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Friday, Aug 23, 2002

Heating Up For Shockwave:vanderlei Has His Axe Ready For Another Murder!


By Eduardo Alonso

Heating up for Shockwave:
Vanderlei has his Axe ready for Another Murder!


PRIDE Middleweight champion Vanderlei Silva is once again just days away from yet another fight in his already extensive career. After winning his belt at PRIDE 17, back in November of 2001, Silva already fought three times, beating two Japanese opponents and fighting K1 fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic to a draw. However this time the Brazilian fighter had to face a new situation in his fighting career, traveling to Japan without even knowing who his opponent will be [After the interview PRIDE announced Dutch fighter Jerrel Venetiaan as his opponent].
Vanderlei Silva
In typical Vanderlei fashion he didn’t care, and unlike most people would do in his place he signed the fight anyway and departed anxious to compete in what promises to be the biggest MMA venture ever: Shockwave. Just a few hours before catching his plane, Vanderlei Silva talked with FCF about his last fight against "Cro Cop", his next challenge and much more! As Shockwave is delivering the heat for NHB fans, Full Contact Fighter checks the "Axe Murderer" appetite for yet another victim…

FCF:   Your last fight was against Mirko "Cro Cop" at PRIDE 20. Now that some time went by since this fight, how do you analyze your performance in the match-up?
VS:     I analyze it in a positive way since the rules didn’t favor me and his weight didn’t favor me as well. I really think I did well in the fight and I think I did an intelligent fight with him. From the second or third round and on he sort of chickened out and started to walk backwards. He really chickened out and I felt from the second and third round and on he didn’t have all that tough guy attitude of his, and in fact I think I won the fight.

FCF:   What did you think of "Cro Cop’s" attitudes before and during the begging of the fight, like blowing kisses to you? Did this motivate you even more?
VS:     That was desperation. The guy was in fact scared as hell to face me. You can even check his facial expression when he makes his entrance; it’s not a tranquil expression like someone who is willing to brawl. The guy was nervous; he was scared to fight me.

FCF:   What about his stare down before the fight? Usually most fighters don’t stare back at you, but he did. Do you get more motivated when someone stares back?
VS:     It doesn’t matter in the end, because this is my line in the play. If the other guy wants to do a little guest appearance, or work in a supporting role it’s ok with me, but this is my line after all [Laughs]

FCF:   Still speaking of your last fight, what did you think of fighting under those different rules, with no judges and shorter rounds? Would you fight again under those rules?
VS:     To tell you the truth I don’t chose much of these things. If I have to do, I’ll do it. It’s tranquil, I don’t pick any rules or I don’t pick any fighters. I think when a fighter starts to demand a lot of things in order to fight he doesn’t gain much credibility with the public, and this is what I praise the most.

FCF:   Mirko told the press after the fight that he thought neither of you were aggressive during the fight, and since now he fought you in NHB rules you should return the favor and face him under K1 rules. What do you think of those comments?
VS:     Maybe he will even want to play ball with me! [Laughs] I’m an NHB fighter and I think he should stay a bit quiet and admit he lost to me. Also, he wasn’t aggressive but I was, so I believe he had his opportunity and if he didn’t take advantage of it I gave me show.

FCF:   What do you think will happen in his fight against Sakuraba at Shockwave?
VS:     Good question! I hope Sakuraba will kick his ass to be honest with you. I don’t have anything against this guy [Cro Cop] but I didn’t really like him, I didn’t like much of his attitude, therefore I’m rooting for Sakuraba.


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From the event’s promoter:



JEREMY HORN SET TO
"RUMBLE UNDER THE SUN"

WORLD EXTREME CAGEFIGHTING’S
OFFICIAL LINE-UP PITS
"EAST VS. WEST" SHOWDOWN


UNCASVILLE, CONNECTICUT — From the beautiful woodland oasis of the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, World Extreme Cagefighting is proud to bring its fourth highly-anticipated event to the eastern seaboard this August 31st. With a blend of Native American culture and East coast hospitality, "Rumble Under The Sun" will host ten exciting mixed martial arts match-ups for the audience’s approval. With nine of those bouts hosting some of the East and West’s most promising up-and-comers, only one side can be victorious in the war for coastal supremacy. Will it be the Eastern warriors, represented by the top schools of Team Renzo Gracie and Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu, among others? Or will the Western gladiators edge out the competiton with its force of American Kickboxing Academy, RAW, and Next Generation delegates? With the inevitable clash of fighting styles, which coast will come out on top?

In a main event bout, one of today’s most exciting heavyweight fighters will battle it out for the respect of the fans. Jeremy Horn, representing the famed Miletich Martial Arts fighting team, is set to clash with a soon to be released opponent. Coming off of a decisive win against world-class striker Gilbert Yvel in Pride, Horn’s one hundred plus fight record boasts some of the slickest ground work in the sport to date.

Squaring off to determine the WEC’s Featherweight Champion, Cole "The Apache Kid" Escovedo – from Fresno, California – will meet up with New York’s own Renat Myrzabekov. Escovedo is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu stylist known for his deadly triangle choke; Myrabekov is a Russian striker with a reputation for raw toughness. Where this match will end up is anyone’s guess, but with the featherweight belt on the line, both men will certainly be giving it their all.

Highlighting the "East vs. West" rivalry showdown, Team Extreme representative and Boston-native Tony Fryklund will face off against California’s own Paul Herrera. Fryklund is a UFC veteran who likes to bang, as evidenced by the recent serving of punishment he dished out on his way to a TKO victory over Rodrigo Ruas. Paul Herrera has also clocked time in the infamous Octagon and as a member of Tito Ortiz’s Team Punishment, expect a ferocious cage warfare that should truly put this Miletich fighter to the test. Will the recent strife between these two top teams elevate this bout to a true grudge match?

World Extreme Cagefighting "Rumble Under The Sun" Line-Up

MAIN EVENT: WEC Heavyweight Superfight
Jeremy Horn
Miletich Fighting Systems
Team Extreme
Davenport, IA
Vs.
TBD

MAIN EVENT: WEC Featherweight Title Bout
Cole Escovedo
"The Apache Kid"
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Pacific Martial Arts
Fresno, CA
Vs.
Renat Myrzabekov
Tae Kwon Do
Team Khazakstan
Spring Valley, NY

Tony Fryklund
"The Freak"
Miletich Fighting Systems
Team Extreme
Davenport, IA
Vs.
Paul Herrera
Submission Wrestling
Team Punishment
Huntington Beach, CA

Jason Jones
RAW combat
RAW Training Center
Los Angeles, CA
Vs.
Glover Teixeira
"The Brazilian Pit Bull"
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/Judo

John Valerio Pereira Team/War Memorial Gym
Danbury, CT
Christian Wellisch
Submission Fighting
American Kickboxing Academy
San Jose, CA
Vs.
Jay White
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Renzo Gracie
Albany, NY

Eric Mainiai
Submission Fighting
American Kickboxing Academy
San Jose, CA
Vs.
John Rallo
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Renzo Gracie
Baltimore, MD

Mike Swick
Submission Fighting
American Kickboxing Academy
San Jose, CA
Vs.
James Gabert
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Renzo Gracie
East Windsor, NJ

Richard Crunkilton
"Cleat"
Submission Fighting
American Kickboxing Academy
San Jose, CA
Vs.
Luciano Oliveira
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
New England BJJ/Joao Amaral Team
Boston, MA

Bao Quach
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Wrestling/Kickboxing
Next Generation
Irvine, CA
Vs.
Jeff Curran
Jiu-Jitsu/Boxing
Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu
McHenry, IL

Mac Danzig
RAW combat
RAW
Los Angeles, CA
Vs.
Kurt Pellegrino
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Team Renzo Gracie
Point Pleasant, NJ

The Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic Southeastern Connecticut, the Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence. With its state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, and 10,000 seat capacity, the Mohegan Sun arena is the premier entertainment venue on the East Coast.

Don’t miss out on an evening of Native American flare, casino sights and sounds, and unforgettable mixed martial arts action. Tickets are now available at the Mohegan Sun’s in-house Box Office, on-line through tickets.com, or by calling 1-800-477-6849. Tickets are also available through any tickets.com outlet. Ticket prices range from $25 to $200.

For more information, please contact Prome100@aol.com.

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