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  Wednesday - August 1, 2001

From the event's promoter:
MD3 logo
Saturday, August 4th
Doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7pm
Southend Community Center - Springfield, MA

CURRENT LINE-UP: (Fights listed in Reverse Order)

Jeremy Horn vs. Shaun Wagner

Heavyweight Title Fight
Jorge Rivera vs. Elias Rivera

Mario Ramos vs. John Frankl

Ted Govola Jr. (undefeated in MMA) vs. Nuri Shakir (Team Dragon Lair)

Brian Kelly (Tai-Kai) vs. David Beck (Wrestling)

Mike Brown (Choi's) vs. Brad Vargason (Tai-Kai)

Bill Luff (Auburn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) vs. Chris Roberts (Mass Destruction Veteran)

Raymond Acevedo (Dave Bravo) vs. Matt Stowe (Mayo Quanchi)

Fred Murray (JKD Instructor) vs. Dustin Buttrick (Norwich Wrestling)


Kipp "Powder" Kollar vs. Nick "Zero" Crooks

Vinny Brightman (JKD/ Integrated Grappling) vs. Andy Social (Canadian Bare Knuckle Champion)

Dan Simmler (MMA Debut) vs. Ian McQuade (MMA Debut)

Joe Manzillo (Mayo Quanchi) vs. George Marchacos (MMA Debut)

Dawson Walton (Freestyle) vs. Ryan Griffith (1-0 in MD Competition)

Card is subject to change

LIQUOR LICENSE OBTAINED: We WILL be serving BEER & Mike's Hard Lemonade at the event!
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON-LINE - Charge using Mastercard or VISA http://www.nagafighter.com/
CONTACT.....Kipp Kollar (860-635-1867)

From Susumu's Gallery:
Susumu's Gallery Update


We added some of the Pride 15 photos. Kerr and Sakuraba's bouts have uploaded. The others will be coming soon.

Susumu's photo from Pride-15

Susumu's Gallery:

From the event's promoter:
KOTC logo
Action-packed, "no-holds-barred" competition
Saturday, August 4, 2001 7:00pm
Soboba Casino - San Jacinto, California


Fight fans, your wait is almost over. The Soboba Casino will be ready. The fighters will be ready. Will YOU be ready? See 16 total matches including an all out fight fest as "King of the Cage" brings the big boys out for the first "King of the Cage" Heavyweight Tournament. A special 30-second ground rule will be implemented, meaning if there is no action, the referee will stand them up! See such heavy hitters as Mike "Rhino" Bourke, Kauai Kupihea, Giant Ochai, Josh Dempsey, and Zane Frasier. Only one giant will leave the Soboba Casino with the prestigious title of KOTC Tournament Champion.

And this is only the beginning of the fight card. Also see Jiu Jitsu specialist Javier "Mr. Showtime" Vazquez of Millennia Jiu Jitsu take on Tough Guy Phillip Perez of Team Fresno . . . former KOTC World Middleweight Champion Chris Brennan returns to the cage to battle stud fighter Kevin Hogan . . . and much more . . . Muay Thai expert Duane "Bang" Ludwig . . . Japan's Sokun Koh . . . KOTC fan-favorite Joe Stevenson. Come see mixed martial arts history in the making only at "King of the Cage."
BET ON KING OF THE CAGE AT: www.mvpsportsbook.com


16 Phillip Perez
Team Fresno
Javier Vazquez
Millennia Jiu Jitsu
15 Heavyweight
Championship Match
Championship Match
14 Kevin Hogan
Team Cordeiro
Chris Brennan
Next Generation
13 TBA
Duane Ludwig
Bas Rutten / MCG

12 Round 2 of
Heavyweight Tournament
Round 2 of
Heavyweight Tournament
11 Round 2 of
Heavyweight Tournament
Round 2 of
Heavyweight Tournament
10 Sean Gray
Shoot Wrestling U.S.A.
Sokun Koh
9 Joe Stevenson
Williams Combat Grappling
Ryan Painter
Shark Tank
8 Joe Camacho
Pedro Carvalho/Submission Factory
Tracy Hess
Next Generation
7 TBA Dan Henderson

Heavyweight Tournament Fights / Alternates Fights
6 Keith
Scorpion Combat
Touradj Mansouri
5 Richard Moreno
Rick Lucero
Dan Etter
Shark Tank
4 Mike Bourke
Mollen Kramer Judo
Erik Clepper
Pop's House of pain
3 Zane Frasier
Murder, Inc.
Giant Ochai
2 Kauai Kupihea
Absolute Martial Arts
Josh Dempsey
Team Fish
1 Fred Floyd
Team Mangler Sports
Wade Shipp
Lions Den

From the event's promoter:
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OCTOBER 19, 2001

Montreal (Canada)- History will once again be made as some of the sports brightest young stars will enter the UCC RING OF FURYTM to show the fight world just what Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) combat is all about. There has never been a more important night for Canadian MMA as one of the countries most recognizable athletes will be making his UCC and MMA debut. Stephane Ouellet is not only a house hold name in his native Quebec but he is the most beloved athlete there as well.

Known as "the people's fighter", Ouellet is presently ranked in the top 10 in the WBA rankings as well as the IBF rankings with a pro record of 29-4-0 (18 KOs) and was also the #1 contender to the WBC crown ten months ago. Stephane is known by boxing fans for the extreme speed of his jabs and knockout power but at UCC 6 he will FINALLY be able to explode on his opponent like never before. Ouellet is loved by all on his home turf of Quebec and respected by sports fans nation wide for his memorable series of bouts with the highly ranked Davey Hilton. Hilton won the first two encounters against the less experienced Ouellet but instead of bowing his head in defeat Stephane came back, conjured up his warrior spirit and defeated Hilton in the most dramatic boxing bout in Canadian history.

The 29-year-old slugger has never been more focused and is dedicating himself to continue his boxing training while adding some new skills and becoming a well-rounded MMA fighter. The UCC office has been flooded by media and fans who want to know more about this extraordinary switch over and to find out when tickets go on sale. Judging by the buzz created by Ouellet's decision to become a MMA fighter, it won't take long to pack the Verdun Auditorium.

Mixed Martial Arts fans will also be happy to hear that two of the very few UNDEFEATED fighters in the game will be in action at UCC 6. Sean Sherk is 17-0 in pro MMA and is coming to Canada for the first time with hopes of bringing some UCC gold home with him. He will challenge local hero and UCC World Middleweight champion Donald Ouimet who is 4-0 in MMA. Donald captured this prestigious title at UCC 4 in Sherbrooke last May and is eager to defend what he has worked so hard to achieve. With over 17 years of boxing experience and a well-rounded ground game, Ouimet is confident that he will give Sherk his first loss and send him home empty handed with nothing but bumps and bruises.

Team Extreme Laverne Clark has made several appearances in the UFC with a series of spectacular KO wins and now he is set to invade the UCC RING OF FURY!!! Eagerly awaiting his arrival is "UCC Bad Guy" Pain Peters. In Pain's MMA debut he brutally knocked out Team Extreme Brian Dunn in just over 20 seconds and has been creating chaos in the UCC ever since. After laying a vicious pounding on North American Chinese Boxing champion Charles Nestor, UCC fans have been asking for more PAIN. Will it be Clark's turn to feel the PAIN or will Peters end up on the receiving end in this international SUPERFIGHT?

UCC Canadian Middleweight champion Steve "Lion Heart" Vigneault will bring his aggressive combat style back into the UCC RING OF FURYTM when he faces undefeated powerhouse Mike Kitchen. Both of these athletes have victories in less than one minute against other opponents and now it's time for them to go head to head for UCC gold! The LION HEART has become one of the most popular UCC fighters and now its Kitchen's chance to heat things up and show the fight world that he has what it takes to become a champion!

The UCC Canadian Lightweight title is on the line when Phil Hughes returns to action to defend his title against Justin Bruckmann. Both of these young warriors have shown tremendous heart in and out of the ring and a more evenly matched fight will not be found anywhere else. Hughes is a full time student of Tony Blauer and prides himself on having great conditioning, tremendous grappling skills and striking skills to match. Bruckmann is known as being a "Mat Monster" in the Judo community and has promised the UCC and its fans that a new and improved Justin Bruckmann is gunning for that Lightweight strap.

UCC Canadian Super Lightweight champion Richard "Monkey" Nancoo is a man of action and no talk. Being one of Canada's best jiu-jitsu players it's a given that his ground game is extremely solid but at UCC 3 when Nancoo captured the title fight fans got to see a more aggressive fighter with a long mean streak! To challenge Nancoo will be local SUPER STRIKER Yves "Tiger" Jabouin. This will be a classic GRAPPLER vs. STRIKER match for UCC gold and the right to be called the toughest under 155 pound fighter in Canada.

Former UCC Canadian Light Heavyweight champion Jeromie Sills is returning to action after a disappointing loss to Gary Armbrust. Sills already has two KO wins in his young career and sees #3 in BJJ practitioner and undefeated amateur fighter Jean-Phillipe Cantin. Does Cantin have the technique to ward off the onslaught of Sills and gain victory in his UCC debut? It's the attitude of Cantin versus the champion mind of Sills in this LHW SUPERFIGHT to climb the UCC ladder.

Also in action will be the return of UCC sensation DAVID "THE CROW" LOISEAU when he goes toe to toe with a soon to be announced opponent.

Tickets will go on sale very soon for this historic evening of full contact combat action.

For more information, please contact the UCC office at 514-769-9793 or e-mail us at ucc2000@netzero.net

Stephane Patry, President/CEO

  Thursday - August 2, 2001

From UFC/Zuffa:
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UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
Friday, September 28th
Las Vegas, Nevada
Mandalay Bay Events Center

Main event - UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Tito Ortiz (Champion) vs. Vitor Belfort (Challenger)

UFC Lightweight Championship
Jens Pulver (Champion) vs. Dennis Hallman (Challenger)

Light Heavyweight Bout
Chuck Liddell vs. Murilo Bustamante

Lightweight Bout
Fabiano Iha vs. Din Thomas

Plus 5 more exciting fights

Pre-event Press Conference Schedule

"Event Announcement" Press Conference
Tuesday, August 7th at 12:00 Noon
House of Blues
Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, California
*In attendance: Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort,
Jens Pulver, Dennis Hallman, Carmen Electra

"Tickets on Sale" Press Conference
Wednesday, August 8th at 12:00 Noon
Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
*In attendance: Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort,
Jens Pulver, Dennis Hallman

Tickets go on sale August 8th through:

Ticket Master - http://www.ticketmaster.com/ - 702-474-4000
Mandalay Bay - http://www.mandalaybay.com/ - 702-632-7580

UFC Travel Packages -

UFC 33 seating chart
Ticket Prices: $300, $200, $100, $60, $30

FCF Survey:
UFC 33
This month we want to give you the opportunity to talk about the upcoming UFC in Las Vegas...pick the winners, give your thoughts on the line-up, etc.August 2001 issue of FCF
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  Friday - August 3, 2001

From UFC/Zuffa:
UFC Logo
Undefeated Castillo to Face Menne
for UFC Middleweight Title

Gil Castillo has signed to face Dave Menne for the vacant middleweight title at UFC 33: Victory in Vegas.

Castillo enters the Octagon with a 16-0 MMA record, including victories over many top caliber opponents. In his first MMA event, Castillo submitted the Lion’s Den’s Vernon "Tiger" White with an arm bar. He also holds a win over another tough Lion’s Den fighter, Joe Hurley.

In his most recent MMA bout, Castillo won a convincing decision over the reigning King of Pancrase, Nathan Marquardt, the ninth ranked fighter in the world.

Castillo’s many titles and championships include the IFC Welterweight World Championship, the IFC Middleweight Americas Championship, and the King of the Cage Middleweight Championship.

"It is a great honor to fight in the UFC," says Castillo. "To fight for the title in the UFC is a dream of mine."

UFC 33: Victory in Vegas Friday, September 28th
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Tickets on sale August 8th

Ticket Master - http://www.ticketmaster.com/ - 702-474-4000 Mandalay Bay - http://www.mandalaybay.com/ - 877-632-7400

From the event's promoter Matt Hume:
Conquest 2001
August 4, 2001
Sponsored by La Quinta Inn
10530 NE Northup Way
Kirkland, WA

Line up:

Novice Kickboxing 3 rounds
Faris Asangi (PBBA) vs Christopher Assaf(Unatached)

Novice Kickboxing 3 rounds
Ernie Mcpeek(MSK) vs Domingo "Dingo warrior" Cruz(Victory Athletics)

Novice Kickboxing 3 rounds
Alan "the Animal" Itkin(AMC) vs Galen "Burning" Bush(PBBA)

Novice Kickboxing 3 rounds
John Hall(MSK) vs Dan Snyder(Travis Kickboxing)

Novice Pankration
Jeff Gotcher(Victory Athletics) vs Blake Fredricson(Gibson Pankration)

Kickboxing 3 rounds
Sarah Finnaseth(AMC) vs Dion Bullock(Victory Athletics)

Tag Team Submission
Victor "Hot Pepper" Estrada(Victory Athletics) & Trevor "Macho Man" Mchaelis
Frank Feethan & Rodrigo Lopez(Marcelo Alonso BJJ)


A class Kickboxing 3 rounds
Eric Wirt(Travis Kickboxing) vs Joe Green(Zura Kickboxing)

A class Pankration 3 rounds
"Bad" Brad Blackburn(AMC) vs Dirk Odendale(Gibson Pankration)

Kickboxing A class 3 rounds
Dave "Thunderkick" Cook(AMC) vs Jeremy Engle(Travis Kickboxing)

Pankration Pacific NW Title fight 5 rounds
Josh Holt (PBBA) vs Justin "the Jet" Jones(Victory Athletics)

From the event's promoter:

Gladiator Challenge Logo Promoter Tedd Williams is packing up his lights, smoke, camera & cage and is heading to the rocky moutains. On Sunday August 19th, the GLADIATOR CHALLENGE will be held for the first time outside of California. Coming along with Williams will be a host of California based fighters that have fought in both the GLADIATOR CHALLENGE and the KING OF THE CAGE. The event will take place in the "Great Room" at the Radisson North Greystone Castle. Knowing that pulling off an event like this in a new town would be a challenge, Williams enlisted the help of Sven "BOOGIE" Bean. Bean promotes Colorado’s premiere MMA show, the RING OF FIRE series, and was brought on board to act as matchmaker for the event. Judging from the way the card has evolved, Williams made a wise decision. Pulling from his talented roster of fighters as well as from the surrounding states, Bean has put together what should be considered the best MMA the state has seen. MAIN EVENTS

175 lbs
Brad Gumm (CO) vs Joe Stevensen (CA)

Gabe Beaupurty (CO) vs Dan Christiansen (NM)

165 lbs
Duane "BANG!" Ludwig (CO) vs. Ressen Messer (NM)

175 lbs
Jay Jack (CO) vs. Mark Menkveld (CO)


175 lbs
Steve Gomm (UT) vs. John "The Brazilian" (BR)

190 lbs
John Herrera (CO) vs. Phillip Miller (CA)

210 lbs
Amir Rahnavardi (CA) vs. Kieth Jardin (NM)

200 lbs
Justin Ellison (UT) vs. TBA

180 lbs
John Cronk (CO) vs. Jack Kardanis (NM)


180 lbs
"Uncle" Sam McFarland (CO) vs. Paul Zilius (CA)

155 lbs
Anthony Washington (TX) vs. Tom Schulte (NM)

140 lbs
Shawn Ramage (CA) vs. TBA

165 lbs
Nuri Shakir (MA) vs Greg McIntyre (CA)

* as always..card subject to change
For info: http://www.gladiatorchallenge.com/ and/or beanz4@msn.com
Tickets on sale now and going fast!!!

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  Sunday - August 5, 2001

King of the Cage 10
Quick Results

By Marc Scott

Heavyweight Tournament Quarter-Finals
Wade Shipp def. Fred "The Mangler" Floyd
0:34 1st round by armbar

Heavyweight Tournament Quarter-Finals
Kauai Kupihea def. Josh Dempsey
Split Decision

Zane Frasier def. Giant Ochai
Unanimous decision

Rhino Bourke def. Erik Clepper
1:06 1st Round ref stoppage due to strikes

First Alternate Heavyweight Match
Keith "The Natural" Richardson def. Richard Moreno
Unanimous decision

Second Alternate Heavyweight Match
"Big Joe" Ioka Tianuu def. Touradj "The Terror" Mansouri
0:16 1st round TKO ref stoppage due to strikes

Tracy Hess def. Joe Camacho
Unanimous Decision

Joe Stevenson def. Ryan Painter
Split Decison

Sokun Koh def. Sean "Black Mamba" Gray
Split Decision

Duane "BANG!" Ludwig def. Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennet
2:38 2nd round Bennet taps from strikes

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Kauai Kupihea def. Wade Shipp
Shipp's corner threw in the towel at the six minute mark

Heavyweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Mike Bourke def. Keith Richardson
Unanimous Dec.

Chris Brennen def. Kevin Hogan
1:08 2nd Round by armbar

Heavyweight Tournament Final:
Kauai Kupihea def. Ryan Bourke
Ryan Bourke fell on his hand during a takedown and tapped due to injury

Javier Vazquez def. Philip Perez
3:58 2nd Round Perez is choked unconcious by triangle choke

King Of The Cage Videos
  Monday - August 6, 2001

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  Wednesday - August 8, 2001

Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch
To Face Frank Shamrock
At K-1 USA In Kickboxing Bout

By Marc Scott

Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch is a fighter who just seems to appear everywhere these days. He recently competed in Burma in the first ever event in that country's history to feature American fighters, and before that in Pride 11 versus legendary Kazushi Sakuraba. This time Shannon will step up to the plate against yet another world class fighter, Frank Shamrock, in a special kickboxing match on the August 11th K-1 USA Kickboxing Championship Series to be held at the Ballagio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We recently caught up with Shannon and got his thoughts on this fight:

Full Contact Fighter:   When did you find out you would be fighting Frank Shamrock?
Shannon Ritch:   I found out I was going to fight Frank Shamrock about a week ago, not too much notice, but if you're a pro-fighter you should always be ready for any fight.

FCF:   Will this be a Mixed Martial Arts match or kickboxing?
SR:    This will be K-1 rules, three 3-minute rounds and I will see what happens.

FCF:   What will you be weighing in at?
SR:    I am going to weigh in at right around 180. Frank is going to weigh in at 185, the top of the weight class. I have actually been trying, for MMA, to get down to 155; so a couple weeks ago I was at 160. Then I found out about this and I have been trying to get back up to 180.

FCF:   Obviously this is a big fight for you, how do you feel this will affect your career and future?
SR:    Career-wise I think [the fight] is huge for me. Because, win or lose, I am fighting Frank Shamrock and he's the big name and I'm the underdog. To me I think it's going to be huge, if I win, if I lose, if I draw, it doesn't matter, I fought K-1 and one of the best fighters in the world

FCF:   Any predictions for the fight?
SR:    If you've watched "The Cannon" fight, you know I come out strong and aggressive, and I always -- no matter win, lose or draw -- try to put on a good show for the crowd…it's going to be a good fight.

FCF:   And if you win?
SR:    If I beat Frank, I am sure I will be on top of the world; it will be the best night of my life.

  Thursday - August 9, 2001

UFC Hits Hollywood
By Aaron Crecy

Carmen Electra HOLLYWOOD--On Tuesday, August 7, the Ultimate Fighting Championship descended upon the House of Blues for a press event celebrating the commencement of ticket sales for "Victory in Vegas," the first-ever sanctioned mixed martial arts competition in the state of Nevada. And while the turnout was not what Zuffa had hoped for, the audience did include KABC and KNBC television, ESPN Radio, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers and several MMA journalists.

UFC president Dana White touched upon several dated topics, all of which were old news in MMA circles-the sport's sanctioning in Nevada; Zuffa's new mainstream advertising campaign; the date, time and location of UFC 33; the UFC's return to cable pay-per-view television; and the kick-off of ticket sales for Victory in Vegas on August 8. Next, White introduced light heavyweight belt holder Tito Ortiz, challenger Vitor Belfort and spokesperson Carmen Electra.

Cuba Gooding Jr. Dennis Hallman, Fabiano Iha and Ricco Rodriguez were on hand, as were Carlson Gracie and Wallid Ismail. Academy Award winning actor and Gracie associate Cuba Gooding Jr. also made an appearance.

After he was introduced, Belfort thanked Zuffa for the opportunity to return to the Octagon and predicted "a war." Meanwhile, Ortiz announced his association with Carlson Gracie, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend and Belfort's former trainer. Carlson Gracie However, the moment lacked the expected drama as Belfort-who himself is training with an MMA luminary in the form of Bas Rutten-graciously and respectfully applauded the proclamation.

UFC 33 "Victory in Vegas" will take place on Friday, September 28 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Tickets are priced at $30, $60, $100, $200 and $300 and can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, TicketMaster outlets or on the Internet at www.TicketMaster.com.

The event will be broadcast live on iN DEMAND and DIRECTV pay-per-view for $29.95. Only five of the scheduled nine fights will be aired live-if time permits, highlights of the four remaining bouts may be televised after the main event.

Tito Ortiz, Carmen Electra, Vitor Belfort
UFC 33-Victory in Vegas
Friday, September 28, 2001
7:00 PM PST/10:00 PM EST
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

Main Event - UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Tito Ortiz (Champion) vs. Vitor Belfort (Challenger)

Co-Main Event - UFC Lightweight Championship
Jens Pulver (Champion) vs. Dennis Hallman (Challenger)

UFC Middleweight Championship (title vacant)
Dave Menne vs. Gil Castillo

Light Heavyweight Bout
Chuck Liddell vs. Murilo Bustamante

Lightweight Bout
Fabiano Iha vs. Din Thomas

Heavyweight Bout
Pete Williams vs. Ricco Rodriguez

*Plus three more fights to be announced

Shame on Simers
By Aaron Crecy

The mixed martial arts community saw its collective blood pressure nearly boil over upon reading Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers' depiction of the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 8. Simers was on hand the previous day to witness the UFC's "Victory in Vegas" press conference at the House of Blues in Hollywood.

For reasons that only he knows, Simers saw fit to ridicule UFC spokesperson Carmen Electra and Tito Ortiz in his column, this after being accorded a private interview with both of them. Referring to Ortiz as a "goofy lug" and intimating that Electra is some sort of tawdry strumpet who plied Dennis Rodman with drink in order to win his favor, the article was drunk with Simers' trademark lowbrow humor.

Notorious for his bitter, self-aggrandizing musings, it should be noted that Simers is not to be taken seriously. Anxious to earn even a modicum of notoriety, Simers is consistently opinionated and demonstrates an obvious intent to agitate his readers.

While they are undoubtedly displeased that Simers would smile to their faces and then stab them in the back, the UFC and Zuffa must remember the old advertising adage that there's no such thing as bad press. Rather than inundating Simers with embittered e-mails and providing even more fodder for his trite and all too predictable diatribes, take heart--the mere fact that the Los Angeles Times dedicated a column in its sports section to the UFC is confirmation enough that MMA has arrived. So, don't hate--celebrate!

  Friday - August 10, 2001

From UFC/Zuffa:
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UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz
UFC Light Heavyweight Contender Vitor Belfort

UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver
UFC Lightweight Contender Dennis Hallman

UFC Middleweight Contender Dave Menne
UFC Middleweight Contender Gil Castillo

Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, At 10 PM ET/7 PM PT
From Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

      LAS VEGAS - The all-new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) makes its Las Vegas debut and triumphant return to cable television with UFC 33: Victory in Vegas, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Headlining the three-world title fight card is UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz defending his crown for the fourth time when he takes on Vitor Belfort.

Victory in Vegas will be broadcast live on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and Dish Network pay per view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, and features six televised fights. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

      In the co-featured main event, UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver (19-2-1 in Mixed Martial Arts), of Davenport, Iowa, will make his first title defense when he battles Dennis Hallman (37-4-0 in MMA), of Yelm, Wash. Pulver captured the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 30. Due to the restructuring of weight classes, Pulver is now recognized as the UFC lightweight champion. Rounding out the co-feature, Dave Menne (34-3-1 in MMA), of Forest Lake, Minn., will take on Gil Castillo (16-0-0 in MMA), of Concord, Calif., for the vacant UFC middleweight title.

      Highlighting the undercard will be a lightweight showdown pitting once-beaten Chuck Liddell (7-1-0 in MMA), of Santa Barbara, Calif., against undefeated Murilo Bustamante (9-0-1 in MMA), of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Five additional bouts will be added to the card at a later date.

      Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is one of the UFC's most recognizable athletes. The 6'2", 204-pound "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" progressed through the ranks as a junior college wrestler and has overcome many obstacles, including getting hit by a bus while riding a moped on his honeymoon.

      A two-time California State wrestling champion in junior college, Ortiz got his first taste of the UFC thanks to his high school wrestling coach, Paul Herrera. Herrera introduced Ortiz to Tank Abbott, who needed a sparring partner. The rest is history.

      On April 14, 2000, in Tokyo, Japan, Ortiz faced the highly regarded Brazilian fighter, Vanderlei Silva, for the vacant UFC world middleweight championship. The UFC 25: Ultimate Fighting Japan 3 match featured several heated exchanges. Ortiz's takedowns and ground control earned him a unanimous decision and the middleweight title following 25 minutes of intense action.

      At UFC 30: The Battle On The Boardwalk on Feb. 23, 2001, Ortiz battled Evan Tanner at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. The two combatants tied up immediately in the biggest fight of the evening. Ortiz got inside on Tanner, wrapped him up, elevated him and slammed him to the floor. The impact was enough to knock Tanner out, but Ortiz made sure his opponent was finished. He landed two solid punches to the head before referee John McCarthy stopped the fight just 30 seconds in. Ortiz remained the UFC middleweight champion. Tanner went from undefeated to unconscious.

      Ortiz is now recognized as the UFC light heavyweight champion due to the restructuring of weight classes after UFC 30. He successfully defended his belt with a technical knockout in the first round of a bout against Australian fighter Elvis "The King of Rock 'n' Rumble" Sinosic at UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands.

      Belfort is a UFC veteran despite being only 23 years old. His fists of fury dazzled UFC fans when he first appeared at UFC 12: Judgement Day, a four-man heavyweight tournament. First, he defeated Lion's Den fighter Tra Telligman by verbal submission from strikes at 1:18. In the finals, Belfort defeated Scott Ferrozzo, a 300-plus-pound behemoth, in less than one minute when the referee stopped the contest due to punches. Belfort returned at UFC 13 to take on well-known brawler/puncher David "Tank" Abbott. Belfort dispatched of Abbott in 53 seconds, again by referee stoppage due to punches.

      At UFC 15: Collision Course, Belfort faced wrestling standout and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture. The fighters battled for more than eight minutes before the referee stopped the contest and awarded Couture the win due to knees and punches.

      Two months later, Belfort returned to the UFC at Ultimate Japan I. He defeated judo practitioner Joe Charles by arm bar to get back on the winning path. Belfort then fought in his homeland at the first Ultimate Brazil I. He destroyed highly regarded striker Vanderlei Silva in just 44 seconds by referee stoppage due to punches.

      Pulver has gone undefeated in five UFC bouts (4-0-1). He made his UFC debut on Sept. 24, 1999, at UFC 22: There Can Be Only One Champion with a majority draw. Following victories at UFC 24, 26 and 28, the Sunnyside, Wash., native captured the first UFC bantamweight title at UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk by scoring a unanimous decision over Caol Uno.

      Hallman made his UFC debut against Matt Hughes at UFC 29: High Stakes, on Dec. 16, 2000, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. The Olympia, Wash., native ended matters early by forcing Hughes to tap out just 20 seconds in due to an armbar.

      Menne competed in MMA events for three years before making his UFC debut on March 10, 2000, against Brazilian Fabiano Iha at UFC 24: First Defense. Menne controlled the action throughout the bout by scoring points with solid punching on the ground. Following three rounds, Menne won a unanimous decision.

      The UFC's Jeff Blatnick and Mike Goldberg will call the action from the Octagon. Blatnick, who has commentated NCAA and Olympic wrestling events since he won Olympic wrestling gold in the super heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, has been with the organization since UFC 4 in December 1994. Goldberg, whose primary occupation is television play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, has been with UFC since Ultimate Japan in December 1997.

      For more information, please visit the official UFC website at www.ufc.tv.

      LAS VEGAS - Tickets are now on sale for the all-new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, "Victory in Vegas," featuring UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz defending his crown for the fourth time when he takes on Vitor Belfort on Friday, September 28, 2001, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Las Vegas, Nev.

      Tickets, priced at $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, can be purchased at the Mandalay Bay box office, or at any TicketMaster outlet. To order tickets by phone, call 877-632-7400. To order tickets on the Internet, go to TicketMaster.com. The Ortiz-Belfort light heavyweight championship will headline a nine-bout card that features two other championship fights including Jens Pulver defending his lightweight belt against Dennis Hallman, as well as Dave Menne taking on an opponent to be named for the vacant UFC middleweight title. "Victory in Vegas" marks a triumphant return of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the UFC to cable television. The event will be televised live on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, and Dish Network pay per view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

      Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is one of the most recognized athletes in the UFC. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is 7-2-0 in the UFC and 9-2-0 in MMA. In his last UFC bout, Ortiz defended his middleweight title by scoring a first-round knockout over Australian contender, Elvis Sinosic, at UFC 32: Showdown In the Meadowlands on June 28, 2001, in East Rutherford, N.J. Ortiz is now recognized as the UFC light heavyweight champion due to the restructuring of weight classes after UFC 30.

      Belfort, of Rio De Janiero, Brazil, has a 5-1-0 UFC record and is 10-2-0 overall in MMA. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist, three of his five UFC victories have come in less than one minute, all due to punches. Belfort's sole loss came at the hands and knees of current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture at UFC 15. At his most recent UFC appearance in Ultimate Brazil on Oct. 16, 1998, Belfort defeated Vanderlei Silva by punches in 44 seconds.

      "We are extremely excited to bring the UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts to Mandalay Bay and the state of Nevada," said Dana White, UFC president. "We will kick off our first show in Las Vegas with three title fights and a ton of energy and action as our fans take part in history."

  Saturday - August 11, 2001

Results from

August 10, 2001
Tropicana Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
  • Pat Stano def. Randy Durant - Ref stoppage (strikes) 1:15 r1
  • Phil Baroni def - Robert Sarkozi - Ref stoppage (strikes) 1:05 r1
  • Virgil Lozano drew Yasuki Miake - (after 3 rounds)
  • Joe Hurley def. Peter Kaljevic - Rear-naked choke R1
  • Vernon "Tiger" White def. Joe Priole - Ref stoppage (strikes) r2
  • Ken Shamrock def. Sam Adkins - Key lock 1:26 R1

  Sunday - August 12, 2001

From the event's promoter:
"DEEP 2001 in YOKOHAMA" Lineup
Saturday, August 18, 2001
Doors Open; 5:00pm - Fights Start; 6:00pm
Yokohama Culture Gymnasium (Kanagawa, Japan)

Amateur Fight #1 2 5-min rounds - Future Fight Rules Match
Hirotaka Tomiyama (P's Lab Yokohama) Vs.
Ryo Chonan (U-File Camp)

Amateur Fight#2 2 5-min rounds - Future Fight Rules Match
Akira Nitagai (A3) Vs.
Matsuda Eriya (U-File Camp)

10-Min Intermission

Pro Fight#1 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Kazuki Okubo (U-File) Vs.
Kato Kung Lee (Camp Mexico/Lucha Libre)

Pro Fight#2 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Kosei Kubota (Pancrase Yokohama) Vs.
Ryuki Ueyama (U-File Camp)

Pro Fight#3 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Kengo (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Dos Caras Jr. (Mexico/AAA)

Pro Fight#4 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Akihiro Gono (Team Grabaka) Vs.
Dustin Denes (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team)

Pro Fight#5 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Wataru Sakata (Evolution) Vs.
Adrian Serrano (U.S.A./Jiu Jitsu & Freestyle Grappling)

15-min Intermission

Pro Fight#6 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Katsuhisa Fujii (Freelance) Vs.
Rogerio Minotauro Nogueira (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team)

Pro Fight#7 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Sanae Kikuta (Pancrase Grabaka) Vs.
Pshemek Walace (Canada/Columbia Martial Arts)

Semifinal 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match(69kg And Under Match)
Takehiro Murahama (Osaka Pro-Wrestling) Vs.
Joao Roque (Brazil/Nova Uniao)

Main Event 3 5-min rounds - Deep Rules Match
Yuki Kondo (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Paulo Filho (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team)

Shamrock wins
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  Monday - August 13, 2001

K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinal
Tournament Results

By Michael Afromowitz - muaythaimes@aol.com

In what turned out to be the most competitive and arguably the most thrilling United States K-1 card yet, German young gun Stephan Leko blasted his way to victory in front of 4,052 fans at the K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinal tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada's Bellagio Hotel and Casino on Saturday, August 11th. The tournament win bought Leko an entry into December's K-1 World Grand Prix Final in Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo Dome.


Peter Aerts vs. Noboru Uchida:
It was business as usual for three time K-1 World Grand Prix champion, Peter Aerts, who came out in typical K-1 aggressive fashion against Japan's Noboru Uchida in the tournament's first bout. While the 26 year old Uchida hung tough throughout the first two rounds of the fight against his more seasoned opponent, Aerts stepped up his game in the third round and scored two knockdowns which forced the referee to stop the bout due to the "two knockdowns in a single round" technical knockout rule of the event.

Maurice Smith vs. Jorgen Kruth:
Sweden's Jorgen Kruth looked tense in a bout, which was uncharacteristically slow for K-1. While neither fighter was very aggressive during any of the fight's three rounds, Maurice Smith was able to land several punch combinations and unanswered kicks to the head of Kruth that led him to victory via judges' decision.

Sergei Ivanovich vs. Francisco Filho:
Coming off his finest performance to date at the K-1 Ukraine Elimination tournament, which earned him a pass to Las Vegas, Minsk, Belarus's Sergei Ivanovich continued his momentous run by pulling off a phenomenal upset over a heavily-favored Francisco Filho With only 194 lbs. 6 foot 3 inch frame, Ivanovich was the lightest of the eight tournament fighters and was able to use this to his advantage in the form of speedy footwork that seemingly baffled Filho in the first two rounds of the bout. Filho's dominance of the third round sent the fight into a "sudden death" overtime round, which Ivanovich narrowly won, giving him the victory.

Stephan Leko vs. Jeff Roufus:
Jeff "Duke" Roufus demonstrated the fighting spirit of a true professional Muay Thai kickboxer in a tough loss to Leko. After standing toe to toe with the German throughout the first round of the fight, Roufus was floored by a Leko hook punch to the head. Unwilling to quit, the American stood up, waved his opponent on, and began exchanging blows once again. However, Roufus could not sustain a comeback as he was dropped for a second and final time by a pinpoint uppercut to his chin.


Peter Aerts vs. Maurice Smith:
Smith surprised many onlookers when he took control of this bout in the first two rounds, exhibiting a great deal of endurance and determination. After Aerts's right eye began to swell in the first round and continued to do so in the second and he was growing increasingly weary, it seemed as if Smith was headed to the final round of a K-1 tournament for the second time in three months. In the third round, Aerts got a second wind somehow and, with that, a second opportunity as he began landing punches and knees at an increasing rate to produce the second "sudden death" overtime round of the tournament. He sealed the judges' decision victory by following up the previous round with similar tenacity.

Stephan Leko vs. Sergei Ivanovich:
Ivanovich's win streak was finally put to a halt as Leko's heavy leg kicks and right hand punches proved to be too much for his leaner opponent. The Belarusian displayed fantastic ring movement in the first round once again, but was caught with several right crosses and forced to take a standing eight count by the referee. In the second round, the German finished the job by continuing to work his opponent's left thigh with punishing leg kicks. Upon the advice of the physicians at ringside, Ivanovich retired with severe swelling of his left leg and foot.


Peter Aerts vs. Stephan Leko:
In an action-packed finale, two K-1 superstars battled fiercely for the right to a December Tokyo Dome trip. One would have expected Aerts to have little, if any, gas left in him after his lengthy semifinal round battle with Smith. However, the K-1 veteran came out swinging once again and tested his German opponent. Midway through the second round, though, Leko's western boxing skills caught up with Aerts as he floored the Dutchman with a right hook to the head. A flurry of Leko punches met Aerts and sent him to the canvas again after he rebounded from the first knockdown. After barely making it through the second round, it seemed as if the Dutchman was going to stage another comeback as he began landing roundhouse kicks to Leko's body. Leko, however, put an end to this possibility as he landed a punishing right uppercut directly on the chin of Aerts, who hit the canvas like a rock and could not recover from the devastating blow.

In Other Action:

Angela Rivera vs. Keri Crothers:
Continuing her march through the amateur ranks, Las Vegas's Angela Rivera captured her third amateur title, the I.S.K.A. North American Super Lightweight championship, with her second win over Canada's Keri Crothers in a full Muay Thai rules bout. After suffering a defeat at the hands of Rivera last October, Crothers came out aggressively in each of the first two rounds of the rematch, forcing Rivera to fight defensively and counter numerous attacks with roundhouse kicks to the body and head. In the third round, Rivera began working her opponent's lead thigh by utilizing strong leg kicks and her well-known front push kick. The fifth round saw Crothers regain her aggressiveness. However, Rivera remained unfretted. She continued to use a full range of kicks en route to sealing her 19th amateur victory.

Melchor Menor vs. William Sriyapai:
While fans were treated to a five round K-1 Superfight war between Fairtex's Alex Gong and 22-year-old Duane Ludwig on the May 5th K-1 USA card, welterweight full Muay Thai rules action between veteran superstar Melchor Menor and William Sriyapai provided similar excitement on this card. Menor's fluent use of all Muay Thai's weapons, including elbows, was a sight to see in itself. In the first round, he followed up splendid western boxing combinations with a sharp right elbow to the head of his resilient opponent while in close quarters. After knocking down Sriyapai with a leg kick at the sound of the bell in the second round, Menor added flying knee attacks to his strategy in the third round as he continued his aggressive assault. Sriyapai rebounded from two more leg kick knockdowns before being caught with a vicious knee-elbow combination in the fifth round which prompted the referee to halt the bout two minutes and one second into the round, giving Menor his 23rd professional victory via technical knockout.

  • Danny Kelly def. Ricardo Miranda - Unanimous Decision
  • Armondo Ramos def. Marco Matamoroas - Unanimous Decision
  • Shawn Yacoubian def. Gary Owens - Majority Decision
  • Andre Walker def. Carter Williams - 2nd Round Knockout
  • Frank Shamrock def. Shannon Ritch - 1st Round Knockout
  • Dewey Cooper def. Mark Miller - 2nd Round Technical Knockout

Official RINGS Results
Fighting Network RINGS 10th Anniversary
World Title Series

August 11, 2001
Ariake Colosseum

  1. Middleweight Tournament
    Gustavo Ximu def. Christopher Haseman
    Extra R Decision 3-0

  2. Middleweight Tournament
    Ricardo Arona def. Jeremy Horn
    2R Decision 2-0

  3. Heavyweight Tournament
    Bobby Hoffman def. Ilioukhine Mikhail
    2R TKO

  4. Heavyweight Tournament
    Emelianenko Fedor def. Renato Babalu
    2R Decision 3-0

  5. Exhibition
    Volk Han vs Yoshiaki Fujiwara
    10 min.
  6. Heavyweight Official Match
    Hirotaka Yokoi def. Ricardo Fyeet
    1R 2min. 34sec. Arm bar

  7. Heavyweight Official Match
    Volk Ataev def. Aaron Brink
    1R 1min. 09sec. KO

  8. Middleweight Tournament (Final)
    Ricardo Arona def. Gustavo Ximu
    1R 1min. 29sec. KO

    RICARDO ARONA is a Middleweight Champion of RINGS

  9. Heavyweight Tournament (Final)
    Emelianenko Fedor def. Bobby Hoffman
    injury default

    EMELIANENKO FEDOR is a Heavyweight Champion of RINGS

  10. Heavyweight Official Match
    Tsuyoshi Kosaka def. Grom Koba
    1R 2min. 17sec. KO

  11. Middleweight Official Match
    Matt Hughes def. Hiromitsu Kanehara
    3R Decision 2-0

From Pancrase:
"Pancrase 2001 Proof Tour" Lineup
Saturday, August 25, 2001
Doors Open; 5:30pm Fights Start; 6:30pm
Umeda Stella Hall(Osaka, Japan)

Main Event 3 5-min. rounds - Open-Weight Match
Open-Weight 2nd Ranked
Yoshiki Takahashi (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Katsuomi Inagaki (Pancrase Osaka)

Semifinal 1 5-min. rounds - Catch Wrestling Match
Minoru Suzuki (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Kei Yamamiya (Pancrase Tokyo)

Fight#4 3 5-min. rounds - Light Heavyweight Match
Daisuke Watanabe (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Nobuhiro Tsurumaki (Freelance)

Fight#3 3 5-min. rounds - Middleweight Match
Takafumi Ito (Pancrase Yokohama ) Vs.
Hiroshi Shibata (RJW/Central)

Fight#2 2 5-min. rounds - 65kg And Under Match
Yoshinobu (Shiojuku ) Vs.
Takumi Yano (Ugohamonkai)

Fight#1 2 5-min. rounds - Middleweight Match
Satoru Kitaoka (Pancrase Tokyo) Vs.
Junya Miyakawa (Pancrase Yokohama)

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April 29, 2001

  • Chad Washburn Vs. Anthony Ramos
  • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson Vs. Bryson Haubrick
  • Edwin Dewees Vs. Jeremy Edwards

  • Boa Quatch Vs. Greg Mayer
  • Floyd Sword Vs. Sokun Koh
  • Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun Vs. Brian Sleeman
  • Phillip Miller Vs. Syungo Oyama
  • Rick Kerns Vs. Daijiro Matsui

  • Martin Armanderez Vs. Sean Sherk
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  • Marvin Eastman Vs. Vernon "Tiger" White

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      Tuesday - August 14, 2001

    From the event's promoter:
    HnS Logo
    HOOKnSHOOT SPIRIT - SEPT. 15th, 2001
    Indiana's HOOKnSHOOT returns to
    Evansville, Indiana with an International Card!

    "We are more pumped for this card than we have ever been!" whoops promoter Jeff Osborne. "We have three championhip matches scheduled for the card, including the crowning of two vacant titles. We are really proud to have signed Carlos Barreto, a World Champion in Vale Tudo, a Black Belt in Brazilian JJ and one of the most recognizable names in the sport." Continues Osborne. "I remember his first fights in the USA, in MARS against the Russian Rafalski, and we have seen him compete in the IVC, and all over the world. I know we are getting a hungry fighter who comes to give 100% every time."

    "What we are really happy about is that Barreto is coming to fight Roger Neff, in what we see as a really tough fight for both guys. Neff is hungry also, so we expect a war for our co-main event."

    "In the other title matches, HnS Lightweight Champion Phil Johns returns to HnS to defend his title in a little bit of a grudge match. We have worked on making this match before, and it is finally going to happen. We are going to fill our 200 lb. Title as well with a match between two HnS standouts, Alex Steibling and Rockel. We expect both of three matches to bring the house down!"

    "And the rest of the card is going to be classic HOOKnSHOOT - we want to have a big show, about 10 or 12 fights, so expect more announcements in the days to come!" Concludes Osborne.

    Card Subject To Change:

  • (SUPERHEAVYWEIGHT lbs. HnS TITLE MATCH) Roger Neff (Challenger - Team Idaho, Idaho) v. Carlos Barreto (Challenger - BJJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

  • (154 lbs. HnS TITLE MATCH) Phil Johns (Champion - Silverbacks, Canton, IL.) v. Sean Wilmot (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)

  • (200 lbs. HnS TITLE MATCH) Alex Steibling (Challenger - Integrated Fighting, Indianapolis, IN.) v. Keith Rockel (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)

  • (2 RD - under 187 lbs) Scott Henze (Freelance, Tell City, IN.) v. Angelo Popofski (BJJ, Detroit, MI.)
  • (2 RD - under 160 lbs) Henry Matamoros (BJJ, San Jose, Costa Rica) v. Justin Wisniewski (Polish Connection, Portage, IN.)
  • (2 RD - under 205 lbs) Wilson Goveia (Silveira Brothers) v. Ray Casias (Submissions, Nashville, TN.)
  • (2 RD - under 182 lbs) Wald Bloise (Silveira Brothers) v. TBD
  • (2 RD - over 220 lbs) Jerome Smith (Team Havoc, Clarksville, TN) v. Rob Constance (Alvarez JJ, NY, NY.)
  • (2 RD - under 154 lbs) Jeff Curran (Pedro Sauer, Milwaukee, WI.) v. Rich Clementi (Freelance, Mobile, AL.)

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      Wednesday - August 15, 2001

    Pete Williams weighing in at UFC 31
    Williams Out of UFC

    Pete Williams, who was set to face Ricco Rodriguez in UFC 33 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, is out due to a shoulder injury. Ricco's new opponent will be announced soon, stay tuned...

    From RITC Writer/Statistician John Petrilli:
    RITC Sanctioned in Arizona!!!

    Six weeks of anticipation culminated at a public hearing before the Arizona State Boxing Commission on Friday, August 10. Promoter Roland Sarria's license was unanimously approved by the Commission. An exuberant Sarria promptly announced that RITC XXX would take place on Wednesday evening, September 12 [changed to Sept. 26...see below] at Celebrity Theatre. In response to this great news and to acknowledge the continued support of RITC fans during this period, he further announced that all seats will cost only $20 for RITC XXX with open seating on a first come basis. With this major hurdle behind us, our focus now shifts to providing the best show possible.
    RITC XXX Date Changed
    New Date: Wednesday September 26, 2001
    Time: Doors Open: 6:00 PM, Fight Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona

    Ringside Tickets: $20
    General Admission: $15

    Our host, Celebrity Theatre, notified us today that our original requested date for RITC XXX (Sept 12) was no longer available. Our new "firm" date for RITC XXX is Wednesday evening Sept 26. As an added bonus for this inconvenience, General Admission tickets will now cost only $15 with Ringside Tickets priced at $20.

    Tickets for RITC available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). For additional information, please call 480-446-8127.

    Photos and report by Marcelo Alonso
    Translation by Luiz Eduardo Vianna
    Originally printed in the July 2001 issue of FCF

    Jean Jaques Machado       If Jean Jaques Machado had chosen soccer as a vocation, as millions of Brazilians do, the fact that he was born without the fingers of his left hand wouldn't have held much importance. But destiny selected a different path for he and his four brothers, Roger, Rigan, Jony and Carlos, they grew up with their cousins Carlinhos, Crolin and Rillion Gracie, choosing Jiu-Jitsu as their livelihood.
          Time passed and Jean Jaques overcame his lack of fingers with a heavenly gift. Creating positions to adapt Jiu-Jitsu to his problem, Jean came to be considered one of the most technical and complete Jiu-Jitsu fighters of all time. World recognition came after the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships, when the Brazilian pulled out an incredible 9 submissions in 14 fights, a record in the history of the event. After the last ADCC tournament, we had the pleasure to talk with this man that is an example of technique, perseverance and obstinacy.

    How are you related to the Gracie family?
    My mother is the sister of Lair, the mother of Carlinhos, Crolin and Rillion. When I was a kid I lived in Teresópolis with Jony and trained with Crolin, while my older brothers Rigan and Carlos lived with Carlinhos, who at the time had an academy with Carlson. On my vacations I used to go to Rio and stay there three months training with Carlinhos. He's the one who promoted me.

    You and your brothers grew up with the Gracies. How can you explain the difference of personalities between you?
    We were definitely influenced by the Gracie family, but I think that my father's influence worked as a balance, and that differentiated our relationship with other people.

    How did your move to the United States come about?
    Jean Jaques and his brothers Renzo had a fight in a nightclub in Brazil, where he beat the son of a Federal Police officer. The kid went home and said he was beat by more than one guy--a big lie--and the only person that he knew the name was "that Gracie guy." Because of that, Renzo spent 6 months in our cousin Cezar's house and when [Renzo] came back, he brought [Cezar to Brazil]. So Cezar was accommodated in our house [in Brazil]. When [Cezar] went back to the U.S., he took my brother Rigan with him. At the same time, Rorion was teaching Jiu-Jitsu in his garage and called Rigan to help him. Two years later Rigan called my brother Carlos, who decided to go there with my younger brother Jony. There was a problem there that I prefer not to talk about, and then Rigan and Carlos decided to go back, but some students liked them so much that they decided to buy mats for their garages to start to learn. Then Roger and I went there too.
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    From the event's promoter:
    Gauntlet Trials Fight Card

    This is the Gauntlet Trials Fight Card UP TO DATE. The Event is set for AUG 25th in Thomaston GA in the Thomaston Civic Center.

    150 under
  • Dustin Davis: Beaufort, SC
  • Ryan Starnes: Douglasville, GA
  • Peewee McCall: Valdosta, GA
  • TBA

    170 under
  • Shawn Church: Eugene, OR
  • Jerry Gummo: Beautfort, SC
  • Dave Loving: Stockbridge, GA
  • Pat McBride: Beaufort, SC
  • Geronimo Abdure- Raheem: Swansea, SC

    190 under
  • Nick Eubanks: Thomaston, GA
  • Michael Spears: Reedcity, MI
  • David Benifield: Slidell, LA
  • Trey Lambert: Atlanta, GA
  • Joshua Hancock: Harlem, GA
  • Bobby Gay: Warner Robins, GA

    210 under
  • Keith Wozniak: Warner Robins, GA
  • Robert Bridges: Paris, TX
  • Rory Singer: Athens, GA
  • TBA

    211 Over
  • Forrest Griffin: Athens, GA
  • Jimmy Jennings: McDonough, GA
  • Keith Blizzard: Hardwick, GA
  • Wilfred Moore: Valdosta, GA

    For ticket information you can call 478 475 1092

  •   Thursday - August 16, 2001

    Couture, Zuffa Agree to Three-Fight Contract Couture-Rizzo II scheduled for UFC 34 on November 2, 2001
    By Aaron Crecy

    Frank Fertitta, Dana White, Randy Couture and Lorenzo Fertitta after Couture's win over Rizzo After two months of often tense, exhausting negotiations, Zuffa LLC has signed reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder Randy Couture to a new three-fight contract. It's an agreement that sets the stage for a re-match of what was perhaps the most compelling fight in UFC history, an action-packed, see-saw affair in May 2001, when Couture defeated feared Brazilian striker Pedro Rizzo in an epic, five-round battle.

    "I'm ecstatic that we signed Randy Couture to a long-term deal," exclaimed UFC president Dana White. "We're glad we got it done and we are more than happy to have him back in the UFC."

    The deal was hammered out on August 15, the UFC's self-imposed deadline. Sources say that the organization threatened to strip Couture of his heavyweight belt had he not agreed to a new contract by that day. Ironically, it would have marked the second time in his career that Couture was forced to forfeit the title.

    "I'm happy to have the contract done and out of the way," said a relieved Couture. "It's been a long two months of up and down negotiations, and it was hard for both parties."

    The extent to which the UFC could use Couture's name and image for marketing and promotional purposes was a major source of contention during negotiations. While Couture was willing to be included in the organization's branding campaign and new video game, he did not want to provide the UFC with unlimited use of his name and image without appropriate compensation. However, sources report that the UFC has chosen to exclude Couture from both ventures.

    Couture, 38, is a two-time UFC belt-winner with an overall record of 9 - 2. He is undefeated in five appearances within the confines of the Octagon. After stunning the mixed martial arts world with a brilliantly game-planned and executed technical knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 15 in October 1997, Couture earned the heavyweight belt just two months later when he defeated Maurice Smith by judges' decision in UFC Japan. However, the UFC stripped Couture of his title shortly thereafter when contract negotiations stalled.

    Exactly three years and one month after winning his first UFC crown, Couture delivered yet another shocking performance, this time wresting the heavyweight championship from Kevin Randleman by virtue of a third round TKO. Couture successfully defended his title in May 2001, gutting out a hard-earned judges' decision over Rizzo.

    Now, Couture and Rizzo are scheduled to face each other for a second time on November 2, 2001 in the main event at UFC 34. "I don't expect it to be the same fight as last time," assured Couture, who fatigued considerably in the second round. "I'll be ready to fight and both Pedro and I will be prepared to put a good show."

    From the event's promoter, Christopher Cordeiro:
    Fight Results from Battlejax Aug. 11th, 2001:

    Main Events:

    Garret Coonz (Team Piranha/Venice FL) def. Jeff Meyers (Peacocks Academy/Jacksonville FL) by Arm-bar - 2:30, 1st rd.
    This was the most exciting fight of the night. The crowd favorite Jeff Meyers displayed his incredible fury once again in the ring. He bloodied and battered Garret Coonz with brutal punches. Meyers actually knocked Coonz out with one shot and then revived him with another before he hit the ground. Coonz who looked to be totally out of the fight surprised everyone cinching in a tight arm bar that forced Meyers to tap.

    Marcos Santos (Kimura Fight Gear-HighPerformance/Lakeland FL) Def. Adam Coppenhaver (USA Martial Arts/ Ocala FL) by Arm-bar at 2:52, 1st rd.
    The Brazilian sensation who is now making his home in Lakeland Florida where he trains under Ross Kellin, improved his record to 2-0 as he looks to make an impression on the NHB community. Santos opened the fight with a huge take down and dominated the entire time ending the fight with an arm-bar.

    Undercard bouts:

    Jorge Beauchat (Kimura Fight Gear-HighPerformance/Lakeland FL) Def. Jerry Gummo (McCullough Submission Fighting / Hilton Head SC) by Judges decision at the end of 3 rounds.

    David Baggett (Kimura Fight Gear-HighPerformance/Lakeland FL) Def. Joe Lane (Jacksonville FL) by Rear naked choke at 2:34, 2nd rd.

    Lionel Cortez (Obake Fight School/Atlanta) Def. Chris Jellison (St. Mary’s GA) by punches from the mount at 2:37, 1st rd.

    Mike Lee (F-2 Arena/Gainesville FL) Def. Ray Young (Casselberry FL) by Arm-bar at :45, 1st rd.

    Steve Dunn (Peacock’s Academy/Jacksonville FL) Def. Chris Rice (Dongjak/Jacksonville FL) by Hammer-lock at 1:26, 1st rd.

    Ryan Hodge (F-2 Arena/Gainesville FL) Def. Josh Rutgers (Obake Fight School/ Jacksonville FL) by Arm-bar at 1:38, 1st rd.

      Friday - August 17, 2001

    From Team Extreme:
    Hoffman is Dropped from Team Extreme

          Bobby Hoffman, current King of the Cage heavyweight champion and a veteran of UFC, RINGS and Extreme Challenge, has been dropped from Team Extreme by manager Monte Cox.
          Cox said he will no longer manage Hoffman and that he is completely free to seek representation elsewhere.
          Team Extreme features many top fighters, including: Pat Miletich, Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, Jeremy Horn, Dave Menne, Sean Sherk, LaVerne Clark, Rich Franklin, Ben Earwood, Joe Doerksen, Jason Black, Tom Sauer, Kerry Schall, Jermaine Andre, CJ Fernandes and Jennifer Howe.

    From DSE USA:
    PRIDE 16 Schedule & 1 Match

    Date: September 24, 2001
    Gate open: 1:30 PM
    Fights start: 5:00 PM
    Place: Osaka Castle Hall (Osaka, Japan)

    Announced Match Ups:

    Mark "The Hammer" Coleman
    Rodrigo " Minotauro" Nogueira

    Mark Coleman Mark Coleman
    ENTRY PRIDE: 5, 8, GP & 13
    DOB: 12/20/1967
    WEIGHT: 245 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6'2"
  • '00 PRIDE-GP2000 Champion
  • '97 UFC XII Heavyweight Champion
  • '96 UFC X & XI Heavyweight Champion

  • Rodrigo Nogueira Rodrigo Nogueira
    HOMETOWN: Salvador, Brazil
    DOB: 6/2/1976
    WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6'3"
  • RINGS King of Kings 2001 champion

  • 7 additional matches will be announced shortly

    From the event's promoter:
    Undefeated Black Headlines
    Extreme Challenge 42

    Extreme Challenge 42 poster       DAVENPORT, Iowa -- When a fighter has an undefeated record, every opponent is intent on giving him the first defeat of his career.
          Well, almost every opponent.
          A month ago, Davenport's Jason Black was set to put his 11-0 mark on the line against Koji Lehman of Los Angeles in Extreme Challenge 41... however, at fight time, Lehman was nowhere to be found and his hotel room was cleaned out.
          At Extreme Challenge 42, scheduled for Aug. 24 at Stars & Stripes in Davenport, Iowa, Black hopes to raise his victory total to 13, after scoring a KO win over former Bas Rutten Invitational champion John Cronk earlier this month.
          Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bout is set for 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Miller Time Billiards in Davenport, call 319 359-7590.
          "That was really weird... I mean real weird," Black said of Lehman's no-show. "What kind of guy flys all the way here and then disappears? If you don't want to fight, why not just say no in the first place, or don't get on the plane?"
          Black will face Cedric Marks of Fort Hood, Texas, in the main event of Extreme Challenge 42. Marks, a veteran with a 12-4 record, says Black doesn't have to worry about him not showing up to fight.
          "I don't know what kind of fighters he has been facing, but I'm not going to run away," Marks said. "I've been around, I've faced tough guys, and I'm ready to give him his first loss."
          Marks has won 4 bouts in a row since losing a tough bout to Davenport's LaVerne Clark a little less than a year ago. He scored a knockout win over Dave Callahan of Minneapolis in his last bout.
          Also on the card is Jason Medina of Moline, who has won 3 straight bouts to improve to 4-1. He will face Neal Binkley (8-2) of Omaha, Neb. Big Tim Sylvia (6-8 and 275) of Davenport will fight Ben Rothwell (6-5, 270) of Kenosha, Wis., in a heavyweight battle.
          For the second time in Iowa history, a 4-man tag-team submission bout is scheduled, featuring some of the world's top ultimate fighters. 5-time UFC champion Pat Miletich and UFC veteran Ben Earwood will take on current UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver and UFC veteran Matt Hughes. The first tag-team match was a crowd pleaser at Extreme Challenge 41 and this promises to be more of the same.
          Also scheduled is a 4-man lightweight tournament featuring some young, up-and-coming fighters... Cedric Stewart of Springfield, Ill., Curtis Brigham of Winnipeg, Canada, Shane Wiggand of Belleville, Ill., and Brian Fulton of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

    Extreme Challenge 42 Lineup

    Lightweight tourney
    Curtis Brigham (2-2)
    5-9, 150, Winnipeg, Canada
      Vs.   Cedric Stewart (10-2)
    5-10, 150, Springfield, Ill.
    Shane Wiggand (6-4)
    5-8, 150, Belleville, Ill.
      Vs.   Brian Fulton (17-4)
    5-9, 155, Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Single bouts
    Neal Binkley (8-2)
    5-9, 175, Omaha, Neb.
      Vs.   Jason Medina (4-1)
    5-9, 180, Moline, Ill.
    Ben Rothwell (1-0)
    6-5, 260, Kenosha, Wis.
      Vs.   Tim Sylvia (4-0)
    6-8, 280, Davenport, Iowa
    All-UFC Tag-Team submission exhibition
    Pat Miletich / Ben Earwood   Vs.   Matt Hughes / Jens Pulver
    Super bout
    Cedric Marks (12-4)
    5-10, 175, Fort Hood, Texas
      Vs.   Jason Black (12-0)
    5-7, 175, Davenport, Iowa

    From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:

    Sunday, August 19, 2001
    Saitama Super Arena / Saitama Pref, Japan

    Part 1
    ANDY Memorial Match
    Nobuaki Kakuda
    Japan / Seidokaikan
      Vs.   Mauricio da Silva
    Brazil / Team TBC
    JAPAN GP Tournament First Game
    1st match
    Tooru Ooishi
      Vs.   Musashi
    2nd match
    Tsuyoshi Nakasako
      Vs.   Great Kusatsu
    Team Andy
    3rd match
    Nicholas Pettas
    Denmark / Kyokushinkaikan
      Vs.   Yusuke Fujimoto
    Monster Factory
    4th match
    Nobu Hayashi
    Dojo Chakuriki
      Vs.   Tatsufumi Tomihira
    ANDY Memorial Match
    Hiroki Kurosawa
    Kurosawa Dojo
      Vs.   Naoyuki Taira
    Super Fight
    Jerome LeBanner
    France / Boerboel & Tosa Gym
      Vs.   Marc de Wit
    Belgium / Team Masseurs Holland
    Tournament SemiFinal
    Tournament Final
    Part 2
    K-1     Vs.     Team INOKI
    These 3 matches will be fought under NHB rules
    Tadao Yasuda
    Japan / Free
      Vs.   Rene Rooze
    Holland / Dojo Chakuriki
    Gary Goodridge
    Trinidad and Tobago/ Free
      Vs.   Jan the "GIANT" Nortje
    South Africa / Steve's Gym
    Kazuyuki Fujita
    Japan / Inoki Office
      Vs.   Mirko Cro Cop
    Croatia / Cro Cop Squad Gym

    From the event's promoter:
    Extreme Challenge Trials
    Scheduled for Cincinnati

    Extreme Challenge Trials poster       The Extreme Challenge Trials, a qualifier for the U.S. MMA Nationals, will make its first-ever appearance in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 25.
         The amateur event, scheduled for Annie's Nightclub at 4343 Kellogg Ave., features an super bout between local standout Rich Franklin, who is unbeaten in 12 bouts, and Dennis Reed, a veteran of more than 50 bouts in Extreme Challenge, Danger Zone and Hook N Shoot.
         In the amateur portion, fighters will compete in five divisions -- 150-under, 170-under, 190-under, 210-under and heavyweight. The winners in each division will earn berths to the Nationals in December. Nationals champions earn pro contracts for events like Extreme Challenge and Super Brawl.
         Tickets are available at Annie's (513 321-2572) or at Excalibur Fitness (513 202-1200).
         Fighters interested in competing can get an application at either site, or by emailing Monte Cox at Fiteiowa@aol.com.

      Sunday - August 19, 2001

    From the event's promoters, Dan Severn & Becky Levi:
    THE DANGER ZONE presents:

    Danger Zone logo The most exciting mixed martial arts event in the midwest is back!

    The Danger Zone is holding an all amateur card at Broadripple Place in Ft. Wayne, IN. The date is Sunday Nov. 11, 2001 at 6 pm. This bar venue will hold 1200. Tickets will be available through ticketmaster in Sept.

    There will be two single amateur bouts with 7 amateur 4 man tournaments. Go to http://www.the-dangerzone.com/ and fill out an application to fight and follow the directions to confirm your spot.

    Please contact us for more information 517-278-4908 or severndd@cbpu.com

    The August 2001 issue of FCF is here!

    FCF New Issue In this issue...

    Aaron Crecy takes us to Japan for Pride 15 as Herring adds Kerr to a growing list of victims;Sak is back; Nogueira impresses with slick submission.

    Interview With Royler Gracie: Eduardo Alonso does an in-depth interview with the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu legendVegas Baby, Vegas: The UFC comes to Vegas, we take you to the historic Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting where MMA was sanctioned.

    IFC: Castillo-Marquardt highlights Warriors Challenge 14

    West Virginia Good Ol' Boys Prevail: MMA KO'd by Commission--for now.

    Ortiz Vs. Belfort: Josh Gross previews The Showdown for the Ages

    Marc Scott covers King Of The Cage 10 from the Soboba Indian Reservation in San Jacinto, California

    Marcelo Alonso brings us to Brazil for the 6th World Jiu-Jitsu Championship as Margarida proves himself to be The New King of Jiu-Jitsu

    Jeremy Horn Headlines Mass Destruction III

    More on the Brazil Scene: Carlson Gracie's MMA event, Heroes: Luta-Livre Wins 10 Years Later

    HOOKnSHOOT Showdown: Edwards Out-Guns Riley in Unforgettable Fight

    Off to Hawaii with Chris Onzuka for SuperBrawl's 5th Anniversary: The Road To The Rematch

    We speak with Marcelo Tigre after his controversial fight With "Cabbage" Correira

    Derek Panza: On the verge Of an ISKA World Title Shot

    Mario Sperry Talks About Managing, Fighting & The Top Team

    Monte Cox BioFile: Learn everything about the promoter/manager, from his obsession with food to the time that he was playing softball and "my jock broke and my kidmaker started bouncing all over and popped out of the pantleg of my shorts." This is possibly the funniest thing you'll ever read!

    Fight fans talk about their thoughts on who will win some of the fights the upcoming UFC 33

    In our monthly columns...
    In Matt Hume's techniques, Bas Rutten and Matt Hume demonstrate Bas's Neck Crank/Chest Crunch technique; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses the Making Space.

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    From the event's promoter:
    4-Man Superfight Tournament
    at The Grapplers Quest Nationals!!!

    Grapplers Quest logo       Here is how the 4-Man Superfight Absolute Division is matching up at The Grapplers Quest National Championships, Sunday, September 23rd, 2001 in New York City.
          The 4-Man submission grappling tournament will feature:
          3X Grapplers Quest Champion and Yamasaki Prodigy, Todd Margolis, has been added as the fourth and FINAL competitor in the 4-Man Superfight Absolute. Margolis won the Grapplers Quest in March and April of 2000, and March 2001, plus his first match against Alliance Black Belt, Roni Cardoso. Who can stop our #1 Ranked Grapplers Quest competitor and champion.
          Marcio Corletta, 214 lbs., 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Sylvio Behring and 2001 World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Champion. Corletta soundly defeated Marcio "Pé de Pano" da Cruz for the Black Belt Heavyweight World Championship this past July. Marc Laimon vs. Chris Brennan He joins Nova Uniao Black Belt and 2000 Grapplers Quest West Superfight Absolute Division Champion, Marc Laimon.
          Marc Laimon, Nova Uniao Black Belt from Las Vegas, Nevada was crowned the Grapplers Quest's First Superfight Absolute Divisonal Champion impressively defeating Chris Brennan (former King of The Cage Champion), Jeff Monson (Abu Dhabi Champion), and Dean Lister (2001 Abu Dhabi Competitor). Marc is looking to add another GQ title to his record...who will stop him??
          Rodolfo Amaro da Silva, New York City Machado Brothers, Rodolfo Amaro da Silva Black Belt under Marcos Santos has many titles under his belt including a recent clean sweep of Battle at The Beach in New Jersey. Amaro's major titles are as follows:
    • IV Copa Itaiba - Campeão Marrom Absoluto
    • II Etapa Circuito FESP - Vice-Campeão Marrom Absoluto
    • II Etapa Circuito FESP - Campeão Marrom Super Pesado
    • I Etapa Circuito FESP - Campeão Marrom Absoluto
    • I Etapa Circuito FESP - Campeão Marrom Super-Pesado
    • Bi-Campeão Paulista Pesado & Absoluto
    • Bi-Campeão Carioca Absoluto
    • Bi-Campeão Mineiro Super-Pesado
    • Campeão I Itoror&oactute; Chevrolet Super-Pesado
    • Campeão I São Paulo Open Pesado
    • 3rd Colocado Brasileiro Absoluto
    • Bi-Campeão Copa Axe Rio de Janeiro - Pesado & Absoluto
    • Bi-Campeão 1st & 2nd Copa Fitness Fit São Lourenço - pesado & Absoluto categories
    • Campeão Copa Leão Dourado - Super-Pesado
    • Campeão do Vale do Para&iactute;ba - Absoluto & Pesado
    • Campeão da Copa Clube Barra Rio de Janeiro - Absoluto & Pesado
    • Campeão da Copa Itaguar&aactute; - SP - Super-Pesado
    • Campeão da Copa Divin&oactute;polis - MG - Pesado & Absoluto
    Stay tuned to: http://www.Grapplers.com

    Mega-Superfight Signed - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Match
          The Grapplers Quest National Championships to feature a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Mega-Superfight between, National Judo Champion, Edson Carvalho and Gracie Barra Black Belt and Mundial Star, Flavio Almeida!
          This should be a very interesting battle of styles. Carvalho, 34 years old, is simply a master of stand-up judo, mixing in an array of BJJ and Judo ground skills, walks into this match with an arsenal of grappling tools.
          Flavio "CACHARRINHO" Almeida walks into this fight after an impressive performance at this year's Mundials.

    Grapplers Quest National Championships
    Sunday - September 23rd, 2001
    City College of New York New York City


    Download The Grapplers Quest National Championships Tournament Package NOW at http://www.grapplers.com/article_images/gqpack.doc

      Monday - August 20, 2001

    Results from
    "DEEP 2001 in YOKOHAMA"
    Saturday,August 18, 2001
    Yokohama Culture Gymnasium (Kanagawa,Japan)
    live gate: 3,800

    • Amateur fight #1(2 5-min rds)-future fight-
      RYO CHONAN(U-FILE CAMP) def. HIROTAKA TOMIYAMA(P's LAB Yokohama) by choke sleeper at 1R 2:58.

    • Amateur fight #2(2 5-min rds)-future fight-
      ERIYA MATSUDA(U-FILE CAMP) def. AKIRA NITAGAI(A3) by referee stop TKO(punch) at 1R 2:26.

    • Pro fight #1(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      KAZUKI OKUBO(U-FILE CAMP) def. KATO KUNG LEE(Mexico/freelance) by arm bar at 1R 3:05.

    • Pro fight #2(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      KOSEI KUBOTA(Pancrase Yokohama) drew RYUKI UEYAMA(U-FILE CAMP) by judges' decision 0-0-0 at full time limit.

    • Pro fight #3(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      DOS CARAS JR.(Mexico/A.A.A.) def. KENGO(Pancrase Tokyo) by referee stop TKO(right elbow dislocation) at 1R 50 sec.

    • Pro fight #4(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      AKIHIRO GONO(Team GRABAKA) drew DUSTIN DENES(U.S.A./Brazilian Top Team) by judges' decision 1-0-2 at full time limit.

    • Pro fight #5(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      WATARU SAKATA(Evolution) def. ADRIAN SERRANO(U.S.A./Jiu jitsu & Freestyle Grappling) by referee stop TKO(right eyeball hurt) at 1R 5:00.

    • Pro fight #6(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      ROGERIO MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA(Brazil/Brazilian Top Team) def. KATSUHISA FUJII(freelance) by arm bar at 1R 3:59.

    • Pro fight #7(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      SANAE KIKUTA(Pancrase GRABAKA) def. PSHEMEK WALACE(Canada/Columbia Martial Arts) by referee stop TKO(mount punch) at 1R 1:52.

    • Pro fight #8(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      JOAO ROQUE(Brazil/Nova Uniao) def. TAKEHIRO MURAHAMA(Osaka Pro-wrestling) by arm bar at 1R 4:29.

    • Pro fight #9(3 5-min rds)-DEEP rules match-
      PAULO FILHO(Brazil/Brazilian Jiu jitsu) def. Yuki Kondo(Pancrase Tokyo) by 3-0-0 unanimous judges' decision at full time limit.
    *The next DEEP event will be held at Ryogoku Kokugikan (Tokyo,Japan) on December 16, 2001.

    FCF Fight Techniques
    Far Side Half-Nelson
    With Figure-4 On The Arm

    This technique is from Matt Hume
    FCF Fight Techniques Picture 1:

    Aaron shoots a single leg and Matt sprawls and begins turning to the side.
    FCF Fight Techniques Picture 2:

    Matt catches Aaron's near arm in a figure-4 with the legs and applies a far side half-nelson.
    FCF Fight Techniques Picture 3:

    Matt turns Aaron over with the far side half-nelson while keeping the near arm trapped in a figure-4.
    FCF Fight Techniques Picture 4:

    Matt scoops Aaron's head up with his other arm while pulling out the half-nelson and using that arm to punch with, Aaron's other arm is still trapped in a figure-4.
    Aaron Riley is AMC's newest member of the fight team training under Matt Hume, and comes to us with solid credentials and skills as the current WEF and HOOKnSHOOT champion, look for Aaron to make big waves in the future with his new-found Pankration skills. Matt Hume is the founder of AMC Kickboxing & Pankration Center in Kirkland, WA. Matt had TKO victories in Battlecade Extreme Fighting #3 and #4 over Eric Paulson and Pat Miletich and defeated Kenny Monday in 45 seconds in The Contenders.
    Disclaimer: This technique, as any martial art or boxing technique, can be dangerous. You or your training partner may be injured if you apply or practice this technique. The author, Matt Hume, and FCF are not responsible for any injury that may result. Please consult a physician as to whether or not to attempt this technique.
    FCF presents fight techniques in every issue of Full Contact Fighter.
    In this month's issue in Matt Hume's technique, Bas Rutten and Matt Hume demonstrate Bas's Neck Crank/Chest Crunch technique; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses the Making Space.

    From the event's promoter:
    Gladiator Challenge Quick Results
    Radison North Greystone Castle - Denver, Colorado
    August 19, 2001 - Attendance 1200

    • 165 lbs
      Nuri Shakir (MA) tko over Greg Mcintyre (AMAZING FIGHT!!) rd. 2

    • 140 lbs
      Shawn Ramage (CA) over Richard Hess (CO) tapout from strikes

    • 155 lbs
      Tom Schulte (NM) over Anthony Washington(TX) rear naked choke

    • 180 lbs
      Paul Zilius (CA) over Sam Mcfarlin (CO) tapout from strikes

    • 190 lbs
      Justin Ellison (UT) over Jack Kardanis (NM) triangle at 40 sec. (?)

    • 210 lbs
      Keith Jardin (NM) over Amir Rahnavardi (CA) armbar

    • 190 lbs
      Phillip Miller (CA) over John Herrera (CO)

    • 175 lbs
      Joao Cunha (BR) over Steve Gomm (UT) dec.

    • 175 lbs
      Jay Jack (CO) over Mark Menkveld (CO) strikes from the mount

    • 165 lbs
      Duane Ludwig (C0) over Ressen Messer (NM) TKO Dislocated shoulder from kick
      **Ludwig crowned RING OF FIRE Welterweight Champion**

    • Heavyweight
      Dan Christiansen (NM) over Gabe Beaupurthy (C0) Tapout
      **Christiansen crowned RING OF FIRE Heavy Wt Champ***

    • Main Event 175 lbs
      Brad Gumm over Joe Stevenson 3 rd. decision

    From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
    Results from

    Sunday, August 19, 2001
    Saitama Super Arena / Saitama Pref, Japan

    Part 2
    K-1   vs   Team INOKI
    • Rene Rooze (K-1) def. Tadao Yasuda (INOKI) - 3R 0:09 by KO (high Kick)

    • Gary Goodridge (INOKI) def. Jan "the GIANT" Nortje (K-1) - 1R 1:11 by arm bar

    • Mirko Cro Cop (K-1) def. Kazuyuki Fujita (INOKI) - 1R 0:39 by TKO (Dr. Stop)

      Tuesday - August 21, 2001

    From the event's promoter:
    "Circle of Truth",
    NHB Hits Savannah in September

    Reality Super Fighting logo Reality Super Fighting announces its next mixed martial arts event, "Circle of Truth". These no-holds-barred cage fights will be held at the National Guard Armory in Savannah, GA on September 22, 2001.

    The long awaited rematch between Todd "Crazy T" Carney and Charles "Crazyhorse" Bennett will take place on this card! The last time these two battled, Crazyhorse KO'd Carney. Carney doesn't like to lose. Since that fight, Carney has won five other NHB matches and, most recently, a pro boxing match where he knocked out his opponent in less than a minute. Carney is ready to go to war.

    RSF Circle Of Truth poster Fans can look forward to five professional bouts including a fight featuring Savannah's own Muhsin Corrbrey who just came off of a big win in Weirton, WV against Jerry Hackney.

    Five amateur fights are also slated for the card. "We want to be all about the fighters," said Reality Sports Inc. President Jamie Levine. "We want to give up-and-coming fighters the chance to get their first experience in fighting at a big show. "

    The last RSF event in Savannah, GA sold out to a standing room only crowd! Tickets will be available at the National Guard Armory, 1248 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA on Friday, September 21 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and on Saturday, September 22 (9 a.m. to the event start at 7:00 p.m.). General admission seats are $20. Reserved ringside seats are $30.

    Card is subject to change.

    Also, get ready for Reality Super Fighting's next event, "New Blood Conflict II" to be held October 13 at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA.

    FCF Fight Shorts
      Wednesday - August 22, 2001

    From Josh Hedges - jhedges@ufc.tv:
    Randleman vs. Matyushenko
    Added to UFC 33 card

    UFC 33: Victory in Vegas
    Friday, September 28, 2001
    Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
    Las Vegas, NV

    Kevin Randleman Kevin "The Monster" Randleman [pictured at right] returns to the Octagon on September 28th to take on Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko in a light heavyweight bout.

    This fight will be a battle of two world-class wrestlers. Matyushenko [pictured below] is a former Russian national champion and European champion in freestyle wrestling. Randleman won two NCAA titles for Ohio State University.

    Vladdy Matyushenko

    The heavyweight bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Pete Williams has been cancelled due to an injury suffered by Williams in training.

    From the event's promoter:

    Another bout added to the October 19th UCC 6: REDEMPTION fight card!!!

    At UCC 6 Monte Cox's TEAM EXTREME will be invading Canada and the RING OF FURYTM. As previously announced, undefeated MMA fighter Sean Sherk will face the undefeated UCC World middleweight champion Donald Ouimet and UCC 6 will host a superfight between UCC BAD GUY Pain Peters and LaVerne Clark.

    On October 19th yet another EXTREME member will be making his UCC debut. He is the only Canadian TEAM EXTREME fighter and is known as one of the hottest young MMA prospects in the world.... He is none other than Joe Doerksen! In his young career Joe has faced some of the best competition out there and is now set to enter Canada's toughest battle field, the UCC!!!

    His opponent is no stranger to UCC fans. Stephane Potvin is ready for this great challenge and feels that he has never been more prepared for a fight. Potvin was slated to face UCC Canadian LHW champ Gary Armbrust however the champ was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Always ready for war... Potvin is coming to dish out the punishment and climb one step closer to regaining the strap that was once around his waist. This will be the first time that Joe will be able to shine in his home country and he is looking to take full advantage of this opportunity and stun UCC fans in his debut.

    More to come very soon regarding UCC 6: REDEMPTION!!!!

    Stephane Patry, President/CEO
    Universal Combat Challenge

      Thursday - August 23, 2001

    Official UFC Press Release:
    UFC Logo
    UFC 33 Final Card:
    DeSouza vs. Nakao Added

    Shooto fighter Jutaro Nakao, who defeated both Laverne Clark (UFC veteran) and Pat Miletich (former UFC champion) with his patented triangle choke, will make his UFC debut at "Victory in Vegas" against the up and coming, and undefeated, Tony DeSouza. Tony DeSouza

    Final card:

    Light Heavyweight Championship Bout
    Tito Ortiz (Champion) vs. Vitor Belfort

    Lightweight Championship Bout
    Jens Pulver (Champion) vs. Dennis Hallman

    Middleweight Championship Bout
    Dave Menne vs. Gil Castillo

    Light Heavyweight Bout
    Chuck Liddell vs. Murilo Bustamante

    Light Heavyweight Bout
    Kevin Randleman vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

    Welterweight Preliminary Bout
    Tony DeSouza vs. Jutaro Nakao

    Middleweight Preliminary Bout
    Ricardo Almeida vs. Eugene Jackson

    Lightweight Preliminary Bout
    Fabiano Iha vs. Din Thomas

    Welterweight Preliminary Bout
    Matt Serra vs Yves Edwards

    Fabio Gurgel
    Interview by Eduardo Alonso
    Photos Marcelo Alonso
    Originally printed in the June 2001 issue of FCF

    Fabio Gurgel       A black belt since 1989, Fabio Gurgel knows the real meaning of jiu-jitsu. Always respectful and humble, Gurgel has devoted his whole life to the "Arte Suave" [soft/gentle art -- how jiu-jitsu is known in Brazil], and spreads the philosophy and techniques he has learned since he was 13 years of age to the four corners of world, doing seminars and running his jiu-jitsu association, the Alliance.
          Learning from the likes of Jacaré Cavalcante and Rickson Gracie, it is no wonder that he is not only a great fighter, as well as a great teacher. With hundreds of students in his academy in Sao Paulo, and many more around the globe, Fabio loves to teach and share his experiences with younger fighters. Not many black belts can say that they witnessed and competed against so many generations as Gurgel has, and very few fighters in the world can say that they're 3-time BJJ World champion...something Fabio Gurgel can proudly state.
          One would think that this is enough to qualify Fabio as one of the greats in jiu-jitsu's history, sure it is, but that's not all. He also fought some epic Vale Tudo battles, in the best Brazilian style, fighting his heart and soul in true wars against the likes of Mark Kerr, who he fought for 30 minutes back in the days that elbows and head butts were still allowed. During his 12-year career as a black belt, Fabio did everything that he could to help his beloved art of jiu-jitsu, but there are always new projects coming, and sometimes it takes a lot more courage to make crucial decisions, than to keep on fighting. In this surprisingly conversation, Gurgel talked to FCF about a number of subjects, being as honest as he always was during all those years, and revealing some plans for the future that I'm sure will surprise a lot of people. Check out this great conversation with 3-time World Champion Fabio Gurgel!

    Full Contact Fighter:   Fábio, it's a pleasure to interview you.
    Fabio Gurgel:   It's my pleasure.

    FCF:   You started in jiu-jitsu at a pretty young age. How did you become interested in martial arts?
    FG:     I lived in Rio De Janeiro at the time, and jiu-jitsu already had a certain name due the Gracie family, but it was very small compared to what it is today in Brazil. In fact I started going to karate, because of the films I saw on TV and such, and karate was big at the time. I started karate training looking for a form of self-defense, to know how to fight. I trained karate for some months, but I didn't adapt. At the same time my sister was dating a youngster who practiced jiu-jitsu, Heleno de Freitas, who was one of the top guys at the Carlinhos' academy at the time. He became a great friend of mine and he took me to train jiu-jitsu. I started there when I was 13 years old, and by the time I was 15, I already knew it was going to be my profession.

    FCF:   Do you still have memories from the early days of training? How was it to start in jiu-jitsu in a much more romantic time and with so many great fighters training together? Didn't you begin training under Jacaré Cavalcante?
    FG:     In fact my first master was not Jacaré. At the time that I started to train jiu-jitsu, I trained in a very small academy, at "Posto 6" in Copacabana, with professor Toninho. He was an older guy, and it was really the extreme of the romantic way of practicing jiu-jitsu. We did self-defense in the beginning of the classes, and also I really had very good basics during the 6 months that I trained with him. His academy closed, and he went to teach in another place; he moved far away from where I lived. Then, on the recommendation of Heleno, I went to train with Jacaré. When I arrived at Jacaré's, I found out that Toninho by coincidence had also been Jacaré's first professor, many years ago, at Carlson's academy, when Jacaré first started to train. Later, Jacaré went to train with Rolls [Gracie], but his beginning was at Carlson's academy. It was when I switched to Jacaré's that I really started to take jiu-jitsu more seriously, to get involved in competitions, and to really know the people who made jiu-jitsu of that time. Jacaré was my master all of my life, it was him that promoted me through all of the belts, and he is still my master. I think that later since we created Alliance, he continues to be the master of everybody. And I really miss that time a lot, I miss the romantic side of training, because even though a rivalry between all the academies existed, it was a much more healthy rivalry. The commercial part of it did not even exist, it was a really romantic thing. And 90% of the people who practiced jiu-jitsu back then, they went on to have their own businesses and jobs...everybody became great friends. I find that my generation was the first that really had a condition of "living" jiu-jitsu; at that time there were few academies. I really miss those days a lot.

    FCF:   Do you believe that nowadays some academies are not respecting the traditional way of teaching jiu-jitsu, or is it just that the natural evolution of the sport has changed the way of training?
    Fabio in action against Ricardo Americano in Mundial FG:     I think that both things are true. I believe that a natural change exists, an evolution of the sport. In the old days when I started in jiu-jitsu, the classes were around 2 or 3 times per week. Nobody trained all day. I started to train all day when I started to compete, and only a few people did this. I believe that the evolution of the sport exists, nowadays if you do not train specifically for the rules of the competition, you won't win. On the other hand, I find that an academy that teaches jiu-jitsu cannot run away from the philosophy of the art. You cannot teach only the competition side of jiu-jitsu, you have to try to balance things. In my academy for example, I have separate classes, for white belts and for the more advanced students, so that in the white belt classes, since they do not have to concern themselves with competing at the moment, I can give them a strong foundation in the basics, teach some self-defense, and make sure that they have a common knowledge of what jiu-jitsu is. Later, time becomes very short, and it is hard to reconcile the competition side of jiu-jitsu with the romanticism of the old days. [It's difficult] to have time to teach self-defense and have another sort of relationship with the student, that's really important. I find that the academy that has success today is that one that balances the two things.

    FCF:   You fought in some closed-door matches, and challenges at the academy in your teenage years. Were there a lot of rivalries between jiu-jitsu and other martial arts back in those days?
    FG:     In fact, what happened in the old days was that jiu-jitsu did not have the exposure that it has today, so the people had curiosity. People talked about jiu-jitsu and such, but it was common to see people come to the academy without any notion, and wanting to train. Then people of karate, Tae kwon do, boxing, etc., always came to the academy. In fact they weren't real fights, it wasn't NHB...they were tests to make people start to believe more in jiu-jitsu. Jacaré would say: "You fight Tae kwon do, so you can kick and punch and stuff, do what you want, but all he has to do is grab you and take you down, and dominate you." People did not know anything of jiu-jitsu; back then, it was really jiu-jitsu against the other martial art, to prove the supremacy of jiu-jitsu in relation to the other martial arts, without the intention of hurting anybody. We obviously had to defend and protect ourselves, so that generated some obvious adrenaline, as if it was a real fight. What was cool was that it was everything done for the name of jiu-jitsu was a certainly romantic thing, striviing for the growth of the art.

    Click here to continue with the interview

      Friday - August 24, 2001

    From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
    Goodridge/Yatsu Rematch
    Announced for PRIDE.16

    September 24, 2001
    Osaka-Jo Hall (Osaka, Japan)

    In addition to the previously announced match between Mark "The Hammer" Coleman vs. Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira, DSE/PRIDE has announced one more match up for PRIDE.16:

    Gary Goodridge   Vs.   Yoshiaki Yatsu
    Gary Goodridge   Yoshiaki Yatsu
    This fight is rematch from PRIDE.11

      Saturday - August 25, 2001

    Warrior's Quest Weigh-in and Press Conference
    August 24, 2001 - Players Aiea Sports Bar
    By Michael Onzuka - Mike@onzuka.com

    The Warrior's Quest weigh-in and press conference was held in Aiea near the Hawaiian home of the NFL, Pro Bowl Aloha Stadium. This event marked the release of a new sanctioning body in Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Mixed Martial Arts (HAMMA). More information regarding the formation of this sanctioning body will be released soon. The press conference had an interesting set up, all the fighters sat at tables formed in a "U" shape facing their opponents, with the headliners seated in the middle. Ray Cooper vs. Jeremy Williams With the removal of Joe Hurley, who was originally scheduled to fight Ray "Bradda" Cooper, a very tall and lanky Jeremy Williams stepped up for the challenge. Williams kept all the fighters very relaxed as he constantly cracked jokes during the photo sessions. The card is full of fighters from the Jesus is Lord gym, which is expected when two brothers-in-law, Brennan and Kai Kamaka, are the promoters. The JIL team is very friendly and inviting which helped the onlookers really start getting the impression that mixed martial arts is indeed a sport and not grudge matches or street fights. Ron Juhn vs. Pete Spratt The "Machine Gun," Ronald Jhun looked ripped and ready as he attempts to continue his dominance in the 180-pound class facing a densely built, Pete Spratt. The Shooto Hit Man, Stephen "Bozo" Palling, is keeping himself busy and sharp while taking on Antonio Banuelos. All the fighters that were present easily made weight and looked ready for action. Chuck Liddell, was present at the weigh-ins and looked in top shape for his upcoming fight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Murilo Bustamante. UFC and KOTC veteran Chris Brennan was also in attendance. UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, Tito Ortiz and UFC, Pride, and WWF superstar, Ken Shamrock are flying in early Saturday afternoon to watch the fights. The card looks to be a good mix of young and experienced fighters that should give the Hawaii fans something to enjoy this Saturday. Full coverage of the show will be in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter!

