July 28, 2001
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Jackson Fights Law, Then Sakuraba
Quinton Jackson Arrives in Tokyo after LAX arrest
By Aaron Crecy
TOKYO–It has been a tumultuous week for Quinton Jackson–and the toughest test still awaits him Sunday, in the form of Kazushi Sakuraba. Acting on a tip from an anonymous caller who reported the fighter as an armed felon seeking to escape the country, police arrested Jackson at gun point on Wednesday when he attempted to board a Korean Air flight to Tokyo departing from the Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. Also detained briefly but released were Rafiel Torre, Chris Brennan–Jackson’s second for the fight–and several members of Brennan’s Next Generation Jiu Jitsu school, all of whom continued on to Japan.
Jackson, convicted of felony assault several years past, violated his parole by failing to apply for authorization to leave the United States. After spending most of the day behind bars, King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock was able to post bail for Jackson and secure his release. Jackson was then granted permission to travel to Pride 15 and departed on Thursday morning.
The Gladiator Challenge Light Heavyweight champion’s dilemmas continued upon his belated arrival in Tokyo. Mark Davidson–who is representing Jackson’s interests in place of Trebilcock–acknowledges that the contract required his fighter to weigh in at 193.8 lbs. However, after tipping the scales at 208.6 lbs. when he arrived on Friday evening, it was clear that Jackson would not be able to make that weight. Pride officials also informed Jackson that he would be required to weigh in on the day of the fight, a mandate that the fighter vociferously refused.
Thus, Davidson engaged in a series of tense negotiations with Pride officials regarding both the official weigh-in time and weight. It was finally decided that Jackson would weigh in on Saturday and ultimately did so at approximately 1:00 PM when, exhausted from cutting weight, he was lifted onto to the scale weighing 89.25 kilos. Of interest is the fact that because Pride does not have weight classes, Jackson is believed to be the only fighter on the card with such a mandate.
To add to his woes, Jackson was besieged by a horde of Japanese media anxious to paint him as something of a violent, street hardened criminal. Already it had been reported in Japanese newspapers that Jackson lives in a bus and communicates with homing pigeons in place of a telephone. Instructed by Pride officials to play the heel, Jackson added fuel to the media frenzy by blatantly and comically perpetuating these stereotypes during the course of an impromptu press conference.
Revised Judging Criteria
Judges will keep a running tally of points throughout the fight, rather than scoring each round on a ten-point system. Points will be awarded whenever one fighter shows superiority according to the following five criteria:
Pride 15 Bout Order
By Aaron Crecy
Hanging with Mr. Herring
By Aaron Crecy
I caught up with Heath Herring the day before the biggest fight of his young career–a match-up with Mark Kerr, the former world class wrestler and MMA enigma who is capable of dominating any of the sport’s heavyweights any given day. Wearing his trademark camouflage floppy hat to cover his new hairstyle until fight night, Herring was his usual personable, insightful self. Though still smarting from a highly questionable decision loss to Vitor Belfort in Pride 14, the strapping Texan shrugs off the disappointment and keeps a grin plastered to his face. Read on for his thought on his fight with Mark Kerr and Pride’s impending invasion of Las Vegas.
FCF: Heath, before we talk about tomorrow’s fight, a quick question–after the rules meeting yesterday, do you feel any kind of vindication? Pride has made some rules changes that seem to be a direct result of the fight that you had with Vitor Belfort?
FCF: Looking ahead now to your fight with Mark Kerr, you’ve beaten a high level wrestler in Tom Erikson.
FCF: He’s someone that has probably had even more success than Kerr on the wrestling mat. Does that give you more confidence?
FCF: Did you choose to do any extra preparation in terms of your sprawl?
FCF: I imagine that you are as in tune as I am with the different rumors going around. One of them happens to be that Pride would like to encourage Kerr to open up and have more exciting fights. That’s something that could really play into your strengths.
FCF: If fighters were forced to open up a little more, it would really appeal to your strengths.
FCF: Speaking of conditioning, your conditioning seemed very strong in your last fight. You were active throughout, it seemed like you were really pushing the fight and you were the aggressor. Kerr is coming in a little heavier than normal, which could portend fatigue.
FCF: What are you coming in weighing?
FCF: Is that a result of strength training?
FCF: It seems as though you’re building a lot more muscle mass.
FCF: So you want to maintain your flexibility.
FCF: Now that MMA is sanctioned in Nevada, Pride has been talking about having a show in Las Vegas. How excited would you be to fight in the United States again?
FCF: What do you think that means for the sport to have two competing organizations on U.S. soil?
FCF: Pride is running deep with heavyweight talent and Americans have proven time and time again that they are big fans of heavyweight fighters. It seems like Pride would be a good fit for the U.S.
FCF: A consistent ranking system?
