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  Friday - October 3, 2003
UFC 42: Sudden Impact

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UFC 42: Sudden Impact - held April 25, 2003 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida

Welterweight Championship
Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk

Welterweight Bouts
Robbie Lawler vs. Pete Spratt
Romie Aram vs. Dave Strasser

Heavyweight Bout
Wesley Correira vs. Sean Alvarez

Light Heavyweight Bout
Evan Tanner vs. Rich Franklin

Middleweight Bout
Mark Weir vs. David Loiseau

Lightweight Bouts
Genki Sudo vs. Duane Ludwig
Richard Crunkilton vs. Hermes Franca

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By Eduardo Alonso
Allan Goes to Face Gustavo Ximu at HEAT FC 2!

      As the 27th of November approaches, HEAT FC promoters continue to work on their second card with expectations to announce most of the fights in the coming days. One major fight in the card was, however, signed in the past few days. Brazilian Top Team member, UFC and PRIDE veteran Allan Goes is set to face Ruas Vale Tudo team member, RINGS and KOTC veteran Gustavo Ximu Machado in a fight that promises to bring the old rivalry between Jiu Jitsu and Luta Livre back to its fierce days. Coming from a unexpected loss at KOTC against Benji Radach, Gustavo Machado already fought BTT member Ricardo Arona at RINGS some years ago, and scored a win by submission over MMA veteran Jorge Macaco Patino at MECA 6. As most Ruas Vale Tudo members, Ximu has a Luta Livre background, and that caused most of his rivalry with Arona and other BTT members, adding a bit of spice for this match. Allan Goes needs no introduction to most MMA fans, with fights at the UFC and PRIDE in his career. Coming from a win at MECA 8 against Carlinhos Lima, Goes was craving for a top opponent to build his stock again and open doors at events abroad for him soon, and defeating Machado may be the perfect opportunity for him. Altough HEAT FC has now introduced weight classes, a limit of 88 kg was agreed to his fight by both fighters. Look for more news about the card for HEAT FC 2 soon here at FCF, as the show will take place on the 27th of November in Natal, Brazil.

From Dream Stage Entertainment:
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LOS ANGELES, California - At a special press conference in Tokyo, all of the surviving participants from TOTAL ELIMINATION were present to determine the brackets for the conclusion of the middleweight tournament at PRIDE FC: FINAL CONFLICT.

Finalists Hidehiko Yoshida, Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, and Wanderlei Silva were all in attendance. After a random selection from the four fighters, Yoshida won the choice of choosing his opponent, thus determining the formation of all brackets. The Olympic gold medallist selected PRIDE FC Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva as his opponent, meaning Quinton Jackson will now face Chuck Liddell.

The winners of each of these match-ups will go on to the final round, which will be held on the same evening.

Fight Card

Semi Final round of the eight man middleweight tournament:

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Chuck Liddell (USA)

More matches for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.
Fight Card is subject to change.

FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

From the event's promoter:
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Sport Fight Devastation Show
Oregon City, Oregon on Oct 11, 2003

  • UFC/Pride Style Mixed Martial Arts Fights
  • Local Celebrities: Current UFC Undisputed Light heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland, UFC Veteran Evan Tanner And More!
  • Great Food From Rodders Pub and Grub
  • Beer and Booze
  • FREE Giveaways
Mixed Martial Arts Fights ... EXCITING
Food, Beer, Booze and Party ... FUN
Exciting Local Fighters Competing: Larry Vandervort

Sport Fight Is The Ultimate Evolution Of One On One Combat
Promoted By Olympic Silver Medalist Matt Lindland and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture

Schedule of Events:
Saturday October 11, 2003

Rodders Pub and Grub
19195 S. Mollala Ave. Oregon City, OR. 97045
Doors open at 6:30 Fights start at 7:30

Party With The Fighters After at Rodder!

Main Events:
Larry Vandervort VS Delon the Won
Also Ryan Schultz VS Travis George

Plus A Full Card Of Featured Fights For A Full Night Of Fun And Action. Don't Miss This! Only 400 Ticket will be sold and they are going fast. Affordable Ticket Prices! Tickets Available At Team Quest Order by Phone (503) 661-4134 Or buy now at Rodder.

Ringside $40
Preferred $30

From the event's promoter:

Last Saturday Afternoon at the Grand Central Casino in Tacoma Washington, the sell-out crowd got what they paid for, plenty of action and excitement.

Matt Farris of Olympia vs Rick Parker of Federal Way got things started with what many thought was the fight of the night. Toe to toe punches and kicks were thrown by both fighters, it seemed as through someone put energizer batteries in them before each round. Matt Farris pulled off a close decision win in this Kickboxing bout. No one seemed to notice that the two pankration bouts were canceled due to injury, as they took in the action of Kickboxing and Mauy Thai bouts.

Semi Main Event had Reni Aquino (9-4-0) of Eugene Or. taking on Jacob Mapes (6-1-0) of Bremerton Wa. in a 5 round Jr. Welterweight Mauy Thai fight. Kirk Jensen, the fight Matchmaker had informed both the Main event fighters that in case of a draw, these being Title fights, there would be an extra round to determine a WINNER. As luck would have it, these two warriors fought to a draw. When the draw was announced the crowd booed of course, no one likes a draw. Then they were told of the "new" rule and the cheers were deafening! In the 6 and final round Reni Aquino pulled off a close split decision win to take the Title.

Main Event had Local boy, Brian Jones Jr.(10-2-0) vs Canada's (and K-1 Veteran) Phil Petit (25-8-2). Round one had Jones scoring at will with punches, Kicks and Knees. Then in round 2, Phil connected with an over hand right and put the local down for an eight count. Two more knockdowns in this round by Petit seemed to all but end the fight. Round 3 was more of the same, dropping the game Jones twice. Round 4 looked to be over once again as jones was floored with another overhand right. The hometown crowd never gave up, still cheering for Jones to come back. Jones came out for the last round and seemed revived by the cheers as he dominated the final round and put Petit against the ropes and pounded on him until the final bell. Petit won the fight, but Jones proved he had a heart of a lion and made his fans proud.

Other results: Sailar Ear (Bellevue Wa.) DEC. - Keith Bach (Tacoma Wa.) Kickboxing

Felix Bunton (Spokane Wa) DEC. Elijah Finch ( Olympia Wa.) Kickboxing

Dan Harrington (Skokane Wa.) Won by 1st round KO over Ahern Owen (Chicago Il.) Mauy Thai


  Saturday - October 4, 2003
From the event's promoter:
Gilbert returns in Extreme Challenge 54

      ST. CHARLES, Ill. -- Joey Gilbert has never been a fighter to do things the easy way.
      The 4-time Illinois High School wrestling champion was a surprising success in the Abu-Dhabi grappling event before he jumped headfirst into mixed martial arts, facing Naoya Uematsu in Shooto and B.J. Penn in the UFC in his first two fights. Now, after more than 2 years off, Gilbert will return to MMA on Oct. 11 in Extreme Challenge 54.
      Gilbert, of Chicago, will face undefeated Dan Covel of Clark Mills, N.Y., in a feature bout of the 14-bout card.
      Headlining the event will be a 4-man 170-pound tournament to crown the Extreme Challenge champion.
      Battling for the championship belt will be 6-time UFC competitor LaVerne Clark; EC tourney veteran Jay Buck; Keith Hackney protege Rafal Piszczek; and Raw Team member Mac Danzig.
      Extreme Challenge 54 will be held at Sportsplex, the same venue as EC 51. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.
      "We haven't crowned a champion in a long, long time," said EC promoter Monte Cox. "Since we're starting to do more events, it seemed like bringing back the titles would add some excitement."
      Previous EC champions who advanced to the UFC include: Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, Shonie Carter; Bobby Hoffman, Adrian Serrano, and Phil Johns.
      Buck will face Piszczek, and Clark will face Danzig, in the opening round.
      Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at Curran Martial Arts (815) 356-0454 and Sportsplex (630) 762-8100.
      For more information, check out the event website: extremechallenge.tv.


John Bolger vs. Brandon Adamson, 155lbs

Adam Maciejewski vs. Greg Franklin, Hwt.

Brian Bresler vs. David Hayes, 165lbs

Rory Markham vs. Trevor Garrett, 185lbs


Steve Dau vs. Jason Guida, 185lbs

Ron Fields vs. Sam Hoger, 210lbs

Mac Danzig vs. LaVerne Clark, 170lbs

Rafal Piszczek vs Jay Buck, 170lbs


Terry Martin vs. Bill Hill, 205lbs

Mustafa Hussaini vs. Matt Horning, 135lbs

Kerry Shall vs. Demian Decorah, Hwt.


Bart Palaszewski vs. Jay Estrada, 155lbs

Joey Gilbert vs. Dan Covel, 155lbs

Main Event
Middleweight championship bout

  Monday - October 6, 2003
October 11th K-1 "Final Elimination" Osaka, Japan Lineup and Matchups Confirmed
Written by Michael Afromowitz

With the Saturday, October 11th K-1 "Final Elimination" card just around the corner, the seven matchups for the Osaka, Japan card have been hammered out. Here is the lay of the land for the first K-1 Japan event in history that will air live on United States Pay-Per-View television:

Peter Aerts (Holland) vs. Jerrel Venetiaan (Holland)

Ray Sefo (New Zealand) vs. Carter Williams (United States)

Francisco Filho (Brazil) vs. Stefan Leko (Germany)

Alexey Ignashov (Belarus) vs. Mike Bernardo (Republic of South Africa)

Ernesto Hoost (Holland) vs. Cyril Abidi (France)

Bob Sapp (United States) vs. Remy Bonjasky (Holland)

Jerome LeBanner (France) vs. Francois Botha (Republic of South Africa)

At 32 years of age, Peter Aerts is seeking his 4th career K-1 World Grand Prix title. While injuries plagued him during the second half of 2001 and the first quarter of 2002, "The Dutch Lumberjack" imposed his will this year and racked up enough victories to earn a spot in the October 11th event that will award each of its single fight winners a place in December 7th's World Grand Prix Finals tournament. Another one of Holland's promising talents, Jerrel Venetiaan earned his place in the "Final Elimination" loop by defeating three straight opponents during May 30th's K-1 World Grand Prix single-elimination tournament in Basel, Switzerland.

Making his debut in Japan, 23-year-old American Carter Williams will be overmatched by K-1 veteran Ray Sefo in terms of fighting experience in K-1's birthplace, but not in terms of raw talent. Beginning with his May K-1 USA tournament win when he outpointed defending champion Michael McDonald and stopped Japan's Yusuke Fujimoto and six-time world kickboxing champion Rick Roufus, Williams proved he belongs in the big show. Since that career breakthrough night, Williams has reeled off four more consecutive victories, three of which came by way of knockout. Sefo, a former International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) world kickboxing champion and the 2000 K-1 World Grand Prix Finals runner-up, enjoys the status of one of K-1's most popular athletes. 2002 was arguably the New Zealander's best year to date on the fighting circuit as he earned five wins in six appearances.

On July 13th, Brazilian Kyokushin Karate star, Francisco Filho, made his long-awaited return to K-1 action after back-to-back knee and shoulder injuries sidelined him for over 12 months. Filho's appearance on October 11th will be his second of the year since he fought fellow K-1 standout Mike Bernardo to a draw during his comeback fight in Fukuoka, Japan. Germany's Stefan "Blitz" Leko has become an increasingly dangerous force in "The New Fighting Sport" since he took the August 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinals crown by brutally knocking out Aerts in the championship round of the eight-man single elimination tournament at Las Vegas, Nevada's Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Team Glory mentor and mastermind kickboxing trainer, Cor Hemmers of Holland, who assumed command over Leko's training last year, is credited as the primary force behind his 29-year-old protégé's improvement.

25-year-old Alexey Ignashov has earned the respect of his international competition during his three years of activity in the K-1 Superheavyweight circuit. The 6'5", 239 pound fighter's long knees are recognized as one of the most potent forces in the fight game and have earned him the nickname "The Scorpion." South African Mike Bernardo has repeatedly beaten his top-flight opponents to the punch with superior western boxing skills that led him to the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Heavyweight championship several years ago. Bernardo has gone as far as the championship round of the World Grand Prix Finals tournament in 1996, but has not yet stood in the winner's circle of the Tokyo Dome.

Aside from being the most accomplished fighter in K-1 history with a record four World Grand Prix titles under his belt, Holland's Ernesto Hoost has shown that he is, perhaps, the tournament's most durable fighter who deserves an "Iron Man" award for his refusal to slow down at the age of 38. 2003 has been another year under sun for Hoost, who picked up victories in both of his appearances earlier this year. In 1999, French kickboxer Cyril Abidi debuted in K-1 competition with a brilliant five-round victory over Petar Majstorovic and followed the performance up with two consecutive knockouts over Aerts and a technical knockout over Sefo. Since that early stage of his career, though, Abidi has experienced some rough times as he was twice viciously mauled last year by opponents possessing much lesser stand-up fighting experience in Sapp and mixed martial arts heavyweight contender, Quinton Jackson.

On August 15th, appearances by Sapp and Remy Bonjasky highlighted the K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio" Las Vegas card. While the 6'3", 365-pound Sapp narrowly escaped the clutches of Superfight opponent Kimo by recovering from a knockdown and delivering his own high-powered knockout blow, Bonjasky put on an aggressive and dynamic display of high-flying kicks and knees to capture the eight-man tournament championship and the admiration of the 8,000 spectators in attendance. Labeled time and time again as the "next Ernesto Hoost," Bonjasky is expected to be tested next week as he will face a fighter who carries over one hundred pounds more than him and one who enjoys punishing his opponents at close range where Bonjasky often strikes with his airborne tactics. Sapp is coming off of a September 21st first round victory over fellow former NFL player, Stefan Gamlin.

Styles will likely collide most when two-time K-1 World Grand Prix Finals runner-up Jerome LeBanner squares off with the event's curveball in heavyweight boxing contender, Francois Botha. Added to the card last week after he came to terms with K-1's front office in Japan, Botha will test his elite western boxing skills under K-1 rules for the first time. LeBanner, a swing-for-the-fences style fighter who sustained a broken elbow during his World Grand Prix Finals championship round bout with Hoost last December, reaffirmed his standing as one of the sport's best by earning victories during both of his ring appearances this year. The French kickboxer, whose defensive skills have been questioned at times, could very well be taken to task by the polished punching techniques of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) number 10-rated opponent.

From the event's promoter:
Results From

Another great event at Eagle Mountain Casino, The Casino expanded the event venue to accommodate the fans that had to be turned away at the prior sell out event. This time there was over 3000 in attendance who witnessed the fight card which had a massive 21 fights. Up and comer Dustin Arden who just lost to Jeff Newton on Pay Per View at King of the Cage got back on track with a split decision win over a very game West Smiley. This was probably the bloodiest fight ever in Gladiator Challenge History. Chuck Kim pounded his way to victory to defeat Steve Elisonda. Joe Stevenson won a KO victory securing his spot for an upcoming Pay Per View Title shot November 2nd Vs, Thomas Schulte at KOTC, Pinnacle, to be held at Pala Casino. Also Japanese fighter Kengo Ura now training with Ricco Chipparelli and the RAW team won a controversial decision victory over Brian Sleeman. Gladiator Challenge returns to Colusa Casino November 13th. Don't miss it.

