K-1, The World’s Premier Fighting Sport Takes Center Ring At The Bellagio For The World Semi-finals On Saturday, August 11, 2001 To Earn The Title Of “world’s Best”
From the event’s promoter:
K-1, The World’s Premier Fighting Sport Takes Center Ring at the Bellagio for the World Semi-Finals on Saturday, August 11, 2001 to earn the title of "World’s Best"
After a sold out fight the K-1 returns to Las Vegas on Saturday, August 11th, where eight of the top fighters from United States, Japan, Holland, Germany, Brazil, Europe, Belarus and Croatia will battle it out at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino to determine who will go on to the K-1 Tokyo Dome on December 8th for the K-1 Grand Prix in Japan. Ticket prices range from $30.00 to $250.00. The doors open at 4:00 pm, the preliminary fights begin at 4:10 pm. The K-1 World Semi-finals kicks off at 6:00pm. To purchase tickets, call the Bellagio ticket office at 1-888-488-7111. The tournament will be covered by E!, ESPN2, Canadian Pay Per View, and Live Fuji Television.
Confirmed K-1 fighters with more to come: Peter Aerts from Holland, 3 Time grand prix World Champion, K-1 Superstar Stefan Leko from Germany, K-1 North American Champion Maurice Smith, and Brazilian Superstar Francisco Filho.
From John Petrilli (RITC Writer/Statistician):
Rage in the Cage XXIX
A boisterous Friday night fight crowd at Celebrity Theatre enjoyed 10 action packed bouts at RITC XXIX. Highlights included a 26-second win in the Main Event by Jesus "The Mexican Menace" Valdez, a Super Fight win by Brian "Big Sexy" Ryan in a "war" that went back and forth for three rounds and had only 15 seconds left in the fight when the bout was stopped, and an impressive submission win by Arizona favorite Edwin Dewees.
Rick Reyes, the emcee for the evening, polled the audience of over 1,000 fans to determine their preference for either Friday night or Saturday night RITC events. By an overwhelming margin the fan preference was for Saturday nights. Next month’s event has already been booked for Friday, July 20. Promoter Roland Sarria promised the fans that the monthly RITC events in August through November would all take place on the more popular Saturday evenings.
Starting July 1, the Arizona State Boxing Commission will have jurisdiction over all mixed martial arts events, both professional and amateur. RITC officials have been working diligently with the Commission over the past several months. In early July, the Commission will advise RITC of their sanctioning status. Starting with RITC XXX, the current plan is to have 1 to 3 pro level fights, with NHB rules, at each monthly event and the balance of the card to be amateur fights using current rules. Any developments regarding sanctioning or changes to the existing plan will be posted on the RITC web site.
Back Alley Camp posted a 2 – 0 record for the evening and JKD Jiu-Jitsu also posted a 2 – 0 record.
John Levenson def. Carlos Ortega – sub. (neck crank) :24 Rd 2
Tickets are available at all TicketMaster locations (480-784-4444) or at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office.
For more information, visit www.rageinthe cage.com or call 480-446-8127.