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King Of the Cage
San Jacinto, CA — The evening of November 14th turned into a long one at King Of The Cage’s debut at sixty million households for their pay-per-view broadcasts. For almost six hours most of the biggest names in the current KOTC stable fought for a range of career goals, most notably the five titles on the line. For some of the fighters it was enough to be on pay-per-view in what is said to be literally every household in the United States while for others it was a significant turning point, such as for KOTC hype machine Krazy Horse, AKA Charles Bennett. Benett was the largest of the non-title fights and he showed improved work on the ground if a more cautious approach but after slamming has way out of two submission attempts the third time Dave Hisquierdo got the triangle from the top position to finish the fight and possibly Krazy Horse’s dreams of international stardom for now.
The title fights had some changes along the way with defending champion Eric Pele dropping off the card leaving opponent "Scary" Jerry Vrbanovic to fight Kadillac Marshbanks for a superfight belt as opposed to the original Unlimited belt. Vrbanovic also looked improved on the ground and much of his spare tire from last year seems to have been sculpted into upper-body muscle since his losses to Mike Kyle and Ron Waterman. Marshbanks won the majority decision largely due to impressive takedowns and damage from strikes on the ground.
Paul Buentello returned to KOTC to defend his Heavyweight title for the first time. Not much can be said about his 0:45 TKO over Bo Cantrell other than they went toe to toe standing and Buentello got the better of Cantrell.
Uriah Faber, the Gladiator Challenge Bantamweight Champion, took the vacated KOTC belt in an exciting defeat over Eban Kaneshiro. Uriah is known as a headhunter on the ground that critical fans say isn’t known for controlling the positions before unleashing barrages of strikes while fans that praise Uriah view it as Uriah strikes before an opponent is used to strikes coming in and from unorthodox angles, resulting in an accumulation of blows that so far have always won him fights.
Takumi/Kohler was one of the most evenly matched fights of the night, with Takumi walking away with the belt in a fight where he for most of the fight controlled the top position on the ground.
The crowd did not like the judges’ decision that gave James Fanshier the Welterweight belt over Thomas Denny. Denny controlled the takedowns and James did more damage with strikes in a very close fight but it was probably the dominant first round by Fanshier that won him the fight. As the bell rang Denny was stunned or even knocked out, leading many to jump to the wrong conclusion the fight was over. Denny recovered between rounds and got his gameplan going in the second but that dominant round was probably the edge that won Fanshier the title.
Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Full Contact Fighter.
From the event’s promoter:
Gracie Primed For War With Penn
When he steps into the squared circle at Honolulu, Hawaii’s Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, November 20th, mixed martial arts star Rodrigo Gracie (5-0) will be in for his greatest competitive challenge to date in former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight crown holder, BJ Penn (8-1-1). Gracie is looking at the mega-fight, not as a risk, but as an opportunity to take his career to all new heights.
"I am in the best shape of my life," said the 29-year-old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu second degree black belt who will take on Penn during the main event of "Rumble on the Rock 6," a star-studded mixed martial arts fight card that will be presented by the newly-formed K-1 Fighting Network. "I take this fight seriously because BJ is a top competitor with great skills; the kind of fighter that you cannot afford to make mistakes against. I am going into the fight 100 percent ready physically and mentally."
The grandson of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder, Carlos Gracie, Rodrigo has helped extend the dynasty of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s most heralded family by securing victories in all five of his professional mixed martial arts appearances. Four of his career starts have taken place in Japan. "This is as important as any fight is, but up until now, all of my opponents have been Japanese," commented Gracie. "Fighting B.J. in the United States will give me larger exposure to the American fans."
At the tender age of four, Gracie began studying the fighting art pioneered by his grandfather. After relocating to California from his native Brazil, he once again hit the road before settling down on Long Island, New York.
Recently, Gracie opened his own Jiu-Jitsu school on Long Island where he has been preparing for the November 20th bout. Strength and conditioning Coach Martin Rooney as well as cousin Crosley Gracie and UFC veteran Matt Serra have all played major roles in the fighter’s training camp.
In other Rumble on The Rock 6 action, 2003 K-1 USA champion, Carter Williams (36-9), will make his fourth career start under mixed martial arts rules when he takes on Tom "Green Beret" Howard (0-2) while another member of the famed Gracie clan, Royler (3-2-1), will face Kazuyuki Miyata (7-1-4). The event will also see a return to action by UFC heavyweight veterans Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (13-6) and 6 foot 9 inch Wes "The Project" Sims (5-5).
Tickets for Saturday, November 20th’s Rumble on the Rock 6 event are priced at $30, $60, $65, $100, $150, and $200, respectively, and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com as well as at all Ticketmaster locations.
From David Whitney:
Reality Combat XXIV Results
Here are the full results from Reality Combat XXIV: Total Trauma held in Biloxi, MS at the Imperial Palace on 11/13/04.
From the event’s promoter:
Sylvia vs. Simms Grudge Match is on!
On December 11th, in the Super Brawl ring, Tim Sylvia and Wes Simms will settle a grudge that has lasted over two years. The never short on words Sims does not appear to be changing his game plan. "I just checked my voice mail this morning" said Super Brawl producer T.Jay Thompson "and the first message was from Wes…he just said ‘Just calling to let you know I’m going to kick Tim Sylvias ass!’" Sylvia who is scheduled to fight for the UFC Heavyweight belt in February said "Wes has been flappin his gums for far to long….I am just plain sick of his crybaby antics….and since I need a tune-up fight I will oblige his request to fight and knock his oversized, undertalented, pro-wrestler wannabe ass out."