Belfort’s Drama Continues, Chute Boxe Flying To Japan, Minotauro Not Pursuing Olympics And Heat Fc 3 Coming In April!
Belfort’s drama continues, Chute Boxe flying to Japan, Minotauro not pursuing Olympics and HEAT FC 3 coming in April!
The Brazilian Beat:
February is passing rather slowly; fortunately we have been treated to plenty of MMA action in the mean time. We’re still in the first half of the month and as we ended January with a great UFC show, we have already been graced with a PRIDE show to start the month and two weeks later, PRIDE BUSHIDO is coming our way, not to mention the other shows that have recently taken place such as KOTC and Super Brawl, all showing very interesting cards. PRIDE BUSHIDO for instance will be very important for the Brazilian scene as no less than six fighters from this country will take part in it with Wanderlei Silva leading the way for the new talents of Chute Boxe to display their skills. In the meantime, Silva’s potential rival, Vitor Belfort can’t even celebrate a win that finally got him his long awaited UFC belt, with his ongoing trauma continuing to haunt his dreams. His sister is still missing, and we at FCF plead to anyone in Brazil with information on Priscila Belfort to please contact the local police to help the family to finally get some relief. With BUSHIDO coming up there are still some other things happening on the scene and Full Contact Fighter brings you the latest news with a unique beat Brazilian style yet again!
From the event’s promoter:
AFC #7 Set To Rock Florida February 27th!
Absolute Fighting Championships #7
Friday, February 27th, 2004
War Memorial, Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Fight Start: 7:30 pm
BEST PRICE ON TICKETS ANYWHERE:
GOLD CIRCLE: $35.00 / RINGSIDE: $25.00-$35.00 / GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
‘This event is less than 3 weeks away, and the AFC is set to return to Florida with an international card of Mixed Martial Arts.’ states matchmaker AFC Miguel Iturrate. ‘We have teams from Japan, Finland, Sweden and France coming to compete at the AFC #7, as Florida’s American TOP TEAM and Freestyle Fighting Academy both continue to step up
Of particular interest are the three ‘American Top Team versus JAPAN’ bouts that headline the card. ‘Izuru Takeuchi was ranked #1 by SHOOTO and is currently ranked #2 in PANCRASE. He faces Marcel Ferreira, a black belt who is definitely ready to step up to the challenge.’ states the matchmaker.
‘Likewise, Jorge Santiago of ATT steps up to face Takuya Wada, another veteran of PANCRASE and SHOOTO who has competed at the top level and won a lot of matches.’ continues the matchmaker. ‘Jorge needs this win to keep his momentum after winning at KOTC.’
Finally, Edson Diniz steps back into the AFC ring for the first time after losing his title to Nick Agallar at 155 lbs. ‘Edson faces Hiroki Kotani, whose brother is the star of the ZST event in Japan. Now ZST knows about the American TOP TEAM, they saw Marcos Aurelio win their 16 man tournament. Now, ATT has three more fighters ready to be introduced at the international level.’ concludes the matchmaker.
The entire card appears below.
FEBRUARY 27th, 2004 – AFC #7
3 RDS / 185 LBS: Marcel Ferreira (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL.) v. Izuru Takeuchi (Pancrase, Tokyo, Japan)
3 RDS / 185 LBS: Jorge Santiago (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL.) v. Takuya Wada (Pancrase, Tokyo, Japan)
3 RDS / 155 LBS: Edson Diniz (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL) Hiroki Kotani (Tokyo, Japan)
2 RDS / 170 LBS: Thiago ‘PITBULL’ Alves (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL) v. Nuri Shakir (Team ELITE, NH)
2 RDS / 185 LBS: Charles McCarthy (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL.) v. David Bielkheden (Team Scandinavia, Stockholm, Sweden)
2 RDS / 205 LBS: Crafton ‘Blaze’ Wallace (Naples, FL.) v. Antony Rea (Toulouse, France)
2 RDS / 155 LBS: Gesias ‘JZ’ Calvancanti (American TOP TEAM, Ft Lauderdale, FL.) v. Justin Wisniewski (Duneland, Portage, IN)
2 RDS / 185 LBS: Efrain Ruiz (Freestyle Fighting Academy, Miami, FL) v. Todd Carney (Freelance, West Virginia)
2 RDS / 170 LBS: Joakim Engberg (SHOOTERS Int’l, Gothenberg, Sweden) v. Landon Showalter (Pearson Systems, Seattle, WA)
2 RDS / 170 LBS: Sauli Heilimo (Team Scandinavia, Turku, Finland) v. Carlo Prater (Yves Edwards Thugjitsu, Houston, TX)
2 RDS / 155 LBS: James Edson Berto (Tiger’s World, Orlando, FL) v. Scott Johnson (Freelance, Orlando, FL.)
From the event’s promoter:
Arizona Desert Quest #8
Date: Saturday, Feb 21, 2004
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201
Weigh-Ins: 10:00 AM (cut off at 11:30 AM sharp)
All teams and individual competitors are welcomed to participate.
Competitor entry fee: $30 for one Division or $50 for both. To encourage Team participation, there will be a team discount for 5 or more team members registering together ($25 for one Division or $40 for both). Children (by weight not age): $20. Spectator admission only $5.
Planned weight classes for Gi and No-Gi Tournaments:
There will also be an OPEN Women’s Gi Division and an OPEN Women’s No-Gi Division.
Directions: closest major cross streets, Alma School Road / University Ave.
Westwood High is located on the South side of West 8th St between Alma School and Country club (closer to Alma School). West 8th St is just North of University.
From 202, take Alma School Rd exit (exit #11), turn south, go 1.1 miles, turn left on West 8th St, go .3 miles and Westwood High is on the right side (south) of the street.
|Saturday – February 14, 2004 – Happy Valentine’s Day|
Another day in the office for the Axe Murderer:
PRIDE BUSHIDO takes Silva back to the ring for the first time in 2004!
This next Weekend in Japan, PRIDE BUSHIDO 2 will see Wanderlei Silva stepping in a ring to fight for the first time since he won the PRIDE Middleweight GP, defeating Quinton Jackson in an epic battle for the title. After this win, Silva’s popularity skyrocketed in Brazil with numerous TV appearances, and even meetings with members of the government of cities and the likes. Showing that despite all the recent attention he is truly a fighter at his heart, "The Axe Murderer" hasn’t changed a bit and continues to be hungry for action and willing to help his younger teammates to reach glory in the land of the rising sun, that brought fame to the most famous Silva in the MMA world. In a brief conversation with FCF few days before his departure to Japan, Wanderlei had some comments on his view of PRIDE’s new venture, his next challenges and a bit more, Enjoy!
FCF: You’ll be fighting again for the first time after you won the PRIDE Middleweight GP, and your teammates Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Jadyson Costa will be fighting on the same card. Being the PRIDE Middleweight Champion and Middlweight GP Champion, what’s your main motivation in going to PRIDE BUSHIDO to face Ikuhisa Minowa?
FCF: I remember when you beat Sakuraba for the second time and won the Pride Middleweight belt, you told me your master told you that you would stay undefeated as a champion for at least 10 years! It has been 2 years already, so there’s only 8 to go Wanderlei?
FCF: Vitor Belfort just became the UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion in an awkward fight against Randy Couture, so there are some talks about a rematch between you and Vitor. Do you think this is going to happen? And what are Wanderlei Silva’s plans for 2004?
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