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  Thursday - May 1, 2003

From Becky Levi:
DZ Fight Night Ft. Wayne June 8, 2003

The new venue for Fight Nights in Ft. Wayne is Wrigley Field Bar and Grill. This show will be outdoors on the patio! Being Ft. Wayne's number one sports bar we are looking to pack the place! Tickets are already being sold!

Tickets are $15 and $25. Amerisuites is the hotel sponsor. Room rates for the event are $59 per night. Immortal Gear has provided glove for the event.Coors Lite is official beer sponsor and they are providing the Coors Lite Girls for the show.

Here is a list of fighters that are looking to compete on the card:
Johnny Black, Chris Higi, Shane Barnaby, David Hayes,Gary Young, Dan Forster, Jamie Dawson, Mike Ciesnolevicz, Brian McGee, Kelly Rundle, Wade Whitehead and Robert Haney.

Layne McDaniel vs. Guy Hinton is main event. Brett Al-Azzawi and Sam Wells may also be fighting. There opponents are TBA. Anyone interested please contact.

All interested fighters please contact Becky Levi at dzmatchmaker@yahoo.com

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From the event's promoter:
This Weekend in Massachusetts!

Saturday May 3rd, 2003
7:00 PM Start Time / Doors Open at 6:00 PM
(617) 262-2424

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'This card is set, we are ready for HOOKnHOOT's 'RING of FURY 3' states promoter Tom Hafers. 'Our new venue, the Avalon Nightclub in downtown Boston is the perfect place for a fight. It will hold close to 2000 people, so it will be packed and ready to go!'

The main events feature HnS World Champion at 205 lbs Jorge Rivera and the 185 lb HnS NE Champion Keith Rockel, both members of Team ELITE, perhaps Massachusetts finest Team of Mixed Martial Arts.

'Both Rockel and Rivera deserve credit, they signed up for TOUGH fights' explains HnS matchmaker Miguel Iturrate. 'Canadian Denis Kang is still relatively unknown, but he is experienced, with a lot of fights in Canada, he is highly skilled, trained by Marcus Soares, and he is exciting! Rockel will have his hands full defending the home turf.'

'For a late replacement, Solomon Hutcherson will make this a great fight' starts the matchmaker, describing the competition for Rivera. 'Rivera was originally scheduled to face stand out Bobby Southworth, who pulled out due to hives. Hutcherson is a lot like Rivera, with a street fighter mentality, hard nosed, hard puncher. It should be a crowd pleaser!'

The card features two other 'MAIN EVENT' type matches - Benji Radach v. Ryan Stout puts Radach's 12-0-1 record on the line, while Dave Gardner v. Marco Aurelio looks to crown a 155 lb HOOKnSHOOT Champion in the Northeast.

'This is Radach's first fight at 185 lbs, and Stout is a young guy with a lot of potential as well. Radach is UFC material, and his new opponent, Ryan Stout is still a prospect - this is a tough fight for him as he starts a comeback, but Stout is dangerous!' describes the matchmaker.

Marco Aurelio of American TOP TEAM will attempt to add another HnS regional title to his mantle, as he takes on Dave Gardner for the vacant 155 lb title. 'Aurelio is our Southeast titleholder - and he wants to fight at a high level and stay busy. The southeast title is not on the line, but the winner gets the Northeast title.' explains the matchmaker. 'As for Dave Gardner, he brings an excellent record and a good mindset - he is up for the challenge, and he wants to be the guy in the northeast!'

The rest of the card features local stand out Nuri Shakir in a tough bout against rugged Keith Wisniewski, who defeated one of Shakir's teammates at the ROF 2 event. A ladies feature but of Angela Wilson v Shelby Walker is sure to bring the crowd to it's feet. The complete card below:

Card Subject To Change:
  • 2 ROUNDS (205 lbs): Solomon Hutcherson (Freestyle Academy, WI.) v. Jorge Rivera (Team ELITE, HnS World Champion, MA.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (195 lbs): Denis Kang (Marcos Soares, Canada.) v. Keith Rockel (Team ELITE, HnS NE Champion, MA.)
  • 3 ROUNDS Vacant 155 LB Title: David Gardner (Wrestling, MI.) v. Marco Aurelio (American TOP TEAM, HnS SE Champion, FL.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (185 lbs): Benji Radach (Victory Athletics, Portland, OR.) v. Ryan Stout (Integrated Fighting, IN.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (125 lbs / ladies): Shelby Walker (Freelance, IN.) v. Angela Wilson (Freelance, Canada)
  • 2 ROUNDS (170 lbs): Keith Wisniewski (Duneland Vale Tudo, IN.) v. Nuri Shakir (Team ELITE, NH.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (205 lbs): Devian Peterson (Integrated Fighting, IN.) v. Jay Thomas (Gillett's Academy, MA.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (185 lbs): Leo Sylvest (Integrated Fighting, IN.) v. Emyr Bussard (American TOP TEAM, FL.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (170 lbs): Joel Blanton (Animal House, IN.) v. David Garcia (Wrestling, MI.)
  • 2 ROUNDS (185 lbs): Kevin Burkes (Animal House, IN.) v. Bobby Diaz (Boneyard, MA.)

  Saturday - May 3, 2003

From the event's promoter Joe Goytia:
Fearless Fighting Challenge

Fearless Fighting Challenge is scheduled for Saturday June 7th, 2003 in Cicero, Ill. The exact address is 3801 S. Central Ave. It will be full contact submission fighting. The main theme of the event is U.S. fighters vs. Canadian fighters. Show time is 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. For ticket or fighter info. you can contact me at (773)582-9106

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
Results from

NJPW "ULTIMATE CRUSH", held May 2nd at the TOKYO DOME featured 5 MMA matches in addition to the regular NJPW matches. Here are the results of teh MMA matches:
  • LYOTO (Inoki Office) vs. Kengo (Pancraseism)
    Winner: LYOTO by dicision (3-0)

  • Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka (Team Alliance)
    Winner: Kosaka by TKO 2:58 R1(Doctor stoppage - Sumiyabaza's left elbow was dislocated)

  • Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW) vs. Jan "The Giant" Nortje (K-1)
    Winner: Nakamura by choke 3:12 R2

  • Josh Barnett(AMC Pankration) vs. Jimmy "The Titan" Ambriz
    Winner: Josh by TKO 3:05 R1 (referee stop by mount punch)

  • Manabu Nakanishi (NJPW) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (Inoki Office)
    Winner: Fujita by TKO 1:05 R3 (referee stop by mount punch)

  Sunday - May 4, 2003

Ring of Fury 3:
A Night of Knockouts

By Jim Genia

Denis Kang and Keith Rockel square off
Kang vs. Rockel
      (May 3, Boston, Massachusetts) It was a night of knockouts here in Boston, as promoter Tom Hafers' third Ring of Fury incarnation showcased some quick hands and heavy leather. Taking a page from the World Fighting Alliance's "Fight Club meets the Nightclub" motif, Ring of Fury 3 packed over a thousand fans into a downtown club - and fed those fans a steady diet of techno-music, dancing girls, and MMA action. Highlights of the night included:
  • Shelby Walker's five-second knockout over Angela Wilson. Did "Shelbygirl" even get to break a sweat?
  • The war between Canadian Denis Kang and Team Elite's Keith Rockel, which was pretty much even - until Kang planted a right cross square on Rockel's chin that sent the UFC vet to the canvas. This one was the fight of the night!
  • Solomon Hutcherson's strong opening assault of top-level fighter Jorge Rivera. After throwing Rivera around with his wrestling skills, Hutcherson rained down some punches -- but once they were back on their feet, it was Rivera's world. Congrats to both warriors for really putting on a show.
Shelby Walker wins by KO in 5 seconds
Walker wins
  • Kevin Burkes (Animal House-177lbs) vs. Bobby Diaz (Boneyard -175lbs)
    Dias via rear choke at 2:04 of the first round.

  • Joel Blanton (Animal House-178lbs) vs. David Garcia (178lbs)
    Garcia via ref stoppage due to cut, at 1:07 of the first round.

  • Leo Sylvest (Integrated Fighting-186lbs) vs. Emyr Bussard (American Top Team-190lbs)
    Bussard via armbar at 4:18 of the first round.

  • Devion Peterson (Integrated Fighting-196lbs) vs. Jay Thomas (Gillett's Academy-205lbs)
    Peterson via KO at :16 of the first round.

  • Keith Wisniewski (Duneland Vale Tudo-172lbs) vs. Nuri Shakir (Team Elite-171lbs)
    Wisniewski via guillotine choke at :46 of the first round - 46 seconds of furious action!

  • Shelby Walker (124lbs) vs. Angela Wilson (125lbs)
    Walker via KO at 0:05 of the first round.

  • David Gardner (157lbs) vs. Marco Aurelio (American Top Team-160lbs)
    Aurelio via triangle choke at 4:13 of the third round. Aurelio is now the USMMA Lightweight Champ!

  • Denis Kang (Marcos Soares JJ-194lbs) vs. Keith Rockel (Team Elite-194lbs)
    Kang via KO at 2:59 of the second round - a stunning end to a great fight!

  • Solomon Hutcherson (Dave Strasser's Freestyle Academy-205lbs) vs. Jorge Rivera (Team Elite-199lbs)
    Rivera via KO at 3:01 of the first round - a good showing for both men. Rivera needs to be in the UFC!

From the event's promoter:
A Night of Kickboxing
Held May 3, 2003
At the El Patio Bar - Yelm, Washington

All matches were kickboxing.
  1. Joe Nomenson def. Wesley Welch by KO in round 1.
  2. Jason Cloke def. Everett Rowland by split decision after 3 rounds.
  3. Shane Davis def. Justin Davis by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
  4. Eddie Ellis def. Adam Yohe by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
  5. Jay Nomenson def. Joe North by TKO.
  6. David Sissell def. Tim Peden by TKO.
  7. Benji Radach def. Dennis Hallman by split decision after 3 rounds.

From the event's promoter:
RITC 48 - Results
Carlos Ortega named Fighter of the Night
ACS goes 3-0

Despite the fact that 3 professional fighters (Hattan, Williams and Shafer) pulled out hours before the show, RITC 48 went on as planned. A highly enthusiastic Cinco de Mayo weekend crowd cheered wildly for the 18 combatants including 8 fighters making their RITC debut.

Carlos Ortega won by submission in a wild match where technique prevailed over brute strength. After the fight, the cross-town rivals embraced in a show of good sportsmanship. This impressive victory earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors for Carlos Ortega. Other candidates for FOTN were Steve McDonald, Brian Mitchell, Ray Steinbeiss, Stack Hakes, Gabe Casillas, Gustavo Dantas and Herb Garcia.


Steve McDonald (155 lbs), Ultima Martial Arts
won by submission (choke), 2:59 Rd 1
Emilio Ysaguirre (145 lbs), Ghetto Grapplers

Richie Reyes (162 lbs), Ghetto Grapplers
won by fighter retirement, 3:00 Rd 1
Michael Kline (170 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Brian Mitchell (162 lbs), ACS
won by submission (key lock), 1:28 Rd 1
Klay Palomo (164 lbs), Freestyle

Carlos Ortega (154 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 1:21 Rd 1
Gabe Rivas (165 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts

Ray Steinbeiss (184 lbs), ACS
won by submission (choke), 2:06 Rd 1
Allan Branson (179 lbs), Freestyle

Stacy Hakes (191 lbs), Freestyle
won by ref stoppage (strikes), :23 Rd 2
RJ McLeod (188 lbs), Brausa Academy

Gabe Casillas (175 lbs), Debrazil/Rey Diogo
won by TKO (verbal submission), :44 Rd 1
Jason Dehart (165 lbs), Brausa Academy

Gustavo Dantas (158 lbs), ACS
won by submission (triangle/arm bar), 2:14 Rd 1
Brittish Pena (148 lbs), Brausa Academy

Herb Garcia (312 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
won by submission (key lock), 1:11 Rd 1
Roy Leon (232 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts

Upcoming Events:

RITC 49 - Stare Down
Fan Appreciation Night
Saturday, Jun 7, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

Arizona Desert Quest #5
Grappling/BJJ Championship
Saturday, Jun 14, 2003
Westwood High
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201

RITC 50 - Tucson
Saturday, Jun 21, 2003
Wildcat House (Tucson)

RITC 51 - Invasion from the North
Saturday, Jul 26, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

  Tuesday - May 6, 2003

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From the event's promoter:
Danger Zone Fight Night
Ft. Wayne June 8 at 7 pm.

This is a preliminary card for X-Treme Championship Fighting happening at Wrigley Field Bar and Grill in Ft. Wayne, IN. I would like to have more fights on the card. So please feel free to contact Becky Levi at dzmatchmaker@yahoo.com

Pro Bouts:
Layne McDaniel vs. Guy Hinton
Bret Al-Azzawi vs. Roger Sexton

Amateur Bouts:
Johnny Black vs. TBA
151-165- Chris Higi-Shane Barnaby-David Hayes
Dan Forster vs. Matt Housholder
Gary Young vs. Bill Hill
Mike Ciesnolevicz vs. Brian McGee
Kelly Rundle vs. Wade Whitehead
Robert Haney vs. Robert Walker
(card is subject to change)

  Thursday - May 8, 2003

From Dream Stage Entertainment USA:

LOS ANGELES, California -In what is shaping up to be one of the best fight cards of the year, Don "The Predator" Frye is now scheduled to fight Mark "The Hammer" Coleman on June 8, 2003 at PRIDE FC: BAD TO THE BONE (the event will premiere exclusively on Pay-Per-View on June 13th).

No strangers to each other, these legends of the sport have collided once before, back in 1996 at UFC 10. That night Coleman was victorious over Frye via TKO during an event in which both men fought two other competitors in the tournament before facing each other. Since then, each of their careers has shot up to astronomical levels: Coleman went on to win the prestigious title of PRIDE FC 2000 Grand Prix Champion and Frye became a superstar in PRIDE FC with incredible victories over the likes of Ken Shamrock and Gilbert Yvel.

Now these titans of the sport must meet once again! Coleman looks to prove once and for all that his previous victory over Frye was no fluke and that this match is nothing more than a stepping stone on his journey to reclaim his heavyweight championship. For Frye, it’s personal. Now a solid thirty pounds heavier than he was in his original fight with Coleman, "The Predator" is looking to avenge one of his only career defeats.

And this is just the beginning of an outstanding fight card! Also, scheduled: Newly crowned PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will defend his title against the Japanese tank, Kazuyuki Fujita and fresh off of his upset of Kazushi Sakuraba, Antonio "Elvis" Schembri will do battle with Sakuraba’s teammate, wrestling star, Kazuhiro Hamanaka. More bouts will be scheduled soon! You don’t want to miss this card!

Fight Card

Fedor Emelianenko (Russia, Champion) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (Japan, Challenger)
Mark Coleman (USA) vs. Don Frye (USA)
Antonio "Elvis" Schembri (Brazil) vs. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Japan)

(A total of 7-8 bouts will be scheduled. Fight Card is subject to change.)

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
GCM DEMOLITION on May 1st result

Event name: GCM DEMOLITION 030505
DATE: MAY 1st, 2003 (Thu)
OPEN: 18:00 START: 18:30
PLACE: Shimokitazawa Town Hall, Tokyo

1st Match
Shinya Sato (P's LAB Tokyo)
Tomoya Miyashita (Battlarts B-Club)

Winner: Sato by decision (3-0)

2nd Match
Koji Gyatovichian (Chojin Club)
Michio Hosono (Kiguchi Work out Studio)

Winner: Hosono by KO 1R 1'33

3rd Match
Takumi Murata (A-3)
Chikara Sato (SK Absolute)


4th Match
Naoki Seki (Free), 2002 JTC open tournament Champion
Yusuke Endo (Kiguchi Work out Studio)


5th Match
Takahiro Sanehara (Team Shinagawa)
Seiji Otsuka (PUREBRED Omiya)

Winner: Otsuka by decision (2-0)

6th Match
Katsuya Inoue (RJW/Central), PRE-PRIDE 5 Victory , 2002 Combat Wrestling 3rd place
Ichiro Kanai (Pancrse ism)

Winner: Inoue by decision (3-0)

7th Match
Yushin Okami (Wajutu Keishukai), 2003 ADCC Japan Trial Victory, PRE-PRIDE 4 Victory
Hidehiko Hasegawa (SK Absolute), Pancrase middle weight Rank 6
Winner: Okami by decision (3-0)

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
ARUSE K-1 WORLD GP 2003 in Las Vegas Results

ARUSE K-1 WORLD GP 2003 in Las Vegas
Date: May 2nd
Place; Mirage Hotel and Casino , Las Vegas, Nevada

1st match (3m 3R) Tournament
Michael McDonald (2002 K-1 USA champion)
Carter Williams (USA)
WINNER: Carter Williams (3R Decision 2-1)

2nd match (3m 3R) Tournament
Dewey "The Black Kobra" Cooper (USA)
Yusuke Fujimoto(Japan/Monster Factory)
WINNER: Yusuke Fujimoto(3R Decision 2-0)

3rd match (3m 3R)Tournament
Rick The Roufus (USA)
Maiorino de Morais (Brazil)
WINNER: Rick Roufus(1R 2:54 TKO)

4th match (3m 3R)Tournament
Maurice Smith(USA/Maurice Smith's Kick Boxing Center)
Guiseppe Denatale (Canada)
WINNER: Maurice Smith (3R Decision 3-0)

5th match (3m 3R) Super Fight
Cung Lee (USA)
Scott Sheely (USA)
WINNER: Cung Lee (2R 1:13 TKO)

6th match Tournament Semi final
Carter Williams vs. Yusuke Fujimoto
WINNER: Carter Williams (2R 2:26 TKO)

7th match Tournament Semi final
Rick The Roufus vs. Maurice Smith
WINNER: Rick Roufus (3R Decision 3-0)

8th match (5m 3R) Super fight
Mark Hunt (New Zealand / Liverpool Kickboxing Gym / Kickboxing)
Gary Goodridge (Republic of Trinidad and Tobago / Free)
WINNER: Mark Hunt (5R Decision 3-0)

9th match Tournament final
Carter Williams vs Rick The Roufus
WINNER: Carter Williams (1R 2:24 TKO), K-1 USA GP 2003 Winner

10th match (3m 5R) Super fight
Stefan "BLITZ" Leko (German/Golden Grory)
Great Kusatsu (Japan/Team Andy)
WINNER: Stefan "BLITZ" Leko (2R 2:24 TKO)

11th match (3m 3R) Super fight
Nobuaki Kakuda (Japan/Seido Kaikan)
MUSASHI (Japan/Seido Kaikan)
WINNER: Musashi (3R Decision 3-0)

  Friday - May 9, 2003

Super Brawl 29
Weigh-in and Press Conference
May 8, 2003
24-Hour Fitness Kapiolani
Honolulu, Hawaii
By Mike Onzuka

Promoter T. Jay Thompson has really out done himself for Super Brawl 29. Not only was he successful in hosting the first Shooto championship outside of Japan, but he has packed the card with high ranking Shooto fighters, many of who happen to be from Hawaii, including Ray "Bradda" Cooper, Shooto number one ranked welterweight and Stephen "Bozo" Palling, Shooto number one ranked lightweight.

Shooto lightweight number three ranked, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in his weight class and will face Jiu-Jitsu specialist and the well-rounded, Jeff Curran, who has been on a roll, winning his last four fights in impressive fashion. "Kid" has been here in Hawaii acclimating himself to the Hawaii weather and has been at fighting weight for about a week now and looking shredded to the bone. This fight is the one to watch. Two highly explosive fighters that will be sure to push the fight until someone goes down.

The Filipino Phenom, Eddie Yagin will bring his aggressive style against a wild card in 6-2 Joe Jordan. The under card is packed with up and coming fighters which will surely make their mark in the Hawaii scene which has been a hot bed of young talent.

Everyone made weight and seems ready for action. Any of the top four fights could be headlining cards anywhere in the US. I am itching to see the fighters go at it.

Masanori Suda (left) vs. Egan Inoue
Suda vs. Inoue
A possible sell-out crowd of 8,800 may be on hand to support Hawaii's most popular fighter, Egan Inoue as he finally gets his shot at the Shooto title. Masanori Suda has been holding the belt since January 2002 and looks in great shape to try to keep it. This event will probably the largest audience in Hawaii and possibly America for a Shooto sanctioned card. People worldwide can order the internet live broadcast of the event by going to www.Superbrawltv.com where FCF's own Mike Onzuka will be co-commentating the blow by blow action. Remember to check out FCF's website for the results and get a subscription to get the fight breakdown of how this even went down.

Fight Card

167.5lbs 2x5 minute rounds
Brandon Keen 166.2 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 2-0) vs. Paul Laga 163 lbs (Bull's Pen, 1-1)

Heavyweight 2x5 minute rounds
Tim Tynan 234 lbs (808 Fight Factory, 0-1) vs. Ray "King Kong" Seraille 261 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 1-2)

143lbs 2x5 minute rounds
Justin Mercado 142.4 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 2-1) vs. Rami Boukai 142.2 lbs (Next Generation, 1-1)

167.5lbs 2x5 minute rounds
Mark Moreno 168.5 lbs (Bulls Pen, 4-2-2) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka 167.4 lbs (SSS Academy, Tokyo, 5-1)

167.5lbs 2x5 minute round
Billy Rush 165.0 lbs (Meat Truck, Inc., 3-0) v "Ice Kold" Kolo Koka Did not weigh in (Grappling Unlimited, 4-4)

Sorry for that shot with the crazy eyes Billy.
143lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Stephen "Bozo" Paling 142.0 lbs (Jesus is Lord, 10-4) vs. Mark Hominick 141.0 lbs (Team Tompkins, Ontario, Canada, 3-0)

143lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto 141.8 lbs (Pure Bred, Tokyo, 4-1-1) vs, Jeff Curran 141.5 lbs (Linx, Chicago, IL, 16-5-1)

145lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Joe Jordan 145.0 lbs (Extreme Impact, 6-2) vs. Eddie Yagin 145.0 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 8-1)

Shooto and Super Brawl Title Unification Bout
183.2lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Masanori Suda 182.4 lbs (Club J, Tokyo 18-8-1) Shooto Champion v Egan Inoue 182.6 lbs (Grappling Unlimited 12-5) Super Brawl Champion

  Saturday - May 10, 2003

Masanori Suda beating on Egan Inoue
Super Brawl 29

Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 9, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

Years in the making, came to an abrupt and surprising end that left the largest crowd ever for an mixed martial arts event in Hawaii speechless. Egan Inoue has been focusing on becoming the first Hawaiian born fighter to capture the coveted Shooto championship. He came out of a self-imposed retirement to fight his way up the rankings for a chance at the champion. This was history in the making, not only would Inoue have the opportunity to be the first Shooto champion from Hawaii, but this would also mark the first time that a Shooto championship bout would be held outside of Japan. T. Jay Thompson went to work and not only got this match set up in Inoue's home town, he also assembled a great under card to build the tension to a fever pitch. Originally, all the best fighters Hawaii had to offer were scheduled on the card, with the exception of Cabbage Correira, due to recently beating Sean Alvarez in the UFC, Falaniko Vitale, who will appear in the next UFC against Matt Lindland and Baret Yoshida, who pulled out of his fight to concentrate his efforts on the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championships. Unfortunately, Ray "Bradda" Cooper had to pull out of his match due to a rib injury days before the event, so heavy hitter Mark Moreno stepped up to the plate to take on rising star Kuniyoshi Hironaka. When everything was said and done, the stars of the night were Rami Boukai for submitting a tough, Justin Mercado, Kuniyoshi Hironaka for dominating Mark Moreno and Kid Yamamoto for demolishing Jeff Curran. The stage was now set for the main event. Super Brawl held a tribute and salute to the men and women of the armed forces by bringing out a representative of each branch of service and giving them leis earlier in the evening. And right before the main event, the color guard came into the ring and a Navy group sang the National Anthem. The crowd loved every minute of it and showed their appreciation for our heroes. The fight started with Inoue circling Suda, bobbing and weaving. Suda maintained his composure and saw his opportunity when Inoue stepped toward Suda while circling. Suda fired off a right hook that landed at the base of Inoue's skull. Inoue slowly dropped down from the punch and Suda rushed in to finish off Inoue [pictured above]. The referee seemed to hold back stopping the fight in order to allow Inoue ample time to recover, cover up or defend himself. After a series of unanswered punches, the referee stopped Suda and declared it a victory by KO after only 27 seconds in the first round. Suda celebrated but rushed over to see if Inoue was okay. After a while on the ground, Inoue sat on a corner stool to be further checked and monitored by the ringside physicians. Masanori Suda retained his Shooto title and became the Super Brawl Champion while the stunned Hawaiian crowd stood in awe of the outcome.

Kid Yamamoto punching Jeff Curran
Yamamoto punching Curran
Heavyweight 2x5 minute rounds
Tim Tynan (808 Fight Factory, 1-1) def. Ray "King Kong" Seraille (Grappling Unlimited, 1-3)
Majority decision after 2 rounds [(20-19), (19-19), (20-18)].

167.5lbs 2x5 minute rounds
Brandon Keen (Grappling Unlimited, 3-0) def. Paul Laga (Bull's Pen, 2-2)
Unanimous decision after 2 rounds [(20-16), (20-16), (20-16)].

143lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Rami Boukai (Next Generation, 2-1) def. Justin Mercado (Grappling Unlimited, 2-2)
Submission via triangle choke at 2:47 into round 1.

167.5lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (SSS Academy, Tokyo, 6-1) def. Mark Moreno (Bulls Pen, 6-2-1)
Submission via cradle neck crank at 2:50 into round 1.

167.5lbs 2x5 minute rounds
"Ice Kold" Kolo Koka (Grappling Unlimited, 5-3) def. Billy Rush (Meat Truck, Inc., 2-1)
KO due to strikes at 4:59 into round 1.

143lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Stephen "Bozo" Paling (Jesus is Lord, 11-4) def. Mark Hominick (Team Tompkins, Ontario, Canada, 3-1)
TKO via doctor stoppage from cut at 0:16 into round 1.

143lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (Pure Bred, Tokyo, 5-1) def. Jeff Curran (Linx, Chicago, IL, 5-6)
Unanimous decision after 3 rounds [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)].

145lbs 2x5 minute rounds
Joe Jordan (Extreme Impact, 4-1) def. Eddie Yagin (Grappling Unlimited, 8-2)
Unanimous decision after 2 rounds [(19-19), (20-19), (20-19)].

Shooto & Super Brawl Title Unification Bout:
183.2lbs 3x5 minute rounds
Masanori Suda (Tokyo) Shooto Champion def. Egan Inoue (Grappling Unlimited) Super Brawl Champion
KO due to strikes at 0:27 into round 1.
Masanori Suda retains the Shooto Championship and becomes the Super Brawl Champion.

  Sunday - May 11, 2003

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Volume #3: Muay Thai Pad Combinations; Techniques and Drills. Intense training includes over 15 combination drills beginning with the 2-LL combo, to the triple 6's-3.

Volume #4: Submission escapes. Training includes; Armbar escapes from top and bottom, key lock escapes, lock arms around body, key lock on side, and more!

Volume #5:Gaining Positions on the Ground. Passing the guard, passing butterfly guard, half guard passes, achieving the mount, getting opponents back.

Volume #6: Fight clips, commentary, interview, and training tips. Includes Miletich's five key skills that will help you fight, and more!
A Mixed Martial Arts Legend and one of the most skilled fighters to ever step into the Octagon! This series is a most have for anyone!

Volume #1: Power Striking; How to strike with maximum power and not get hit. Training includes; Deadly combinations, Proper punching, kicking, the stance, footwork, and more!

Volume #2: Avoid the take down; Defense to stay on your feet. Training includes; Impact, angles, trips, sprawls, under hooks, redirection, the clinch, throws, and Shamrock's tips, tricks, and cheats.

Volume #3: Escape from the Ground; Get up and strike. Training includes; Safety positions, Bridge, Elevator, Hip Pop, Stand up, Shamrock's Monkey roll, Sit out, Combinations of escapes and drills.

Volume #4: Instant Submissions; How to lock five guaranteed finishing holds from any position. Training includes; Front Choke, Standing shoulder lock, Arm bar lock, Monkey roll, and more.

Volume #5: Clinch Fighting; Counter attacks for being held. Training includes; Escaping the clinch, Dirty boxing with knees, Getting into a clinch, kicking from a clinch, and Shamrock's tips, tricks, and cheats.

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  Monday - May 12, 2003

The Brazilian Beat
MECA 8 and Abu Dhabi Approaching,
Wanderlei and Belfort Training Hard
and Ninja Wraps up Seminar Tour

The Brazilian Beat:
      We're almost in middle of May and The Brazilian Beat has been away for quite a while, due to travel. This is the first time this column is being written from outside of Brazil, and it goes to show that no matter where FCF is, we're always looking to provide you as much NHB information as possible. The next week is going to be a busy one, with MECA 8 and Abu Dhabi happening almost all at once. FCF is going to cover all the action, so keep checking our website. For this "welcome back edition" of this column, we bring you news on Wanderlei Silva, Mario Sperry, Vitor Belfort, Murilo Ninja and others, so don't miss a single phrase and let FCF lay the Brazilian Beat with a certain European flavor, all the way from the cold weather of Sweden!
  • PRIDE Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva has been taking his preparation for a likely upcoming fight against Quinton Jackson very seriously. Although rumors were circulating that the fight could take place at the June PRIDE show, Silva won't be fully recovered from his knee surgery so soon, so according to the "Axe Murderer" himself this fight will have to take place in August. Wanderlei told FCF that he has been weight training very hard and is weighing 102 kg right now! His Muay Thai and Vale Tudo training is also increasing its pace even more, and he is looking to perform in his best shape ever in August.

  • The Abu Dhabi Submission Grappling tournament is coming up this next weekend in Sao Paulo and the expectations are as high as possible for the show. Brazilian Top Team member and former Abu Dhabi champion Mario Sperry is already dedicating his training exclusively for the event. Sperry kept up his regular NHB training routine for a long time, hoping for an invitation to perform at PRIDE 26, but with the biggest submission wrestling show in the world coming up, he decided to focus his training on the competition, although his main goal is still No Holds Barred and Mario told FCF he is anxious to get back to the PRIDE ring.

  • Speaking of shows, the biggest NHB event in Brazil is also about to take place. This Friday, May 16th MECA World Vale Tudo 8 is taking place once again in the beautiful city of Curitiba. Expectations are high and the event will feature a card with 11 fights, making it the biggest MECA card ever. Among the last minute changes are the addition of PRIDE veteran Chicao Bueno facing an American fighter named Azton Zapo, Jiu-Jitsu stand out Denilson "Pe de Chumbo" has finally been confirmed as the opponent for Chute Boxe's own Nilson de Castro, and yet another change of opponent for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who is now facing MECA 5 winner Alessandro Leal. The event will also include Katel Kubis facing BTT member Haroldo Cabelinho, Jorge "Macaco" Patino facing Claudio das Dores, Luta Livre legend Eugenio Tadeu fighting Marcelo Giudice and also PRIDE veteran Allan Goes matching Carlinhos Lima. Stay tuned for more MECA 8 info coming soon.

  • PRIDE, UFC and IVC veteran Wallid Ismail spent a good amount of time on Brazilian soil recently. Ismail has been living in the USA and training with the likes of rAw team and others for a good while, but after a long period away from his birth country, the Carlson Gracie black belt took the opportunity to take care of personal issues as well as make some guest appearances on TV shows during his stay in Brazil. Wallid also reported that he may do some pro-wrestling in Japan soon, due to his good relationship with Japanese legend Antonio Inoki, but his goal is still No Holds Barred.

  • As the June UFC approaches, Vitor Belfort's training is getting harder and harder. Vitor has been training hard every day at his new training center in Sao Paulo and FCF had the chance to witness some of the training sessions. Along with the help of Jiu-Jitsu players such as Fernando Terere, Leozinho Vieira and Claudio Godoi, Belfort has been recently doing a lot of boxing sparring with some Brazilian professional and amateur boxers, even from the Brazilian Olympic team. "The Phenom" is also preparing with a kickboxing trainer and his cardio is looking great, so Belfort against Eastman is promising to be a great fight, and FCF will continue to follow Vitor's training until the fight.

  • Brazilian Top Team member Fabiano Scherner is preparing for an upcoming fight at USA's traditional NHB event HOOKnSHOOT. "Pega Leve" as he is known by his teammates is one of the toughest fighters in the Top Team camp, and has been taking training very seriously. Brazilian Top Team member Claudio Godoi is also negotiating some deals, and is bound to appear in NHB in the very near future.

  • Three times PRIDE winner Ricardo Arona has been preparing himself for his ADCC superfight against Mark Kerr. Despite dealing with some injuries, Arona has been able to train and is, of course, looking for a win against the heavier opponent. After ADCC, it is very likely that Ricardo will return to PRIDE action soon, and his next fight may be against Dutch fighter Alistair Overeem.

  • The second edition of RN Vale Tudo is already schedule to take place on the 6th of June in the city of Natal, in Brazil. RN Vale Tudo works as a minor league show for Bitetti Combat, organized by promoter Conrado Carlos, who also promotes Bitetti Combat. The first show took place in a small city near Natal, but this time Conrado decided to take the show to the capital of the state, showing once again how much the sport is growing in the Northeast of Brazil. The show will feature two tournaments to select fighters for the upcoming BC 3 show, with one tournament being for fighters up to 72 Kg, and the other for fighters up to 82 Kg. Brazilian Northeastern standout and BC veteran Rivanio Aranha is among those who will be fighting in the show.

  • Training has been as tough as ever in the Chute Boxe camp with MECA 8 approaching. Murilo Ninja's brother Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has been training very hard for his second NHB bout and reports have that he is developing amazingly in training, and is showing way better condition that before his debut. Shogun has been considered for awhile the future of Chute Boxe, and he has been proving it in training lately, even giving stars like Wanderlei Silva a hard time in sparring. Mauricio is now weighting 95 Kg and word is that it was already very tough to find an opponent for him. Depending on the outcome of his fight in MECA 8, PRIDE may be awaiting him.

  • Speaking of Chute Boxe, the team's heavyweight and PRIDE veteran Assuerio Silva is about to be confirmed for PRIDE 26 at any minute. Assuerio has been training hard and waiting for a fight for a long time now, and it looks amazingly likely that he will be performing in the PRIDE ring in June against a very experienced opponent, who has several PRIDE fights under his belt and plenty of knockouts in his record. The fight may be announced soon and if it comes through, it'll most certainly be a barnburner.

  • PRIDE fighter and Chute Boxe stand out Murilo Ninja Rua just completed his small European seminar tour this Sunday. Ninja spent close to two weeks in Europe, doing seminars in three countries and closing the tour in Sweden this weekend. Murilo is coming back to Brazil this Tuesday to support his brother in MECA and restart his training for an upcoming PRIDE bout as soon as possible, but he told FCF that he enjoyed the experience of doing seminars in Europe a lot.

Ring girls
Warriors of the Ring 3 Results
Maui War Memorial Gymnasium, Maui, Hawaii
May 10, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

Maui fight fans came out in force to support the third installment of Warriors of the Ring. This card featured fighters from Maui, most of which were making their debut. And when you have first timers getting into the ring, you know what that means...punches thrown with reckless abandon and guys basically attacking each other. Some of the fights that stood out were Omalza-Tolentino, both lightweights that came out hard and fast. The Mozocca-Kamalo fight brought out two big boys just going at it. Mozocca almost caught Kamalo with an arm bar that he ended up leaning on the ropes, but ended up finished Kamalo with a rear naked choke. Then we have the Groves-Tevaga fight where Tevaga's tooth, root and all, was knocked out. If you are wondering his tooth was returned to him. Hinojesa and Garcia were two pit bulls going after each other for the entire two rounds. Hinojesa pulled off a beautiful suplex and a knee breaker. That was the first time I saw a knee breaker (not a knee lock) attempted in a MMA fight. It was pretty tight too. Searfoss came out like a bat out of hell and took it to Hendrickson stunning him with a punch and then pounding him until the referee stopped the fight. The main event was a slugfest that brought the crowd to its feet. Both fighters exchanged punches and kicks with Ferreira landing the better ones. Ferreira chopped at Lupi's legs and then landed a punch that rocked Lupi. Ferreira went after him and Lupi fought back but Ferreira was relentless. Lupi would recover just in time to take another solid punch that would rock him again and the referee stepped in when he saw Lupi's hands drop. This match had the entire gym cheering the action and ended the event with a bang... literally.

All fights were amateur bouts - 2 Rounds x 5 Minutes:

Mathew Mozocca arm-locking Josh Kamalo
Mozocca arm-locking Kamalo
Keola Cabalero (Backyard Assault, 5/5", 140lbs) def. Shaun Saribay (Freelance, 5'5", 140lbs)
Submission via rear naked choke at 2:29 into round 1.

Ian Omalza (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 5'5", 127lbs) def. Eric Tolentino (Hard Impact, 5'6", 130lbs)
Submission due to strikes from the mount at 4:55 into round 1.

Mathew Mozocca (Relson Gracie, 6'1", 220lbs.) def. Josh Kamalo (Backyard Assault, 5'9", 260lbs.)
Submission via rear naked choke at 1:09 into round 1.

Kendall Groves (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 6'4", 190lbs.) def. Marvelous Tevaga (American Kenpo, 6'0", 200lbs.)
TKO via doctor stoppage due to loss of tooth at 0:50 into round 2.

Alan Hinojesa (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 5'6", 190lbs.) def. Mike Garcia (American Kenpo, 5'6", 145lbs.)
Unanimous decision after 2 rounds [(20-18), (20-18), (20-19)].

Semi Main Event #1
Eddy Searfoss (Maui Full Contact, 6'2", 205lbs.) def. Charles Hendrickson (Backyard Assault, 6'0", 20lbs.)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes at 0:19 into round 1.

Semi Main Event #2
Anthony Billianor (Lockdown/MFCF, 6'0", 260lbs.) vs. Kadon Zimmerman (Freelance, 5'10", 250lbs.)
Fight cancelled due to Anthony Billianor dislocating his shoulder when warming up for the fight.

Main Event
Edward Ferreira (Maui Full Contact, 5'10", 180lbs.) def. Paulo Lupi (Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu, 5'10", 175lbs.)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:10 into round 1.

Super Brawl 29 draws 8,445...
the Largest Attended MMA Event in Hawaii!

By Chris Onzuka

The hype and advertising for Hawaii's largest MMA draw, Grappling Unlimited's Egan Inoue paid off. The fight between, Shooto Champion, Masanori Suda and Super Brawl Champion, Egan Inoue had been postponed twice before the stage was finally set on May 9th, for these two warriors to meet to unify their titles in Hawaii. This was the first time that a Shooto championship match would take place outside of Japan. T. Jay Thompson put together a solid under card to build the excitement for this monumental match.

As expected, Hawaii fight fans came out in droves to show their support for Egan Inoue. It was reported that 8,445 fight fans crowded into the Blaisdell Arena to watch Super Brawl 29. This is probably as close to a sell out as we will ever get for a mixed martial arts event... unless there is a Suda-Inoue 2... The Blaisdell Arena can hold approximately 8,800, so it was about 350 people short of a full house.

  Wednesday - May 14, 2003

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
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Mega-Star Event To Also Feature Ken Shamrock Vs. Ian Freeman, Tank Abbott Vs. Kimo At Thomas & Mack Center In Las Vegas

Frank Mir To Battle Wes Sims In Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Action

      LAS VEGAS, May 13, 2003... Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's number one contender for its light heavyweight crown, will fight UFC former two-time heavyweight champion Randy Couture for the interim light heavyweight title LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT, Friday, June 6, in the main event of UFC 43: Meltdown at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
      In heavyweight action on the eight-fight, mega-star card, UFC legend Ken Shamrock will return to the Octagon to meet British brawler Ian Freeman; power-punching knockout specialist Tank Abbott will fight Hawaiian fighting legend Kimo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Frank Mir will take on 6' 10" freestyle fighter Wes Sims.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at the Thomas & Mack box office in Las Vegas, at all UNLV ticket outlets including the Galleria at Sunset, Meadows Mall, Boulevard Mall, all Station Casinos and Fiesta hotel/casinos and at www.unlvtickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-866-388-3267 toll free, or in Las Vegas at (702) 739-3267. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the host of the event and UFC fans can reserve rooms by calling 1-800-HRD ROCK or by visiting the website at www.hardrockhotel.com.
      UFC 43: Meltdown will be available LIVE on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95. A half-hour, free preview show that will feature a never before seen UFC fight will be televised by all cable operators starting at 9:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. PDT.
      Couture will drop down a weight division to fight Liddell and the winner will become the UFC interim light heavyweight champion. The current champion Tito Ortiz is injured and is unable to return to the Octagon.
      "Chuck earned his number one contender rank nine months ago and deserves a shot at the title. Since Tito can't fight, Randy Couture jumped at the opportunity to fight Chuck for the interim title. Randy has already made history as the only two-time heavyweight champion and now he wants to get into the record books again as the only guy to win UFC world titles in two different divisions. It's going to be an action-packed fight," said Dana White, UFC president.
      Liddell (11-1-0 in mixed martial arts) of San Luis Obispo, Calif., earned his nickname, "Iceman," because of his ability to freeze opponents with his strong combination of kickboxing and wrestling skills. In his most recent UFC fight, he kept his number one contender rating intact with a first round (2:59) technical knockout of Renato "Babalu" Sobral, one of Brazil's top-ranked light heavyweights, at UFC 40: Vendetta last November in Las Vegas. Liddell became the number one contender with a unanimous decision last July in Las Vegas over Vitor Belfort, Brazil's top light heavyweight.
      Couture (7-4-0) of Portland, Ore., is the only UFC fighter to hold the heavyweight title twice. Nicknamed "The Natural", Couture is a world class Greco-Roman wrestler known for being dangerous with uppercuts and hooks in the clinch as well as a punishing ground and pound attack. Couture has had an amazing career racking up wins over top names such as Belfort, Maurice Smith, Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo. If Couture defeats Liddell, he will become the first UFC fighter to earn world titles in two different weight divisions. The legendary Shamrock (8-5-2) of San Diego, Calif., returns to take on Freeman (13-6-0) of Sunderland, England. "The World's Most Dangerous Man" is a UFC legend and pioneer. He participated in the very first UFC and he was the first ever UFC Superfight Champion. A master of submission, Shamrock is also willing to slug it out. He feels he depleted himself cutting weight to fight in the light heavyweight division so he returns to the heavyweights for this fight. Shamrock wants to show that he is still among the elite fighters in the world.
      Freeman, the U.K.'s top heavyweight, will be formidable. Freeman has defeated some of the world's top heavyweights and previously won the FNC World Championship in Russia and the Hook N Shoot Super Heavyweight Championship. The highlight of his career so far was his defeat of Frank Mir, one of the UFC's rising young stars, after one round at UFC 38: Brawl At The Hall at Royal Albert Hall in London. He trains with Miletich Fighting Systems in Davenport, Iowa, one of the top mixed martial arts teams in the world. An exciting slugger, Freeman promises that this will be a match to remember.
      "Tank" (8-8-0), another of the UFC's most popular stars, will continue his return to the Octagon against another UFC fan favorite, Kimo (7-3-1). Tank has administered some of the UFC's most devastating knockouts, including the KO of John Matua in just 21 seconds in his debut at UFC 6: Clash of the Titans in 1995 that left an indelible mark on fans. Every time Tank steps into the Octagon fans know that a possible knockout is only one punch away.
      Kimo made a big impression on the mixed martial arts world at UFC 3: The American Dream in September 1994 where he became the first fighter to make the legendary Royce Gracie look human. It was an epic battle that caused Gracie to drop out of the tournament. The muscular Hawaiian is known for his many tattoos and mysterious demeanor. Both Kimo and Tank have lived in Huntington Beach and this is a brawl that has been brewing for years.
      The Mir-Sims fight will be a battle of young lions. Sims (6-1-0) of Columbus, Ohio, will make his UFC debut against Mir (5-1-0) of Las Vegas, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist who knows a little about debuts.
      Mir exploded on the scene in his first two UFC matches. He defeated Brazilian veteran Roberto Traven with an arm bar in just 1:05 of the first round at UFC 34: High Voltage in November 2001, then came right back at UFC 36: Worlds Collide in March 2002 and submitted veteran Pete Williams in 46 seconds with another arm bar. Mir once again displayed his submission prowess at UFC 41: Onslaught when he spoiled Tank's return with a toehold submission in just 46 seconds of round one.
      At 6'10," 250 pounds, Sims will become one of the UFC's biggest heavyweights as soon as he enters the Octagon. He has an excellent MMA pedigree because he trains with former heavyweight champions Mark Coleman and Randleman in Columbus. Sims' most recent MMA fight was a TKO victory over former Extreme Fighting Heavyweight Champion Marcus "Conan" Silveira and he has not lost in six consecutive fights.

  Thursday - May 15, 2003

MMA From Coast-To-Coast Tonight!
FOX 's "The Pulse" Debuts UFC Segment At 9PM EST*

Mixed martial arts gets a crack at some national exposure tonight, care of the FOX news show The Pulse. Tonight's episode includes a 10-minute look at MMA, focusing primarily on America's premiere promotion, the UFC.

For those hoping for some indication of the tone the piece will take, producer Joel Parks offered this synopsis for tonight's airing. "The Pulse segment looks at how the new owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship are battling to get mixed martial arts events back on TV. Using fight tapes spanning the 10 year history of the sport, plus fresh interviews with fighters like Rorion Gracie, David "Tank" Abbott, Frank Mir, Phil Baroni and Ken Shamrock, Fox News examines the changes promoters hope will turn UFC bouts into the new "Friday night fights."

Also included as part of the segment (and not mentioned above), will be an interview with a representative of the American Medical Association. In addition, FCF's own Loretta Hunt was called upon for an interview, with excerpts appearing among the footage tonight. Did the roving reporter get any "vibes" on how the show will play out tonight? "I'm optimistic as always," commented Hunt on her experience. "The producer and his crew seemed generally interested in the subject and not content to brush the surface as other news sources have done in the past with MMA. We also lucked out in that the assistant producer was already fairly familiar and ultimately quite accepting of the sport. Will it be an infommercial for MMA? No. Could it be an evenhanded look at MMA viewed by millions across the nation? Quite possibly."

*Please check your local listings for air time in your area.

Loretta Hunt (left) being interviewed for 'The Pulse'
Loretta Hunt on the set of The Pulse

From Zuffa:

One-Hour Special Goes Behind The Scenes of Miletich Martial Arts;
Learn What It Takes To Become A UFC World Champion

Encore Re-Plays Continue Through May

Team Miletich       LAS VEGAS, May 13, 2003...What does it take to be a champion in the world's toughest sport? The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will give everyone the answer when it premieres Ultimate Fighter: Team Miletich, a one-hour pay-per-view television special, starting at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT this Friday, May 16, on DirecTV, channel 196, and 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT this Saturday, May 17, on iNDemand (channel iN1), Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
      This original program will go behind the scenes at Miletich Martial Arts in Davenport, Iowa, the gym that has produced more UFC world champions than any other. It also will go inside the lives of UFC World Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, Welterweight World Champion Matt Hughes and "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler, one of the UFC's fastest rising stars, as they endure the grueling training necessary to become a champion under the guidance of legendary, former UFC champion Pat Miletich. This is a show that both fighters and fans alike will not want to miss.
      Encore re-plays of Ultimate Fighter: Team Miletich will start immediately after the premiere at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT on Echostar and 11:30 p.m. EDT/8:30 p.m. PDT on Viewers Choice Canada. Additional re-plays on Echostar will be at 6 p.m EDT/3 p.m. PDT, May 18; on its All Day Ticket service May 20; 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT and 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT, May 22, and it's All Day Ticket on May 24, 25, 27 and 29. Viewers Choice Canada re-plays will be at 1 a.m. EDT/10 p.m., May 18/17 and its All Day Ticket on May 20, 25 and 29.
      TVN re-plays will be at 1:30 a.m. EDT/10:30 p.m. PDT, May 18/17 and 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT, May 23. iNDemand re-plays will be at 1 a.m. EDT/10 p.m. PDT, May 18/17 on channel iN2; 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT, May 19 on iN2; 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT and Midnight EDT/9 p.m. PDT, May 21 on iN2 and 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on iN1. Bell ExpressVu will re-play the show at 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT, May 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. DirecTV re-plays will air on its All Day Ticket May 19, 24, 25 and 27-30.