Match Winner Loser Method Time Round
  1. Cory Hangos def. Mike Martinez - Submission (Rear Choke) 1:03 R1

  2. Willie Garfield def. Will Scott - Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1:40 R2

  3. Tino Alverado def. Tootee Cha - Submission 1:48 R1

  4. Santino Genaro def. Dale Medonald - TKO 1:05 R2

  5. Gilbert Magana def. Mark Wallace - ForfeIt R1

  6. Christy Mazariego def. Moniea Jafford - Submission (Americana) 0:29 R1

  7. Tony Ilames def. Hector Celaya Jr - Submission R1

  8. Kean Fisher def. Jose Pimentel - TKO 0:33 R1

  9. Albert Hill def. Michael Mendez - TKO 2:09 R1

  10. Tom Owens def. Paul Ward - Submission (Choke) 0:49 R1

  11. Anthony Ruiz def. Robert Escalara - KO 3:03 R1

  12. Palika Drummondo def. Reggie Escalara - TKO 0:17 R1

  13. Joe Hernandez def. Lee Anderson - Decision (Unanimous) R2

  14. Gab Contreas drew Pedro Tome

  15. Eddie Calantis def. Eric Eide - Submission 3:44 R2

  16. John Rodriguez def. Augie Garcia - TKO 1:29 R1

  17. Jonna Broad def. Jason Mccoy - TKO 0:14 R2

  18. Joe Stevenson def. Demitruis Jefford - KO 1:09 R1

  19. Dustin Arden def. West Smiley - Decision (Split) R3

  20. Chuck Kim def. Steve Elisonda - Decision R3

  21. Kengo Ura def. Brian Sleeman - Decision R3

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  Tuesday - October 7, 2003
Tim Sylvia weighs in at UFC 44
Official release from
Team Extreme and Miletich Fighting Systems

      UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia announced today that he had taken a banned substance prior to his title defense against Gan McGee on Sept. 26 in Las Vegas.
      "I made a terrible mistake ... the biggest mistake of my life," Sylvia said. "I wish I could take it back, but that isn't possible. So, I'm ready to accept the consequences for my actions."
      The Nevada State Athletic Commission notified Sylvia of the infraction earlier this week. Sylvia hopes to have a hearing in front of the board on Oct. 15 in Las Vegas.
      "After I won the title, I wanted to look better ... to have a better physique," Sylvia said. "I have never taken steroids before, so I tried it for a month after the Ricco fight. Now, it's obvious that it was a big mistake."
      Sylvia said he will abide by whatever decisions are made by the NSAC and Zuffa.
      "I just want to apologize for letting people down... my fans, my teammates, my family, the Nevada State Athletic Commission and the UFC," Sylvia said. "I can't express how disappointed I am in myself right now. I've gotten such great support from so many people ... I hope they will stick by me and help me get through this. I want to accept responsibility for what I did, do whatever I have to do to put it behind me, and move on with my career."

FCF Exclusive!
Tito Ortiz Battles Defeat in a Candid Interview, Speaks of Next Opponent

By Loretta Hunt

Tito underneath Randy Couture On the heels of last week's UFC 44, FCF has been able to secure the first exclusive interview with former light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz on his devastating loss to undisputed champion Randy Couture. In the comprehensive interview set to run in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, Ortiz speaks out on the fight, his injuries going in, who and when he wants to fight next, his rematch clause, and a slew of other hot topics. His answers may surprise you. An opening excerpt follows:

FCF:   Tito, thank you for taking the time to speak with FCF. With a week to reflect on the fight, you must have some thoughts regarding it.
TO:     It was everything I didn't expect. Randy Couture caught me totally off guard. He out-wrestled me in every aspect as a wrestler and as a fighter. It was his night. I couldn't take nothing away from him. Randy Couture showed me a weakness that I should have never looked past, and that was wrestling. I looked past it for the last month. I don't know why I could let myself do that. Of course, having a herniated disk in my back had a lot to do with it, but at the same time, I'm not taking nothing away from Randy Couture 'cause he did fight a tremendous fight. I'll tell you one thing, though, I'm going to be a lot meaner the second time because that just shows what type of takedowns I can take, what kind of punishment I can take, along with the same factor of defending myself. I mean, he never really hurt me one time. He had me mounted, he had me -- I was in every position you can get a guy when you take him down, but he never hurt me once.

FCF:   As round after round went by, while you remained unable to take some control of this fight, we can only imagine the thoughts that were running through your head.
TO:     It felt like a dream. It felt like a dream that I wanted to wake up. Every time he took me down it was so light and so, I don't know, it didn't feel real I guess 'cause none of it hurt. None of it felt real. I was having a bad dream. I was watching myself in a mirror. It was funny. It was really, really funny. It hurt me, but at the same time, it's just a factor of how much tougher it's going to make me. I have so much anger built up. This next time, Randy will be in trouble, that's for sure.

FCF:   It sounds like your gunning to fight Couture again right away.
TO:     Yeah. There's no one else to fight right now. I want to fight Randy again. In my mind, I have to get that loss back. I haven't been beaten in three and a half years. This is a fight I really want 'cause I can prove what kind of champion I really am. That wasn't Tito Ortiz that fought that night, I guarantee it. I couldn't believe Randy took me down that easy. Nobody takes me down that easy. I should have let my hands go in the first round. Randy had me intimidated for a second. I gave him too much respect.

FCF:   No one else to fight? I think there are a lot fans that say you could fight Chuck Liddell, maybe even Vitor Belfort first?
TO:     I have no problem fighting those guys right after. I'll fight Liddell right after. I think I at least should get a rematch for that, because of how we sold out the crowd and how many pay-per-views there were. Of how much work I did as a champion and how long I've been the champion, I think I deserve a rematch on that.

Find out what Ortiz had to say next, including his thoughts on matches with both Liddell and Belfort, as well as his response to fan feedback following his loss. All in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter.

  Wednesday - October 8, 2003
From Zuffa:

      LAS VEGAS, October 8, 2003 ... Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, today made the following statement concerning UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia:
      "We are very disappointed that the lab tests came back and showed that he used steroids. We fully support Tim in his efforts to respond to these charges and to work with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to come to a fair and just resolution. We also fully support the NSAC in whatever its judgment might be."

  Thursday - October 9, 2003
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Ultimate Rebuttal!
Champion Couture Speaks Out on Ortiz's Claims for Rematch

By Loretta Hunt

Randy Couture pounding on Tito Ortiz at UFC 44 We recently brought you Tito Ortiz and his desire for an immediate rematch. Now undisputed UFC light-heavyweight champion Randy Couture strikes back with his on thoughts on a rematch, who he thinks Ortiz and he should really fight, as well as insight into his recent showdown with "the Huntington Beach Bad Boy." It's all part of another exclusive interview to appear in this month's Full Contact Fighter. Let's take a look at an excerpt:

FCF:   Once again, congratulations on another stellar outing at UFC 44. I'd like to start by asking you about an interesting comment you made at the press conference following that fight. You said that in fighting Ortiz, he made you do a lot of things you didn't want to do.
RC:     Besides the time I spent working on my bottom game, I was referring to the other area of pre-fight hype. Tito kind of brings a certain intensity and persona to the pre-fight hype and it's not my style. It's not what I like to do. It's not how I like to represent myself or the sport. And he kind of forced me to stand up and do a few things that I'm uncharacteristically not used to doing -- talking back a little bit and fortunately for me I didn't have to make up a lot of what I felt. I pretty much said what I felt about the situation and was able to do that with conviction so that made it easier for me. Generally, I would have kept those thoughts and feelings to myself and just gone out and done my job.

FCF:   Jumping to the hot topic at hand, you stated at the press conference that you would gladly give Ortiz a rematch, but under a certain condition...
RC:     That's correct. I'll give him a rematch, but not until he fights Chuck Liddell.

FCF:   What if Liddell does less than favorably in PRIDE?
RC:     None of that matters. If Chuck wins PRIDE, then he's going to get a rematch with me. That makes sense. He'll hold the PRIDE belt and I'm holding the UFC belt in the light-heavyweight division; we should fight again and try to kinda unify those belts. If Chuck doesn't do well in PRIDE, if he doesn't get past Quinton [Jackson] or loses to Wanderlei [Silva], then it doesn't really matter. He's still a top contender in this weight class in the UFC and he and Tito should fight. Everybody wants to see that fight and Tito needs to answer that question.

Find out Couture's thoughts when we brought Vitor Belfort in the mix, as well as his plans for his next and final fight on his UFC contract. All in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter.

Say It 'Aint So!
UFC Champion Tim Sylvia Issued NSAC Complaint For Steroid Use

By Loretta Hunt

For a second time in less than two years, another UFC champion has tested positive for steroid use. Current heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia was verbally notified through his management a week after the fight that test results detecting anabolic steroid use had come back positive. As required by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) regulations, Sylvia had voluntarily submitted to a urinalysis following his title defense victory over Gan McGee at UFC 44, held on September 26, 2003 in Las Vegas. A formal written complaint, filed by the NSAC, was faxed to Sylvia's management and a copy mailed out to his Bettendorf, Iowa home.

In the complaint issued by Keith Kizer, Chief Deputy Attorney General and acting legal counsel for the NSAC, alleged violations included the use of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol Metabolite, a drug or injection that is not approved for use by the NSAC. More familiar by its street name, Winstrol, the drug is utilized to promote body tissue-building processes.

As part of standard procedure adopted after January 1, 2002, the NSAC began regular steroid testing in title fights for all its unarmed combat sports. For UFC 44, Sylvia, Gan McGee, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture all went through the requisite steroid testing, as well as standard drug testing, which includes scans for marijuana, various foreign substances and masking agents. Sylvia's urinalysis was the sole sample to come back positive for steroids. Kizer could not confirm if the other fourteen UFC 44 competitors that night were drug-tested as well.

Waiving his right to answer these allegations within 20 days of notice, Sylvia's management has already verbally communicated, with Kizer, the champion's admission to the charges filed in the complaint. Sylvia and his camp also issued a public statement on October 7th stating such. In response, the champion has been asked to appear before the NSAC's five-member board, chaired by Luther Mack, at a previously scheduled October 15th meeting. Since Sylvia has already acknowledged his wrongdoing, the meeting will most likely move into the NSAC's disciplinary phase. "I assume that's how it will go," stated Kizer, "unless he changes his mind [referring to Sylvia's admittance of guilt]. For better lack of the term, Sylvia will have to 'throw himself on the mercy of the court' and give reasons, if he can, as to why they should be lenient." Marc Ratner, the Executive Director of the NSAC, will present the evidence relevant to the case at the proceedings, with Kizer there to assist him. Monte Cox, Sylvia's manager, will also be in attendance, along with representatives of Zuffa Sports Entertainment, the promoters of the UFC. At this time, Sylvia is not planning on using legal counsel. (If for some reason Sylvia fails to attend these hearings, a decision can still be reached in his absence.)

Once under disciplinary consideration, Sylvia's license to fight in Nevada could be suspended for any given period of time deemed appropriate by the Commission, including permanent suspension or revocation of license. The least severe response would be to give Sylvia a warning. In lieu of or in addition to the suspension or revocation of his license, the NSAC can also administer a penalty not to exceed $250,000 or 100% of Sylvia's fighting purse, whichever is greater. Sylvia received a purse of $30,000 to fight McGee and a bonus of $30,000 for his win. In the written complaint, obtained by FCF, recommendations issued on behalf of the Executive Director included both a monetary fine and action taken on Sylvia's license.

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From Zuffa:

'Tank' Abbott Returns To Fight 'Cabbage' Correira In Heavyweight Action As Ultimate Fighting Championship Marks Its 10th Anniversary At Mohegan Sun Arena


      LAS VEGAS, October 8, 2003... Two of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) most popular fighters, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes and legendary Heavyweight Tank Abbott, will headline an all-star, eight-fight card LIVE on pay-per-view at UFC 45: Revolution starting at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
      UFC 45: Revolution, which will mark the UFC's 10th anniversary, will feature Hughes' fifth title defense against highly-rated Frank Trigg, while Tank, one of the UFC's all-time knockout artists, will meet Hawaiian power-puncher "Cabbage" Correira. The remainder of the card will be announced.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun box office and at www.tickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-477-6849 or 860-862-8499. All ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 45: Revolution will be available LIVE on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Hughes (29-3-0 in mixed martial arts), from Hillsboro, Ill., is considered by most experts the strongest pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. Known for his high amplitude body slams and devastating ground and pound attack, he won the welterweight title at UFC 34: High Voltage on November 2, 2001, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a second round knockout of Carlos Newton. Since then, he has looked more and more unstoppable in title defenses against Hayato Sakurai, Newton in a re-match, Gil Castillo and Sean Sherk.
      But in Trigg (9-1-0), from El Segundo, Calif., Hughes will be challenged by a fighter who feels he is more talented in all facets of MMA, including wrestling. Trigg is a four-time U.S.A Wrestling All-American and a 2000 Olympic trials wrestling finalist. He also is a second degree black belt in judo and the current World Fighting Alliance welterweight world champion. Trigg also has beaten Dennis Hallman, who defeated Hughes twice. Trigg says he knows Hughes is very strong and an excellent wrestler, but he is confident he is the better fighter.
      "Tank" (8-9-0) from Huntington Beach, Calif., is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC's ten-year history. All fans love knockouts and he has delivered some of the most memorable. Tank, who says he was born to fight, respects no martial arts style or fighter and says that even when he loses it is his opponent who usually ends up in the hospital.
      "Cabbage" (16-4-0) from Hilo, Hawaii, made his debut at UFC 39: The Warriors Return, September 27, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun, in an absolute war with future Heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia. Cabbage displayed fast hands and an incredible chin and fans demanded to see him again. He returned at UFC 42: Sudden Impact, April 25, in Miami, Fla., where he knocked out jiu-jitsu champion Sean Alvarez at 1:46 of the second round. Cabbage said he will be in the best shape of his life and will be ready to go to war with Tank.
      The UFC's first fight event, UFC 1: The Beginning, was held November 12, 1993, at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colo. That night, Royce Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau in the final match with a tap out by rear naked choke to become the first UFC champion. Other fighters on that first card included Ken Shamrock, Kevin Rosier, Art Jimmerson, Teila Tuli, Patrick Smith, Zane Frazier, Jason DeLucia and Trent Jenkins.

  Friday - October 10, 2003
Rumble On The Rock 4 Weigh-ins
All Star Hawaii
Thursday, October 09, 2003
7:00 PM
By Michael Onzuka

BJ Penn vs. Takanori Gomi
Penn vs. Gomi
      Anyone who knows the Penn family knows that when they do something, they never do it halfway. The star of the family, BJ starts Jiu-Jitsu and after only 4 years becomes the first non-Brazilian Black Belt World Jiu-Jitsu Champion. BJ then turns his efforts to MMA and debuts in the UFC, the most prestigious show in America. After only three fights, he gets a title shot. Now BJ's manager and older brother JD takes the lead as the promoter for the Rumble on the Rock. Usually, a new promoter starts his show on a low budget and with successful events builds to bigger and better production. As I said above, the Penn family comes out of the gate with a custom built UFC style octagon, two 20' screens, and a runway with a light setup that would make Dana White proud in their first show.
      After three successful events in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Penns decided to move the show to Oahu, which is easily the most populated island in the chain. Oahu has approximately 800,000 people of the about 1.1 million people that live in Hawaii. The promoters put out an avalanche of press hitting all the major radio stations, local TV, ESPN, Discovery, The Learning Channel, and other stations with commercials for this event. Their hope is to get not only the huge following that BJ has on the Big Island to come over to Oahu to watch him fight, but an already large fan base to turn out for some MMA action.
      Step one, get a great main event. How about the number one versus the number two fighters at 155 pounds squaring off? Half of that is easy enough since JD just had to walk down the hall and ask his brother BJ if he is game. BJ wants to be the best ever and the only way he can be the best is if he fights the best. Enter Takanori Gomi. Gomi was the most devastating fighter from Japan beating all comers until he was recently stopped by Joachim Hansen. Gomi is still considered number two in most MMA polls. After some negotiation, Gomi agrees. The Japanese fighters are always known for wanting to fight the best as well and for putting on great performances, especially in Hawaii. Interestingly enough, this is Gomi's second fight in Hawaii. His first was in Super Brawl 12 where he submitted Stephen "Bozo" Palling who also happens to be on this card. Both fighters agreed to a modification to the standard sanctioned rules of the UFC. The modifications are that liver kicks (similar to the type made famous by Royce Gracie) and north/south or straight up and down elbow strikes are legal. In normal rules, the fighters must throw an elbow with a hooking action in order for it to be legal. This rule change opens the possibility for a huge amount of damage. After all, look how much damage an elbow throwing expert like Tito Ortiz can do with the hooking elbows.
Dennis Hallman vs. Ray Cooper
Hallman vs. Cooper
      Step two; create a solid under card filled with popular local fighters taking on the best of the mainland. Done. Ray "Bradda" Cooper, Stephen "Bozo" Palling, and Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun are all on this card. They are not facing slouches by any means. Cooper faces off with the only man to defeat the world's best 170 pound fighter twice, Dennis "Superman" Hallman. UFC veteran, Gil Castillo, faces off against Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and Rumble on the Rock honed fighter Renato "Charuto" Verissimo. Castillo, being a pupil of Cesar Gracie and a title contender in both the 170 and 185 pound class of the UFC is a huge step up in caliber for Verissimo. The rest of the card is filled with gems which should keep the Hawaii fans satisfactorily occupied until the main event rolls around. Celebrities that are here for the event include Pitfight team mastermind, John Hackleman, UFC veteran Josh Thompson, referee Larry Landless, and none other than the New York Badass, Phil Baroni, who will be doing the commentary with yours truly.
      Can the Penns pull in the larger fan base of Oahu? If the amount of people that showed up at the weigh ins at All Star Hawaii is any indication, we are looking at a capacity crowd. This is the largest crowd that Hawaii events have had at a weigh in. All the fighters made weight, but some had to shed a pound or two which came off pretty quickly. The card is intact and Penn and Gomi are set to determine who the best is at 155.

Super Flyweight
Yobie Song (Jesus Is Lord) 134.0 lbs vs. Antonio Banuelos (Pitfight Team) 134.5 lbs

Lightweight Constructed 160 lb Class
Santino Defranco (808 Fight Factory) 156.5 lbs vs. Deshaun Johnson (HMC) 159.0 lbs

Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez (BJ Penn MMA) 170.0 lbs vs. Gabe Casillas (Debrazil Academy) 169.5 lbs

Light Heavyweight
David "Kawika" Pa'aluhi (Jesus Is Lord) 204.5 lbs vs. Joe Riggs (BRAUSA) 200.5 lbs

Stephen "Bozo" Paling (Jesus Is Lord) 144.5 lbs vs. Gilbert Melendez (Cesar Gracie)145.0 lbs

Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun (808 Fight Factory) 170.0 lbs vs. Sean Taylor 170.0 lbs

Renato "Charuto" Verissimo (BJ Penn MMA) 170.0 lbs vs. Gil Castillo (Cesar Gracie) 169.5 lbs

Andy Montana 250.0 lbs vs. Paul "The Executioner" Buenatello (American Kickboxing Academy) 243.0 lbs

Ray "Bradda" Cooper (Jesus Is Lord) 169.0 lbs vs. Dennis Hallman (Victory Athletics) 170.0 lbs

BJ Penn (BJ Penn MMA) 155.0 lbs vs. Takanori Gomi (K'z Factory) 154.0 lbs

  Saturday - October 11, 2003
Rumble On The Rock 4
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
October 10, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

When you hear names like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Jens Pulver and Matt Hughes, one thing comes to mind, fighters that dominated their respective divisions in MMA either past or present. Two more fighters want to have their name placed up alongside these legends, BJ Penn and Takanori Gomi. Both fighters have beaten the best of the West and the best of the East. Both fighters are coming off of disappointing results in their last fights, Gomi being handed his first loss by Joachim Hansen and Penn drawing with Caol Uno.
BJ Penn on Takanori Gomi's back
Penn vs. Gomi
Not enough can be said about two fighters that want to prove to the world which one of them is the best fighter at 155lbs. Tonight they did just that. In impressive fashion, BJ Penn systematically took apart Takanori Gomi, taking him down numerous times and pounding him with punches while there. A battered, bloody Gomi finally succumbed to a rear naked choke, which satisfied Penn because he was looking to finish the fight, not leave it in the judge's hands for a decision. Rumble On The Rock took a spectacular main event and loaded it to the hilt with one of the best undercards (at least by local standards) to support it. Some of the highlights of the evening were Banuelos looking unstoppable in his match with Yobi Song and unknown fighter, Gilbert Malendez dismantling Bozo Paling. That match would be paired up with another upset when Charuto Verissimo systematically took UFC veteran Gil Castillo apart and the quick ending to the Cooper-Hallman fight. The event was capped off by a heated "call out" session, which started when Phil Baroni said that he would knock out Falaniko Vitale. Vitale came to the octagon and that is how the fireworks started. Both exchanged insults, which ended up in both fighters offering to settle it right here, right now. Baroni even dropped his microphone and pulled off his commentating microphone. Referee Larry Landless and others kept the fighters separated. UFC President Dana White came into the ring along with co-host and New York Bad Ass, Phil Baroni and Cabbage Correira to announce their fights at the next UFC. Overall it was a well run event, with two large screens, a 30-foot octagon and video introductions and replays over the large screens. The next event promises to be bigger and better and should take place some time in January or February of next year.

Super Flyweight
Antonio Banuelos (Pitfight Team) def. Yobie Song (Jesus Is Lord)
TKO via doctor stoppage from cut at 2:39 into R3.

Santino Defranco (808 Fight Factory) def. Deshaun Johnson (HMC)
Disqualification due to kneeing a grounded opponent in Round 1.

Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez (BJ Penn MMA) def. Gabe Casillas (Debrazil Academy)
TKO via referee stoppage from strikes at 2:45 into R2.

Light Heavyweight
David "Kawika" Pa'alui (Jesus Is Lord) vs. Joe Riggs (BRAUSA)
This fight did not take place, Riggs reportedly slipped in the dressing room and suffered a concussion.

Gilbert Melendez (Cesar Gracie) def. Stephen "Bozo" Paling (Jesus Is Lord)
TKO via referee stoppage from strikes from mount at 4:56 into R2.

Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun (808 Fight Factory) vs. Shawn Taylor
TKO via corner throwing in the towel due to strikes from guard at 3:05 into R2.

Renato "Charuto" Verissimo (BJ Penn MMA) def. Gil Castillo (Cesar Gracie)
TKO, Castillo could not come out for round 3.

Paul "The Executioner" Buenatello (American Kickboxing Academy) def. Andy Montana
KO due to a kick to the head at 2:50 into R1.

Dennis Hallman (Victory Athletics) def. Ray "Bradda" Cooper (Jesus Is Lord)
Submission via guillotine choke at 0:50 into R1.

BJ Penn (BJ Penn MMA) def. Takanori Gomi (K'z Factory)
Submission via rear-naked choke at 2:38 into R3.

  Monday - October 13, 2003
M1: Russia Vs. the World 6
By Keith Mills

Moscow, Russia -- St. Petersburg based promotion M1 held their first show in Moscow, called "Russia vs. the World 6", on October 10th. The Russians were represented by the Red Devil Fight Team including UFC vets Amar Suloev and Andrei Semenov while the World "team" was represented by fighters from the U.S., Spain, the Netherlands, Japan, Brazil, and Germany. On the main card officially the Russians 9-2, however both Malkhasyan and Komisarov were listed as Russians in their fight and Komisarov lost.

Suloev vs. Okami
Suloev tagging Okami

The only foreign fighter to receive support from the fans was Heavyweight Champion Bob Schrijber in his fight against Roman Zentsov, the only title fight on the card. After tapping out, the 39-year-old Schrijber announced he was retiring although his future plans were not clarified.

Roman Zentsov defeating Bob Schrijber
Zentsov defeating Schrijber

The two U.S. fighters, Keith Wisniewski and Chris Albandia, went 1-1 with Keith getting an early guillotine choke off his opponent's shoot while Chris' loss was due to an eye injury sustained when both he and Semenov shot at the same time and accidently butted heads.

Daniel Tabeira vs. Sergei Kaznovski
Tabeira vs. Kaznovski
Ranking Fights;
Juri Ivlev def. Sergei Goliyaev 2:35 by choke
Alexey Prokofiev def. Sukharev Alexander 5:04 by choke
Ovagim Manusadjan def. Igor Abaev 2:51 by choke

Main Card:
Keith Wisniewski def. Danila Vaselov 1:54 by guillotine
Musail Alaudinov def. Engberg Joakim 6:59 by TKO
Ansar Chalangov def. Vladimir Yushko 2:16 by choke
Denis Komkin def. Tulio Costa 1:37 by foot lock
Mikhail Bogdanov def. Thomas Rahders 0:21 by TKO
Arman Gambaryan def. Fabricio Moura 2:11 by rear-naked choke
Andrei Semenov def. Chris Albandia 0:50 by doctor stoppage (cut from head collisions during takedown)
Amar Suloev def. Yoshin Okami 4:44 by TKO
Martin Malkhasyan def. Igor Komisarov 1:15 by strikes
Roman Zentsov def. Bob Schrijber 2:12 by submission (neck crank)
Daniel Tabeira def. Sergei Kaznovski 10:00 by judges' decision

United Full Contact Federation:
A Night of Champions II

Held October 11, 2003
At the Edmonds Community College
Lynnwood, Washington
By Mike Neva

Saunders pounding on Young
Saunders pounding on Young
Over 1000 rabid fans jam packed the intimate Edmonds Community College gym to see their home town favorite Boyd Ballard look to avenge the losses of team-mates Otto Olson and Landon Showalter, who were both defeated Team Quest stand out Chris Leben. Sporting a perfect undefeated record, Leben had ran through both Olson and Showalter in consecutive fights and looked to tack onto his unblemished record with a win over Ballard. As the fight began both fighters circled until Ballard rushed and was able to clinch and slam Leben to the canvas. From his guard, Leben looked for a kimura followed by an arm bar, which Ballard was able to power his way out of. After a second unsuccessful arm bar attempt, Leben was undeterred and once again searched for the submission. The third time would prove to be the charm as this time Leben clamped on a tight arm bar, which had Ballard quickly tapping the mat giving the Team Quest fighter a third consecutive victory over PBBA.

The aforementioned, Otto Olson, looked to get back on the winning track after being Ko'd in his previous fight. After having multiple opponents pass on the fight it was Justin Gardner who finally stepped up to the plate and took the fight mere hours before the show began. It became quickly apparent why match maker Charles Pearson had such a difficult time finding an opponent for the former Michigan wrestling standout. Olson immediately took Gardner down, attained the full mount and began to pound away with punches until the referee called a halt to the onslaught just 44 seconds into the opening round.

In other action Joel Pettit had a strong showing against first timer Quinton Krall. After being knocked out in a world record of 1 second in his last fight, Pettit methodically worked for a myriad of submissions until finally catching Krall in an Achilles lock. Rob Dyer also fought a terrific fight against Thai Konchonji. Dyer imposed his will dominating the fight and eventually wore Konchonji down, took his back and locked in a picture perfect rear-naked choke for the submission victory.

1. Novice Kickboxing
Hamidullah Bebron def. Shawn Cahill by decision after 3 - 90 second rounds

2. Novice Pankration
Chris Madsen def. Charles Brown by TKO from an injured knee at: 13 of round 3

3. Novice Kickboxing
Tony Sandbothe def. Noah Slastohler by decision after 3 - 90 second rounds

4. Novice Pankration
Ron Wince def. Michael Liamic by unanimous decision after 3 - three minute rounds

5. Novice Kickboxing
Ariana Trembanis def. Cassie Trost by split decision after 3 - 90 second rounds

6. A Class Pankration
Joel Pettit def. Quinton Krall by achilles lock at 1:06 of round 2

7. Muay Thai
Jason Swan def. Tony Garcia by TKO from an injured knee at: 37 of round 2

8. Novice Kickboxing
Rob Williams def. Brian Hedrick by unanimous decision after 3 - 90 second rounds

9. A Class Pankration
Rob Dyer def. Thai Konchonji by rear-naked choke at 1:33 of round 1

10. Muay Thai
Tony Williams def. Angkear Moa by TKO didn't answer the standing 8 count at 1:43 of round 2

11. A Class Pankration
Otto Olson def. Justin Gardner by TKO referee stoppage from punches at: 44 of round 1

12. A Class Pankration
Jeremy Saunders def. Chris Young by TKO referee stoppage from punches at 1:47 of round 2

13. A Class Pankration
Chris Leben def. Boyd Ballard by arm bar at 2:18 of round 1

  Tuesday - October 14, 2003
From the event's promoter:
Clark captures title in 'Nightmare' Extreme Challenge

      LAKEMOOR, Ill. -- It took four years, but LaVerne Clark finally won an Extreme Challenge tournament... and the welterweight title that goes with it.
      "I've waited a long time for this belt," said a smiling Clark. "I had my chance before and didn't get the job done. This time, I wanted to make sure I did whatever I needed to do to win it all."
      Clark scored action-packed decision victories over Mac Danzig in the first round and Rafal Piszczak in the final of a 4-man tourney at Extreme Challenge 54. Clark controlled the standup in both bouts and threw in a few body-slams for good measure. Both opponents were close to submissions, but Clark used his strength and wrestling ability to escape. Piszczak advanced to the final by scoring what many would call an upset by tapping Jay Buck with a heel hook only seconds before the end of the first round. Buck had dominated the early minutes.
      The event turned out to be a promoter's nightmare when it had to be moved from St. Charles to Lakemoor and from Saturday to Sunday due to building code problems. Fans who couldn't make the switch and still need refunds should contact Jeff Curran at 815 403-6696.
      The last time Clark competed in an Extreme Challenge tournament was in November of 1999 when he lost to Matt Hughes in the finals of a star-studded 8-man tourney that also featured Dave Menne, Joe Doerksen, Chris Lytle and Dave Strasser.
      "Wow... what a mess this turned out to be," said EC promoter Monte Cox. "I'd really like to thank the fighters and fans who hung in there for this event after all the BS that happened on Saturday. We're just fortunate that the whole show didn't get cancelled."
      St. Charles firefighters showed up on the day of the show and said the SportsPlex was only zoned for 200 spectators. The last EC event at the smae place drew 1,700.
      "It was obvious they didn't want us to have the show," Cox said. "The fact that all this happened on the day of the show was BS. They basically set us up and waited until there was little we could do about it. They could have done the same thing a month earlier and saved a lot of people some headaches."
      In other key battles:
  • Joey Gilbert returned to action after more than a 2-year layoff to beat Josh Rave of Sioux Falls, S.D. by decision in an entertaining fight. Both fighters had solid wrestling backgrounds, but Gilbert's size and takedowns proved to be the difference.

  • Bart Palaszewski had to come from behind to defeat a talented Jay Estrada with punches from the mount in the third round. Estrada controlled the first round and was landing punches and fending off sub attempts from the top most of the fight.

  • Mustafa Hussaini won a close unanimous decision over Brian Borzell (aka Space Monkey) in a jiu-jitsu fan's dream matchup. Both fighters had numerous sub attempts, reversals and transitions.

  • Jason Guida was getting the best of Steve Dau through 2 rounds until Dau hit an armbar... in an effort to escape, Guida landed five heel strikes to the head of Dau. The bout was halted and Guida was accessed a 1-point foul penalty. The doctor said Dau could not continue and the fight was ruled a no-contest.

  • In one of the most entertaining fights, amateurs Brian Bresler and David Hayes hooked up in a standing war. Bresler was able to wobble Hayes early with a kick to the head and finished him with the same maneuver at 1:12 of the third round. This was a striking fan's treat.
      The next Extreme Challenge is scheduled back in Lakemoor on Dec. 5.

Complete results:

  • Brian Bresler def. Davis Hayes, 1:12 3rd (7:12), TKO from kick.
  • Sam Hoger def. Adam Maciejewski, 1:29 1st, triangle.
  • Rory Markham def. John Bulger, :59 1st, KO
  • Jason Guida and Steve Dau, 2:11 3rd (8:11), no-contest... Dau cannot continue after illegal heel strikes to the head on the ground.
  • Joey Gilber def. Josh Rave, (9:00), unanimous decision.

EC Tournament
  - LaVerne Clark def. Mac Danzig, (9:00) unanimous decision.
  - Rafal Piszczek def. Jay Buck, 2:33 1st, heel hook.
  - Championship: Clark def. Piszczek, (15:00), unanimous decision.

  • Terry Martin def. Greg Franklin, 2:27 1st, keylock.
  • Mustafa Hussaini def. Brian Borzell, (9:00), unanimous decision.
  • Kerry Schall def. Demian Decorah, (9:00), split decision.
  • Bart Palaszewski def. Jay Estrada, 3:23 3rd (13:23), Ref stoppage... strikes from mount.

  Wednesday - October 15, 2003
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Judgment Day:
NSAC Disciplinary Ruling Suspends Sylvia,
Champion Relinquishes UFC Heavyweight Title

By Loretta Hunt

The Nevada State Athletic Commission handed down its fifth disciplinary verdict today to a combat sports athlete found guilty of steroid use. UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, who had tested positive for the non-approved anabolic substance stanzolol metabolite following his September 26th UFC 44 victory over Gan McGee, was suspended from competing in Nevada for a period of four months. Sylvia, who earned $60,000 for his recent title defense, was also fined $7,500, payable within one year of today's date. (As part of standard protocol, $3,000 of this balance had been automatically withheld from his purse pending lab results and now will be put towards the fine.)

Most surprisingly though, Sylvia publicly vacated his UFC title just moments before the advisory board handed down its punishment. "Being the champ means so much to me, but tarnishing it means a lot to me too and I didn't want to do that," responded Sylvia a few hours after the hearing's completion. "I brought it up to Monte [Cox, Sylvia's manager], and he thought it was a great idea. I thought, people want to say that I don't deserve the belt- well, okay, the UFC can have it back."

Following his decision, Sylvia and Cox met with Zuffa Sports Entertainment at 7:30 AM this morning to announce his intentions. "They thought it was a ballsy move and that they respected me a whole lot more for what I was going to do." In addition, Sylvia said the UFC granted him an immediate title fight upon his return to the promotion, if a suspension deemed him unable to participate for whatever period of time.

Along with vacating the belt, NSAC Chief Deputy Attorney General Keith Kizer named many factors that led to the Commission's somewhat lenient ruling today for Sylvia. "He was very emotional, very apologetic. He explained that he took this stuff and conveyed that he was sorry for doing so, that he really took it to get a better physique so it could help him with endorsement deals."

In addition, Kizer stated that testimony from board member Dr. Flip Homansky also helped to corroborate Sylvia's claims that he was solely seeking the cosmetic benefits of the illegal substance. "Doctor Homansky pointed out that it [stanzolol] is in fact one of the steroids that actually isn't utilized to increase your strength, but is used to increase your looks. That did gel with what Mr. Sylvia was telling us."

According to Kizer, questioning from the five-member advisory board revealed that Sylvia had obtained the drug through "a friend of a friend," and when pressed further, Sylvia could not provide a name for this anonymous source. Sylvia described being approached by various individuals in the multiple training facilities he had visited following his February 28th's UFC 44 heavyweight title victory over Ricco Rodriguez. Enticed by the promises of an improved physique, Sylvia says he succumb to the temptation and partook in the drug approximately a month following the fight, but quickly gave it up.

Sylvia's suspension becomes active from the day in which the infraction occurred, making the heavyweight competitor eligible to fight again in Nevada after January 26, 2004. On the competition timeline, that could make Sylvia eligible to fight as early as UFC 46 depending on the date that the show will take place.

Although Sylvia's case was a compelling factor in today's already scheduled meeting, there were other substantial MMA developments on the docket:

  • Kanji "Antonio" Inoki and Wallid Ismael were granted a Nevada promoter's license under their company name International Sports Management. Despite NSAC's inquiries of potential "worked fights,", Inoki (an executive producer of PRIDE and former pro-wrestler) confirmed that none of the matches under this yet-to-be named promotion would be predetermined.

  • With little discussion, the NSAC passed an amendment to an active MMA (and boxing) rule regarding "low blows." The rule's validity in MMA was brought into question following last November's WFA 3 event, in which competitor Frank Trigg was awarded a title victory when opponent Dennis Hallman couldn't continue following an unintentional low blow. According to the amendment (which will activate in 45 days): Any accidental foul, now including low blows, happening before the end of the third round in a title fight and before the end of the second round in a non-title fight, would be declared a "no contest" under MMA rules. (If the unintentional foul does occur after the allotted time listed above, the fight's outcome goes to the judges' scorecards.) Commented Kizer, "I know Mr. Hallman probably prefers that we had [retroactively] done a 'no contest', but he was actually able to enable a change to the rules because he wrote a very good letter to the Commission explaining why the rules should be changed and we've acted upon that."

  • Legal representation for Gan McGee issued a "petition for declaratory ruling," requesting that the Commission alter the outcome of the Sylvia fight to a "no contest." According to Kizer, McGee's lawyer, Jim Gallo, will first have prove that the NSAC actually has jurisdiction over the matter. "It has to be collusion, it has to be a miscounting of the score cards, or the referee has to mess up," Kizer lists of the necessary scenarios that must occur for the Commission to step in with a judgment. "Here, of course, we don't have the second two, but the first one, you know, it's a very creative argument by Mr. Gallo [referring to Gallo's claims that Sylvia colluded with his drug source to fraudulently earn his victory.] We'll see if it goes from there." The Commission is required to have a hearing within 60 days, and thereafter, render one of three potential decisions. "This would be on the agenda and be discussed among the five commissioners and then they'd make the ruling, which would either be -- we don't have jurisdiction, we do have jurisdiction but were not going to grant it [the reversed ruling], or we do have jurisdiction and we are going to grant it." According to Gallo's drafted document, McGee's contract included an option to terminate [the contract] if the NSAC determined McGee the loser of the recent title fight in question. If the Commission were to decide that it does indeed have jurisdiction and then rule for a "no contest," McGee's contract with the UFC would become active once again.

From Zuffa/UFC:

Champion Receives 4-Month Suspension, $7,500 Fine After Testifying He Took Anabolic Agent Prior To Sept. 26 Title Fight Against Gan McGee

      LAS VEGAS, October 15, 2003....Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia announced he has relinquished his title after the Nevada State Athletic Commission today suspended his license for four months from September 26 and fined him $7,500 for violating Nevada's unarmed combat laws.
      In an advance letter to the Commissioners and in testimony before the Commission today, Sylvia admitted he had an anabolic agent in his body when he defeated Gan McGee to retain his title at UFC 44: Undisputed, Friday, September 26, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. In addition to serving the suspension and paying the fine, Sylvia said he will work in the community and will visit high schools to educate amateur athletes about the health dangers of anabolic substances. The substance, a diuretic for weight training, was detected in post-fight testing by the Commission.
      "I made a major mistake and now I am going to pay for it. It was my decision to give up the belt because I do not want a cloud hanging over the UFC heavyweight title," Sylvia said.
      UFC President Dana White said that after Sylvia serves the suspension and his license is re-instated, he will get the opportunity to fight again for the heavyweight championship.
      "Tim is a gentleman and his honesty today made an impression on the Commission. He is a fierce competitor and has always conducted himself as a true champion. I hope he keeps training and I wouldn't be surprised to see him become champion again some day. Once his suspension is over, Zuffa welcomes the chance to discuss his return to the UFC," White said.
      White said that the UFC heavyweight title is vacant but it will be a priority to determine a new champion.

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A new professional Vale Tudo production is born!

The Nordic no-holds-barred scene has a new rising star, European Vale Tudo. The first event 'Genesis' is to be held on December 6th in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Daniel Bergman to face Guy Mezger

Europe's new vale tudo production starts with a bang. This is potentially one of the greatest mixed martial arts fights ever to take place in Europe! Guy Mezger (Lion's Den Dallas) former King of Pancrase, UFC Champion and Pride veteran fights Daniel Bergman (Shooters Alpha Team) one of the Nordic countries most promising fighters.

Travis Lutter looks for new challenges

Travis Lutter, ADCC 3rd, Hook'n Shoot champion, IWC winner and now also Ultimate Submission Showdown champion, has accepted to fight on European Vale Tudo 'Genesis'.

Richard Bohlenius makes comeback

Richard Bohlenius from SBJJA Stockholm, one of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts pioneers of the Nordic countries, has accepted to fight on European Vale Tudo 'Genesis'.

Step into the cage!

European Vale Tudo 'Genesis' is the first Vale Tudo/No Holds Barred event in the Nordic countries that is held in a cage! The rules and weight classes are mainly the same as in the UFC.

Do you want to fight on EVT?

We are currently looking for more fighters for European Vale Tudo 'Genesis'. If you are interested contact the matchmaker: matchmaker@europeanvaletudo.com

HEAT Fighting Championship:
Alive and Growing

By Eduardo Alonso

Despite recent rumors to the contrary, the fastest growing MMA show in Brazil, HEAT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP, is not over. The show is still alive and growing, with its second edition scheduled for November 27th, and fights being signed. In what was a busy week for the promoters, a lot of inside stuff took place and it all ended in internal problems that caused a split among the show's owners. However, the show is very much alive and some more fights for the HEAT FC 2 card are going to be announced later this week and MMA fans worldwide can count on plenty of fighting action in the end of November, in the city of Natal, Brazil, as was originally planned. HEAT is not dead; on the contrary, it's going to get even bigger. Stay tuned for more details.

Cage Rage 4 Results
Held October 12, 2003 - London, England
By David West

  • Chris Hipkiss def. Wayne Dart by Arm Bar - 2:07 R1
  • Chin Weakasingh def. John Waite by Arm Bar - 2:11 R1
  • SEMI-PRO - Mark Smith def. Leon Dickens by Arm Bar - 3:15 R1
  • Kassin Hopkins def. Henrique Santana by Decision after 3 rounds
  • Ricky Andrews def. Phil Gildea by TKO (Ref Stoppage) - 3:13 R1
  • Lance King def. Johnnie Mitchell by Tap Out (Strikes) - 0:58 R2
  • Ross Pettifer def. Rob Evans - Evans broke his leg - 0:04 R1
  • Dave Elliott def. Paul Sutherland by Triangle Choke - 4:36 R1
  • Paul Jenkins def. Ian Pyatt by KO - 3:10 R1
  • Will Elworthy def. Jeremy Bailey by Arm Bar - 1:14 R1
  • Pete Tiarks def. Ricky Moore - Moore unable to answer bell for Round 2
  • Jean Silva def. Andy Cooper by Front Choke - 3:46 R2
  • Mark Weir def. Jean Francois Lenogue by Rear Naked Choke - 4:13 R1

From Zuffa/UFC:

One-Hour Special Features An In-Depth Look At History, Growth of UFC;
Includes Franca- Uno, Thomson-Strebendt Fights From UFC 44: Undisputed

      LAS VEGAS, October 14, 2003...The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world's premiere mixed martial arts sports association, will debut UFC: Spectacle To Sport, a one-hour pay-per-view special, on the iNDemand cable system at 10 p.m. EDT, this Saturday, October 18. An encore replay will start at 11 p.m., EDT, immediately afterward. Replays also will air on October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28 and November 3, 13 and 14. The suggested retail price is $9.95. Viewers should check local listings and www.indemand.com for daily schedules.
      UFC: Spectacle To Sport will provide an action-packed overview of the UFC's evolution from a pay-per-view spectacle 10 years ago to the professional combat sport it has become today. The one-hour feature also will include the never-before-seen lightweight battles between submission specialist Hermes Franca (8-0-0) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Japanese veteran Caol Uno (13-5-3) of Kanagawa, Japan, and Josh "The Punk" Thomson (23-1-0) of San Jose, Calif., and Gerald Strebendt (6-3-0) of Los Angeles, Calif., from the all-star, nine-fight card at UFC 44: Undisputed, September 26, from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
      Hosted by Showtimeâ fight analyst and commentator Al Bernstein, UFC: Spectacle To Sport will give viewers an in-depth look at how the UFC was founded in 1993 and details its growth and transition from an international spectacle into a true professional combat sport under the new ownership of Zuffa, LLC, its Las Vegas-based parent company.
      The UFC story is told through the eyes of principal owner Lorenzo Fertitta and President Dana White, celebrities like Joe Rogan, host of NBC's Fear Factor, fighters such as Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz, as well as mixed martial artists and mainstream journalists who have covered and reported the UFC's growth.
See INDEMAND Website for channel and Times
1 Hour Special at $9.95

From the event's promoter:
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Saturday October 18th, 2003
Douglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, CO
Doors at 6:30, first bout at 7:30 pm

On Saturday October 18th, 2003 the region's top fight promotion, RING OF FIRE, makes it return to the Douglas County Events Center for it's tenth installment of the popular series. The state of the art facility will host 12 action packed bouts featuring a ROF Title bout in the main event. Headlining the show will be former KOTC Light Weight Champion and BJJ Black Belt Alberto Crane facing off against 6 time Brazilian National Submission Wrestling Champion Christian Carvahlo from Manaus, Brazil. This match is a classic BJJ vs. Luta Livre match up. The winner will walk away with the RING OF FIRE Rocky Mountain Light Weight Belt and will be first in line to face champion Leonard Garcia early next year.

In the Super fight of the night UFC veteran Pat Smith makes his long awaited return to the ring. Stepping up against Pat is the ever ready Allan A-Dawg Sullivan from Phoenix, Arizona. Smith is a long time veteran of the game making his MMA debut way back at UFC #1. He has been on a 4 year hiatus and in true ROCKY fashion has sought out long time rival Clarence "The Legend" Thatch to help him get ready for his comeback. A-Dawg Sullivan will be giving up some 20 pounds to face Smith, but the tough Arizona fighter has many wins against the heavyweights in his 27 fight career.

Canadian Thai fighter Nick THE ITALIAN STALLION Rondinelli will make the trip down from the great white north to face ISKA Regional Champion Cruz THE SAINT Chacon in a 5 round Professional Muay Thai fight fought under K-1 rules.

Rounding out the feature fights will be a battle of the young guns. Fabian THE FREAK Acuna (3-1-1) and Danny Jung (4-1-1) have been on a collision course for over a year now. On the 18th we will all find out who will be the top up and coming 155 lb fighter in the region and gain some bragging rights along the way.

Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Arizona, Canada, Chile and Brazil will all be represented by fighters on this talented stacked card.

