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  Saturday - March 1, 2003

Crowd Knows Best:
Fans Cheer Sylvia Upset & Lindland-Baroni Classic
Jeer Thomas-Serra Mix-up and Bouts A-Lacking

By Loretta Hunt

The new UFC Heavyweight Champion, Tim Sylvia
The new Champ
Tim Sylvia
11,707 spectators proved they knew the sport of MMA tonight, as they filled the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey to catch UFC 41: Onslaught. The audience didn't miss a beat when it came to the action--and the lack of it at times. They applauded "fight of the night" participants Matt Lindland and Phil Baroni for portraying the sport at its action-packed best and showed their disapproval at the bouts that deserved to be so. They cheered as young heavyweight stud Frank Mir handed it to flashback fighter David "Tank" Abbott in under a minute. They even knew that something was wrong when lightweight Matt Serra was awarded the victory over Floridian Din Thomas, despite Serra being the local favorite. (The decision was reversed due to a scoring discrepancy, the first time in UFC history such an occurrence has taken place.) Truly, this East Coast group of fans knew where it was at and as the UFC promotion begins to show sure signs of progression, they are surely along for the ride.

Here's a brief breakdown of tonight's fights:

The main event spelled upset tonight as 5 to 1 underdog Tim Sylvia quickly dismantled heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez in his first title defense. Sylvia was taking a gamble with this being only his second UFC fight to date, and honestly, few thought he could pull off the win against the well-rounded Rodriguez. But in the few seconds following the bell, Rodriguez was feeling the counter-puncher's power, when he ran into a looping right hook from the 6'8" Sylvia. Rodriguez shot in for the takedown, but quickly changed tactics, pivoting Sylvia into his guard. Almost securing the arm bar, Sylvia muscled his way out and Ricco had no choice but to stand. Sylvia counterpunched every blow Rodriguez fired off, catching the champ with a beautiful right cross that floored his opponent. Sylvia jumped into Rodriguez's guard to follow up with two more punches and a superfluous third. Although the official ruling was a TKO at 3:09 into round one, make no mistake. Rodriguez was knocked out cold. Miletich Martial Arts adds another belt to its mantle.

This reporter wrote last night that both BJ Penn and Caol Uno had the tools to take the lightweight crown, so it would come down to who wanted it more.
BJ Penn and Caol Uno
Penn and Uno after the fruitless battle
This reporter was evidently wrong, for the battle for the title came and went, and neither fighter left with the belt. With the scores of 28-27 (Uno), 28-27 (Penn), and 28-28, the UFC announced its first-ever draw for a championship bout. As predicted, both fighters played out a technical game of stand-up, takedowns, and countless rear naked choke escapes (how does Uno do it?). Penn led early on, landing choice shots and taking down Uno at will. Uno turned up the heat to take round two and three with takedowns of his own and a back triangle choke attempt, but Penn stayed calm and worked free. Uno started to show some wear and tear with a cut above his left eye that Penn had inflicted from some shots while in the Japanese escape artist's guard. On their feet, Penn continued to throw the combos, but chose to follow up with takedowns instead of more shots. With round four going to Penn, it all came down to the fifth and final round, which was indeed a close one. With no victor named, the road to the title took a strange turn, leaving both the competitors and their audience perplexed. The big question is now what will happen next? At the post-fight conference, Lorenzo Fertitta addressed these concerns as best he could, but admitted that he wasn't sure exactly what the next course of action will be for the weight class. Through an interpreter, Uno seemed willing to match again with Penn, but Penn himself was a bit more ambiguous. Officially, the UFC lightweight title remains vacant for a while longer.

FCF's Jim Genia Grills Frank Mir
Frank Mir
It took Frank Mir forty-six seconds to legitimize this sport (once again). Dodging an early barrage of wild, furious and fast strikes a la Tank Abbott, the Las Vegas native shot in for the takedown, but settled for Abbott in his guard. With a quick omaplata to tie up Abbott's arm, Mir violently flowed to a figure-four toe hold till Tank tapped out. Tank was more successful with the realm where he still reigns king-- the post-fight interview. After Mir was rejected by the fans for his comments, Tank left the Octagon to thunderous applause when he said he'd meet everyone at the bar later. Oh Tank!

Baroni-Lindland 2 was even better the second time around. Probably the closest a professional fight could look like to a street brawl, while still being orchestrated by two extremely skilled technicians, Matt Lindland and Phil Baroni delivered the goods in spades. A play-by-play analysis might not do this masterpiece of a fight justice, because it wasn't just the moves that made this fight so good. With little love between them, this match was pure grudge, felt by every punch, kick, and takedown these two superior athletes executed. One could almost feel the heat coming off the Octagon as Lindland and Baroni locked up. Lindland was methodical in his efforts to neutralize Baroni's frenetic power and made crucial strides in the opening moments to ensure he could control the pace of the fight.
Matt Lindland
Matt Lindland
Shutting down any freakish knockouts, a savvy takedown allowed Lindland to pin his opponent against the fence, but amazingly, Baroni kept swinging the whole way down. This sequence spoke volumes for how the rest of the battle would go. Round one was a show-stopper alone, and fans were lenient when the men hit a slight lull in round two to gather their strength back. Round three was shades of their very first third round together over a year ago, Baroni landing bombs that would leave any normal man senseless. With three unanimous scores of 29-28, Matt Lindland successfully closed the "Baroni" chapter in his life. But if these guys want to go at it one more time, we'll surely tune in again.

In a disappointing match-up, veterans Vladmir Matyushenko and Pedro Rizzo should have delivered a more rousing match-up, but both fell short. Matushenko started strong, taking down the Brazilian with his sharp Greco-Roman skills and working elbows from side control. Rizzo warmed up into some strikes in the second round, but Matyushenko continued to get Rizzo to the mat and slowly chipped away at him. Rizzo was caught in the turtled position more than once in his constant struggle to get to his feet, but thwarted danger each time when Vladdy did not take advantage. Rizzo was too little to late in the third when he finally fired off something substantial and wholly deserved his fourth loss in five outings. The real losers were the fans though. With all its potential, this match-up simply did not cut it. Zuffa is now legitimately under the gun to convince UFC audiences why Rizzo still deserves to walk among its elite.

In the third preliminary bout of the evening, Matt Serra's hand was the one raised in victory, while opponent Din Thomas stood in absolute shock. Serra had been awarded the majority decision, but again the crowd new best. They booed till their faces turned blue, as American Top Team led Thomas from the arena backstage Judge Doc Hamilton immediately went to the commission's table, sure that something was off after hearing the announced scores. Further inspection revealed that he had transposed his scoring in the final round, accidentally giving Serra's column the winning score of ten instead of its intended slot to Thomas. Setting a precedent for the sport, the New Jersey State Athletic Commission deemed the decision be reversed, and UFC president Dana White personally reported the change to Thomas and his team. As for the fight itself, Sera continues to strengthen his standup efforts and displayed a relentless spirit in his pursuit to get his opponent to the ground. (To his credit, he did not stop.) Thomas simply would not budge, and although he played a relatively cautious game, he had his moments--dominating the second round with close-range hooks and eking out the third using punches with his formidable reach. Of special note, both fighters remained consummate professionals, even when a fireworks display atop the entrance ramp accidentally went off amidst their fight. Thomas wins via split decision.

Gan McGee
Gan McGee
Gentle Giant Gan McGee had the upperhand in this bout from the get-go. With his unconventional stand-up (at 6'10", he doesn't have to block his chin or face as readily as others), Dantas had nothing on his feet and immediately shot in for his first single-leg takedown attempt. He backed McGee to the fence, but with the crowd pleading for more action, the referee quickly separated the two fighters. McGee hunted Dantas on his feet, and two more attempts to go down to the mat were futile. Entwined against the fence again, Dantas jumped to guard and went for the heelhook, but couldn't get McGee off balance to finish the hold. McGee quickly unlocked the puzzle though, closing enough space to reign down a slew of strikes. Dantas was knocked unconscious almost immediately at 4:51 of round one.

With his walkman blasting, Rich Clementi made his way down the fighter's ramp, flanked by the Miletich team. Opponent Yves Edwards, cornered by heavyweight champ Rodriguez, was ready to go. Both these two up-and-comers went to work right away, landing decent exchanges whenever they got close enough. Edwards had the upper hand though, landing hard knees everytime they clinched and displaying an air of hard-earned experience to Clementi's first time jitters. Clementi held his own on his feet, but eventually wanted to get the action to the ground, as Edwards began to gain some rhythm standing with a couple of his patented high kicks and quick punching combos. He did ground Edwards briefly in the second, pinning the Texan's arm behind him along the fence, before Edwards reversed and rode out the bell. Edwards worked his way to full mount in the third, and Clementi replied by giving his back. Hooks in, Edwards laid down the punishment before switching to the rear naked choke that ended it all at 4:06. After a rocky start with the organization, Edwards evens his UFC record to 2-2.

  Sunday - March 2, 2003

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:

Date : Sunday, April 6th 2003
Place : Yamagata-shi Sogo Sports Center

Team Beast vs. Japan
  • Chad Bannon (USA/Team Beast)
    Tatsufumi Tomihira (Japan/Square)

  • Kevin King (USA/Team Beast)
    Yusuke Fujimoto (Japan/Monster Factory)

  • Maurice Smith (USA/Maurice Smith Kick Boxing Center)
    TSUYOSHI (Japan/ Vos Gym)

  • Cyril Abidi (France/Challenge Boxing)
    Shingo Koyasu (Japan/SeidoKaikan)

  • Tom Erikson (USA/Free)
    Hiromi Amada (Japan/TENKA 510)

  • Mike Bernardo (South Africa/Leonardo Gym)
    Tsuyoshi Nakasako (ZEBRA244)

  • Gary Goodridge (Republic of Trinidad and Tobago/Free)
    Musashi (Japan/Seidokaikan)

From the event's promoter:
RITC 45 - Results
Dewees Upsets Homer

Our new Dodge Theatre venue, our new cage and our upgraded fight card thrilled our RITC fans on Saturday night. Edwin Dewees utilized effective stand up kicking to earn a hard fought win over UFC veteran Homer Moore. The overly cautious Moore failed to press the action and "came up short" for only the third time in his illustrious 40+ fight career. This impressive win earned fighter of the night honors for Edwin Dewees. Edwin will next fight in ROTR 2 in Hawaii on March 15.. Other candidates for FOTN were Shaun Beckett, Santino Defranco, Brodie Farber, Kyle Brees, Kauai Kupihea and Travis Fulton.


Fight #1
Robert Maldonado (169 lbs), Tucson Dojo
won by ref stoppage (arm bar), 1:45 Rd 1
Michael Chavez (160 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

Fight #2
Shaun Beckett (165 lbs), Team Fusion
won by submission (arm bar), :54 Rd 1
John Lansing (172 lbs), Team Brausa

Fight #3
Mike Fettkether (183 lbs), Machado Jiu-Jitsu/Muay Thai
won by doctor stoppage, 3:00 Rd 2
Joe Frainee (180 lbs), Ken Ferren's Combat Academy

Fight #4
Santino Defranco (157 lbs), Team Brausa
won by submission (choke), 2:43 Rd 3
Randy Spence (153 lbs), Team Fusion

Fight #5 (Super Fight)
Brodie Farber (181 lbs), Full Circle Sambo
won by submission (americana), 1:26 Rd 1
Rich Moss (183 lbs), Team Brausa

Fight #6 (Super Fight)
Kyle Brees (169 lbs), Team Phoenix
won by submission (arm bar), 2:27 Rd 1
RJ Gamez (169 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Fight #7
Melville Calabaca (245 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound
won by TKO, 2:04 Rd 3
Tim Tynan (236 lbs), Team Brausa

Fight #8 (Super Fight)
Kauai Kupihea (282 lbs), Team Brausa
won by submission (strikes), :43 Rd 1
Sean Sallee (230 lbs), Integrated Fighting Team

Fight #9 (Main Event)
Travis Wiuff (239 lbs), Integrated Fighting Team
won by decision (3 - 0)
Andy Montana (237 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Fight #10 (Main Event)
Travis Fulton (252 lbs), Team Cannon
won by submission (choke), :48 Rd 1
Joseph Riggs (214 lbs), Team Brausa

Fight #11 (Main Event)
Edwin Dewees (205 lbs), Team Brausa
won by decision (2 - 0 - 1)
Homer Moore (200 lbs), Team Bang

Upcoming Events:

RITC 46 Mid-Week Show
Thursday, Mar 27, 2003
Graham Central Station (Formerly Rockin' Rodeo)
7850 S Priest Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85284

Saturday, Apr 19, 2003
Dodge Theatre (Phoenix)

Saturday, May 3, 2003
Casa Grande

  Monday - March 3, 2003

From the event's promoter:

Fight Night 20 (originally scheduled for March 8th)
has been postponed until April 12th

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April 12th - Seating begins at 6pm, fights begin at 7pm
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Results from
United Full Contact Federation:
Everett Extreme Challenge 7

Held February 28, 2003
At the Everett Armory
Everett, Washington
By Mike Neva

Over 3000 miles from the glitz and glamour of Atlantic City, twenty six up and coming fighters battled it out in thirteen fast paced amateur pankration and kickboxing matches. Unbeknown to most casual fans, the Pacific Northwest is fast becoming a hotbed for amateur pankration. Under the auspices of the United Full Contact Federation, Charlie Pearson has now promoted seven Everett Extreme Challenge events, which have spawned the careers of Pacific Northwest fighters Ivan Salaverry, Joey Guel and Kultar Gill.

Hall submitting Pasto
Hall submitting Pasto

This night saw young fighters from Team Quest, AMC Pankration, Desert Dogs and PBBA Martial Arts compete as mixed martial arts luminaries Matt Hume and Maurice Smith cornered the combatants from AMC. Also on hand was Pride veteran Akira Shoji who is currently training at AMC Pankration in preparation for his upcoming bout with Alex Stiebling.

Bisbey picks up Kohn
Bisbey picks up Kohn
  1. Novice Pankration
    Josaih Westby (ABBA) def. Mike Wylie (Team Quest) by rear-naked choke at 1:06 of round 2

  2. Novice Pankration
    Charlie Shaw (Freestyle) def. Brad Kertson (AMC Pankration) by unanimous decision after three 3-minute rounds

  3. Novice Kickboxing
    Tony Williams (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Keith Bach (Alberto's Kickboxing) by unanimous decision after three 90-second rounds

  4. Novice Pankration
    Buck Bisbey (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Dave Kohn (Team Quest) by TKO corner stoppage after round 2

  5. Novice Pankration
    Rob Williams (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Eric Howell (Team Quest) by arm triangle choke at 0:45 of round 3

  6. Novice Pankration
    John Hill (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Tony Sablan (AMC Pankration) by key lock at 1:49 of round 1

  7. Novice Kickboxing
    Chanti Johnson (AMC Pankration) def. Josh Holt (PBBA Martial Arts) by KO at 1:14 of round 2

  8. Novice Pankration
    Aaron James (Oak Harbor Martial Arts) def. Jason Schoenleber (AMC Pankration) by Unanimous Decision after three 3-minute rounds

  9. Novice Pankration
    Otto Olson (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Kevin Getch (Team Quest) by rear-naked choke at 0:36 of round 2

  10. A-Class Pankration
    John Hall (AMC Pankration) def. Chris Pasto (Team Quest) by rear-naked choke at 0:49 of round 1

  11. A-Class Pankration
    Dave Cochran (Desert Dogs) def. Kevin Deweese (Oak Harbor Martial Arts) by armbar at 1:18 of round 1

  12. A-Class Pankration
    Andrew Taylor (Aric Wiseman) def. Ed Herman (Team Quest) by split decision after three 3-minute rounds

  13. A-Class Pankation
    Boyd Ballard (PBBA Martial Arts) def. Justin Hawes (Desert Dogs) by unanimous decision after five 3-minute rounds

The Brazilian Beat
Bitetti Combat 2 news, Nilson back in MECA, Sperry Back to Abu Dhabi and SHOOTO Coming to Brazil

The Brazilian Beat:
      The beginning of March signals that annual period of partying and no worries in Brazil -- Carnival! However for most NHB fighters, like Anderson Silva, there's no such break and training sessions continue strong in training camps all over the country. March promises intense battles indeed, with the second edition of Bitetti Combat Nordeste including some "last minute" surprises on the card. Other events such as MECA World Vale Tudo 8 and STORM Grand Prix are also in the works and news about those events are popping up all the time! March will also see the first-ever official SHOOTO competition in Brazil and a Brazilian Top Team member headlining an NHB event in Argentina, so let's not waste any more time 'cause it's carnival time! All that news, plus much more, are in this edition of the Brazilian Beat, since Full Contact Fighter sets the rhythm Carnival style as the beat never stops in Brazil during this time of the year!
  • The second edition of Bitetti Combat is quickly approaching and some changes are being made on the card, due to some unfortunate incidents. NHB veteran Mario Sucata will no longer be competing on the card because he traveled to Holland, to train with the Golden Glory team and prepare himself for an NHB event in Russia. However, promoters Conrado and Amaury Bitetti managed to work around the problems and MECA 7 winner Evangelista Cyborg, who scored the quickest KO ever in MECA history, is now going to face MECA and Bitetti Combat veteran Lucas Lopes on Bitetti Combat 2 on March 20th. Besides this fight, the NHB debut of Fernando Terere facing tough fighter Tibau, and the return of Johil de Oliveira squaring off against WVC and Bitetti Combat veteran Silmar Rodrigo are still confirmed for the card.

  • Brazilian Top Team member Roan "Jucao" Carneiro will be making his first international main event in NHB this March 15th in Argentina. Carneiro will be on the main event against an Argentinian Muay Thai and Tae Kwon Do champion. The event will feture both NHB and Muay Thai fights, and goes to show that NHB is slowly conquering all corners of the globe. Jucao, who won a fight at MECA 7, is also scheduled to face Chute Boxe prodigy Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at MECA 8, likely to be held in May of 2003.

  • The first ever STORM Muay Thai Grand Prix is coming up and promoter Rafael Cordeiro is taking care of the final details for the event that will feature two tournaments, one for fighters up to 85 kg and another one for fighters above 85 kg, as well as some single bouts. One fighter that is likely to appear on the above 85 kg is K-1 Brazil runner up and future K-1 USA participant Eduardo Maiorino. Maiorino is a Artur Mariano student who displayed a solid performance at K-1 Brazil, and will likely ending up meeting against K-1 veteran and Chute Boxe fighter Jamanta during the STORM Grand Prix, in what promises to be a great fight. Despite that the main attraction at the always gorgeous Opera de Arame this April in Curitiba will be PRIDE veteran Anderson Silva competing on the up to 85 kg tourney, as well as a single bout featuring future K-1 fighter and Chute Boxe stand out Marlon Matias.

  • Speaking of Anderson Silva, the MECA and PRIDE veteran is preparing hard for his upcoming PRIDE 25 fight against Carlos Newton. Despite the fact that Brazil is under its traditional Carnival time, where all the country becomes a huge party once a year, Anderson continued his training routine and took no break in order to be ready for his third PRIDE fight. After his bout with Newton, Anderson will focus once again in his Muay Thai training to capture the STORM Grand Prix title, since he still loves Muay Thai more than anything else.

  • The state of Rio de Janeiro will hold the first ever SHOOTO event to be hold in Brazil. At March 15th the city of Niteroi, right next to the city of Rio de Janeiro, will hold an Amateur SHOOTO event with six weight divisions tournaments, counting with four fighters per division. Besides those tournaments the event will aso feature some SHOOTO Grappling single bouts, like Submission Grappling matches, with the highlight being Alexandre Pequeno Nogueira facing Rodrigo Pagani from Gracie Humaita. The event will serve to select Brazilian Fighters to compete in Japanese SHOOTO events.

  • Chute Boxe fighter Nilson de Castro is no longer going to fight in 2Hot2Handle this March in Holland. Apparently the promoters decided to use a local fighters' only card, therefore the IVC and MECA veteran will not participate in it. Nilson, who also won a K-1 fight in Japan, is continuing to train hard and now will be appearing at MECA 8, likely against Brazilian Top Team member Jorge Navalhada in yet another great match up for a solid MECA 8 card that already counts with Roan Carneiro vs. Mauricio Shogun Rua, Eugenio Tadeu vs. Marcelo Giudici, Haroldo Cabelinho Bunn vs. Katel Kubis, and the participations of Jorge Macaco Patino among other surprises. FCF will continue to keep you posted on the developments.

  • Despite several talks whether UFC champion Murilo Bustamante will or won't return to the UFC to defend his belt, nothing is certain at this point. Bustamante's management is still considering all the options and Murilo's desire remains to get back to the Octagon as soon as possible, therefore a rematch against Matt Lindland is still possible for the future, and FCF will continue to check the status of negotiations.

  • Speaking of the UFC, curiosity runs high about Ruas Vale Tudo fighter Pedro Rizzo's contract status after his decision loss to rAw team member Vladimir Matyushenko. Rizzo is reported to still have two fights left in his UFC contract and now we will all have to wait and see what his, and UFC's next steps are going to be. Pedro will be back to Brazil shortly and FCF will talk to him to see what's on his mind.

  • Brazilian Top Team member, PRIDE veteran and former Abu Dhabi champion Mario Sperry told Full Contact Fighter he is going to be back at the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling World Championship this year! With the Abu Dhabi tournament being held in Brazil for the first time ever, this coming May, "The Zen Machine" confirmed to us his participation entering the brackets of his weigh division, showing once again that Sperry doesn't fear top competition! Besides the Abu Dhabi tournament, Sperry is continuing to train hard for NHB looking for a PRIDE fight as soon as possible.

  Tuesday - March 4, 2003

DEEP Results
By Mark Ginther

Deep 8th Impact
Held March 4, 2003
Korakuen Hall - Tokyo, Japan
  • Taisho def. Masahi Kameda - unanimous decision

  • Koji Takeuchi vs. Tashiro Nishiguchi - Draw

  • Hidetada Irie vs. Max Miyazawa - Draw

  • Osami Shibuya vs. Yasuhito Namekawa - Draw

  • Dokonjyonosuke Mishima def. Fabio Mello - unanimous decision

  • Hayato Sakurai def. Ryuki Ueyama - unanimous decision

From Bender/Helper Impact (DSE rep):
PRIDE FC Body Blow Card
Heavyweight Champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
to Defend His Title in PRIDE 25

Los Angeles, CA - March 4, 2003 - PRIDE Fighting Championships has announced seven of the eight exciting bouts for PRIDE FC Body Blow. The event, scheduled to take place in the Marin Yokohama Area on March 16th, will showcase the highly anticipated PRIDE Heavy Weight Championship bout between Antonio Rodorigo Nogueira and Emelianenko Fedor. In addition to the title match, Kazuhiro Nakamura makes his PRIDE FC debut against Rogerio Nogueira.

"We are thrilled to be starting off the year with the PRIDE FC Heavyweight Championship match," said Yukino Kanda, PRIDE FC's Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Talent Relations. "Nogueira and Fedor are both exhilarating fighters to watch."

The confirmed event card to date is:
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Emelianenko Fedor (Russia)
  • Dan Henderson (USA) vs. Shungo Oyama (Japan)
  • Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan) vs. Nino "Elvis" Schembri (Brazil)
  • Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
  • Kenichi Yamamoto (Japan) vs. Alexander Otsuka (Japan)
  • Carlos Newton (Canada) vs. Anderson Silva (Brazil)
  • Alex Stiebling (USA) vs. Akira Shoji (Japan)
  • Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Kevin Randleman (USA)
Event Information:
PPV PREMIERE DATE: March 16, 2003
PPV (North America): March 16th 9:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm PST on DIRECTV, DishNetwork, Bell ExpressVu, Viewer's Choice Canada
PPV (Japan): March 16th Live on SkyPerfecTV
PLACE: Marin Yokoama Arena (Yokoama, Kanagawa-Pref., Japan)
PPV Price: $29.95

*Please note that the fight card is subject to change

UFC 41 Pictures
By Master Photographer Joel Gold

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Mir vs. Abbott

Frank Mir finishing off Tank Abbott with a toehold

  Thursday - March 6, 2003

Heart of a Champion


Machado: Heart of a Champion DVD Jean Jacques Machado is one of five brothers in the world-renowned RCJ Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Art Family.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jean Jacques began his Jiu-Jitsu training over twenty years ago. SInce then he has dominated the competitive arena of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in his native country by capturing every major title and competitive award from 1982 to 1992. Jean Jacques arrived in the United States in 1992 and his success has followed him as he has continued to dominate the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu scene both in the U.S. and in international competition. Today Jean Jacques remains one of the most admired and respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world.

Take a journey with Jean Jacques from his first competitions in Brazil to his present day triumphs including his stellar victory of the Light-Heavyweight Championship in Abu DHabi. See his now famous battle with Wallid Ismail in which Jean Jacques simply dominates his highly regarded opponent.

Also hear from competitors and students as they speak about the influence Jean Jacques has had on their Jiu-Jitsu as well as on their lives.

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  Friday - March 7, 2003

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From the event's promoter:
Championship Bout Postponed!

Looks like all the fans looking forward to the much anticipated Super Brawl match between Super Brawl Champion Egan Inoue and Shooto Champion Masanori Suda will have to wait 6 more weeks!

6 more weeks to unify the belts. The bout was initially scheduled for March 22 with both combatants agreeing to terms. But the bout will now be held on Friday night, May 9.

It seems the Shooto Champ may be trying to play head-games with Inoue. In an e-mail sent to T.Jay Thompson (Super Brawl promoter) on Thursday, Suda's management stated Suda needed more time to prepare. No further information was made available.

When contacted Egan Ioue replied, "Maybe he is just scared. If he is trying to play mind games with me it is not working. I understand he holds the Shooto belt, but a professional fighter should be prepared. I am working a full time job (at Merck Pharmaceuticals), raising a family and still found the time to train. But it's O.K., maybe he just wants to hold onto his belt for a few more precious weeks. I will be here waiting on May 9."

Thompson stated, "These things happen in the fight game. I never have a dull moment. I am just disappointed that the fans will have to wait till May 9 for this spectacular event." To ensure the May 9, date, Suda has now signed a contract with a considerable penalty if he misses the May 9th date for any reason.

Ticket holders to the March 22 event can return or trade their tickets in at the Blaisdell box-office.

  Sunday - March 9, 2003

Lytle Knocks Out Steel-Chinned Riley
HOOKnSHOOT Boot Camp 1.1 Results

By Joe hall Robbie Lawler swung with all his might for 15 minutes, and he couldn't do it. Neither could Yves Edwards, who unloaded his arsenal for three full rounds. Those meetings and a host of other wars built the legend of Aaron Riley's impenetrable steel chin. He could be beaten, but he couldn't be knocked out. Until last night, until Chris Lytle.

It was billed as the battle of two Indiana boys, the finest 170-pound mixed martial artists the state ever produced. Lytle, who trains at Integrated Fighting in Indianapolis, came out first, and a packed Evansville Memorial Coliseum cheered him vehemently.

His music stopped, and his opponent's started. Although they cheered Lytle, they roared for Riley, who made his grandest entrance to-date, replete with an ominous mask, pounding music and fireworks.

Smoke from the explosives engulfed the ring momentarily, prompting Riley's cornerman Matt Hume to clear the air for his fighter by flagging the pollution with a towel. Ten feet away, Lytle hopped from foot-to-foot, just seconds from the opening bell.

The young but experienced combatants met in the center of the ring and received their final instructions. With a swell of fans filling the aisles and inching toward the action, as they tend to do when Riley fights in Evansville, the bell finally rang.

A series of exchanges began the fight, and it wasn't long before Lytle landed a stiff right hand. The blow wobbled Riley, alarming his wealth of supporters who knew that when Aaron Riley is wobbled, someone is throwing dynamite. The fighters clinched, and Riley threw knees while Lytle retaliated with right and left hands.

After a brief separation, another trade of strikes followed. Lytle was the aggressor, consistently beating his adversary to the punch. Riley threw back, but looked sluggish compared to Lytle's blistering pace.

The bout was mirroring Riley's history of classic performances, where he absorbs punishing blow after punishing blow only to comeback, or, at the least, stay on his feet swinging until the last second. The shocker that happened next, however, spoiled the storyline.

Lytle delivered a left hook that slammed into Riley's jaw, staggering the Cannelton, Indiana native into the ropes. Smelling a brutal conclusion, Lytle smashed a kick into Riley's midsection. The combination continued, as Lytle drew back and hammered home a right hand. Another powerful right followed, then a left to the body, and a final right-left-right series. Riley crumbled in the corner, not out cold, but clearly out.

It was an impressive victory for Lytle, who has never been finished despite facing some of the best fighters in the sport. A victim of several narrow defeats by decision, Lytle may have scored his breakthrough triumph Saturday night.

Designed to be a smaller event to showcase new talent, Boot Camp 1.1 was as enlivening as any HOOKnSHOOT that's been held in Southern Indiana. A pair of brutal knockouts on the undercard, most notably Devion Peterson's victory over American Top Team's Marcel Ferreira, enthralled those in attendance.

Built like an NFL running back, Peterson stunned Ferreira with a strike that sent him reeling back with his hands down. Peterson pursued, drew back with everything he had and slugged Ferreira with a right hand that sent the fighter's mouthpiece sailing out of the ring. Ferreira recovered from the knockout after a short period and left the ring with the help of his teammates.

