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October 11th "Final Elimination" Marks K-1 Japan’s United States Pay-Per-View Debut

K-1 poster
For the first time in history, K-1 Japan will bring the grandeur of its prominent fighting sport to American households when K-1 "Final Elimination" airs on United States Pay-Per-View television at 10 PM Eastern Standard Time (7 PM Pacific Standard Time) on Saturday, October 11th. The event will be staged in Osaka, Japan’s 50,000-fan capacity Osaka Dome.

The United States television production of the October 11th card will be presented as part of the joint marketing venture formed between K-1 USA and ESPN earlier this year. The event will be broadcast on DirecTV, InDemand, TVN, and Dish Network Pay-Per-View television outlets.

The lineup for the Osaka K-1 "Final Elimination" event will be comprised of 14 of the sport’s elite combatants who were either victorious in a Grand Prix single-elimination tournament earlier this year or who posted other victories of great significance. The scheduled fighters will be matched up in seven single bouts and the winner of each contest will be awarded a spot in the annual December K-1 "2003 World Championship" eight-man, single-elimination tournament held in Tokyo, Japan’s Tokyo Dome.

While the complete lineup of competitors for the October 11th event has not yet been confirmed it is certain that two Americans, Bob Sapp and Carter Williams, will be amongst those who will throw down. Since he twice knocked out K-1′s most accomplished athlete in "Mr. Perfect" Ernesto Hoost last year, Sapp has evolved into a larger-than-life celebrity in Japan and a fixture on the country’s K-1 fight cards. Williams earned his place in the October loop on May 2nd when, as a little known underdog, he defeated three straight opponents including defending champion Michael McDonald and six-time world kickboxing champion, Rick "The Jet" Roufus, to take the 2003 K-1 USA crown on May 2nd.

Amongst the others scheduled to do battle thus far are Hoost (Holland), three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion Peter Aerts (Holland), Jerome LeBanner (France), Ray "Sugarfoot" Sefo (New Zealand), Stefan "Blitz" Leko (Germany), Francisco Filho (Brazil), Alexey Ignashov (Belarus), and August 15th’s K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio" tournament victor, Remy Bonjasky (Holland).


From Josh Hedges/UFC/Zuffa:



UFC Infomercial on primetime TV in L.A. Thursday

The UFC has secured a 7:00pm airing of the 30-minute infomercial on KHIZ TV64 in Los Angeles this Thursday, September 18th. The station is a full-powered independent broadcast station serving the Los Angeles DMA, including San Bernardino, Ontario, Los Angeles, Riverside and their surrounding communities. They are carried on all cable systems as well as the local channel line-up on DirecTV (channel 64 or 966) and DISH (channel 8019).


Super Brawl 31 Update!
By Michael Onzuka

There have been some last minute drop outs, but you have to expect that with everyone training so hard to look good in this talent filled card. The good thing is that there are so many interesting match ups that a couple of dropped fights still do not tarnish this card. With Egan Inoue and Ron Jhun coming off of loses, both are going to be extra hungry in their comeback. Egan is facing a very unorthodox Jason Miller was displayed his genetic hard head (not joking) and slick submissions in the 185 pound tournament before having to drop out due to injury. I am sure Miller is itching to prove that he could have won the tournament and will be no push over for Egan.
Egan needs this win bad to keep the momentum going for a rematch with Suda in an attempt to regain his Super Brawl title. Talks are going extremely well for Inoue/Suda II, but there is nothing in writing as of yet. Hopefully a match will be signed for the November or early next year show. Hawaii fans will keep their fingers crossed that Egan gets by Miller and Suda signs on the dotted line. Former King of the Cage Champ Ron Jhun never takes easy opponents and this time will be no different. Tiki Ghosen, a UFC veteran, is in front of the Machine Gun and will fire off a few before the night is over. The winner of this fight will be the favorite to fight for the Super Brawl title in November. Niko Vitale just blew through the competition in this past weekend’s NAGA submission grappling tournament showing everyone why he is UFC material, especially on the ground. A win should ensure his return to the UFC in November, probably with a rematch to Matt Lindland. A return of Kauai Kupihea, who gave Cabbage one of his toughest fights in Hawaii, returns to action. Kauai is now living in Hawaii and training with Kai Kamaka and Ron Jhun at the 808 Fight Factory and will look to put himself back in to heavyweight contention for a Super Brawl Heavyweight belt. Kupihea is very mobile for a big man, has a great jab and a quick shot. The Filipino Phenom, Eddie Yagin, also returns to action. Hawaii fans know that Eddie is a crowd pleaser with his Sakuraba type fighting style. Almost every punch that Eddie throws has bad intentions and can put many a fighter to sleep early. Yagin will face another seasoned kickboxer in David Yeung of HMC. Yeung is known for his powerful kicks so this should be a great stand up war!

Super Brawl 31 is locked, cocked, and ready to rock. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the fighters stay healthy and hungry.

135lbs 3×3 minute rounds
Eldrick Pajorras (808 Fight Factory, 0-0) vs. Harvey (Grappling Unlimited, 0-0)

170lbs 3×3 minute rounds
Anthony Torres (Grappling Unlimited, 1-0) vs. tba

Heavyweight 3×3 minute rounds
George Randolph (Shark Tank, 4-2) vs. Ray "King Kong" Serraille (Grappling Unlimited, 1-4)

185lbs 3×3 minute rounds
Kaipo Kalama (Grappling Unlimited, 2-1-1) vs. Jay Martinez (Shark Tank, 3-1)

145lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Eddie Yagin (Grappling Unlimited, 7-2) vs. David Yeung (HMC, 2-2)

160lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Joe Jordan (6-5) vs. Kolo Koka (Grappling Unlimited, 5-4)

170lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Tiki Ghosen (Team Oyama, 4-3) vs. Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun (808 Fight Factory, 18-10-2)

Heavyweight 3×5 minute rounds
Travis "The Iron Man" Fulton (Iowa, 129-37-9) vs. Kauai Kupihea (808 Fight Factory, 14-11)

185lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Falaniko Vitale (Grappling Unlimited, 14-2) vs. Justin Ellison (1-4)

185lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Egan Inoue (Grappling Unlimited, 12-6) vs. Jason Miller (Team Oyama, 8-3)



Rumble On The Rock 4 Preview
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
October 10, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

Here is the tentative fight card for Rumble On The Rock 4. The card is filled with some of Hawaii’s best fighters in each weight class pitted against solid competition. ROTR 4 brings back one of Hawaii’s more promising light-heavyweights, David Pa’aluhi. Pa’aluhi KO’d Bobby Southworth after a 3 1/2 year lay off in just 16 seconds. Another interesting match up is two world class BJJ black belts facing off when Leandro Nyza takes on Soneca Moreira. Jesus Is Lord’s leaders, Ray "Bradda" Cooper and Stephen "Bozo" Paling look to return to the ring. "Bozo" just came off a frustrating draw in his quest to capture the SHOOTO Championship from "Pequeno" Nogueira last month. Both fighters are coming in to prove that they should be brought up in conversations when their respective weight classes are discussed. Another Nova Uniao black belt that is taking a leap up in the quality of opponents is "Charuto" Verissimo. Charuto is matched up against Cesar Gracie’s Gil Castillo. Castillo is looking to prove that he is still among the best welterweights in the world. Then we have the best kept secret in the heavyweight category, Kauai Kupihea. After giving Cabbage Correira the fight of his life, he went on to dominate Travis Wiuff, racking up five wins until a set back in KOTC. Kupihea looks to take out one of KOTC’s top ranked heavyweights in Paul Buenatello. Buenatello just came off a controversial loss to Bobby Hoffman for the KOTC heavyweight championship, which he will get another shot at soon, but he has to get past Kauai Kupihea to do that. Buenatello racked up a four fight win streak prior to his match with Hoffman. Both fighters are looking to recover from their last fight and get back to winning. Ron Jhun comes off a disappointing loss to John Alessio in KOTC to face Jake Shields. Shields is on a row which started right after Jhun’s brother-in-law, Bradda Cooper defeated Shields in Hawaii. Shields bounced right back and got in the spotlight by beating Hayato Sakurai. He has added two more wins to his resume and looks to gain more recognition by beating Jhun. And finally the event caps off with FCF’s (and most of the world’s) #1 and #2 ranked lightweights, BJ Penn and Takanori Gomi. Both fighters are coming off of disappointments in their last fights, Penn’s draw with Uno in the UFC and Gomi suffering his first loss and loss of the SHOOTO championship to Joachim Hansen. Even following those results, these two fighters are still considered by most, the top two lightweights in the world. On October 10th, the world will find out which fighter is top dog at 155lbs.

Lightweight
Santino Defranco (808 Fight Factory) vs. Eddie Ruiz

Welterweight
Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez (BJ Penn MMA) vs. Gabe Casillas (Debrazil Academy)

Super Flyweight
Yobie Song (Jesus Is Lord) vs. Antonio Banuelos (Pitfight Team)

Light Heavyweight
David "Kawika" Pa’aluhi (Jesus Is Lord) vs. Joe Riggs (BRAUSA)

Flyweight
Leandro Nyza (BJ Penn MMA) vs. Helio "Soneca" Moreira (Gracie Barra)

Welterweight
Ray "Bradda" Copper (Jesus Is Lord) vs. TBA

Flyweight
Stephen "Bozo" Paling (Jesus Is Lord) vs. TBA

Welterweight
Renato "Charuto" Verissimo (BJ Penn MMA) vs. Gil Castillo (Cesar Gracie)

Heavyweight
Kauai "The Hawaiian Assassin" Kupihea (808 Fight Factory) vs. Paul "The Executioner" Buenatello (American Kickboxing Academy)

Welterweight
Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun (808 Fight Factory) vs. Jake Shields (Pitfight Team)

Lightweight
BJ Penn (BJ Penn MMA) vs. Takanori Gomi (K’z Factory)

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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