Fight Card:

ROF Rocky Mountain Championship 155 lbs
Christian Carvahlo (Brazil) vs. Alberto Crane (NM)
Delgado's Gym Santa Fe BJJ

SUPER FIGHT: Heavyweight
Patrick Smith (CO) vs. Allan "A-Dawg" Sullivan (AZ)
3-D M.A. Savage Tae Dawg Pound

K-1 Rules 175 lbs
Cruz "The Saint" Chacon (CO) vs. Nick "The Italian Stallion" Rondinelli (CAN)
BJJ Boulder-Maytec Team Tompkins

MMA 155 lbs
Fabian "The Freak" Acuna (CH) vs. Danny Jung (CO)
3-D M.A. Colo. BJJ

MMA 170 lbs
TBA vs. Rocky Von Gogh (CO)*
Team Apocalypse

MMA 155 lbs
Luke "Lil' Hulk" Caudillo (NE) vs. TBA*

MMA 155 lbs
Keith Wilson (CO) vs. Joshua Kaine (CO)
S.D.I. Team Apocalypse

MMA 170 lbs
Lamont Smith (CO) vs. Aaron Treager (CAN)
Team Xtreme Team Tompkins

MMA 155 lbs
Rocky Johnson (CO) vs. Tom Sarah (CO)
3-D M.A. Colo. Stars-Pancrase USA

K-1 Rules 200 lbs
Tony Johnson (NE) vs. Steven Simmons (CO)

MMA 155 lbs
Christian Sanders (NE) vs. Brock Jensen (CO)
Sho-Rei-Shobo-Kan Colo. Stars-Pancrase USA

K-1 Rules 145 lbs
Mike "No Fear" Baldwin (CO) vs. Ryan "Cowboy" Fotheringham (WY)
Freedom Fighters American Freestyle Karate

* Luke Caudillo may face Rocky Von Gogh if an agreement on weight can be made

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From Dan Severn:
Press Release
The Bean vs. The Beast

October 10th, 2003 at the Lakeside Casino in Osceola, Iowa

      In front of a sell-out crowd, Dan "The Beast" Severn stepped into a different type of fighting event...a boxing exhibition match against well known Toughman boxing champion Butterbean.
      The 36 year old Butterbean weighed-in at 360 lbs. The Beast weighing in at 260 lbs. is not known for his stand-up skill but rather his world renowned wrestling skills. So how did these two worlds collide? Well, Butterbean's original opponent either backed out or was injured while training. Said Severn, "I was asked about 2 1/2 weeks ago if I would fight Butterbean in a boxing match and I laughed and said NO but if you wanted to put a cage up around the ring then I would be more than happy to fight Butterbean in a cage match with mixed martial arts rules."
      The promoter Paul Saze of Capital Productions did exactly that, he called Butterbean and asked if he would fight Dan "The Beast" Severn in a mixed martial arts match and Butterbean's reply was: "Heck No!"
      It was every promoter's nightmare: Two great names and how to make it happen. An exhibition match was the compromise. It was the main event, you had over 600 pounds between the two fighters and it got the biggest reaction from the crowd. But it sure wasn't boxing that they got. It was a collaboration of boxing, wrestling, and MMA all intertwined. Butterbean was frustrated with The Beast's tactics of being mauled and was surprised when he went to put Dan away with his powerful right and The Beast wasn't there but rather he was in on a double leg takedown and the canvas was coming up fast.
      The two competitors rolled around on the canvas exchanging blows and the referee and cornermen had to jump in to pull the two behemoths apart. Butterbean complaining to the ref of the non-boxing techniques went after Severn when the match resumed. The Beast collided with Butterbean redirecting his momentum and just about put Butterbean through the ropes. As Butterbean pushed off the ropes back into Dan, The Beast had one more trick up his sleeve and it was called a lateral drop. Butterbean hit the canvas hard and that was it, his back hurt in the tussle.
      The match was brought to a halt. Butterbean was ruled the victor because of boxing rule violations that The Beast did but he sure didn't look the part as he limped from the ring. The Beast stayed in the ring another half hour shaking hands, taking pictures with the fans, and signing autographs.
      Boxing, brawling, Butterbean, and The Beast. The true winners were the fans who witnessed this feast.

Dan "The Beast" Severn
Michigan Sports Camps

  Thursday - October 16, 2003
Extras! Extras!
Bonus- Heavy Smashing Machine DVD Slated For October 28th Release, Kerr Movie In The Works
By Loretta Hunt

Smashing Machine       Following a successful run on HBO last January, the MMA-themed documentary The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr will get a home video and DVD release this October 28th. The critically acclaimed 93-minute film, which documented the rise and fall of UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr amidst pressures of steroid abuse and rocky relationships, will be accompanied by a heap of extras that certainly keeps the fans in mind. The DVD includes audio commentary from director John Hyams and producer Jon Greenhalgh detailing their filming process, as well as ten scenes deleted from the original cut, which feature Kerr, Ricco Rodriguez, and Bas Rutten.
      The biggest bonus for hard-core fans, however, will be the addition of Fight Day, a fully realized 35-minute documentary created exclusively for the DVD release. Described by director Hyams as a "fly-on-the-wall account of one of the best fighters in the world and a member of MMA's royal family," Fight Day focuses on Renzo Gracie and the hours leading up to his fight at PRIDE 8. With less narration music, Hyams says the piece attempts to put the fan in "Renzo's world" and capture what fighters go through on that long day leading up to showtime. Footage ranges from the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with his family prior to the event to the "drama of the PRIDE 8 locker room," which observes Gracie, Ricardo Morais, Wanderlei Silva, Rickson Gracie, Fabiano Iha, and Gary Goodridge as they await their turns to step into the spotlight. In total, over an hour of previously unseen footage has been added to the package.
      In addition, as was first reported here by FCF, Hyams and Greenhalgh are now at work adapting Kerr's story for a potential movie theatrical release. The screenplay, currently being penned by Hyams, will be "in some ways loosely based and in some ways accurate" to Kerr's journey as a gifted but troubled athlete, beginning with his early childhood through to his recruitment into the world of MMA and culminating with his career altering loss at the PRIDE Grand Prix. At this time, interested parties await the script which will take many more months to complete, but Hollywood buzz has already peaked interest from big name actors like Mark Wahlberg and Vin Diesel. Greenhalgh is set to produce the film, while Hyams will most likely stay onboard in a non-directorial capacity.
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UFC 42: Sudden Impact

UFC 42: Sudden Impact In Stock Now!

UFC 42: Sudden Impact - held April 25, 2003 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida

Welterweight Championship
Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk

Welterweight Bouts
Robbie Lawler vs. Pete Spratt
Romie Aram vs. Dave Strasser

Heavyweight Bout
Wesley Correira vs. Sean Alvarez

Light Heavyweight Bout
Evan Tanner vs. Rich Franklin

Middleweight Bout
Mark Weir vs. David Loiseau

Lightweight Bouts
Genki Sudo vs. Duane Ludwig
Richard Crunkilton vs. Hermes Franca

DVD Details and extras:
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Spanish commentary
Preliminary bouts
Post-fight press conference
Official Weigh-in
Exclusive training footage
Detailed Fighter Bios
Behind The Scenes Action
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From Dream Stage Entertainment:
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LOS ANGELES, California -- Dream Stage Entertainment announced the addition of two new matches for the FINAL CONFLICT fight card, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan:

In the first match, top ranked heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will face former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. After a verbal agreement in August, the originally scheduled match was to be Cro Cop against reigning PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, but due to a recently broken thumb, Fedor has been forced to pull out. The thumb on Fedor's right hand was injured during in his match against Gary Goodridge at TOTAL ELIMINATION on August 10th. After some time off, the thumb did not improve and the injury was re-aggravated during a training session on September 15th. With no improvement since then, Fedor was forced to back out of his match with Cro Cop. Because of the sensitivity of the injury, it is unknown when Fedor will be able to train or fight again. As a result, the Nogueira/Cro Cop match will be for the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship. The hope is that the winner will be able to face Fedor sometime during 2004 when he is ready to fight again. Fedor would like to apologize to his fans and plans to be in attendance at FINAL CONFLICT as a spectator.

The injury creates a dynamic and style-contrasting match-up between two legendary fighters ... Nogueira and Cro Cop. Nogueira, arguably the world's top heavyweight grappler, is coming off a decision victory against Ricco Rodriguez while Cro Cop, arguably the world's top heavyweight striker, is coming off of a dramatic knockout victory over Igor Vovchanchyn.

In addition to the colossal Cro Cop/Nogueira match, PRIDE FC legend Kazushi Sakuraba is now set to fight again and is slated to face an opponent yet to be decided (in a match-up with no relation to the middleweight tournament). Sakuraba was eliminated from the tournament after a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva at TOTAL ELIMINATION.

All of these new matches are in addition to the middleweight tournament, which will feature Hidehiko Yoshida versus Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson against Chuck Liddell. The winners of each of these match-ups will go on to the final round, which will be held on the same evening.

Fight Card

For the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship
Mirko "Crop Cop" Filipovic vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. TBA

Semi Final round of the eight man middleweight tournament:

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Chuck Liddell (USA)

More matches for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.
Fight Card is subject to change.

FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

  Friday - October 17, 2003
From Zuffa/UFC:
UFC banner

Matt Lindland In Re-Match With Niko Vitale; Phil Baroni To Fight Evan Tanner
In Ultimate Fighting Championship Middleweight Bouts At Mohegan Sun Arena

Lightweights Din Thomas, Yves Edwards To Meet At UFC's 10th Anniversary Show


      LAS VEGAS, October 17, 2003...Heavyweight contenders Ricco Rodriguez and Pedro Rizzo will square off in one of the feature fights of UFC 45: Revolution, the Ultimate Fighting Championship's 10th anniversary show, LIVE on pay-per-view at
10 p.m., (EST) Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct.
      Two middleweight fights and a lightweight match also have been added to the eight-fight, all-star card. Middleweight top contender Matt Lindland will meet Falaniko Vitale in a re-match from UFC 43: Meltdown and power-puncher Phil Baroni will take on Evan Tanner, who will fight as a middleweight for the first time. In the lightweight bout, jiu jitsu submission specialist Din Thomas will meet Thai boxing-jiu jitsu fighter Yves Edwards.
      Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (29-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fifth time against highly rated Frank Trigg (9-1-0) from El Segundo, Calif., and legendary knockout artist "Tank" Abbott (8-9-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif., will meet Hawaiian power-puncher "Cabbage" Correira (18-4-0) of Hilo, Hawaii, in a heavyweight feature match.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun box office and at www.tickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-477-6849. All ticket purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 45: Revolution will be available LIVE on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Rodriguez (10-3-0 in mixed martial arts) is a former UFC heavyweight champion.
He combines powerful stand-up and striking skills with a ferocious takedown and ground and pound offense to dominate opponents. The Newark, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., native, who now lives and fights out of Las Vegas, has notched impressive victories over many of the world's top heavyweights, including Tsuyoshi Kosaka and former heavyweight champion, now the UFC's new light heavyweight champ, Randy Couture.
      Rizzo (12-5-0) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is coming off a technical knockout victory over highly-regarded Tre Telligman at UFC 43: Meltdown, June 6, in Las Vegas.
Rizzo is a professional kick boxer who is also one of the UFC's most powerful strikers. He knocked out Tank in his UFC debut and has defeated some of the biggest names in MMA including Mark Coleman and Dan Severn.
      In Vitale, Lindland (8-2-0) of Eagle Creek, Ore., will be looking to avenge a loss on June 6. In that first meeting, Lindland, a U.S. Olympic wrestling silver medallist and one of the UFC's top-rated fighters at 185 pounds, attempted a first-round takedown but fell backwards with Vitale (14-2-0) of Honolulu, Hawaii, on top. Lindland's head hit the mat and he was out cold. Vitale won by knockout. While some Octagonside experts considered it a "lucky" victory, Vitale is a highly regarded freestyle fighter with excellent Brazilian jiu jitsu and kick boxing skills who also owns victories over UFC veterans Aaron Riley, Todd Medina and Tyrone Roberts.
      Baroni (6-2-0), a Long Island, N.Y. native who now lives and fights out of Las Vegas, is returning to the Octagon after an almost nine month layoff since suffering a major training injury. He tore his pectoral muscle but after surgery and rehab says he is stronger than ever. One of the UFC's most powerful pound-for-pound punchers, Baroni is again ready to display the speed and power he utilized in victories over former UFC middleweight champ Dave Menne and Amar Suloev.
      Tanner (8-2-0) of Portland, Ore., is taking a page out Team Quest training partner Couture's book and is dropping down a weight class. Always a top contender at light heavyweight, Tanner could be a monster at middleweight. A strong ground and pound fighter with powerful knees and leg kicks, Tanner will be looking to take the fight to the ground to neutralize Baroni's punching power.
      The Thomas-Edwards bout matches two of the UFC's best lightweights. Thomas (18-3-0) of Orlando, Fla., is a member of the American Top Team, one of the country's top mixed martial arts training centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He utilizes jiu jitsu submission techniques and a power-packed stand-up striking game to dominate opponents. Thomas is coming off a majority decision victory over Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Matt Serra at UFC 41: Onslaught earlier this year in Atlantic City, N.J.
      Edwards (13-6-1) from The Woodlands, Tex., a suburb of Houston, is a Thugjitsu fighter who is also coming off a victory at UFC 43: Meltdown where he dominated Eddie Ruiz to win a three-round unanimous decision. Edwards also continues to improve his boxing skills by training with Kenny Weldon, who helped build former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's career.
      The UFC's first fight event, UFC1: The Beginning, was held November 12, 1993, at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colo. That night, Royce Gracie defeated Gerard Gordeau in the final match with a tap out by rear naked choke to become the first UFC champion. Other fighters on that first card included Ken Shamrock, Kevin Rosier, Art Jimmerson, Teila Tuli, Patrick Smith, Zane Frazier, Jason DeLucia and Trent Jenkins.

From the event's promoter:

proudly presents the main event:
R.O.F. Rocky Mountain Light Weight Championship

Christian Carvahlo
Name: Christian Carvahlo
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Record: 3-0
Style: Luta Livre
Gym: Delgado's Gym
Home: Denver via Manaus, Brazil
Trainer: Henry Delgado
Titles: 6X Brazilian National Sub Wrestling Champ.
2003 Pancrase USA Submission Champion
Experience: RING OF FIRE

Alberto Crane
Name: Alberto Crane
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs
Record: 3-0
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Gym: Santa Fe BJJ
Home: Santa Fe, NM
Trainer: Amal Easton
Titles: KOTC Champion, 1999 BJJ World Champ., Black Belt
2003 Pancrase USA Submission Champion
Experience: KING OF THE CAGE

Alberto Crane is a legitimate BJJ black belt and BJJ World Champion. Crane crashed on to the MMA scene with three back to back victories in KING OF THE CAGE. He took Javier Vasquez the distance in their title macth and went away the KOTC Light Weight Champion. Crane retired the belt to focus on his academy, but the desire to fight never left him. Carvahlo has been making waves on RING OF FIRE and the local submission circuit. Carvahlo is a former Marco Ruas student. He has also been crowned Brazilian National Submission Champion 6 times. This is the classic BJJ vs. Luta Livre match up.

Saturday, October 18th, 2003
Douglas Count Events Center, Castle Rock
Doors @ 6:30 First Match @7:30

Tickets on sale now at all KING SOOPERS locations, online at www.ticketswest.com, or charge by phone at 1-866-464-2626.

The best seats in the house are the fully catered 8 SEAT VIP TABLES and can be arranged by calling 303-246-5237

  Sunday - October 19, 2003
Amateur Fighting Competition 4
Held October 18, 2003
Campbell High School Gymnasium, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka

Peter Sefo jabbing Doug Amaral
Sefo jabbing Amaral
Eight days after he fought in Rumble on the Rock, Ray "Bradda" Cooper and company put on their version of the Toughman. It is basically a kickboxing Toughman, which allows one take down per round to give it a little twist and mix it up a little. This is a great event for fighters who want to break into the MMA scene, but want to get their feet wet first. The takedown are worth more than striking, so it starts out with a disadvantage to the striker in order to encourage grapplers to enter and test their stand up skills. This event brings out a lot backyard fighters who want to test their skills. A couple of the fighters were under 150lbs even though the weight limit was 200lbs. I enjoy this event just as much as MMA events because the action is intense and the fighters are fearless. Due to the amateur nature of the event, the first round of fights are action-packed, but the fights slow down as the tournament continues. Either way, there is always a ton of leather that is thrown around in each and every event. Doug Amaral, the 201 & over champion, had a bye the first round, but his crisp and accurate punches helped get him by the largest competitor in the finals, 414-pounder, Peter Sefo. Ben Terukina showed a calm demeanor, power punches and good cardio to make his way to the finals, while Ivan Avilla showed great take downs and decent punching skills to work his way through the tournament to meet Terukina in the finals. In the end, it was Terukina's take down defense, coupled with his quick and accurate hands that made him the 200lbs & under Champion.