Earlier in the night, American Top Team's Jorge Santiago drilled Jay Martin with a punch that buckled the fighter's knees inward and dropped him to his back. Santiago followed his opponent to the mat and finished the fight in 14 seconds.

In all the punishing action mentioned above, nothing was as violent as the controversial ending to the competitive bout between Solomon Hutcherson and John Fitch. Late in the first round, Hutcherson stood to his feet while Fitch was on all fours. With Fitch either moving to stand or standing, Hutcherson hiked his leg back and threw a ruthless kick that smashed squarely into his opponent's face and sent a sickening smack ringing through the Coliseum.

The fight was stopped immediately, as Fitch lay on the mat holding his face in both hands. Whether Fitch was standing when Hutcherson threw the kick is one matter of controversy, while another ringside debate concerned whether Fitch was standing when the kick actually landed. While ringside paramedics attended to him, HOOKnSHOOT officials quickly reviewed the video and ruled the kick illegal. The bout was then declared a no-contest due to a medical stoppage. As of press time, Fitch was bruised and cut but otherwise OK following the kick, though the strike had reportedly broken Hutcherson's foot.

In other bouts, Edson Diniz, of American Top Team, used an unstoppable ground game to beat Phil Johns and become the HOOKnSHOOT lightweight champion. Diniz persistently swept Johns and eventually took the mount in the second round, where he pounded his opponent until the referee intervened.

  • 185: Dave Stone def. John Tarrh -- Arm Triangle Choke (R1)
  • 170: Derrick Noble def. Pat Healy -- Guillotine Choke (R2)
  • 205: Ron Faircloth def. Emyr Bussard -- Unanimous Decision (10:00)
  • 185: Angelo Popofski def. Joseph Baize -- Unanimous Decision (10:00)
  • 185: Jorge Santiago def. Jay Martin -- KO (R1)
  • 205: John Fitch vs. Solomon Hutcherson -- No-contest
  • 205: Devion Peterson def. Marcel Ferreira -- KO (R1)
  • 185: Keith Rockel def. Leo Sylvest -- Rear Naked Choke (R1)
  • 155: Edson Diniz def. Phil Johns -- Ref Stoppage (Strikes from Mount) (R1)
  • 170: Chris Lytle def. Aaron Riley -- KO (R1)

Combat Evolution 2
March 8, 2003 - Milton Keynes
By Jim Burman

Wai pounding on Stevenson
Wai pounding on Stevenson
Variety seemed to be the key theme of CE2 as the promotion showcased Combat Jujitsu and Thai Boxing matches before moving on to the MMA matches which themselves threw out a multitude of techniques. Danny Batten continued to demonstrate why he's considered to be one of the UK's best Lightweights with a convincing win over Italy's Luca Lazzerini via keylock mid way through the first round. The Italian was visibly distraught as afterwards claiming that he had not submitted. Batten had trapped his free arm and when he cranked the submission on the other arm and Lazzerini yelled out in pain. The ref stepped in and stopped it considering the extent of the limb contortion and the yell to be a verbal submission. Loser by Keylock to Batten in the first Combat Evolution show Ireland's John Kavanagh put his record back on track by utilising great jiu jitsu skills to tap out Robbie Oliver with a textbook armbar.

It wasn't just the submissions that impressed, with several matches full of great striking. In, what some fans dubbed, the 'Battle of the Big Guys' Jarood Speed Ko'd Jason Wright with a crashing cross. Soville dropped Pantazi with an unorthodox right hook that came out of nowhere and Degorski and Elliot went toe to toe that was never going the distance.

Full report to come in an upcoming issue of Full Contact Fighter

Kavanagh (top) sets up a leg lock
Kavanagh (top)
sets up a leg lock
CE2 -70kg Superfight European Title
Danny Batten 66kg (England) vs Luca Lazzerini 68kg (Italy)
Batten 1st rd Keylock

CE2 -70kg Super Prestige Match
Robbie Oliver 70kg (Eng) vs John Kavanagh 70kg (Ireland)
Kavanagh 1st rd Armbar

CE2 Euro Superfight
Mark Goddard 100kg (Eng) vs Manuel Amador 98kg (Spain)
Goddard 1st rd Armbar

CE2 Female Special Cage Match
Laura Harbidge vs Cherry Bolt
Harbidge 2nd rd match conceeded

CE2 European Superfights
Justin Elliot 75kg (Eng) vs Adrian Degorski 75kg (Ire)
Degorski 1st rd Doctors Stoppage (cut)

Neville Houchin 68kg (Eng) vs David Lopez 68kg (Spain)
Houchin 2nd rd TKO (Lopez unwilling to engage)

CE2 Wildcard
Andy Wai 68kg vs Dan Stevenson 66kg
Wai 2nd rd Guillotene

Jason Wright 120kg vs Jarood Speed 120kg
Speed 1st rd KO

Suley Mahmoud 82kg vs Mo Coles 80kg
Mahmoud 1st rd Rear Naked

Kyri Pantazi 75kg vs Tom Soville 75kg
Soville 1st rd KO

Shaun Cormode 80kg vs Jay Gibney 78kg

CE2 Combat Jujitsu Special Match
Mark Day vs Jawaad Khan
Day 1st rd Heel Hook

CE2 Thai Boxing
Claire Reilly vs Michell Newell
Reilly Unanimous JD

Stuart Harris vs Donnell Mitchell
Mitchell Unanimous JD

From the event's promoter:
Ring of Fire brings the HEAT!

Hyatt Regency Tech Center,
Grand Mesa Ballroom
Denver, CO

Friday March 21st, 2003

ROF promoter Sven Bean is happy to announce the seventh edition of the popular RING OF FIRE series. The event named MELTDOWN will feature a combination of Mixed Martial Arts and K-1 rules bouts. Originally scheduled for Saturday the 22nd at the Mile High Event Center, the event has been moved to Friday night and will take place at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Tech Center, in the 12,000 square foot Grand Mesa Ballroom. ROF fans will appreciate the new space with secure private parking, easy access, 5 full service bars, and 20 x 20 big screen to watch the action. VIP's will be seated ringside at 8 seat tables with catered dinner, champagne, party favors, and personal cocktail service.

ROF Welterweight Championship:

ROF 7 will mark the return of Colorado favorite Jay Jack, from BJJ Boulder. Jack has spent the last 18 months focusing on training fighters like Amanda Buckner and Cruz Chacon, all the while with the drive to compete laying in the back of his mind. Originally Jack's opponent was to be the always entertaining Thomas THE WILDMAN Denny of Hesperia, CA. but the Wildman chose to compete in his own back yard on the March KOTC show. Taking Denny's place is UFC and PRIDE veteran Anthony MAD DOG Macias. Macias is known for his battles with Dan Severn and Kazushi Sakuraba, and has been staying busy fighting for the RENEGADES event in Texas. This fight will be in the 170 class, which currently Duane BANG! Ludwig is the champion. Ludwig having recently won a World Title in the 155 lb class will be vacating the belt and the winner of this match will be declared the new champion.

ROF Light Weight Championship:

The co-main event will be a ROF Light Weight title match between champion Leonard Garcia facing challenger Justin James. James qualified for the spot by winning a 4 man tournament at ROF 6 in December. Fans who witnessed James fight were quick to note the resemblance in fighting style to that of the popular Garcia. Both fighters have a "balls to the wall" style of fighting that always gets the crowd on there feet. Matches like this are what the true essence of MMA is all about.

Feature Bout

The under card will be comprised of an exciting combination of MMA and K-1 rules 3 round matches. Most notable is the return of Duane BANG! Ludwig protoge Christian RELENTLESS Allen. RELENTLESS was last seen in the epic battle with 145 lb phenom Cole Escovedo on the UA Fighting 3 show earlier this summer. Opposite of Allen is the very tough Wrestler-BJJ stylist, Germund THE NORWEGIAN NIGHTMARE Larsen. Larsen has the edge in MMA experience, but Allen's combined Muay Thai and MMA record make for an outstanding match up in the first ever Super Light Weight match in ROF history.

Local ring veteran and wrestling coach, Eric TAGGER Hines returns to the MMA arena squaring off against Iowa's Aaron THE MACHINE Jerome, both guys are trained in wrestling, submission and kickboxing. This bout is setting up to be the "sleeper" match and could steal the show.

12 exciting bouts, the full card can be seen on www.rof-mma.com

Tickets can be purchased on line at www.ticketswest.com or charge by phone at 1-866-464-2626 Rsvd $40.00 GA $25.00

  Wednesday - March 12, 2003

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
Quick Results

Held March 9, 2003
ZEPP Tokyo - Tokyo, Japan

  • 1st Match
    Takumi Yano (Ugou-kai) vs. Shigeyuki Umeki (SK absolute)
    Winner: draw

  • 2nd Match
    Tetsuya Onose (Strapple) vs. Seiki Ryo (STAND)
    Winner: Tetsuya Onose by decision (2-1) extra Round

  • 3rd Match
    Remigijus Morkevicius (RINGS Lithuania) vs. Atsuhiro Tsuboi (Free)
    Winner: Remigijus Morkevicius by KO 2R 1:37

  • 4th Match
    Hidehiko Matsumoto (Japan Sambo Assosiation) vs. Hideo Tokoro (Team POD)
    Winner: Hideo Tokoro by decision (2-1) extra Round

  • 5th Match
    Masakazu Imanari (Team Roken) vs. Erikas Petraitis (RINGS Lithuania)
    Winner: Masakazu Imanari by decision (3-0)

  • 6th Match
    Chris Haseman (RINGS Australia) vs. Akihiro Gono (Pancrase GRABAKA)
    Winner: Akihiro Gono by decision (2-0) extra Round

  • 7th Match
    Naoyuki Kotani (Rodeo Style) vs. Antoine Skinner (Team Wolf Pack USA)
    Winner: Naoyuki Kotani by ankle hold 1R 1:35
*All fights were 5 min 2R and one extra R if fight was draw after 2nd Round. And punches were not allowed to the face when opponent is in ground position.

FCF Fight Techniques
Triangle Leg Sweep
Originally published in the January 2003 issue of FCF
FCF Fight Techniques Picture 1:

Jason is elevating Brad's right leg with his left foot, while underhooking Brad's left leg with his right arm. Jason's left arm is underhooking Brad's right arm.
FCF Fight Techniques Picture 2:

Jason straightens his right leg and scoots it to the outside of Brad's right leg while pulling his upper body deeper into Brad's hips.
FCF Fight Techniques Picture 3:

Jason figure-4's his left foot with his right leg.
FCF Fight Techniques Picture 4:

Using his underhook and figure-4, Jason tips Brad to Brad's right hip while holding Brad's right arm with Jason's left arm. Jason continues tipping and comes to top position.
Jason Brudvik is 2-0 in mixed martial arts and is a purple belt at Millennia Jiu-Jitsu in Pomona, CA. Brad Kertson is an AMC Pankration student made his debut last month. Matt Hume can be reached for seminars at amc@pankration.com
Disclaimer: This technique, as any martial art or boxing technique, can be dangerous. You or your training partner may be injured if you apply or practice this technique. The author, Matt Hume, Jason Brudvik, Brad Kertson and FCF are not responsible for any injury that may result. Please consult a physician as to whether or not to attempt this technique.
FCF presents fight techniques in every issue.   In the current issue in Matt Hume's techniques, Matt Hume and Ivan Salaverry demonstrate a Standing neck crank; in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses The Importance Of Body Shots.

From the event's promoter:
RITC Returns to Celebrity Theatre!!!

Our fans have spoken. The prevailing opinion from our fans, following RITC 45, was that while Dodge Theatre is a state-of-the-art venue, it is primarily designed for stage productions and not sporting events. It lacked the "electricity" generated at Celebrity Theatre for RITC. Several other shortcomings were also cited.

Just imagine what our new 22 foot cage will look like on the Celebrity Theatre stage, along with a brand new light show and two big screens showing close up action from an overhead boom camera. All six of our remaining major Phoenix RITC weekend shows this year will be held at Celebrity Theatre.

Upcoming Events:
  • RITC 46 Mid-Week Show
    Thursday, Mar 27, 2003
    Graham Central Station (Formerly Rockin' Rodeo)
    7850 S Priest Dr.
    Tempe, AZ 85284
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

  • RITC 47 - Unstoppable
    Saturday, April 12, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre
    Phoenix, AZ
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

  • RITC 48
    Saturday, May 3, 2003
    Pinal County - Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds
    11 MC Road
    Casa Grande, AZ
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

  Friday - March 14, 2003

New Colors!
FCF Skull Caps With Rubber Patch
Our popular Knit Skull Beanies now available in
red & gray as well as the original black.

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Renegades Unleashed
Renegades Extreme Fighting Championship

Austin Music Hall - Austin, Texas
Report & Photos by Michael "Mikie" Martinez

Howdy, from the Lone Star state! On February 15, 2003, the Austin Music Hall hosted the Renegades Extreme Fighting Championship. Warriors from around Texas congregated in Austin not only to showcase their talent, but also to prove that they are the toughest competitors in the state. Renegades had everything from slick submissions to knockdown, drag-out wars in the ring. The house was packed, the athletes were ready, and the media was in a frenzy to report what was sure to be a night of action-packed MMA action.

Fight 1: Takahiro Tamikozono (Lion's Den) vs. Rocky Long (Yves Edwards 3rd Column)
Round 1: Both of the fighters quickly clinched against the ropes with neither gaining the upper hand. After the fighters separated, Tamikozono shot in and Long sprawled. Tamikozono worked Long to the ground and took his back. Having both his hooks in, Tamikozono worked frantically for the rear-naked choke, but the tenacious Long would not give in. The round ended with the ref standing up both the fighters and a roaring crowd.
Round 2: Many exchanges took place in round two with Long winning on both the judges' and the crowd's scorecards. Tamikozono again shot in for the takedown with Long sprawling. Tamikozono managed to get both his hooks in while on Long's back, but yet again was unable to sink in the choke. With about 10 seconds left in the round, Long was able to reverse his position on the ground and Tamikozono pulled guard.
Round 3: Tamikozono looked to shoot, however Long kept him at bay with his superb sprawl. A scrambled ensued from the sprawl with Long throwing a knee that connected to Tamikozono's face. Under Texas fight rules, a fighter cannot knee his opponent in the face while his opponent is on the ground. This illegal strike consequently resulted in a point deduction from Long's score.
Result: Tamikozono by unanimous decision.

Fight 2: Chris Bowles (Lion's Den) vs. Randy Hauer (Ricco Rodriguez)
Hauer looked really crisp and clean landing some nice Thai kicks to Bowles' legs. But Bowles wanted this fight on the ground and when he got it there, he took Hauer's back and sunk in the rear-naked choke.
Result: Bowles by rear-naked choke in round one.

Fight 3: Craig Huffman (self-trained) vs. Lee King (Houston Kickboxing Academy)
King initially sought to showcase his stand-up talents by keeping it on the feet and trading. He started off by landing some sweet Thai kicks and knees to Huffman's legs and midsection. After absorbing a few of King's strikes, Huffman decided to go in for the shoot and initiate his ground game. To Huffman's surprise, King not only sprawled like a wrestler, but had a ground game as well. The fighters scrambled after the sprawl and King easily sunk in the rear choke.
Result: King by rear-naked choke in round one.

Munoz vs. House
Munoz vs. House
Fight 4: Chad Cook (Patumwadee Gym) vs. Jose Luis Munoz (Team Pound)
This fight was only thirty seconds long, but for thirty seconds it was anyone's fight. Both of the fighters immediately went to the ground and were on their backs when Munoz slapped on the Achilles lock.
Result: Munoz by Achilles lock in round one.

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  Sunday - March 16, 2003

PRIDE 25 Results
Held March 16, 2003
Marin Yokohama Arena - Yokohama, Kanagawa-Pref., Japan

Click here for the results

PPV PREMIERE DATE: March 16, 2003 PREMIERE TIME: 9:00 PM EST, 6:00 PM PST on PPV (North America): March 16th 9:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm PST on DIRECTV, DishNetwork, Bell ExpressVu, Viewer's Choice Canada

The Brazilian Beat
Belfort Getting Ready Again,
Bitetti Combat 2 Heating Up,
IVC Looking for a Return,
and Another Sad Case of Arrest in Brazil.

The Brazilian Beat:
Vitor Belfort training with Fernando Terere
Belfort (left) & Terere training
      As we're waiting to PRIDE 25 to happen air on PPV and Bitetti Combat 2 to happen in the following days, we found space and time to deliver on more Brazilian Beat full of news on the Brazilian fighting scene. Iin this edition we have a lot of news for you, from Vitor Belfort's training and likely next opponent, to Bitetti Combat 2 news, going through PRIDE expectations and unfortunate news involving NHB fighters, so enjoy the reading in a fast-paced Brazilian rhythm, with Full Contact Fighter providing the beat!
  • After his K-1 Brazil adventure Brazilian Top Team member Carlos Barreto is back to his training routine focusing in NHB and in his UFC dream. Barreto showed a clear improvement on his stand-up game at K-1 Brazil, despite losing on the first bout, and is continuing to train Muay Thai seriously with the intention to sharpen his NHB skills, as he told FCF "I thought my participation was excellent, and it went as we expected, I even thought I could win that fight in K-1. I think the most important thing, in fact, was the major step I did to come back to the top of the NHB circles. The next step is to resume my Submission Wrestling and Wrestling training for NHB, cause everyone knows I want that UFC belt!"

  • As reported in the last Brazilian Beat, BTT member Roan Carneiro is scheduled to headline the first major NHB event every held in the capital of Argentina, the city of Buenos Aires. However, according to reports by Brazilian TATAME Magazine, the event is on hold now due to political issues regarding our sport in Argentina. Since this is the first time an event of that nature is going to happen on the nation's capital, politicians are creating problems for it to happen, so the organizers postponed the event, originally scheduled for March 15th, on a week and guaranteed it will happen. Carneiro is scheduled to face Antonio D'antone, a local Muay Thai champion.

  • Getting back to the subject of K-1 Brazil, after the first ever edition of the event in late February, promoter Sergio Batarelli told FCF he intends to create the K-1 Brazil Series, much like the K-1 Japan Series, holding three more events during the course of the year in Brazil, to select the group of eight fighters who will compete for a spot at K-1 USA in early 2004. The plan is to hold three or four heavyweight tournaments every year here in Brazil, giving stand up fighters a chance to compete regularly and incentive to pursuit their careers abroad.

  • Also on Sergio Batarelli's plans is the return of the already missed IVC event to Brazil. Despite the fact that the promoter's priority right now is to promote K-1 in Brazil, there are already talks going on for a possible IVC return to Brazilian soil, much likely in the state of Espirito Santo, located next to Rio de Janeiro, since NHB is temporarily prohibited in Sao Paulo, home of most of the legendary IVC editions. FCF will stay tuned for the developments.

  • Still on the K-1 Brazil subject, K-1 Brazil winner Jefferson Tank is already training hard for his May 2nd participation at K-1 USA in Las Vegas. Tank qualified himself for the American event winning the Brazilian tournament, and will appear on the K-1 USA brackets alongside with K-1 Brazil runner up Eduardo Maiorino. Tank is also an NHB veteran, with an appearance at IVC Venezuela, where he defeated PRIDE veteran John Renken, and ended up losing to MECA veteran Evangelista Cyborg. However right now Jefferson's priority is indeed K-1 USA, but he consider the chance of doing NHB again still in 2003.

  • PRIDE 25 is about to happen and the Chute Boxe team left Brazil this past Monday to Japan, with high hopes of Anderson Silva pulling a win against former UFC Champion Carlos Newton. This fight almost happened as a UFC title bout in 2001, but due to contract issues Anderson ended up going to PRIDE and now both fighter are finally facing each other. Anderson is relaxed and very well prepared, and alongside with him on the trip are Chute Boxe coaches Rudimar Fedrigo and Rafael Cordeiro, as well as PRIDE Middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva.

  • On the "Axe Murderer" subject, Wanderlei Silva has been reacting well to his comeback to training, and is feeling in good shape again, expecting to be ready for a PRIDE comeback sooner than expected. Silva has also been taking his time to take care of his clothing line and the coming of his new son in the middle of the year. Wanderlei will likely stay for a week more in Japan, after PRIDE 25, to shoot a comercial to be aired on Japanese Television.

  • The Brazilian Top Team crew also went to Japan this week, hoewever they left Brazil on Sunday, very well prepared for Rodrigo Minotauro and his brother Rogerio Minotouro's participations. The "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry as well as UFC Champion Murilo Bustamante are part of the twin brother's entourage, and both may comeback with news on their next fights and contracts.

  • The first ever STORM Grand Prix is now confirmed to the 12th of April at the gorgeous Opera de Arame in Curitiba, Brazil. The event, originally scheduled for April 5th, was postponed due to Chute Boxe heavyweight Assuerio Silva's likely fight in Switzerland in very early April, so the Chute Boxe camp can give Assuerio support in his international event and also take care of all the details regarding the biggest STORM Muay Thai event ever. As soon as the Chute Boxe crew comes back from Japan the final details about the event, featuring two weight divisions, one below 85kg and another one above 85kg, and its card will be released.

  • In a sad piece of news Brazilian Top Team member Jorge Navalhada was arrested this week at Rio de Janeiro. Police allegedly found him with 2,800 Ecstasy pills on his car, as well as a 9mm Glock handgun. At the fighter's house the police reprotedly found 500 more Ecstasy pills, and now Navalhada, who did not resist the arrest, will respond in court for drug traffiking as well as possession of an illegal (according to Brazilian laws) gun. Hopefully we'll see NHB fighters appearing on the sports' pages of local newspapers instead of the police blotters.

  • With Navalhada's arrest his likely fight against Chute Boxe fighter Nilson de Castro at MECA 8 is highly unlikely, so now promoters will probably look for another opponent for Nilson, and news about it will probably be released after PRIDE 25. MECA is still set to go in May in Curitiba and promises to be the best MECA ever.

  • Bitteti Combat 2 is ready to deliver this March 20th in Natal, Brazil, and UCC, IVC and MECA veteran Claudionor Fontinelli is now confirmed at the event's card! Fresh out of jail, Fontinelli will be facing Bitetti Combat 1 winner Rivanio Aranha, who has a style simmillar to Wanderlei Silva, in terms of aggression. Fontinelli has been training hard with Artur Mariano and is taking this chance to recover in life seriously. Bitetti Combat 2 is drawing a lot of attention in Brazil and Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fernando Terere is also ready for his fight against Tibau this March 20th. Terere told FCF he is confident in his performance and is training a lot of stand-up with Vitor Belfort for this fight. FCF had the chance to watch a training session, and the BJJ Black belt seems ready to deliver, and we will be there covering all the action straight from Natal.

  • From Eduardo on Premiere Combate Friday March 7th to Friday March 14th PREMIERE COMBATE here in Brazil aired a Tito Ortiz special, including several of his UFC fights, where FCF's own [Who happens to be writing this text] Eduardo Alonso did color commentary and spoke a lot about Full Contact Fighter's work and history. It was a privilege to appear as a guest, and it's more than great that channels devoted only to fighting are finally appearing in Brazil.

  • Speaking of the "Phenom", Vitor Belfort has been helping Fernando Terere's training for Bitetti Combat 2 and the training sessions at his new team "Brazil Fight Club" has been very intense. Along with Belfort and Terere, names like MECA veteran Luis Azeredo, and Jiu-Jitsu Black belt Leonardo Vieira has also been training with the team, with high hopes for the rest of 2003. Belfort is already preparing for his UFC comeback, and it looks like his opponent will be KOTC veteran Marvin Eastman, probably at UFC 43.

From the event's promoter:
Pankracio - Reto Maximo III
Official Results:

Ethien Rascon, 16, 154 lbs, 1 - 1
Lozano's Submission / Pankration (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Wins over Angel Yocupicio, 16, 150 lbs, 0 - 2
Pentathlon / Associated Wrestling (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Via "Guillotine" choke at the minute 1:06 of RD1.

Chris David, 21, 140 lbs, 1 - 0
Sierra College Wrestling (Rockwind, CA - USA)
Wins over Seth Phelps, 23, 140 lbs, 0 - 1
DTC Mixed Martial Arts (San Diego, CA - USA)
Via TKO at 2:08 of RD1

Victor Prado, 25, 150 lbs, 1 - 1
Pentathlon / Associated Wrestling (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Wins over Joe Felciano, 22, 148 lbs, 0 - 1
Perry's Full Circle Sambo (Sonoma, CA - USA)
Via TKO gaining the mount and punching. Minute 1:41 of RD2.

John Sullivan, 19, 220 lbs, 1 - 0
DTC Mixed Martial Arts (San Diego, CA - USA)
Wins over Victor Alvarez, 21, 212 lbs, 0 - 2
Pentathlon / Associated Wrestling (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Via TKO cornering his opponent with a barrage of punches.
Time 0:33 seconds of RD1.

Kirk Grant, 24, 195 lbs, 1 - 0
Caique Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Los Angeles, CA - USA)
Wins over Alex Ramirez, 190 lbs, 0 - 1
Todd Medina's Freestyle (New Port Beach, CA - USA)
Kirk dominates the match with superior ground technique. Wins via the first decision of the night unanimously.

Justin Stanley, 21, 175 lbs, 1 - 0
Sierra College Wrestling (Rockwind, CA - USA)
Wins over Juan Manuel Aguilar, 26, 170 lbs, 0 - 2
Reyes Kick Boxing / Pankration (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Via TKO at the minute 1:49 of RD1. Justin gains the mount barraging punches.

Sean Ruiz, 25, 187 lbs, 2 - 0
Todd Medina's Freestyle (New Port Beach, CA - USA)
Wins over Corey Bounicountri, 20, 185 lbs, 0 - 1
Sierra College Wrestling (Rockwind, CA - USA)
Via "Guillotine" submission at the minute 3:10 of RD1.
The only unsportsman conduct of the night shown by Bounicountri when throwing his medal, awarded to each defeated opponent in recognition to their courage and effort, out of the ring and to the ground.

Joe Kurzel, 30, 168 lbs, 1 - 0
Perry's Full Circle Sambo (Sonoma, CA - USA)
Wins over Eduardo Gonzalez, 22, 167 lbs, 1 - 1
Cuellar's Tjakai (Aguascalientes, Ags. - Mexico)
Via unanimous decision.

Akbarh Arreola, 19, 175 lbs, 3 - 1
Lozano's Submission / Pankration (Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico)
Wins over Hector Carrillo, 19, 175 lbs, 2 - 3
JT Combat Grappling (Brawley, CA - USA)
Via "Triangle" submission at the minute 1:07 of RD1.

Mike Seal, 24, 187 lbs, 5 - 2
ODO Fight Club (Ensenada, B. C. - Mexico
Wins over Adam Rendon, 24, 200 lbs, 0 - 1
Todd Medina's Freestyle (New Port Beach, CA - USA)
Via TKO gaining mount barraging punches. Minute 4:10 of RD1.

Enrique Cano, 200 lbs, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Caique BJJ Team (Los Angeles, CA. - USA)
VS Jeff Newton, 204 lbs, Freestyle
Todd Medina's Freestyle (New Port Beach, CA - USA)
"Submission Only" special match that goes the distance to a Draw.

Main event:

Steven Bruno, 21, 173 lbs, 3 - 0
Charlie Kohler's Fighting Team (San Diego, CA - USA)
Wins over Jorge Cuellar, 31, 165 lbs, 1 - 1
Cuellar's Tjakai (Aguascalientes, Ags. - Mexico)
Via "Rear Naked Choke" submission at the minute 1:52 of RD1.

Event Sanctioned by:
The State Association of Pankration Athlima in Baja California - Mexico.

Friday March 14th, 2003
At "Tangaloo" club discotheque
Tijuana, B. C. - Mexico

Marco Antonio Perez Espinoza
State Association of Pankration Athlima
in Baja California, Mexico - President

Panamerican Confederation of Pankration Athlima

Pankracio - Reto Maximo

  Monday - March 17, 2003

Rumble on the Rock 2: Rumble Goes Wild
Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, Hilo, Hawaii
March 15, 2003
By Chris Onzuka - Chris@Onzuka.com

Emery Seguccio mounted on Molly Hessel
Seguccio on Hessel
      BJ Penn and company organized their second MMA event in their hometown of Hilo, Hawaii. The first event was tremendously successful and proved that the big island of Hawaii has tons of MMA fans and great fighters. The event introduced a new, larger 29-foot cage and had fighter interviews before their entrances. Jay Dee (JD) Penn, who was the coordinator of the event (and BJ's brother) promises that each show will get bigger and better than the last. This card was filled with local talent from Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, in addition to bringing in two Rage in the Cage champions, a UFC veteran and a few other US mainland fighters. On hand for the event were Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell, Don "The Predator" Frye, Egan Inoue and Roland Sarria. BJ Penn's Nova Uniao team came out strong and successful with Ross Ebanez being a very promising fighter at 170lbs. The women's match showed the crowd how much heart and leather that ladies can bring to the table. Two tough Brazilians who live on Oahu also made successful debuts. The main event pitted two fighters that were beaten by local boy, Cabbage Correira, but definitely had him in trouble numerous times in their fight with Cabbage. Cabbage is rumored to be on the card of the next UFC, but this fight looked like a qualifier to see whether Kauai Kupihea or Travis Wiuff should be Cabbage's next opponent in Hawaii. A smaller Wiuff and a larger Kupihea than the last time both fighters fought in Hawaii showed up. Wiuff was much less aggressive and it cost him when Kupihea was able to defend all but a couple take down attempts by Wiuff. And when Wiuff got Kupihea down, he scrambled and got back to his feet again. While Wiuff was trying to adjust his game plan, Kauai planted a punch that dropped Wiuff and ended the event with a KO. The next Rumble on the Rock is tentatively scheduled for August 9, 2003.

Santino DeFranco triangling Jamaal Perkins
DeFranco triangles Perkins
Kekoakaika "Koa Boy" Fonseca (Nova Uniao, 5'8") def. William Armstrong (808 Fight Factory, 5'11")
Submission via rear naked choke at 4:10 into round1.

Emery Seguccio (Shin Bu Kan, 5'0") def. Molly Hessel (808 Fight Factory, 5'4")
Unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Johnny Sampaio (Eastside/Nova Uniao/HMC), 5'8") def. Jerome Kekumu (Hard Knocks, 5'6")
Submission via rear naked choke at 34 into round1.

Sydney Silva (Brazilian Freestyle JJ/HMC) def. Bryson Monterde (Hard Knocks, 5'11")
Submission via arm bar at 55 into round1.

Vai Togia (Hard Knocks, 6'2") def. Anthony Billianor (Lockdown, 6'3")
Unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Antonio Banuelos (Pit Fight Team, 5'3") def. Jim Kikuchi (808 Fight Factory, 5'8")
Unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.

Santino DeFranco (Brausa, 5'11") def. Jamaal Perkins (808 Fight Factory, 5'7")
Submission via triangle at 1:05 into round1.

Ross Ebanez (Nova Uniao, 5'9") def. Jason "Rukus" Walker (Universal Rough Housing, 5'7")
TKO via referee stoppage at 1:54 into round1.

Mark Moreno (Bull's Pen) def. Rich Moss (Brausa)
TKO due to doctor stoppage due to cut at 1:49 into round1.

Edwin Dewees (Brausa, 6'1") def. Augie Padekan (Hard Knocks, 6'0")
Submission via rear naked choke at 2:13 into round1.

Renato "Charuto" Verissimo (Nova Uniao) def. Shannon "The Canon" Rich (Buell Fighting Systems, 5'9")
Submission due to strikes at 3:09 into round1.

Kauai Kupihea (Brausa, 6'2") def. Travis Wiuff (Dave Menne, 6'3")
KO via punch at 4:21 into round1.

PRIDE 25 Post-Fight Pictures
By Mark Ginther

Click here for the photos

  Wednesday - March 19, 2003

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
Ultimate Tank banner

New, One-Hour Special To Highlight Career of Legendary Heavyweight
Encore Re-Plays Continue Throughout March, April

      LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2003…The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will premiere Ultimate Tank Abbott, a one-hour pay-per-view television special, starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
      Ultimate Tank Abbott is a retrospective of the legendary UFC heavyweight's career that includes some of the most devastating knockouts and action-packed fights in UFC history. Even more entertaining is the fact that the play-by-play and commentary of each fight is provided by Tank himself while he relaxes with friends at Jay Dee's Bar and Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. The action includes his impressive debut knockout of John Matua in just 21 seconds and his dismantling of Paul Varelans in 1:51 at UFC 6: Clash of the Titans; his epic battle with Oleg Taktarov as well as highlights and his own insight into fights with Dan Severn, Vitor Belfort, Sam Adkins, Hugo Duarte, Steve Jennum and all the others that created the Tank legend.
      Encore re-plays will start immediately after the premiere on Dish Network and Bell ExpressVu and at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. on Viewers Choice Canada. Additional re-plays include: iN DEMAND, March 22, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, channel iN1; March 23, 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m. PST, iN2 and 1:30 a.m. EST/10:30 p.m. PST, iN1; March 24, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, iN2; March 26, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, iN1 and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN2; March 28, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN1; March 29, 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST, iN2, and March 30, 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST, iN1 and 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, iN2.
      DIRECTV re-plays will air on its All Day Ticket channel 196 on March 22-24, 26 and 31, and April 3, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, and 20.
      On Dish Network, the re-play schedule includes March 22, Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST and 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST; March 26, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and March 28, All Day Ticket starting at 5 a.m. Dish Network also will announce a re-play schedule in April.
      Additional Bell ExpressVu re-plays will air on March 24 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST and March 31, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Viewers Choice Canada re-plays will air on March 22/March 21 at 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m PST and on its All Day Ticket March 22 and March 27.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediaactive.
      The UFC's next PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, April 25, live from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla.

By Eduardo Alonso
Bitetti Combat 2 Preview:
Taking a Clear Step Forward,
the Event Rises in Good fashion

      The city of Natal, located in the Northeasten part of Brazil, is simply astonishing, with beautiful beaches and plenty of great food, satisfying every visitor and attracting tourists from all corners of the map. In this amazing scenario Bitetti Combat Nordeste is about to hold its second edition showing clear signs of improvement from the first one, and literally attracting the attention of the whole city for the night of fights on this March 20th. It's important to undestand that Natal is a small city, and unlike the biggest Brazilian centers such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and even Curitiba, there's not much events happening at once in the city, therefore the entire place literally stops and goes crazy about NHB and Bitetti Combat, and that alone makes for a very interesting atmosphere on the event. This indeed was the case in the first edition of Bitetti Combat, last November, where around eith thousand people paid to attend at the event, this time things are looking even bigger, with a better card with more well known names and a real frenzy in the city.
Bitetti Combat 2 logo       This Wednesday, March 19th, the usual rules meeting, press conference and weigh-ins are going to be held at the nothing but great Piramide Palace Hotel, where the fighters and their crews, as well as the press, will be installed. On Thursday, March 20th at 9 PM Brazilian time the eight-fight fighting card will beging its action bringing local fighters to battle each other, but this time also bringing some well known names from the fighting world to battle against the local heroes. The fights will take place on the huge Machadinho Arena, a facility that can hold up to 15,000 people, and nothing less than 10,000 spectators, or even more, are being expected at the gates! Besides the fights the likely presence of UFC and PRIDE veteran Vitor Belfort and BJJ Black belt Amaury Bitetti as referees for the fights is also a major attraction to the local public, but for us all NHB fans the most important thing are the fights, and this time most surely won't disapoint. Since some of the names are not known by the international public, FCF decided to do a small preview of the most important fights so you can know what to expect from this usually wild night of fights right at Brazil's Northeast:

Carlos Indio vs. Tiago Pitbull:
Carlos Indio
has been making a name for himself lately in the Brazilian Northeast NHB circles. A BJJ purple belt with a lot of heart, quick hands, and an unorthodox Boxing style, Indio has been surprising a lot of tough opponents. At Bitetti Combat 1 Indio pulled an upset against Paulo Guerreiro, who is a Tiago Pitbull teammate, by breaking his nose badly in the beggining of the match with a straight punch. In his last outing Indio gave Northeast NHB star Rivanio Aranha a run for his money and despite being the underdog took him to a judges' decision win in a tough fight at RN Vale Tudo [A minor league event also promoted by Conrado, who promotes Bitetti Combat too]. His best chance in this fight will be a ref stoppage and his fast hands, however he is facing probably the toughest and most skilled kid that the Northeast has to offer. Tiago Pitbull is really a talented kid. Despite being very young, 19 years old, Tiago already has Muay Thai, NHB, Full Contact and Boxing experience and owns probably the most impressive striking skills witnesses at Bitetti Combat 1, where he defeated Brazilian Top Team member and BJJ black belt Fabio Hollanda with little trouble. His biggest weapon is his striking skills, and he has the potential to fight abroad with the proper ground training. Since Indio already defeated his teammate, this fight probably has personal feelings for him, so look for him to keep it standing and work his way to a KO in this fight.

Rivanio Aranha vs. Claudionor Fontinelli:
Rivanio Aranha
is a famous fighter at Brazil's Northeast. With a very aggressive style, reminiscent of "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva, considering the due proportions of course, of whom he is a confessed fan, Aranha has been tearing up competition in the minor Brazilian NHB events, and was also a winner at Bitetti Combat 1, where he defeated soundly Glauke Eugenio, a runner up at the BJJ worlds at the purple belt division. In his last appearance, at RN Vale Tudo, Aranha defeated Carlos Indio, but had to stuggle. The crowd will be at his side, but he will be facing probably the most experienced fighter he ever faced. Claudionor Fontinelli is a familiar face to most NHB hardcore fans in the world. A veteran of UCC, IVC and MECA, Fontinelli has fallen to the likes of Chute Boxe sensation Anderson Silva and Brazilian Top Team member Haroldo Bunn. He is reported to be training a lot of stand up with IVC veteran Artur Mariano, and the improvements have been satisfactory, however his ground game and takedown defense still needs some work, as his match at MECA 7 against Bunn showed. A important factor in this bout is that Claudionor left jail not too long ago, so this fight means a lot to him, but nobody knows for sure where his conditioning level is at now. Aranha surely won't gas, and the crowd will go wild in his favor, but Fontinelli can take this one if he is in shape cause this is shaping up to be a standing up brawl!

Tibau vs. Fernando Terere:
is also another Brazilian Northeast stand out who will be fighting in front of his hometown fans. Tibau is very young, but indeed experienced and trains Jiu-Jitsu at Kimura/Nova Uniao as well as some training with the Ruas Vale Tudo team in Rio de Janeiro, so he knows his game. At Bitetti Combat 1 he defeated Paulo Caruso's student Paulo Boiko, however it wasn't an impressive outing for Tibau, who is a well rounded fighter and will probably be relying on his stand up to defeat Terere. The kid knows this is the most important fight of his life, and the fight that can make him more famous, plus his fans and friends are sure about his win, we'll have to wait and see... Fernando Terere is really a Jiu-Jitsu great. Coming from a very poor childhood Terere found in BJJ a change in his life and the opportunity to achieve everything he ever dreamed off. One of the most important things about this fighter is that success didn't come up his head, as he once won a new car as a prize on a Jiu-Jitsu tournament and sold it to invest the money on a project to teach Jiu-Jitsu to poor kids for free, even providing them their own gi to train, and giving them the same opportunity he once had. Training for most of his life with the likes of Jiu-Jitsu Icons Fabio Gurgel and Ronaldo Jacare, Fernando's Jiu-Jitsu credentials needs no introduction, and he has been preparing hard for NHB with "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort, MECA winner Luis Azeredo, among others. His stand up has been improving a lot and he is considering an international career in NHB, so he needs to go pass Tibau and he knows it. I feel he has what it takes to win this one, but he will need to be calm and work his game as well as he can.

Silmar Rodrigo vs. Johil de Oliveira:
Silmar Rodrigo
is another very experienced, despite realitevely uknown, fighter from the Brazilian Northeast. At Bitetti Combat 1 Silmar fought and defeated Brazilian Top Team member Alfaia, showing good stand up skills, decent takedown defense and more importantly amazing cardio. He is also a very calm fighter, who shows no expression of anger or fear in his face during the fight. To get a notion of Silmar's experience, he already fought the likes of Wrestler Darrel Gohlar at WVC, so he is definitely used to pressure. His takedown defense may not be enough to resist Johil's attempts and experience, but his best chance are on his cardio and punching combinations. Johil de Oliveira is a veteran and a true NHB legend. With memorable battles against Pele at IVC, and event fights at PRIDE against the likes of Nino "Elvis" Schembri and Carlos Newton, you won't find a fighter more experienced than Johil on this card. Age isn't exactly helping him, but he is in good shape an willing to take his career abroad again, therefore he knows he simply can't afford a lost to Silmar at Bitetti Combat 1. A win can mean a shot at MECA and maybe even more, so Johil will probably come well prepared and work his ground and pound to a win on this one, to close the event in great style.

In the other four fights of the night some names also deserve a small run down, to show the nice level this event is bringing to the ring:
Sergio Capoeira is very famous on the BJJ circles in the Northeast because of his aggressive and crazy style. He just made his NHB debut at RN Vale Tudo in great fashion with an easy win, and is serious about an NHB career. His opponent Paulo Guerreiro is a Tiago Pitbull teammate with great Muay Thai credentials and a lot of experience in events such as "Champions Night". He lost at Bitetti Combat 1 and needs this win badly.
Wallace is one of the most intriguing attractions at the show. The man is training Jiu-Jitsu at Kimura/Nova Uniao, but he is also a Chute Boxe black belt from Rafael Cordeiro, despite the fact that he doesn't train with Chute Boxe anymore, so his Muay Thai skills are impressive. He debuted and demolished his opponent at RN Vale Tudo, and he is being considered "The next big thing" out of the Brazilian NHB circles.
Lucas Lopes is a MECA and Bitetti Combat veteran, with a lot of experience in small shows as well. At MECA 7 he had the unfair taks of facing againt Chute Boxe veteran Nilson de Castro, needless to say he lost. At Bitetti Combat 1 he faced Brazilian Top Team member Jorge Navalhada and lost a split decision in a very controversial fight, where he showed a lot of heart, so look for him to provide a good fight.

Here's the complete card:

  • Sergio Capoeira vs. Paulo Guerreiro
  • Wallace vs. Gugao
  • Rivellino vs. Josenildo
  • Carlos Indio vs. Tiago Pitbull
  • Rivanio Aranha vs. Claudionor Fontinelli
  • Tibau vs. Fernando Terere
  • Lucas Lopes vs. Samurai
  • Silmar Rodrigo vs. Johil de Oliveira
      FCF is arriving in Natal this Wednesday and will bring you every detail of this wild night of fights! Keep checking the web site and don't miss it!

  Thursday - March 20, 2003


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Bitetti Combat 2 Weigh-in Photos
By Eduardo Alonso

      In a few hours all fighters will be heading to the Machadinho Arena to compete at Bitetti Combat 2, and after dealing with numerous problems with computers here in Natal we finally managed to send you some pictures of the weigh-ins held yesterday. Fernando Terere's NHB debut against Tibau is still the main attraction, and as you can see by the pictures both fighters are in shape! Chute Boxe black belt Wallace, who has been living in Natal for 5 years now, is also ready to deliver and willing to come back to Curitiba after this fight and re-join the Chute Boxe team! We will have more news and pictures after the event. See you soon with more NHB action at Full Contact Fighter!
Johil de Oliveira (left) vs. Silmar Rodrigo
Johil (left) vs. Silmar

Terere (left) vs. Tibau
Terere (left) vs. Tibau

From left to right: Cuban trainer Eugenio Fuentes, Fernando Terere and Vitor Belfort
Fuentes, Terere & Belfort

From promoter T. Jay Thompson:
May 9, Championship Super Brawl
Another Confirmed Fight:

On Friday, May 9, thousand of fans will pack the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii to witness the belt unification bout between Super Brawl Champion Egan Inoue and Shooto Champion, Masanori Suda. The first official additional bout to this card has been added.

