Brazilian Top Team Looking To Unload At Pride 20!
Brazilian Top Team looking to unload at PRIDE 20!
By Eduardo Alonso
One of the world’s top fight teams, the Brazilian Top Team, is about to have the team’s biggest participation on a PRIDE event ever. At least three fighters from the team will be competing on the April PRIDE card, and it’s very likely that a fourth member will be fighting too. PRIDE Heavyweight champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira will be defending his title for the first time, and his opponent is likely to be Semmy Schilt. Although the fight isn’t signed yet, "Minotauro" is surely going to defend his title at the next PRIDE. Another Brazilian Top Team fighter who will be returning to the event is the "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry! Sperry last fought at PRIDE 17, beating Igor Vovchanchyn. FCF was told that Sperry will be fighting on the next card, and despite word of a fight between Ricardo Arona and Dan Henderson, the American wrestler will very likely be Mario’s opponent. Sperry is already weighing in the 205lb range, and from now on he will be competing in PRIDE’s middleweight division!
Although Ricardo Arona’s fight against Dan Henderson was considered a done deal, Arona’s opponent is now likely to be Japanese star Sanae Kikuta. This fight isn’t signed yet, but with Sperry vs. Dan Henderson being a very likely scenario, Arona vs. Kikuta looks probable. Regardless of the identity of his opponent, FCF was told that Ricardo Arona is going to be fighting at PRIDE 20 anyway. With "Minotauro", Sperry and Arona all fighting at PRIDE 20, this could already be considered a great participation from the BTT on the card, but the next PRIDE card is very likely to be holding one more surprise! FCF was told that is very likely that Minotauro’s twin brother, Rogerio Nogueira — Fresh from his HOOKnSHOOT win, will be making his PRIDE debut in April! Chances are very high that both brothers will be fighting on the next PRIDE card, and the Brazilian Top Team will come to the event with their biggest number of fighters in the card ever.
Henderson Vs. Sperry?
It’s News to Hendo
FCF’s Aaron Crecy caught up with Dan Henderson on his way to train with Matt Lindland and Randy Couture.
When asked about being matched up against Mario Sperry at Pride 20, Dan replied, "I haven’t heard a thing about it, but I’d fight him."
From the event’s promoter:
"THE WORLD’S LARGEST SUBMISSION GRAPPLING TOURNAMENT"
In Bayonne, New Jersey on April 20-21, 2002 (Saturday-Sunday), Grapplers Quest, "The World’s Largest Submission Grappling Tournament," will feature The U.S. Nationals of Submission Grappling.
The event will feature 72 amateur submission grappling divisions for children, women, executives, masters, and Novice, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced men, plus the prestigious ‘Superfight Absolute’, which is shaping up to be the best division ever assembled on U.S. Soil.
Here is a quick run-down of the competitors already confirmed to participate:
We are still looking for top quality fighters to add to this division. If you have any interested grapplers, please email me with a complete resume at: President@Grapplers.com
Grapplers Quest 2002 U.S. Nationals of Submission Grappling
DAY ONE: Saturday, April 20th: Children, Women, Executive (30-35 yrs.), Masters (36 yrs.+), Novice, Beginner, and Preliminary Rounds of Superfight Divisions
DAY TWO: Sunday April 21st, 2002: Intermediate, Advanced, Semi-Final and Final Matches of Superfight Absolute Division
Tickets: $15 Pre-Purchased (per day), $20 At-The-Door (per day)
For more information, visit the GQ official web site at: http://www.Grapplers.com/Nationals
Check out the new Men’s Weight Classes: