Meca 8 And Abu Dhabi Approaching,wanderlei And Belfort Training Hardand Ninja Wraps Up Seminar Tour
MECA 8 and Abu Dhabi Approaching,
Wanderlei and Belfort Training Hard
and Ninja Wraps up Seminar Tour
The Brazilian Beat:
We’re almost in middle of May and The Brazilian Beat has been away for quite a while, due to travel. This is the first time this column is being written from outside of Brazil, and it goes to show that no matter where FCF is, we’re always looking to provide you as much NHB information as possible. The next week is going to be a busy one, with MECA 8 and Abu Dhabi happening almost all at once. FCF is going to cover all the action, so keep checking our website. For this "welcome back edition" of this column, we bring you news on Wanderlei Silva, Mario Sperry, Vitor Belfort, Murilo Ninja and others, so don’t miss a single phrase and let FCF lay the Brazilian Beat with a certain European flavor, all the way from the cold weather of Sweden!
Warriors of the Ring 3 Results
Maui War Memorial Gymnasium, Maui, Hawaii
May 10, 2003
By Chris Onzuka
Maui fight fans came out in force to support the third installment of Warriors of the Ring. This card featured fighters from Maui, most of which were making their debut. And when you have first timers getting into the ring, you know what that means…punches thrown with reckless abandon and guys basically attacking each other. Some of the fights that stood out were Omalza-Tolentino, both lightweights that came out hard and fast. The Mozocca-Kamalo fight brought out two big boys just going at it. Mozocca almost caught Kamalo with an arm bar that he ended up leaning on the ropes, but ended up finished Kamalo with a rear naked choke. Then we have the Groves-Tevaga fight where Tevaga’s tooth, root and all, was knocked out. If you are wondering his tooth was returned to him. Hinojesa and Garcia were two pit bulls going after each other for the entire two rounds. Hinojesa pulled off a beautiful suplex and a knee breaker. That was the first time I saw a knee breaker (not a knee lock) attempted in a MMA fight. It was pretty tight too. Searfoss came out like a bat out of hell and took it to Hendrickson stunning him with a punch and then pounding him until the referee stopped the fight. The main event was a slugfest that brought the crowd to its feet. Both fighters exchanged punches and kicks with Ferreira landing the better ones. Ferreira chopped at Lupi’s legs and then landed a punch that rocked Lupi. Ferreira went after him and Lupi fought back but Ferreira was relentless. Lupi would recover just in time to take another solid punch that would rock him again and the referee stepped in when he saw Lupi’s hands drop. This match had the entire gym cheering the action and ended the event with a bang… literally.
All fights were amateur bouts – 2 Rounds x 5 Minutes:
Keola Cabalero (Backyard Assault, 5/5", 140lbs) def. Shaun Saribay (Freelance, 5’5", 140lbs)
Ian Omalza (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 5’5", 127lbs) def. Eric Tolentino (Hard Impact, 5’6", 130lbs)
Mathew Mozocca (Relson Gracie, 6’1", 220lbs.) def. Josh Kamalo (Backyard Assault, 5’9", 260lbs.)
Kendall Groves (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 6’4", 190lbs.) def. Marvelous Tevaga (American Kenpo, 6’0", 200lbs.)
Alan Hinojesa (Maui Full Contact Fighting, 5’6", 190lbs.) def. Mike Garcia (American Kenpo, 5’6", 145lbs.)
Semi Main Event #1
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Super Brawl 29 draws 8,445…
the Largest Attended MMA Event in Hawaii!
By Chris Onzuka
The hype and advertising for Hawaii’s largest MMA draw, Grappling Unlimited’s Egan Inoue paid off. The fight between, Shooto Champion, Masanori Suda and Super Brawl Champion, Egan Inoue had been postponed twice before the stage was finally set on May 9th, for these two warriors to meet to unify their titles in Hawaii. This was the first time that a Shooto championship match would take place outside of Japan. T. Jay Thompson put together a solid under card to build the excitement for this monumental match.
As expected, Hawaii fight fans came out in droves to show their support for Egan Inoue. It was reported that 8,445 fight fans crowded into the Blaisdell Arena to watch Super Brawl 29. This is probably as close to a sell out as we will ever get for a mixed martial arts event… unless there is a Suda-Inoue 2… The Blaisdell Arena can hold approximately 8,800, so it was about 350 people short of a full house.