Hughes, Newton Welterweight Title Re-match Is Main Event For Ufc Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, July 13, In London
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
HUGHES, NEWTON WELTERWEIGHT TITLE RE-MATCH IS MAIN EVENT FOR UFC BRAWL AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, JULY 13, IN LONDON
Las Vegan Frank Mir To Meet Britain’s Ian Freeman in Heavyweight Showdown
LAS VEGAS, May 20, 2002… One of the fights Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans have been waiting for, the Welterweight Championship re-match between Champion Matt Hughes and former champion Carlos Newton, will be the main event Saturday, July 13, when the UFC goes to Europe for the first time for Brawl At Royal Albert Hall at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
Hughes (26-3-0 in Mixed Martial Arts) of Hillsboro, Ill., captured the UFC Welterweight crown Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a controversial knockout of reigning champion Newton (10-5-0) of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Hughes picked up Newton as he was attempting a triangle choke and slammed him to the mat. The force knocked Newton out just as Hughes went unconscious from the choke. Referee John McCarthy separated the fighters and awarded the victory to Hughes. Many thought Newton won.
Hughes defended his title March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand with a fourth round technical knockout of legendary Japanese fighter Hyato Sakurai. Newton last fought on February 24 in Japan where he defeated highly ranked Brazilian striker Jose "Pele" Landi-Jones by arm bar submission.
Hughes is one of the best all-around athletes in Mixed Martial Arts. He was a U.S. High School All-America wrestler at Hillsboro (Ill.) High School, a two-time junior college All-American wrestler at Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, Ill., and a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. He has competed in Mixed Martial Arts events for three years and has fought all the top fighters around the world.
Newton won the welterweight title May 4, 2001, at UFC 31: Locked And Loaded at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N. J., with a third-round tap out by choke of Pat Miletich. The pre-med student at York University in Toronto, Canada, did not compete again in the UFC until he met Hughes. Newton is currently the Canadian Pankration Champion and was a three-time Canadian jiu-jitsu champion. He fought and won three fights in the PRIDE organization in Japan and won the Vale Tudo Japan Open in 1997 and 1998.
Another key match on the London card pits fast-rising Heavyweight Frank Mir (4-0-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., against veteran Ian Freeman (12-5-0) of Sunderland, England. Mir has had two fights in the UFC and neither lasted longer than a minute.
In his debut at UFC 34: High Voltage, he met savvy Brazilian jiu-jitsu veteran Roberto Traven and won with an arm bar in 1:00. Then at UFC 36: Worlds Collide, he met another veteran, Pete Williams. Mir took him out in 46 seconds with an arm bar.
Freeman is a powerful puncher who won his last two UFC fights. At UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams June 9, 2000, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he defeated Nate Schroeder at 2:13 of the second round by tap out due to knee and elbow strikes. At UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz, September 22, 2000, in New Orleans, La., he defeated Tedd Williams by unanimous decision.
Tickets for Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, 100 pounds sterling, 75 pounds sterling and 50 pounds sterling, are on sale now at the Royal Albert Hall box office in London, at all Ticket Master outlets in the United Kingdom, by calling Ticket Master at 011-44-020-7316-4709, or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
Brawl At Royal Albert Hall also will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Brazil on British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, Viewers Choice Canada and Globosat Programmadora LTDA pay-per-view television. It will also be televised on WOWOW-TV in Japan. The fight will be televised at 7 p.m. (BST) on BSkyB in the U.K. and Ireland and on a tape-delayed basis in the other countries. Viewing times will be announced. The suggested retail price in North America is $29.95 and in the U.K., 14 pounds sterling.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports company. It is owned and operated by Zuffa LLC and has partnerships with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) in London, England; WOWOW, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, and Globosat Programmadora LTDA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sport that brings together the world’s most talented mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes from disciplines such as karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, sumo and others in a quest to become an ultimate fighting champion.
Brazilian Teams Jiu-Jitsu Championship
Gracie Barra Gets Gold!
By Eduardo Alonso
The second and final day of the Brazilian Teams Jiu Jitsu championship promoted by CBJJ delivered some very technical and disputed match-ups, as the rivalry between Gracie Barra and Alliance created a lot of excitement on the crowd when the two top Jiu Jitsu teams decided the heavyweight title among the brown and black belts. This last Sunday, May 19th saw the Middleweight Purple belts from Gracie Barra win the championship closing the last division apart from the Brown and Black belts. However the public on hand for the event was more interested in the brown and black belts fights with some big names like Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros, "Pé de Pano", Alexandre "Cafe" Dantas, Fernando "Terere" and Leonardo Vieira trying to crown their teams as champions!
