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Sunday, Dec 07, 2003

Female Fighter Needed Asap


From the event’s promoter:


Female Fighter Needed ASAP

130-135lb female fighter needed to face Laura D’Auguste in Ring of Combat 5 on Sunday, December 14th in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Preferably someone local to the area.

If interested, please contact MMAFights@aol.com as soon as possible with your name, phone #, training background and fight experience.



Sperry Set to Face Don Frye and Rogerio Close to Facing Sakuraba at PRIDE!
By Eduardo Alonso

      As the PRIDE New Year’s Eve card continues to be built, a lot of stars are being signed in an effort to be a step ahead of the competition, as K-1 and Inoki are also putting cards on the same day in Japan. An important part of that mix is, as it should be, the Brazilian Top Team, and one of the most important fighters on the team is now confirmed on the card. Jiu-Jitsu legend Mario Sperry will be facing none other than PRIDE and UFC veteran Don Frye in what promises to be an exciting fight matching up two veterans with different fighting styles. DSE is likely to announce this match-up this coming Wednesday. Another fight that is in the works and is likely to be announced also is Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira, twin brother of Rodrigo "Minotauro," facing PRIDE legend Kazushi Sakuraba, who is coming off a win over Kevin Randleman. Some details are still being negotiated, but this fight is likely to be announced soon as well. Still on the subject of the Brazilian Top Team, HEAT FC veteran Angelo Araujo, who is fighting at the Antonio Inoki New Year’s Eve show, will likely be facing PRIDE Bushido veteran Alexander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor Emelianenko, who defeated Assuerio Silva in his MMA debut. FCF will keep an open eye on all the developments of the negotiations.


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By Eduardo Alonso

Fanning the Flames as the HEAT is Coming:
Forrest Griffin Returns to the Brazilian Spotlight at HEAT FC 2!


      Taking the MMA world by storm last July 31st with his submission win over seasoned veteran Ebenezer Fontes Braga at HEAT FC 1, youngster Forrest Griffin out of Athens, GA, suddenly got the recognition his fighting skills and raw talent should have got him long ago. Ever since his amateur days Forrest was adding win after win to his record, scoring armbars and chokes and amazing those who were close to him at that time. Later, in his first venture as a pro, Griffin faced much more experienced and much heavier Dan Severn, only to lose by judge’s decision. His next six professional fights saw six impressive wins, including names such as Jeff Monson and Travis Fulton. However, as he was getting ready for bigger opportunities a broken hand would sideline Forrest for quite a while, making him miss a potential fight against Bobby Hoffman and having him wonder about his future. However, it would be a matter of time until he would be back on track again as faith would give him a shot at facing tough veteran Ebenezer Braga in the inaugural HEAT show, all the way down in Brazil! In what seemed a risky move, Griffin went down to Brazil to score a rear naked choke and get the win in under four minutes, and doors started to open again. Next step for Forrest was his IFC tournament appearance, where he proved his potential again in both winning and losing efforts, as he submitted Team Quest member Chael Sonner with a triangle choke, and lost to UFC and PRIDE veteran Jeremy Horn by KO, in an exciting match up that he won’t forget soon. Already known in our sport’s biz, Forrest Griffin is now taking his game to Brazil once again at HEAT FC 2, where he will most certainly prove his skills once again and show a bit more of his sense of humor, as this guy is truly one of the most humble fighters you’ll ever meet! As HEAT FC 2 Evolution approaches, Full Contact Fighter is gearing up the expectations for what promises to be one of the best MMA shows in Brazil in recent times, and so we bring you Forrest Griffin as he talks about his last fights and his next tasks!

FCF:   Your last fights took place at the IFC tourney, where you won your first fight before losing in the second one. Besides the actual results of your fights, what was your general feeling of being part of that show?
Forrest Griffin:   Just being around the fighters and being at an event of that caliber made me think, "shit this really is a professional sport!" The athletes were there to win and they trained and lived like professionals. They didn’t mess around, for them it was not a vacation, it was work and it showed in their performances. The event itself was organized and ran like a German clock.

FCF:   In your first fight you submitted wrestler Chael Sonnen by triangle. You mentioned to me, before the tournament, that you would be happy if you would just win the first fight. Did you really feel happy with it after the show?
FG:     Hell no! That was garbage! I don’t know what I was talking about. I think I was afraid to come out and say "I want to win". But I should have gone Quinton Jackson’s style and just said "damn I want that money!". After I lost I was depressed as hell and wanted to quit all together.