    Warrior's Quest II
    August 25, 2001
    Blaisdell Arena, HI

    Fight Card
    Main Events
    • Ray "Bradda" Cooper 168.2 lbs Vs. Jeremy Williams 170.0

    • Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun 178.8 lbs Vs. Pete Spratt 176.6 lbs

    • Stephen "Bozo" Palling 140.1 lbs Vs. Antonio Banuelos 139.0 lbs
    Feature Fights
    • Dennis Asche 168.5 lbs Vs. Jason Dacquel

    • Eddie Yagin 145.4 lbs Vs. Russell Mederios 144.4 lbs

    • Bob "Bob-O" Ostovich 183.0 lbs Vs. Jason Von Flue 184.6 lbs

    • Jay R. Palmer vs. Cisco Bringas 166.6 lbs

    • Tommy Kalikini 184.9 lbs Vs. David Maldanado

    From the events' promoter:
    Upcoming NAGA/MD Events

      When: September 15th Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
      Where: Somerset, Massachusetts
      Contact: Don Banville (508) 673-5688
      Superfights: Liane Verville vs. Jennifer Grimme

      When: Sept 22nd Saturday 11 to 4 PM
      Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
      Contact: Eric Goo (808) 381-7838
      Superfights: Ron "Machine Gun" Juhn & Steve Hordinski in a 4-Man Absolute

      (Call now if you want to get on this card)
      When: October 27th Saturday 7 to 11 PM
      Where: Wildwood, New Jersey (Wildwood Convention Center)
      Contact: Chad Beatty (610) 495-1937 or match maker Joe Cuff jcuff@nagafighter.com
      Fighters: Middleweight Title Fight Steve Haigh vs. Zak Wakeman Eddie Rolon vs. Norman Schack, Tommy DiLallo vs. Randy Rowe

      When: November 4th Saturday 7 to 11 PM
      Where: Fall River, MA (Bank Street Armory)
      Contact: Joe Cuff (860) 376-3563 or jcuff@nagafighter.com
      Fighters: Don Banville, Tony Ventura, Joe Pomfret, Bill Luff, Jorge Rivera

      When: November 17 & 18th Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM
      Where: Bayonne, New Jersey (Just 3 miles from Newark Airport)
      Contact: Kipp Kollar 860-635-1867 or President@nagafighter.com
      Details: America's Largest Grappling Tournament - 100 + Divisions
      Free JetSki: One lucky competitor will take home a free Sea Do Jetski just for competing

      When: December 1st Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
      Where: Fort Pierce, FL (Fort Pierce High School)
      Contact: Kipp Kollar 860-635-1867 or President@nagafighter.com
      Details: Absolute Divisions for Cash

    • Visit WWW.NAGAFIGHTER.COM for more info on all these events

      Sunday - August 26, 2001

    Warrior's Quest 2:
    Battle of the Champions

    August 25, 2001
    Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
    By Chris Onzuka - Chris@onzuka.com

    All 3 Jesus Is Lord Team Captains Win!

    Brennan Kamaka and crew definitely had their share of the "promoter's life" for this event. From starting off with a solid card, replacements and injuries stripped the card down, causing matches to be shuffled and new fighters brought in. One thing is for sure, the parts that are in their control are improving. For instance, Kamaka added two Jumbotron big screens for better viewing, a light show, a DJ and brought in Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell to attend the event. The weigh-ins and press conference were even situated as to build anticipation for the bouts by seating all the fighters on a "U" shaped table, each fighter facing his opponent directly across him. This allowed attendees to size up the fighters for each match. With the exception of Bozo Palling's quick triangle submission of Antonio Banuelos, there were no easy fights on this night. The event climaxed with the last two main event matches. Ron Jhun and Pete Spratt had a war to end all wars. Both fighters gave everything they had in one of the best fights ever in Hawaii. Both fighters had each other on the brink of a knock out, taking turns stunning each other with hard punches. After that war, Jeremy Williams caused Bradda Cooper to continually search for a way to pass his guard. Bradda Cooper opened up some space and did what he does best, knock people out. Cooper landed some hard punches to the head of Williams, causing Williams to crumble and cover up, ending the fight. If anyone had any doubts about Ron Jhun and Ray Cooper being invited to the UFC, these fights should have cleared them. Full coverage of the event will be in the next FCF. Subscribe now!

    Yagin attempts an armbar on Mederios FEATURE FIGHTS
    • 170lbs:
      Jay R. Palmer 161.0 lbs def. Cisco Bringas 166.6 lbs
      Unanimous Decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds

    • 146lbs:
      Eddie Yagin 145.4 lbs def. Russell Mederios 144.4 lbs
      Unanimous Decision [(20-17), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds

    • 185lbs:
      Bob "Bob-O" Ostovich 183.0 lbs def. Jason Von Flue 184.6 lbs
      Submission via heel hook at 1:48 into round 1

    • 170lbs:
      Dennis Asche 168.5 lbs def. Jason Dacquel 163.0 lbs
      Submission via rear strangle at 2:57 into round 2
    • 140lbs:
      Stephen "Bozo" Palling 140.1 lbs def. Antonio Banuelos 139.0 lbs
      Submission via triangle at 0:38 into round 1

    • 185lbs:
      Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun 178.8 lbs def. Pete Spratt 176.6 lbs
      Referee stoppage from punches at 4:36 into round 3

    • 170lbs:
      Ray "Bradda" Cooper 168.2 lbs def. Jeremy Williams 170.0 lbs
      Referee stoppage from punches from the guard at 3:16 into round 1

      Monday - August 27, 2001

    From the event's promoter:
    Franklin moves to 13-0 with Extreme win

          CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Rich Franklin had a busy week... not surprising as classes started and the high school math teacher was busy with his first week of the new school year.
          Oh, yeah... Franklin also had to prepare for the first mixed martial arts event in his hometown of Cincinnati... an event that featured him in the main event.
          Franklin handled the situation well, improving his record to 13-0 with a TKO victory over veteran Dennis Reed of Muscatine, Iowa, at 1:38 of the opening round. The bout highlighted an Extreme Trials event held outside at Annie's Nightclub.
          Although the bout ended quickly... Reed appeared to have Franklin in trouble as he scored an early takedown and landed a couple punches before falling back for an ankle-lock attempt. Franklin was able to counter, then reverse position and land a couple forearm smashes to Reed's face that forced the tapout.
          "He came right out after me... even tried to kick me in the head," Franklin said of Reed. "But I kept my cool and waited for my chance to reverse him on the ground. I wasn't in a lot of danger, although I am starting to feel some tightness in my ankle."
          In the Trials portion of the event, Mac Danzig made the lengthy drive from Greensburg, Penn., with one goal: To win an Extreme Trials title and the berth to the MMA Nationals that goes with it.
          Danzig did exactly that, winning three matches -- all by submission -- to capture the 170-under division.
          "I just wanted to see what I could do," Danzig said. "I took a couple years off and just started training again. I have some good people to work out with now and hope to keep improving."
          Danzig was joined by four fighters from Cincinnati as division champions: Christopher Griffin at 150-under; Mark Norcross at 190-under; Greg Franklin at 210-under; and Mike Williams at heavyweight. The winners will join other Trials winners at the MMA Nationals in December.
          Danzig won his first two matches with ankle locks, but used an arm-bar to beat tough Jason Holderman of Ft. Mitchell, Ken., in the finals.
          At 150 pounds, Griffin edged out Danny Swift of Edinboro, Penn., in the finals. Griffin earned a unanimous decision after two 5-minute rounds.
          At 190 pounds, Mark Norcross earned the berth when no other fighters signed up for the division. Norcross then moved to the 210 division and had similar poor luck. After drawing a first-round bye, Norcross advanced to the finals when both opponents in the same bracket were injured when fighting each other and couldn't continue. Then, he also failed to get a match in the finals when Franklin won his semifinal match, but injured an ankle and could not advance. Franklin still earned the 210 division berth in Nationals.
          At heavyweight, Williams, a 330-pounder, advanced unopposed after his opponent showed up, then disappeared.

    Complete results

    150 division
    Semifinals: Christopher Griffin def. Derek Bergey, 5:00 corner tosses in towel; Danny Swift def. Tony Cantrell, 10:00 unanimous dec.
    Finals: Griffin def. Cantrell, 10:00 unanimous dec. Third place: Cantrell by default.

    170 division
    First round: Mac Danzig def. Kurt Kindred, 4:51 ankle lock.
    Semifinals: Danzig def. Michael Rooney, 1:06 ankle lock; Holderman def. Pete Primeau, 2:44, rear choke.
    Finals: Danzig def. Halderman, 2:42 armbar. Third place: Rooney def. Primeau, 1:28 armbar.

    190 division
    Mike Norcross by default.

    210 division
    First round: Josh Williams def. Steven Martin, :52 knee bar.
    Semifinals: Greg Franklin def. Mikey Wesley, 1:50 triangle choke; Norcross wins by default (Martin and Williams are injured).
    Finals: Norcross by default (Franklin injured).

    Main Event
    Rich Franklin def. Dennis Reed, 1:38 tap from strikes.

    From Susumu's Gallery:
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    We have added 39 photos from Deep 2001 held on August 18 in Japan. Please enjoy!

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      Wednesday - August 29, 2001

    NSAC Commissioner Passes
    Dr. Elias Ghanem

    Dr. Elias Ghanem, chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is dead at the age of 62. He died at his home early Monday morning after a protracted bout with cancer. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer 3 years ago.

    A proponent for the sanctioning of MMA in Nevada, Dr. Ghanem was unable to attend the historic NSAC session on July 23, 2001 that voted unanimously to sanction the sport in Nevada, he teleconferenced into the meeting from San Diego where he was receiving cancer treatment.

    Ghanem, a Lebanese immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1963, was appointed to the Commission in 1987, and served the last 4 years as Commissioner. He was a champion of health and safety issues in the fight game, and was the driving force in instituting HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis testing for fighters.

    Dr. Ghanem settled in Las Vegas in 1971, where he honed his skills in emergency medicine. After working for a period in a local hospital, he opened a 24-hour clinic that eventually spawned several other clinics. Although Dr. Ghanem earned the moniker, "physician to the stars," for his high-profile, star-studded patient list which was reported to include the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, he also treated homeless and indigent patients as well, without regard to their lack of funds. If there was one word that repeatedly arises in descriptions of Dr. Ghanem, it is "compassionate." The man definitely cared.

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to Dr. Ghanem's family and friends.

    From Josh Hedges - jhedges@ufc.tv:
    UFC Logo
    UFC Meet & Greet

    The Ultimate Fighting Championship, in conjunction with McDuffy's Sports Bar and Edge 106 FM, will be hosting a "meet and greet" event on September 6th at McDuffy's in Tempe, Arizona.

    UFC 33 competitors Chuck Liddell and Tony DeSouza will be on hand from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at McDuffy's to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures.

    Meet the fighters, get pictures and autographs, play the UFC video game, enjoy drink specials, and meet the Bud Girls. Fans will also have the chance to win free stuff from Edge 106 FM and qualify to win a chance to see UFC 33: "Victory in Vegas" live on September 28th.

    UFC 33 "Meet and Greet"
    September 6, 2001
    McDuffy's Sports Bar
    Downtown Tempe, Arizona
    No admission costs, children are welcome with an adult.

    From the event's promoter:
    HnS Logo
    September 15th, 2001 - Evansville Memorial Coliseum

    "We wanted to announce the card as it is shaping up," states promoter Jeff Osborne. "We are psyched up for this card. I think we are beginning to establish ourselves a bit, and this show continues our slow, steady climb. We will have a bigger press release later this week," concludes Osborne!

    Card Subject To Change:
    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - Over 225 lbs.):
      Carlos Barreto (BJJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Roger Neff (American Wrestling, Spokane, WA.)

    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - under 160 lbs.):
      Phil Johns (Champion, Silverbacks, Canton, IL.) v. Sean Wilmot (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)

    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - under 205 lbs.):
      Alex Steibling (Challenger, IF Academy, Indianapolis, IN.) v. Keith Rockel (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA

    • (3 RD - under 205 lbs.):
      Alexandre 'Cacareco' Ferreira (Ruas Vale Tudo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Cris Monson (AMC Pankration, Seattle, WA

    • (2 RD - under 185 lbs):
      Scott Henze (Freestyle, Tell City, IN.) v. Angelo Popofski (Brazilian JJ, Detroit, MI.)

    • (2 RD - under 185 lbs):
      Wald Bloise (Silveira Brothers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. TBD

    • (2 RD - under 185 lbs):
      Jason Rigsby (Otawa Nautilus, Otawa, IL.) v. Manuel Garcia (Vale Tudo, Asturias, Spain

    • (2 RD - under 160 lbs.):
      Jerome Smith (Freelance, Clarksville, TN) v. Rob Constance (Alvarez JJ, NY, NY.)
    • (2 RD - under 205 lbs):
      Wilson Goveia (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Ray Casias (Submissions, Nashville, TN.)

    • (2 RD - under 160 lbs.):
      Henry Matamoros (Brazilian JJ, Milwaukee, WI.) v. Justin Wisniewski (Polish Connection, Portage, IN

    • (2 RD - under 155 lbs):
      Hermes Franca (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Mike Brown (Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)


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    From the event's promoter:
    Sept 22nd 2001 - Leader Bingo Center
    4833 N Wheeling Ave - Muncie, Indiana 47304

    For directions call 765-741-8000.
    All Tickets $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
    Fight card subject to change with out notice.

    Fight card
    Darrell(Bull Dog) Smith VS Chris Myers

    Super Fight-Title /Belt shot
    Jay(Superman) Massey-Current Heavy and Super Heavyweight Champion
    Brian Van De Valle

    Under card
    Phillip Jones VS Bud Lewis-Integrated Fighting

    Greg Harper Vs Josh Kaine

    Alan Cook VS Integrated Fighting Contender

    Matt Shaw VS Integrated Fighting Contender

    Roger Stiner VS Todd Kiser

    Steve Hayes VS Phillip Greathouse

    James Statton VS Vance McDonald-Integrated Fighting

    Chris Torres VS Derek Reed-Integrated Fighting

    For Ticket info call Jeremy Evans at 765-345-5876-Leave message--We will call you back.

      Thursday - August 30, 2001

    In the past, you may have read about FCF reporter Marc Scott's journey to Thailand where he trained and fought Muay Thai. Ever the world traveler, Marc is currently on a new quest, this time to beautiful Brazil, where he will "drink from the source" at the new Gracie Camp...
    Barra Diaries By Marc Scott

    Part One: Rio De Janeiro

    Marcio Feitosa We are driving down the street in Rio de Janeiro while Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and Abu Dhabi Champion Marcio Feitosa [pictured at right] sings along to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. I am wondering once again how I find myself in these situations. Marcio's skill at Jiu-Jitsu is matched only by his skill at driving, we are weaving in and out of traffic passing the other cars and stopping at red lights if only absolutely necessary. Apparently in Brazil this is not necessary very often. I am on my way to Gracie Camp, brainchild of Carlos Gracie jr. and Gracie Magazine publisher Luca Atalla.

    Gracie Camp is a new idea in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a luxury camp set in a suburb of Rio where the participants are pampered to, fed a special diet devised by the late Carlos Gracie Sr. and get to train under the watchful eye of Jiu-jitsu champions. Limited to fifteen participants, the camp offers ten days of intensive Jiu-Jitsu and a chance to experience some of the best training Rio has to offer.

    Though I had seen pictures on the website (www.graciecamp.com) I was not sure what to expect, pictures can often be misleading, and I doubted they would show anything but the best of the camp. As Rio and then the city disappeared behind us I was wondering just how far out we would be going. Beaches were replaced with small farms and sun-tanning Brazilians with workers on Horseback.

    Weaving through the small dirt roads we came to the camp. Everything I had seen couldn't have prepared me for this, a virtual oasis set in the hills surrounding Rio. The "camp" was in reality a large home on a beautiful green space. Gone was the noise and pollution of Rio, replaced instead with birds and grass, and the sound of a quick pick-up game of soccer.

    The rooms were large and offered every amenity, even better than the pictures promised, I mean the have gold faucets and my bathroom has a personal jet bath. Today was a day to rest and sleep off the long twenty-hour flight from Los Angeles, for tomorrow the training started in earnest and I was going to get a taste of what Rio and Jiu-jitsu was all about.
    Stay tuned...
    More on Marc's adventure soon!