From the event's promoter:

Fight Party Productions, in conjunction with LA Boxing Atlanta, are proud to announce MAY MADNESS IN MIDTOWN. The event will be held at Midtown Atlanta’s EARTHLINK LIVE venue, on West Peachtree Street. The card will include MMA, FULL CONTACT and MUAY THAI. "With all of the events taking place at or around the 17th, this was one of the hardest cards I’ve ever had to fill," explained promoter Brett Moses. "LA Boxing’s Chris Stolzman and I spent hour upon hour before finally coming up with a card that would fit our standards." In keeping with the PARTY atmosphere, there will be music from Flavourset Promotions and more of the finest ring girls the Southeast has to offer.
    Mike Littrell (LA Boxing) v. Nick Hajaji (Team USA San Shou)
    Ken Coffee (LA Boxing) v. TBA
    Youseff Yehouda (LA Boxing) v. Harry Chaconas (S. Carolina)
    Andy Foster (United Karate) v. Ben Morell (Suua Khai)
    James Castillo (Team Khunpon-LA Boxing) v. Jerell Bowman (Tramell)
    Robin Finlayson (Columbus, Ohio) v. Corrina White (Team Sherri Thompson-LA Boxing)
    Cleuder "Junior" Assuncao (LA Boxing) v. Scottie "The Body" Johnson
    Marshall Berger (Team Khunpon-LA Boxing) v. "Bruno"
    Sean McCully (LA Boxing Newport Bch, CA) v. Kevin Brooks (Suua Khai)
    John Gardner (Team Ring Skilz) v. Ron Humphries (Suua Khai)
    Diego Saraiva (LA Boxing) v. TBA
    Steve Headden (LA Boxing) v. Pat Clarke
    Mark Selbee (LA Boxing) v. Sylvester Stevenson (Team Bonecrusher/Ring Skilz)

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
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Chuck Liddell To Meet Randy Couture For Interim Light Heavyweight Title; Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott Return To Octagon At Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas

Matt Lindland To Fight Niko Vitale; Pedro Rizzo To Meet Tra Telligman, Yves Edwards Vs. Eddie Ruiz in Ultimate Fighting Championship Action

      LAS VEGAS, May 13, 2003...Brazil's top-ranked light heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter Vitor Belfort will battle Las Vegas' Marvin Eastman in one of the featured fights on the mega-star, eight-fight card of UFC 43: Meltdown that will be LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT, Friday, June 6, from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will present an all-star lineup of international fighters that will include number one light heavyweight contender Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell (11-1-0 in MMA) of San Luis Obispo, Calif., versus UFC former two-time heavyweight champion Randy Couture (7-4-0) of Portland, Ore., in the main event for the interim light heavyweight championship. UFC legend Ken Shamrock (8-5-2) of San Diego, Calif., will return to the Octagon to fight Sunderland, England brawler Ian Freeman (13-6-0) and power punching knockout specialist Tank Abbott (8-8-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif., will take on Hawaiian fighting legend Kimo (7-3-1) in heavyweight action.
      In other featured fights, middleweight top contender Matt Lindland will fight UFC newcomer Falaniko Vitale; highly rated Brazilian heavyweight Pedro Rizzo will tangle with Shamrock's Lions Den teammate Tre Telligman, and lightning quick lightweight Yves Edwards will battle Eddie Ruiz.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at the Thomas & Mack box office in Las Vegas, at all UNLV ticket outlets including the Galleria at Sunset, Meadows Mall, Boulevard Mall, all Station Casinos and Fiesta hotel/casinos and at www.unlvtickets.com.
      Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-866-388-3267 toll free, or in Las Vegas at (702) 739-3267. Ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is the host of the event and UFC fans can reserve rooms by calling 1-800-HRD-ROCK or by visiting the website at www.hardrockhotel.com.
      UFC 43: Meltdown will be available LIVE on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95. A half-hour, free preview show that will feature a never before seen UFC fight, will be televised by all cable operators at 9:30 p.m. EDT/6:30 p.m. PDT.
      Belfort, "The Phenom," (10-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro, exploded on the UFC scene at UFC 12: Judgement Day in February 1997 where he won the heavyweight tournament stopping Telligman and Scott Ferrozzo with lightning fast punches. Everyone knew he was highly skilled in Brazilian jiu-jitsu but quickly became aware of his devastating punching ability. He next stopped Tank in 52 seconds and destroyed the highly respected Vanderlei Silva in only 44 seconds. Belfort's last UFC match was an incredible war with Liddell last June in Las Vegas. He now returns after knee surgery to try and get into position to challenge for the light heavyweight crown.
      Eastman, "The Beastman," (5-2-0) from Las Vegas is a dangerous combination of kick boxer and wrestler who has enjoyed success as an MMA fighter and in the kick boxing arena. He not only possesses knockout power on his feet, but also can take a fight to the ground to punish his opponent. He knows a win over Belfort will catapult him up the light heavyweight ranks.
      Lindland (8-1-0) from Portland, Ore., is one of the UFC's top middleweight contenders who won the silver medal in wrestling for the U.S. Olympic team in 2002 in Sydney, Australia. In addition to his superior wrestling skills, he has developed a punishing ground and pound attack that is difficult for opponents to escape. In his most recent fight, he defeated brawler Phil Baroni for the second time by unanimous decision on February 28 at UFC 41: Onslaught. Like their first match, it was a slugfest that had the sellout crowd on its feet for all three rounds.
      Vitale (13-2-0) of Honolulu, Hawaii, is a freestyle fighter who is proficient in Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing. A former University of Hawaii and Arena Football League wide receiver, he is another football player who has embraced mixed martial arts. Although he is making his UFC debut, Vitale already has victories over UFC veterans Aaron Riley, Todd Medina and Tyrone Roberts.
      The Rizzo-Telligman heavyweight fight is a re-match from UFC 20:Battle For The Gold in May 1999 that was an absolute war. Rizzo won a close one, which means Telligman definitely has revenge in mind.
      Rizzo, "The Rock," (11-5-0) from Rio de Janeiro, is a professional kick boxer who also is one of the UFC's most powerful strikers. He has been a force in the UFC since his debut in October 1998 at Ultimate Brazil when he knocked out Tank. Since then, he has defeated some of MMA's biggest names including Mark Coleman, Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Dan Severn.
      Telligman (15-3-0) from Ft. Worth, Tex., is a Shamrock teammate from the Lion's Den. He is a well-rounded submission fighter who is also known for his punching power. Most recently, Telligman also has enjoyed a successful career in professional boxing, but in his last MMA fight he defeated highly regarded knockout artist Igor Vovchancyn.
      Veteran Edwards (11-5-1) from Houston, Tex., will get a good test from the undefeated Ruiz (7-0-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif.
      Although his focus remains in Thai boxing and jiu-jitsu, Edwards hones his boxing skills with trainer Kenny Weldon, who helped build the impressive career of four-time heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield. Edwards has fought in a variety of MMA events around the world. On February 28 at UFC 41: Onslaught in Atlantic City, N.J., he defeated Rich Clementi by rear naked choke submission at 4:06 of the first round.
      Ruiz, a Tank Abbott protégé, specializes in wrestling but is well rounded in striking, kicking and submissions. He recently defeated Robin Gracie in the World Submission Wrestling Championships in Abu Dhabi.

From the event's promoter:
RITC 49 - Stare Down
Fan Appreciation Night!!!

Saturday, Jun 7, 2003
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
Ticket Prices: $15 (rows 14-25), $25 (rows 1-13).

The first 500 advanced tickets purchased at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office will receive a FREE RITC T-SHIRT. Rage in the Cage fans are in for a real treat. RITC is offering a fantastic fight card, unbelievable roll back ticket prices, free RITC T-Shirts and other activities for this special fan appreciation night. Miss RITC Contest with the Arizona Dream Girls.

Landsharks Billiards Sports Lounge
1112 E Apache (East of Rural)
18 and older only

June 6 - UFC Party, $2 cover
June 7 - RITC 49 Post Fight Party, no cover, DJ Music and Miss RITC Finals

All of these match-ups are Main Event caliber fights.

Edwin Dewees (200 lbs) vs John Renken (195 lbs)
Drew Fickett (170 lbs) vs Shaun "Venom" Beckett (170 lbs)
Joseph Riggs (230 lbs) vs TBA
Jamie Varner (160 lbs) vs Justin Nauling (165 lbs)
Adrian Foster (180 lbs) vs Mike Fettkether (185 lbs)
Roger Mejia (195 lbs) vs Rich Moss (185 lbs)
Adam Durant (155 lbs) vs James Attwood (150 lbs)
Cory Timmerman (300 lbs) vs Steve Sayegh (230 lbs)
Chappo Montijo (205 lbs) vs Mike Rainieri (205 lbs)
Joe Frainee (180 lbs) vs Josh McKeever (180 lbs)

More bouts to be added. Fight Card subject to change. Order your $25 Row 1 - 13 or $15 row 14 - 25 tickets now by calling 602-267-1600.

Upcoming Events:

Arizona Desert Quest #5
Grappling / BJJ Championship
Saturday, Jun 14, 2003
Westwood High
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201

RITC 50 - Tucson
Saturday, Jul 12, 2003
Wildcat House (Tucson)

RITC 51 - Invasion from the North
Saturday, Jul 26, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

  Friday - May 16, 2003

MECA World Vale Tudo 8 Brings 11 Fights Tonight, with Plenty of NHB Icons in Brazil!
By Eduardo Alonso

Tonight, Friday, May 16th, the 8th edition of MECA World Vale Tudo is finally taking place at the Palacio de Cristal in the always gorgeous and organized city of Curitiba.
Francisco Bueno vs. Aston Zappo
Bueno vs. Zappo
After a lot of expectation the newest edition for Brazil's most important no holds barred event is coming as strong as ever, at least on paper, with 11 fights on the card! The show is scheduled to start at 9 PM Brazilian time, and will be broadcast in Brazilian Pay-Per-View on tape delay two weeks from now. Yesterday the weigh-ins and rules meeting took place at Nikko Hotel in Curitiba, and as always there were no problems regarding the rules, which are the same as in PRIDE. Some fighters like Jorge "Macaco" Patino couldn't make in time for the weigh-ins and will have to make weight today, however all the fighters who were present at the weigh-ins didn't have any troubles with the scale. Another interesting side note on MECA 8 is the fact that a lot of international press and guests are present at the show, due to Abu Dhabi happening on the following weekend in Sao Paulo. Expectations are high for the fights tonight, and this will be the first time ever that MECA has only two Chute Boxe team fighters competing, K-1 winner Nilson de Castro and NHB prodigy Mauricio Shogun Rua, whose opponent just changed once again and is now Angelo Antonio. Here is the official card with the final order of fights:
  • Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Petterson
  • Josenildo vs. Alessandro Leal
  • Daniel Acacio vs. Guilherme Lima
  • Allan Goes vs. Carlinhos Lima
  • Fabricio Morango vs. Vagao
  • Marcelo Dourado vs. Rafael Capoeira
  • Jorge Macaco Patino vs. Claudinho das Dores
  • Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Angelo Antonio
  • Nilson de Castro vs. Delson "Pe de Chumbo"
  • Eugenio Tadeu vs. Marcelo Giudice
  • Francisco Bueno vs. Aston Zappo

In this 11 fights fighting card there are a lot of crucial and interesting match-ups, that can very well define the future of a lot of fighters, therefore FCF makes a quick run down of the most important bouts for you:
  • Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Peterson: Claudionor Fontinelli just got out of jail to win a fight at Bitetti Combat 2. With his win there he secured his participation at MECA 8, and this is his biggest opportunity to show he is on the right track again. He won't lack heart, and his Muay Thai has been getting better, however cardio and Jiu-Jitsu skills may be a question. Peterson is a talented Muay Thai fighter out of Luis Alves' camp, what will also make that an interesting bout. Peterson has also been training Jiu-Jitsu with the Brazilian Top Team, and promoters hope this will be a barnburner to open the show.

  • Allan Goes vs. Carlinhos Lima:
    Allan Goes vs. Carlinhos Lima
    Goes vs. Lima
    Probably the most experienced fighter in the show, Allan Goes has fought the likes of Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Henderson, Mark Coleman among many, many other great ones. After several backs and forths, Goes is back with the Brazilian Top Team and took MECA as a chance to re-start an international career and hopefully be back in PRIDE soon. He knows he can't lose this one, and his takedowns and striking may be the key for a win, since his ground game is obviously way better than his opponent's. Carlinhos Lima has been on a good streak of victories lately, defeating Alex Gaze at MECA 7 and also scoring a first round win at K-1 Brazil before dropping out due to injury. He gained weight for the fight, is confident in his striking and knows the meaning of this fight for any international career hopes.

  • Jorge Macaco Patino vs. Claudinho das Dores: Macaco is a veteran well known on the fight scene, a Jiu-Jitsu black belt with fights in the UFC, IVC and even MECA, Macaco fought some of the best and has plenty of experience. However, he needs this win badly as he was surprised by RVT fighter Gustavo Ximu in his last NHB outing. Patino has been improving his strike a lot and can't risk a loss here, in what may define the future of his career. Claudinho das Dores is also another tough veteran, with more heart than skills maybe. Claudinho fought Ninja in MECA before, and promised the promoters he will "kick Macaco's ass" in the fight. Its important to say that this is a personal fight, and both guys don't like each other.

  • Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Angelo Antonio:
    Mauricio Shogun Rua vs. Angelo Antonio
    Shogun vs. Antonio
    Since he debuted at the last MECA, everytime Mauricio Shogun steps in a NHB ring there will be a lot of people paying attention. The kid is just that talented. Murilo Ninja's younger brother, Mauricio has great cardio, good ground skills and a solid Muay Thai that keeps improving everyday, also he trains a lot like his brother and his destiny can't be anything but success. After an impressive KO in his debut, Shogun saw several opponents back down from a fight with him, and PRIDE is keeping a close eye on this fight, so wait for another showdown of the newest Chute Boxe sensation tonight, now weighing 92 and getting ready for bigger tasks. Angelo Antonio on his part has one thing to his credit, he accepted to fight a guy that few were willing to face. However, he is on for a tough task, and hopefully he will learn a lot from this experience.

  • Nilson de Castro vs. Delson Pe de Chumbo:
    Nilson de Castro vs. Delson Pe de Chumbo
    de Castro vs. Pe de Chumbo
    Nilson de Castro is just a great Muay Thai fighter. An IVC and MECA veteran, Nilson is the only Chute Boxe fighter that ever won in K-1 and he is as tough as nails. Every time de Castro fights his opponent leaves the ring hurt, even when winning. Nilson is already 30 years old and has been deserving a shot at the UFC or PRIDE for a long time, and as always he can't risk a loss in the process, so this fight means gold for him. Delson Pe De Chumbo is a great Jiu-Jitsu player, with a lot of heart. With one NHB win on his credit, at HEROES, Delson may not be aware in what he took himself into. He is going to face one of the toughest fighters in his weight division in the world, and he will need to keep it on the ground if he wants to win.

  • Eugenio Tadeu vs. Marcelo Giudice:
    Eugenio Tadeu vs. Marcelo Giudice
    Tadeu vs. Giudice
    This fight has been on hold for a long time, and expectation is high for it in Brazil. Eugenio Tadeu is a Luta Livre legend with several fights in his record, and he is now willing to get back to the international scene. Age may be a factor, but Tadeu has been doing well in Submission Wrestling lately, so don't count him out because he is getting old. Both guys were in the ring at MECA 7 challenging each other, and things got quite personal, so look for Eugenio to try his all. Marcelo Giudice is also a veteran that showed explosive fists back in the days Pele was beating Macaco. After training a lot of Jiu Jitsu with Ryan Gracie, Giudice has been wanting a shot at Tadeu and MECA for a long time, and seems very relaxed. He has the edge in Striking, but the question mark may be if he will have to be in his back for a long time in the fight.
Stay tuned... we'll have the results for you soon!

KOTC "Sin City" Preview
By Keith Mills

Las Vegas, NV -- Tonight King Of The Cage returns to PPV with a card holding something for everyone. For the fans of the heavy hitters there is the Unlimited belt on the line between Eric Pele and Dan Christiansen. The belt went up for grabs when the defending champion Jimmy Ambriz was stripped of it after signing a deal to fight Josh Barnett in Japan within 28 days of this signed belt defense against Pele. Now Pele faces Christiansen, said to be impressive in his fight against Dan Severn in Mexico. Given Pele's history of having heavy hands and good knees, watch for this one to be a striking fan's dream come true.

Vernon White defending his Light-Heavyweight title against Jeremy Horn will have repercussions in the scene for months to come as Vernon comes back after nine months off to take on Horn. Horn has been collecting titles and belts left and right on his way to get back in the limelight and is showing a new dedication, even dropping about 20 pounds and sporting abs on his return from training in Cincinnati. Both are Pride vets who haven't lost in the past year and a half. Whoever wins this fight would probably be considered top of the heap of the Light Heavyweights fighting in the U.S. outside the UFC.

Shonie Carter throwing Fernando Vasconcelos at KOTC 21
Carter throwing Vasconcelos

Also on this card is the rematch between Ronald Jhun and Shonie Carter for the Welterweight belt. Like the Unlimited belt, this belt was stripped from the owner when champion Romi Aram left to fight in the UFC. The first time these two met was last December in SuperBrawl where the first round went to Shonie and the second to Jhun, but a controversy arose in the third. Jhun knocked Carter down in the third round but the judges ruled the fight a draw, surprising almost everyone watching it. Now Jhun and Carter get a chance to go at it for three more rounds on pay-per-view with the belt almost secondary.

