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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2001

August 15, 2001


Pete Williams weighing in at UFC 31
Williams Out of UFC

Pete Williams, who was set to face Ricco Rodriguez in UFC 33 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, is out due to a shoulder injury. Ricco’s new opponent will be announced soon, stay tuned…


From RITC Writer/Statistician John Petrilli:


RITC Sanctioned in Arizona!!!

Six weeks of anticipation culminated at a public hearing before the Arizona State Boxing Commission on Friday, August 10. Promoter Roland Sarria’s license was unanimously approved by the Commission. An exuberant Sarria promptly announced that RITC XXX would take place on Wednesday evening, September 12 [changed to Sept. 26...see below] at Celebrity Theatre. In response to this great news and to acknowledge the continued support of RITC fans during this period, he further announced that all seats will cost only $20 for RITC XXX with open seating on a first come basis. With this major hurdle behind us, our focus now shifts to providing the best show possible.


RITC XXX Date Changed
New Date: Wednesday September 26, 2001
Time: Doors Open: 6:00 PM, Fight Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona

Ringside Tickets: $20
General Admission: $15

Our host, Celebrity Theatre, notified us today that our original requested date for RITC XXX (Sept 12) was no longer available. Our new "firm" date for RITC XXX is Wednesday evening Sept 26. As an added bonus for this inconvenience, General Admission tickets will now cost only $15 with Ringside Tickets priced at $20.

Tickets for RITC available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). For additional information, please call 480-446-8127.



JEAN JAQUES
Photos and report by Marcelo Alonso
Translation by Luiz Eduardo Vianna
Originally printed in the July 2001 issue of FCF

Jean Jaques Machado
      If Jean Jaques Machado had chosen soccer as a vocation, as millions of Brazilians do, the fact that he was born without the fingers of his left hand wouldn’t have held much importance. But destiny selected a different path for he and his four brothers, Roger, Rigan, Jony and Carlos, they grew up with their cousins Carlinhos, Crolin and Rillion Gracie, choosing Jiu-Jitsu as their livelihood.
      Time passed and Jean Jaques overcame his lack of fingers with a heavenly gift. Creating positions to adapt Jiu-Jitsu to his problem, Jean came to be considered one of the most technical and complete Jiu-Jitsu fighters of all time. World recognition came after the third edition of the Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Submission Wrestling Championships, when the Brazilian pulled out an incredible 9 submissions in 14 fights, a record in the history of the event. After the last ADCC tournament, we had the pleasure to talk with this man that is an example of technique, perseverance and obstinacy.

How are you related to the Gracie family?
My mother is the sister of Lair, the mother of Carlinhos, Crolin and Rillion. When I was a kid I lived in Teresópolis with Jony and trained with Crolin, while my older brothers Rigan and Carlos lived with Carlinhos, who at the time had an academy with Carlson. On my vacations I used to go to Rio and stay there three months training with Carlinhos. He’s the one who promoted me.

You and your brothers grew up with the Gracies. How can you explain the difference of personalities between you?
We were definitely influenced by the Gracie family, but I think that my father’s influence worked as a balance, and that differentiated our relationship with other people.

How did your move to the United States come about?
Jean Jaques and his brothers
Renzo had a fight in a nightclub in Brazil, where he beat the son of a Federal Police officer. The kid went home and said he was beat by more than one guy–a big lie–and the only person that he knew the name was "that Gracie guy." Because of that, Renzo spent 6 months in our cousin Cezar’s house and when [Renzo] came back, he brought [Cezar to Brazil]. So Cezar was accommodated in our house [in Brazil]. When [Cezar] went back to the U.S., he took my brother Rigan with him. At the same time, Rorion was teaching Jiu-Jitsu in his garage and called Rigan to help him. Two years later Rigan called my brother Carlos, who decided to go there with my younger brother Jony. There was a problem there that I prefer not to talk about, and then Rigan and Carlos decided to go back, but some students liked them so much that they decided to buy mats for their garages to start to learn. Then Roger and I went there too.


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From the event’s promoter:


Gauntlet Trials Fight Card

This is the Gauntlet Trials Fight Card UP TO DATE. The Event is set for AUG 25th in Thomaston GA in the Thomaston Civic Center.

150 under

  • Dustin Davis: Beaufort, SC
  • Ryan Starnes: Douglasville, GA
  • Peewee McCall: Valdosta, GA
  • TBA

    170 under

  • Shawn Church: Eugene, OR
  • Jerry Gummo: Beautfort, SC
  • Dave Loving: Stockbridge, GA
  • Pat McBride: Beaufort, SC
  • Geronimo Abdure- Raheem: Swansea, SC

    190 under

  • Nick Eubanks: Thomaston, GA
  • Michael Spears: Reedcity, MI
  • David Benifield: Slidell, LA
  • Trey Lambert: Atlanta, GA
  • Joshua Hancock: Harlem, GA
  • Bobby Gay: Warner Robins, GA

    210 under

  • Keith Wozniak: Warner Robins, GA
  • Robert Bridges: Paris, TX
  • Rory Singer: Athens, GA
  • TBA

    211 Over

  • Forrest Griffin: Athens, GA
  • Jimmy Jennings: McDonough, GA
  • Keith Blizzard: Hardwick, GA
  • Wilfred Moore: Valdosta, GA

    For ticket information you can call 478 475 1092

  • posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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