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Wednesday, Jan 24, 2001

Dan “the Beast” Severn Honored


From Dan Severn-Becky Levi – www.the-dangerzone.com:


Dan "The Beast" Severn Honored

Dan "The Beast" Severn was honored at the Jan. 20, 2001 1st Annual Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame Banquet held in Atlantic City, NJ.

There were TV, film, and world class martial artists on hand for this event. Severn was honored with the Outstanding Contribution in Martial Arts Award. He was mobbed throughout the day and evening by fans of the MMA and his contribution to the world of martial arts.

Dan and Becky will be on hand at the Arnold Classic All Traditional Karate World Championships event on March 2nd and 3rd supporting the martial arts and promoting their MMA event The Danger Zone, their training facility in Coldwater, MI, and to provide information on seminars and speaking engagements. If you are attending the Arnold Classic you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to check out Dan’s Championship belt collection and find out more about their Mixed Martial Arts fight promotion. Autographs, 8 x 10s, and Official Dan The Beast Severn, and Danger Zone merchandise will be available.
For more information on Dan Severn www.the-beast.com and The Danger Zone www.the-dangerzone.com


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Pride 10: Return Of The Warriors
Held August 27, 2000
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  • Kazushi Sakaraba vs. Renzo Gracie
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  • Mark Kerr vs. Borisov Igor
  • Enson Inoue vs. Igor Vovchanchyn
  • Ricco Rodriguez vs. "Giant" Ochai
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  • Ryan Gracie vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa
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A Profile Of The "Highlander"
Rodrigo Gracie

By Tom DeFazio

Recently, we did a profile of some of the guys on the Renzo Gracie Fight Team. Here’s the piece we did on Rodrigo Gracie from last month’s issue of Full Contact Fighter

NAME: Rodrigo Gracie
NICKNAME: "Highlander"
HEIGHT: 6’0"
FIGHTING
WEIGHT:
175 lbs.
AGE: 25
ORIGINALLY
FROM:
Brazil
RANK UNDER RENZO: Black belt
MMA Record: 1-0
Quote: Renzo Gracie is the best!!!
TITLES/AWARDS WON:

  • 1998 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Champion
  • New York City Grappling Challenge Superfight Champion
  • 3-Time NAGA Superfight Champion


FCF:   How long have you been training with Renzo?
Rodrigo Gracie
Rodrigo Gracie:     About 5 years.

FCF:   You and Matt Serra just opened another school out on Long Island, and you teach here in Manhattan as well, you have a lot of talented guys on the team…
RG:    Yeah, we’re gonna have a lot of guys, purple belts…like Joe Scarola, Joe D’Arce, "New Zealand" John, Sean Williams, Matt McTigue, Scott McTigue…Scott just got his purple.

FCF:   You’re going back to Abu Dhabi this year?
RG:    Yeah, definitely.

FCF:   You stayed out last year due to knee problems, how is the knee doing?
RG:    It’s fine, it’s a little bit stiff, but I’m training hard.

FCF:   What weight division will you be going into?
RG:    67-77 kilos I believe.

FCF:   Before that, you have a Mixed Martial Arts match. Who will you be fighting?
RG:    I’m fighting a guy name Kyle Demello. This guy wanted closed fists standing, and open hand on the ground.

FCF:   You been doing a lot of stand-up work for the match?
RG:    Yeah, I’ve been doing a lot of kickboxing with Ray Longo and a lot of Jiu-Jitsu.

FCF:   Is this your first pro MMA match?
RG:    Yes, this is the first.

FCF:   You plan to make a career out of it?
RG:    Yeah, yeah…I think I’m gonna like this. I used to do a lot of Sport Jiu-Jitsu…you know, without the gi, but I think it’s time, I’m gonna try this out and see if I like it.

FCF:   You also have a grappling super-fight match coming up…?
RG:    Yeah, I have one on December 2nd or 3rd I think at the NAGA event.

FCF:   The last time you fought at NAGA, you competed in a 4-man super-fight tourney. How did that go?
RG:    I fought one guy named Quincy Rice, then I fought a guy named John from Tai Kai [Jiu-Jitsu]. I think they were both a little bit heavier than me, but I managed to…thank God…I ended up choking them out, that’s the good thing, I trained hard for that. But they were tough you know? They were definitely tough. My second match [against the Tai Kai fighter] was tough too, the guy came full blast man, he took me down twice…but the training I do makes me in such good shape, and the technique so, it helps me.

FCF:   Okay, thanks. Good luck in your fights.
RG:    Thanks.

Rodrigo went on to win his inaugural mixed martial arts match in fast and impressive fashion. I got a hold of "The Highlander" again to get his thoughts on the match, and also to find out exactly how earned that unique nickname.

FCF:   How did it feel to fight a Mixed Martial Arts match as opposed to grappling-only?
RG:    Fine. It’s a different adrenaline…it’s a little bit different; you know? [laughs] Because you know if you make a mistake, you can get hit in the face.

FCF:   Were you nervous going in?
RG:    Yeah, I was a little bit nervous. But I think when I got in the ring…and the guy was staring at me and I thought to myself, "wait a minute, this is just like a fight in a bar." [laughs] And I got pissed…upset that the guy was staring at me. I think if the guy wasn’t staring at me, I wouldn’t even have been that angry, but the fact that he was staring at me…I was like, "this is just like a fight in the street…in a bar."

FCF:   So you were not nervous after that?
RG:    Yeah, yeah, it was weird…I wasn’t nervous anymore when I got in the ring, you know?

Rodrigo Gracie
FCF:   Can you describe the fight from there?
RG:    I was coming at him, and he came at me and he threw a jab and a cross. I slipped his jab and I did the double-leg takedown on him. I got cross-side and I moved to the middle [of the ring]; he had his arm across my neck, so I had his head and his arm. So then I turned around to see Renzo and Renzo’s telling me something and [all I] understood was "arm.’ So that’s why you saw me pointing to the arm like, "you mean the arm?" Because I couldn’t quite hear him. Then he said, "no, no, no…do the choke, jump over and do the choke." So he was describing everything for me, "put your elbow first, push with the hip…" everything he was saying at the same time I was doing, so it was cool. So I jumped over to the other side and it was tight already and I think he didn’t want to tap, so he went to sleep.

FCF:   He went to sleep very quickly.
RG:    I know, yeah, it was weird. I thought I didn’t have it, but I saw the tape, and you can see his legs going limp.

FCF:   Thirty-four seconds, quick fight. How did you feel afterwards?
RG:    Afterwards you feel like you’re born again…you feel good, you know?

FCF:   What was your strategy going in? You’ve been training in a lot of stand-up stuff, were you planning on going in and banging with him?
RG:    I was thinking if he tried to prevent my takedown, I would try and punch him. But actually, he came at me, so I think he felt it would last longer, but the fact that he came at me, that’s why it was quick. But, I don’t know, anything can happen in this shit. Sometimes you can fight guys and they’re not that tough, but they can give you a hard time, or you can fight a guy real tough and he can wind up [going out] real quick, it’s very unpredictable…it could be the other way around, the guy could punch me and I’ll get knocked out, just take a punch in the jaw…like that fight in the UFC with John Lewis. You can’t say that he [Jens Pulver] was lucky; he [Lewis] just made a little mistake and boom, that was it. It doesn’t mean he’s a bad fighter because he lost that quick. He’s tough, I’ve seen him fight other guys, I’ve seen him fight Johil…John Lewis is a tough motherfucker, he’s a tough guy, but he lost that quick. That’s the bad thing, when people see that, they think, "he sucks, he sucks." But I don’t see it that way, you know? I see it as…right now it’s unpredictable ’cause everybody is cross-training; everybody’s training jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and Muay Thai/kickboxing…I think in the future, all of the fighters are gonna be just like that. I think if a fighter doesn’t know wrestling, and just knows jiu-jitsu, he has a disadvantage. So I think a fighter has to know everything, he has to be at least decent in everything; you know? [You have to know] jiu-jitsu, wrestling and striking to be a really good fighter…a complete fighter.

FCF:   Now that you’ve entered the world of MMA, do you have any plans for future fights?
RG:    Yeah, well I have this [grappling] fight coming up against Din Thomas, I think he’s from the WEF, and then the Abu Dhabi, and then I might jump in Pride. Renzo wants to put me in Pride.

FCF:   Has Pride made an offer?
RG:    Actually, to tell the truth, if Renzo makes a phone call, he can get me in there. But the reason why I did the [Vengeance At The] Vanderbilt, ’cause I wanted to get experience. I want to get my stand-up better, I just don’t want to go in there like…I feel naked if I’m not good standing. So I want to get experience.

FCF:   So the next thing for you after Abu Dhabi is Pride?
RG:    Yeah, I think so. That’s where the money is anyway. I need to make some money. I think I can make a lot of money in there; I think they [pay] good…especially for a Gracie; you know? So I gotta take advantage of that.


