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Thursday, May 10, 2001

Henderson Vs. Shojiconfirmed For Pride 14



Henderson Vs. Shoji
Confirmed for Pride 14

By Aaron Crecy

Reliable sources told Full Contact Fighter today that a match-up between Dan Henderson and Akira Shoji has been confirmed for Pride 14.

Shoji has appeared in 12 Pride events and has a record of 7-3-2 in those fights, including three victories by submission and one by referee stoppage. His resume includes wins over Wallid Ismael and Guy Mezger, draws with Renzo Gracie and Shunsuke Matsui, and decision losses to Igor Vovchanchyn and Mark Coleman. Shoji has yet to be knocked out or submitted, going the distance in each of his losses. In his most recent appearance, a bloodied but game Shoji lost to Ricardo Almeida by judges’ decision in Pride 12.

Henderson cracking Babalu
Meanwhile, Henderson [pictured cracking Renato Babalu in Rings King Of Kings] recorded the first knockout victory of his career in Pride 13 when he dispatched Renzo Gracie in just one minute and forty seconds. He previously lost by judges’ decision to Vanderlei Silva in Pride 12. A two-time member of the U.S. Olympic Greco Roman wrestling team, Henderson is 10-1 in mixed martial arts competition, winning the Brazil Open in 1997, UFC 17 and the 2000 RINGS King of Kings Final.



Meca Vale Tudo 5 confimed for June!
By Eduardo Alonso

      Meca World Vale Tudo, the Mixed Marial Arts promotion in Brazil, will finally have it’s 5th edtion in June!
      FCF was told today by Rudimar Fedrigo, Chute Boxe team’s coach and Meca Vale Tudo organizer, that the next Meca event is confirmed for the 9th of June, and will be held again at Curitiba, in Brazil. The event promises to be full of action, with the biggest names in Brazil’s MMA scene attending, and of course plenty of talent from the Chute Boxe team fighting in the event.
      Meca World Vale Tudo number 5 was originally scheduled to happen before Pride 13, but with the big fights happening for the Chute Boxe fighters all over the world, the event was postponed twice. However, now the event is
confirmed and FCF will be there bringing full coverage of what will surely be an exciting night of fights.

From the event’s promoter:


IFC Logo
INTERNATIONAL FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS
WARRIOR’S CHALLENGE
IFC FIGHTING HITS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
IFC ANNOUNCES SHOWS AT GOLD COUNTRY CASINO


The International Fighting Championships (“IFC”) is moving up – to Northern California. The IFC is proud to announce its affiliation with Gold Country Casino in Oroville, California (approximately 70 miles north of Sacramento). The IFC and Gold Country Casino have already planned four shows, so Northern California fight fans should get ready for real fighting action.

The action will begin on June 15, 2001, when the IFC presents Warrior’s Challenge 13. That will be followed by Warrior’s Challenge shows on August 31, and November 9, 2001. Plus, the IFC will host an Amateur Extreme Combat (stand-up fighting) show on August 30, 2001.

Throw in the Warrior’s Challenge 14 show on July 18th at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, California, and its clear that the IFC will keep all California fight fans happy.

For more information about Gold Country Casino you can check out its website at www.goldcountrycasino.com, or call them at 1-800-334-9400.

You should also keep an eye on the IFC website, www.ifc-usa.com, for updates on its cards and more future shows.


From the event’s promoter:


HOOKnSHOOT "MASTERS"

Indiana’s MMA Company celebrates FIFTH ANNIVERSARY with International Show! May 26th, 2001 HnS returns to the Veterans Coliseum in Evansville, Indiana.

With fighters from SHOOTO, HOOKnSHOOT, Extreme Challenge, in the ring and a few UFC champions along to watch as guests, the next HnS could quite possibly be their largest show to date and they’re inviting all MMA fans from around the U.S. to celebrate!

Formed in 1995, Jeff Osborne walked away from the "evils" of pro wrestling to start a legitimate fighting group based in the midwest, citing egos, ignorance and the emphasis on self-mutilating violence as reasons he left pro wrestling.