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (Purebred, Japan)
Bao Quach (Next Generation, California)

Bitetti Combat 2
Just a Few Hours Away!

By Eduardo Alonso

      A few hours separate the local fans here in Natal, a beautiful city located in the Brazilian Northeast, from the much anticipated NHB action. Bitetti Combat 2 is now officially ready to happen today, now that the weigh-ins are done and all fighters made weight. Due to some problems with the weather in Brazil, some fighters arrived late yesterday in Natal, and that postponed the weigh-ins. Although the weigh-ins occurred later than initially planned, no problems were registered, only the rules meeting caused some discussion. The fights will consist of three 5-minute rounds with no overtime, kicks and knees to a downed opponent in all fours are not allowed, and yellow cards for stalling are in effect for this edition of Bitetti Combat.
      A noisy crowd of local fighters' supporters followed the weigh-ins and created a huge atmosphere of rivalry, this however didn't faze the experienced fighters such as Johil de Oliveira and Claudionor Fontinelli. Vitor Belfort, who will act as a referee in at least two fights, was one of the main attractions today here in Natal, as lots of fans were requesting pictures and autographs. Overall all the fighters seemed relaxed and ready to go, and all in good shape. NHB veteran Johil de Oliveira told FCF he is excited with this chance and he is now feeling ready to perform at his best again, since he is free of injuries. Johil is looking at this event as a chance to get his career back on track and fight in bigger events again. Fernando Terere is also relaxed and confident, and promised a good performance in his fight against Tibau. Now it's just a matter of opening the gates and starting the fights! Don't miss the results and details soon here on the FCF website.

From the event's promoter:
Ring Of Fire 7

As of tonight at 8:00 on Wednesday, the RING OF FIRE 7 show has been officially postponed until next Friday, March 28th. The venue is still the Hyatt Regency, all tickets for the 21st will be honored on the 28th.

The obvious reason is the BLIZZARD. With the road closures and Airport shutdown, we were just not able to get enough of the out of town fighters here in time for weigh ins or in some cases even to the event at all. On top of that, logistically it would be very hard to meet the production schedule deadlines due to road conditions on Thursday here in town.

90% of the fighters have been in constant contact with me throughout the day, and the fight card is still intact for next weekend!

I apologize for any inconvenience.

Sven Bean
FY Fight Productions, INC.
303-400-1756 fax

  Friday - March 21, 2003

Highly Entertaining Pay-Per-View Special
on UFC Legend Airs Tonight

By Loretta Hunt

For those who cannot get enough of a certain rambunctious heavyweight that has recently made a return to mixed martial arts, the UFC offers "Ultimate Tank Abbott" (UTA) tonight through various pay-per-view providers, starting at 10 PM EST. Like the last two "Ultimate" installments that have focused on legendary fighters of the UFC, UTA is a chronological look at the fight career of original "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" David "Tank" Abbott, who became a staple of the 1995 through 1998 UFC's by being the "anti-athlete" of the Octagon. Claiming to have no training other than what he learned on the streets, Abbott's colorful personality added a much needed excitement to the UFC as it struggled to keep its fans enthralled and involved. A legend in his own right (at the time of this writing, Abbott stands as the most active fighter in UFC history with a whopping sixteen fights), Abbott joins the ranks of past subjects Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock.

Big Al and Tank
Big Al & Tank
Unlike this episode's predecessors, however, UTA diverges from the rigid format the series has displayed in the past in what could be a ballsy stroke of genius for Zuffa Sports Entertainment, the company that helms the UFC. Host Mike Goldberg is nowhere to be found this time around, but in his place is the Tankster himself, reminiscing over a beer or ten at a favorite local hangout somewhere out in California. On the mic to coax the king of all MMA trash talk along is "Big Al," a former strength and conditioning coach to Abbott and a past witness to his shenanigans inside and outside the Octagon. The two men are placed in front of the camera and evidently left to their own devices, as Tank and Al take the audience down memory lane -- from Abbott's explosive twenty-one second premiere at UFC 6 to his final appearance at Ultimate Brazil in 1998. Big Al and Abbott share an appealing camaraderie on-camera, but the real star of this show is Abbott's unforgiving, non-PC commentary during his fight clips. Bordering on inappropriate many a time, Abbott proves that he is still the quickest one-liner slinging fighter out there, even as the flowing libations indiscriminately start to take a toll on his motor skills.

Along with brutal displays of knockout power from Abbott's checkered 8-7 record, the UFC also manages to get a hold of home footage featuring a charging Abbott at a UFC after-party melee and causing a ruckus ringside at an actual UFC competition. Despite a few odd instances, including a reenactment of Abbott in an vaguely-explained elevator incident, the special is chock-full of real life accounts of what went on behind closed doors in the UFC's infant years, albeit from Abbott's point-of-view. Of interest are the first few moments of Abbott's dialogue with sidekick Al as he explains why and how he got involved with the UFC. Honest and poignant, Abbott is at his most intriguing here.

The show is laugh out loud funny for much of its hour-long duration and should be a real treat for dedicated MMA fans looking for tidbits from the sport's previously undocumented past. While this might not be a major concern for the show's producers (for the show really seems to be directed towards fans already familiar with Abbott), audiences tuning in to watch this unique fighter for the first time might be confused or misguided with no real reference provided to where the sport has evolved to today (and where Abbott fits among it). Although one may be able to catch the trend with Abbott's opponents (he easily dismantled lacking opponents, but had a much harder time with the true emerging athletes of the Octagon), this may be too much to ask from those that have not been with the sport long enough to distinguish between the two. The producers do give the inebriated Abbott almost enough rope to hang himself by hour's end with his slurring and slobbering (you begin to doubt anything that ever came from his mouth prior), but they don't seal the deal by showing Abbott's final fight (and his ultimate demise from the sport) at 1998's Ultimate Brazil, where a young up-and-comer named Pedro Rizzo finally silenced Tank with a knockout to end all knockouts.

However, with the bold choice of letting Tank be Tank, an entertaining hour of programming has emerged that is well worth its $9.95 asking price. Not taking itself too seriously, this lighter approach to the material at hand is a step in the right direction for the UFC and is probably the hippest piece of work to come from the organization that won't rest till it hits the mainstream.

For those that can live without Tank Abbott's recent return to MMA (and we know you're out there), check out "Ultimate Tank Abbott" for your love of the sport. There is enough there to tide you over till the next "Ultimate" installment highlights another fighter worthy. For everyone else-- hunker down on the couch and tune-in. David "Tank" Abbott will surely not disappoint.

  Saturday - March 22, 2003

Bitetti Combat 2 Quick Results
By Eduardo Alonso

Fernando Terere in Tibau's guard
Terere in Tibau's guard
  • Paulo Guerreiro def. Sergio Capoeira by unanimous decision
  • Rivellino defeated Josenildo by KO in the first round
  • Wallace defeated Lokinha by tap out due to strikes in the second round
    (Wallace's original opponent, Gugao, was replaced by Lokinha barely one day before the fights due to a broken hand)
  • Tiago Pitbull defated Carlos Indio by forfeit in the second round
  • Lucas Lopes defeated Antonio Samurai by forfeit due to a cut in the second round
    (it was not stopped by the doctor)
  • Claudionor Fontinelli defeated Rivanio Aranha by forfeit due to a knee injury in the second round
  • Tibau defeated Fernando Terere by split decision (2-1)
    (It was a very controversial decision, in a fight that could be given to Terere and most likely considered a draw, more details in the full event report)
  • Silmar Rodrigo defeated Johil de Oliveira by unanimous decision
Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Aranha Tiago Pitbull kicking Carlos Indio
Fontinelli (left) vs. AranhaTiago kicking Indio

  Monday - March 24, 2003

Matt Lininger fighting off a triangle with a knee to the face
Rumble in the Ring 9 Results
Held March 22, 2003
At the Muckleshoot Tribal Centre
Auburn, Washington
By Mike Neva

Clint Radovich pounding on Scott Sires
Radovich pounding on Sires
As the sport of mixed martial arts grows, many grass roots promotions are popping up world wide. One such an event is Joel Townsend's little known Rumble in the Ring. As were the previous eight, the ninth edition was held at the primitive Muckleshoot Tribal Centre, a venue that leaves much to be desired such as toilets! On this evening disorganization rained supreme with the event starting 45 minutes late as Townsend scrambled to secure last minute line up changes and qualified judges.

The six bout card was littered with up-and-comers and highlighted by an impressive victory for crowd favorite Tim Williams who slapped on a quick triangle choke submitting Dennis Hallman trained fighter Jake Yohe. After an action packed co-feature, which saw Clint Radovich stop the heavily muscled Scott Sires, the main event was a disappointing lackluster affair. Outweighing his opponent by over 50 lbs Josh Bennett used his weight advantage to clinch and control the smaller Glen Barber, eventually wearing him down until referee Joe DeRobbio called a halt to the action late in round 2.

  1. Matt Lininger def. Brian Johnson by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at 2:01 of round 2

  2. Justin Nelson def. Luke Davenport by rear naked choke at :39 of round 1

  3. Tim Williams def. Jake Yohe by triangle choke at :51 of round 1

  4. Paul Purcell def. Ryan Carlin by unanimous decision after 2 rounds

  5. Clint Radovich def. Scott Sires by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at 2:34 of round 1

  6. Josh Bennett def. Glenn Barber by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at 3:57 of round 2

WEC 6 Final Card
By Keith Mills

Jeremy Jackson getting pulled off Eddie Ellis at IFC WC 17
Jeremy Jackson being pulled off Eddie Ellis
Lemoore, CA -- With under a week to go the final card for WEC 6 is in and it looks to be a strong one. Much has already been written about Shamrock vs. Pardoe with Shamrock making his return after almost two and a half years away from MMA. Five-time UFC champion and two-time King Of Pancrase Shamrock has had two K-1 fights in that time against Elvis Sinosic and Shannon Ritch before breaking his leg in preparation for WEC 3 last summer. Now completely healed Frank takes on Rage In The Cage standout Brian Pardoe who most recently fought in KOTC in December.

UFC vet Shonie Carter has his hands full with Jeremy Jackson, the winner of the Ultimate Athlete 8-man tournament last September. In that tournament Jackson beat Cesar Gracie stand-out Nick Diaz as well as Team Punishment's Zach Light and Shark Tank's Mike Panalber. All five of Jackson's wins have been by KO while his two losses have been by submission while Shonie has only won one fight by submission in three years. Since leaving the UFC after a KO kick delivered by Pat Miletich, Shonie has picked up six wins and a draw with no losses but all of the wins have been by decision except his TKO win over Fernando Vasconcelos in KOTC when Vasconcelos' corner threw in the towel between rounds. Don't let Shonie's run of decisions and draws fool you, he can be unorthodox and very exciting as well as having the experience to be able to stand with a fighter with a better striking record. With Shonie getting the shot against Ronald Jhun for Romie Aram's Welterweight KOTC belt in May look for all eyes to be on this fight.

Nick Diaz landing a punch on Chris Lytle at IFC WC 17
Nick Diaz landing a punch on Chris Lytle
From a fan's perspective one of the more exciting match-ups is Lion's Den fighter Joe Hurley against the aforementioned Nick Diaz. Hurley, at 12-2, is much feared and respected by the California gyms with his only two losses being against UFC vet Gil Castillo and the phenomenal Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro. This man went the distance with Yves Edwards for a decision win as well as holds a KO over Chris Brennan! Diaz, on the other hand, made quite an impression at IFC last summer when he picked up a decision win over current HOOKnSHOOT Welterweight Champion Chris Lytle in what had to be the fight of the night.

Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has the most fighters at five while most of the other CA teams like rAw, Team Quest, AKA, SLO Kickboxing, and many more all have participants. From the team perspective the biggest criticism one could find is that at fourteen fights it's going to be a long night. From a weight class perspective this show satisfies the fans of the faster, more flexible fighters with all but three fights being between 155 and 185. With the last three fights having UFC vets in Shamrock, Castillo, and Carter the casual fans not as familiar with the up-and-comers are satisfied. Basically even though this card came out unusually late it looks to be a tour de force of the California scene well worth the wait.

World Extreme Cagefighting
"Return of a Legend"
March 27th 7:30P.M.
The Palace Casino, Lemoore, CA.
  1. Steve Cutler Vs. Carlos Cordero (170)
  2. Eric Husbands Vs. Poppis Martinez (155)
  3. Jack Cardenas Vs. Chris Sanford (185)
  4. Ed Wedding Vs. Doug Evans (155)
  5. John Appleby Vs. Tim McKenzie (205)
  6. Brandon Wolff Vs. Hannibal Adofo (170)
  7. Bert Bergmark Vs. Brodie Farber (185)
  8. Mike Swick Vs. Kengo Ura (185)
  9. Caleb Mitchel Vs. Jeff Hougland (155)
  10. Joe Hurley Vs. Nick Diaz (170)
  11. Levi Thornbrue Vs. Brian Stromberg (265)
  12. Jeremy Jackson Vs. Shonie Carter (170)
  13. Chris Williams Vs. Gil Castillo (185)
  14. Frank Shamrock Vs. Brian Pardoe (205)

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
UFC 42 banner

Crunkilton-Franca Lightweight Bout To Be A Battle of Ft. Lauderdale; Weir-Loiseau To Pit England Vs. Canada Live On Pay-Per-View
Puerto Rican Alvarez To Meet Hawaiian Correira in Heavyweight Match; Aram To Fight Strasser in Welterweight Bout At AmericanAirlines Arena


      LAS VEGAS, NEV. March 24, 2003…Some of Florida's top mixed martial artists as well as international stars will be featured on the action-packed nine-fight card at UFC 42: Sudden Impact when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings its first fight event to Florida live on pay-per-view Friday, April 25, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
      A lightweight bout featuring two undefeated fighters will be a Battle of Ft. Lauderdale. Rich Crunkilton (13-0-0 in mixed martial arts), who now fights out of New Smyrna Beach, will fight Brazilian Hermes Franca (6-0-0) of Ft. Lauderdale. But, Crunkilton grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and still has many friends and fans in the city. It will be England vs. Canada when Mark Weir (17-1-0) of Gloucester and David Loiseau (8-2-0) of Montreal tangle in a middleweight match. Puerto Rican Heavyweight Sean Alvarez (4-2-0), who fights out of New York City, will take on Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (15-4-0) of Hilo, Hawaii, and in a welterweight bout, undefeated Romi Aram (X-0-0) of Rancho
  • Cucamonga, Calif., will meet David Strasser (22-3-4) of Kenosha, Wis.
          In the main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (28-3-0) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fourth time against undefeated Sean Sherk (22-0-1) of Brooklyn Park, Minn.
          Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at the AmericanAirlines Arena box office in Miami, at all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-736-1420, 1-305-358-5885 (Dade County) or 1-954-523-3309 (Broward County). The Biscayne Bay Marriott Miami Hotel will host the event and UFC fans can reserve rooms at a special rate by calling 1-800-228-9290. Use the fan reservation code, UFFUFFA.
          UFC 42: Sudden Impact will be live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
          Crunkilton grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and attended Pensacola Christian College where he was a National Collegiate Wrestling Assn. (NCWA) All-American in 1999 and 2000 at 149 pounds. He is a freestyle fighter but is an excellent wrestler and stand-up striker whose favorite technique is punching. He has been doing a lot of running, wrestling and sparring to prepare for Franca, who is from Fortaleza, Brazil, but now lives and trains in Ft. Lauderdale with the American Top Team. Franca, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is an excellent ground fighter who is constantly looking for submissions. But, he also will stand and trade punches. His favorite techniques are the triangle choke, the arm bar, the guillotine choke and sweeps. Both are undefeated, so something will definitely have to give in the Battle of Ft. Lauderdale.
          Weir is the United Kingdom's top ranked middleweight fighter. He made an explosive UFC debut July 13 before a hometown crowd in London with a 10-second knockout of veteran Eugene Jackson. He is a Tae Kwon Do black belt who is as equally talented on the ground as he is in a stand-up fight. Loiseau, a Haitian by descent, will be making his UFC debut. He is both a boxer and a wrestler who is a powerful puncher and has a good takedown defense. He said he knows Weir is very skilled fighter with a long reach, but he is really looking forward to meeting him.
          Alvarez brings his tremendous strength and Brazilian jiu-jitsu expertise learned from Renzo Gracie in New York to his UFC heavyweight debut against "Cabbage." He expects "Cabbage" to push for a stand-up fight because he has such a strong chin and is a powerful puncher. Correira, who got the nickname as a youngster because his head looked like a Cabbage Patch Kid, excels in boxing, judo, karate and wrestling. But, he is known primarily as a stand-up striker who has knocked out skilled fighters such as UFC veteran Aaron Brink and Brazilian Renato Bruzzi.
          The undefeated Aram will pit his strong wrestling and BJJ submission experience against Strasser, a free-style fighter, who is a three-time Extreme Challenge tournament champion.
          The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world's leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediaactive.
          The UFC's next live PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, Friday, April 25, from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

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      Tuesday - March 25, 2003

    KOTC 22 Results
    Held March 23, 2003
    At Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA
    By Keith Mills

    Caro Parisyan vs. Fernando Vasconcelos
    Parisyan vs. Vasconcelos
    • Steve Renaud def. Brent Wooten 2:32 R1 by TKO
    • Tony Bonello def. Trent Wiggins 0:39 R1 by rear-naked choke
    • Daniel Ortiz def. Mike Cordova 2:55 R1
    • Louis Jablonski def. David Ortiz 1:18 R1 by rear-naked choke
    • Timothy Mendoza drew Raul Delgado
    • Wess Combs def. Dale McDonald 1:40 R1 by TKO
    • Louie Vaith def. Bob Dowell 0:48 R1 by triangle choke
    • Adam Lynn def. Tadarius Thomas 1:37 R2 by TKO
    • Jason House def. Sust Infante 1:30 R2 by TKO
    • John Delao 4:09 R2 by armbar
    • Jason Lambert def. Jimmy Breech 1:45 R1 by TKO
    • Art Santore def. Joe Garcia 3:10 R1 by TKO
    • Thomas Denny def. Justin Stanley 3:12 R1 by rear-naked choke
    • John Cole def. Richard Solis by judges' decision
    • Caro Parisyan def. Fernando Vasconcelos by judges' decision

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      Wednesday - March 26, 2003

    From the event's promoter:
    ICC Rebellion - April 18th 2003
    Target Center Minneapolis, MN
    Doors Open 6:30 PM

    The Card!

    Main Event

    Homer Moore vs Jeremy Horn
    Homer The Rock Moore has ruled Sun City for over 3 years. The perpetual Rage in the Cage Champion. Possessing the speed and strength of Kevin Randleman with better striking capability. Moore is a very dangerous foe. A UFC Vet and the Libra Mexico Champion Moore is ready to climb the mountain. Waiting for him at the top is Jeremy Horn. Unflappable, seemingly invulnerable Horn who wowed ICC fans as he bloodied and battered MMA Legend Travis Fulton. Will Moore make it to the top or just be another Rock in the mountain of bodies Horn stands on?

    Featured Bouts

    Dennis Reed vs Dave Menne
    Dennis Reed holds the fastest win in ICC's short history. A systematic dismantling of Tyrone Roberts. Roberts is a warrior of renowned; but at ICC I Reed proved he was ready for the next level. His first test on that level will be huge. UFC Champion and legend Dave Menne is waiting. Menne, the embodiment of True American Grit will hold Reeds toughest challenge to date. Just seeing Menne in a Minnesota ring again will be great; seeing him against a real competitor will be amazing.

    Harry Moskowitz vs Travis Wiuff
    Two UFC Veterans square off in another battle of heavy weight. ICC wanted Dirty Harry on our first card. We are very excited to have him here for ICC II. Big Diesel got back to his winning ways destroying Big Fam at ICC I. This will be a hard hitting big dog fight.

    Travis Fulton vs Greg Wikan
    The last time these two met the match ended in controversy. Now both men have a win over the other. This time it will be decisive. Fulton has publicly rededicated himself to training. One of the most experienced fighters in the game has let his training slip over the last year. Now that the Ironman is back on track, can he be stopped? The Gladiator is a stable of fighting in Minnesota. He also has had a rebirth of sorts stemming from ICC I. Rededicated to training Greg pulled off a huge win in January;. He is looking to get a second one in April. Who will be the heavy weight to watch in the ICC in 2003? That question could be answered April 18th.

    Under Card

    Emily Fisher vs Kelly Kobold
    Emily has been training for a long time for this moment. A member of team Miletich she is known a powerful striker and an excellent ground fighter. Kelly proved her heart in ICC winning a 12 minute all out war. This has the makings of another classic.

    Spencer Fisher vs Daryl Guthmiller
    Spencer is one half of the first husband and wife team to fight for the ICC. Spencer has dangerous punching ability and is well rounded as are all Miletich trained fighters. He faces one of Minnesota's favorite fighters. Guthmiller always brings the fans to their feet. Will he be able to knock Spencer off his?

    Carlos Armacanqui vs Randy Erdman
    Carlos won his first fight in quick fashion. Now he faces Randy Erdman from Dave Menne's school. Randy is a long standing feature in Minnesota grappling tournaments and a popular fighter. Both fighters are extremely fast, flexible and skilled. This could be the fight of the night. If you love light weights; you will love this match.

    Tom Kirk vs Sam Morgan
    Kirk makes his ICC Debut. Training under the guidance of Jason Godsey, Tom will be ready. He will be facing Sammy "the Squeeze" Morgan, who lost in his debut. Sammy does not like to lose and he will be looking to avenge that defeat and earn his spot in the ICC.

    Maurice Walker vs Dennis Stull
    Both young fighters are coming off impressive wins in ICC I. Walker from Meat Truck Inc. proved to have both heart and skill getting the best of Brad Spent. Dennis Stull from Team Bison kicked off ICC I by forcing a ref stoppage early in the first round of his fight.

    Card subject to change

    ICC Rebellion Meet and Greet
    6:30 to 7:30 PM Target Center
    When the doors open for the ICC fights early birds and come in and get a chance to get autographs and shake the hands of the biggest names in the sport including world champions Frank Shamrock, Don Frye, Jens Pulver. Plus Olympic Champion and world class commentator Jeff Blatnik. ICC Fans at this time will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the ICC ring girls in the cage. More to be announced soon!

    From the event's promoter:
    RITC 46 - This Thursday Night
    Thursday, March 27, 2003
    Graham Central Station (Formerly Rockin' Rodeo)
    7850 S Priest Dr.
    Tempe, AZ 85284

    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
    Ticket Prices: $20 General Admission, $30 VIP Ringside ($5 off with RITC flyer or KUPD red card $15 & $25).
    Happy Hour: bottled beer just $1.50 from 6PM to 7:30 PM.
    Located just east of I-10 Elliot Rd exit #157 (Sports Authority Shopping Center South of Elliot).
    This is the first of several mid-week RITC shows. We are inviting 28 fighters to compete. Those fighters that prove exciting in our mid-week shows will get invited to compete in future major Phoenix or Casa Grande shows. Come see the RITC stars of tomorrow.
    The fighter report time to Graham Central Station is 5 PM - 5:30 PM on March 27 for administrative paperwork, licensing, weigh-ins, and pre-fight physicals. Matchups based on weight and skill levels will be made at that time.
    Should be a great night of action with many young fighters making their cage debuts at RITC 46.

    Upcoming Major Events:

    RITC 47 - Unstoppable
    Saturday, Apr 12, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre
    Phoenix, AZ

    RITC 48 - Casa Grande
    Saturday, May 3, 2003

      Friday - March 28, 2003

    Bitetti Combat 2 Shows the Evolution
    of Brazilian Northeastern Fighters

    By Eduardo Alonso

    The second edition of Bitetti Combat Nordeste took place this past Thursday, March 20th, and FCF was there to bring you all the action as always! Due to poor weather conditions a crowd of little more than 5,000 spectators showed up at the huge Machadinho arena, still guaranteeing a good public on hand. However, those 5,000 on hand were very noisy and supported the local fighters through the eight fights of the night, and there were plenty of local talents performing. With a massive coverage of the local press, the presence of "The Phenom" Vitor Belfort, who is a popular celebrity in Brazil and made his debut as an NHB referee in the first two fights [The other referees were Amaury Bitetti and IVC veteran Artur Mariano], and some intriguing fights on the card, there were plenty of attractions at the event. All in all Bitetti Combat 2 truly delivered and showed a considerable improvement from the first edition. The production side of it was very satisfactory, including Kipp Kollar's help providing the gloves for the fighters, although some mistakes were present that will hopefully be corrected for the next edition. Promoters Amaury Bitetti and Conrado Carlos are promising a better one for the next event, and by doing so they'll consolidate Bitetti Combat as the second best event in South America, right behind MECA, so let's wait for Bitetti Combat 3! Here's a brief rundown of the fights, including the Terere's controversial loss, and as always see the next edition of FCF for more details on the show!
    • Paulo Guerreiro vs. Sergio Capoeira:
      Belfort referees Guerreiro (right, against the ropes) vs. Capoeira
      Belfort referees
      Guerreiro (right) vs. Capoeira
      The night of fights was kicked off by this clash between a Muay Thai fighter and a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. Capoeira started the fight well dominating with takedowns and using ground and pound. However Guerreiro is used to taking punishment and turned around things managing to keep the fight standing and earning a judges' decision after three rounds.

    • Josenildo vs. Rivellino: This fight saw another reversal of fortunes as Rivellino started off better only to see Josenildo make a comeback and dominate the stand up action until he got a knockout from punches still in the first round!

    • Wallace vs. Lokynha: In an action-packed fight Lokynha was surprisingly game as he brought it to Wallace on the ground and standing up! The fight was very competitive until the Chute Boxe black belt managed to get the better of Lokynha standing and punished him on the ground until he could take no more in the second round.

    • Tiago Pitbull vs. Carlos Indio: Tiago Pitbull proved once again he is very talented. Using his superior Muay Thai and ring skills, he controlled the distance and avoided all of Indio's rushes, slowly punishing him with all sorts of strikes through two rounds, until Indio alleged that he suffered a low blow, that (according to all present including the referee) didn't really happen, and refused to continue in the fight that he was going to lose anyway.

    • Lucas Lopes vs. Antonio Samurai:
      Lopes on top of Samurai
      Lopes on top of Samurai
      As an underdog, Antonio Samurai tested Lucas Lopes well, giving him trouble in the first round with good stand up striking sequences, until Lucas Lopes showed how tough he is and used his experience to deliver a solid ground and pound game opening a major cut on Samurai's eyebrow and forcing him to quit on the second round.

    • Claudionor Fontinelli vs. Rivanio Aranha: A showman in all senses. This is what Fontinelli is! From his ring entrance to his ring showdown Claudionor captured the attention of everyone in the arena and gave his all standing up against a tough as nails Aranha. Both battled mostly standing up, with some short periods on the ground, for two rounds with Fontinelli getting the better until Aranha suffered an injury to his knee and couldn't continue.

    • Tibau vs. Fernando Terere:
      Terere kicking Tibau
      Terere kicking Tibau
      This was most certainly the most anticipated and probably the most exciting fight of the evening. For three rounds both guys fought with the crowd literally going nuts and both had their moments. To his credit Tibau, who is a very good fighter, dominated the second round by avoiding takedowns and attempting a very dangerous armbar from the guard in the first round that lasted more than a minute! But Terere's game was impressive for a newcomer, doing some ground and pound, dominating most of the stand up, even cutting his opponent below the left eye and continually advancing forward during the entire fight. After the three rounds were over, it took more than five minutes for a decision to be rendered, and it was announced as a 2- 1 split for Tibau, causing a lot of controversy and animosity in the arena. Don't miss a full report in the next issue of FCF!

    • Silmar Rodrigo vs. Johil de Oliveira: Against a more experienced opponent, Silmar Rodrigo showed great composure and the signs of a matured fighter ready for bigger challenges. He took Johil down at will during the entire fight and worked a ground and pound game, taking few risks controlling the pace and winning a well deserved judges' decision over the seasoned IVC and PRIDE veteran. He will most certainly be back at the next Bitetti Combat.
    Don't miss a full report with more details on all that went down at Bitetti Combat 2, straight from Natal in Brazil in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter, where you always find the Undefeated No Holds Barred news coverage of the world!

    From the event's promoter:
    RITC 46 - Results
    US Marine Sergeant Justin Nauling Named FOTN

    33 fighters checked in for our mid-week version of Rage in the Cage. 14 matches, with 16 debut fighters, "rocked" Graham Central Station before a standing room only crowd.

    The most dramatic moment of the evening occurred when Adrian Foster scored a devastating knock out just 15 seconds into round 1 with a kick that landed flush to the head of his opponent.

    It was very fitting that United States Marine Sergeant Justin Nauling was named fighter of the night (FOTN). Justin scored an impressive round 2 submission victory over the #4 ranked RITC middleweight. This extends Justin's unbeaten streak to 3 with all wins by submission. Other candidates for FOTN honors were Ed West, Greg Rodriguez, Jamie Varner, Joe Vigil, Sean Brandt, Jeremiah Shivers, Gabe Rivas, Allen Branson, Adrian Foster, Herb Garcia and Cory Timmerman.


    Ed West (143 lbs), Hinzman's Martial Arts
    won by submission (arm bar), 1:16 Rd 1
    Troy Tolbert (138 lbs), Leininger Dojo

    Greg Rodriguez (145 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts
    won by submission (ankle lock), 2:40 Rd 1
    Oscar Rosas (140 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Jamie Varner (158 lbs), Mahatos
    won by decision (3 - 0)
    Carlos Ortega (154 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

    Joe Vigil (156 lbs), Team Phoenix
    won by submission (choke), 2:38 Rd 1
    Brian Salinas (150 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Sean Brandt (164 lbs), Brausa Academy
    won by submission (choke), 2:21 Rd 2
    Greg Palomo (158 lbs), Freestyle

    Jeremiah Shivers (168 lbs), Steve Judson BJJ/Leininger Dojo
    won by submission (choke), :52 Rd 1
    Michael Ptak (170 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Gabe Rivas (165 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts
    won by submission (arm bar), 1:21 Rd 1
    Adam Millican (173 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Justin Nauling (168 lbs), Brausa Academy
    won by submission (arm bar), 2:03 Rd 2
    Ray Elbe (175 lbs), Team Phoenix

    Allen Branson (180 lbs), Freestyle
    won by submission (arm bar), 1:08 Rd 1
    David Raymond (179 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Eric Markoff (175 lbs), Leininger Dojo
    won by ref stoppage (strikes), 1:20 Rd 1
    Jason Collinsworth (180 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

    Adrian Foster (190 lbs), Team Phoenix
    won by KO, :15 Rd 1
    Kristian Marki (180 lbs), Freestyle

    Rocky Revel (204 lbs), Debrazil/Rey Diogo
    won by submission (choke), 1:51 Rd 1
    Pete Morales (195 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

    Herb Garcia (305 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
    won by submission (strikes), 1:25 Rd 1
    Wayland Berry (263 lbs), Brausa Academy

    Cory Timmerman (311 lbs), Brausa Academy
    won by submission (arm bar), 1:13 Rd 1
    Jason Wallace (263 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

    Upcoming Events:

    RITC 47 - Unstoppable
    Saturday, Apr 12, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)
    Call 602-267-1600 to order tickets now

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    Saturday, May 3, 2003
    Casa Grande

      Saturday - March 29, 2003

    2nd Black Belt Challenge
    Brings Jiu-Jitsu to the
    Spotlight in Sao Paulo

    By Eduardo Alonso

    Adriano Maciel defeats Eduardo Jamelao
    Maciel defeats Jamelao
          After the major success of the first Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu challenge, promoters had no choice but to put on a second edition of the event, that features top black belts competing in the sport of Jiu-Jitsu against one another in single matches under slightly different rules (like referee stand ups) that forces the fighters to stay active during the entire fight and for high money prizes for Jiu-Jitsu standards. This time they brought the show to Via Funchal, one of the biggest and most prestigious houses of spectacles in Sao Paulo, which uses to hold music concerts and other kind of shows. It was a risky step, since the venue holds up to 3,500 spectators and it would be tough to fill the entire place. In fact, there were empty seats, but still a good crowd of more than 1,500 showed up to watch the show, all paying for their tickets, and this can be called a success for a Jiu-Jitsu event, mostly considering the problems the promoters had to face. Problems such as some of the most famous BJJers involved in the show dropping out at the last minute. Names like Saulo Ribeiro, Fabio Leopoldo and Rodrigo Comprido were all supposed to compete in the show but ended up not being able to for a number of reasons, and late replacements were called at the last minute.
          All in all it was a good show, with most fighters fighting on offense and looking for the finish all the time, which provided several submissions in the 10-match card. The standouts were Bibiano Fernandez who made quick work of Marcelo Santos to open the event, Fredson Paixao who once again showed his usual domination over Pablo Rodrigo, Adriano Maciel who had an amazing guard that surprised veteran Eduardo Jamelao and Gabriel Napao who had a very competitive match with Eduardo Telles but ended up winning in good fashion. Hopefully the promoters will hold another edition of the event soon, showing that Jiu-Jitsu is still alive and will continue to thrive in the years to come if the events are well organized and planned, and FCF will surely be there as always! Here are the complete results of the event:
    Lira looks to throw Godoy
    Lira looks to throw Godoy
    • Bibiano Fernandez def. Marcelo Santos via triangle choke

    • Fredson Paixao def. Pablo Rodrigo via lapel choke

    • Carlos Eduardo Vieira def. Marco Barbosa via referee decision (The score was tied)

    • Adriano Maciel def. Eduardo Jamelao via triangle choke

    • Fabio Negao def. Roger Coelho by 4-1 in the advantages, with a tie of 2-2 in the match

    • Eduardo Portugues def. Delson Pe de Chumbo via referee decision (The score was tied)

    • Jefferson Moura def. Bruno Bastos via armlock

    • Gabriel Napao def. Eduardo Telles via score of 9-2

    • Felipe Lira def. Claudio Godoy via lapel choke

    • Roberto Tozi def. Fernando Paradeda via referee decision (Tied at 0-0)

      Sunday - March 30, 2003

    Absolute Fighting Championship 2

    By Keith Mills

    Hirotaka Yokoi wins the belt from Wilson Goveia
    Yokoi takes SE title from Goveia
    Phillip Miller def. Boca DeOliveira
    Miller def. DeOliveira
    • Rick Davis def. Cade Swallows 2:15 r2 by KO

    • Brandon Bledsoe def. Anthony Hamlett 1:26 r1 by armbar

    • Chatt Lavender def. Danila Vaselov by majority decision

    • Alex Paz def. Mike Whitehead by decision

    • Jason Ireland def. Tom Kirk 3:57 by armbar

    • Jeremy Bolt def. Hudson Rocha 3:23 r2 by TKO

    • Leigh Remedios def. Victor Estrada1:32 r2 by rear choke

    • Marco Aurelio def. Justin Wisniewski 1:14 r1 by armbar

    • Antoine Joaude def. Kristof Midoux 3:58 r1 by TKO/could not continue

    • Phillip Miller def. Boca DeOliveira by decision

    • Hirotaka Yokoi def. Wilson Goveia 2:26 r3 by TKO

    WEC Results
    By Keith Mills

    Castillo looking for the ref to show mercy on his opponent
    Castillo looking for the
    ref to show mercy
    Tito Ortiz holding flag
    Tito Ortiz
    Lemoore, CA -- In a long night of great action five-time former champion Frank Shamrock returned to the cage to defeat Rage In The Cage standout Brian Pardoe in the first round. The win itself didn't surprise most fans, it was that Frank looked to be in trouble when Pardoe took him down near the fence and delivered a couple shots to Frank's face before Frank could slap on the armbar, showing this wasn't just some tomato can thrown at Frank to get his name in the papers. Frank was fluid and almost flawless with the only criticism available being it would have been great to see more of him.

    Gil Castillo and fellow Cesar Gracie up-and-comer Nick Diaz showed concern for their opponents when they both hurt them before the refs would stop their fights. Nick popped Hurley arm in a dominating performance for the IFC 170lb belt while Castillo tore open William's right cheek causing his corner to throw in the towel between rounds.

    Shonie versus Jackson was the match that got the crowd on their feet with most of the three rounds being on the feet as Jackson continually jabbed Shonie's face while Shonie scored with kicks and some takedowns. Probably the fight of the night.

    Special guest Tito Ortiz held the American Flag for the National Anthem and remained ringside with his wife the entire show, even taking a couple pictures of Frank's fight. When Chuck Liddell was brought into the ring to call out Tito just like WEC in CT last summer Tito responded in typical fashion saying that was the most words Chuck had strung together in a sentence yet. Wearing his "I Killed Kenny, YOU BASTARD" t-shirt Tito went on to explain to the very appreciative crowd he was holding out for the paycheck he deserves, citing boxing purses and other top level fighters that have passed up opportunities over contractual disagreements.
    1. Carlos Cordero def. Steve Cutler 2:31 r1 by armbar

    2. Poppis Martinez def. Eric Husbands 0:10 r1 by KO

    3. Chris Sanford def. Jack Cardenas 2:45 r1 by armbar

    4. Ed Wedding def. Doug Evans 4:37 r1 by armbar

    5. Tim McKenzie def. John Appleby 1:03 r1 by TKO

    6. Brandon Wolff def. Hannibal Adofo by split decision

      Frank Shamrock (left) vs. Brian Pardoe
      Shamrock vs. Pardoe
    7. Bert Bergmark def. Brodie Farber 3:57 r1 by TKO

    8. Mike Swick def. Kengo Ura 0:31 r3 by KO

    9. Gilbert Melendez def. Jeff Hougland 2:05 r2 by TKO

    10. Nick Diaz def. Joe Hurley 1:55 r1 by arm submission

    11. Brian Stromberg def. Levi Thornbrue 1:43 r1 tapout to punches

    12. Jeremy Jackson def. Shonie Carter by unanimous decision

    13. Gil Castillo def. Chris Williams between rounds 1 & 2, couldn't continue

    14. Frank Shamrock def. Brian Pardoe 1:46 r1 by armbar

      Monday - March 31, 2003

    Entrance to Vitor's new training facility
    Vitor Belfort's Surprise Begins to Unfold
    By Eduardo Alonso

    Setting up boxing ring
    Setting up boxing ring
    Vitor and  Eugenio Fuentes by soccer field
    Soccer field
    Indoor pool
    Indoor pool
    Water park
    Water park
          A few "Brazilian Beat" editions back, Vitor Belfort mentioned to FCF that he would be announcing a surprise soon that would most likely please his fans, and now as March comes to an end the surprise is finally beginning to unfold and reveal itself. In a partnership with Cuban trainer and fighter Eugenio Fuentes, with the support of the Military Police of the state of Sao Paulo through its Sports Association, Belfort is putting together an amazing training center for fighters, and his new team: The Brazil Fight Club in the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Some of the facilities are still being built, but the project is amazing and will most likely result in the biggest and best training center for fighters in South America! Among the facilities are several swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, a bowling alley and more! Plus, in regards to fighting it will have an official boxing ring, huge mats for grappling, a weight-training room only for fighters [and another one for general people] and even a huge octagon! Construction workers are constantly laboring on the building of the facilities, and in the next few weeks everything will be ready to receive fighters and the general public. If all of that's not enough, the center also has two arenas (one capable of holding more than 5,000 spectators) intended to host fighting events of all sorts.
          Belfort will, of course, train at this center as well as his new fight team and lots of projects that will soon be revealed are already in the works. Everything from boxing to jiu-jitsu everything will be trained there and some international fighters are expected to come every now and then to teach their techniques, so wait for more news about "The Phenom's" plans in his partnership with Fuentes to come soon here at FCF, as we're just giving you a hint of what's coming up, because according to Vitor there's plenty more surprises to come!

    From the event's promoter:
    RITC 47 - Unstoppable
    Saturday, April 12, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
    Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

    Ticket Prices: $15 (rows 14-25), $30 (rows 4-13) and $50 (rows 1-3). $5 discount on $30 and $50 tickets with RITC flyer or KUPD red card. Call 602-267-1600 to order tickets now (can pick up at will-call on fight night). This is a "dream" card. Homer Moore will try to rebound against Andy Montana, the #2 ranked RITC Heavyweight, in the Super Main Event. Two "young gun" heavyweights from San Diego, John Sullivan and Mike Proctor, will travel to town to challenge Arizona's finest. Veteran fighter Johnathan Ivey (5'9", 265 lbs) will fly in from Texas to challenge the #1 ranked RITC Super Heavyweight, Kauai Kupihea. Ivey has been a real crowd pleaser wherever he has fought, using a combination of powerful striking, rolling knee bars and other submission techniques. By popular demand, fan favorite Jamie Varner, who just won his debut fight at RITC 46 - Launching Pad on March 27, has been a late addition to this already awesome card. This show will be "over the top" with exciting action from start to finish. Two jumbo screens will be used at Celebrity to provide close up action for all the fans. Get your tickets early.

    Super Main Event:
    Homer Moore (215 lbs) vs. Andy Montana (240 lbs)

    Main Events:
    Kauai Kupihea (280 lbs) vs. Johnathan Ivey (265 lbs)
    Joseph Riggs (220 lbs) vs. John Sullivan (225 lbs)
    Steve Sayegh (230 lbs) vs. Cory Timmerman (300 lbs)
    Edwin Dewees (215 lbs) vs. TBA

    Super Fights:
    Jason Wallace (260 lbs) vs. Mike Proctor (240 lbs)
    Thomas Gil (225 lbs) vs. Brad Reynolds (215 lbs)
    Roger Mejia (195 lbs) vs. Mike Fettkether (190 lbs)
    Rich Moss (185 lbs) vs. TBA

    Other Bouts:
    Jamie Varner (160 lbs) vs. Carlos Ortega (155 lbs)
    RJ Gamez (170 lbs) vs. Robert Maldonado (170 lbs)
    Melesio Perales (175 lbs) vs. John Lansing (170 lbs)
    Chappo Montijo (205 lbs) vs. Mike Rainieri (205 lbs)

    Fight Card subject to change.

    Upcoming Events:

    RITC 48 - Let's Do It Again
    Saturday, May 3, 2003
    Casa Grande

    RITC 49 - Stare Down
    Saturday, June 12, 2003
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

    From the event's promoter:
    Midevil's Mayhem

    On Saturday, April 19th, "Midevil's Mayhem" is going to take Newport, Kentucky and the rest of Northern Kentucky, Southeastern Indiana, & Southwestern Ohio by storm! Come witness some of the best Amateur MMA Fighters in the Country! Fighters from Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland have all decided to display their skill at "Midevil's Mayhem."

    The show will be held at:
    400 West 6th Street
    Newport, Kentucky 41071
    • The doors Open at 7:00pm, & the show will start at 8:00pm.
    • Tickets are $25 for Ringside & $15 for General Admission.
    As of March 19th, this is the fight card:

    Fight Card:
    • Jose Villirisco vs. Stonnie Dennis
    • Justin Hons vs. Mike Easton
    • Keair vs. Derek Ruiz
    • John Powers vs. Kevin Knabjan
    • Travis Short vs. Clint Graves
    • Forrest Petz vs. Chris Wells
    • Brett Tillett vs. Sam Ottobre
    • Todd Shutt vs. James Escaloni
    • "Billy Bob" Westfall vs. Tim Johnson
    • Rob Hendee vs. TBA
    • Josh Souder vs. TBA
    • Jason Halderman vs. TBA

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