Thomas Denny mounted on Justin Stanley at KOTC 22Diego Sanchez landing a knee on Jake Short at KOTC 21
Denny at KOTC 22Sanchez at KOTC 21

Even old school fans are represented on this card with Dan Severn fighting Cory Timmerman. With the return to the UFC of Abbott, Shamrock, and Kimo a lot of press has been generated lately about the old school fighters, possibly bringing back some of the fans who may have been staying away. Severn may be the oldest fighter still fighting at this level, but his wrestling-based strategy still holds up as evidenced by his last KOTC performance in NV. This one serves as a prelude to the next UFC fairly well.

Two other fights to keep an eye on are Joe Stevenson in his last fight at 170 against Thomas Denny and what insiders call two of the best up-and-comers at 170: Mike Guymon vs. Diego Sanchez.

The official card so far is:
Eric Pele vs. Dan Christiansen UNLIMITED
Vernon White vs. Jeremy Horn LIGHT HEAVY
Ronald Jhun vs. Shonie Carter WELTER
Dan Severn vs. Cory Timmerman UNLIMITED
Thomas Denny vs. Joe Stevenson WELTER
Art Santore vs. Joe Crilly MIDDLE
Mike Guymon vs. Diego Sanchez WELTER
Brent Stevens vs. Brian Pardoe
Bobby Gamboa vs. Dave Rivas BANTAM

"King of the Cage: Sin City " will be held on Friday, May 16, 2003 at the Orleans Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gates open at 4:30pm PST, fights start at 5:30pm. In addition, "King of the Cage: Sin City" will be televised on pay-per-view! The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST and is available via DirecTV, The Dish Network, TVN, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer s Choice. For more information on pay-per-view availability, check your local listings.

From the event's promoter:
X-Treme Championship Fighting
June 8, 2003 Ft. Wayne, IN.

This show is brought to you by Becky Levi of Prime Time Sports. The show will take place out in the beer garden at Ft. Wayne's Top Sports Bar Wrigley Field 6527 State Ft. Wayne, IN. 46815. Tickets are $15 and $25. This is going to be one of the best shows that Ft. Wayne has seen to date! There will be 4 Professional Bouts and 4 Amateur Tournaments as well as Single Amateur Bouts.

Pro Bouts: Layne McDaniel vs. Guy Hinton, Brett Al-Azzawi vs. Roger Sexton, Mark Long vs. Drew Fickett, and Richarn Naanco vs. TBA.

Following is a list of amateur fighters on the card:
Bruce Densberger vs. Johnny Black
Jamie Young vs. Brian McGee
Robert Walker vs. Robert Haney

151-165- Branden Western, Shane Barnaby, Chris Higi, David Hayes, Alan Fenn, Mo Amin, and Mich Coughlin.

166-180 - Dan Foster, Gary Young

211-above - Mike Ciesnolevicz, Kelly Rundle, John Nassas,Wade Whitehead

Anyone interested in fighting in amateurs please contact Becky Levi at dzmatchmaker@yahoo.com

Card is subject to change.

  Sunday - May 18, 2003

Abu Dhabi Sumbission Wrestling Championship Day 1:
Mark Kerr (left) vs. Ricardo Arona
Plenty of Surprises Bring New Names to the Top
and Arona Wins the Superfight!

By Eduardo Alonso

      Yesterday was the first day of competition at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo and there were a lot of surprises in all the weight divisions. With some of the best the world has to offer at sumbssion grappling, stars of the sport found themselves losing right in the first or second rounds of competition, leaving most of the crowd surprised. Multiple-time Abu Dhabi Champion Mario Sperry caught a strong flu this weekend, but decided to fight anyway, and unfortunately for him ended up being surprised by young Roger Gracie, losing by five points to zero. PRIDE veteran Renzo Gracie fought an extremly well-prepared Marcelo Garcia, who managed to get his back early in the fight and kept scoring there to win by a large margin in the end, Garcia went on to put Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro to sleep with a choke. However, the biggest surprise of the day was American fighter Eddie Bravo tapping out the legendary Royler Gracie in a triangle choke.
      One of the standouts of the show was Ronaldo Jacare. Always impressive, Jacare showed great cardio and solid skills defeating Ryan Gracie in the first round and beating Ricardo Almeida in the most evenly matched fight of the day, with four overtimes needed to decide the winner. In the superfight, PRIDE veteran Ricardo Arona was in great shape and faced an absolutely out of shape Mark Kerr, who was however very smart in his game, using his experience to try to get Arona out of his traditional explosive style. However, Arona used his experience and better condtitioning to take Kerr down near the end of overtime, pass his guard and get the win by four points to zero, showing he is still the king of Abu Dhabi. Today the event will have the finals of each division, plus the entire competition in the absolute division, here are the matches set for the finals:
  • Up to 66kg: Leonardo Vieira vs. Barret Yoshida
  • Up to 77kg: Marcelo Garcia vs. Otto Oslon
  • Up to 88kg: Ronaldo Jacare vs. Saulo Ribeiro
  • Up to 99kg: Alexandre Cacareco vs. John Olav Einemo
  • Above 99kg: Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz vs. Fabricio Werdun

By Eduardo Alonso
MECA 8 Quick Results

MECA World Vale Tudo 8
Held May 16, 2003
At the Palacio de Cristal - Curitiba, Brazil
  • Peterson Mello def. Claudionor Fontinelli by rear-naked choke R3
  • Alessandro Custodio def. Josenildo Tigre by referee stoppage R1
  • Daniel Acacio def. Guilherme Lima by knockout R1
  • Allan Goes def. Carlinhos Lima by armbar R1
  • Fabricio Morango def. Wagao by tap out due to strikes R1
  • Marcelo Dourado def. Rafael Capoeira by knockout R1
  • Jorge Macaco def. Claudinho das Dores by rear naked choke R1
  • Mauricio Shogun Rua def. Angelo Antonio by TKO R1
  • Delson "Pe de Chumbo" def. Nilson de Castro by armbar R1
  • Marcelo Giudice def. Eugenio Tadeu by corner throwing the towel before R3
  • Francisco Bueno def. Aston Zabbo by Katagatame choke R1

WEFC: Crunchtime

WEFC: Crunchtime DVD Held February 8, 2003
University of North Florida Arena
Jacksonville, Florida - USA
  • Ed Guirra vs. Alfred Vilarreal
  • Sean Gay vs. Scott Johnson
  • Joe Jordan vs. Mickey Lui
  • Tony Vartanian vs. Don Haviland
  • Matt Horning vs. Tim Norman
  • Stuart Hesselmeyer vs. George Zamaron
  • Tim Catalfo vs. James Daniels

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Vernon White kicking Jeremy Horn
Results from
King Of The Cage: Sin City

Held May 16, 2003
At the Orleans Hotel Casino
By Keith Mills

Las Vegas, NV -- King Of The Cage accomplished more in one night with their most recent pay-per-view show than they have in about six months by stabilizing their belts, drawing in fighters from other organizations, and taking great pains to appeal to the widest variety of fans.

Ron JhunEric Pele
Ron JhunEric Pele

Jeremy Horn defeated champion Vernon White in a controversial decision that to fans was split along the lines of whether they thought White inflicted the most damage or Horn controlled the pace and positioning of the fight. The deciding factor seemed to have been an early Horn takedown where he lifted White onto his shoulder, walked him all the way across the cage to his corner, and slammed White down in his corner. Horn's face showed the signs of wear after the fight from White's striking prowess, but that one slam will be on the highlight reels for some time to come.

The Unlimited and Welterweight belts were both vacant at the start of the night. Eric Pele pleased fans of stand-up brawlers by punishing Dan Christiansen, while the Carter/Jhun rematch for the Welterweight belt was the war most fans thought it would be.

Also on the card Diego Sanchez, Art Santore, and Joe Stevenson all showed dominant performances that will make them names to watch for all summer.
  • Bobby Gamboa def Dave Rivas by decision
  • Brian Pardoe def Brent Stevens 1:56 R1 by rear naked choke
  • Diego Sanchez def Mike Guymon 4:57 R1 by armbar
  • Art Santore def Joe Crilly 4:45 R1 by TKO
  • Joe Stevenson def Thomas Denny 0:31 R1 by guillotine choke
  • Ronald Jhun def Shonie Carter by decision
  • Jeremy Horn def Vernon White by decision
  • Dan Severn def Cory Timmerman by decision
  • Eric Pele def Dan Christiansen 4:50 R1 by TKO

  Monday - May 19, 2003

UFC 40: Vendetta

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UFC 40: Vendetta is the largest event in the history of Mixed Martial Arts in North America.

The main event is a grudge-match dating back nearly four years. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz puts his belt on the line as he battles bitter rival and UFC legend Ken Shamrock. The undercard features many of the top fighters from around the world. Chuck Liddell puts his number-one contender ranking on the line as he faces Brazilian Renato "Babalu" Sobral. Matt Hughes defends his Welterweight Championship against grappler Gil Castillo. Canadian superstar Carlos Newton returns to face striker Pete Spratt. "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler faces kickboxer Tiki.

Don't miss this historical night of fights from the most intense, full-contact event in sports today - The Ultimate Fighting Championship.

  • 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Spanish commentary
  • Preliminary bouts
  • Post-fight press conference
  • Official Weigh-in
  • Exclusive training footage
  • Detailed Fighter Bios
  • Behind The Scenes Action
2 Disk Set Includes:

1. Introduction
2. Robbie Lawler vs. Tiki Ghosn
3. Carlos Newton vs. Pete Spratt
4. Matt Hughes vs. Gil Castillo
5. Chuck Liddell vs. Renato Sobral
6. Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock

Prelim Fights
1. Phillip Miller vs. Mark Weir
2. Travis Wiuff vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
3. Ian Freeman vs. Andrei Arlovski

Behind The Scenes
1. A Day in the Life: Tito Ortiz
2. Robbie Lawler Behind the Scenes Feature
3. Pete Spratt: Pre fight warm-ups
4. Chuck Liddell: Pre fight warm-ups
5. Renato Sobral: Pre fight warm-ups
6. Marc Ratner Interview
7. BJ Penn and Jens Pulver talk about Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock
8. Tank is back: Fighter reactions
9. Fighter Autograph Session
10. Joe Rogan on the UFC
11. Tito in the TV production truck
12. Matt Hughes post fight reactions
13. Mark Weir: Pre fight warm-ups
14. Phillip Miller: Pre fight warm-ups
15. Vladimir Matyushenko: Pre fight interview
16. Hughes / Sherk talk potential fight

Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, Renato Sobral, Matt Hughes, Gil Castillo, Carlos Newton, Pete Spratt, Robbie Lawler, Tiki Ghosn, Ian Freeman, Andrei Arlovski, Travis Wiuff, Vladimir Matyushenko, Phillip Miller, Mark Weir

1. Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock "Vendetta"
2. Tito Ortiz "Back to Basics"
3. Ken Shamrock "Respect"
4. Chuck Liddell "Iceman"
5. Matt Hughes vs. Gil Castillo "Title Match"
6. Robbie Lawler "Ruthless"
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From the event's promoter:
Midevil's Mayhem:
Tournament Of Champions

On April 19th, "Midevil's Mayhem" introduced the sport of MMA to the state of Kentucky. The fights were some of the best seen in recent memory!

On Saturday, June 7th, "Midevil's Mayhem" will return to Newport, Kentucky to host Midevil's Mayhem: "Tournament Of Champions"! On this night we will crown 4 Champions and award 4 Championship Belts! The winners of this show will not only be the new title holders for their individual weight class, but will have their first title defense at our next show entitled Midevil's Mayhem: Night Of Champions!

If you did not make it to our first show, then you missed an 'Action Packed' evening! Don't let it happen again! Come witness some of the best 'Up & Coming' MMA Fighters in the Mid-West!

The show will be held at:
400 West 6th Street
Newport, Kentucky 41071

- The doors Open at 7:00pm, & the show will start at 8:00pm.
- All tickets are $20, and are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE!
- Tickets can be purchased at the door!

Fight Card (as of May 19th):

Welterweight Tournament
Josh Souder vs. Rob Hendee
Jason Halderman vs. Jeremy Neese

Light Heavyweight Tournament
Donald Comley vs. Tierre Hall
Brian Hendee vs. TBA

Heavyweight Tournament
Michael Napier vs. Adam Rivera
Josh Shockman vs. Pat Mulvale

Super Heavyweight Title Fight
Johnathan "Billy Bob" Westfall vs. Chris Herring


For more information about this show, or to find out how to be a part of a future "Midevil's Mayhem", please contact:
Dustin Ware (Matchmaker)

  Wednesday - May 21, 2003

Abu Dhabi Day 2 Crowns Champions:
Leozinho & Garcia Dominate
and Lister Emerges in the Absolute!:

By Eduardo Alonso

      The second day of competition of the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World championship 2003 finished the competitions on the mats at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium, in Sao Paulo Brazil, this Sunday May 18th. After all the struggles and uncertainties regarding the famous tournament, it was great to finally see all of the champions crowned. And most importantly the event showed some amazing grapplers at the top of their games, proving that the sport is evolving and there's no huge favorites anymore. Some amazing surprises and great battles took place, with the downside of the event being the lack of paying audience, and the unexplainable treatement towards the press on the first day of competition, which made it nearly impossible to get a decent picture of the first fights, even for the most experienced photographers. However, the balance is positive and day 2 of Abu Dhabi brought the finals of each division as well as the entire absolute brackets.
      In the up-to-66kg division, Leonardo Vieira completed his amazing showdon beating Barret Yoshida and proving he was on a different level at Abu Dhabi 2003. Vieria dominated all of his fights and earned his title in great fashion, leaving no questions unanswered. Another amazing fighter in the tournament was Fabio Gurgel student Marcelo Garcia. Garcia just ran over the competition in the up-to-77kg, beating names like Renzo Gracie and choking out Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro, to finally defeat Otton Oslon in the final. Marcelo was so impressive that he also won the prize for the most technical athelete on the competition. In the up-to-88kg category, veteran Saulo Ribeiro took home the gold surprising the always impressively improving Ronaldo Jacare in the finals, and showing Saulo is still one of the best in the world, with a strong game in every aspect. Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz proved why he was the favorite in the above 99kg division, by winning the finals against Fabricio Werdum, showing very solid ground skills, but he unfortunately turned the crowd against him due to his antics. Oddly enough he would lose to Werdum in the 3rd place match in the absolute. The biggest surprise of the finals was probably Norwish fighter John Olav Einemo winning the up to 99kg division, susprising the favorite Alexandre Cacareco with a choke! Einemo was a huge underdog in the tournament, and someone must have made good money betting on him.

Lister (right) working a submission on Cacareco
Lister (right) vs. Cacareco

      The absolute division saw another surprising champion being crowned! KOTC Champion Dean Lister went to the arena just to watch the second day of competition, since he wasn't cogitated to be in the absolute, but due to injuries and such, he ended up participating in the brackets and bringing home the title! In an amazing Absolute run, he defeated Mario Cruz in the semifinal, getting his back in the last seconds of the fight, tapped out Saulo Ribeiro in the quarterfinals and amazingly tapped out Alexandre Cacareco in the final, showing why he is considered great at leglocks and toeholds. Needless to say, Dean was all smiles after the competition as he was probably the biggest underdog to become Absolute champion in ADCC's history, and earned the right to do a superfight next year. Here are the final results of the event: Up to 66kg Division:
1st Leonardo Vieira (Brazil)
2nd Barret Yoshida (USA)
3rd Royler Gracie (Brazil)

Up to 77kg Division:
1st Marcelo Garcia (Brazil)
2nd Otton Oslon (USA)
3rd Vítor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (Brazil)

Up to 88kg Division:
1st Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil)
2nd Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil)
3rd David Terrel (USA)

Up to 99kg Division:
1st John Olav Einemo (Norway)
2nd Alexandre "Cacareco" (Brazil)
3rd Roger Gracie (Brazil)

Above 99kg Division:
1st Márcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (Brazil)
2nd Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)
3rd Alex "Negao" Paz (Brazil)

Absolute Division:
1st Dean Lister (USA)
2nd Alexandre "Cacareco" (Brazil)
3rd Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)

Ricardo Arona (Brazil) defeated Mark Kerr (USA) by 4-0 in overtime

Best Fight: Ronaldo Jacare versus Ricardo Almeida
Best Takedown: Chris Brown
Most Technical Athlete: Marcelo Garcia

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
PRIDE.26 Matches

3 more matches have been announced for PRIDE.26...

Heath Herring (USA/Golden Glory) vs.
Mirko Cro Cop (Croatia/Cro Cop Squad Gym)

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (USA/Team Punishment) vs.
Mikhail Ilioukhine (Russia/Russian Top Team)

Alistair Overeem (Holland/Golden Glory) vs.
Ricardo Arona (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team)

Daiju Takase (Japan/Free) vs.

