June 18th 2005, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Reading, UK
By David West
A new show, with a new set of rules, made its debut in Reading, England tonight. Ten of the twelve matches were fought using FX3’s custom rules of 1 x 10 minute round, with each corner allowed to call a one-minute time-out during the round when both fighters were on their feet. If a match went the distance and ended in a draw, a five minute overtime would decide the victor.
France’s Frederic Fernandez scored the fastest KO of the night in just 17 seconds, while his countryman Damien Riccio came back from absorbing at least 8 knee strikes to the groin from Germany’s Andre Balshmieter to stop his opponent with a choke in a performance that won Riccio a huge ovation from the British fans.
From the event’s promoter:
Extreme Challenge 62 hits expectations
Menne, Wiuff & Neer victorious; Moreno wins tourney
MEDINA, Minn. — Many questions were answered Saturday night at Extreme Challenge 62:
Menne (41-11-2) looked sharp en route to a submission victory over Jerry Spiegel… he landed a solid high kick and used an effective ground-and-pound before securing the submission. Menne, the former UFC middleweight champion, said his vision was 20/800 in most of his fights in 2002-2004, and that it is now 20/20. He won for the fifth straight time and working his way back to the top.
4-man 185 tourney
PRIDE FIGHTING’S NOONS, GLOVER AND RING TO FIGHT IN SUPERBRAWL
LOS ANGELES, California — Karl-James Noons, Tyrone Glover, and Nick Ring, three of the four winners selected from the PRIDE FIGHTING U.S. AUDITIONS last November, will be competing in SUPERBRAWL "ICON," scheduled for July 23rd from the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Yuji Shimada, PRIDE’s executive rules director, will also participate in the event as a referee.
165 lbs. KJ Noons vs. Bryson Kamaka
160 lbs. Tyrone Glover vs. David Padilla
185 lbs. Nick Ring vs. Bob Ostovich
After surviving the auditions, Noons, Glover and Ring were all sent to Seattle, Washington to train at AMC Pankration, under the supervision of coach Matt Hume. Now each of them will put their training to the test at SUPERBRAWL.
Noons was raised in Kona, Hawaii. During his amateur career, he was the ISKA amateur international title winner and as a boxer went to the semi finals of the western trials for the Olympics in 2004. In addition, he is black belt in American Kenpo Karate. Noons currently trains and fights out the City Boxing gym in San Diego, California.
Tyrone Glover is a native of San Antonio, Texas, but like Noons now trains and fights out of the City Boxing gym in San Diego, California. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but also boats skills in wrestling, boxing, and Muay Thai. He is 3-0 in mixed martial arts.
Nick "Wonder" Ring was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, but now fights out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is the Intercontinental Muay Thai Champion (WKA) and boasts a record of 23-4 in Muay Thai competition. He is 4-0 in mixed martial arts competition.
The auditions were held on November 20th, 2004 from the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. Contestants attended from all over the world and were given an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of PRIDE’s judges and main decision-makers. Final decisions were made based upon each participant’s audition, interview, and highlight reel. Besides Noons, Glover, and Ring, the fourth selected winner was Jake Draves of Ohio.