Exhibition Kickboxing match (3 Rounds - 1 Minute)
Blaze Pavao (Nanakuli Kickboxing) vs. David Balicao (Waimanalo Kickboxing)

200 & under weight class (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
B.J. Jones (144lbs, Hauula) def. Cyrus Kanaole (147lbs, Nanakuli)
TKO, Kanaole could not come out for the 2nd round due to a shoulder injury.

201 & over weight class (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Sasa Agasiva (243lbs, Honolulu) def. Ryan Riddle (256lbs, Hauula)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

200 & under weight class(3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Ben Terukina (180lbs, Ewa Beach) def. Sal Hernandez (167lbs, Honolulu)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

201 & over weight class (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Peter Sefo (414lbs, Ewa Beach) def. Chris Iongi (293lbs)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

200 & under weight class (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Louis Kaumoo (183lbs) def. Jerry Levale (184lbs)
TKO, Levale could not come out for the 3rd round due to exhaustion.

200 & under weight class (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Ivan Avilla (190lbs, Honolulu) def. Alan Alcarez (183lbs, Ewa Beach)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

201 & over weight class Semi-Finals (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Doug Amaral (224lbs, Waianae) def. Sasa Agasiva (243lbs, Honolulu)
Majority Decision after 3 rounds.

200 & under weight class Semi-Finals (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Ben Terukina (180lbs, Ewa Beach) def. B.J. Jones (144lbs, Hauula)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

200 & under weight class Semi-Finals (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Ivan Avilla (190lbs, Honolulu) def. Louis Kaumoo (183lbs)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

Exhibition Kickboxing match (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Kai Kamaka (55lbs, 808 Fight Factory) vs. Chansen Kalua (68lbs, Nanakuli Kickboxing)

201 & over weight class Finals (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Doug Amaral (224lbs, Waianae) def. Peter Sefo (405lbs, Ewa Beach)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

200 & under weight class Finals (3 Rounds - 1 Minute):
Ben Terukina (180lbs, Ewa Beach) def. Ivan Avilla (190lbs, Honolulu)
Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds.

From the event's promoter:
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Redemption or Revenge

King of the Cage invades Pala Casino Resort and SPA on Sunday, November 2nd and its bringing out the big guns. KOTC World HWT Champ Bobby Hoffman will take on Paul Buentello in the sequel to what many have called the fight of the 2003.

Bobby Hoffman (C) Vs Paul Buentello
Thomas Shulte (C) Vs Joe Stevenson
Thomas Denny Vs Richard Solis

Jeff Newton vs Joe Crilly
Tony Bonello Vs TBA
Brian Foster Vs Brent Stevens
Art Santore Vs Joey Villasenor
Kengo Watanabe Vs Wade Shipp
Mike Bourke Vs Keigo Kunihara
John Cole Vs Kyle Brees

1-760-510-4580 GATES OPEN AT 3:30PM FIGHTS START AT 5:00PM

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  Monday - October 20, 2003
World Extreme Cagefighting 8:
"Halloween Fury 2"

Escovedo successfully defends 145 lb belt, Carter wins World Welterweight title
Text and photos by Keith Mills

Lemoore, CA -- It was a quick night at the Palace Casino with the total amount of time fighters spent fighting totaling about forty minutes for twelve MMA fights and one muay thai fight, and almost half of that time was Shonie Carter vs. JT Taylor. Eighty-three percent of the fights didn't see a second round while submissions outnumbered KOs and TKOs this time around. Even with the short show length most fans that commented were more than satisfied with the production quality while the excitement of the endings seemed more important than whether they were very close or long fights.
Shonie Carter slamming JT Taylor
Carter slamming Taylor

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John Smith Bio
  • 1992 Olympic Champion
  • 1988 Olympic Champion
  • 6x World Champion
  • 5x U.S. National Titles
  • 2x Pan American Gold Medal
  • 2x NCAA Champion
  • 3x All-American Pick
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2x Goodwill Games Gold Medal
  • 1991 James E. Sullivan Award
  • 1991 Outstanding Wrestler of the Year
  • 1990 Master of Technique
  • 1989 Athlete of the Year
Over a six-year span, which started while he was still a student at Oklahoma State, John Smith was the best wrestler in the world. He now ranks alongside other Distinguished Members whose names emerge in any discussion of "the greatest American wrestler ever."

Although that distinction is arguable, Smith's career record is not. Partly because of opportunity, but primarily because of skill, it is beyond comparison. From 1986 through 1992, Smith won Two Olympic gold medals. He was the first American to do so in 80 years, and both of his golds came against the world's best. Four World titles. No other American has won more than three. Six consecutive world-class championships. No other American has won more than two in a row. Two gold medals in the Pan American Games, in two attempts. Two gold medals in the Goodwill Games, in two attempts. Five national Freestyle championships, in five attempts. Two NCAA crowns and 90 consecutive collegiate victories.

He became the first wrestler to be voted the James E. Sullivan Award as America's outstanding athlete, the first American to be chosen Master of Technique and Wrestler of the Year by the International Wrestling Federation (FILA), and the first wrestler ever nominated for the World Trophy, which he received in 1992.

Smith's international record was 100-5, and his domestic freestyle record was 77-3. Combined with his collegiate totals of 154-7-2 and his high school marks of 105-5, he competed 458 times for his school, club, or country and won 436 times, for a success rate above 95 per cent. Smith retired from competition after the Olympics in Barcelona and two years later coached Oklahoma State to the NCAA team title.

One of the greatest athletes of the Twentieth Century, John William Smith is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
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  Wednesday - October 22, 2003
From Dream Stage Entertainment:
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LOS ANGELES, California - At a press conference from the Takada Dojo in Tokyo, PRIDE FC's General Manager Nobuhiko Takada announced that Kazushi Sakuraba will be taking on Kevin Randleman at PRIDE FC: FINAL CONFLICT, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

The match-up will have no relation to the middleweight tournament, as an official reserve match will be announced soon. Both Sakuraba and Randleman are coming off of tough losses and looking to re-establish themselves in the rankings. Sakuraba is representing the Takada Dojo, while Randleman is fighting out of Mark Coleman's Hammer House Gym.

In addition, the fight card also features top ranked heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. Due to a thumb injury to reigning champion Emelianenko Fedor, the Cro Cop/Nogueira match-up is for the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship, with the winner to face Fedor in 2004. Nogueira, arguably the world's top heavyweight grappler, is coming off a decision victory against Ricco Rodriguez while Cro Cop, arguably the world's top heavyweight striker, is coming off of a dramatic knockout victory over Igor Vovchanchyn.

All of these new matches are in addition to the middleweight tournament, which will feature Hidehiko Yoshida versus Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson against Chuck Liddell. The winners of each of these match-ups will go on to the final round, which will be held on the same evening.

Fight Card

For the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kevin Randleman

Semi Final round of the eight man middleweight tournament:

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Chuck Liddell (USA)

More matches for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.
Fight Card is subject to change.

FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

From Zuffa/UFC:
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Popular Ultimate Fighting Championshipâ Show Will Air 3 Additional Times The First Day;
Replays To Run Oct. 25-31 On All Day Ticket

      LAS VEGAS, October 22, 2003...Fight fans with DirecTV will receive a bonus the last week of this month when the network premieres Ultimate Fighting Championship 44: Undisputed Last Chance With Bonus Footage on channel 101 of its pay-per-view service starting at 6 a.m. EDT, this Friday, October 24. The four-hour special will also be available at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. EDT. Replays will be telecast October 25-31 on DirecTV's All Day Ticket. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      UFC 44: Undisputed Last Chance With Bonus Footage not only will offer fans the action and excitement of the original PPV show, but also behind-the-scenes post-fight interviews with Light Heavyweight Rich Franklin, Welterweight Jeremy Jackson, Middleweights Jorge Rivera and David Loiseau, Light Heavyweights Quinton Jackson and Chuck Liddell as well as Light Heavyweight title opponents Randy Couture and Tito Ortiz. The real bonus for fight fans are two additional preliminary lightweight fights that did not air in the original show. Those are between undefeated Hermes Franca and Japanese veteran Caol Uno, and Josh Thomson versus Gerald Strebendt. Viewers also will enjoy all the color and action of the big crowd at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
      The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 45: Revolution, its 10th anniversary show, at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct. The suggested retail price will be $29.95

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  Thursday - October 23, 2003
The September 2003 issue of FCF is here!

FCF New Issue In this issue...

UFC 44: A Night of Undisputed Progress - Couture removes all doubt and unifies the UFC Light-Heavyweight title in an awesome demonstration of what makes him personify the word Champion.

Former Champion Tito Ortiz - Speaks out on the fight that lost him the title and who he wants to fight next. This is one interview that you CANNOT miss!

Undisputed UFC Light-Heavyweight Champ Randy Couture talks about the fight and responds to Tito's post-fight commentary.

And Then there were Four - Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Preview - Bios, fight histories, pros & cons and analysis of the match-ups.

The Iceman Speaketh: - Chuck Liddell talks about the Grand Prix, his upcoming match against Rampage Jackson and his potential match with both Silva and Yoshida. The Iceman also gives his post-fight thoughts on the Ortiz/Couture match.

IFC Golobal Domination brings back the 8-man ironman tournament with a talent-laden field and we bring you there for all the action.

In this month's SHOOTO Report, we cover the Official fights held at Korokuen Hall in Tokyo and at Port Messe in Nagoya.

TKO: Ultimate Rush - TKO takes over where UCC left off, bringing MMA action back to Canada.

Vale Tudo comes to the Amazon in Jungle Fight. If MMA in the depths of the Amazon Jungle is not enough, famed rAw trainer Rico Chiapparelli makes his long-awaited MMA debut.

Say it Ain't So! - Another Champion Taken Out By Steroid Use Accusations - Legal Council for the NSAC and Sylvia's manager discuss the situation.

Extreme Brawl 4 - Cagefighting on the British Isle turns out a disappointment for Jeremy Horn.

Ultimate Combat 7: World Domination - The latest installment of England's Ultimate Combat featured the show's first World Title Fight and we bring you there live.

SuperBrawl 31: Crossroads - Hawaii's original MMA show returns with fist-pounding, arm-cranking action.

Rumble On the Rock 4: We return to beautiful Hawaii witness as BJ Penn returns to the cage with SHOOTO's Takanori Gomi standing on the other side.

Pierre Guillet - This U.S. Airman doesn't just fight in the air, he does a lot of it in a cage. Meet this rising young talent.

Brazil Super Fight - As if Mario Sperry's plate is not full enough as a fighter, manager and coach, now he tries his talented hand at promoting.

Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther presents Ask the Ubermensch: Timeless Tips from the Teutonic Titan of Training.

"Ruthless" Robbie Lawler BioFile.

Controversy: Fight fans make their picks and give their opinions for UFC 44.

In our monthly columns...
In Matt Hume's techniques, Matt Hume & Daniel Eng demonstrate an Armbar Grip Break and Finish; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses Heavy Bag Training for Mixed Martial Arts.

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From Zuffa/UFC:
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Frank Mir, Wes Sims Heavyweight Re-Match Completes 8-Fight, All-Star Card For Ultimate Fighting Championship 10th Anniversary At Mohegan Sun Arena


      LAS VEGAS, October 22, 2003...Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight star Robbie Lawler will return to the Octagon against Chris Lytle in one of the feature fights of UFC 45: Revolution LIVE on pay-per-view Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct.
      And in a highly anticipated re-match, heavyweights Frank Mir and Wes Sims will renew their rivalry created at UFC 43: Meltdown, June 6, in Las Vegas when Sims was disqualified for violating UFC fight rules.
      In the main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (29-3-0 in mixed martial arts) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fifth time against highly rated Frank Trigg (9-1-0) from El Segundo, Calif., and legendary knockout artist "Tank" Abbott (8-9-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif., will meet Hawaiian power-puncher "Cabbage" Correira (18-4-0) of Hilo, Hawaii, in a heavyweight feature match.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are on sale at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and at www.tickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-477-6849. All purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 45: Revolution, which will celebrate the UFC's 10th anniversary, also will be LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price will be $29.95.
      Lawler (7-1-0) from Davenport, Iowa, and the Miletich Fighting Systems team, is returning to the Octagon after a seven-month layoff since suffering a torn hip flexor injury in his last fight against Pete Spratt April 26 at UFC 42: Sudden Impact in Miami, Fla. A powerful, explosive striker with a strong takedown defense, Lawler became an instant star with decisive victories over highly regarded welterweights Aaron Riley and Steve Berger, the latter by knockout before cameras for Fox Sports Net's Best Damned Sports Show Period!
      Lytle (26-9-4) from Indianapolis, Ind., is a well-rounded fighter who combines boxing, jiu jitsu and wrestling to submit opponents. "I strike well but submissions are my strength. Most of my victories have been by submission, which seems to be happening less in mixed martial arts," he said. Lytle said he looks forward to meeting Lawler whom he calls one of the toughest fighters in the world's toughest weight class.
      The Mir-Sims heavyweight re-match pits a Brazilian jiu jitsu submission specialist against a big freestyle fighter who made a mistake in the first fight and paid for it with a disqualification.
      Mir (6-1-0) of Las Vegas dominated the first two minutes of the match and had Sims (6-2-1) of Columbus, Ohio, in an arm bar that could have ended it. Sims stood straight up and slammed Mir to the mat but then stomped on his face repeatedly, which is not allowed under UFC rules. Mir was dazed and the referee disqualified Sims for the illegal kicks.
      Since exploding on the scene at UFC 34: High Voltage in Las Vegas with a first-round submission of Brazilian veteran Roberto Traven, Mir has continued his rise to the top of the heavyweight division with lightning quick submissions of veterans Pete Williams and Tank.
      Sims, 6'10", 250 pounds, is one of the UFC's biggest heavyweights. He says his favorite technique is wrestling, but his stand up is improving daily and his jiu jitsu is good. "I will have a game plan for Mir again, but will also bring some surprises to the fight. Some times it's the element of surprise that shocks everyone that works best."
      The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 45: Revolution at 10 p.m. EST on Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct. The suggested retail price will be $29.95.

  Friday - October 24, 2003
Sims Is Out:
Who Will Meet Mir Now?

By Loretta Hunt

In the ever-evolving UFC heavyweight picture, FCF has received word that Wes Sims will not be competing on November 21st's UFC 45 card due to injury. While sparring with a kickboxer last night in preparation for his second outing against fellow heavyweight Frank Mir, Sims incurred a blow that broke the ulna bone in his left arm. Currently in a splint, Sims' injury will require a 10-week cast once the swelling has gone down. Following on the heels of Tim Sylvia's recent steroid use admission and subsequent drop from the UFC 45 card, Frank Mir is once again without an opponent.

From his home in Ohio, where he trains under MMA staples Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman at the Hammer House facility, Sims seemed disappointed about the "bad break" that will keep him out of the Octagon for at least three months. "I'm in the best shape of my life right now," he said, commenting that he is currently weighing in at a fitter 253 pounds. "I just keep getting better and better. I was really looking forward to this fight." Sims weighed in at 242 pounds for his first clash with Mir at UFC 43, a bout that ended in disqualification for the 6'10" fighter when he illegally stomped down on his floored opponent.

Confirming that he recently signed a three-fight deal with the UFC, "the Project" says he will take the unexpected time off to accompany fellow teammate Randleman to Japan for his PRIDE Final Conflict bout against Kazushi Sakuraba on November 9th. "It's gonna give me more time to build and get stronger," he added optimistically. "You're gonna see a more poised fighter when I come back. I'm 24. I'm gonna be around for a while."

From Dream Stage Entertainment:
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LOS ANGELES, California - Don't miss your last chance to see how the PRIDE FC middleweight tournament started! Just in time before the final rounds on November 9th, PRIDE FC fans with DIRECTV will be able to watch a last chance viewing of PRIDE FC: TOTAL ELIMINATION ... with added bonus footage!

Last Chance viewing with bonus footage
Available only on DIRECTV
November 1-6 (All Day Ticket)
Channel 101
Price: $19.95 (reduced rate)

TOTAL ELIMINATION featured a loaded fight card with such match-ups as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson versus Murilo Bustamante, Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell versus Alistair Overeem, and Kazushi Sakuraba versus Wanderlei Silva. Not only will you be able to re-live the action, but this time you'll get in-depth post fight interviews with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell. As both men prepare for the next round of the tournament hear their candid thoughts ... what does Quinton Jackson think of the UFC? Of Wanderlei Silva? Of Hidehiko Yoshida? How is Chuck Liddell feeling as the UFC representative in PRIDE FC? Who would he like to fight the most?

To find out the answers, order TOTAL ELIMINATION with bonus footage ... available only on DIRECTV!

Fight Card

The opening round of an eight man middleweight tournament, featuring:

Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan) vs. Wanderlei Silva (Brazil)
Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Murilo Bustamante
Chuck Liddell (USA) vs. Alistair Overeem (Holland)

Heavyweight Bouts:

Fedor Emelianenko (Russia) vs. Gary Goodridge (Trinidad and Tobago)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Ricco Rodriguez (USA)
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine)

PRIDE FC's next event and the finals of the middleweight tournament will take place at FINAL CONFLICT, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Check your pay per view listings!

The Brazilian Beat
HEAT FC 2 Looking Solid, Chute Boxe Taking Over Japan and More!

The Brazilian Beat:
      Here we are again folks! After a long absence, probably the longest in the Brazilian Beat's one-year history, the BB is back in good style with plenty of happenings from the Brazilian MMA scene. Due to the time frame, we had a lot of catching up to do, therefore some news may not be as fresh as you're used to, however we still bring the latest from the country where lots of champions comes from. October is flying by, and the month brought us some action from Pele's new show, however November will be hot with shows such as PRIDE GP, the UFC and HEAT FC 2 coming over and looking stronger than ever. Another interesting trend of this edition of "The Beat" is the fact that our beloved sport is more than ever getting to business level, even here in the wild Brazil, as fighters are becoming free-agents and trading teams, promotions are popping up and even websites are appearing left and right, from fighters and teams! So, don't blink and be sure check out all this news and more, as the music may not be playing, but Full Contact Fighter keeps bringing the rhythm, as the beat never ceases in traditional Brazilian style!
  • The news never seems to stop regarding Heat FC 2 - Evolution! After some controversy regarding a split in the show's promoters, things are getting more and more interesting with the promotion as the card is almost ready and announcements have being made all the time in Brazil. Besides the fight between PRIDE veteran Allan Goes and RINGS veteran Gustavo Ximu, already announced, another PRIDE veteran in Carlos Barreto is returning to HEAT ring to face UFC veteran Travis Wiuff, in a battle of true heavyweights, where we'll see if Barreto will be able to use his new found Muay Thai, or his Jiu-Jitsu skills against Wiuff's ground and pound game and raw power. Also, KOTC, IFC and HEAT veteran Forrest Griffin is no longer going to face Lucas Lopes, as problems with the weight for the fight forced Lucas to withdraw, and HEAT and WVC veteran Edson Paredao will be the replacement in a fight with a 220 pounds weight limit.

  • In more HEAT FC 2 news, long time Jiu-Jitsu master Vinicius Draculino, known for his achievements competing with the gi and training students at Gracie Barra, is going to be making his MMA debut next November 27th! Draculino is well liked by all in the Brazilian MMA scene, and he decided to enter the ring for the first time to prove his students that he does what he preaches. Draculino's opponent is going to be Kleber Galdino, one of the first Jiu-Jitsu black belts in the city of Natal (Where HEAT will take place) who has some tough MMA battles in his past. Also looking to please the local crowd, two fighters from rival academies in the city are going to battle against each other as HEAT 1 winner Fabio Bolinho from Kimura/Nova Uniao will face Sergio Junior from Combate Real. Those two academies hate each other, and they split the students in the city, with a history of street fights in the past this fight will add more HEAT to the promotion that carries this name.

  • Well, one may think it's enough of HEAT FC 2 - Evolution news, but in fact it isn't! IFC Light Heavyweight Champion Renato Babalu Sobral just signed yesterday and will be back at the HEAT FC 2 card. Babalu, fresh from his IFC epic win, will be facing Cristopher Hipolito from the Brazilian Impacto Team, the same where Carlinhos Lima trains. Hipolito however is not only a striker, as he competes in wrestling tournaments in Brazil as well. Also, coming from a loss in a tough fight at BSF to Ikuhisa Minowa, local idol Silmar Rodrigo is also coming back to the card to face young Canadian Chris Fontaine, who is taking this chance very seriously, adding even more international flavor to the card. On other news, the promoters of HEAT FC expect to close a Brazilian Pay Per View deal in the next few days. Here's what the HEAT FC 2 - Evolution card looks like so far, with more fights still to be announced:
    • Carlos Barreto vs. Travis Wiuff
    • Allan Goes vs. Gustavo Ximu Machado
    • Renato Babalu vs. Cristopher Hipolito
    • Forrest Griffin vs. Edson Paredao
    • Vinicius Draculino vs. Kleber Galdino
    • Silmar Rodrigo vs. Chris Fontaine
    • Fabio Bolinho vs. Sergio Junior

  • Speaking of Brazilian shows, MMA legend Pele Landi Jons promised and delivered his own MMA promotion. The show, called Challenge Original Brazilian Vale Tudo, took place this last Friday, October 17th at the city of Curitiba, in the same venue where MECA used to hold his shows, Palacio de Cristal. The event had a good crowd, although it was not packed, and due to TV perspectives it ended up having no headbutts and the fighters used gloves, instead of what was originally planned. However, Pele succeeded in having plenty of knockouts in his card, and the public left the arena satisfied for sure. The show's standouts were Pele's students Eliezer Ninja, Gaucho and Charneski. Pele is now already planning the second edition of the show, and we'll keep you posted. Here are the results:
    • Eliezer Ninja (Pele Team) defeats Gelson Aranha (Gold Team) by KO in the 1st round.
    • Marivaldo Moreira defeats Wander Santos by TKO in the 1st round.
    • Franklin Jensen (Alliance) defeats Paulo Canhao (Gold Team) by KO in the 1st round.
    • Sandro Reni (Pele Team) defeats Daniel Alves (Gold Team) by TKO in the 1st round.
    • Emerson Graxaim (Brazilian Impacto) defeats Alexandre Marciano by TKO in the 1st round.
    • Leonardo Pelucio (Kamikase/Gracie) defeats Ricardo Savamu by TKO in the 2nd round.
    • Jeferson Gaucho (Pele Team) defeats Evandro Oliveira by KO in the 1st round.
    • Wagner Kurio (Gold Team) defeats Kaue Dudus by TKO in the 1st round.
    • Luis Charneski (Pele Team) defeats Everton Santos (Gold Team) by KO in the 1st round.

  • The final round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix is coming soon, and besides the fights for the belt the actual rest of the card is starting to take shape. For some time rumors had in Brazil that former UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante would be facing Kevin "The Monster" Randleman in the show's undercard, however with the announcement of Randleman's bout against Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba it looks more like that the Brazilian Top Team fighter will be facing another American in Dan Henderson. This fight was also rumored some weeks ago, and either way Bustamante is training hard having a fight in November 9th at his plans.

  • Bustamante's long time teammate and friend Mario Sperry is also training and eager to fight again, although no fight is likely to happen still in 2003. Despite all the promoter and manager activities being performed by "The Zen Machine" lately, Sperry told FCF he makes sure he always trains and keep on fighting shape, as he still loves to compete. On the middle of his training however, Mario is taking time to take care of his own MMA promotion, Brazil Super Fight, and is working on the 2nd show for next December, once again in the city of Porto Alegre. Among Sperry's plans for the card is the return of PANCRASE idol Ikuhisa Minowa, to defend his belt against a yet to be named opponent.

  • Speaking of Jiu-Jitsu fighters, multiple-time World Champion black belt Fernando Terere just launched his own website [at www.fernandoterere.com]. The site looks very basic, and it's still only in Portuguese, but it's a good chance for those who can read the language to learn a bit more about this guy's social works, as he helps a lot of poor kids in his birthplace of Rio de Janeiro. Terere is still training hard with the gi on, as well as helping his friend Vitor Belfort in his MMA training.

  • On the subject of websites, legendary fighter Pele Landi Jons also launched a neat website for his team [www.peleteam.com.br]. This site is well designed, with some interesting content on Pele's career, his new team and his show. Unfortunate though for English readers, it's still only in Portuguese, but with some effort one will be able to check some of the pictures and info.

  • Speaking of Belfort, "The Phenom" is continuously training with his eyes set on a likely re-match against UFC Champion Randy Couture, who has been dominating at the Light Heavyweight division despite the age factor. Vitor has been wanting this re-matching for a long time, and even the fact that it's likely only taking place next year didn't phase his training. Belfort went to Rio de Janeiro last week to take care of some business, but now is back to Sao Paulo training with his team. On the fighter's plans is still his marriage with his long time fiancé and former Playmate Joana Prado, this next December. Belfort guarantees though that the honeymoon will only happen after his fight with Couture.

  • Another top Light Heavyweight fighter who has been out of the scene for a while is Chute Boxe artist Murilo Ninja Rua. With rumors flying around of a likely fight for him at the next MECA Vale Tudo show, Murilo is taking care of his own business and is going for his second ever European seminar tour. Starting next weekend the PRIDE veteran will be at Sweden, England and Germany and although he is happy with the trip, he told FCF he is really eager to fight again, as he feels he has trained a lot and is now on the best fighting form of his life.

  • As websites seem to be making the tone for this edition of The Beat, Brazilian Top Team fighter Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira also has some news on his website. Minotauro launched his own store at his website, where you can buy his t-shirts and other goodies. The site has an English version, however the virtual store is only on the Portuguese version so far. Check it out at [www.minotauro.net]. While he looks to sell some stuff, Nogueira has been training hard for his crucial fight against Mirko Cro Cop at PRIDE, next November 9th. According to Mino's camp, he has been studying Mirko and training a lot of Greco-Roman Wrestling, looking to take the Croatian down from body clinches. The BTT trainers told FCF that even without Darrel Gholar to help out their training, they manage to get a great Wrestling instructor and Minotauro will be ready.

  • Chute Boxe is finally deciding to take on Japan and open an academy there, where the market is surely huge for MMA. According to the team's leader, Master Rudimar Fedrigo, the academy will serve as a Embassy for the team in Japan, where they'll hold seminars with the team's top stars as well as train new athletes. Chute Boxe Master Sergio Cunha will he heading for the land of the rising sun shortly to take care and run the academy. In other Rudimar Fedrigo news, the Chute Boxe master and his partner Jorge Guimaraes are announcing the next edition of MECA World Vale Tudo to take place next December 19th, at the city of Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil, and plan to announce the card shortly.

  • UFC veteran and long time Luta-Livre practitioner Flavio Moura left the Budokan team to join the new Gracie Barra MMA team, in a surprising move where money and better training conditions seemed to be the cause. After Alexandre Cacareco, also with a long time Luta-Livre history, did the same move everybody was astonished, but now those types of deals are becoming more commonplace, as our sport reaches professionalism and the MMA free agent days are becoming a reality. It goes to show we're long days above the old Jiu-Jitsu vs. Luta-Livre rivalry, and MMA is now officially a business.

  • PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva keeps training harder and harder for his upcoming battles at the PRIDE GP final round, next November 9th. Silva told FCF he has been concentrating a lot on cardio, but it still hitting as hard as ever! Wanderlei is also a noticeable proud daddy, as his son Thor is giving him even more will and strength to capture the belt. "The Axe Murderer's" training routine has been intense, and he is weighing 97 kg with very little body fat right now, looking to cut the extra 4 kg as fight-time comes closer.

  Saturday - October 25, 2003
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From Pancrase:
Latest Pancrase Official Rankings
(as of 10/17/2003)

  • 10th Open-weight K.O.P. Josh Barnett(U.S.A./New Japan Pro-wrestling)
  • #1 Yuki Kondo(PANCRASEism)
  • #2 Semmy Schilt(Holland/Golden Glory)
  • #3 Yoshiki Takahashi(PANCRASEism)
  • #4 Sanae Kikuta(Pancrase GRABAKA)
  • #5 Kiuma Kunioku(PANCRASEism)
  • #6 Nathan Marquardt(U.S.A./Colorado Stars)
  • #7 VACANT

    Super heavyweight(221lbs. and over)
  • 1st Super heavyweight K.O.P. VACANT
  • #1 Semmy Schilt(Holland/Golden Glory)
  • #2 Tim Lajcik(U.S.A./Gladiators Training Academy)
  • #3 Ron Waterman(U.S.A./Team Impact)
  • #4 Hideki Tadao(RJW/CENTRAL)
  • #5 Jun Ishii(Chojin Club)

    Heavyweight(199lbs.~under 221lbs.)
  • 1st Heavyweight K.O.P. Yoshiki Takahashi(PANCRASEism)
  • #1 Tsuyoshi Ozawa(Zendokai)
  • #2 Katsuhisa Fujii(UFO)
  • #3 Jason Godsey(U.S.A./I.F. Academy)

    Light heavyweight(181lbs.~under 199lbs.)
  • 2nd Light heavyweight K.O.P. Sanae Kikuta(Pancrase GRABAKA)
  • #1 Yuki Kondo(PANCRASEism)
  • #2 Ricardo Almeida(U.S.A./Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy)
  • #3 Akihiro Gono(Pancrase GRABAKA)
  • #4 Nilson de Castro(Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy)
  • #5 Daisuke Watanabe(PANCRASEism)
  • #6 Ikuhisa Minowa(freelance)
  • #7 Yuki Sasaki(Pancrase GRABAKA)
  • #8 Keiichiro Yamamiya(PANCRASEism)
  • #9 Evangelista Cyborg(Brazil/Academia Budokan)
  • #10 Osami Shibuya(PANCRASEism)

    Middleweight(165.7lbs.~ under 181lbs.)
  • 3rd Middleweight K.O.P. Nathan Marquardt(U.S.A./Colorado Stars)
  • #1 Izuru Takeuchi(SK Absolute)
  • #2 Crosley Gracie(Ralph Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy)
  • #3 Kiuma Kunioku(PANCRASEism)
  • #4 Ricardo Almeida(U.S.A./Renzo Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy)
  • #5 Kazuo Misaki(Pancrase GRABAKA)
  • #6 Chris Lytle(U.S.A./Ring Sports Palmers Gym)
  • #7 Hidehiko Hasegawa(SK Absolute)
  • #8 Shonie Carter(U.S.A./AIKI Training Hall)
  • #9 Kosei Kubota(PANCRASEism)
  • #10 Eiji Ishikawa(Pancrase GRABAKA)

    Welterweight(152.5lbs.~ under 165.7lbs
  • 1st Welterweight K.O.P. Kiuma Kunioku(PANCRASEism)
  • #1 Koji Oishi(PANCRASEism)
  • #2 Takafumi Ito(PANCRASEism)
  • #3 Kenichi Serizawa(Wajutsu Keishukai Suruga Dojo)
  • #4 Hiroki Nagaoka(Rodeo Style)
  • #5 Satoru Kitaoka(PANCRASEism)
  • #6 Yuji Hoshino(Wajutsu Keishukai GODS)
  • #7 Takuya Wada(SK Absolute)

    Lightweight(141.4lbs.~ under 152.5lbs.) VACANT

    Featherweight(under 141.4lbs.) VACANT

  •   Sunday - October 26, 2003
    IFC "Battleground Boise"
    Team Extreme sweep belts
    in first sanctioned show in Idaho

    Report and photos by Keith Mills

    Justin Eilers beating Gary Marshall for U.S. Heavyweight belt
    Eilers on Marshall
    Boise, ID -- Jens Pulver emerged triumphant last night in his second Flyweight fight by guillotine choke over Richard Hess, taking the IFC Flyweight belt. Also on the card, Pulver's Team Extreme teammates Jennifer Howe and Justin Eilers picked up the Women's World Middleweight and U.S. Heavyweight belts respectively. Fellow Team Extreme member Tom Sauer didn't do as well, with the ref stopping the action in his fight against Bill Mahood halfway through the second round, the longest fight of the night. In other team perspective news AKA's Mike Kyle easily defeated Jason Reed in similar fashion to his recent WEC fight, while Team Quests' Nathan Quarry had a harder time against the much heavier Chris Kiever, taking 4:33 to find the triangle choke. The rest of the undercard didn't fare so well for the local fighters who went 1-5 on the lower half of the card with the one win being Mitch Coats defeating fellow Idaho fighter Dan Ethell.

