A Good Night For Team Bamaat Fight Night 18
A Good Night for Team BAMA
at Fight Night 18
By Jim Genia
September 28th — It was a good night for local fighters to get their feet wet in the ring — and it was a good night for some Bayside Academy of Martial Arts (BAMA) fighters. Fight Night 18 took place at its usual spot at the South Plainfield Middle School in New Jersey, and the few hundred spectators that filled the gymnasium were treated to Muay Thai, grappling, shootfighting, and mixed martial arts bouts as fresh talent battled it out. Congrats to BAMA and Dan Miragliotta for another good event.
Muay Thai Bout
Muay Thai Bout
Muay Thai Bout
Mixed Martial Arts
Muay Thai Exhibition Bout
Mixed Martial Arts
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
RODRIGUEZ WINS UFC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP WITH FIFTH ROUND TKO OVER COUTURE AT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA
Penn, Uno Win Lightweight Fights;
Uncasville, CT, September 28, 2002…Ricco Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Nev., won a fifth-round tap-out submission of former two-time champion Randy Couture of Portland, Ore., to win the vacant Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight crown tonight before a sell-out crowd of 7,514 Mixed Martial Arts fans at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Rodriguez, 10-1-0, came back strong with a ground and pound attack after Couture, 7-4-0, took control in the first two rounds with the same offense. Had Couture been victorious, it would have been his third UFC heavyweight title.
"I’ve worked hard my whole life. I grew up in a tough neighborhood and I hustled to win this title. I’ll be sleeping with my belt," Rodriguez said.
Two lightweight preliminary bouts, both won by unanimous decision, selected the opponents for the UFC’s vacant title in that weight division. Caol Uno, 13-4-2, of Kanagawa, Japan, defeated Din Thomas, 16-3-0, of Orlando, Fla., and BJ Penn, 6-1-0, of Hilo, Hawaii, defeated Matt Serra, 11-2-0, of Long Island, N.Y. Penn and Uno will meet early next year.
Uno took Thomas to the ground in all three rounds and used elbow punches and grappling to win the unanimous decision. The Penn-Serra fight was much closer as both fighters were cautious in all three rounds. Penn’s quickness kept him away from Serra’s jiu-jitsu attack, which was enough in the judges’ eyes to win the fight.
Another battle of heavyweights saw Gan "The Giant" McGee win a first round victory over veteran Pedro Rizzo. McGee, 11-1-0, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., hit Rizzo with a hard right and knocked him down with seconds left. The shot opened a deep cut over Rizzo’s nose and the fight was stopped between rounds. Rizzo, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saw his record fall to 11-4-0.
In a much anticipated middleweight bout, Phil Baroni, 6-1-0, of Long Island, NY, came out fast against Dave Menne of Forest Lake, Minn., and knocked him out in 18 seconds. Baroni hit Menne, 35-5-1, with a series of lefts and rights and he was out on his feet. Referee Larry Landless stopped it immediately. Baroni said he definitely wants the middleweight title.
In other middleweight action, former 2000 U.S. Olympic wrestling silver medalist Matt "The Law" Lindland of Eagle Creek, Ore., won the Battle of the Northwest with a unanimous decision over Ivan Salaverry of Seattle, Wash. Lindland came out fast and won the first two rounds on the judges’ scorecards with a ground and pound attack. Then, he won round three with a solid stand-up attack that opened a cut under Salaverry’s left eye. Lindland said afterward he wants a re-match with middleweight champ Murilo Bustamante. Lindland is now 8-1-0 and Salaverry’s record fell to 9-2-0.
UFC newcomers Tim Sylvia of Davenport, Iowa, and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira of Hilo, Hawaii, staged a heavyweight slugfest in their debuts before Sylvia won a technical knockout by referee stoppage at 1:43 of the second round. Both fighters hit each other with numerous lefts and rights in the first round. "Cabbage" led the initial charge, but Sylvia quickly took over. As the second round began, Sylvia, 16-0-0 in overall MMA, again dominated Correira, who now has a 15-4-0 record.
In the curtain raiser, welterweight contender Sean Sherk of Brooklyn Park, Minn., handed Benji Radach of Olympia, Wash., his first MMA loss at 4:16 of the first round with a solid ground and pound attack. Sherk, now 21-0-1, hit Radach, 11-1-0, with elbow shots that opened a deep cut on his forehead and the referee stopped the fight.
Pay-per-view re-plays of UFC 39: Return of the Warriors began immediately after the live event at 1 a.m. EDT, Saturday, Sept. 28/10 p.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 27 on channel iN1 and repeats at 4 a.m. EDT/1 a.m. PDT today. The show will also re-play on iN DEMAND channel iN2 at 1 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 1/10 p.m. PDT, Monday, Sept. 30.
DIRECTV will re-play the show on its All Day Ticket Sept. 28 and 29, then on Oct. 2,3,5,7,9 and 11. Bell ExpressVu re-plays will be at 1 a.m. EDT, today/10 p.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 27 and 4 a.m. EDT/1 a.m. PDT today. On TVN, re-plays will air at 1 a.m. EDT today/10 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27; 4 a.m. EDT/1 a.m. PDT today and 2 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, Oct. 1/11 p.m. PDT, Monday, Sept. 30. Viewers Choice Canada re-plays begin immediately after live telecast at 1 a.m. EDT today/10 p.m. PDT, Friday, Sept. 27, and 4:30 a.m. EDT/1:30 a.m. PDT today. On Tuesday, Sept. 30, it will air at 3 p.m. EDT/Noon PDT, 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT, 11 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. PDT and 3 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 1/Midnight, PDT.
The UFC’s next live PPV event will be UFC 40: Vendetta at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
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