Heating Up For Pride 20:
Heating up for PRIDE 20:
Ninja wants to prove his value inside the ring!
By Eduardo Alonso
Coming from the Chute Boxe team and following in the footsteps of teammates Pele Landi and Vanderlei Silva, Murilo “Ninja” Rua first appeared on the NHB scene fighting in the inaugural MECA World Vale Tudo event, in his hometown of Curitiba, and quickly drew the attention of fight fans worldwide. With wins coming from triangle chokes to knockouts, Ninja always displayed a lot of heart and will to learn all the aspects of the game. After a series of wins at MECA, the Chute Boxe rising star got an opportunity at PRIDE replacing his teammate Anderson Silva, who couldn’t fight because of contractual issues. Ninja didn’t waste his chance! He quickly became a new star on PRIDE’s roster, establishing his name with two decisive wins over Daijiro Matsui and Alex Andrade, and one controversial loss to Dan Henderson, where he proved he can hang with the very best the sport has to offer. At only 21 years old, Ninja is now about to face the toughest challenge in his young career, facing legendary fighter Mario Sperry. This fight is becoming one of the most intriguing fights on the PRIDE 20 card and it promises to escalate the already heated rivalry between the Brazilian Top Team and Chute Boxe! FCF starts to heat up for PRIDE 20 in great fashion, catching up with Ninja himself to learn a bit more about what he thinks about his fight and much more! Check FCF’s page in the following days to see what Mario Sperry has to say about the match-up, as FCF delivers the best PRIDE 20 coverage in the world!
FCF: You suffered a serious injury in January that forced you to stay away from training for a period of time. How was the recovery process? Are you already feeling 100%?
FCF: What’s your training been like since the recovery?
FCF: Your opponent for this fight will be Mario Sperry, who dropped some weight recently to compete in PRIDE’s middleweight division. How much will you be weighing for this fight? And what do you know about your opponent’s game?
FCF: As all the Chute Boxe fighters, you didn’t watch any tapes of him to prepare for the fight?
FCF: And you don’t even care to know as always (Laughs)
FCF: Is it true that even if this fight never materialized at PRIDE 20 you were planning to challenge him?
FCF: Do you believe that this fight can increase the rivalry between Brazilian Top Team and Chute Boxe?
FCF: Do you enter this fight with any special motivation because he is a Brazilian Top Team fighter?
FCF: How do you believe this fight is going to unfold? What do you expect to happen in this fight?
FCF: Rudimar and Vanderlei already left for Japan last Monday. Who is going to be flying with you to PRIDE?
FCF: Speaking of Vanderlei Silva, he is going to be facing Mirko “Cro Cop”, a fighter who came from K-1, on the same card. What are you expecting from Vanderlei’s fight?
FCF: It was recently announced that you will be one in the PRIDE videogame. Did you ever think that you would one day be a videogame character?
FCF: Yes, you and Vanderlei are already officially in the game!
FCF: What are your plans after this PRIDE?
FCF: What about your fight with Navalhada? Do you believe you’ll still fight him in MECA?
FCF: Don’t you think that PRIDE may not want you to fight in MECA if you keep on winning there?
FCF: Besides Navalhada, is there anyone that you would like to fight?
FCF: Any final message for your fans?
FCF: Good luck and thanks a lot.
From the event’s promoter:
UCC 8: FAST AND FURIOUS
FROM COAST TO COAST!!!
The latest installment of the UCC 2002 tour will be invading your living room this Saturday April 20th as UCC 8 will be aired throughout Canada on Bell ExpressVu, StarChoice, Viewer’s Choice Canada, and Canal Indigo PPV carriers.
See the UCC debut of undefeated warrior Jason Black as he faces UCC veteran Ivan Menjivar. UFC and SHOGUN veteran Anthony "THE FREAK" Fryklund battles Jiu-Jitsu star Jonathan Goulet, C.J. Fernandes is back for revenge as he goes to war with powerful striker Dany Laflamme.
FEEL THE PAIN! as PAIN Peters returns to shut Jeff Davis’s mouth once and for all in a special grudge match!
The SUPERFIGHT of the evening will pit two of the most explosive and popular UCC stars against each other as DEMOLITION MAN Claudionor Fontinelle faces THE CROW David Loiseau in bout that will see the winner move on to fight for the UCC World Middleweight championship at UCC 10 in Hull! This will be Loiseau’s biggest challenge in his young career.
In the first of 4 titles on the line Richard "THE MONKEY" Nancoo is set to defend his Canadian SLW title against undefeated UCC warrior Steve Claveau.
Known as LOAF, Justin Bruckmann has been a main stay since UCC 1 and is back to defend his Canadian WW title against # 1 contender Joel Leblanc.
The LION HEART Steve Vigneault will face long time rival JP Cantin with hopes of once again defending his Canadian MW title.
In the main event of the evening Donald Ouimet will be in action to defend his UCC World MW title against Team Extreme member Jesse Jones. Jones is best known for submitting Dave Menne and is looking to add Ouimet to the list of MMA greats that he has defeated.
Don’t miss it! SATURDAY APRIL 20th on PPV!
Stephane Patry, President/CEO
From the event’s promoter David Lea:
Official Results from
World Freestyle Fighting Championships
Bob Shabaga (Toshido Submission Fighting) def James Hanson (Sholty Jiu-Jitsu) by Armbar (rd1) – After a brief exchange on their feet, James ended up in Bob’s guard. Bob kept busy throwing elbows to the thighs of James, until he locked out the arm for the win.
Fight 7 – Canadian Light-Weight Title Fight
Fight 8 – Semi-Main Event
Fight 9 – Main Event
From the event’s promoter:
April 13, 2002 Caged Heat 4 Bears Casino Newtown, ND.
This show was in the new event center and 1500 spectators got to see a great night of fights. Kaos Stone was on hand to play the entrance music for the fighters.
Pro 200 lb North American Championship Title Tournament
Broadripple Place Fight Night III April 7 Ft. Wayne, IN.
135-150 lb. Tournament
Single Pro Bout
THIS WEEK ON "NO HOLDS BARRED NEWS" ON WBAI’S "LIGHTSHOW:"
KERRY MCCOY, CHRIS BONO, AND CAEL SANDERSON, AND THE 2002 U.S. NATIONAL WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
By Eddie Goldman
They are all ranked first in their weight classes in freestyle wrestling in the U.S., and all hope to win a national championship at the 2002 U.S. National Wrestling Championships, April 26-27 in Las Vegas.
This week on the "No Holds Barred News" segment on WBAI radio’s "Lightshow" we will be hearing from these three elite wrestlers, Kerry McCoy, Chris Bono, and Cael Sanderson.
We spoke to Kerry at the last week’s freestyle dual meet between teams from the U.S. and Russia at the New York Athletic Club. And we spoke to Chris and Cael when they visited New York to conduct several wrestling clinics in this area. Besides getting their comments on the upcoming U.S. Nationals, we also spoke to them about the NCAA Wrestling Championships.
With Chris and Cael, we also discussed art, baseball, singing, pastry, beer, and, oh yes, wrestling. Cael had been invited to lead the crowd in the traditional singing of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch at a Chicago Cubs game, but that game was rained out. We tried to get him to sing it for us, and, well … you’ll just have to tune in to find out what happened.
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