane Ludwig will be BJ Penn's first K-1 opponent as part of a non-exclusive two-fight contract he recently signed with the promotion. Just a few hours ago, FCF spoke with the current UFC welterweight champion in his native Hawaii to confirm the match-up and although the bout agreement has yet to be signed, a sober Penn relayed, "It's gonna happen." Penn said he got word of the proposed bout last night.

The news comes during a murky time for Penn regarding his relationship with the UFC promotion. "I don't really know what's going on," Penn vaguely comments when asked where he stands with America's top MMA promotion at this moment, but will divulge that he and his representation did go back into talks with Zuffa Sports Entertainment, the owners of the UFC, following an exclusive interview he did with FCF on May 18th. In that interview, Penn expressed Zuffa's resistance in allowing him to fulfill a lucrative deal with K-1 while still remaining a part of the UFC stable, even though Penn claims he had a verbal agreement with UFC president Dana White that he would renounce the welterweight title to move back down to the lightweight division to fight for a reinstated title there and be granted the flexibility to pursue other fights in the interim. Penn also stated in the interview that the term on his UFC contract had expired, and these current negotiations were an attempt to hash out an appropriate pay scale for a new three fight deal that came with his championship victory. Resisting comment on just what transpired at these meetings, Penn would only add this cryptic statement: "I don't know how they can strip the title without looking bad."

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Wesley 'Cabbage' Correira (left) faces off against John Marsh
Rumble On The Rock 5 Weigh-Ins
Held May 6, 2004 at Dave and Busters
Honolulu, Hawaii
By Mike Onzuka

The Rumble On The Rock returns to Oahu to throw another big production event on the most populated island in the Hawaiian chain. The much-anticipated return of Wesley "Cabbage" Correira to Hawaii is on despite what the Internet rumors may have said. Due to the technical knockout of Cabbage by Andrei Arlovski in UFC 47, the Nevada State Athletic Commission temporarily suspended Cabbage's eligibility to fight. There's speculation on how long that suspension is and whether this effectively banned Cabbage from fighting on this card. Due to some legal action pending, the intricate details have to be left unsaid, but the main thing is that John Marsh will finally get his hands on Cabbage and hopefully throw more than a water bottle at the tough Hawaiian. Marsh looked to be in very good shape coming in at 240.5 pounds like Cabbage looked big as life 277.5 pounds. This grudge match should keep the fans drooling until these fighters get it on.

Matt Lindland (left) vs. Tony Fryklund
Lindland (left) vs. Fryklund

Olympic Silver Medalist and UFC's number one ranked fighter at 185 lbs, Matt "The Law" Lindland, makes his Hawaii fighting debut against the Freak, Tony Fryklund from Team Extreme. There has been a war of words between these two on the Internet and I, for one, love to read Lindland's rebuttals. I just hope his opponents keep insulting him so that I can continue to get an entertaining laugh from this educated and almost poetic fighter. Both fighters made weight and the Freak was ripped as usual. Former UFC Welterweight Champ and trainer extraordinaire Pat Miletich accompanied Fryklund.

Due to a car crash about two weeks ago, Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez had to remove himself from the card which leaves the very experienced Steve Berger holding the bag as he tries to get his career back on track since he has lost three of his last four. Berger tells me that he has a fight lined up at TKO in Canada in about two weeks.

Ron Jhun (left) vs. Ryan Schultz
Jhun (left) vs. Schultz
The "I can't get no satisfaction and a spot into the UFC" fighter Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun will stay active as he faces Lindland teammate and well-touted Ryan Schultz. Jhun needs this win to continue to be on UFC match maker Joe Silva's speed dial. Jhun initially came in a pound heavy, but quickly made the 170 pound limit.

One of the most interesting fights on paper is the Justin Mercado/Harris Sarmiento fight. 808 Fight Factory's Sarmiento has been on a tear and is a very active fighter having one the Super Brawl 155 lb eliminator tournament and numerous kickboxing matches while Grappling Unlimited's Mercado is a golden gloves quality boxer with a solid sprawl and brawl style. Heavy hands should fly and both fighters usually are very aggressive which makes this fight the one to watch.

Everyone made their weights and finally after a few changes in the card, the fights are set. I will commentate with former UFC lead interviewer Ryan Bennett for this event and with all the strikers on the card, the local crowd should be in for a night of action.

Rumble On The Rock 5 Fight Card
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 7, 2004

Royden Demotta (BJ Penn's MMAA) 174.5 lbs. vs. Vance Pu

Justin Mercado (Grappling Unlimited) 153 lbs. vs. Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) 154.5 lbs.

Kaynan Kaku (BJ Penn's MMAA) 153.5 lbs. vs. Santino Defranco (Arizona Combat Sports) 155.0 lbs.

Mike Rogers (Team Vaghi) 205 lbs. vs. Jason Lambert (North County Fight Club) 208.5 lbs.

Joe "Diesel" Riggs (Arizona Combat Sports) 185.0 lbs. vs. Kendall Grooves (Maui Full Contact) 183.5 lbs.

Danny Steele 159 lbs. vs. Melvin Murray 150 lbs.

Ronald Jhun (808 Fight Factory) 170 lbs. vs. Ryan Schultz (Team Quest) 163 lbs.

Matt Lindland (Team Quest) 184.0 lbs. vs. Tony Fryklund (Team Extreme) 180.5 lbs.

Main event
Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (Grappling Unlimited) 277.5 lbs. vs. John Marsh (Team Neutral Grounds) 240.5 lbs.

  Saturday - May 8, 2004
Rumble On The Rock 5 Results
Held May 7, 2004 at Blaisdell Arena - Honolulu, HI
By Chris Onzuka

Being the relative "new kid on the block" in Hawaii, Rumble has garnered a lot of attention, especially due to the fight cards that are put together. Like almost all great cards, they never seem to hold up. First, Vladdy Matyushenko was scheduled as Cabbage's original opponent but had to withdraw from the card, then at the last minute two exciting fighters, Kawika Pa'aluhi and Ross Ebanez had to pull out due to injuries. The show must go on and those lost matches were not missed due to the quality of the other matches.

The Sarmiento-Mercado fight was one of the most anticipated matches for local MMA fans because both fighters have been on a tear. This fight had the fans loving the action as these two fighters went at each other. BJ Penn's Kaynan Kaku has been increasing the level of his opponents and rising to the challenge. He controlled journeyman, Santino Defranco throughout the bout.

Ron Jhun showed why he is UFC material with his skill and the excitement he brings to the cage by having the fans go into a frenzy in his fight against Ryan Schultz. There is no question why they call Schultz the Lion. He took what Jhun threw at him and coaxed Jhun to turn the fight into a brawl and landed a couple of wide hooks that stunned Jhun. After every great hook landed, Jhun smiled and yelled for more. In the end, Jhun refocused and took Schultz down and pounded him with devastating body punches, followed up by powerful shoulder punches.

Matt Lindland controlled Tony Fryklund throughout the fight, but Fryklund would not go out easy as he took all of Lindland's punches on the ground and scrambled back to his feet on occasion. Both fighters had heated punching exchanges while standing. Lindland showed that he had no problem going toe to toe with anyone.

The main event was a sleeper as this grudge match that started at UFC 45 after Cabbage's victory over Tank Abbott fizzled. Marsh used his speed and mobility to get off punches first, sticking Cabbage with a jab-cross combination and then moving. Cabbage spent the entire match stalking Marsh looking to land his patented left hook, but Marsh kept sticking and moving. Marsh out-pointed Cabbage for the win.

Royden Demotta (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Vance Pu (Freelance, Maui)
TKO, corner threw in the towel due to strikes at 1:34 into R1.

Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) def. Justin Mercado (Grappling Unlimited)
Split decision [(29-28), (28-29), (30-28)] after 3 rounds.

Kaynan Kaku (BJ Penn's MMAA) def. Santino Defranco (Arizona Combat Sports)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Jason Lambert (North County Fight Club) def. Mike Rogers (Team Vaghi)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes from the back mount at 1:31 into R1.

Joe "Diesel" Riggs (Arizona Combat Sports) def. Kendall Groves (Maui Full Contact)
KO via elbow from the guard at 1:31 into R1.

Muay Thai Match: 3 Rounds - 3 Minutes
Danny Steele vs. Melvin Murray
Draw [(29-28),(29-29), (28-29)] after 3 rounds.

Ronald Jhun (808 Fight Factory) def. Ryan "The Lion" Schultz (Team Quest)
TKO due to referee stoppage due to strikes from the mount after the end of Round 1.

Matt Lindland (Team Quest) def. Tony Fryklund (Team Extreme)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-26), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

Main event
John Marsh (Team Neutral Grounds) def. Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (BJ Penn's MMAA)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

Frank Shamrock vs. Cesar Gracie ... Finally? By Chris Onzuka

Both fighters were brought into the cage last night at Rumble On The Rock to hype up a possible match at the next Rumble On The Rock. I say "possible" because the fight was supposed to take place at Shamrock's event, then at the WEC and I believe one more event. Both fighters had heated words to exchange.

Cesar Gracie: "You know what happens when a Gracie fights a Shamrock."

Frank Shamrock: "I respect everyone who steps in the cage. You have to be a man to step into the cage. Cesar has never stepped into the cage, he isn't a man."

Keep your fingers crossed to hopefully see Frank Shamrock return to the cage and hopefully back into regular action and to see the long awaited debut of Cesar Gracie. The man who has trained Nick Diaz, David Terrell, Gil Castillo and Steve Heath.

  Sunday - May 9, 2004
From the event's promoter:
Euphoria MFC logo
Dates Announced for
EUPHORIA MFC's Return To Atlantic City!

Euphoria MFC, the group whose first show featured the 'RUSSIA v USA' theme last March 13th at Atlantic City's TAJ MAHAL casino, has announced 4 more shows over the next year. 'Our first show got a lot of attention.' states matchmaker Miguel Iturrate, 'Now with the opportunity to plan 4 shows over a short period of time, this allows for some real planning. We will have some additional announcements and some more official signings in the next few weeks.' When asked to reveal some names, the matchmaker would only say 'Russia's RED DEVIL Team was featured on our first event, and they will have several fighters in October. We want to have several of the standouts from our first show back, and for October, we are working on the TEAM EXTREME fighters Rich Clementi, Justin Eilers and Travis Wiuff.' The matchmaker adds 'the October show will be an international event. We have offers out to Japanese fighters, European fighters and fighters from all over the Americas. This isn't just 'Russia vs. USA' anymore.'

More details in the weeks and months ahead!

  • Oct. 16, 2004 - Trump Taj Mahal Arena, Atlantic City, NJ

  • Dec. 11, 2004 - Trump Taj Mahal Arena, Atlantic City, NJ

  • Feb. 26, 2005 - Trump Taj Mahal Arena, Atlantic City, NJ

  • May 7, 2005 - Trump Taj Mahal Arena, Atlantic City, NJ

  Tuesday - May 11, 2004
The Replacement Guy:
Matyushenko Injured; Wiuff Steps Into Jungle Fight 2
By Loretta Hunt

Travis Wiuff after beating Roman Zentsov at MFC in March 2004 Minnesotan heavyweight Travis Wiuff is clocking in some mean frequent flyer miles these days. Tomorrow he embarks on a 25 hour trip to Brazil for this Saturday's Jungle Fight 2, Wallid Ismael and Antonio Inoki's MMA promotion held deep within the Amazon rainforest.

Confirmed by longtime RAW manager and coach Rico Chiapparelli today, UFC veteran Vladimir Matyushenko has dropped from the event's main event due to a dislocated toe he sustained ten days ago in training. According to Chiapparelli, Matyushenko's big toe was at one point perpendicular to his foot and the bone did pierce through the skin, but he expects the Belarusian back to training in two to three weeks. Matyushenko was to have squared off against Leopoldo Montenegro, a veteran of the Jungle Fight's inaugural September 13th event.

The catch to it all? It hasn't been confirmed that Wiuff is actually replacing Matushyenko on the card, only that he will be fighting come Saturday. The quiet former college wrestler, managed by Monte Cox, says he has learned to keep his body and mind fine tuned for occasions just like these. "I enjoy staying active," the Team Extreme fighter said, having just come off a dominating victory over Red Devil fighter Roman Zentsov at March 13th's Mixed Fighting Championship, another fight he took on only two days notice when ATT rep Jeff Monson had to resign last minute. "I'd rather have it this way than fighting every three or four months. I guess the opponent doesn't really bother me unless his name's Minotauro or Silva," he laughs.

Following Jungle Fight, Wiuff is scheduled to appear at June 11th's Extreme Challenge, and is planning to train for a week with Team Quest to expand his game. "Randy [Couture] is my idol without a doubt," Wiuff shares, "and anything he says I'm gonna pay attention to. He seems to have the perfect game right now." While in Oregon, Wiuff says he hopes to sharpen his clinch work and dirty boxing techniques, talents the wrestler-friendly gym has become famous for. 25-year old Wiuff has amassed a whopping 29-4 record in less than three years time and is currently on a thirteen fight winning streak.

From Dream Stage Entertainment:
Pride FC logo

LOS ANGELES, California - The fight card for PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 has been assembled and will feature Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Carlos "The Ronin" Newton, and the second edition of Team Gracie versus Team Japan. BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will take place on May 23rd, 2004 from the Yokohama Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on same day delay.

The first match features Croatia's Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against Japanese fighter Hiromitsu Kanehara. Fresh off of his devastating elimination from the 16-man heavyweight Grand Prix (via a KO loss to Kevin Randleman), "Cro Cop" has re-dedicated himself and is looking to begin the road to title contention once again. His last victory was at BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 on February 15th, when he earned a TKO victory against PRIDE FC veteran, Norihisa Yamamoto. "Cro Cop's" opponent, Hiromitsu Kanehara, is a RINGS veteran and last fought in PRIDE FC at CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS 2.

Also on the card ... UFC/PRIDE FC veteran Carlos "The Ronin" Newton returns to Japan to take on Japanese mixed martial arts star and grappling expert, Daiju Takase. Newton's last appearance in PRIDE FC was at the inaugural BUSHIDO show in October of 2003. Fighting for Team Japan that night, Newton earned an impressive decision victory against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend, Renzo Gracie. Takase is also a UFC/PRIDE FC veteran and is coming off of a decision victory at BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 against American fighter Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan.

In addition to these matches, BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will feature the second edition of Team Gracie versus Team Japan. At the inaugural BUSHIDO show, Team Gracie was victorious over Team Japan, 3-2. For this latest edition, Ralph Gracie (6-0) makes his second PRIDE FC appearance, taking on one of the best middleweights in the world in Takanori Gomi (14-2). In the next match, the "bad boy" of the Gracie family, Ryan Gracie, makes his return to the ring, going up against another "bad boy" in Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa. In the third match team match, representing his instructor, Renzo Gracie, highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu star, Ricardo Almeida (7-2) faces Japanese star and U-File representative, Ryo Chonan (6-3).

This is just the beginning of a stellar fight card!

Fight Card
Team Gracie vs. Team Japan
Ryan Gracie (Brazil) vs. Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa (Japan)
Ralph Gracie (Brazil) vs. Takanori Gomi (Japan)
Ricardo Almeida (USA) vs. Ryo Chonan (Japan)
Additional Matches:
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara (Japan)
Carlos Newton (Canada) vs. Daiju Takase (Japan)
Chalid "Die Faust" Arrab (Germany) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
Akira Shoji (Japan) vs. Tamakairiki (Japan)
Norihisa Yamamoto (Japan) vs. Choi Mu Bae (Korea)
Jorge Patino Macaco (Brazil) Vs Kazuo Misaki (Japan)

(Fight Card Subject to Change)

PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will premiere on North American pay per view through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice on Sunday, May 23rd, 2004 (same day delay). The premiere time is 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST and the count down show is at 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. The event will be available at a reduced rate of $19.95. For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider.

Cagewarriors "Showdown" Quick Results
Held May 9,2004 at Barnsley Metrodome,England
Strebendt Makes Submission History and Matt Ewin defines the word "Champion" in a great return to form for Cagewarriors "Showdown"
By Jim Burman

UFC veteran Mark Weir, Matt Ewin, Promoter Dougie Truman
Mark Weir, Ewin & Promoter Dougie Truman
A packed house were thrilled by the talent on display as Cagewarriors "Showdown" lives up to the "All Thriller, No Filler" promise. Cutting the amount of fights down to 8 from a usual 16 but booking high level athletes and offering sub and ko bonuses seems to have done the trick as the promotion set the Barnsley Metrodome alight. Full details are to come in Full Contact Fighter Magazine but the main talking points were:

Gerald Strebendt's twister submission that took him only 58 seconds to land, the first one in MMA history. Strebendt was like submissions answer to Mike Tyson as he came out hunting the submission from the get go. Audience members asked "what?", we said "wow"!

Matt Ewin defending his title against tough as hell Greg Bouchaleghem in a four round war. Within minutes of the fight starting Bouchalegham had Ewin's back and was raining down elbows and punches with alarming force and accuracy. Ewin dug deep though and proved that great conditioning and a lot of heart wins through as he turned the tides on the Frenchman and managed to get the stoppage in the 4th to retain his title.

Dave Roche smashing into Gav Bradley before tapping him out with a guillotine against the fence. Roche was like a man possessed in this one and the fans went crazy for his aggressive style.

Lee Dorski finishing off Andy Walker with an armbar
Dorski finishing off Walker
Full Results

Mark Chen vs Frederick Fernandes (F/W)
Fernandes via unanimous decision (round 3)

Andy Walker vs Lee Dorski (W/W)
Dorski via verbal submission (armbar) 3:06 round 1

Gav Bradley vs Dave Roche (L/W eliminator)
Roche via submission (guillotine) round 1

Matt Ewin vs Gregory Bouchalegham (M/W Title)
Ewin via ref stoppage (towel) 2:25 round 4

Paul Daley vs Ressa Moradi (k1 rules; 3x3 rounds)
Daley via cut stoppage round 1

Dave "Speedy" Elliott vs Gerald "The finishing Machine" Strebandt (L/W eliminator)
Strebandt via submission (twister) 0:58 round 1

Tengiz Tedoradze vs Andy Ryan (H/W Title)
Tedoradze via GnP 2:05 round 1

Ian "M16" Butlin vs Emmanuelle Fernandes (F/W Title)
Fernandes via submission (triangle) 4:59 round 1

  Thursday - May 13, 2004
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Jungle Fight 2 Set to Go with a Solid Card
By Eduardo Alonso

Promoted by Wallid Ismail, Jungle Fight 2 was truly a mystery until not too long ago. Endless questions and doubts surrounded the show as Ismail kept himself quiet until there was mere weeks before the event, leaving fans and press wondering if the show would actually happen and what fighters would be gracing the ring in case Jungle 2 was a go. Well, the show is not only going to happen but will present an even more interesting card than in its first edition, showing that Wallid still has some good tricks under his sleeve as a promoter! Among others the show will count with PRIDE veterans such as Ebenezer Braga, Carlos Barreto and Assuerio Silva, as well as UFC veterans Travis Wiuff and Bobby Hoffman. The most important MMA teams in Brazil will be represented on the show as Chute Boxe, Brazilian Top Team, Ruas Vale Tudo and Gracie Barra Combat Team are all on board.

