Happy New Year!
Your friends at FCF hope that you all have a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and we wish you all of the best in the new year.
By Mark Ginther
INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2002
December 31, 2002
Saitama Super Arena
From Susumu’s Gallery:
Susumu’s Gallery Update
We have added 20 photos from Pride 24 held on December 23rd. Please enjoy!
Rumble On The Rock
Held December 28, 2002
Edith Kanaka Ole Tennis Stadium, Hilo, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com
Just like when he is fighting, when BJ "The Prodigy" Penn and his family decide to do something, they concentrate all their efforts to be successful at it. This is BJ’s first MMA event and what better place to host it than in his own hometown of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. They billed it as a "World Class Event" and it was just that with a custom built 24-foot octagon, stage lighting, entrance ramp and two 20-foot screens. They chose the same venue that the world renown, Merry Monarch Hula Festival is held. The fighters from the big island, Oahu and the continental U.S. performed to a sold out house of MMA fans. The matches were action packed with good matchmaking, coupled with the fact that every fighter came out to fight. The crowd even got treated to a BJJ demonstration by three BJJ black belts, which included BJ Penn. They also included some eye candy by bringing out the ladies who made the final round of bikini contest. The event was very well run and enjoyed by the fans and the fighters alike. Their next event is tentatively scheduled for February and I, for one cannot wait for it.
All Matches were coprised of two 5-minute rounds
From John Petrilli (RITC):
RITC 43 – The Match
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets $20 (rows 14-25), $30 (rows 4-13) and $40 (rows 1-3).
The discount that will be offered is $5 off on all advanced tickets purchased (walk up or by phone for will call) PRIOR to fight day.
Advanced General Admission Tickets only $15!!! Day of the fights (if available) $20!!! Advanced Reserved Seats and Advanced VIP seats will be only $25 and $35 respectively!!! Day of the fights (if available) $30 and $40.
Rage in the Cage will kick off the New Year with the biggest MMA event ever held in Arizona. California fighters will be coming to Phoenix to challenge top RITC hometown fighters. Todd Medina, who has appeared in the UFC, WVC, Meca and KOTC against world class opponents, will face local favorite Edwin Dewees in the Super Main Event. Herb Dean, a KOTC referee, who trains under Larry Landless at the Submission Factory in California, will provide a stern test for Joseph Riggs, the reigning RITC Heavyweight Champion.
Super Main Event:
Todd Medina (195 lbs), Carlson Gracie Freestyle
Joseph Riggs (220 lbs), Brausa Academy
Cory Timmerman (300 lbs), Brausa Academy
Vince Lucero (260 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
John Lansing (165 lbs), Brausa Academy
Sean Ruiz (195 lbs), Medina Freestyle Fight Team
Roger Mejia (200 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Emmitt Olivera (185 lbs), Medina Freestyle Fight Team
Matt Asher (210 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
RJ Gamez (175 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Del Hawkins (140 lbs), Team Phoenix
There will be one or two fights added to this already stacked card. Fight Card subject to change. Don’t get shutout. Get your tickets early. Tickets for RITC 43 are available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). Please visit www.rageinthecage.com for more information.
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