Already announced:

PRIDE Heavyweight champion
Emelianenko Fedor (Russia/Russian Top Team) vs.
Kazuyuki Fujita (Japan/Inoki Office)

Nino "Elvis" Schembri (Brazil/Gracie Barra Academy) vs.
Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Japan/Takada Dojo)

Don Frye(USA/Free) vs.
Mark Coleman (USA/Hammer House)

Date: June 8th 2003
Place: Yokohama Arena
Open:16:30 Start: 18:00

  Friday - May 23, 2003

By Keith Mills

Just three weeks after HOOKnSHOOT put on a show in Boston with Ring Of Fury, they return this weekend to Ft. Lauderdale for a show with Absolute Fighting Championships. The HOOKnSHOOT Southeast 155 title belt is on the line between current champion of both the Southeast and Northeast Marcus Aurelio plus a superfight with Jens Pulver vs. Jason Maxwell and possibly the 125 women's belt between Jennifer Howe and Tara LaRosa. Currently there is no confirmation of whether the seemingly cursed women's belt fight will actually happen.

Jens Pulver with Pat Miletich and Jeremy Horn in his corner
Jens Pulver

As most fans know by now Jens Pulver is on the verge of signing a contract with Shooto and this fight with Maxwell will be the first time Jens has fought under Shooto rules. HOOKnSHOOT have ended their affiliation with Shooto but still use their rules and their results are usually acknowledged but not added to official Shooto stats. Jason is said to be one who has good standup and can stay on his feet and bang with Li'l Evil, testing the southpaw and likely being a candidate for fight of the night.

Can it be true the HOOKnSHOOT women's belt is cursed? Currently the three of the top four 135s are injured, resulting in this fight being at 125 in the first place but now even that is in doubt as rumors one of the fighters may not make it are surfacing. With no next HOOKnSHOOT currently scheduled until July 19th it looks like fans of the women's divisions may be in for yet another setback on the road to legitimacy. Hopefully this fight will come through as LaRosa/Howe is likely to be a standup barnburner.

Tara LaRosaLister (right) working a submission on Cacareco

The rest of the card has a good representation of the teams for which fans have come to appreciate HOOKnSHOOT including Brazilian Top Team's Fabiano Scherner and Team Elite's Nuri Shakir plus local and regional fighters like Mike Lee and Efrain Ruiz. With four fights being at either 150 or 155 and two at 170 look for most of the fighters to be fast and flexible but not the heavy brawlers seen in other promotions.

HnS Southeast 155 LB Title Defense
Darrell Smith vs. Marcos Aurelio (HnS 155 Champion)

Jens Pulver vs. Jason Maxwell

HnS World 125 LB Women's Title Match - Vacant

Jennifer Howe vs. Tara Larosa
*Apparently, a missed airplane flight puts title match in jeopardy!

Curtis Stout vs. Efrain Ruiz
Derrick Noble vs. Wald Bloise
Scott Bowman vs. Fabiano Scherner
Nuri Shakir vs. Justin Weiman
Brian Geraghty vs. Mike Lee
Brandon Bledsoe vs. Jorge Masvidal

  Saturday - May 24, 2003

The Brazilian Beat
Stankie Back with Belfort, Jucao Wwins in Argentina, Macaco Win Turned into No-Contest, Chute Boxe Continues Working and a New NHB Event Debuts in Brazil!

The Brazilian Beat:
      As May flies by, we struggle to keep up with the fevered pace in the midst of all the travels, events, and issues going on, since things never stop on the Brazilian fighting scene! UFC 43 is just around the corner, and Vitor Belfort training continues to go on as planned, now with the re-addition of his long-time coach Al Stankie to his crew. Pedro Rizzo also keeps training for his fight, in a much more reserved fashion, while things are also heated at the Chute Boxe camp. MECA 8 is history and everybody continues to train hard at Chute Boxe, with expectations continuing to go on regarding PRIDE 26, and some new guns being built at the team's headquarters. If this is not enough there's plenty going on with a new event debuting this weekend in yet another major Brazilian capital, BTT member Roan Carneiro conquering ground in Argentina, courts changing fighting results in Brazil and more! What else do you need? So warm-up, get your gear together and prepare for plenty of action coming soon, as Full Contact Fighter brings the mood for the traditional Brazilian Beat once again!
  • Vitor Belfort is finishing the last steps of his preparation for his UFC 43 fight against Marvin Eastman, in early June. After training as hard as possible with Fernando Terere, ADCC Champion Leonardo Vieira, and others, "The Phenom" is now just polishing the last details, gameplan and technically wise, to not get in his fight against "The Beastman" overtrained. Vitor is now once again under the wings of his long-time Boxing coach Al Stankie, who got to Brazil a little more than two weeks ago, and will be in Belfort's corner in Las Vegas.

  • Brazilian Top Team member Carlos Barreto is back to his NHB training routine in the last couple of months, getting himself ready for a comeback to No Holds Barred very soon. However, while studying some invitations and possibilities for upcoming fights, Barreto is continuing his Muay Thai training with his trainer Paulo Nikolai, that he emphasized at the time of his participation in K-1 Brazil, although now his Muay Thai training is more NHB oriented. Carlos is in great shape, probably the best of his life, and told FCF that fighting in the UFC is still his dream and goal as of now.

  • UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante's contract obligations with the UFC are now over, and he is now able to officially negotiate with other events. Up to recently Bustamante wasn't negotiating with any events, due to contract obligations, but now things are likely to speed up and in the coming weeks an announcement about the fighter's future is likely to be made. No comments has been made by the fighter or his management, however Japan seems like the probable destination.

    Macaco kicking Claudinho
    Macaco kicking Claudinho
    at MECA 8
  • The fight between Jorge Macaco Patino and Claudinho das Dores at MECA 8 was considered a No-Contest this week! Both fighters fought a war in Curitiba this May 16th, with the doctors stopping the fight because of a severe cut to Macaco's face, and then deciding to let the fight continue all of the sudden, giving Jorge a second chance where he scored a rear-naked choke to win the fight. However, Claudinho entered with a request for a review of the decision in the Brazilian sportive justice, and after the review it was decided this week to turn the fight in to No-Contest. A rematch between the two fightes is being considered in a future edition of the event.

  • STORM GP winner Edicarlos "Monstro" [Means Monster in English] is now dedicating himself fulltime to training for his professional career. "Monstro" was in the audience for STORM GP and ended up as a late replacement to win the tournament by KO, like in a fairytale, and soon became the newest addition to the Chute Boxe professional team squad. Training under professor Israel Gomes, Edicarlos is now already preparing for both K-1 and NHB, training in the famous Chute Boxe moning sessions with the likes of Wanderlei and Ninja, and is likely to appear at the next STORM.

  • Brazilian Top Team member Roan "Jucao" Carneiro finally fought at Buenos Aires Total Fight, in Argentina, this past May 9th. Carneiro fought local Tae Kwon Do Champion Sebastian Borean in the main event of the evening. Jucao was able to take the opponent down a couple of times during the fight, and worked to get mount position on the ground, from where he unleashed strikes to achieve the win around the four minute mark of the first round. Roan won the event's belt and expects to fight again in Argentina in the near future, as well as a likely return to MECA still in 2003.

  • Chute Boxe heavyweight fight Assuerio Silva is still likely to fight in PRIDE 26. Although he is still waiting confirmation on PRIDE's part, Assuerio is training hard with his participation in mind and is reporting to be doing very well in training. Another Chute Boxe fighter that may appear at PRIDE 26 is Anderson Silva! After his win over Carlos Newton at PRIDE 25, Anderson is now being cogitated to perform in PRIDE 26 against a Japanese opponent, although nothing is still confirmed or determined. Next week promises to be decisive in the signing or not of those fights.

  • Jiu Jitsu stand out and Vitor Belfort allied Fernando Terere fought at Abu Dhabi with fractured ribs, showing an amazing fighting spirit. Terere injured his ribs while training with "The Phenom" for his next UFC fight, and his pain was visible during his Abu Dhabi matches. Still Fernando managed to win his first match, and ended up losing the second one by points. Terere received a proposal to fight NHB again against non other than Japanese fighter Hayato Sakurai, however he is going to check with his doctors the chances of a speedy recover or not, and this will determine whether he can make the fight this time. Anyway, Fernando told FCF he is still going, injured or not, to help his friend Vitor in training to fight Marvin Eastman.

  • K-1 Brazil World Max champion, Marfio Canolleti Junior, who also won a special fight at K-1 Brazil this February, is confirmed as a participant at the K-1 World Max Grand Prix [up to 70kg], at 5th of July, 2003. Marfio is training hard with his trainer Roney Alex, who also has been training K-1 Brazil winner Jefferson Tank, and is going to Japan along with his manager and K-1 Brazil promoter Sergio Batarelli for the tournament.

  • The 8th edition of MECA World Vale Tudo, that took place at May 16th in Curitiba, debuted this Friday May 23rd at Brazilian TV Pay per view broadcast. Sales expectations for the event are high, as this was the biggest MECA show ever. Promoters are now already working on the next edition, and in about two weeks the first details may be released. According to promoter Rudimar Fedrigo, who is also the Chute Boxe team founder, coach and STORM Muay Thai promoter, negotiations are going on for STORM to be broadcast at Brazilian channel Sportv as well, and STORM Grand Prix, held last April, may be the first ever STORM event to be broadcast in Brazil.

  • Chute Boxe veteran and K-1 winner Nilson de Castro is on his way to fight in PANCRASE, in Japan. Despite losing to outstanding newcomer, and BJJ World Champion Delson "Pe de Chumbo" at MECA 8, word has that Nilson is going to fight at PANCRASE anyway in the following months. At this point is too early to name the date or opponent, however Nilson is already back on training with his Japanese NHB debut on his mind.

  • A new NHB event is set to debut in Brazil this weekend! PROFIGHT COMBAT SHOW is going to take place this Saturday, May 24th in the huge city of Porto Alegre, well in the south of Brazil. The event is being promoted by MECA veteran Luis Britto, and will count with seven NHB fights, including the participation of Brazilian Top Team members and a expected crowd of around 3.000 spectators. Among the most important fights of the card are BTT member Carlos Baruck facing Jeremias "Punho de Aço", Bitetti Combat 1 veteran Paulo Boiko fighting Alexandre Baby, BTT member and also Bitetti Combat 1 veteran Marcelo Alfaia facing Jose Ricardo and Rafael Flores performing against yet another BTT member in Fabiano Capoane. FCF will have the results soon.

  • Luta Livre legend and NHB veteran Eugenio Tadeu is in fine condition after his fight against Marcelo Giudice at MECA 8. Tadeu was severely punished by Giudice in their fight, and had to be taken to the hospital after the fight, causing all the fighting community in Brazil to get worried. However, Eugenio was submitted to all sorts of exams, such as head scans and the likes, and everything was ok with him, so he is already in good conditions to train and in the end he proved he is still a tough fighter.

  • Training is also going hard at the Ruas Vale Tudo training camp lately. With Cacareco competing in Abu Dhabi this past weekend, Pedro Rizzo facing Tra Telligman at UFC 43 and Renato Babalu Sobral preparing for Extreme Force 1 in July, action is as hot as ever at RVT headquarters, however this time in a more reserved fashion. Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo has been quite during his preparation this time, giving no interviews and just training as hard as he can, cause he understands the importance of this fight after his recent losing streak. Usually this is when Rizzo gets more dangerous, and FCF will try to check his preparation.

  • PRIDE fighter Ricardo Arona almost didn't have time to celebrate his Abu Dhabi superfight win over Mark Kerr, as he had to immediately re-focus on his NHB training for his PRIDE 26 fight against Alistair Overeem. Arona was in great shape for his Abu Dhabi outing, and told FCF he is eager to fight in PRIDE again and won't take Alistair lightly by any means, since training will be very intense for the fight.

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From Pancrase:
Look Forward to New Minowa

This is to inform you that Ikuhisa Minowa(PANCRASEism) has decided to leave the Pancrase Organization because he would like to have more intensive training at a gym outside of Japan for least one year to improve his fight skill level. Afterwards, he wishes to come back and compete in Pancrase events some day soon.

Takeya Oitate

From Pancrase:
Pancrase 6/7 Event Complete Lineup

Pancrase 2003 Hybrid Tour
Saturday, June 7, 2003
Doors Open:5:30pm - Fights Start:6:30pm
Differ Ariake (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Match#1/Featherweight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Miki Shida (P's Lab Tokyo) Vs Yoshinobu (Shiojuku)

  • Match#2/Featherweight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Masahito Wachi (Team Roken) Vs Reiji Shimabukuro (Hybrid Wrestling Mugen)

  • Match#3/Featherweight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Ichiro Kanai (Pancraseism) Vs Shinpei Sotoyama (Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo Hombu)

  • Match#4/Welterweight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Minoru Ozawa (V-Cross) Vs Takahito Iida (A-3)

  • Match#5/Open-Weight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Jun Ishii (Open-Weight 10th Ranked/Chojin Club) Vs Hideki Tadao (Rjw/Central)

  • Match#6/Middleweight 3x5 Min Rounds
    Kenichi Serizawa (Welterweight 3rd Ranked/ Rjw/Central) Vs Takuya Wada (Welterweight 7th Ranked/Sk Absolute)

  • Semifinal/Middleweight 3x5 Min Rounds
    Izuru Takeuchi (Middleweight 1st Ranked/Sk Absolute) Vs Kosei Kubota (Middleweight 10th Ranked/Pancraseism)

  • Main Event/Light Heavyweight 2x5 Min Rounds
    Kei Yamamiya (Light Heavyweight 6th Ranked/Pancraseism) Vs Nilson De Castro (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy)

From Joseph Cunliffe:
Battle Ground 1: The War Cry
To be held Saturday, June 21, 2003
The All State Arena - Chicago, Illinois

Promoter: Ed Kim. Teams Represented: American Kickboxing Academy, Gilbert Grappling, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Integrated Fighting Academy, Meat Truck, Inc., Miletich Fighting Systems and Team Freedom. Participants Are Veterans Of: Extreme Challenge, Pancrase, Super Brawl, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC, PRIDE, UCC and the UFC. Tickets will be available for sale through ticketmaster.com.

Fight Card Subject To Change:
  • 185 pounds: Kevin Knabjian, Brian Ebersole, IL vs. James "Jiggy Jaguar" Lowe, MO
  • 205 pounds: Davion Peterson, Integrated Fighting Academy, IN vs. Mike Patt, Meat Truck, Inc., OH
  • 145 pounds: Mike French, Miletich Fighting Systems, IA vs. Tommy Lee, Hellhouse/Gilbert Grappling, IL
  • 170 pounds: James "Mad Dogg" Meals, NJ vs. Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch, Team Cannon, AZ
  • Heavyweight: Jeff "White Grizzly" Gerlick, Brian Ebersole, IL vs. Vaughan Palelei, Team Caique, IL
  • 185 pounds: Jon Fitch, AKA, IN vs. Roberto Ramirez, Chicago Fight Team, IL
  • 155 pounds: Rich Clementi, Team Extreme, LA vs. Billy O'Connell, Carlson Gracie, IL
  • Heavyweight: Travis Wuiff, Dave Menne, WI vs. Kerry Schall, Meat Truck Inc., OH
  • 155 pounds: Brad Gumm, Colorado BJJ, CO vs. Steve Berger, Team Vaghi, MO
  • 170 pounds: Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, Integrated Fighting Academy, IN vs. Jeremy "The Scorpion" Jackson, Team Freedom, CA
  • MAIN EVENT: 185 pounds: Eugene "The Wolf" Jackson, AKA, CA vs. Tony "The Freak" Frykland, Miletich Fighting Systems, IA

By Eduardo Alonso
MECA World Vale Tudo 8:
Eleven fights with no judges' decisions in a wild night in Curitiba!

      After all the wait for the 8th edition of, MECA 8 finally arrived on May 16, 2003 with their biggest card in the event's history and delivered a series of knockouts and submissions never seen before in the show's history. Counting with veterans such as Jorge Macaco Patino, Nilson de Castro, Eugenio Tadeu, Marcelo Giudice, Fransico Bueno and even Allan Goes, MECA changed its latest trend and bet on experienced fighters to deliver an action-packed night, mixing some extremely talented youngsters such as Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Peterson Mello, and BJJ world champion Delson "Pe de Chumbo". The result was clear, none of the fights went the distance and an amazing number and types of submissions and knockouts were witnessed during the evening, by the more than 4,000 spectators that packed the Palacio de Cristal arena in Curitiba, Brazil. It's truth that some fighters weren't still up to the expected level to be fighting at MECA, but fights like Delson vs. Nilson de Castro showed that there's plenty of international level talent competing in the show, and if some fights were sort of one-sided, excitement was always present!
      The night of fights opened with newcomer Peterson Mello controlling the fight against veteran Claudionor Fontinelli by taking it to the ground all the time, until he got the first submission of the night in a rear-naked choke. Fontinelli had no chance on the ground, and wanted to keep the fight standing, however Mello was the more complete athlete. Bitetti Combat winner Josenildo Tigre fought almost a Muay Thai match against Alessandro Custodio in the second fight of the night. Both fighters kept trading strikes, and Tigre was getting the better until he was surprised by high kick from Custodio, and soon the referee would call the fight over, much to Josenildo's protests. After that, MECA veteran Daniel Acacio was impressive in his quick work of Guilherme Lima on the third fight of the card! Using a combination of power, wrestling, and even Muay Thai techniques, Acacio simply ran over Lima, with impressive takedowns, knee strikes and finally getting the knockout with strikes from the mount. This fighter is surely improving, and will keep making noise.

Carlinhos had better stand-up than GoesGoes gets the armbar to win
Carlinhos dominates stand-up...but Goes wins
      PRIDE veteran Allan Goes also made his return to the ring at MECA 8, and used his experience to control Carlinhos will and better stand up game, getting the young fighter into his guard and working perfectly to get an armlock from the bottom, to show he still has a lot left in his game! Royler Gracie black belt Fabricio Morango also came back to MECA showing a lot of improvement, and simply ran over Wagao with strikes both standing and from the top, getting a quick tap out. To answer the crowd's thirst for knockouts, the sixth fight saw Rafael Capoeira returning to action after being KO'd by Mauricio Shogun in the last event, just to see the lights being turned out on him once again. Underdog Marcelo Dourado managed to keep the fight standing for the most part, until he got a good punch connected, followed by a low kick that tripped Capoeira, and then he unleashed a powerful soccer kick to Rafael's face, sending him to "KO Land" on the spot!
      As veterans were making their way in the show, Jorge Macaco Pattino came into the ring to face Claudinho, looking to redeem himself after losing to Ximu in MECA 6. This fight was a war! Claudinho got the better of the stand up, frustrating Macaco and opening a huge cut on his face, that caused the doctor to call the fight over! However later, feeling the pressure, the doctor changed his mind and the fight continued, with Macaco using all his heart to come back and score an rear-naked choke, to win the fight in dramatic fashion! However, the fight was later reviewed and called a No-Contest this last few days. Soon it was time for the Chute Boxe rising star Mauricio Shogun Rua to do his second NHB fight ever. After several opponents turned down a fight with him, Shogun simply ran over Angelo Antonio, defining the fight in less than a minute, with several strikes standing up and merciless soccer kicks to the grounded opponent, who fell out of the ring and wanted no more of the pain. Mauricio is bound to be an international star of our sport, that's for sure.
Delson on top of Nilson de Castro
Delson vs. Nilson
      BJJ World Champion Delson "Pe de Chumbo" entered the ring for his second NHB fight, with a tough task of facing hometown veteran Nilson de Castro. Delson was a grateful surprise, showing an tight ground game, and making Nilson fight his fight during the little more than nine minutes it lasted. Going from takedown, to passing guard, to mount and then back mount, "Pe de Chumbo" was impressive until he got a beautiful armbar from the guard getting himself the win, and shocking the crowd. Following the best fight of the night, there came the so awaited battle between veterans Eugenio Tadeu and Marcelo Giudice. Marcelo dominated the fight from the start, almost getting Eugenio in a guilliotine choke, and then pounding Tadeu with kicks and punches trough two rounds, until a "knocked out on his feet" Eugenio couldn't answer the bell for the third round, giving Giudice the win. To finish the night of fights, PRIDE veteran Franciso Bueno resisted the initial struggles of American fighter Aston Szabbo, and after being taken down got on to of the Wrestler and ended up scoring a Katagatame choke, to add one more submission to the show's total, making MECA 8 a night of no judges' decisions. Check FCF's next issue for more details on the biggest NHB show in Brazil.

From the event's promoter:
A.C.C. Has Been Postponed (Again)
Until July 19th!

Once again, the struggle to put on a 'TOP LEVEL' MMA Event has hit a stumbling block. A few days ago, I spoke with the Promoters involved with the Absolute Combat Challenge concerning some updated information about the venue, the date of our show, and our deal with Ticketmaster (yes, we are trying to do things right)!

Originally, we were told that the venue in Akron could support Ticketmaster and would not incur any additional costs. However, once it came down to paying for the location, they informed us that to have Ticketmaster set up for their venue was going to be an additional SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS!!! Unfortunately, we already had a budget for this show, and there was no way we could exceed it by that much. After looking all over North Eastern Ohio, the Promoters have found another Large venue (seat, 1,200 and is set up with Ticketmaster) that is with in our budget. That being said, the Absolute Combat Challenge has been moved AGAIN! The New date and location is:

DATE: Saturday July 19th
LOCATION: Canton Palace Theatre
605 Market Ave North
Canton, Ohio 44702-1016

I understand that this is the second time that we have had to not only move the date, but the location of this show. But I can assure you we are only going through all this hassle, so that you (the Fighters & Fans) will have the chance to fight & see in a TOP LEVEL show! Because of the date change of this show, if any of you can no longer be a part of this show, I completely understand. However, if you wish to still be a part of the show, please reply to this email and let me know. Once again, thank you for showing support for our show, we look forward to having you be a part of the first Absolute Combat Challenge!!!

Best Regards,
Dustin Ware
A.C.C. / Match Maker

  Sunday - May 25, 2003

Unleash The Tiger!
Vernon White Ready to Take on Freeman at UFC 43

By Loretta Hunt

Vernon White
Although it is not quite official yet, Vernon "Tiger" White verified that he has verbally committed to a match-up with British brawler Ian "The Machine" Freeman at UFC 43: Meltdown on June 6th in Las Vegas. Pending contract formalities, White will be replacing fellow Lion's Den member and patriarch Ken Shamrock, who recently tore his ACL and will be unable to compete. (Shamrock could not be reached for comment.)

Although White is coming off a highly-publicized light-heavyweight title loss to Miletich Fighting Systems representative Jeremy Horn from May 17th's King Of The Cage 23, his ten years' experience in the sport makes him a worthy successor to fill Shamrock's vacancy. With a whopping 26 fights in Japan's Pancrase organization, two appearances in PRIDE, and his most recent match-ups in KOTC (where he reigned as their light-heavyweight champ for a time), White has been a longtime candidate of hard-core fans to gain entry into America's top MMA promotion.

The proposed bout will remain in the heavyweight division (205-265 pounds), which translates into an easing off of his usually strict diet, explained White. White weighed in at 198 pounds for his last bout, but has also fought at heavyweight in the past.

As for his last minute acceptance, the always-frank White made no qualms about his long-awaited invitation into the Octagon. "I feel like it's about time," he commented from his home in California. "There was a lot of politics in the past that were keeping me from getting in there -- different matchmakers that didn't like me (for what reasons I had no idea) and then having to fight in different organizations -- so it's definitely been a longtime coming. I'm going to give the fans what they're looking for." And as for his recent loss to Horn, who will most likely be cornering teammate and training partner Freeman come fight night, White had this to say. "To tell you the truth, I'm not going to look at that as a loss. I'm going to look at that as a screwing and go on with my life."

White is 20-23-1 in professional MMA action. Freeman sports a 14-6 record and is a 5-Time UFC veteran (3-2).

Absolute Fighting Championships 3

By Keith Mills

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- Jens Pulver lost his second fight in a row mainly due to receiving two groin strikes from opponent Jason Maxwell while giving one in return, possibly jeopardizing his SHOOTO negotiations in progress at this time. The fight was actually ended when Jens was on his back with Jason on top delivering strikes to his face but he never seemed to recover from the low blows.

Maxwell hitting PulverPulver after taking a shot in the chops
Maxwell vs. PulverLow blow!

Elsewhere on the card Jennifer Howe won the HOOKnSHOOT 125 belt by beating Tara LaRosa. Jennifer knocked down Tara four times in one round, proving superstitious speculation the women's belt is cursed to be false. Jennifer came out a little tentatively and lived up to polite criticism she tends to not get started until she gets hit for the first time, taking one good shot from Tara before switching gears and counter punching with combinations. With this belt changed from the women's 135 at virtually the last minute when Debi Purcell tore her ACL on the eve of signing a contract for this fight and Angela Restad injuring her neck both fighters stepped up to the plate with almost no time to train specifically for each other. Tara deserves credit for taking the fight when she was preparing to take on Christine Van Fleet, a fighter with a totally different style than Howe.

Jennifer HoweMarcus Aurelio
Jennifer HoweMarcus Aurelio

Also American Top Team's Marcus Aurelio retained his Southeast 155 belt by defending against Darrell Smith, making him the only person to hold two regional HOOKnSHOOT belts at one time. Aurelio's jiu-jitsu is incredible as witnessed by his defense of his Northeast belt in Boston's HOOKnSHOOT franchise Ring Of Fury earlier this month.
  • Jorge Masvidal def. Brandon Bledsoe by KO 3:55 R1
  • Brian Geraghty def. Mike Lee by TKO 0:53 R1
  • Derrick Nobel def. Wald Bloise by KO 3:20 R1
  • Justin Wieman def. Nuri Shakir by triangle choke 2:45 R1
  • Albert Jimenez def. Jim Dunn by KO (boxing match) 0:29 R1
  • Curtis Stout def. Efrain Ruiz unable to continue 0:01 R2
  • Jennifer Howe def. Tara LaRosa by TKO 2:18 R1
  • Fabiano Scherrer def. Scott Bowman by TKO 2:35 R1
  • Jason Maxwell def. Jens Pulver by KO 4:54 R1
  • Marcus Aurelio def. Darrell Smith by triangle choke 2:35 R1

Dennis Hallman wins
Results from
Ultimate Ring Challenge 5

Held May 24, 2003
At the Saint Martin's College
Lacey, Washington
By Mike Neva

Ellis landing a left on Cochien
Ellis landing on Cochien
  1. Travis Doerge (Centralia, WA) def. Chad Smith (Lacey, WA) by armbar 0:22 R1

  2. Jason Cloke (Castle Rock, WA) def. Andrew Tilley (Yakima, WA) by rear-naked choke 1:03 R1

  3. Landon Showalter (Everett, WA) def. Josh Robinett (Toledo, WA) by TKO ref stoppage from strikes 1:01 R1

  4. Justin Davis (Yelm, WA) def. Joey Hawkins (Lacey, WA) by TKO (corner threw in the towel from exhaustion after R1)

  5. John Hill (Everett, WA) def. Paul Morris (Olympia, WA) by unanimous decision after 3 rounds

  6. Shane Davis (Castle Rock, WA) def. Tom Truex (Kirkland, WA) by armbar 0:50 R2

  7. Eddie Ellis (Ylem, WA) def Dave Cochien (Cheney, WA) by TKO ref stoppage from punches 2:19 R2

  8. Dennis Hallman (Ylem, WA) def. Chris Irvine (Denver, CO) by rear-naked choke 1:43 R1
    Hallman picture above with his hand raised in victory

From the event's promoter:
RITC 49 - Stare Down
Fan Appreciation Night!!!

Saturday, Jun 7, 2003
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, AZ
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
Ticket Prices: $15 (rows 14-25), $25 (rows 1-13).

The first 500 advanced tickets purchased at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office will receive a FREE RITC T-SHIRT. Rage in the Cage fans are in for a real treat. RITC is offering a fantastic fight card, unbelievable roll back ticket prices, free RITC T-Shirts and other activities for this special fan appreciation night. Miss RITC Contest with the Arizona Dream Girls.

The RITC UFC pre-fight party and RITC 49 post-fight party will be at:
Landsharks Billiards Sports Lounge
1112 E Apache (East of Rural)
Tempe, AZ
18 and older only

June 6 - UFC Party, $2 cover
June 7 - RITC 49 Post Fight Party, no cover, DJ Music and Miss RITC Finals
  • Joseph Riggs (230 lbs) vs Melville Calabaca (245 lbs)
  • Drew Fickett (170 lbs) vs Shaun Beckett (170 lbs)
  • Gabe Casillas (170 lbs) vs Brodie Farber (170 lbs)
  • Edwin Dewees (210 lbs) vs Robert Beraum (250 lbs)
  • Cory Timmerman (300 lbs) vs Steve Sayegh (230 lbs)
  • Jamie Varner (160 lbs) vs Justin Nauling (165 lbs)
  • Adrian Foster (180 lbs) vs Mike Fettkether (185 lbs)
  • Adam Durant (155 lbs) vs James Attwood (155 lbs)
  • Roger Mejia (205 lbs) vs Sid Fisher (215 lbs)
  • Chappo Montijo (205 lbs) vs Mike Rainieri (205 lbs)
  • Josh McKeever (180 lbs) vs Joe Frainee (180 lbs)
  • Gabe Rivas (165 lbs) vs Ray Elbe (170 lbs)
Fight Card subject to change.

Order your $25 Row 1 - 13 or $15 row 14 - 25 tickets now by calling 602-267-1600.

Note: John Renken sustained a training injury (ankle) that may require surgery. He will not be fighting in RITC 49.

Upcoming Events:
  • Arizona Desert Quest #5
    Grappling / BJJ Championship
    Saturday, Jun 14, 2003
    Westwood High
    945 West 8th St
    Mesa, AZ 85201

  • RITC 50 - Tucson
    Saturday, Jul 12, 2003
    Wildcat House (Tucson)

  • RITC 51 - Invasion from the North
    Saturday, Jul 26, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

From the event's promoter:
U.S. SHOOTO is Heating Up...

This coming Saturday on May 31st, professional SHOOTO hits the Hammond Civic Center - 5852 S. Sohl Avenue, Hammond, IN - for the second time, in the form of the Midwest Fighting Championship. This show promises to top the previous Hammond event and all other mainland shows before it. There are 8 very competitive bouts scheduled, which will serve up several courses hot Midwest talent, PLUS a pair of highly anticipated U.S.A. vs. Brazil match-ups. Furthermore, every bout on this line-up has something at stake, from establishing a presence in the SHOOTO circuit (in which you immediately receive attention at an international level), to setting oneself up in the soon to be released SHOOTO Americas rankings (watch out for them in July along with the SHOOTO Pacific-rim rankings), and finally to solidifying a place in the SHOOTO World rankings and getting a shot at the highly touted and currently vacant Shooto MW title.

The show is stacked with features including the HOT Midwest Fighting girls and Hooter girls who will be on hand to spice things up. We would also like to extend a special thanks to the official hotel for the Midwest Fighting Championship - The Best Western Northwest Indiana Inn. Any one who is traveling to the show or just wants to hang out with the competitors call for reservations and mention the show. You will get a special room rate of $69 (subject to availability, restrictions apply). Call today!!!

Best Western Northwest Indiana Inn
3830 179th Street
Hammond, Indiana 46323

For the card, we have four Class-A bouts topping things off.

Jake Shields of San Francisco is coming in with his sites set on the number 2 spot in the World rankings and a shot at the World belt. He also is looking to get some redemption on the current number 1 ranker Ray Cooper whom defeated Shields in a very close decision out in Hawaii. His opponent Milton Vieira is hungry to break into the SHOOTO and U.S. scene and will come to fight. He is a crafty BJJ player but Jake may have the better all around game.

More Class-A action has the Chicago land's own Dan Gilbert going in against Luis "Buscape" whom a lot of people have talking about lately. As Vieira's teammate, he also has top-level BJJ skills and this looks like the classic Wrestling vs. BJJ scenario.

Then we have the VERY experienced Brian Gassaway taking on Keith Hackney protégé Gideon Ray who is determined to make his mark by getting a big win here.

The last Class-A bout on the card has the potential to be the showstopper. The impressive Ryan Ackerman will be matching his talents against Joe Jordan out of Kentucky. Jordan is coming off a big win out in Hawaii were he bested Eddie Yagin of Grappling Unlimited. Now at 3-0 in SHOOTO he has been elevated to Class-A. Ackerman needs a win badly after dropping two to some of the best names in the weight class (Jeff Curran and Bozo Paling). He looked good in each performance and wants to prove he belongs in that echelon. The winner here will find himself high in the Americas rankings AND on a plane to Japan to take on none other than the legendary Rumina Sato in his 143 lbs debut. Good luck to both men.

In the Class-B action we have a pair of Miletich up-and-comers in Spencer Fisher and Drew Mcedries. Both men are ready to shine and represent the MFS in a way that we have all come to expect. They are taking on strikers Adam Gibson and Rafal Pisczek respectively. SHOOTO win.

Another Hackney fighter on the card is Mustafa Hussani, and he is taking on Eddie Wineland of Duneland Vale Tudo. This is the SHOOTO debut for both fighters and it is at the lower weight class of 135 lbs, which SHOOTO has been known to favor.

