Heating Up For Shockwave:the Relentless Champion Takes His Magic To Japan For The 2nd Time In August!
Heating up for Shockwave:
The Relentless Champion Takes His Magic to Japan for the 2nd time in August!
NHB fans rarely seem to agree in any subject, with different fans always defending different fighters from all corners of the World. However, if there’s any fighter who is close to a unanimity status in our sport this guy is Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, better known as Minotauro. A true champion, Nogueira has been facing all comers in his division, and has wins over the likes of Mark Coleman, Heath Herring, Enson Inoue and most recently Sanae Kikuta, just to name a few. Not only the PRIDE heavyweight champion has all those wins in his record but he won most of them by submission, showing probably a never seen before dominance in the heavyweight division.
Looking to add another impressive accomplishment to his already successful career, Minotauro is about to compete in what promises to be the biggest MMA event ever against a man most fighters are fearing right now, the monster who attends by the name of Bob Sapp! Not only that, but this will be the second time Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira steps in the ring in less than a month, showing how much he loves to compete, and most of all showing his is a man of his word. Just one day before he left for Japan, Minotauro spoke with FCF about his last fight against Kikuta, and his upcoming challenge against Sapp and more. As the heath is already extremely high for Shockwave, Full Contact Fighter engages the Champion for yet another challenge…
FCF: You fought recently at UFO, beating Sanae Kikuta by knockout. Did the fight go how you expected? What did you think of your performance?
FCF: Did he frustrate you on the ground in the first round, so you came for the second round looking to trade strikes standing up?
FCF: There was a big controversy regarding your participation at UFO. When you finally got to Japan, how were things with PRIDE regarding your participation in UFO? Was there a lot of resistance to allow you to fight in it?
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After drawing a near-capacity crowd on Saturday, August 17th, the 2002 K-1 World Grand Prix Semifinals will be made available to 84 million homes for 90 minutes on ESPN2 this Tuesday, August 27th at 10:30 pm EST (7:30PM PST).
From RITC Writer/Statistician John Petrilli:
RITC 38 – "Let’s Roll"
Riggs vs Pardo (UFC Veteran)
Dewees vs Ritch (Pride Veteran)
In one Main Event, Joseph Riggs will face Joe Pardo. Joseph Riggs is a 19 year old Wrestler/Boxer. He’s a two-time State Wrestling Champion and an ex-Arizona Golden Gloves Champion. Riggs is currently ranked #1 in the RITC Heavyweight Division. Joe Pardo is a UFC veteran. He’s a jiu-jitsu specialist that once trained with the Gracie’s. He’s traveling to Arizona from California to challenge the #1 ranked RITC Heavyweight. Pardo’s teammate and Pride veteran John Marsh will accompany Joe to Arizona to serve as his corner man. Marsh has fought MMA notables Ricco Rodriquez, Josh Barnett, Vladimir Matyushenko and Jerry Horn.
Two of Arizona’s most active fighters will be featured in the other Main Event for RITC 38. Edwin Dewees, in just over 2 years, has posted a 22 – 4 record in RITC bouts. Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch had his 91st career fight at the K-1 event held at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas on August 17th. Shannon is the most active MMA fighter in the world. He has fought in Japan, Holland, Burma, Mexico, Canada, England and of course the United States. He is a veteran of Pride (where he faced Kazushi Sakuraba), K-1 (where he faced Frank Shamrock), KOTC, ISCF, and SuperBrawl.
These intriguing fights along with a strong supporting card will make for another exciting evening of RITC fights. We’re going to work hard on the supporting card right up until fight time to have the best available action for our loyal RITC fans.
Double Main Event:
Joseph Riggs vs Joe Pardo
Edwin Dewees vs Shannon Ritch
There will be 12 fights (the Arizona Commission Limit).
Fight Card subject to change.
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona