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King Of The Cage 4
Todd Medina vs. Daijiro Matsui
Roger Neff vs. Chris Franco
Fabiano Iha vs. Danny “Boy” Bennett
Tedd Williams vs. Bill Parker
Plus many more!
The card inculdes 3 Hawaiian SuperBrawl Champions, 1 BJJ Black Belt, 7 UFC Veterans, 1 Abu-Dhabi Champion, 1 Ext. Challenge Champion, 1 National Sambo Champion
Interview With IFC Promoter Paul Smith
After IFC Battleground 2000
By Josh Gross
After years trying to establish Mixed Martial Arts as a legitimate sport in the eyes of state athletic commissions, Paul Smith finally tasted the fruits of his labor as the IFC promoted the first sanctioned event in the United States. I spoke with Paul, the IFC promoter, the morning after the event. As I walked through his hotel room door he was on his cell phone trying to iron out a problem some of the fighters were having with their plane tickets. He never stops working and is a major reason the IFC was in Atlantic City fully sanctioned by the Athletic Control Board.
FCF: Paul, give me your thoughts on the evening.
FCF: Was there anything specific in working with the New Jersey State Control board for the first time that caused problems on the card?
FCF: Since this was the first time most of the fighters dealt with a major state commission, or, in New Jersey’s case, a control board, how did they react to all of this?
FCF: Let’s talk about post-fight. After the Control Board had seen the event live, what were their impressions? Did they say anything to you?
FCF: How did the fighters react to the drug testing done by the Control Board before their fights?
FCF: What’s the future for the IFC in New Jersey?
FCF: Now that you have gone through this process with the Control Board, do you feel the second time around it will go smoothly?
FCF: Finally, on a scale of one to ten, how would you rank the overall show?
FCF: Thanks Paul.
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From the event’s promoter:
(Is he the "Next Big Thing"?)
Thus far, Berger was one of the VERY few fighters to stand with Riley and answer back with heavy shots of his own. Although, Riley was the winner by close decision, Berger became a HUGE commodity overnight. Calling Berger the loser of this particular fight would be a travesty! Berger easily silenced the critics who predicted a KO in Riley’s favor inside of two rounds.
On October 6, 2000 in Belleville, IL, Berger had the chance to face a tough field of eight men in REALITY SUBMISSION FIGHTING’s debut event and came out ready and scoring an armbar in less than 1:30 of the first round of his first fight.
After defeating Shone Carter at last years IRONHEART CROWN, the naysayers said "Berger was lucky" or "he didn’t really win the decision". Well, on October 6, Berger silenced nearly all the critics once again as he dominated Carter with vicious combinations and some of the hardest shots Berger has ever thrown. Berger got the tap with a rear-naked choke in just 2:41.
Looking at a tape of Berger even from earlier this year and comparing it to now is like night and day. A fighter that used to be called "straight Brasilian Jiu Jitsu" is now a solid ground fighter with some of the heaviest hands in the business! Ask anyone Berger has fought in the last 4 months!
Berger faces one of the toughest fighters in the world as he faces Jutaro Nakao, the man who choked Pat Miletich unconscious, on November 18, 2000 at HOOKnSHOOT "FUSION". Look for more info next week as the card is finalized.