FCF: That’s a good point–particularly when Pride goes to Las Vegas. They are going to share a uniform set of rules with the UFC, the only difference being that Pride can remain in a ring while the UFC is held in a cage. Do you have any preferences between a ring and a cage?
FCF: I really appreciate your time.
The Jackson Jive
By Aaron Crecy
I sat down with Quinton Jackson on Saturday morning to find out the real story behind his detainment at the Los Angeles International airport on Wednesday. We also spoke about certain ambiguities regarding his official weight and weigh-in time, as well as how he is perceived by the Japanese media. What I found was a man who has been riddled with distractions as he approaches the biggest challenge of his mixed martial arts fighting career. As you will discover, Jackson is forthright and is not afraid to tell you how or what he feels.
To clarify some of Jackson’s comments, I also spoke with Mark Davidson, who accompanied the fighter to Japan on behalf of King of the Cage promoter Terry Trebilcock.
FCF: Talk to us a little bit about the situation that occurred at the Los Angeles International airport.
FCF: Who did you go to the airport with?
FCF: Was it the LAPD?
FCF: And they ended up arresting you?
FCF: What did they charge you with? Violating probation?
FCF: What were you on probation for? Was it assault?
FCF: There are rumors swirling that everybody there got handcuffed.
FCF: So, you ended up missing your flight?
FCF: Did you get arraigned that day?
FCF: You stayed in L.A. Wednesday night?
FCF: The rumor had it that they were already signing another guy to fight.
FCF: I heard Alex Andrade and I heard Brennan.
FCF: One of the Pride people told me that Brennan offered to take the fight when he got here.
FCF: Yeah, that’s what I was told.
FCF: Chris is here working as your second and you asked him if he was the one who made the anonymous phone call.
FCF: But he went on the plane without you?
FCF: As of right know, he’s going to second for you?
FCF: Who is that?
FCF: How come Dave wasn’t able to make it?
FCF: Switching gears to your arrival in Japan, you were accompanied by Pride officials on the plane. There was some controversy when you got off the plane about cutting weight and weigh-ins.
FCF: Coming over, what weight were you under the impression you needed to make?
FCF: So, in terms of the weight issue, that was an agreement that Terry made with Pride? It wasn’t written into your contract?
FCF: At this point now they did at least agree to let weigh in on Saturday. What particular time?
FCF: There seem to be a lot of rumors swirling around about you in the Japanese media. You mentioned living in a bus.
FCF: Pride asked you to play up that angle, didn’t they?
FCF: Because you might carry that attitude into the ring?
FCF: I really appreciate your time, Quinton.
FCF: Mark, there has been a little confusion in terms of the weigh-ins with Quinton and the particular weight that they want him to weigh in at. Could you just backtrack and tell us about your experience with Pride and what they asked for and what you’ve been able to negotiate?
FCF: So, from what you understand and in your conversations with Terry, there was a weight limit written into the contract?
FCF: There was just some ambiguity as to when the weigh-in was going to occur?
Note: Quinton Jackson was allowed to weigh in at approximately 1:00 PM on Saturday, weighing 89.25 kilos, or 196.35 lbs. Davidson notes that Chris Brennan and his fellow Next Generation teammates were alongside Jackson throughout, providing support and encouragement. In fact, it was Brennan who helped carry Jackson–weakened from dehydration–to and from the official weigh-in. Brennan and his teammates also worked out with Jackson later in the day. Though Pride had relocated Brennan to another hotel prior to Jackson’s arrival on Friday, Brennan and his camp were reinstated to the host hotel on Saturday.
A conversation with
Chute Boxe Heavyweight
By Eduardo Alonso
With well-known fighters like Pelé Landi and Vanderlei Silva, and rising stars like Anderson Silva and Murilo Ninja, many would think that the Chute Boxe team has only great middle and lightweight fighters on their roster. However this is not true, and at Pride 15 the Chute Boxe team will bring their most promising heavyweight fighter to the show! Assuério Silva is a very experienced fighter who joined the team not too long ago, and he showed fight after fight that he has improved his game and deserved a chance at the big time! With lots of heart and truly fearing no one, Assuério brings to the ring the same intensity as the team’s main star now, Vanderlei Silva, always fighting aggressively and looking for the kill. Now finally he will have his chance to fight in one of the world’s biggest NHB events, against Valentjin Overeem, from Golden Glory. FCF recently got the chance to talk with Assuério about his past and his plans for the future, as well as his big fight coming in Pride. Know a little more now about the new Chute Boxe guy in Pride!
FCF: You started to get noticed in NHB fighting at MECA, and soon after you went to the Chute Boxe team. How did you get into the Chute Boxe team?
FCF: Was it difficult to adapt your fighting style to the training at the Chute Boxe academy in the beginning?
FCF: Back in your days in the Northeast from Brazil, did you already practice Muay Thai? Or did you only begin to train it at the Chute Boxe academy?
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm