Ifc Gets “the Last Word” On Tuesday
IFC Gets "The Last Word" On Tuesday
By Jeffrey Thaler
The sport of Mixed Martial Arts will get some well deserved attention from the mainstream media on Tuesday May 23rd when International Fighting Championships Commissioner Paul Smith and fighter John Lewis appear on the Fox Sports Network television show "The Last Word" with Jim Rome. Smith and Lewis will debate the legitimacy of mixed martial arts with Lawrence Mandelker, an attorney for the New York State Athletic Commission. Mandelker is the man who shut down the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Extreme Fighting shows in New York three years ago.
Smith and Lewis both reported that the show, which was taped on May 13th, went well. But, neither saw Rome tape his final comments, so you will have to tune into the show to get Rome’s take on mixed martial arts. Check your local listings for the time and channel. Be sure not to miss the biggest exposure the sport has received in years!
Jeffrey Thaler can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
What Ever Happened To Rodrigo Gracie,
The 1998 Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Champion?
By Chris Onzuka
At the inaugural event of the Abu Dhabi Submission Wrestling Championships, the Gracie name was prominent in several of the top honors. Robin Gracie, the youngest of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Professor Helio Gracie, had to settle for second place in the under 65 kg. class. The most active member of the Gracie family in NHB, Renzo Gracie won the 66-76 kg. class. The 77-87 kg. class was won by a relatively unknown Gracie family member, Rodrigo Gracie. After earning this impressive title, Rodrigo went out of the spotlight until just recently. He recently won a submission grappling match against the self-proclaimed "Prince of Leg Locks" Robert Ferguson. How could someone come out of nowhere, win such a prestigious title, then disappear for over two years, only to reappear in a relatively low-key grappling match? Well, I asked myself the same thing. I found that Rodrigo has been training and teaching at his cousin Renzo’s academy in New York, so I got a hold of him and asked him where he’s been all this time. This is an excerpt from an interview which will be featured in the June issue of Full Contact Fighter.
FCF: What are you currently doing? Teaching or just training for matches?
FCF: When do you plan on fighting?
FCF: You recently competed in a submission grappling competition against Robert Ferguson. How did that come about?
FCF: Do you have any other matches coming up?