    This show was the first sanctioned by the Idaho Athletic Commission with Deputy Commissioner Larry Beddes present. Idaho is using the "Nevada rules" with Beddes saying, "We are not here to reinvent the wheel." Commissioner Tom Katsilomates was not present at the event, but is reported to be very interested in MMA as the Idaho Commission seeks to become more familiar with the sport. This perspective is important in understanding why some of the fights were stopped by TKO. In particular, the Mahood/Sauer fight was immediately followed by vocal disapproval from many fans present, but being the first sanctioned event it was probably better in the long run to err on the side of caution.

    The next IFC is scheduled for December 6th in Hidalgo, TX.
    Jennifer Howe beating Judy Neff for Women's World Middleweight belt
    Howe beating Neff
    • Mitch Coats def. Dan Ethell 4:36 R1 by TKO
    • Hank Weiss def. JD Carter 4:13 R1 by rear-naked choke
    • Randy Spence def. Larry Garrison 1:14 R1 by armbar/dislocated elbow
    • Jorge Evangelista def. Chevo Vidales 1:00 R1 by TKO
    • Nathan Quarry def. Chris Kiever 4:33 R1 by triangle choke
    • Steve Gomm def. Eric Heinz 0:49 R2 by rear-naked choke
    • Mike Kyle def. Jason Reed 1:52 R1 by submission to strikes
    • Bill Mahood def. Tom Sauer 3:10 R2 by TKO
    • Justin Eilers def. Gary Marshall 4:25 R1 by TKO
    • Jennifer Howe def. Judy Neff 4:24 R1 by submission to strikes
    • Jens Pulver def. Richard Hess 2:14 R1 by guillotine choke
    Look for a full report of the event in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, subscribe today!.

      Monday - October 27, 2003
    Benji Radach vs. Danny Lafever
    Ultimate Ring Challenge 6
    Held October 25, 2003
    At the Cowlitz County Fairgrounds Arena
    Longview, Washington
    By Mike Neva

    Benji Radach KO'd by newcomer Danny Lafever in 55 seconds!
    Benji Radach KO'dDanny Lafever victorious
    Radach KO'dLafever wins

    In his very first professional MMA fight Danny Lafever was able to pull off one of the most stunning upsets in MMA history. After an initial feeling out period where both fighters circled and looked to find their range, it was Lafever who threw a lightning fast straight right hand to the jaw, which instantaneously knocked out UFC veteran Benji Radach. Lafever and his team were absolutely elated as they rushed the ring starting a near riot as Radach's supporters stood in stunned silence at the colossal upset. Look for a full report in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter!

    Williams mounted on Cochran
    Williams mounted on Cochran

    Exhibition MMA
    • Adam Yohe (Longview, WA) def. Dave Banuet (Olympia, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from punches at: 45 of round 1
    • Tony Williams (Everett, WA) def. Dave Cochran (Redmond, OR) by unanimous decision after 3 - three minute rounds
    • Kyle Kenney (Lacey, WA) def. Ryan Newton (Bend, OR) by choke at 2:05 of round 1
    • Trevor Michaelis (Olympia, WA) def. Jeremy Royal (Kelso, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from punches at 1:15 of round 1
    • Ryan Schultz (Gresham, OR) def. Jeremy Saunders (Oak Harbor, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from punches at: 46 of round 1
    • Shane Davis (Castle Rock, WA) drew. Matt Horwich (Kirkland, WA) after 3 - three minute rounds
    • Chris Irvine (San Francisco, CA) def. John Gunderson (Bend, OR) by arm bar at 1:15 of round 2
    • Danny Lafever (Kelso, WA) def. Benji Radach (Castle Rock, WA) by KO from a punch at: 55 of round 1

    From the event's promoter:
    RITC 54 - Results
    Homer/Severn Draw
    Fettkether Named FOTN

    2,000 MMA fans witnessed the long awaited Homer/Severn match. It turned into a "stand and pound" fight as neither wrestling great was able to score a take down. The judges scored the Home/Severn bout 29-28, 29-29, 30-30 for a majority draw.

    After being "rocked" by a hard punch, Mike Fettkether regained his composure and scored an upset win by arm bar submission. This impressive victory earned him Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors. Other candidates for FOTN were Carlos Ortega, Victor Cruz, Gabe Rivas, Pete Morales, David Canvas, Hans Marrero, RJ Gamez, Joe Frainee, Victor Estrada and Cory Timmerman.

    • Carlos Ortega (156), Arizona Punishment won by submission (arm bar), 1:13 Rd 1 Klay Palomo (166), Freestyle
    • Victor Cruz (149), Brausa Academy won by decision (3 - 0) Brian Mitchell (154), ACS/Nova Uniao
    • Gabe Rivas (165), Pinal Martial Arts won by doctor stoppage (broken nose), 3:00 Rd 1 Jeremiah Shivers (169), Leininger/Boneyard
    • Pete Morales (165), Arizona Punishment won by decision (3 - 0) Gilbert Cervantes (162), Ghetto Grapplers
    • David Canvas (188), Freestyle won by submission (choke), 1:12 Rd 1 Michael Perales (193), Ghetto Grapplers
    • Hans Marrero (173), Marrero's Combat Academy won by submission (arm bar), :50 Rd 1 Richie Reyes (167), Ghetto Grapplers
    • RJ Gamez (174), Arizona Punishment won by TKO, 2:08 Rd 1 Mike Ptak (164), Brausa Academy
    • Mike Fettkether (181), Machado JJ won by submission (arm bar), 1:29 Rd 1 Melesio Perales (186), Ghetto Grapplers
    • Joe Frainee (188), Redlands Kung Fu won by ref stoppage, 1:14 Rd 1 Chappo Montijo (196), Ghetto Grapplers
    • Victor Estrada (161), Brausa Academy won by submission (choke), 1:43 Rd 2 Robert Maldonado (165), Tucson Judo
    • Cory Timmerman (310), Brausa Academy won by submission (arm bar), 1:57 Rd 1 Herb Garcia (308), Arizona Punishment
    • Homer Moore (216), Brausa Academy/Mike Munoz Boxing majority DRAW (1-0-2) Dan Severn (265), Michigan Sports Camp
    Upcoming events:

    ITC 55 - Heavyweight Showdowns
    Saturday, Nov 15, 2003
    Casa Grande

    RITC 56 - Year # 6 Begins
    Saturday, Dec 6, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

    RITC 57
    Saturday, Dec 13, 2003

    Desert Quest #7 - Christmas Classic
    BJJ/Submission Grappling
    Saturday, Dec 20, 2003

    RITC 58
    Saturday, Jan 31, 2004
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

      Wednesday - October 29, 2003
    From Dream Stage Entertainment:
    Pride FC logo

    LOS ANGELES, California - Due to the nature of the upcoming PRIDE FC event, tournament matches will be shortened from the traditional three rounds to two for FINAL CONFLICT, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

    Round Format
    Semi-Final, Final, and Reserve Matches
    Round 1
    10 minutes
    Round 2
    5 minutes
    (2 minute interval between rounds)

    This adjusted round format is only for bouts related to the tournament. All other matches on the fight card will be held in the traditional 10-5-5 format.

    From Dream Stage Entertainment:
    Pride FC logo

    LOS ANGELES, California -- Three more matches were announced today to round out the fight card for PRIDE FC: FINAL CONFLICT, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan.

    In a reserve bout for the middleweight tournament, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend and former UFC champion Murilo Bustamante will be taking on PRIDE FC superstar Dan Henderson. Bustamante is coming off of a close split decision loss to Quinton Jackson at TOTAL ELIMINATION in what many considered the fight of the night. Henderson's last PRIDE FC appearance was at BODY BLOW where he TKO'd Japanese fighter Shungo Oyama in the first round. In the event of an injury to one of the tournament participants, the winner of Bustamante/Henderson will step in.

    In the second announced match, it will be a battle of super heavyweights as Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge takes on UFC veteran and former King of the Cage champion Dan "The Bull" Bobish.

    In addition, "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring will go head to head with Japanese fighter Norihisa Yamamoto.

    Fight Card
    (Presented in Order)

    Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge vs. Dan "The Bull" Bobish

    Middleweight Tournament Match #1
    Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell

    Middleweight Tournament Match #2
    Wanderlei Silva vs. Hidehiko Yoshida

    Middleweight Tournament Match #3 (Reserve Match)
    Dan Henderson vs. Murilo Bustamante

    Heath Herring vs. Norihisa Yamamoto

    Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kevin Randleman

    PRIDE FC Interim Heavyweight Championship Match
    Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

    Middleweight Tournament Final Match
    Winner Liddell/Jackson vs. Winner Silva/Yoshida

    Fight Card is subject to change.

    FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

      Thursday - October 30, 2003
    From Dream Stage Entertainment:
    Pride FC logo

    LOS ANGELES, California - PRIDE FC superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, always known for his colorful interviews, will be a guest on Friday, October 31st on the Conway and Steckler Show on 97.1, Los Angeles' FM Talk Station and home to the Howard Stern Show (covering L.A., Orange, and Ventura counties).

    Quinton will be discussing his upcoming fight with the UFC's Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell at PRIDE FC: FINAL CONFLICT.

    The Conway and Steckler Show airs live between 8pm and 11:35pm (Pacific Time) and Quinton is expected on at approximately 10pm.

    Fans are encouraged to call in and ask questions:

    L.A. County: 1-800-520-9710
    Orange County: 1-800-977-9710
    Sprint PCS: #971

    Nation-wide fans can also email questions at: timanddoug@earthlink.net

    FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

    From Zuffa/UFC:
    UFC logo

    World's Premiere Mixed Martial Arts Sport Returns to Pay-Per-View In Britain

          LAS VEGAS, October 30, 2003....The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the world's premiere mixed martial arts sports association, today announced that UFC 45: Revolution, its all-star, eight-fight show on Friday, November 21, from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct., will be telecast LIVE on pay-per-view on Setanta Sport in the United Kingdom.
          UFC 45: Revolution will air live starting at 3 a.m., November 22, British Time and the suggested retail price for U.K. fight fans will be 14.95 pounds. Setanta Sport broadcasts events as part of SKY Digital's on-demand cable package. Sky Digital customers can order the show by pressing the red "select" button on channel 436 or by calling 08708 500 005. NTL and Telewest customers should contact their respective cable operators to order the show.
          The UFC is returning to pay-per-view in the United Kingdom after a highly successful UFC 38: Brawl At The Hall, July 13, 2002, at Royal Albert Hall in London. That show sold out the venerable hall and was one of the highest rated pay-per-view events in the U.K. in 2002.
          "British fight fans are some of the best in the world. We are really excited about being back on pay-per-view television in the U.K. There is a real demand for our brand of combat sport not only in Britain but also throughout the entire United Kingdom," said Dana White, UFC president.
          In the main event of UFC 45: Revolution, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (29-3-0 in mixed martial arts) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt for the fifth time against highly rated Frank Trigg (9-1-0) from El Segundo, Calif. In a heavyweight feature match, legendary knockout artist "Tank" Abbott (8-9-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif., will meet "Cabbage" Correira (16-4-0), a power puncher from Hilo, Hawaii.
          In other feature bouts, Welterweight star Robbie Lawler (7-1-0) from Davenport, Iowa, returns after a seven-month layoff from a hip flexor injury to fight Chris Lytle (26-9-4) of Indianapolis, Ind.; former Heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (10-3-0), a Newark, N.J. and Staten Island, N.Y., native, who now fights out of Las Vegas, will meet veteran contender Pedro Rizzo (12-5-0) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Middleweight top contender Matt Lindland (8-2-0) of Eagle Creek, Ore., will again take on Falaniko Vitale (14-2-0) of Honolulu, Hawaii, in a re-match from their "surprise ending" fight at UFC 43: Melt Down; power-punching Middleweight Phil Baroni (6-2-0), a Long Island, N.Y. native, who now fights out of Las Vegas, will clash with Evan Tanner (8-2-0) of Portland, Ore., who will fight as a middleweight for the first time; in another middleweight match-up, Keith Rockel (9-2-1)) of Lancaster, Ma., will grapple with Chris Liguori (2-1-0) of Middletown, N.J., and two of the UFC's top lightweight contenders, Din Thomas (18-3-0) of Orlando, Fla., and Yves Edwards (13-6-1) from Houston, Tex., will duel in a battle of jiu jitsu specialists.
          In the U.S. and Canada, UFC 45: Revolution will be LIVE on pay-per-view at
    10 p.m. EST on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
          The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is today the world's premier mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC evens are distributed internationally through WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil, Main Event Television in Australia and Sky Network Television in New Zealand. Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of UFC video games through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediactive and its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company. "UFC," "Ultimate Fighting Championship," "Ultimate Fighting," "Submission" and the Octagon cage design are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zuffa, LLC in the U.S., Japan and other countries.

      Friday - October 31, 2003 - Happy Halloween
    From the event's promoter:
    EVT Logo
    European Vale Tudo fight card

    European Vale Tudo 'Genesis' takes place in Copenhagen Denmark on Saturday December 6th. This is the first vale tudo/no-holds-barred/mixed martial arts event in the Nordic countries that takes place in a cage. EVT proudly presents 10 high class fights with fighters from Denmark, Sweden, UK, Spain, Germany, Norway and USA. Complete fight card:

    Sonny Malmkvist Nielsen, Advanced Gym Odense (Denmark) Vs.
    Christian Graugart, Straight Blast Gym CPH (Denmark)

    Ski Svirskis, Ski's Kickboxing Club (UK) Vs.
    Joakim Engberg, Lupus Shootfighting (Sweden)

    Dersu Lerma, Alianza MMA (Spain) Vs.
    Diego Gonzales, Pancrase Gym (Sweden)

    Mario Stapel, Shoot Boxen (Germany) Vs.
    Thomas Hytten, Ookami Shootfighting (Norway)

    Per Eklund, Pancrase Gym (Sweden) Vs.
    Kim Hovgaard, Submission Fighting Aalborg (Denmark)

    Travis Lutter, Lion's Den Dallas (USA) Vs.
    John Oskar Hammer, Ookami Shootfighting (Norway)

    Toni Vivas, Alianza MMA (Spain) Vs.
    Martin Kampmann, Aarhus Shootfighting (Denmark)

    Antonio Tello, Alianza MMA (Spain) Vs.
    Richard Bohlenius, SBJJA Stockholm (Sweden)

    Scott Ireland, Ronin Vale Tudo (UK) Vs.
    Lars Besand, Skagen Fight Gym (Denmark)

    Guy Mezger, Lion's Den Dallas (USA) Vs.
    Daniel Bergman, Shootfighting Stockholm (Sweden)

    The fight card may be subject to change.

    European Vale Tudo tickets release

    The tickets for European Vale Tudo 'Genes is' are now released and can be bought at all post offices around Denmark. You can also order tickets online (payment with Visa, MasterCard etc) from within Denmark as well as from abroad. Follow the link below:

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