King Of The Cage Preview
King Of The Cage Preview
By Keith Mills
This weekend King Of The Cage returns to the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA with several surprises. The main event is 13-4-0 Joe Stevenson defending his 170-pound title against Romie Aram, a 5-0 vet with a very similar style. According to Aram, "Stevenson fought for the title in June when I was supposed to fight him, but I had to pull out because of a broken rib. Joe fought and beat [Jeremy Jackson] in the first round so Joe is the Welterweight champion and his first defense is against me. So, I’ve been waiting to fight for the belt for a while. I’ve paid my dues and fought enough fights to get my shot. These last couple of months have been rough because I feel like I should already have the belt." As far as the perception that the fight will be decided by whoever gets the first takedown Aram responds, "That’s pretty much what everybody thinks. One thing is I have been doing jiu-jitsu for a while and I haven’t been put on my back yet in a fight, but I have an idea of what I can do on my back and I fight pretty well in my guard. So, if I do end up getting taken down, it won’t be the end of the world for me. If I do end up on my back, it’ll be a test for me and a test for Joe to see what happens, if I can get up to my feet or reverse him or tap him."
Other surprises on the card include the return of Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett. Bennett has fought in KOTC before where he lost to Duane Ludwig over a year ago, but is most remembered for two knock out slams both against Todd Carney in WEF in 2000 and RSF in 2001. Bennett reportedly has had trouble with the law keep him out of the cage for most of this year with the exception of a loss in WEFC in June to Rick Davis. His opponent Charlie Kohler may have an equally mixed record but his losses were to Joe Hurley in KOTC and Vitor Ribeiro in WFA 1, nothing to be embarrassed over. Bennett has a very unorthodox style that always pleases the crowd so look for this one at 165-170 to be less technical and more exciting than some of the heavier fighters.
KOTC 170-Pound World Title Match: Romie Aram Vs. Joe Stevenson
(Fight Card Subject to Change)
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From event promoter T. Jay Thompson:
Jhun/Carter to Battle in Super Brawl
UFC and Pancrase veteran, "Mr. International" Shonie Carter will battle Hawaiian sensation, Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun on November 9, in Super Brawl’s "Battle for the Belts".
Carter the self proclaimed "Player with a Passport" is coming of a decisive and flamboyant win in Super Brawl 25 over Grappling Unlimited’s "Ice Cold" Kolo Koka.
Jhun has been on the verge of breaking into the "big show" on a number of occasions at the 185lb limit. But this time will be testing the waters at 170lbs for the first time. A win over Carter would put him right back on the map in the 170lb division.
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From the event’s promoter:
MMA is LEGAL in Vancouver, BC, Canada!!!
After many years of hard work and months of preparation, the World Freestyle Fighting Championships is excited to announce that the WFF Championships 3 will be the first MMA event in history to be sanctioned by the Vancouver Athletic Commission (VAC). WFF 3 is scheduled for Friday, October 25th, 2002, at the historical Orpheum Theatre, in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia!
This is a huge moment for mixed martial arts in Canada, as the city of Vancouver has been opposed to any type of MMA events since the negative press of the early UFC’s… until now!
The lineup is equally as impressive with the return of some familiar faces and the introduction of some new talent. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.
Complete Lineup – Main Event:
VS Roger Neff,Dalton Gardens, Idaho, 250-265lbs, Wrestling / Sambo
VS Amir Rhanavardi Los Angeles, CA, 185 lbs, Team Extreme / Bas Rutten
Vs Anthony Hamlett, Tacoma, Washington, 155lbs, AMC Pankration
Kultar Gill Vancouver, BC,155 lbs, Gibson Pankration
Vs Dave Scholton, Vancouver, BC, 155lbs, Marcus Soares Jiu-Jitsu
Also on the card:
The WFF3 is presented by Bio-X Engineered Nutrition and Reflex, and sponsored by Studio 54, Nitelife Guide, Granville Island Brewery, Bushido Martial Arts, Carter Motor Sports, and the Travelodge.
** Card subject to change
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