Give Us Your Thoughts…
August is a big month for MMA fans, the final round of the Pride Grand Prix and UFC 49: Unfinished business both have championship belts on the line. We’d like your thoughts on the events and opinions on who you think will win.
The survey results and some of the commentary we receive will appear in the August 2004 issue of FCF
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From Dream Stage Entertainment:
ADDITIONAL MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL CONFLICT 2004
LOS ANGELES, California – The seventh and final match for FINAL CONFLICT 2004 has been announced and will feature Brazilian Top Team’s Murilo Bustamante versus Kazuhiro Nakamura of the Yoshida Dojo. This is in addition to the semi-finals and finals of the sixteen-man heavyweight tournament and the previously announced non-tournament matches. FINAL CONFLICT will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view for customers of iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, and TVN on Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST. For customers of DISH Network, the premiere will be Thursday, August 26th, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.
Dream Stage Entertainment also held a press conference in Tokyo to display the newly created Grand Prix championship belt, which will be awarded to the tournament winner at FINAL CONFLICT. The belt was constructed at a cost of US$250,000 and is handcrafted with gold and various types of jewels. Unlike PRIDE FC’s standard championship belts, this Grand Prix belt will become the property of the tournament winner. In addition, besides their fight purse, the winner will take home a bonus cash prize of 20,000,000 Japanese yen, which is approximately US$183,500.
Sixteen fighters started, now four remain … only one will be champion!
(Bouts shown in order)
Murilo Bustamante vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Fight card subject to change.
From the event’s promoter:
Cagewarriors 8: Brutal Force
Dougie Truman, owner & promoter of the Cagewarriors Fighting Championships, is pleased to announce today that actor & director Lyndsay Honey aka "Ben Dover" will be the celebrity guest MC (master of ceremonies) at Cagewarriors 8: Brutal Force, on September 18th in the Steel city of Sheffield.
Lyndsay, more noted for his work in the adult content industry, will be teaming up with old play mate, the stunning Hayley Finch, presenter of Men & Motors TV & page 3 models, alongside one of the industries rising young stars Jenna Sweeney, who is also a page 3 model & was recently featured by "The Sport" newspaper on the run-up to her birthday.
A top card with some great domestic and international matches also features at Brutal Force, with the US star and UFC 44 veteran Gerald Strebendt flying over to tussle with the dangerous Irishman Dave Roche for the vacant CWFC Lightweight title.
The other announcements made by CWFC promoter and owner Mr Dougie Truman see yet another innovative move, as CWFC 8 Brutal Force will not only see a brand new 32ft titanium cage be debuted, but once again the CWFC is breaking the mould by being the first UK MMA promotion to have a professional under 61.2 Kilo/135lbs Bantamweight Division. This is an official weight division as sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (the organisation which first helped legitimise the sport of MMA back in the late 90′s and created the rules for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the USA.
So to coincide with this announcement, CWFC 8: Brutal Force will also see a clash for the new CWFC Bantamweight title. As the former Featherweight Champion Paul McVeigh (3-2-0), comes back to the CWFC after a year’s absence to fight Chin Weerasinghe (3-6-1) the man he beat for the Featherweight Title in March 2003.
In their first fight McVeigh got a decision win over Weerasinghe, who knocked down McVeigh within the opening 30 seconds of the bout and showed superior stand-up throughout. However Weerasinghe was slowly outworked on the floor by the superior groundwork of the young Irish prodigy who is trained by the Irish BJJ purple belt John Kavanagh.
McVeigh who in his short career has fought some top UK names and even took on the vastly experienced UFC veteran Leigh Remedios in June 03, in only his 4th professional fight. Despite losing to a rear naked choke in a closely fought contest, McVeigh bounced back in style by submitting Neil McLeod in an epic 3 round war to claim the Extreme Brawl Title. McVeigh then stopped long time UK veteran Dave McLaughlin inside a round to defend his CWFC Featherweight Title in July 03.
Paul McVeigh is exciting likable character who has evolved from being just a submission specialist to a fully crossed trained athlete. Many UK Pundits already believe that McVeigh can make it to the very top of the MMA ladder. McVeigh was even touted to face the Japanese Shooto champion Ryota Matsune in a fight which unfortunately fell through.
McVeigh is excited by this announcement and will no doubt want to claim another title to his collection to show why he’s 1 of the UK Scene’s top fighters. However, Weerasinghe is out for revenge and he snapped up the chance to take on McVeigh at Bantamweight, after spending years fighting guys 5-10 kg’s heavier than him. This fight has already created a buzz amongst UK fans and the CWFC hopes capitalise on this by expanding this exciting weight class in future events. There are even rumours that a tournament may take place in the future to decide the CWFC number 1 contender who will have the first crack at the inaugural Bantamweight champion.
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posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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