By Keith Mills
Stockholm, Sweden — The second installment of European Vale Tudo has sparked a battle for legitimacy in Sweden with several local newspapers publicly coming out against MMA. Thankfully everything went off without a hitch and even the city police chief was impressed, telling the promoters he will make public an official review favorable to the sport. The show itself was full of not only close matchmaking, but also first glimpses for the world press of European teams. In the main event, two-time ADCC qualifier and former HOOKnSHOOT Champion Travis Lutter defeated late replacement Grzegorz Jakubowski with a Kimura he actually started to sink in while on the way to the ground. Expect a full report in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter magazine.
Sylvia Test Results Come Back Negative
By Loretta Hunt
On the heels of Friday night’s high-octane UFC 47, heavyweight Tim Sylvia is sporting a clean bill of health. A relieved Sylvia contacted FCF to confirm that he had indeed passed the steroid test he’d taken this past Tuesday to be medically cleared for licensing under the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Sylvia’s request to register with the Commission had been put on hold when a urinalysis test he’d taken on or around March 4th as part of his pre-fight medical work had come back positive for minute amounts of a performance enhancing agent in his system. The NSAC, as well as promoters Zuffa Sports Entertainment, have voiced their belief that these readings came from Sylvia’s first and only use of an anabolic steroid some nine months ago. On that occasion, Sylvia was suspended four months and fined $7,500 of his $60,000 purse when tests following his September 26th UFC 44 title defense against Gan McGee came back positive for stanozolol metabolite. Subsequently, Sylvia renounced the title and the top position has been vacant ever since.
With the March 4th test results still positive for Sylvia, the UFC chose to give the fighter one last chance by administering a final test with him on the Tuesday of fight week. Just minutes before the weigh-ins, Zuffa released a written statement announcing that Sylvia had not passed this second and final test and that the card would be altered. The Nevada State Athletic Commission was also under the same assumption, as they also confirmed to FCF that Sylvia’s results were still positive. But, Sylvia says he was notified by Zuffa Friday that the results had actually not come in till that next day, and he was fit to fight, albiet a day too late.
Sometimes things happen for a reason though, as the stress of last few week’s suspense has undeniably put a strain on Sylvia’s mindset. With an opportunity now to come in fresh and mentally unhindered, Sylvia says he is being considered as an opponent for Frank Mir, another heavyweight frontrunner for the belt, and that the bout might take place as early as June 19th’s UFC 48. It has been rumored the victor of this match-up will move on to meet Belarussian fighter Andrei Arlovski for the heavyweight title.
Easton and Pellegrino Shine
at Reality Fighting 6
By Jim Genia
(April 3rd, Wildwood, New Jersey) They came to Wildwood to see action, the 700+ spectators who made the trek down to the furthest reaches of the Jersey coast, and thanks to the efforts of some game Tiger Schulmann Karate representatives, two ultra-intense flyweights, and one of the best up-and-coming lightweights the Northeast has to offer, action is what the fans got. Despite some last-minute card changes, promoter Kipp Kollar rolled with the punches, and made the sixth edition of Reality Fighting a solid one. Some highlights of the action in North America’s only octagonal-shaped ring included:
Bill Scott (Team Renzo/Almeida-185 lbs) vs. Jay Kotsko (Ground Zero-178 lbs)
Zach Maslany (Team Tiger Schulmann-155 lbs) vs. Rob Copenhaver (Practical Fighting Concepts-159 lbs)
Lionel Cortez (Warrior Tribe Academy-180 lbs) vs. Dante Rivera (Team Renzo/Almeida-188 lbs)
Charles Vuolo (Team KOA-160 lbs) vs. Colin O’Rourke (Team Renzo-170 lbs)