By Derek Callahan
On New Year’s Eve "The Baby Faced Assassin," Josh Barnett will continue to march on in another defense of his King Of Pancrase Open-weight title. Although now doing some work as a pro-wrestler, his KOP title defense will be an MMA match against the near 7-foot-tall Semmy Schilt – a rematch of their UFC 32 outing, which Barnett won via armbar.
FCF: Since your leave from the UFC what have you been up to?
FCF: How does what you’re doing now in Japan compare to the old UFC fights?
FCF: PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko ran into some trouble with PRIDE when he tried to fight in another show. It seems as if many of the great heavyweights are in PRIDE where there are good fights for you. Do you foresee any similar troubles in fighting outside of Pancrase?
FCF: You’re facing Semmy Schilt next for the KOP title, how has your training been altered for this fight?
FCF: What are the advantages/disadvantages of fighting someone in a rematch?
FCF: What was the driving force behind your accepting this bout?
FCF: This is your first top contender at your weight in a little while, how do the emotions change while facing a known threat as compared to a lighter and/or seemingly overmatched opponent?
FCF: You’ve submitted your last two opponents and have previously beaten Schilt
FCF: After Schilt, what’s next for you?
From the event’s promoter:
The Return of SUBMISSION WRESTLING!!!
AFC Presents the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I Scheduled for February 28th, 2003 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida
‘After the success of the 5th Submission Wrestling World Championships, held in May of 2003 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, we wanted to have additional Submission Wrestling competitions in North America starting in 2004.’ states spokesman and AFC matchmaker Miguel Iturrate. ‘So the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I was born.’
‘We are working right now to sign our superfights, and we should have some announcements on these soon. There are some big names and surprises in the works for these 4 fights! There will also be 3 different 4 Man Tournaments, in the ADCC weight classes of 65.9 KG and under (under 145 lbs), 66-76.9 KG (145.1-169 lbs) and 77-87.9 KG (169.1 – 194 lbs)’. describes the spokesman.
‘The event will also feature an ABSOLUTE tournament of 8 men. This is one of the signatures of the ADCC competition, and we think it will add to the excitement of the event.’ starts the spokesman. ‘The competitors for this tournament will be selected from the competitors who competed in the tournaments earlier. This will add to the excitement, in that the event gives an opportunity for competitors who were impressive in earlier matches to fight again. It will be exciting!’
There will be over $12,000 in prize money for the superfights and the tournaments. More information to come on this event!
SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I
LOCATION: AMERICAN TOP TEAM FACILITIES
Anyone interested in competing in the 4 man tournaments should contact us via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. EXTREMELY LIMITED SPOTS available.
Official ADCC Judges Planning Seminars and Judge Certifications
In an effort to spread information about the ADCC Submission Wrestling rules, ADCC’s head judge Lubomir Guedjev will lead a contingent of judges from the ADCC. The goal is to hold a series of seminars, and to begin training additional officials (judges and mat referees) to hold Submission Wrestling competitions.
‘Lubo’ and company will also judge the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I, making this event the first OFFICIAL ADCC Submission Wrestling event on North American soil that is not a TRIALS event! The sport of Submission Wrestling is growing!
Much more info to come, though interested seminar participants can contact
Absolute Fighting Championship #7 Scheduled For Same Weekend!
AFC #7 – Friday, February 27th, 2003
BEST PRICE ON TICKETS ANYWHERE: GOLD CIRCLE: $35.00 / RINGSIDE: $25.00 – $35.00 / GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00 Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.com. Enter ‘ABSOLUTE’ for the event!
The SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I on February 28th will be preceded on February 27th by the AFC #7 – south Florida’s top MMA event, making south Florida the place to be for MMA at the end of February.
There will not be tickets sold for the SUBMISSION WRESTLING OPEN I – people who have tickets from the AFC #7 will get in for free (until capacity). ‘With access to both competitions for the same ticket price, this is the best deal on tickets anywhere!’ states the spokesman.
THE MMA CARD IS TO BE ANNOUNCED…