    From the event's promoter:
    Black, Sylvia Stay Unbeaten
    With Wins at Extreme 42

    Jason Black       DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Jason Black got his 13th win on a Friday, but all the bad luck seemingly bit his opponent.
          Cedric Marks, a tough striker from Texas, had hoped a spider bite on his arm had healed enough to allow him to compete in the main event at Extreme Challenge 42 at Stars & Stripes. However, the severe injury caused his fingers to tingle and his arm to "go numb" and he tapped out to a forearm choke at 3:03 of the first round.
          "I hoped it would be OK, but when my arm went numb there was no way I was going to let (Black) pound on me," Marks said. "I'll have to let this heal and then I would really like a rematch to show what I can do."
          For Black, it was another impressive win en route to the 13-0 record. After getting a takedown, Black landed a forearm smash before applying the choke.
          In the battle of the night, big 6-foot-8 Tim Sylvia remained unbeaten (5-0) with a unanimous decision after 15 minutes over 6-5 Ben Rothwell. The two big men took turns handing out punishment and show terrific endurance for heavyweights.
          Cedric Stewart won a 4-man tourney that decided who would represent the Midwest in Extreme Challenge 44 in Lake Charles, La. Stewart, from Springfield, Ill., defeated Gabe Lemley by TKO at 2:18 of round 3 (12:18), then bested Shane Wiggand by rear choke at 4:39 of round 1 in the finals.
          Jason Medina scored a TKO victory over veteran Brian Dunn of Omaha at 4:38 of round 2. Medina is now 5-1, while Dunn fell to 33-6.
          In a tag-team submission wrestling match, the team of Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver and Mark Hanssen defeated Pat Miletich, Tony Frykland and Steve Rusk by a 2-0 score in just under 10 minutes.
    Tag team wrestling
          The next Extreme Challenge is Sept. 8 at the McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah.

    The results

    155 tourney
    Cedric Stewart def. Gabe Lemley, 2:18 Rd. 3 (12:18) by TKO
    Shane Wiggand def. Troy McDaniel, 1:38 Rd. 2 (6:38) by armbar
    Final: Stewart def. Wiggand, 4:39 Rd. 1 by rear choke

    Single bouts
    Jason Medina def. Brian Dunn, 4:38 Rd. 2 (9:38) by TKO
    Tim Sylvia def. Ben Rothwell, 3-Rd. (15:00) unanimous decision

    Tag Team submission
    Jens Pulver/Matt Hughes/Mark Hanssen def. Pat Miletich/Tony Frykland/Steve Rusk by 2-0

    Main event
    Jason Black def. Cedric Marks, 3:03 Rd. 1 by forearm choke

      Friday - August 31, 2001

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      Starting Thursday September 6th 11:30 PM. Each Thursday after that.

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      Starting Saturday September 8th 11:30 PM. Then Tuesday September 11th, Saturday September 22nd, Tuesday September 25th, and every Tuesday after that - each show is 11:30 PM.

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    In the past, you may have read about FCF reporter Marc Scott's journey to Thailand where he trained and fought Muay Thai. Ever the world traveler, Marc is currently on a new quest, this time to beautiful Brazil, where he will "drink from the source" at the new Gracie Camp...
    (see yesterday's post for Part 1)

    Barra Diaries By Marc Scott

    Part Two: Rio De Janeiro

    Life at Gracie Camp is nothing like my early years at Camp Otterdale in the Canadian Wilderness. There are no arts and crafts, canoe trips, or lukewarm porridge. The days consist of food, Jiu-Jitsu, food and more Jiu-Jitsu...all in all a pretty idyllic lifestyle.

    The days begin at the very reasonable hour of nine o'clock when we are woken and summoned downstairs for breakfast. I must admit though I had none too small a feeling of dread on my chances of surviving a diet consisting solely of complex combination of fruits, vegetables, and white turkey breast. My girlfriend and friends back home had real concerns that after my usual diet of steak, beer, and margaritas, the shock to my system would be too much.

    In reality the food is great. Breakfast for the most part consists of fresh fruits, turkey breast sandwiches, as well as all the fresh fruit juice we can drink. Ahhh the juice, watermelon juice, orange juice, guava juice, carrot and apple juice, guava and apple juice, watermelon-guava and...well you get the picture.

    Marcio Feitosa With about thirty minutes to let breakfast digest, we get ready for the training. At the camp we train in a small building beside the main house. The training building has mats, a shower, and sauna, pretty much all one could want. Training is conducted by one of the teachers from Gracie Barra; in this case, world BJJ champion Marcio Feitosa. Marcio took us through the paces our first day to see how our Jiu-Jitsu felt and where we needed to make the most improvement, in my case I presented him with so many areas in which I needed to improve I am hard pressed to figure out how he managed to pick just one.

    Depending on the amount of people at the camp, the teaching follows either a logical progression of techniques on which to build your game, or if there is a smaller amount, a more personal teaching style, either way we receive great attention from the teachers and world class instruction.

    After training, it is time for a quick sauna and then time to have a light lunch or maybe some acai. Acai is a fruit drink native to Brazil that is a must for everyone. After lunch we head upstairs to the TV room to watch some MMA or maybe a Jiu-Jitsu match or two.

    The afternoon is time to unwind and relax, maybe a trip to do some shopping or down to the beach for some sun and surf.

    Relaxing in the afternoon is important because come 5:30 it's off to Gracie Barra in Rio itself for the night's training. Gracie Barra is a story unto itself...
    Stay tuned...
    More on Marc's adventure soon!

    From the event's promoter:
    Hughes-Gomm Bout Highlights
    Extreme 43 in Utah

    Extreme Challenge 43 poster       OREM, Utah -- While the possibilities of getting into Pride or returning to the UFC seem promising, MMA veteran Matt Hughes has elected not to sit back and wait for somebody to call.
          Hughes, one of the top-ranked 170-pound fighters in the world, will headline Extreme Challenge 43 on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the 10,000-seat McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah. His opponent will be hometown favorite Steve Gomm of Salt Lake City.
          "I like to compete, so until I have something solid, like a big event to train for, I'd like to keep fighting," Hughes said. "I don't know a lot about Gomm, but he has a win over Chris Brennan, so obviously he is somebody you can't take lightly."
          Gomm, who trains at Walt Bayless Combat Jiu-Jitsu, is no stranger to top competition. Besides beating Brennan, he lost by decision to unbeaten and world ranked Sean Sherk.
          Tickets for the event cost from $20 to $50 and are available at all Smith Tixx locations and the McKay Events Center box office 801 764-SHOW. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., first fight at 7:30 p.m.
          In addition to 9 pro bouts, UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver will be on hand to sign autographs and meet their fans.
          In a feature bout, the ironman of MMA fighting, Travis Fulton of Cedar Falls, Iowa, will look for the 100th victory of his career when he faces local standout Griffen Reynaud of Bountiful, Utah. Reynaud also is used to top competition, having faced UFC veterans Jeremy Horn and Cal Washam in previous events.
          The show will make the return of former Lion's Den fighter Phil Henderson, a Salt Lake City native. He'll face Extreme Challenge veteran Rick Gravesen.
          Other local fighters competing include: Justin Ellison, Dave Phillips, Justin Sessions and David Bancroft.

    Extreme Challenge 43 Lineup

    Single bouts
      Vs.   David Bancroft
    5-7, 145, Provo, Utah
    Chad Davis
    6-0, 200, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
      Vs.   Jason Gyllenskog
    6-2, 200, Salt Lake City, Utah
    Justin Sessions
    6-2, 180, Provo, Utah
      Vs.   Dave Phillips
    5-10, 175, Orem, Utah
    Tex Virnig
    5-9, 175, Boise, Idaho
      Vs.   TBA
    Andrew McFedries
    6-0, 205, Davenport, Iowa
      Vs.   Nathan Quarry
    6-0, 200, Portland, Ore.
    Rick Gravesen
    6-1, 205, Geneseo, Ill.
      Vs.   Phil Henderson
    6-0, 215, Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feature bouts
    Jason Medina (4-1)
    5-9, 180, Moline, Ill.
      Vs.   Justin Ellison (11-3)
    6-0, 185, Salt Lake City, Utah
    Travis Fulton (99-25-6)
    5-11, 235, Cedar Falls, Iowa
      Vs.   Griffen Reynaud (8-2)
    6-1, 215, Bountiful, Utah
    Main event
    Matt Hughes (29-3)
    5-9, 175, Bettendorf, Iowa
      Vs.   Steve Gomm (6-3)
    5-8, 175, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Extreme Challenge 44:

    Extreme Challenge
    Makes First Visit to Lake Charles

    'Road to the Title' event is scheduled
    for Sept. 15 at the Civic Center

          The Midwest's longest-running mixed martial arts event will make its first-ever appearance in Louisiana on Sept. 15 when Extreme Challenge 44: Road to the Title is held at the Lake Charles Civic Center.
          In "Road to the Title" four fighters, a mixture of veterans and up-and-comers, will square off to see which two will battle it out for the Extreme Challenge middleweight championship in a future event. Competing are:
    • Anthony Macias of Arlington, Texas, a UFC and Extreme Fighting veteran with more than 50 MMA victories.
    • Jesse Jones of Omaha, Neb., an Extreme Challenge and Hook N Shoot veteran with a 21-3 record.
    • Joe Doerksen of Winnipeg, Canada, an Extreme Challenge and RINGS USA veteran with a 16-2-1 record.
    • Robbie Newman of Biloxi, Miss., a Reality Submission Fighting and RINGS USA veteran with a 7-3 record.
          At "Road to the Title" the matchups are: Macias vs. Jones and Doerksen vs. Newman.
          "This is a really exciting field for the middleweight title... the fans in Lake Charles are getting a quality event," said promoter Monte Cox. "Macias is a well-known name in the sport and has been around a long time... while Jones is only 19 years old and already has an impressive career. Doerksen is rated No. 10 in the world right now and Newman has fought some of the best in the business."
          Also featured on the 10-bout card is a heavyweight showdown between 6-foot-9 Mike Herring and 6-8 Tim Sylvia... and a women's bout between unbeaten Jennifer Howe of Salt Lake City and Angela Restad of Seattle.
          Doors open at 6 p.m. and action starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost from $21 to $35 and are available at the Civic Center box office (337 491-1432) and all TickerMaster outlets (800 299- 5656).
          Extreme Challenge 44 is being co-promoted by Global Sports & Entertainment and Tony Smith.

    The lineup:
    • Anthony Macias vs. Jesse Jones
    • Joe Doerksen vs. Robbie Newman
    • Tony Frykland vs. Artie Britto
    • Tim Silvia vs. Mike Herring
    • Brian Dunn vs. Marco Macera
    • Chris Seifert vs. Christian Encarnation
    • Rich Clementi vs. Cedric Stewart
    • Jennifer Howe vs. Angela Restad
    • Shannon Holgate vs. Jeremy Jiminez
    • Kelly Lasseigne vs. Michael Kitrell

    From the event's promoter:
    HOOKnSHOOT SPIRIT: Ready to Rock! Evansville Memorial Coliseum - Evansville, IN
    September 15th, 2001 - 7:00 PM Start (CST)

    HOOKnSHOOT poster "Once again, we are proud to announce Japan's Official SHOOTO is on board for this show" whoops 'Mr. Clean', promoter Jeff Osborne. "We have been working with them for over one year now, and we are looking forward to having SHOOTO on this show."

    Soon, we will announce HOOKnSHOOT's new official weight classes." states Osborne. "We are working on a foward thinking version, something that acknowledges the influences in the USA of the big, positive changes in the sport. Look for more on this soon" says Osborne.

    "As for the show, well this is looking like the biggest show in our history, so we are very much anticipating fight night." Osborne states happily. "We have three title fights on the same card for the first time, including our Heavyweight Title on the line, with Carlos Barreto taking on Roger Neff. The always exciting Phil Johns is back, he is at his best in HnS, and I think Steibling-Rockel is going to be a war that is impossible to call a winner on in advance." continues Osborne. "We are also really psyched about signing "Cacareco" against Cris Monson. In Barreto, and now "Cacareco" we think we have two athletes that people in Brazil really want to see. "Cacareco", from Ruas Team, had a couple of down matchs in RINGS, now he returns to NHB, where I think he belongs. He has beaten heath herring, and has tons of fights under brutal, "Brazilian" conditions. Monson is super tough as well, with a win over Dave Menne in RINGS USA, and we know about his coach, Matt Hume, we know he will be well schooledl. We look forward to seeing this match" describes Osborne.

    "The other match we announced recently is Jason Rigsby and Manuel Garcia." continues the ecstatic Osborne. "Manuel is a Vale Tudo Champion from Spain, at 185 lbs, he is 6-0 and has won matches in 4 weight classes in Europe. he has trained with good people throughout his career, a real nomad. In rigsby, we have an up and comer from the Illinois area. We have two stand outs from local scenes coming to square off at HnS. I expect a great match" Osborne plugs away. So, with SHOOTO sanctioning the undercard, 3 Title matches, Brazilians, Spaniards and Matamoros the mad Costa Rican, I think we are beginning to have an International show. And we usually save our big shows for November! HOOKnSHOOT SPIRIT is going to be one to watch!" concludes Oborne.

    For more information and tickets, visit FIGHTWORLD.COM's HOOKnSHOOT section!

    Card Subject To Change:
    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - Over 225 lbs.):
      Carlos Barreto (BJJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Roger Neff (American Wrestling, Coeur d'Alene, ID.)
    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - under 160 lbs.):
      Phil Johns (Champion, Silverbacks, Canton, IL.) v. Sean Wilmot (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)
    • (3 RD TITLE MATCH - under 205 lbs.):
      Alex Steibling (Challenger, IF Academy, Indianapolis, IN.) v. Keith Rockel (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)
    • (3 RD HnS MATCH- under 205 lbs.):
      Alexandre 'Cacareco' Ferreira (Ruas Vale Tudo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Cris Monson (AMC Pankration, Seattle, WA.)
    • (B Class - under 185 lbs):
      Scott Henze (Freestyle, Tell City, IN.) v. Angelo Popofski (Brazilian JJ, Detroit, MI.)
    • (B Class- under 185 lbs):
      Wald Bloise (Silveira Brothers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. TBD
    • (B Class - under 185 lbs):
      Jason Rigsby (Otawa Nautilus, Otawa, IL.) v. Manuel Garcia (Vale Tudo, Asturias, Spain)
    • (B Class- over 225 lbs.):
      Jerome Smith (Freelance, Clarksville, TN) v. Rob Constance (Alvarez JJ, NY, NY.)
    • (B Class - under 205 lbs):
      Wilson Goveia (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Ray Casias (Submissions, Nashville, TN.)
    • (A Class - under 160 lbs.):
      Henry Matamoros (Brazilian JJ, Milwaukee, WI.) v. Justin Wisniewski (Polish Connection, Portage, IN.)
    • (B Class - under 155 lbs):
      Hermes Franca (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Mike Brown (Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)

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