Then we have the very formidable Kendrick Johnson from the Thai Wrestling Team in Iowa coming in to challenge Bart Palaszewski from Team Linxx under Jeff Curran. Two skilled grapplers who promise to entertain.

The Midwest Fighting Championship has the goal of bringing the best talent in the world to the Midwest where the greatest fans in the world can see it all live. This first card will do just that and it's a huge step for Shooto's development in America. Get your tickets today by going to www.Midwestfighting.com/Ticketsales.html or call (847)399-9550. Tickets are also available at the door of the Hammond Civic Center - $25 General Admission / $35 floor seats. DON'T MISS IT!!!

  Monday - May 26, 2003 - Memorial Day

Memorial Day Flag Full Contact Fighter would like to thank all the men and women who have fought in the many wars to preserve our freedoms. Many unsung heroes have lost their lives in the fight for freedom. Full Contact Fighter would like to thank you and thank the families of the fallen heroes.

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
PRIDE.26 Matches

All have been announced for PRIDE.26...
  • 1st Match:
    Nino "Elvis" Schembri (Brazil/Gracie Barra Academy) vs.
    Kazuhiro Hamanaka (Japan/Takada Dojo)

  • 2nd Match:
    Anderson Silva (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy) vs.
    Daiju Takase (Japan/Free)

  • 3rd Match:
    Ricardo Arona (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team) vs.
    Alistair Overeem (Holland/Golden Glory)

  • 4th Match:
    Qinonton "Rampage" Jackson (USA/Team Punishment) vs.
    Mikhail Ilioukhine (Russia/Russian Top Team)

  • 5th Match:
    Don Frye (USA/Free) vs.
    Mark Coleman (USA/Hammer House)

  • 6th Match:
    Mirko Cro Cop (Croatia/Cro Cop Squad Gym) vs.
    Heath Herring (USA /Golden Glory)

  • 7th Match:
    PRIDE Heavyweight champion
    Emelianenko Fedor (Russia/Russian Top Team) vs.
    Kazuyuki Fujita (Japan/Inoki Office)
Date: June 8th 2003
Place: Yokohama Arena
Open:16:30 Start: 18:00

By Loretta Hunt
Big-Time Boxing Crossover In The Works?
Briggs Is Game, But Needs More Time

How close is heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs to entering mixed martial arts competition? Paying heed to every half-baked rambling on the Internet these days, you'd think the 6'4" dreadlocked knockout machine would be stepping into the UFC's Octagon tomorrow. But, back here in the world of reality, Full Contact Fighter has the exclusive word on Briggs' potential career in the sport.

A spokesperson for Briggs' management team at American Top Team had this to say today regarding premature accounts announcing that Briggs has indeed signed a deal with the UFC to fight on their next card. "No, he hasn't. Shannon is very interested in competing in MMA. Right now the pro boxing is his main focus, but he is interested in doing it -- just not quite yet. He doesn't quite think he is at the level he needs to be to participate in MMA at the level of the UFC.":

Taken from an extensive FCF interview conducted with Mr. Briggs last Wednesday, the 37-4-1 professional boxer verified his current status with the sport:

FCF:   How serious are the rumors that you will be competing in MMA in the future?
SB:     Very serious, as for as me fighting MMA. Hopefully, some time this year if not early next year. I think a lot of people are anticipating it a lot sooner than it's actually gonna to happen, but it's gonna happen for sure without a doubt. I'm training with American Top Team at their new facility... It's great for me to be training with them for my boxing career and for my future and potential MMA career.

FCF:   Where are you in this process? Have there been any talks with the UFC or any other MMA promotions? Any contracts introduced? Any potential opponents named?
SB:     I'd like to first begin by saying that I am a white belt [laughs heartily], and I don't see at any time in the near future that I will be advancing because the American Top Team trainers are very hard. [Ricardo] Liborio, Marcelo Silveira, and Conan [Silveira]-- these guys are very serious about jiu-jitsu training and MMA. So, I'm just working hard and unfortunately with my boxing schedule, it's hard to train MMA everyday with the injuries and being on the mat. But like I said, I'm very serious about it. I love it. It's something that I look forward to doing.

As part of the two-hour long interview, Briggs also gave details on his last year of training with Florida's American Top Team, talked about which MMA promoters have approached him for employment, named who he'd like to square off against first, and commented on the boxing skills used by various fighters in MMA today. The interview, conducted by this very reporter, will appear in its entirety in the June issue of Full Contact Fighter.

  Tuesday - May 27, 2003

Ricardo Arona out of PRIDE 26
By Eduardo Alonso

      In a surprising turn of events, Brazilian fighter Ricardo Arona has pulled out from his fight against Alistair Overeem in PRIDE 26, due to illness. Arona is coming off of an Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship Superfight win against veteran wrestler Mark Kerr, this past May 17th, and was to make his PRIDE comeback in June, stepping into the Japanese ring for the first time since his win over Chute Boxe fighter Murilo Ninja Rua at PRIDE 23. Unfortunately Ricardo became ill with a very strong flu, diagnosed as almost the start of pneumonia, and is experiencing high fever and all sorts of head and body aches. He is forced to quit his training routine and has been advised by the doctors not to compete in the next PRIDE show. Arona's friend Mario Sperry was victim of the same flu, which cost him a better perfomance in Abu Dhabi, and Ricardo probably got the illness from Sperry since both were in the same hotel room during the Submission Wrestling competition. According to the Abu Dhabi 2003 superfight champion's camp, the PRIDE organization has already been informed of the fact that Arona isn't competing anymore, and a replacement will be announced soon. Both Mario Sperry and Ricardo Arona are now taking medication and recovering with expectations of being part of PRIDE's August card.

  Thursday - May 29, 2003

Pete Spratt
Pete Spratt on BET this Saturday

3-time UFC veteran and RING OF FIRE Champion Pete THE SECRET WEAPON Spratt will be on the BET Network's sports show "Maad Sports" (www.bet.com/maadsports) this Saturday at 11:00 a.m. central standard time. The show will focus on the sport and it's athletes as the SECRET WEAPON gives BET viewers a behind the scenes look at a UFC event.

Please tune in, boost the ratings, and as always: SUPPORT THE SPORT

Thank You,
Sven "BOOGIE" Bean

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By Eduardo Alonso
Profight Combat Show
brings NHB back to yet another Brazilian Capital, and Brazilian Top Team use their young guns to break ground!

      After being banned in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, our beloved sport of No Holds Barred fighting is now accepted there once again, and this conquer debuted with yet a new event appearing in Brazil. The state of Rio Grande do Sul is one of the most important and richest states of Brazil, located in the extreme south of the country. Getting our sport back in this region is very important for all the Brazilian fighting community, and PROFIGHT COMBAT SHOW had the task of being the first show to be held there after the ban, not only in the state but in the city of Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, as well! Porto Alegre is probably Brazil's fourth or fifth biggest city, and if the sport succeeds there it'll most certainly open a great market for promoters and fighters.
      The first step in this direction, PROFIGHT COMBAT, took place this past Saturday, May 24th, and it was promoted by MECA veteran and Brazilian Top Team athlete Luis Britto, counting with the support of friends such as Mario Sperry. Needless to say, some Brazilian Top Team young fighters carried the torch of the team in this new show, as seven NHB fights were scheduled for the Saturday night. A crowd of more than 1,000 spectators showed up to see the action live, and the show counted with famous referees such as Murilo Bustamante and Mario Sperry, as well as coverage of important Brazilian magazines such as TATAME. The action ended up consisting of six fights, cause Bitetti Combat veteran and BTT member Marcelo Alfaia ended up being forced to to withdraw moments before his fight due to stomach problems. In the ring the action satisfied the crowd, with newcomer Flavio Ferreira, student of legendary Ricardo De La Riva, showing great Jiu Jitsu skills and getting his opponent in a rear naked choke to win the fight! Bitetti Combat veteran Paulo Boiko came in for his second NHB fight and also did a good job, beating a game opponent in Alexandre Baby by judges' decision in a tough and competitive fight.
      Since the highlight of the show was the presence of Brazilian Top Team fighters, and Marcelo Alfaia couldn't compete, the show was granted by Carlos Baruck and Fabiano Capoane. Baruck showed a solid game against a tough opponent in Jeremias, who took him to a judges' decision but didn't jeopardize Carlos' win. On his part Fabiano Capoane showed why he is believe to be a fighter of a great future in the BTT camp and took quick work of Rafael Flores, controlling the action and forcing him to tap out due to knee strikes to the ribs still in the first round. The show also saw a great battle between local fighters Joao Assis and Valdir Linhares, with back and forth action until Joao got a rear naked choke to win the fight in the third and final round. In the end everything went smooth for the first NHB event in Porto Alegre since the ban took place, and now promoters are already planning the next one, in times No Holds Barred events seem to be appearing everywhere and all the time in Brazil! May the trend continue! Here are the results:
  • Jorge Velho (Union) def. Lindomar Silva (Profight) by armbar in the 1st round.
  • Joao Assis (Profight) def. Valdir Linhares by rear naked choke in the 3rd round.
  • Carlos Baruck (Brazilian Top Team) def. Jeremias "Punhos de Aço" by judges' decision after 3 rounds
  • Flavio Ferreira (De La Riva) def. Jurandir Teixeira (Union) by rear naked choke in the 1st round.
  • Paulo Boiko (Paulo Caruso) def. Alexandre Baby (Otavio Duarte) by judges' decision after 3 rounds
  • Fabiano Capoane (Brazilian Top Team) def. Rafael Flores (Boxing/Judo) by tap out in the 1st round

From the event's promoter:
EEC#8 - Fighter Lineup

Saturday June 7th, 2003 Everett will again host the northwest's toughest kickboxers and Pankration fighters. Everett National Guard Armory - 2730 Oaks - Everett, WA Doors open at 7pm fights start at 8pm. Tickets on sale now!!!

Main event:
"Bad Boy" Boyd Ballard vs. Bill Mahood
Boyd's record is 5-1, with his only loss to current UFC Heavyweight Champ Tim Silvia. Boyd holds the UFCF Washington State and Pacific Northwest Heavyweight title Belts, and he's not planning on letting them go. Boyd's wrestling skills have proven to much for most fighters with Boyd getting the takedown and working the ground and pound. Hard-hitting Canadian Bill Mahood is not impressed, Bill has a Record of 8-2-1-1. All of Bill's wins have been by knockout. Bill has the reputation of bringing the fight to his opponents. This fight is a Pacific Northwest Pankration Title Belt Defense.

Other Fights:
Otto Olson vs. Eddy Ellis Washington State Pankration Title
Brian Jones vs. Paul Gravelle - Pacific Northwest Muay Thai Title Fight
Jeremy Saunders vs. Scott Norton - Washington State Pankration Title Fight
Allan Cameron vs. Jonthan Cooper - Novice Kickboxing
Kirill Shislove vs. Jacob O. - Boxing
Calito Francisco vs. Jason Bellow - Novice Pankration
Shawn Cahill vs. Shawn Gallo - A Class Pankration
Will Makison vs. Bryce Hamilton - Kickboxing
Joey Holt vs. Joel Petit - A Class Pankration
Angkler Mao vs. Tony Williams - Muay Thai
Mike Katayann vs. Faris Alzeragi - Muay Thai
Neil Burton vs. Matt Faris - Kickboxing
Buck Bisbey vs. Thai Kongchunji - A class Pankration

From the event's promoter:
Advanced BKJ's Jiu-Jitsu Tournament

Advanced BKJ (Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network), presents West Virginia's first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Submission Grappling Tournament on Saturday, August 16, 2003, at Sissonville High School in Charleston, West Virginia. This will be a very exciting weekend full of action and competition.

Since West Virginia provides a central location to many of the surrounding states that are starving for a nice format to compete in, we look for this tournament to be very successful. Interest has already been seen from many individuals in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. We look for interest to increase as the word gets out.

Pre-registration is now open and we encourage individuals to get their forms in as soon as possible. This will not only help the tournament run smoother, but will also give those who pre-register a discount. Pre-registration is just $25.00 ($30.00 to compete in everything) and it closes on August 8th.

Both Gi and No-Gi Divisions are available for Men, Women, and Teens. Beautiful trophies and awards will be presented to the winners. We also have great prizes donated by Jiu-Jitsu International (a brand new Gi of your choosing) and many other companies.

We also have a unique event called, "BKJ Rules Fighting", which will be a 'watered-down' form of MMA that will allow people their first taste of the MMA experience without all of the bruises associated with it. This event will allow competitors to punch and kick to the body while on the feet, punch to the body while on the ground, and be a continuous fight with no interruptions. A Gi is not required and it will be one 3-5 minute round. We look for this event to be very exciting and give individuals a new environment to test their skills even further and possibly warm up before they get into a real MMA fight.

Feel free to contact me for any additional information and/or questions.

Butch Hiles
Advanced BKJ - Royce Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Network
Email: advancedbkj@yahoo.com
Cell Phone: 304-533-3210
Fax: 14198310444

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FCF New Issue In this issue...

UFC 43 Closeup: Frank Mir.

They've been sweeping through the MMA and grappling worlds of late, meet the American Top Team.

Sudo Vs. Ludwig: What The Judges Saw the judges at UFC 42 discuss their thoughts and methodology for judging the controversial UFC 42 bout

Judging Genius: Meet MMA Judge/Stuntman Douglas Crosby.

We preview UFC 43.

A Fresh Start: The Way To Go? - UFC ref John McCarthy & UFC Prez Dana White talk about the restarts that comes into play after fighters have been separated for a medical check.

Ring Of Fury 3 - A night of knockouts.

BAMA's Fight Night 20: An action-packed night.

M-1: Russia Against The World.

RINGS Lithuania - Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas.

World Freestyle Fighting Championships 4 MMA action in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Pacific Fighting Championships live from Honolulu, Hawaii.

Strikers Rule At FFC V.

Midevil's Mayhem: Kentucky Hosts First MMA Event.

This month's SHOOTO Report brings you fight action from Holland.

Storm Muay Thai Grand Prix: Anderson Silva brings the magic, as blood, guts, surprises and tears play parts in drama in Curitiba.

Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther's latest article on Functional Core Training: Beyond The "Six Pack".

Heath Herring BioFile.

Controversy: Fight fans talk about Ludwig vs. Sudo & Tito vs. Liddell vs. Couture.

In our monthly columns...
In Matt Hume's techniques, Matt Hume & Trevor Jackson demonstrate a Crotch Throw; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses Jab Drills For Building A Better Defense Part 2.

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  Friday - May 30, 2003

Ring of Combat 3
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Ring Of Combat Championship
150lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Elvis Garcia (Tiger Schulmann) Vs.
Nardu Debrah (Team Renzo Gracie/Universal Defense)

Ring Of Combat Championship
185lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

James Gabbet (Team Renzo Gracie) Vs.
Jose Rodriguez (Pitts Pen)

Professional Mixed Marital Arts
189lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Peter "Drago" Sell (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.
Derek Johnson (Team Endgame)

Professional Mixed Marital Arts
189-205lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Tom Muller (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.
Erik Certo (Ultimate Sambo)

Professional Mixed Marital Arts
145lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Shennen Maceo (Team Tiger Schulmann) Vs.

Professional Mixed Marital Arts
Over 205lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Erik Shaver (Bellmore Kickboxing Academy) Vs.
Jay White (Team Renzo Gracie)

Professional Mixed Marital Arts
175lb Limit/3 5-Min. Rounds

Luke Cuomo (Serra-Longo Competition Team) Vs.
Dave Tirelli (Team Tiger Schulmann)

Mixed Marital Arts
179lb Limit/1 10-Min. Round

Steve Kim (Team Renzo Gracie) Vs.
Michael Wright (Ultimate Sambo)

Mixed Marital Arts
150lb Limit/1 10-Min. Round

Mike Wojcik (Team Freedom) Vs.
Jay Malley (Tong Dragon)

Card subject to change
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Live From the Mennen Sports Arena Morristown, NJ

161 East Hanover Avenue - Morristown, New Jersey 07960

Tickets are available at these locations:
Tiger Schulmann's Karate (800)52-TIGER
Ray Longo's International Martial Arts Academy (516)294-6313
Louis Neglia's Martial Arts Karate, Inc. (718)372-9089
Prices: General Admission $35, Floor Seating $50, Corporate Table $1200

*** 139-145 lb Fighter Needed for this show! ***
The pay for the fight is $350 and the promoter will pick up the costs of the medical procedures required by the NJ State Athletic Commission (the value of these procedures is around $1000, which means you get free medicals that may be used for other upcoming fights you may be interested in). The fighter will also be given a free hotel room for Saturday night. If interested, please contact MMAFights@aol.com with your name, contact info, training background and fight experience.

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