After months of research and preparation, HOOKnSHOOT did it’s first show on May 11, 1996 in front of sold-out house of 300 in a local 4-H Center.

Five years after their first show, HOOKnSHOOT is ready for another monumental show. After five years, HnS is stronger than ever! After promoting nearly 3 dozen events, HnS is has produced perhaps their greatest card eve for the MASTERS show. Fans in attendance will be in for a treat:

COMPLETE CARD (Subject to Change // SHOOTO Classes coming soon):
YVES EDWARDS vs. BEN EARWOOD – Two of the most underrated lions in the sport. Edwards, the current #3 in HnS sports a KO standup game and over 25 fights while Earwood is UFC tested and an Extreme Challenge Amateur and Professional Champion.

STEVE BERGER vs. LAVERNE CLARK – Tell me this isn’t going to rock! Laverne is notorious for his standup assault and his ability to avoid the takedown. Berger is known for NOT wanting to go to the ground and when he does he is more than capable of submissions. Both are "throw down" style fighters that can produce an exciting, high level match! Both are hungry as well, as both come off dissappointing losses in their last outings (Berger v. DeSouza, Clark v. Lavender).

Sean Sherk
SEAN SHERK vs. JUTARO NAKAO – Nakao is a dangerous fighter who can pull a win out of anywhere while Sherk has the look of a tank and the speed of a featherweight. Look for nothing but a war from these two.

CHAT LAVENDER vs. JASON BLACK – Another match pitting two UNDEFEATED fighters against each other. Lavender, primarily a striker from most accounts, recently submitted Laverne Clark in RINGS USA. Black, an Extreme Challenge and HOOKnSHOOT Amateur Champion has leaped into the pro scene with great success. Unfortunately, when the game is over, someone will get their first loss.

SEICHI IKEMOTO vs. JAY BUCK – This could be the sleeper match. Buck is 4-1 with incredible victories and a heavy-hitting style. Ikemoto is relatively unknown but is being compared to SHOOTO’s best. Don’t let Ikemoto’s 3-1-3 record fool you, he has three straight wins and is hungry to make a strong showing in the U.S. Buck’s only loss is due to a doctor stoppage and has manhandled all his opponents.

HENRY MATAMOROS vs. ANDY MOCKLER – A war of Jiu Jitsu! Both men are very experienced in NHB with over 20 fights each. Matamoros is a former HnS Champion and Mockler is a Florida fighter who backs down from no one and could have an edge in the standup game.

CURTIS STOUT vs. ANGELO POPOFSKI – A classic "STRIKER VS. GRAPPLER" bout. In only three bouts, Stout has proven himself as Angelo Popofski has had tremendous success in Danger Zone and HnS as well. Popofski will try to get the tapout while Stout will try to get the "knock out".

KEITH ROCKEL vs. RAY CIESUS – Another match that has great potential! Rockel defeated Adrian Serrano for the HnS Submission Fighting Championship in January, and is crossing over to the SHOOTO style for the second time. Ciesus is a young purple belt making his HnS debut.

MIKE DELANEY vs. JEROME SMITH – Haven’t heard of these two? You probably should. Delaney is a resilient and determined fighter that has a long list of wins, includung a victory over Bobby Hoffman (though early in Hoffman’s career).. Smith will give up experience but has only one loss to Jeremy Horn at HnS in 1999. Both promise a win in this battle of heavyweights!

FIGHT GUESTS INCLUDE:
TITO ORTIZ (Current UFC Champion)
PAT MILETICH (Former UFC Champion)
TIKI GHOSEN (King of the Cage/UFC Vet)
MATT HUGHES (Top Lightweight)
JEREMY HORN (HnS Champion/Top Middleweight)
JENS PULVER (Current UFC Champion)
AARON RILEY (WEF and HnS Champion)
and who knows who else!

Tickets available online at
https://sabrina.super.nu/fightworld/order.htm or call 812-459-4951,
or e-mail hooknshoot@aol.com!
Make hotel reservations at RAMADA LIMITED (812) 425-1092. Mention HOOKnSHOOT and get any room for a LOW price!

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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