FCF:   What did you think of your fight against Sonnen, and do you like to fight from the bottom, using your guard?
FG:     Junk, nobody wants to see a guy just sit in his guard and protect himself. It’s performances like that that give Jiu-Jitsu a bad name. The guard can be exciting. My guard can be exciting!


Click here to contiue the interview

From the event’s promoter:


Gladiator Challenge logo
REALITY SUBMISSION FIGHTING
presents
SHOOTO

Friday, January 2nd 7:30PM
Belleville Exposition Center
200 Southbelt East
Belleville, IL. (East St. Louis)

St. Louis area fight fans are in for a monumental treat. There’s nothing like ringing in the new year with some brews, babes and battles and that’s just what promoter Randy Greenman has in mind for the 1/2/04 RSF/SHOOTO event. As with many MMA shows, keeping a rock-solid main event can be a difficult thing to do. The original main event of CHRIS LYTLE vs. KARO PARISIAN was off due to Karo accepting a UFC fight less than 4 weeks ouch which is a "no-no" for both Shooto and UFC. Dennis Hallman stepped up an accepted the fight but later had to pull out. Hallman recommended northwest standout SCOTT NORTON. Norton wanted to bring his 8-0 record to the Midwest against Lytle but due to a severe family emergency pulled out of the fight.

"I was to the point where I didn’t even want to call anyone else" says CO-matchmaker Jeff Osborne who shares booking duties with Greenman and Shooto. "I was so frustrated over keeping this one fight together and the cost of plane tickets around showtime that I was going nuts all weekend."

Randy Erikson, USA SHOOTO representative, suggested that a call to PETE SPRATT should be made. After a few phone calls from both Osborne and Erikson, Sven Bean called and said Pete would gladly accept the fight.

IT IS ON! Pete Spratt vs. Chris Lytle will do battle and both will be brought back to UFC…..but one will get there a little quicker after January 2nd.

Main Event
Chris "Lights Out" Lytle (Shooto Americas #3) vs. Pete "The Secret Weapon" Spratt (A-class)

Phil Johns (Shooto Americas #6) vs. Steve Berger (A-class)
Sam Morgan (Shooto Americas # 4) vs. Manvel Gamburyan (A-class)
Alex Stiebling vs. Mike Rogers (A-class)
Curtis Stout (Shooto Americas #4) vs. Mike Rothmeir (A-class)
Ginelle Marquez vs. Kelly Kobald (B-class)
Mark Long vs. Jay Estrada (B-class)
Doug Sauer vs. Travis Fulton (B-class)
Ryan Maynor vs. Heath Pedigo (B-class)
Matt Schwinnen vs. Bill Hill (B-class)

Area fans are no strangers to Randy Greenman’s RSF shows. He’s drawn as many as 2,400 fans to his events with zero advertising! This show is no different as nearly 900 tickets have been sold at an alarmingly fast pace. This event also marks the first time ever that a women’s MMA bout will take place in Illinois. Look for more news in the upcoming weeks!

For ticket information call (314) 832-3489


From the event’s promoter:


COMBATZONE 4:
"For Guts & Glory"

Saturday, December 6, 2003 – Club Lido, Revere, MA

RESULTS

Professional Full Contact Kickboxing

  • Randall "The Perfessor" Pogue (Norristown, PA) WDEC 12 (1118-115, 118-107.5, 119-112.5) Tony "TNT" Ventura (New Bedford, MA). (Pogue retains USKBA Light Heavyweight World Championship and captures ISKA Super Middleweight World Championship).
  • Jason "The Trooper" Bonacorsi (Derry, NH) WTKO 1 Randy Oliveira (New Bedford, MA). (Bonacorsi captures vacant USKBA Heavyweight Northeast Championship).

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

  • Rinat "Golden Legs" Myrzabekov (Hillburn, NY) Won by Submission, Rd. 1, tap-out Joao Amaral (Malden, MA). (Myrzabekov captures vacant USKBA Middleweight USA Championship).
  • HEAVYWEIGHTS: Mandela Kponoa (Marlboro, MA) Won by submission, Rd. 1, tap-out Ross Gravier.
  • CRUISERWEIGHTS: Leigh MacNeil (Merrimack, NH) Won by Submission, Rd. 1, chokehold Brian Wilson (Abington, MA).
  • Mike Littlefield (Raynham, MA) won by forfeit and was awarded the USKBA Interim Light Heavyweight USA Championship.
  • Huzon Alexander (Waterbury, VT) won by forfeit and was awarded the USKBA Super Middleweight USA Championship.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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