The first big surprise of the day happened on the Heavyweight semi-final, when Rodrigo "Comprido" Medeiros lost his fight to Roberto Tozzi from Ac. Godoi by advantage [Comprido vs. Tozzi is pictured at right]. Rodrigo couldn’t get his game going and Tozzi fought with a smart strategy to get the win. However Alliance would advance to the finals anyway to face Gracie Barra in a very awaited meeting! Another surprise was Jorge Macaco Patino being submitted by armbar from the guard in his first and only fight of the day. Macaco helped a lot in the organization of the event, and he clearly didn’t have the time to prepare properly to fight, and ended up being surprised. The highlight of the night was without a doubt the Heavyweight finals between Barra Gracie and Alliance, with the crowd going wild and the supporters from both teams screaming all fights long. Gracie Barra started the best of five series with UFC veteran Alexandre "Cafe" Dantas wining his fight by armbar in impressive fashion. Then Fernando "Terere" gave Alliance its only point wining an exciting match against a very game opponent. However, on the third fight, "P´ de Pano" managed to escape several leg locks attempts by his opponent and scored the second point for Gracie Barra, giving them the lead! The fourth match put 18-year-old brown belt Roger Gracie to face Alliance’s black belt Demian. [Roger is on top of Demian in the photo at the top of the article] Alliance hoped for a win so Rodrigo Medeiros could take home the title in the final match, however this wasn’t the young Gracie’s plans as he surprised the Alliance black belt in the best fight of the night passing his guard and mounting him near the end of the fight and taking home the win for Gracie Barra, and therefore the championship! Rodrigo "Comprido" didn’t even have the chance to fight and Ryan Gracie and the Barra supporters went crazy with the title, as Gracie Barra was the biggest winner all competition long.
Purple Belt Middleweight:
Brown and Black Belt Lightweight:
Brown and Black Belt Heavyweight:
Force Fighting Championship
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Held May 18, 2002
By Chris Onzuka
UFC Veteran, Todd Medina held his first MMA event in Hawaii and it was very good. The production went smooth even with the light show, DJ, video screen and introduction video and they even shipped in a cage, not to mention the ring girls. The only thing that I could say bad about this event was that the cage was very small. It was about 5 feet high and seemed very narrow. However, like rats becoming aggressive when kept in tight quarters, it seemed to work for the fighters too. Fight teams both here in Hawaii and elsewhere were well represented: Todd Medina’s Medina’s Freestyle, Millennium Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling Unlimited, who went undefeated, and 808 Fight Factory and their related groups. Most of the matches fought were wars, where each fighter had to give everything they had and then some to pull out the "W." A very impressive debut for Todd Medina as a promoter and for his event.
Nassor Lewis (808 Fight Factory, 5’7", 175lbs (3-2)) def. Jay R. Palmer (Universal Roughhousing, 5’8", 175LBS, (25-10))
Tripson Kerisiano (808 Fight Factory, 5’6", 175lbs, (2-1)) def. Harris Sariento (Koden Kan, 5’7", 175lbs, (1-1))
Fred George (Team Villain, 6’0", 216lbs, (1-0)) def. Asrian Perez (Team Rhino, 6’1", 235lbs, (2-3))
Jeff Newton (1-0) def. Jason McCormick (HMC, 6’1", 200lbs, (1-1))
Adam Lynn (Next Generation, 5’7", 155lbs, (2-1)) def. Deshaun Johnson (HMC, 5’11", 165lbs, (1-2))
Jeremy Williams (Next Generation, 6’3", 165lbs, (7-2)) def. Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch (Buell Fighting Systems, 5’11", 175lbs, (82-16))
Jamal Perkins (808 Fight Factory, 5’6", 155lbs, (3-0)) vs. Juan Ayala (Medina Freestyle, 5’6", 154lbs, (5-0))
Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (Grappling Unlimited, 6’2", 265lbs, (16-3)) def. Kauai "The Hawaiian Assassin" Kupihea (Team BRAUSA, 6’2", 260lbs, (18-6))
From the GQ promoter Brian Cimins:
Help "Grapple" Hunger in New Jersey
The Grapplers Quest and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Community will be hosting The Copa Atlantica Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships, Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 2002. The event promoter, Brian Cimins (http://www.Grapplers.com), and The New Jersey FoodBank (http://www.NJFoodbank.org) have developed a unique food donation program for the upcoming martial arts event.
Discounts for the event will be $10 off for competitors and $5 off for Spectators. To qualify for the discount in admission to the event, all you need to do is bring in 2 or more non-perishable canned goods to the event. Examples of non-perishable canned goods are Canned Fish (Tuna, Sardines), Canned Meat (Spam, Vienna Sausage), Canned Corned Beef Hash, Canned Soups (Chicken Noodle), Pork & Beans, Canned Spaghetti, Chili, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruits, Peanut Butter, Bags of Rice. Any assistance in helping The Grapplers Quest and New Jersey FoodBank "grapple" hunger would be greatly appreciated.
2002 Copa Atlantica Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships
Children and Women Regular Division Pre-Registration: $40 Men’s Regular Division Pre-Registration: $50
Bring 2 or more Non-Perishable Canned Food items and receive a $10 discount off competitor fees at-the-door.
Compete for the Copa Atlantica Gold Cups in the Absolute Divisions on Sunday
Pre-Purchase Tickets: $10 (each day)
Download an event package now: http://www.grapplers.com/article_images/copa.doc
Visit the official Web Site at: http://www.Grapplers.com
KOTC 13 Results
By Roberto Martinez
Reno’s Silver Legacy Resort & Casino hosted King of the Cage REVOLUTION on Friday May 17, 2002. King of the Cage is the second major MMA organziation to air a pay-per-view since the Nevada State Athletic Commission legalized the sport in the state. The KOTC broadcast was available to a world wide audience in the US, Brazil, Israel, Canada, France, and New Zealand. The Silver Legacy oversold the event and an estimated 3,650 fans packed into the City Center Pavilion to watch nine MMA bouts. Promoter Terry Trebilcock couldn’t have been happier with the production of REVOLUTION. Apparently, the Silver Legacy cannot wait until KOTC returns to Reno.