Although one of the biggest attractions on the first Jungle Fight was the atmosphere created for the show, being the first MMA event ever to take place in the middle of the rain forest, this time Wallid is bringing the event to the city of Manaus, capital of the state of Amazonas up in the north of Brazil where the biggest part of the Amazon Forest is located. This puts Jungle Fight 2, this next Saturday May 15th, around 4 hours by boat from the location of the first show, bringing fight action to STUDIO 5, a house of spectacles that is usually used for concerts and such. Being broadcast live for Brazil on Pay Per View, fans will certainly benefit from having the show's biggest point on the actual fights as the card was finally unveiled, only 3 days before the show! Check out Jungle Fight 2's card as we will bring a preview of the show in the coming days:
  • Charlie Brown vs. Gabriel Napao (Gold Team)
  • Fredson Paixao (Gracie Barra Combat Team) vs. Rany Yahira
  • Adriano Martins vs. Boris Jonstomp
  • Daniel Acacio (Chute Boxe) vs. Buck Greer (Next Generation)
  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Ebenezer Braga (Ruas Vale Tudo)
  • Katsuyori Shibata vs. "Ice Man"
  • Carlos Barreto (Brazilian Top Team) vs. Bobby Hoffman (BullPen)
  • Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil Dojo) vs. Victor Babkir
  • Assuerio Silva (Muay Thai Dream Team) vs. Fabiano Scherner (Brazilian Top Team)
  • Travis Wiuff (Dave Menne Academy) vs. Leopoldo Montenegro (Brazil Dojo)
*Card and names given by the show's press assistant.

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
K-1 ROMANEX Match-ups

K-1 MMA Championship ROMANEX
May 22, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
  • Bob Sapp vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
  • Alexey Ignashov vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
  • Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Nakamura
  • Josh Barnett vs. Rene Rooze
  • Gary Goodridge vs. The Predator (Sylvester Terkay)
  • BJ Penn vs. Duane Ludwig
  • Genki Sudo vs. Royler Gracie
  • Sam Greco vs. LYOTO
  • Blue Wolf vs. Tom Howard

  Friday - May 14, 2004
Mass Destruction Preview
By Derek Callahan

Some matches that had to be rearranged due to injury don't look to have shaken up Mass Destruction 16, as the show still plans on hitting Boston's Avalon Night Club full force this Saturday, May 15th. Boasting fighters who have swept through NAGA grappling circuits, and others who prefer to stand and trade like they've done in the boxing ring, the upcoming show, on paper, offers a little of everything from the fighters and for the fans.

In one of the higher profile match-ups, possibly one of the most dangerous fighters on the card will be looking to extend his one fight win streak. After avenging a loss to Will Murphy that he suffered in December of 2003, Jerry Spiegel looks to conquer a game Will Hogan. The X-factor may be the gap in rounds each has fought. Although he has only four MMA fights, Spiegel is 9-1 in pro boxing, his only loss at the fists of Muhammad Ali's nephew Ibn. A Renzo Gracie trained fighter, he won his last fight against Murphy via guillotine choke. "I improve every time," he said on why he thinks he'll have the edge in the bout.

The plot thickens with the tale of Ted Govola, Jr. Looking to comeback from a loss to MD middleweight champ Alex Karalexis, Govola will have a night of choices when he comes face to face with Mandela "Delicious" Kponoa. Known as a quality striker with solid boxing experience, Kponoa will have his work cut out for him in MMA. 1-0 with a victory at the end of 2003, he faces a relentless ground fighter in the 11-2 Govola. The twist though lies in the fact that as of his last fight, Govola could be considered the weaker striker. However, sparring countless rounds with some of New England's best boxers have given Govola enough confidence to, as he puts it, "test," his opponent on the feet.

One of the men to have helped train Govola is Randy "the Savage" Rowe. The man behind Team Venom, Rowe has fought the likes of ex-UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, to whom he lost a split decision to in 2000. "I rocked him a couple times," remembered Rowe, a half Black Foot/half Cherokee Native American. Looking to get a could-be promising career on track at age 30, it will be no easy task to dismantle Ronald Stallings from the high horse of which he sits. Only 21, stick a hyphen in his age and there's his record. Fighting out of Bellaire, Maryland, Stallings has learned since his debut loss to stay intense in the ring when necessary, and not to relax much in the midst of a fight. Against a manic fighter like Rowe, relaxation won't be an option, but with his smooth submissions and pronounced height advantage of five inches, the six-foot Stallings has as good a chance as any to turn "the Savage" into "the Civilized" in what is sure to be a hard fought affair.

Jay Isip training
Isip training
Title fights turn regular cards to aces, and MD 16 is not without at least one. After failing in his attempt for a Reality Fighting flyweight title, Jay Isip will now throw down with Darryl MacAurele for the MD lightweight belt. At age 40, MacAurele plans on, "doing whatever it takes to win," and after seeing Isip fight twice, knows just how passionate the 22-year-old New Jersey native is in the ring. Losing on the ground to Mike Easton in his previous bout, Isip has worked on his mat game with Team BAMA/Endgame, and after three straight losses, is well overdue for a victory. He's focused on his task, and straight to the point. "My plans?" he asks? "I plan on winning."

By Eduardo Alonso
Jungle Fight 2 Preview:
Experience sets the tone as careers are on the line in Brazil.
By Eduardo Alonso

This Saturday at around 10 PM New York time Jungle Fight 2 will begin and mark a crucial step into the careers of a lot of fighters that are taking part in the show, that in this reporter's opinion brings a solid evolution in its technical aspect in relation to Jungle 1. To be honest, each and every fighter on this card has his reason to consider their fights crucial. For fighters such as Rani Yahira and Fredson Paixao, who are on the early stages of their careers, winning on their first national PPV gig (In Brazil) can mean more invitations and some spotlights on them. For fighters on the mid-stages of their careers, like Daniel Acacio and Gabriel Napao a win in this event means another important step forward, and for veterans such as Carlos Barreto, Ebenezer Braga and Assuerio Silva, a loss can possibly mean the end of their dream of returning to PRIDE or the UFC. This could be considered more than enough to bring the attention of the fans, but believe it or not there's even more drama to be unfolded at Jungle Fight 2.

Ronaldo Jacare will put his prestige as a grappler on the line once again by risking himself into MMA, after his losing debut in Jungle Fight 1 against Jorge Macaco Patino. Jacare was at the top of his game in both Jiu-Jitsu and Submission Wrestling back then, and his MMA debut was long awaited. Unfortunately things didn't turn out well for him, as he lost by KO and a second lose could mean the end of his short MMA career at this point, so you can imagine the pressure he is facing before his fight against Russian fighter Victor Babkir. With that in mind, less than 48 hours before the show, FCF brings you a small preview in the most important fights of Jungle Fight 2, that also has Ronaldo Jacare facing Victor Babkir, Katsuyori Shibata from Japan facing "Ice Man" from the USA [Of course it's not Chuck Liddell, however at this point no one has solid information on this fighter], Adriano Martins facing Boris Jonstomp from France, and Gabriel Napao matching up "Charlie Brown" from Brazil. Now let's move on the most interesting fights:

Fredson Paixao vs. Rani Yahira: A BJJ World Champion Fredson Paixao is a great grappler and this is well known by everybody in the Jiu-Jitsu circles. Very strong for his weight, Fredson was always among the top of his division in competitions with the gi on and has been looking to make the transition to MMA for a good while already. Since he joined the Gracie Barra Combat Team his focus turned almost totally to MMA and he has been trying to improve his striking skills lately, this is by the way the biggest question mark going into his debut in our sport. This match-up was scheduled for HEAT FC 3, that was postponed with no date set yet, so both Fredson and Rani have been training with each other in mind for months already! To add to this drama they fought already in submission wrestling matches and some sort of feud started, with none of the fighters making any secret on their desire to face each other.

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From the event's promoter:
Ring of Fire Card

Ring of Fire 12 poster Here is the full fight card for the RING OF FIRE #12: NEMESIS event in Castle Rock, Colorado on May 22nd.
Promoter and match maker Sven BOOGIE Bean is very pleased with the card, even though he has had to deal with the almost expected last minute drops.

"This card is as strong as any I've put together match making wise. This is what ROF is all about, showcasing some of the best 'B' level guys on a great card with hopes that the big guys will take notice. With that said, don't be fooled, this card rocks!...I've always said that a 'B' level guy is just an 'A' level fighter who hasn't been discovered yet! I'm hoping that as in the case in the past, some one from this show will get the call." said Bean.

The 10 bout card features fighters from 6 states and veterans from KOTC, EXTREME CHALLENGE, GLADIATOR CHALLENGE, VFC, SHOOT BOXING JAPAN, and even the WWE!

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
Douglas County Event Center
Castle Rock, CO

MAIN EVENT: 185 lb 3 x 5 minutes
Jay Jack (ME)
AMMA/BJJ Boulder
Warrior Dojo

PRESTIGE BOUT: 155 lb 3 x 5 minutes
Jake Hattan (CO)
Carlos Condit (NM)

FEATURE FIGHT: 170 lbs 2 x 5 minutes
Ali Abdelaziz (Egypt)
Bloodline/HIT SQUAD
Chee Bates (NM)

FEATURE FIGHT: 155 lbs 2 x 5 minutes
Luke "Li'l HULK" Caudillo (NE)
James Martinez (NM)

FEATURE FIGHT: Heavy Weight 2 x 5 minutes
"BIG" Gabe Beapurthey (CO)
Bloodline/HIT SQUAD
Craig "BIG Z" Zellner(NM)

FEATURE FIGHT: 155 lbs 2 x 5 minutes
Brock Jensen (CO)
High Altitude M.A.
Justin James (IA)

FEATURE FIGHT: 185 lbs 2 x 5 minutes
Brett "Wrecking Ball" Schafer (CO)
Brandon Melendez (UT)

PRELIMINARY BOUT: 155 lbs 3 x 3 minutes
Denis "Tenacious D" Acuna (CO)
3-D Competition Team
Steve Graniery (CO)
Grappler's Edge

PRELIMINARY BOUT: 140 lbs 4 x 2 minutes, K-1 Rules
Mike "No Excuses" Baldwin (CO)
Freedom Fighters

PRELIMINARY BOUT: Heavy Weight 3 x 3 minutes
Tom Clemen (CO)
High Altitude M.A.

$25.00 General Admission, $40.00 Reserved (Sold Out), Purchase VIP TABLES by calling 303-246-5237
Tickets are available at all KING SOOPERS Locations or online at www.ticketswest.com.

  Saturday - May 15, 2004
From the event's promoter:
FFC IX Results

Held May 14th at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS.
  • Eric Meyer def. Calvin Martin (145lbs) - Rear-naked choke R1 1:15
  • Fred Griswold def. Todd Duncan (170lbs) - Rear-naked choke R1 4:21
  • Melvin Guilliard def. Kyle Bradley (170lbs) - Ref stoppage (strikes from guard) R1 4:20
  • Kevin Brooks def. Guiseppe Denatale (205lbs) - Guillotine choke R1 2:32
  • FFC Featherweight Championship
  • Rocky Long def. Jarrett Becks (145lbs) - KO R1 1:54
  • FFC Welterweight Championship:
    Carlo Prater def. Spencer Fisher (170lbs) - Unanimous decision.
  • FFC Middleweight Championship:
    Joe Doerkson def. Chris Leben - Decision

  Sunday - May 16, 2004
Mass Destruction 16: Results
by Derek Callahan

Mass Destruction 16
Held May 15, 2004
Avalon Night Club
Boston, MA
Mike Marshall (left) vs. Rich Attonito
Marshall (left) vs. Attonito
  • John Latham (Jerry Jones) def. Mohammad Mohebbi (Planet JJ) - unanimous decision
  • Robert McNeil (South Shore Sportfighting) def. Jack Welby (Boneyard) - unanimous decision
  • Jerry Speigel (Freestyle) def. Will Hogan (Freestyle) - TKO, R1
  • Jim Gonzales (Brazilian MA Center) def. John Chupak (Jerry Jones) - heel hook, R1
  • Mike Marshall (Team Elite) def. Rich Attonito (Planet JJ) - split decision
  • Adailton Reis (Dragon's Lair) def. Mike Varner (Boneyard) - TKO 3:23, R1
  • Ronald "Choirboy" Stallings (Team Sekai) def. Randy "the Savage" Rowe (Team Venom) - triangle choke, R1
  • Ted Govola, Jr. (Team Venom) def. Mandella Kpunou (Dragon's Lair) - DQ (strikes to the back of head), 3:59, R2
  • Darryl MacAurele (Strikezone) def. Jay Isip (Team BAMA/Endgame) - TKO, R2

Crane, Sanchez Triumphant in Front of Home Crowd
King Of The Cage
Held May 15, 2004
At Sky City Casino - Albuquerque, NM

Alberto Crane nailing the takedown on John Mahlow early in the second
Crane nails takedown on Mahlow
Alberto Crane made his triumphant return in KOTC after a punishing first round against MASH's John Mahlow. Crane is the former KOTC Lightweight champion who relinquished the belt last year while Mahlow fought in the following Lightweight fight to determine a new champion. In the first round Mahlow was punishing Crane with standup and denying repeated takedowns while Crane showed a patient strategy of wearing down his opponent. In the second the altitude and Mahlow's admitted uneven conditioning took it's toll on the Michigan fighter as Crane came back strong to win with an unorthodox rear choke from a crucifix position.

Diego Sanchez punishing Ray Elbe with knees and punches
Sanchez punishing Elbe
Also on the card Diego Sanchez officially became the next in line for a shot at the Welterweight belt by defeating Ray Elbe. First the current champion John Alessio of Bad Intentions takes on Jorge Santiago of American Top Team in June so Diego will have to wait until probably September. In the meantime look for Diego to fight in the postponed H.E.A.T. show in Brazil. In this fight Diego wasted little time getting Elbe down and finishing with strikes to the face until Elbe tapped.
  • Ray Merino def. Sean Bellamy by TKO 3:16 R1
  • Jerome Martine def. Paul Smiley by guillotine choke 1:12 R1
  • Johnathan Olivas def. Damien Rippee by rear choke 0:46 R1
  • Tom Pless def. Leo Orquidez by triangle choke 2:20 R1
  • Al Delgado def. Benj Vasquez by KO 0:27 R1
  • Javier Gil def. Hector Escarte by TKO 1:23 R1
  • Darrell Pridy def. Jimmy Westfall by rear choke 1:45 R1
  • Diego Sanchez def. Ray Elbe by submission to strikes 1:07 R1
  • Alberto Crane def. John Mahlow by choke 2:41 R2

Jungle Fight 2 Quick Results:
Wiuff, Barreto, Werdum and Assuerio prevail in a night of action-packed fights
By Eduardo Alonso

Jungle Fight 2 is now history and it was most certainly a very entertaining show. With a few surprises like Jiu-Jitsu stylist Fabricio Werdum scoring a knockout win over seasoned Muay Thai fighter Ebenezer Braga, in what got even Werdum himself surprised, and Assuerio Silva making Brazilian Top Team fighter Fabiano Scherner tap out due to a tight guillotine choke. Assuerio's win wasn't a surprise, however the way he won certainly wasn't expected by many. It also had some tough costumer of the MMA game coming back in great style, like Carlos Barreto completely dominating UFC veteran Bobby Hoffman, and giving hopes of a possible rematch against Travis Wiuff after the American showed once again he is improved for real and deserves a shot at the bigger shows as soon as possible, as Travis once again used his brain and his power to mix strategy with aggressiveness forcing the referee to stop the fight with Montenegro already ready to go to dreamland!
  • Gabriel Napao def. "Charlie Brown" by forfeit in R3
  • Fredson Paixao def. Rani Yahira by judges' decision after 3 rounds
  • Boris Jonstomp def. Adriano Martins by judges' decision after 3 rounds
  • Daniel Acacio def. Buck Greer by KO in R2
  • Fabricio Werdum def. Ebenezer Braga by KO in R2
  • Katsuyori Shibata def. "Ice Man" by side choke in R1
  • Carlos Barreto def. Bobby Hoffman by referee stoppage in R2
  • Ronaldo Jacare def. Victor Babkin by TKO in R1
  • Assuerio Silva def. Fabiano Scherner by guillotine choke in R2
  • Travis Wiuff def. Leopoldo Montenegro by referee stoppage in R1

World Freestyle Fighting Championships 6
Held May 14, 2004
At the Croation Cultural Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
By Mike Neva

Nick Perry pounds Trevor Schmidt into submission
Perry pounds Schmidt into submission
  • Tim Jenson def. Ben Greer by arm bar at 3:39 of R1
  • Nick Perry def. Trevor Schmidt by submission from punches at 0:55 of R1
  • Brad Cardinal def. Jamie Rennie by arm bar at 0:29 of R1
  • Jamie Varner def. Garrett Davis by triangle choke at 3:53 of R1
  • Antonio Carvalho def. John Louro by headlock choke at 2:45 of R1
  • Mike Adams def. Shannon Rennie by KO left round house kick at 3:04 of R1
  • Drew Fickett def. Fabio Holanda by rear-naked choke at 0:37 of R2
  • Ulisses Castro def. Jason Day by KO punches from rear mount at 2:27 of R1

Punishment in Paradise: "Warriors"
Campbell High School Gym, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
May 15, 2005
By Chris Onzuka

Mike Ganigiehi back-mounted on Mike Tafflinger
Ganigiehi on Tafflinger's back
Punishment in Paradise's third event was another marathon of fights for Hawaii fight fans. Kickboxing matches made up the lion's share of the 17, yes you read right, 17 scheduled matches. Kickboxing is making a huge resurgence in Hawaii and the level that the fighters are on is amazing when just two years ago there were no kickboxing events to compete. PIP featured fighters as small as 50lbs up to fighters just over 200lbs. The match ups for most of the event, with the exception of the exhibitions, were even as seen by the number of fights that went to the judges' cards. Normally the fights that go the distance end up being boring, but the kickboxing action was kept fast paced and the three minutes rounds in the MMA bouts allowed the fighters to maintain their intensity for the whole fight. It was difficult to pick out highlights because every fight could have been a highlight. A few of them were the wars between Gerald Alevalo-Chad and Dominator Lopes-Brandon Absher. The crowd almost got into it when the strong teams of Team Big Dogs and Bulls Pen got so involved in the Toni Rodrigues-Ryan Lee fight that they were out of their seats, but the heat of the moment settled down. The main event pitted one of Hawaii's best kickboxers in Tommy Pestana against one of Hawaii's best kickboxers in MMA in Deshaun Johnson. Johnson looked sharp in the first round getting off punches first and slipping a lot of Pestana's punches. He slowed a bit in the second with Pestana making some adjustments and becoming more effective. The third round saw Pestana finish strong and Johnson slow to almost a stop while counter punching. This earned Pestana the unanimous decision.

150lbs. Kickboxing 3x1 1/2 Minute Rounds
Randy Rivera (HMC) def. Tommy Laugamen (B.G.)
Split decision [(30-25), (25-30), (30-25)] after 3 rounds.

