Matyushenko Withdraws Amid Controversy.
Official IFC / Vladdy-Raw Statement:
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM THE IFC
Matyushenko withdraws amid controversy.
Saying that as far as they’re concerned Vladimir Matyushenko has nothing to prove by fighting Vernon White a third time, the RAW team has withdrawn Matyushenko from a scheduled opportunity in IFC BATTLEGROUND 2000 in Atlantic City to regain the IFC Heavyweight title that he lost to White in October of 1999 in Montreal. Rico Chiapparelli stated that as far as RAW was concerned they had already beaten White twice and didn’t need the third fight. Matyushenko had beaten White in an eight man IFC tournament early in both of their MMA careers but then lost a split decision to White in Montreal. This is the second fight that Chiapparelli says was actually a victory for Matyushenko.
"What can I say," says IFC Commissioner Paul Smith, "we had a deal. We even gave Vlady the tune-up fight that RAW asked for in March. Now they’ve apparently decided that they’ve won a fight that the judges say they lost. That and Vlady has some big money opportunities that might disappear if he lost again to Vernon. We’re sorry to see this happen. We thought that we have always had good relations with the RAW team, but apparently they’ve decided that Vlady deserves more than we can afford. Perhaps it’s for the better. Rico says it wouldn’t take Vlady five minutes to dispose of Vernon this time. If that’s the case, why not take an "easy" fight? Anyway we wish Vlady and the RAW team good luck. Vlady was a good champion while he lasted and certainly has the right to earn as much as he can."
White will now defend his title against a Brazilian contender, which will be announced when agreement has been reached, as is IFC policy.
From the event’s promoter:
HOOKnSHOOT DRIVEN RESULTS
Held September 16, 2000
88-98.9 KG ABU DHABI QUALIFIER TOURNAMENT
Mark Laimon def. Joe Stern – arm-bar
Gian Lobo def. Warren Owsley – rear-naked choke
Ricardo Pires def. Aaron Sullivan – points
Robert Masko def. Brad Jones – judges’ decision
Ricardo Pires def. Robert Masko – points
Mark Laimon def. Gian Lobo
Mark Laimon def. Ricardo Pires – wrist lock
2 ROUND ABSOLUTE MATCHES:
SPECIAL LADIES GRAPPLING MATCH:
3 ROUND ABSOLUTE MATCHES:
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