Ivc Venezuela Official Results
IVC Venezuela Official Results
Sunday, November 11, 2001
Poliedra Arena, Caracas
By Aaron Crecy
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IVC Invades Venezuela
16-Man Absolute Tournament
Billed as Battle between U.S. & Brazil
By Aaron Crecy
CARACAS — It is the first time that the IVC has ventured into Venezuela — and what a way to make a first impression. The tournament format is rare enough, much less a 16-man, Absolute weight-class competition with less prohibitive rules than the Ultimate Fighting Championship and even the Pride Fighting Championship.
Coordinated by Sergio Batarelli disciple Mauricio Netto and produced by the Florida-based International Group, IVC Venezuela features a mixture of young and seasoned fighters from the United States and Brazil. Though several better known fighters such as Americans Jason Godsey, Dan Bobish and Roger Neff withdrew from the event earlier in the week, the bracket remains loaded with promising fighters hoping to make a name for themselves — and claim the $10,000 first prize.
Promoters employed an aggressive $50,000 adverting and promotional campaign that included billboards, posters and fliers, along with promotional radio and television appearances by several fighters. The event will take place at the state-of-the-art Poliedra Arena and and will be broadcast on Venezuelan television.
Just 21, Netto is organizing his first MMA event after serving as Batarelli’s understudy for several years.
"The IVC was always known as being the world’s toughest event — the only one that remained true to Brazil’s original Vale Tudo rules," says Netto. "But we’ve learned from experience. With a 16-man Absolute class tournament, the winner will have to fight four times in one evening. So, it was necessary to implement a few rules to decrease the likelihood of cuts. Otherwise, the fighters might not be able to continue."
Batarelli will officiate each of the event’s fifteen bouts. The rules are as follows:
Early favorites include Araujo, who is 3-0 versus quality opponents in Brazil’s Meca World Vale Tudo event; Rodrigues, who went 2-1 at Brazilian Vale Tudo fighting 8, losing only to Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons; and Stiebling, who dropped a judges’ decision to Mark Hughes in a UFC 28 prelim.
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From the event’s promoter:
The Greatest Sport in History Returns Tonight
PerforMax Productions debuts its Ultimate Pankration event tonight at Casino Morongo in California.
MMA legend Marco "King of the Streets" Ruas returns to action against Jason Lambert.
Also on the card:
Danny "Hard As" Steele Vs. Rob "Razor" McCullough
2 Middleweight bouts featuring:
4-man Heavyweight Tournament (up to 225lbs.)
4-man Super-Heavyweight Tournament (Over 225lbs.)
Tickets are available at local Ticketmaster outlets or through the Casino Morongo at (800) 252-4499. The gates open at 4 P.M. and the first bout takes place at 6 P.M., Sunday, November 11th, 2001.
Casino Morongo is located right off interstate 10, twenty minutes west of Palm Springs, California. It is visible from the highway at the Cabazon exit. For more information, please visit http://www.ultimatepankration.com.
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"PANCRASE 2001 PROOF TOUR"
TOKYO / YOKOHAMA vs. GRABAKA TEAM CHALLENGE
Middleweight King of Pancrase Title Match
8 – Man Heavyweight Tournament Final
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001 (DOORS OPEN: 5:00PM, FIGHTS START: 6:30PM)
YOKOHAMA CULTURE GYMNASIUM, KANAGAWA, JAPAN
Latest Official PANCRASE Rankings
as of November 5, 2001
9th Open-weight K.O.P. Semmy Schilt(Holland/Golden Glory)
Light heavyweight (177lbs – 199lbs)
Middleweight (under 177lbs. & under)