Exhibition: Kickboxing 3x45 Seconds Rounds
Jada Perriera (E.B.F.C) drew Tristin Kamaka (808 Fight Factory)

Exhibition: 90lbs. Kickboxing 3x 45 Second Rounds
Shaun Ahlo (Casca Grossa) drew Cole Porlas (House of Pain)

175lbs. Kickboxing 3x 1/2 Minute Rounds
Frank Robello (Advanced Kenpo) vs. Blake Hottenberg (Kodenkan)
Draw [(29-28), (27-30), (28-28)] after 3 rounds.

135lbs. Kickboxing 3x1 Minute Rounds
Gerald "G-Money" Arevalo (808 Fight Factory) def. Chad (Team Big Dog)
Unanimous decision [(28-27), (30-25), (28-27)] after 3 rounds.

Exhibition: 60lbs Kickboxing 3x 45 Second Rounds
Tristen Pebria (E.B.F.C) drew Dido Rodriques (W.K.C)

168lbs. MMA 2x3 Minute Rounds
Mike Ganigiehi (Animal House) vs. Mike Tafflinger (Freelance)
Majority draw [(19-19), (19-19), (19-18)] after 2 rounds.

205lbs. Kickboxing 3x1 1/2 Minute Rounds
Val (Team Big Dog) def. Joshua Versola (Advanced Kempo)
Majority decision [(19-19), (19-19), (28-27)] after 3 rounds.

135lbs MMA 3x3 Minute Rounds
Mark Oshiro (Bulls Pen) def. Matt Matsuda (Kodenkan)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes from the triangle at 2:00 into R1.

145lbs Kickboxing 3x1 1/2 Minute Rounds
Dyson (Team Big Dogs) def. Brandon Antonio (Jesus Is Lord)
Split decision [(29-28), (28-29), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

145lbs MMA 3x3 Minute Rounds
Kevin Delima (Bulls Pen) def. Jerome Kekumu (Hard Knocks)
Submission via rear naked choke at 2:28 into R2.

165lbs. Kickboxing 3x11/2 Minute Rounds
Ikaika (Backyard) def. Oscar Kano (HMC)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (29-28), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

135lbs. MMA 3X3 Minutes Rounds
Toni Rodriquez (Team Big Dogs) def. Ryan Lee (Bulls Pen)
KO at 2:13 into R3.

140LBS. Kickboxing 3x11/2 Second Rounds
Dominator Lopes (Team Big Dog) def. Brandon Absher (Hawaii Self Defense)
Unanimous decision [(27-26), (29-24), (29-26)] after 3 rounds.

125lbs Kickboxing 3x 1 1/2 Minutes Rounds
Stephen Paling Jr. (Jesus Is Lord) def. Derwin Wright (House of Pain)
TKO via verbal submission at 1:20 into R1.

Kickboxing 3X 1 1/2 Minute Rounds
Wayne Pierin Jr. (Team Big Dogs) def. Jesse Matilda (HMC)
Split decision [(29-28), (28-30), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

175LBS. Kickboxing Rounds
Tommy Pestana (Team Pestana) def. Deshaun Johnson (HMC)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

From the event's promoter:
RITC 62 - Results
Tolbert named Fighter of the Night
Aldano scores another KO

It was a sizzling hot night in Casa Grande. Eight exciting matchups were featured with all fights ending by submission or KO. Gilbert Aldano, who scored a 3 second KO in RITC 61, scored another KO. Aldano was then challenged by Andy Montana to fight in RITC 63 on June 12th. Troy Tolbert faced very tough Cameron Mayer. Troy withstood aggressive attacks to win by arm bar submission and earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors. Other candidates for FOTN were Matt VerHalen, Michael Grandinetti, Brandon Roberts, Israel Juarez, Michael Perales, Gilbert Aldano and Vince Lucero.

Matt VerHalen (141), Freestyle
won by submission (choke), :44 Rd 1
Brandon Oliver (136), Team Brausa

Troy Tolbert (141), Leininger Dojo
won by submission (arm bar), 1:22 Rd 1
Cameron Mayer (133), Hinnzman's MMA

Michael Grandinetti (175), Leininger Dojo
won by submission (strikes), :26 Rd 1
Joe Bochenek (165), Freestyle

Brandon Roberts (166), Ultima MMA
won by submission (strikes), 1:25 Rd 1
Jason Dehart (165), Team Brausa

Israel Juarez (171), Leininger Dojo
won by TKO, 2:29 Rd 1
Brett Schreiner (166), Sac BJJ

Michael Perales (190), Devil's Den
won by submission (strikes), 1:42 Rd 2
David Canuas (192), Freestyle

Gilbert Aldano (251), Team Brausa
won by KO, 1:55 Rd 1
Karl Perkins (244), AZ Punishment

Vince Lucero (291), AZ Punishment
won by submission (strikes), 1:52 Rd 1
Cory Timmerman (335), Team Brausa

Upcoming Events:

Desert Quest #8
Saturday, June 5, 2004
Westwood High (Mesa)

RITC 63 - It's Time
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Phoenix (Dodge Theater)

  Tuesday - May 18, 2004
From Zuffa/UFC:

BJ Penn LAS VEGAS, NV, May 17, 2004.... Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®, announced that due to BJ Penn's reported signing with the K-1 organization, Penn would no longer compete in UFC events. Additionally, Penn's actions have resulted in him being stripped of his title.

"I am looking forward to moving on and crowning a champion," stated UFC president, Dana White.

An announcement will be made soon regarding who will compete for the welterweight championship.

  Wednesday - May 19, 2004
Jay Hieron
Hieron in for Miller

East Coast stand-out Jay Hieron will step up to take over for legally-plagued Jason Miller at UFC 48.

Undefeated in MMA (4-0) and kickboxing, Hieron will fight Georges St. Pierre at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 19th.

Check back soon for more info.

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Ring of Fury double-sided DVD This double-sided special edition DVD is packed with great Mixed Martial Arts action! Including both Ring of Fury 2 and Ring of Fury 3, the Ring of Fury DVD is for the serious fight fan! Over 3 hours of KOs, submissions and furious fight action!

  • Solomon Hutcherson vs. Joe Nye
  • Keith Wisniewski vs. Matt Lee
  • Jeremy Bennett vs. Mike Littlefield
  • Rich O'Connor vs. Tom Jones
  • Jim DeSouza vs. Jason Rigsby
  • Keith Rockel vs. Todd Carney
  • Ben Rothwell vs. Jonathan Ivey
  • Steve Berger vs. Nuri Shakir
  • Jorge Rivera vs. Travis Lutter
  • Bobby Diaz vs. Kevin Burkes
  • Dave Garcia vs. Joel Blanton
  • Emyr Bussade vs. Leo Sylvest
  • Davion Peterson vs. Jay Thomas
  • Keith Wisniewski vs. Nuri Shakir
  • Shelby Walker vs. Angela Wilson
  • Marcus Aurelio vs. David Gardner
  • Denis Kang vs. Keith Rockel
  • Jorge Rivera vs. Solomon Hutcherson
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RITC 63 - It's Time
Dodge Theater
Saturday, June 12, 2004
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

RITC 63 tickets now on sale (Fan Appreciation Prices). Advanced ticket prices shown below ($5 higher if purchased on fight day). Ticket prices: $15 Club (rows 1-11), $20 (rows 28-36), $30 (rows 17-27), $50 (rows 1-16). Call Dodge Theater Box Office at 602-379-2888 and press 2. Rage in the Cage is back again at the $40M Dodge Theater. The planned fight card is unbelievable.

Fight Card:

Main Events:
Shane Johnson (205) vs. Doug Berube (195)
Homer Moore (210) vs. Tim McMullen (240)

Unfinished Business:
Jamie Varner (170) vs. James Upshur (165)

RITC Middleweight Championship Tournament (Finals RITC 64, July 2004):
#2 Rich Moss (185) vs. #3 Hans Marrero (185)
#1 Brodie Farber (185) vs. #4 Randy Lavrar (185)

Special KO Challenge Bout:
Andy Montana (235) vs. Gilbert Aldano (250)

"World War III":
Nike Knight (135) vs. Shuji Yamauchi (155)

Discovery Channel or Showtime Documentary:
BJ Gile (205) vs. Rich Alten (215)
Leininger Dojo vs. Devil's Den:
Robert Rose (190) vs. Michael Perales (190)

Exciting Rematches:
Matt VerHalen (145) vs. Carlos Ortega (150)
Troy Tolbert (140) vs. Cameron Mayer (135)

Ed West (150) vs. TBA
Matt Hendricks (185) vs. TBA

Fight Card subject to change.

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  Thursday - May 20, 2004
Jungle Fight 2 Review:
Refusing to Surrender!

UFC and Pride veterans show they still have what it takes in the North of Brazil
By Eduardo Alonso

It has been a while since Travis Wiuff, Carlos Barreto and Assuerio Silva had a shot at the UFC or Pride and people often debate on whether certain fighters are done for the "big thing" or not. This past Saturday, entering the early hours of Sunday, up in the north of Brazil at Jungle Fight 2, those three fighters surprised many showing they not only have what it takes to have a shot at the "Major Leagues" of our sport, as well as they are in constant evolution despite the ups and downs an MMA fighter career can present. Among many things, Jungle Fight 2 also helped to show that with our sport becoming so even, with fighters going fast from the "next big thing" to a "tomato can", it's very important to give new chances to competitors that once were considered among the elite of mixed martial arts.

In the hot weather of the city of Manaus, counting with a interesting production and a good crowd on hand, Wallid Ismail and Antonio Inoki clearly saw an upgrade in the level of excitement from their first Jungle Fight venture to last Saturday night's Jungle Fight 2. In the fight that was maybe the most awaited one, former Chute Boxe fighter Assuerio Silva stunned most of the audience with his improved ground skills in a winning effort against Brazilian Top Team fighter Fabiano Scherner. The first round saw Scherner get a slight upper hand with some takedowns and a bit of ground and pound, but doing close to no damage to his opponent. However, in the second round Assuerio dominated the action with his Boxing skills, connecting with solid uppercuts only to make Fabiano fall victim of a guillotine choke that amazingly submitted the Jiu-Jitsu stylist. Following this fight, the main event saw a smart, fit and strong Travis Wiuff execute a perfect gameplan and give no chance to local hero Leopoldo Montenegro. After Montenegro's submission win over Mark Schultz at Jungle Fight 1, expectations were high among local fans, but what they saw was Wiuff hurting him on stand up early in the fight, controlling the takedowns and escape every submission attempt from the bottom, until Leopoldo tried for a triangle that made Wiuff slam him so hard on the mat he got semi-unconscious, so Travis would just finish him with hammer-fists and punches still in the first round.

Another highly awaited match-up had two UFC veterans battling each other in Carlos Barreto against Bobby Hoffman. Many doubted Barreto's chances against Bobby's pure aggressiveness, however the Brazilian Top Team fighter worked a Jiu-Jitsu clinic on Hoffman, attempting one triangle choke, one footlock, one kata-gatame choke from the bottom, another one from the top and one armbar from the guard, all in mere five minutes of fighting! Bobby came into the fight with a strategy to ground and pound Carlos, however the was forced to spend the whole fight defending, even being saved by the bell in the first round when he was caught in a tight kata-gatame choke from the top. The second round saw the same domination, as Barreto mounted him and pounded away until the referee saw indications that Hoffman wanted no more after one impressive outing by a fighter most call boring. Another UFC veteran, Ebenezer Braga, didn't had the same luck as he was controlling the fight against Fabricio Werdum, defending takedowns well and hurting him with knees and punches, until he was caught by a prayer in the second round that sent him do dream land in brutal fashion. To his credit, Werdum is an amazing grappler and proved he have a great chin and will only improve. As knockouts weren't rare in Jungle Fight 2, Daniel Acacio scored his first KO as a Chute Boxe member, completely dominating Buck Greer with better Wrestling and more aggressive stand up, despite the reach difference.

The other fights of the night saw Gabriel Napao fighting cautiously against 43 year old "Charlie Brown" because of his punching-power, and earning his win due to superior cardio and speed, French Kickboxer Boris Jonstomp controlling Adriano Martins on stand up, and prevailing with his cardio and agility, even though he got caught by a hard knee that almost got in out in the second round, Jiu Jitsu prodigy Ronaldo Jacare making quick work of Victor Babkin with a quick takedown followed by a mount that got the Russian helpless, Japanese Wrestler Katsuyori Shibata running over "Ice Man" needing around one minute to secure a side choke for the win, and BJJ world champion Fredson Paixao showing amazing heart and will in his MMA debut, imposing his pace and aggressiveness against a surprisingly passive Rani Yahira that didn't seem comfortable at any moment in the fight. Happy with the success of Jungle Fight 2, Wallid Ismail is already planning the third edition for September, and a rematch between Carlos Barreto and Travis Wiuff, who fought at HEAT FC 2 with Wiuff winning a judges' decision, is being considered for the main event.

  Friday - May 21, 2004
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  • Antonio Banuelos vs. Yobie Song
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  • Ross Ebanez vs. Gabriel Casillas
  • Gilbert Melendez vs. Stephen Paling
  • Ronald Jhun vs. Sean Taylor
  • Renato Verissimo vs. Gill Castillo
  • Paul Buentello vs. Andy Montana
  • Dennis Hallman vs. Ray Cooper
  • BJ Penn vs. Takanori Gomi

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  Saturday - May 22, 2004
K-1 MMA Championship ROMANEX
Held May 22, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
  • Gladiator def. Antoni Hardonk by unanimous decision
  • Blue Wolf def. Tom Howard by TKO 4:44 into R2, corner threw in towel
  • Lyoto def. Sam Greco by split decision
  • Gary Goodridge def. The Predator by KO (strikes) 1:22 into R1
  • Josh Barnett def. Rene Rooze by KO (strikes) 2:15 into R1
  • Genki Sudo def. Royler Gracie by KO (strikes) 3:40 into R1
  • BJ Penn def. Duane Ludwig by submission (choke) 1:45 into R1
  • Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Nakao stopped in R1 due to cut over Frye's right eye; ruled no contest
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. Alexey Ignashov by submission (choke) 1:51 into R2
  • Kazuyuki Fujita def. Bob Sapp by submission (strikes) 2:15 into R1

WEC X Results:
Melendez, Parisyan shine in the desert
Held May 21, 2004
The Palace Indian Gaming Center - Lemoore, CA
Report and photos by Keith Mills

Karo Parisyan trying to choke Shonie Carter
Parisyan trying to choke Carter
The theme for the night at WEC X was change and progress. A disappointing cancellation of both the Middleweight title fight of Chris Leben vs. Steve Heath and the Chris Lytle vs. J.T. Taylor fights couldn't even dampen the crowd's appreciation, as most of them came to see local heroes Olaf Alfonso, Poppies Martinez, and Doug Marshal. There was a lot of belt news, probably the biggest of which was Shonie Carter losing the Welterweight belt when Karo Parisyan pulled a page from Shonie's own playbook of decisions seemingly based mostly on takedowns. Gilbert Melendez, Cesar Gracie's most recent up-and-comer, controlled Olaf Alfonso throughout their bout with a dominating performance to nab himself the vacant Lightweight belt. Mike Serr surprised many when he took the vacant Heavyweight Superfight belt in the main event over Rafael Real with a 1st round TKO. Finally Doug Marshal took the Heavyweight belt with an armbar early in the evening.

Look for a full report in the June issue of Full Contact Fighter.
Gilbert Melendez slamming Olaf Alfonso
Melendez slamming Alfonso
  • Steve Ramerez def. Chino Esparza 0:47 R1 by rear choke
  • Lavar Johnson def. Levi Thronbrue 2:32 R1 by TKO
  • Richard Montoya def. Bill Coffman 0:47 R1 by TKO
  • Amir Rahnavardi def. Kengo Ura by TKO between rounds 1 & 2
  • Doug Marshal def. Anthony Aria 0:22 R1 by armbar
  • Bert Bergmark def. Daisuke Ishii 4:49 R1 by TKO
  • Poppies Martinez def. Gabriel Cruz 0:30 R1 by submission to strikes
  • Ryan Schultz def. Gil Castillo by split decision (3 rounds)
  • Alex Stiebling def. Tim McKenzie 2:25 R2 by arm triangle
  • Gilbert Melendez def. Olaf Alfonso 4:54 R3 by TKO
  • Karo Parisyan def. Shonie Carter by unanimous decision
  • Mike Serr def. Rafael Real 2:19 R1 by TKO

EVT 3 "Inferno" results:
Team Quest goes to Denmark as MMA continues to spread in Scandinavia!
By Eduardo Alonso

The effort to make our sport grow in the Nordic European countries continues, as European Vale Tudo goes to its third edition emphasizing on the international appeal, having fighters from numerous countries, and giving chance to young fighters to continue to develop their careers. After two very successful editions, the first in Denmark counting with Guy Mezger on the card, and the second one in Sweden featuring more Lions Den fighters, EVT returned to Denmark again on May 22nd, this time bringing Team Quest for the first time in the young promotion history adding some spice to a card that featured fighters from nine different countries.

The relationship between Team Quest and Scandinavia has been growing a lot during the past years, as Randy Couture himself already went to the region to teach seminars a number of times, leading the naturally open doors at the biggest MMA promotion in the area. Young fighters Chris Wilson and Dennis Davis represented Team Quest in the show and both did well under the circumstances. Dennis fought a very experienced fighter in Thomas Hytten and managed to win by submission, while Chris was controlling most of the action when he accidentally hit Stale Nyang in the eye with a kick, making it impossible for the Norwegian fighter to continue. At first the American was considered the winner, but after further review the result was changed to a no contest. Another USA native fighter, although currently living in the UK, Pierre Guillet didn't give his opponent a chance as he secured a triangle choke in less than a minute, with the fastest submission of the night. Another stand out in the show was German hot prospect Daniel Weichel. Weichel was undefeated until he got surprised at the last EVT show losing a decision to Mattias Awad, but the Shooto Japan veteran came back strong to redeem himself and dominated both the stand up action and ground work to score his first win in European Vale Tudo, against Brittish fighter Gaz Roriston. Nordic fighters Tchadar Pavlov and John Oskar Hammer also continued their streak at EVT, winning their fights in a solid effort. Here are the full results of the show:
  • Tchavdar Pavlov (Sweden) def. Gjermund Larsen (Norway) by TKO in R1
  • Sonny Malmkvist Nielsen (Denmark) def. Alex Wiebe (Germany) by TKO in R2
  • Jose Enrique Ramos (Spain) def. Anders Eriksson (Sweden) by split decision
  • Tim Vinther (Denmark) def. Marc Wisniewski (Germany) by TKO in R1
  • John Oskar Hammer (Norway) def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam (France) by rear choke in R2
  • Daniel Weichel (Germany) def. Gaz Roriston by key lock in R2
  • Kenneth Rosfort (Denmark) def. Rauf Omar (Germany) by armbar in R3
  • Stale Nyang (Norway) vs. Chris Wilson (USA) - Declared a No Contest
  • Dennis Davis (USA) def. Thomas Hytten (Norway) by guillotine choke in R2
  • Lars Besand (Denmark) def. Bernardo Serrini (Italy) by unanimous decision
  • Pierre Guillet (USA) def. Julian Gonzalez (Spain) by triangle choke in R1

  Sunday - May 23, 2004
PRIDE Bushido 3 Results
Held May 23, 2004
Yokohama Arena

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North American PPV premiere date: May 23, 2004 (tonight)

  Monday - May 24, 2004
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Lee Murray and Jason Miller out

LAS VEGAS, NEV, May 24, 2004.... Due to issues regarding his travel visa, Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championshipâ, has replaced Lee Murray on the UFC 48 fight card. Murray, from London England, is vigorously trying to resolve his visa problems but it appears that the matter can't be resolved until after the June 19 bout. Until Murray secures his travel visa no announcement will be made on when he will fight again.

South African, Trevor Prangley (21-2) will take Murray's place. Prangley will be making his UFC debut against Curtis Stout (7-3-1). Prangley is coming off a unanimous decision win over Andrei Semenov at EE - Russia vs. USA this past March.

Due to on going legal problems Jason Miller has been replaced. Taking Miller's place will be Jay Hieron (4-0). Hieron, from Long Island, NY will make his UFC debut against Georges St Pierre (6-0).

With these bouts in place here is what the rest of UFC 48 looks like.

The main event at UFC 48: Payback will feature Heavyweight Ken Shamrock as he returns to the Octagon. Shamrock, "The World's Most Dangerous Man," (25-8-2) and Kimo (10-3-1), will meet in a long-awaited re-match. Shamrock submitted Kimo with a knee bar at UFC 8: David Vs. Goliath and fans have anticipated a payback fight ever since. Kimo is coming off an impressive submission victory over hometown rival Tank Abbott at UFC 43: Meltdown last June in Las Vegas.

Tim Sylvia (18-0) makes his much anticipated return to the Octagon taking on Frank Mir (7-1) for the Heavyweight championship. Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (36-4) will meet Renato "Charuto"Verissimo (6-0-0). Power striker Phil Baroni (6-3-0) will battle Evan Tanner (30-4-0) in a re-match of their controversial middleweight fight November 21 at UFC 45: Revolution. Dennis Hallman (51-8-2) looks to avenge a previous defeat to Frank Trigg (9-2). Veteran lightweight Matt Serra (12-3) will meet Ivan Menjivar (13-2) in his UFC debut.

Tickets for the all-star, fight card are $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are on sale now 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. UFCâ 48: Payback will be available LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

Cage Rage 6 - Night of the Gladiators
Held May 23, 2004
Ceasar’s Nightclub, London, UK
Results by David West

  • Jean Silva def. Gerald Strebendt by Triangle Choke, R2
  • Paul Jenkins DRAW Suley Mahmoud, after 3 rounds
  • Andy Costello def. Marc Goddard by Tap-Out from Strikes, 1:58 R1
  • Mark Epstein def. Glenn Appleby - Appleby unable to answer bell for R3
  • Henrique Santana vs. Jeremy Bailey - No Contest due to Foul
  • Kuljit Degum def. Del Edwards by Key-Lock, 3:15 R2
  • Alex Owen def. Ricky Moore by TKO (Cut) R1
  • Ryan Norwood def. Flavio Coelho by Arm-Bar, 4:55 R1
  • Ryan Robinson def. Lance King by Triangle Choke, 3:00 R2
  • Chris Freeborn def. Alvin Delemico by Triangle Choke, 4:40 R1
  • Stuart Grant def. Phil Lebar - Lebar unable to answer bell for R3

FCF New Issue In the current issue of FCF...

Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix - Live coverage of the action from the first round.

Fighters Suspended in New Jersey, NJSACB sets precedent by suspending fighters for poor performance.

UFC 48: The Buzz - The fans chime in on what's hot and what's not at UFC 48 and give some of their insight on the fights.

SuperBrawl 35 - Enson returns to the ring ... for the first time in front of hometown Hawaii fans.

BJ Penn talks about his situation with Zuffa and his deal with K-1.

The Beauty Between the Beasts - Meet Kyra Gracie.

Pride Total Elimination Analysis - Winners, losers, next round ... What does it all, Joe Hall takes a look at .

Bitetti Combat 3 - BC makes its return in great style!.

Meet Nick Diaz - Young blood on the rise.

Rumble on the Rock 5 comes back to Honolulu with an action-packed show.

Eruption hits Massachusetts with a bang.

Battle At The Bellagio II McDonald Regains His Reign.

Absolute Fighting Championships 8 - Title Fight Upset, Up-and-Comers Shine.

Ring of Combat 6 - A Hard-Fought Success.

Fans give their thoughts and predictions for the match-ups at the upcoming UFC 48: Payback.

In this month's Shooto Report, we cover 4 shows in 3 countries, we bring you some of the best action from the Shooto events held in Lithuania, Finland and Japan in April.

Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther discusses Injury Prevention & Rehab Part 1: The Knee Joint.

Don Frye BioFile.

Fight fans give their impressions of UFC 47 and the upcoming Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix.

In our monthly columns...
In Matt Hume's techniques, Matt Hume & Brad Kertson demonstrate Nogueira Front Face-Lock Choke; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses Proper Breathing for Fighting.

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Euphoria MFC
4 Show Series To Feature Grand Prix Style Tournaments!!!

'Things are beginning to take shape with Euphoria MFC.' starts matchmaker Miguel Iturrate. 'MFC is starting to contact fighters and extend contract offers for the 4 show series planned. Earlier, we said 'this isn't just RUSSIA v USA anymore' and that is true. Though we are putting an emphasis on signing fighters from our first event, MFC is also extending offers to fighters from Europe, Japan and elsewhere. We think these will feature an international field of fighters, and the compact timeframe for the tournaments will provide the athletes with optimum conditions to prepare for. When the tournaments are done and the belts are awarded to the winners, something will have been accomplished - new champions will be standing.'

'Of course, all the cards and matches must be approved by the New Jersey State Boxing Commission. After our first event last March, MFC feels comfortable that we can meet their high standards, and that the next series of shows will raise the production level. these shows will be something to behold.' concludes the matchmaker.

  • October 16th, 2004 - TRUMP TAJ MAHAL Arena, Atlantic City, NJ
    FIRST ROUND (4 matches) - 8 MAN LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (146 to 155 LBS)
    FIRST ROUND (4 matches) - 8 MAN HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (206 to 265 LBS)

  • December 11th, 2004 - TRUMP TAJ MAHAL Arena, Atlantic City, NJ FIRST ROUND (4 matches) - 8 MAN LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (186 to 205 LBS)
    SECOND ROUND (2 matches) - LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (146 to 155 LBS)
    SECOND ROUND (2 matches) - HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (206 to 265 LBS)

  • February 26th, 2005 - TRUMP TAJ MAHAL Arena, Atlantic City, NJ
    FINALS (1 match) - LIGHTWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (146 to 155 LBS)
    FINALS (1 match) - HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (206 to 265 LBS)

  • *April 30th, 2005 - TRUMP TAJ MAHAL Arena, Atlantic City, NJ
    Plus RUSSIA versus USA II
    (* formerly May 7th)

  Wednesday - May 26, 2004
From the event's promoter:
Wiuff, Sherk & Menne
Minnesota's "Elite 3" Headline
Extreme Challenge 58

      MEDINA, Minn. -- For the first time ever, the three premiere MMA fighters in Minnesota will showcase their talent in the same event.
      Extreme Challenge 58 will feature Dave Menne, Sean Sherk and Travis Wiuff on June 11 at the Medina Entertainment Center.
      "Not only do we have the top 3 guys in the state, we also have quality opponents for them," said promoter Monte Cox.
  • Menne, the former UFC middleweight world champion, will face hard-punching Todd Carney of Pittsburgh. Carney has won his last two fights by knockout, including an upset win over Jorge Pereira.
  • Sherk, a UFC veteran and the No. 3 rated fighter in the world at 170 pounds, will face undefeated Marcus Hicks of Dallas. Hicks owns a win over Sherk's American Kickboxing Academy teamate Keith Wilson.
  • Wiuff, a UFC veteran with a 14-fight win streak, will take on "Scary" Jerry Vrbanovic of Los Angeles. Vrbanovic is coming off a tourney win at Rage on the River and recently fought to a draw against Dan Severn at KOTC in a fight many thought he should have won. The feature bouts are also impressive:
  • Darryl Guthmiller, winner of 12 of 14 bouts, will take on Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch of Phoenix. Ritch has won his last four bouts, all by submission.
  • Ritchie Miller, an up-and-coming fighter from Menne's stable, will face Melvin Guilliard of New Orleans. Guilliard owns an impressive 11-2 record.
      "We're really pleased with the lineup... we looked all over the country to find the best opponents and things turned out well for us," Cox said.
      Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Medina Box Office (763) 478-6661 and Minnesota Combat Arts (651) 336-2777.