Rodrigo Gracie

FCF:   Well, I want to wish you luck in your fights. One more thing before you go…How did you get the nickname "Highlander?" Does it have anything to do with your Scottish heritage?
RG:    [Laughs] The Highlander thing was because back in Brazil, I went out with this really, really ugly girl; you know? [laughing] So, everybody started to say, "Man! How could you?" So I started saying, "Dude, I’m a Highlander…’There can be only one!’" [laughing harder] That’s how it started…’cause the chick was so ugly, back then I didn’t care. So when I was passing by with the ugly chick, I was even smiling at them. So afterwards, everybody was talking…after that I was known as "The Highlander," because there can be only one person who will go out with an ugly chick like this. Here’s a message to all the guys out there reading this, you have to get ugly girls once in a while, ’cause if you don’t get ugly girls, you don’t go to heaven. You gotta do some…how you do you say it? Charity work…[laughing] you have to do some charity work so God can see it and you can get into heaven.
NAME: Rodrigo Gracie
NICKNAME: "Highlander"
HEIGHT: 6’0"
FIGHTING
WEIGHT:
175 lbs.
AGE: 25
ORIGINALLY
FROM:
Brazil
RANK UNDER RENZO: Black belt
MMA Record: 1-0
Quote: Renzo Gracie is the best!!!
TITLES/AWARDS WON:

  • 1998 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Champion
  • New York City Grappling Challenge Superfight Champion
  • 3-Time NAGA Superfight Champion




FCF Caption Contest

Caption it
It’s No Holds Barred in the FCF Caption Contest, show off that sharp wit and come up with the best caption for this picture of these two lovely young ladies and you will win a FULL CONTACT FIGHTER Classic Sweatshirt!

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Classic Sweatshirt

Enter the FCF Caption Contest and you could win a new FCF Classic Sweatshirt.

Entries must be in by 11:00 pm (Eastern Time) Tuesday January 23, 2000. The winner will be announced here the following day.



Caption it
The latest FCF contest winner, Rob McCaskill from Kalispell, MT – USA, supplied the following caption for last week’s picture…Johnny’s first fight went great; he really spanked the competition.

Here are some other interesting captions that were submitted…

  • From Rob Sabine…
    Umm, Baby’s Got Back!!!

  • From Jay Gaston…
    A guy will do anything to get his hands on a pair of fcfighter shorts.

  • From Dee F…
    NHB – We know how to pick ‘em!

  • From Keith Hollis…
    Like Mr. Whipple says, "I can’t stop squeezing the charmin."

Try your luck this week…the next winner could be YOU!



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FCF Caption Contest

Caption it
It’s No Holds Barred in the FCF Caption Contest, show off that sharp wit and come up with the best caption for this picture of these two lovely young ladies and you will win a FULL CONTACT FIGHTER Classic Sweatshirt!

It don’t get no better! You get a chance to be famous and also win a piece of the fabulous Full Contact Fighter Collection.
 


Classic Sweatshirt

Enter the FCF Caption Contest and you could win a new FCF Classic Sweatshirt.

Entries must be in by 11:00 pm (Eastern Time) Tuesday January 23, 2000. The winner will be announced here the following day.


Caption it
The latest FCF contest winner, Rob McCaskill from Kalispell, MT – USA, supplied the following caption for last week’s picture…Johnny’s first fight went great; he really spanked the competition.

Here are some other interesting captions that were submitted…

  • From Rob Sabine…
    Umm, Baby’s Got Back!!!

  • From Jay Gaston…
    A guy will do anything to get his hands on a pair of fcfighter shorts.

  • From Dee F…
    NHB – We know how to pick ‘em!

  • From Keith Hollis…
    Like Mr. Whipple says, "I can’t stop squeezing the charmin."

Try your luck this week…the next winner could be YOU!


Hawaiian Combat 2
Hawaii vs. Washington
March 1, 2001
Waipahu High School Gym – Waipahu, Hawaii
Tentative Fight Card

Main Event
Falaniko Vitale (SWAT) vs. Todd Medina (Carlson Gracie JJ/Medina Freestyle JJ)

Semi-Main Event
Paul Savea (SWAT) vs. Jeremy Bell (Team Tiger)

Feature Fights (Hawaii vs. Washington)
Kai Kamaka (SWAT Team, Hawaii) vs. Brandon Dudley (Team Washington)
Jason Dacquel (SWAT Team, Hawaii) vs. Kevin Smith (Team Washington)
Eddie Yagin (Freelance,Hawaii) vs. Joel Townsend (Team Washington)
David Santiago (Team Wailua, Hawaii) vs. J.T. Taylor (Team Washington)
Mike Cuban Jr (SWAT Team, Hawaii) vs. Jeff Gurumba (Team Washington)
Russell Mederios (Jesus Is Lord,Team Hawaii) vs. Mark Ashton (Team Washington)
Kolo Koka (SWAT Team, Hawaii) vs. Eric Dahiberg (Team Washington)

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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