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Tuesday, Sep 21, 2004

Belfort To Finally Re-join Btt Next Week!



Belfort to Finally Re-join BTT Next Week!
By Eduardo Alonso

After around four UFC fights sort of on his own, Vitor Belfort will finally returning to his old home, the Brazilian Top Team. Unless something very unlikely and unexpected happens, "The Phenom" is expected to be back at the BTT headquarters in the city of Rio de Janeiro this coming Monday or Tuesday, to start training with his old team right away in his preparation for a likely bout against Tito Ortiz at UFC Japan in December.

Belfort is reported to be taking care of some personal issues in his current hometown of Sao Paulo, to then be able to move back to his birthplace of Rio de Janeiro and his old team. This comes at a very interesting point in Vitor’s career, as he voiced distain with some problems in his training camp for his last bout against Randy Couture, saying that some of his trainers created a tough working environment and that led to a below average performance in the fight. Soon after this defeat, rumors were running strong about the former UFC champion returning to the Brazilian Top Team, with Belfort doing sporadic training sessions with both Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira and Carlos Barreto, and what happened in the last few weeks were much needed negotiations between the fighter himself and the team, since it’s well known that the reason for Vitor’s original departure from BTT was caused by some money issues.

"The Phenom" still has some friends at his "old house" and this move may benefit his career in plenty of aspects, as he will be able to stay closer to his mother during this tough period of their lives, with his sister still missing, and needless to stay will have awesome training partners and coaches. FCF will keep an eye on the developments of Belfort’s new phase in his career.


From the event’s promoter:


Midwest up-and-comers seek upsets at Extreme Challenge 59

      MEDINA, Minn. — Promising young fighters Eddie Sanchez and Josh Hendricks are hoping to make a name for themselves at Extreme Challenge 59 this Friday at the Medina Entertainment Center.
      To accomplish their goal, they will have to beat two fighters who already have "name" recognition in former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne and UFC veteran Travis Wiuff.
      "It’s very difficult to find young fighters who want to challenge themselves by taking on the top guys in the sport," said EC promoter Monte Cox. "But we had a couple of guys jump at the chance for this show."

Travis Wiuff. Dave Menne.
Wiuff Menne


      Sanchez, from Michigan, will bring a 6-3 record into his fight with Menne, one of the sport’s legends with a 34-10 record. Hendricks, from Ohio, takes a 5-2 mark against Wiuff, who is 30-4 overall and has won 15 straight fights and 19 out of 20 since losing to Vladimir Matyushenko in the UFC.
      Tickets for the event start at $25 and are available at the Medina box office (763 478-6661) and TAG Sports (651 336-2777). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first bout set for 8 p.m.
      A total of 12 bouts are scheduled, including key feature bouts between Keith Wisniewski and Kyle Jensen… and Wayne Bogard and Joey Clark.

THE CARD:

MAIN EVENTS
Eddie Sanchez vs. Dave Menne
Josh Hendricks vs. Travis Wiuff

FEATURE BOUTS
Wayne Bogard vs. Joey Clark
Keith Wisniewski vs. Kyle Jensen

Mike Whitehead vs. Damien Decorah

MAIN CARD
Sean Wilson vs. Brandon Carlson
Roger Huerta vs. Matt Brady
Steve Friedrichs vs. Kyle Olsen

Scott Valeen vs. Ryan Antle
Cliff Saunders vs. Eric Knies
Andy Kemp vs. Jared Pautsch
Bo Underwood vs. TBA

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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