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Tuesday, Sep 18, 2001

Igor Vovchanchyn And Brad Kohlarpull Out Of Pride-16


From PrideFC:


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IGOR VOVCHANCHYN and BRAD KOHLAR
PULL OUT OF PRIDE-16


Wednesday, September 19th, Japan time, DSE announced withdrawal of Igor Vovchanchyn and Brad Kohlar from PRIDE-16.

On September 17th, DSE was informed from Igor about his injury on his elbow that was occurred during his training. As of Wednesday, he was still suffering the injury and DSE made a decision of his withdraw from PRIDE-16. Also at the same time DSE announced Brad Kohlar’s withdraw from PRIDE-16, due to his injury on his ankle.

Since then DSE has been trying to find out two replacement fighters for both Schilt and Shoji. However, after many conversations and negotiations DSE has finalized Schilt and Shoji would be facing each other in the ring*. Cards have been changed as follows.

  • Mark "The Hammer" Coleman vs. Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira
  • Don "The Predator" Frye vs. Gilbert "The Hurricane" Yvel
  • *Akira Shoji vs. Semmy Schilt
  • Guy Mezger vs. Ricardo Arona
  • Daijiro Matsui vs. Murilo Ninja
  • Assuerio Silva vs. Norihisa Yamamoto
  • Gary Goodridge vs. Yoshiaki Yatsu


PRIDE-17
"PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPION CHAOS"


Pride 17 announcement
DSE announced PRIDE-17 "PRIDE FIGHTING: CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS" would be held on November 3rd in Tokyo Dome which has approximately 60,000 seats capacity. This will be the biggest PRIDE show in 2001 and expected to consist of at least two main cards to provide both of "PRIDE MIDDLE WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP" and "PRIDE HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP". As it was formally announced, Saku vs. Wanderlei rematch will be the Middle Weight Championship, possibly for under 205 lbs, and the winner of the up coming fight of Mark Coleman and Rodrigo Nogueira may be a first contender of the Heavy Weight title match.

Announced card:
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Wanderlei Silva


From RINGS:


=== BATTLE GENESIS Vol.8 ===
Sep. 21, 2001 Kourakuen Hall, Tokyo
OPEN 18:00 / START 19:00

3R X 5min.

Fight 1 Single bout (Lightweight)
NAOYUKI KOTANI VS. HIDEO TOKORO
(RODEO STYLE/JAPAN)     (POWER OF DREAM/JAPAN)

Fight 2 Single bout (Lightweight)
TAKUMI YANO VS. GORO KOBAYASHI
(JAPAN)     (U-FILE CAMP/JAPAN)

Fight 3 Single bout (Middleweight)
HIROYUKI ITO VS. HIDETAKA MONMA
(RINGS JAPAN)     (A3-GYM/JAPAN)

Fight 4 Single bout (Open-weight)
HIROTAKA YOKOI VS. MASAYA KOJIMA
(RINGS JAPAN)     (WA-JYUTSU KEISHU-KAI/JAPAN)

Fight 5 Single bout (Lightweight)
GENKI SUDOU VS. BRIAN LO-A-NJOE
(BEVERLY HILLS JIU-JITSU CLUB)     (RINGS HOLLAND)

Fight 6 Single bout (Middleweight)
YASUHITO NAMEKAWA VS. DEXTER CASEY
(RINGS JAPAN)     (RINGS UK)



From the event’s promoter:


Gladiator Challenge #7

      On Sept. 9, 2001, Tedd Williams and Colusa Casino did it again with
Gladiator Challenge #6. Great fights and a sold out show made for an exciting day of NHB
competition. Colusa has now acquired arena style seating, which has made the veiwing outstanding for all spectators.
      On Nov. 4, 2001 Gladiator Challenge will return to Colusa Casino in
Williams Ca. for Gladiator Challenge #7. This one’s going to be explosive, with a rematch between Aaron Brinks vs Frank Blessing, If you saw their last fight, you know this one’s going to be rockin. Also other NHB stars on the Nov. 4th card are Steve Heath & David Terrel from Caesar Gracie’s club, and Joe Stevenson out of Williams Combat Grappling. This event will sell out fast, so get your tickets right away. You can purchase tickets at:
Colusa Casino (530)458-8844
Tickets Plus (800)585-3737
or to purchase online – www.ticketsplus.net


Freak Injury Forces Belfort Out of UFC 33
UFC "Devastated" by Untimely News

By Aaron Crecy

Vitor Belfort
An unlikely injury has forced Brazilian Vitor Belfort to withdraw from his bout versus Ultimate Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight titleholder Tito Ortiz at UFC 33 in Las Vegas. Scheduled to depart from Brazil on Friday for the September 28 fight in Las Vegas, Belfort reportedly suffered deep lacerations when his arm smashed through a window during training on Tuesday.

"Apparently, Belfort’s arm inadvertently went through a window next to the ring in his gym when he threw a punch, opening a cut on the triceps and upper arm that required 30 stitches to close," explained beleaguered UFC president Dana White. "I spoke with his doctor, and he will be unable to train for at least 40 days."

It is the second potentially ruinous event that has befallen UFC 33 in the past week. First, in the wake of the World Trade Center bombing, it was announced that the middleweight championship boxing match between Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins originally slated for September 15 at Madison Square Garden was rescheduled to Saturday, September 29. With such a high level a championship bout now taking place the same weekend as UFC 33, fans who might once have purchased both pay-per-view events two weeks apart may be unwilling to do so on consecutive evenings. Needing at least 100,000 pay-per-view buys just to break even, the loss of Belfort could further detract from the UFC’s ability to achieve that goal.

"We are devastated by this news," White said dejectedly. "However, I want to assure the fans that we are doing the best we can to replace Vitor with credible opponent."

White mentioned former UFC mainstay Ken Shamrock as a potential replacement for Belfort, pending negotiations. However, an agreement was yet to be reached as of early Wednesday morning. Because Shamrock could have difficulty making the 204.9 lb. weight limit for the light heavyweight class, it is likely that a match up between the Lion’s Den legend and Ortiz would be a heavyweight non-title fight. Vladimir Matyushenko, already scheduled to fight Kevin Randleman at UFC 33, is another possible fill-in.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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