Co-main events
Marcus Hicks vs. Sean Sherk
Todd Carney vs. Dave Menne

Feature fights
Jerry Vrbanovic vs. Travis Wiuff
Shannon Ritch vs. Darryl Guthmiller
Melvin Guilliard vs. Richie Miller

Main card
Ted Worthington vs. Chad Sutton
Ryan Antle vs. Cliff Saunders
TBA vs. Andy Kemp

  Thursday - May 27, 2004
"Poor Performance" MMA Suspensions Enacted In New Jersey
By Loretta Hunt

"Mismatch" can be a dirty word in MMA, a touchy subject that is often acknowledged when it happens, but quickly dismissed as an inevitable occurrence of a young sport still in the throws of development. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, however, has chosen not to perpetuate such occurrences in its own backyard. Following April 24th's Ring of Combat 6 event held in Elizabeth, NJSACB Chief Inspector Sylvester Cuyler flagged two competitor's performances as less than acceptable within its jurisdiction.
NJSACB Chief Inspector Sylvester Cuyler
NJSACB's Sylvester Cuyler keeping
a watchful eye on the action at ROC 6
Straight Blast Gym Hamilton fighters Bret Perchaluk and Jon McCaffrey were placed on indefinite suspensions for "poor performance," a reflection of the NJSACB's determination that these fighters might have been overmatched against their respective opponents that night. In an effort to alert additional regulatory bodies, as well as promoters in and outside the state of its findings and ultimately prevent reoccurrences in the future, the NJSACB has registered these suspensions with the central registry currently utilized by boxing commissions across the country to gauge a fighter's readiness to compete. Explains NJSACB Counsel Nick Lembo, "Our primary goal with any combat sport is to do our best to attempt to ensure the health and safety of the competitors. Secondary, is also to ensure public confidence and trust that when they're purchasing a ticket, they're buying to see even-matched competitions, and I think that's in the best interest of the sport for everybody involved." A first for the sport of MMA, Lembo says he hopes this registry of "checks and balances" will be adopted by others in the future. To find out more about this groundbreaking system enacted in New Jersey, check out the rest of Counsel Lembo's exclusive interview in the current issue of Full Contact Fighter.
Bret Perchaluk (left) vs. Jesse MorengJon McCaffrey (bottom) vs. Jordan Pergola
Bret Perchaluk (left)Jon McCaffrey (bottom)

From the Department of Corrections:
In the WEC X results (posted May 22, 2004), there was an error in the results of the Mike Serr vs. Rafael Real fight. The correct result is "Mike Serr def. Rafael Real 2:19 R1 by submission to strikes." The original post has been adjusted to reflect the correct results.

  Saturday - May 29, 2004
The Brazilian Beat
Minotauro set to face Herring, Brazilian Top Team looking to triumph in Korea, Wanderlei Silva continues to hit Brazilian mainstream and a solid card for MECA 11!

The Brazilian Beat:
      In the last Brazilian Beat of May of 2004 the focus is already set for June, as next month promises a lot of interesting things for an MMA fan, being him from anywhere in the world. June will bring the second round of the PRIDE GP, that because of the card's single matches, such as Quinton Jackson against Ricardo Arona, promises to be more interesting than the first round of the same Heavyweight GP. Also, June will treat Brazilian fans to MECA 11, in one of the best cards every put together at this Brazilian promotion, with some intriguing match-ups. Besides those two marquee happenings for any Brazilian fan, June will witness to first big MMA show ever in Korea, with plenty of PRIDE and UFC veterans taking part on the card, and a handful of Brazilian fighters competing in it. So, with the eyes set on June we enjoy the last hours of May with news from both present and near future of the Brazilian MMA scene, FCF brings yet once again another Beat straight from the often hot, and now cold weather of Brazil [believe it or not it's damn cold here now], enjoy the news!

  • As the second round of the PRIDE Heavyweight GP approaches and the date of departure for Japan grows near, the Brazilian Top Team headquarters is extremely busy. Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira is, although not officially confirmed, going to face Heath Herring in a rematch of the bout that gave Nogueira the PRIDE Heavyweight belt for the firs time back at PRIDE 17. Training has been tough as not only Mino is preparing for Herring, but Arona for his PRIDE comeback against Quinton Jackson, in two fights that are bound to be worth the ticket alone!

  • The PRIDE GP is not the only thing causing noise and keeping everybody busy at the BTT training camp, as four fighters from the team are preparing for the major Korean show that will take place in June as well. Although rumored to be facing Alistair Overeem in the show, Minotauro's brother Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira will be fighting the "Brazilian Killa" Alex Stiebling, in a crucial match for both guys career. The other BTT members will have Japanese opponents at the Korean promotion, as Paulo Filho will fight Daijiro Matsui, Fabiano Capoane will be fighting Namekawa, and Claudio Godoy will be facing Hamada. Former Chute Boxe fighter Anderson Silva, who's facing Jeremy Horn at the same show, has been training with Minotauro every now and then to help in Nogueira's preparation for Herring, as well as his preparation for Jeremy Horn, of course.

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  •   Sunday - May 30, 2004
    Fighter, Promoter, Father, Oh My!
    Newest UFC 48 Entry Trevor Prangley Wears Three Hats At Once
    By Loretta Hunt

    Trevor Prangley It was a stroke of bad luck three weeks ago when Professional Fighting Association (PFA) promoter Trevor Prangley got word that he'd lost one half of his headliner for his June 3rd "Pride & Fury" event in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho. Team Quest rep Chael Sonnen had taken a last minute match-up with Jeremy Horn in another event and had sustained twenty-two stitches to his forehead. Sonnen was to have squared off against Lion's Den fan favorite Vernon "Tiger" White, but a fighter himself; news of Sonnen's demise didn't shake Prangley particularly. After thirteen amateur shows with longtime Team Idaho/Lion's Den coach Derek Cleveland, pulling off their first professional event seemed a foreseeable undertaking. The wheels were set in motion to find White a suitable opponent, that is until White was offered a match-up against light-heavyweight Chuck Liddell at UFC 49.

    Prangley couldn't blame White for his choice to jump events. The South African Olympic wrestling alternate got his call from the UFC a week ago himself. British import Lee Murray was having visa issues, and a capable middleweight would be needed to replace him in his fight with UFC 30 veteran Curtis Stout. Prangley had faired well in his drop to the middleweight division against Russian Red Devil fighter Andrei Semenov back at March's Euphoria Mixed Fighting Championship. His hard-earned unanimous decision over the feisty UFC 35 and 37 veteran, along with a notable showing before that against eventual IFC tournament winner Renato "Babalu" Sobral last September, had garnered the 8-1 Prangley enough buzz to propel him into America's premiere MMA promotion.

    Trevor Prangley (left) vs. Andrei Semenov
    Prangley vs. Semenov

    But, the best was yet to come. Amidst contract signings and card juggling galore, Prangley welcomed the most important little fighter to his brood just two days later when wife Sherrie went into labor five weeks early. Six pound twelve ounce Sebastian Zion made his world debut that Sunday, and both parents couldn't have been happier.

    With his own event and his biggest career opportunity virtually coinciding, as well as a squawking newborn thrown in for good measure, is the old adage "feast or famine" a fitting mantra for the 32-year old fighter? "I just think we get sent tests to make us test our character and so on to see where we're at," comments Prangley of his harrowing time. "It's not feast or famine. I think it's a testing. Life tests you all the time and sometimes, just when you've had enough, you get a break. This is one of my times, you know? It's to see how well you handle it and what kind of character you can build out of it. It's been tough. I'll tell you what. This is like the hardest time in my life right now, as far as trying to put everything together."

    But, things do have a way of coming together. The Sonnen-White main event has since been replaced with welterweight powerhouse Sean Sherk facing off against Division I Boise State wrestler Eric Heinz. Sebastian and mom are home and resting well, and daddy is squeezing in training for his June 19th showdown with the hopes of etching his place in the UFC middleweight division.

    Following June 3rd, Prangley is off to the American Kickboxing Academy to get the finishing touches on his accelerated training with longtime friend and UFC lightweight standout Josh Thomson. The two met during their wrestling days at North Idaho College, and "The Punk" will make the famed march to the Octagon with Prangley when he's ushered into the Mandalay Bay arena come fight night. Grappling with what life has thrown him in the last few weeks, getting the chance to tussle one-on-one will probably be a treat for the Prangley, an industrious fighter of many talents.

      Monday - May 31, 2004 - Memorial Day
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    Vitoria Extreme Fight 1 Results:
    By Eduardo Alonso

    The beautiful city of Vitoria, located near Rio de Janeiro in the state of Espirito Santo, in Brazil, received its first taste of quality MMA action as yet a new promotion debuted in the country this past Saturday, May 29th. Vitoria Extreme Fight [in addition to being the name of the city, the word "vitoria" means "victory" in Portuguese,] featured two 4-man tournaments, one for middleweights and the other for heavyweights, as well as three single matches, mostly involving local heroes, such as Jiu-Jitsu standout Eduardo Jamelao in the main event. However, most of the excitement didn't come from the single matches, as the tournaments gave local fans a true taste of MMA action. In the middleweight tournament, Nova Uniao fighter Thalles Leite, despite his lack of mixed martial arts experience, surprised many by submitting UFC veteran Flavio Moura in the first round, advancing to the finals where he also dominated Lucio Linhares, from Alliance, becoming the first ever Vitoria Extreme Fight middleweight champion. In the heavyweight tourney, K-1 Brazil runner up Eduardo Maiorino managed to use his striking skills and ring experience to secure the title. After connecting with a high kick to KO opponent Chico Mello in his first match, Maiorino got the nod in a close decision against a brave Danilo "Motoserra," where his superior stand-up technique made the difference as he became the heavyweight champion. All in all it's great to see more quality shows appearing in Brazil, and the promoters are planning the second edition of the show for October. Here are the results from all the fights:

    Middleweight Tournament:

    Thalles Leite def. Flavio Moura by Katagatame choke in R1
    Lucio Linhares def. Julio Cesar by unanimous decision

    Thales Leite def. Lucio Linhares by Forfeit after R1

    Heavyweight Tournament:

    Eduardo Maiorino def. Chico Mello by KO in R3
    Danilo "Motoserra" def. Ailton Jacare by ref stoppage in R1

    Eduardo Maiorino def. Danilo "Motoserra" by split decision

    Single Matches:
    Bruno de Paula def. Danilo Scherman by unanimous decision
    Gilmar de Andrade def. Luis Pimpolho by armbar in R2
    Eduardo Jamelao def. Marcelo Uirapuru by unanimous decision

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