Meca World Vale Tudo 8 Brings 11 Fights Tonight, With Plenty Of Nhb Icons In Brazil!
MECA World Vale Tudo 8 Brings 11 Fights Tonight, with Plenty of NHB Icons in Brazil!
By Eduardo Alonso
Tonight, Friday, May 16th, the 8th edition of MECA World Vale Tudo is finally taking place at the Palacio de Cristal in the always gorgeous and organized city of Curitiba.
After a lot of expectation the newest edition for Brazil’s most important no holds barred event is coming as strong as ever, at least on paper, with 11 fights on the card! The show is scheduled to start at 9 PM Brazilian time, and will be broadcast in Brazilian Pay-Per-View on tape delay two weeks from now. Yesterday the weigh-ins and rules meeting took place at Nikko Hotel in Curitiba, and as always there were no problems regarding the rules, which are the same as in PRIDE. Some fighters like Jorge "Macaco" Patino couldn’t make in time for the weigh-ins and will have to make weight today, however all the fighters who were present at the weigh-ins didn’t have any troubles with the scale. Another interesting side note on MECA 8 is the fact that a lot of international press and guests are present at the show, due to Abu Dhabi happening on the following weekend in Sao Paulo. Expectations are high for the fights tonight, and this will be the first time ever that MECA has only two Chute Boxe team fighters competing, K-1 winner Nilson de Castro and NHB prodigy Mauricio Shogun Rua, whose opponent just changed once again and is now Angelo Antonio. Here is the official card with the final order of fights:
In this 11 fights fighting card there are a lot of crucial and interesting match-ups, that can very well define the future of a lot of fighters, therefore FCF makes a quick run down of the most important bouts for you:
Stay tuned… we’ll have the results for you soon!
KOTC "Sin City" Preview
By Keith Mills
Las Vegas, NV — Tonight King Of The Cage returns to PPV with a card holding something for everyone. For the fans of the heavy hitters there is the Unlimited belt on the line between Eric Pele and Dan Christiansen. The belt went up for grabs when the defending champion Jimmy Ambriz was stripped of it after signing a deal to fight Josh Barnett in Japan within 28 days of this signed belt defense against Pele. Now Pele faces Christiansen, said to be impressive in his fight against Dan Severn in Mexico. Given Pele’s history of having heavy hands and good knees, watch for this one to be a striking fan’s dream come true.
Vernon White defending his Light-Heavyweight title against Jeremy Horn will have repercussions in the scene for months to come as Vernon comes back after nine months off to take on Horn. Horn has been collecting titles and belts left and right on his way to get back in the limelight and is showing a new dedication, even dropping about 20 pounds and sporting abs on his return from training in Cincinnati. Both are Pride vets who haven’t lost in the past year and a half. Whoever wins this fight would probably be considered top of the heap of the Light Heavyweights fighting in the U.S. outside the UFC.
Also on this card is the rematch between Ronald Jhun and Shonie Carter for the Welterweight belt. Like the Unlimited belt, this belt was stripped from the owner when champion Romi Aram left to fight in the UFC. The first time these two met was last December in SuperBrawl where the first round went to Shonie and the second to Jhun, but a controversy arose in the third. Jhun knocked Carter down in the third round but the judges ruled the fight a draw, surprising almost everyone watching it. Now Jhun and Carter get a chance to go at it for three more rounds on pay-per-view with the belt almost secondary.
Even old school fans are represented on this card with Dan Severn fighting Cory Timmerman. With the return to the UFC of Abbott, Shamrock, and Kimo a lot of press has been generated lately about the old school fighters, possibly bringing back some of the fans who may have been staying away. Severn may be the oldest fighter still fighting at this level, but his wrestling-based strategy still holds up as evidenced by his last KOTC performance in NV. This one serves as a prelude to the next UFC fairly well.
Two other fights to keep an eye on are Joe Stevenson in his last fight at 170 against Thomas Denny and what insiders call two of the best up-and-comers at 170: Mike Guymon vs. Diego Sanchez.
The official card so far is:
"King of the Cage: Sin City " will be held on Friday, May 16, 2003 at the Orleans Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gates open at 4:30pm PST, fights start at 5:30pm. In addition, "King of the Cage: Sin City" will be televised on pay-per-view! The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST and is available via DirecTV, The Dish Network, TVN, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer s Choice. For more information on pay-per-view availability, check your local listings.
From the event’s promoter:
X-Treme Championship Fighting
June 8, 2003 Ft. Wayne, IN.
This show is brought to you by Becky Levi of Prime Time Sports. The show will take place out in the beer garden at Ft. Wayne’s Top Sports Bar Wrigley Field 6527 State Ft. Wayne, IN. 46815. Tickets are $15 and $25. This is going to be one of the best shows that Ft. Wayne has seen to date! There will be 4 Professional Bouts and 4 Amateur Tournaments as well as Single Amateur Bouts.
Pro Bouts: Layne McDaniel vs. Guy Hinton, Brett Al-Azzawi vs. Roger Sexton, Mark Long vs. Drew Fickett, and Richarn Naanco vs. TBA.
Following is a list of amateur fighters on the card:
151-165- Branden Western, Shane Barnaby, Chris Higi, David Hayes, Alan Fenn, Mo Amin, and Mich Coughlin.
166-180 – Dan Foster, Gary Young
211-above – Mike Ciesnolevicz, Kelly Rundle, John Nassas,Wade Whitehead
Anyone interested in fighting in amateurs please contact Becky Levi at firstname.lastname@example.org
Card is subject to change.