Murilo Ninja Wants Arona In Pride!
Murilo Ninja Wants Arona in PRIDE!
By Eduardo Alonso
After his impressive win against Jiu-Jitsu legend Mario Sperry at PRIDE 20, Murilo "Ninja" Rua is waiting for a chance to step in the ring again. In the mean time, he is constantly training hard along with the other Chute Boxe team members. "Ninja" told FCF he is hoping to fight on the September PRIDE card, and he would like very much to face former Brazilian Top Team member Ricardo Arona, as the Chute Boxe team is not opposed to seeing this fight happen. According to the young Chute Boxe fighter, Arona has been talking a lot about him in Brazilian NHB magazines after his fight with Sperry, so he wants to put it on the line and test their skills in the PRIDE ring as soon as possible. "He talks a lot, so I’m willing to see who will prevail in the ring," Murilo Rua said to Full Contact Fighter. The Chute Boxe rising star told FCF he is eager to face Arona because of all this talk and now it’s up to PRIDE to make this fight happen as early as possible. Keep an eye on FCF’s news page as we’re going to check with Arona himself to see what he thinks of a match-up against "Ninja."
From Matt Hume:
Independent Drug Test
Proves Josh Barnett’s Innocence
UFC Heavyweight Champion Fights to Clear Reputation After NSAC’s Testing Procedures Result in False Positive
KIRKLAND, Washington–On April 22, 2002, the Nevada State Athletic Commission filed a complaint against Josh Barnett for alleged anabolic steroid use, stemming from a drug test after his win over Randy Couture in UFC 36 on March 22, 2002. The NSAC contacted Barnett and his trainer, Matt Hume, to schedule a hearing via teleconference on May 24, 2002.
In addition to Barnett and Hume, Roy Silbert (United Full Contact Federation President), Dr. Mark Webber (drug testing expert and administrator for USA Power Lifting and the International Olympic Committee), Mark Ratner (NSAC commissioner), Dr. Flip Homansky (NSAC), Keith Kizer (NSAC attorney) took part in the meeting. The issues expressed were as follows:
Josh Barnett’s issues:
During the course of the meeting, both sides acknowledged the other side’s concerns. Hume informed the NSAC members that Dr. Webber had already scheduled another test with Aegis laboratories that would follow proper protocol and established Olympic standards.
The NSAC members and attorney agreed that a negative result and education from Dr. Webber would resolve this situation. NSAC attorney Keith Kizer stated that he would prepare a draft of the agreement for both parties to sign. It was agreed that this was to serve as the final hearing and that the signed draft would bring the issue to a resolution.
On June 11, 2002, Barnett took a new test administered by Dr. Webber, who utilized Olympic-level protocol. The result of this test was negative, demonstrating that Josh is not currently using and could not have been using the alleged substances as charged due to the length of time that such substances remain present in the human body.
Hume informed the NSAC members of Barnett’s travel schedule, which clearly stated that the only time Barnett would be away was the week of the UFC 38 in England in mid July. Unfortunately, when Kizer finally sent the draft of the agreement from the May 24 teleconference, it was inaccurate. In addition, the NSAC requested a second hearing during the time that Josh was scheduled to corner Ian Freeman in London, England-a time conflict of which the NSAC was well aware.
It is Barnett’s hope that the NSAC will have the integrity and honesty to honor the resolution that its members agreed upon during the hearing on May 24, 2002. He is also optimistic that Zuffa will exercise its substantial influence in Nevada and voice its support for their innocent champion.
Josh Barnett is very frustrated with this situation. "I am a fighter, not a lawyer," he stated. "I am innocent, and I should be fighting right now."
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A Night Of Champions
By Keith Mills
Gracie, Wilson victorious at
A Night Of Champions
Held July 19, 2002
Tropicana Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
* Dan Severn vs. Pat Stano did not take place. Severn reportedly was injured during warmups in the dressing room.
Pictured: Wilson cracking Butcher
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