Brazilian Challenger 2 Quick Results:
Brazilian Challenger 2 Quick Results:
Submissions set the tone for a hot night in Natal
By Eduardo Alonso
The second edition of Brazilian Challenger took place in the city of Natal this past Thursday, October 21st, gathering around 3,000 spectators in the Machadinho arena, the same place that held the first two editions of HEAT FC, once again giving both the newcomers and veterans of the Brazilian Northeastern scene a chance to show their talent and try to secure a spot in bigger shows. Brazilian Challenger has the concept of serving as a feeder for shows such as HEAT FC, and at the same time creating its own stars in the Brazilian Northeast circle, therefore helping the sport spread more in the area, that has seen major growth for MMA in the last two or three years. This time, different from the first edition, the show used the single match format, and among the highlights of the show was the debut of local jiu-jitsu talent from Kimura/Nova Uniao, Sanderson Dantas, as well as the return to the winning track of Heat FC veteran Charles Andrade. The most important match of the night though, saw Deep veteran Gleison Tibau showing he is ready for bigger tasks with a submission win over Brazilian Challenger 1 tournament winner Loquinha. Here are the results from all the fights:
From Dream Stage Entertainment:
HIGH OCTANE FIGHTCARD COMPLETE!
LOS ANGELES, California – Four more bouts have been added to PRIDE FIGHTING’s October 31st event, HIGH OCTANE. Already headlining the event is the highly anticipated title bout between middleweight world champion Wanderlei Silva and top contender Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Now added to the fightcard: "The Demolition Man" Alistair Overeem versus Japan’s Hiromitsu Kanehara, England’s James Thompson versus Russia’s Aleksander Emelianenko, Ricardo Arona of Brazilian Top Team versus Sergei Ignatev of the Russian Top Team, and Choi Mu Bae of Korea versus Soa Palelei of Australia. In addition, there are also four other previously announced matches including Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic versus Josh "The Babyface Assassin" Barnett.
HIGH OCTANE will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, and TVN on Sunday, October 31st, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Quinton Jackson (USA)
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Josh Barnett (USA)
Fight card subject to change.
Underdog St. Pierre
Banks on Strength for Hughes Upset
By Loretta Hunt
Georges St. Pierre is fairly certain he will shock the world tonight. Facing former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes from the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the 7-0 French Canadian will have to overcome a wealth of experience in his bid for the currently vacant 170-pound title.
Illinois wrestler Hughes pillaged a weight division for two years before losing his crown last January to BJ Penn, leaving a trail of bodies behind him in the likes of Carlos Newton, Hayato Sakarai, and Frank Trigg. Simple numbers might have dissuaded others to decline a meeting with the body slamming juggernaut; but not St. Pierre, who was offered a stab at the belt following his aggressive, energized stand-up exhibition on Jay Hieron at UFC 48.
His stock on the rise, yet still only in the beginning stages of a potentially fortuitous career, some may argue things are simply going too fast for the affable 23-year-old. St. Pierre doesn’t think so. "First of all, I have nothing to lose and I am pretty sure I’m going to beat him, you know?" St. Pierre confidently beams. "I think I have all the skills to beat him. Every [one] of his fights, he was the strongest guy. Me, I’m very strong physically. I don’t want to say I’m stronger than him. I don’t know if I’m stronger than him, but one thing’s for sure; he’s not going to overpower me. He’s not going to have a huge strength difference between me and him. I think that is the thing that will make the difference."
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By Keith Mills
Lemoore, CA — WEC sold out another show for their "Halloween Fury III" card, a card with many big names despite last-minute changes.
On the downside Mike Kyle dropped off the card days before he was to defend his Heavyweight belt but his belt was still fought for while Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez seems to have either vacated or been stripped of his belt. Also with Travis Lutter in the UFC it was up to Will Bradford to try to stop Brit Weir from taking the North American Middleweight belt across the Atlantic Ocean. A strange set of circumstances regarding the belts overall.
On the bright side fans that packed The Palace got to see UFC vets Joe Riggs, Shonie Carter, Chris Lytle, Alex Stiebling, and Mark Weir as well as up-and-comers we have been hearing about Matt Horwich, Nathan Diaz, and Chael Sonnen. Local fan favorites and heroes Poppies Martinez, Doug Marshall, and Olaf Alfonso also made appearances to great crowd response.
One of the surprises of the night was in the prelims with Alex Garcia and Nathan Diaz putting on a very evenly matched fight. Surprisingly it was Garcia that controlled the pace and takedowns against the Cesar Gracie trained Diaz while both fighters pulled out reversals and position control more than most of the main card fighters.
The other major surprise on this card of mainly predictable wins was Olaf getting choked out to the point of unconsciousness in his Lightweight title fight for the belt he lost to the aforementioned Melendez last time.
Although the dropouts resulted in a card it would be difficult to find people to bet on both sides one fight still kept fans guessing right up until the opening bell. Chael Sonnen and Alex Stielbling both recently fought opponents with styles similar to each other, with Stiebling managing to tap out Joe Riggs after getting pummeled most of the fight while Chael lost to Jeremy Horn by guillotine choke at last month’s Sportfight. Leading up to this fight it seemed a question of whether Sonnen would fall for another guillotine or if Stiebling could wear down Sonnen like he did Riggs. The real answer though was this fight was in a cage, not a ring as Sonnen faced with Horn. For three five-minute rounds Sonnen showed his so far unstoppable takedowns and kept Stiebling pinned against the cage for face shots while Stiebling couldn’t mount much of an offense. Definitely a step back into the spotlight for Sonnen.
Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Full Contact Fighter.
Jason Lambert def. Matt Horwich 3:28 R2 by submission to strikes