One Week Until Evolution In Brazilian Mma!heat Fc 2 Coming December 18th
From the event’s promoter:
One Week Until Evolution In Brazilian MMA!
HEAT FC 2 coming December 18th
Brazil is just seven days away from its biggest MMA event in recent years, as HEAT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 2 Evolution will take place this next Thursday December 18th in the gorgeous city of Natal, in the middle of the hot Brazilian summer. Following the success of HEAT FC 1 Genesis, the second edition of the fastest growing Brazilian MMA promotion takes a step further into bringing the sport to a new level in the country, including talented fighters and a special production for Brazilian standards and taking HEAT FC for its Brazilian pay per view system debut [schedule to air in February]. Tickets are already on sale in the city of Natal, as a crowd of over 6,000 spectators is expected at the Machadinho arena, with some surprises being awaiting the fans at the show. The HEAT FC 2 Evolution press conference will take place on December 16th, at the Piramide Palace Hotel [www.piramidepalace.com.br] and the weigh-ins will follow on December 17th on the same place. A DVD of the show is expected to be available to the American public on early 2004, don’t miss it!
HEAT FC 2 Evolution:
CARLOS NEWTON TO BATTLE RENATO VERISSIMO IN WELTERWEIGHT FEATURE BOUT AT UFC 46: SUPER NATURAL, JAN. 31, IN LAS VEGAS
Hermes Franca To Meet Josh Thomson; Matt Serra To Fight Javier Vasquez In Lightweight Action LIVE On Pay-Per-View From Mandalay Bay
Karo Parisyan, Georges St. Pierre In Welterweight Match On Super Bowl Saturday Night
TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
LAS VEGAS, NEV., December 11, 2003…Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Carlos Newton will return to the Octagon to meet Brazilian Renato "Charuto" Verissimo in one of the feature fights of UFC 46: Super Natural LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Saturday, January 31, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC 46: Super Natural is presented by Miller Lite beer, its title sponsor.
A second welterweight match will pit judo specialist Karo Parisyan against Canadian newcomer Georges St. Pierre and in two lightweight bouts undefeated Hermes Franca will meet submission specialist Josh Thomson and veteran Matt Serra will take on Brazilian jiu jitsu fighter Javier Vasquez.
In the main event, new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture (12-5-0 in mixed martial arts) from Portland, Ore., will defend his title for the first time against Brazilian phenom Vitor Belfort (11-3-0) from Rio de Janeiro and in the co-main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (30-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt for the sixth time against top-ranked Hawaiian BJ Penn (6-1-1) from Hilo. The eight-fight card also will feature a heavyweight re-match between Las Vegan Frank Mir (6-1-0) and Wes Sims (6-2-1) from Columbus, Ohio, and a middleweight bout between Lee Murray (8-1-1) from London, England, and Jorge Rivera (7-1-0) from Milford, Mass.
Live event tickets, $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are now on sale at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, www.ticketmaster.com and www.mandalaybay.com. Tickets also may be purchased by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFC 46: Super Natural will be available on pay-per-view on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
Newton (13-7-0) from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, has been a big fan favorite since his UFC debut in 1998. He became the welterweight champion in May 2001 with a decisive win over legend Pat Miletich but then lost the title in November when Hughes began his remarkable victory streak. Newton’s outstanding submission skills were evident in his last UFC fight when he defeated highly-regarded Pete Spratt with an armlock in just 1:45 of the first round at UFC 40: Vendetta.
Verissimo (4-0-0), who will be making his UFC debut, is a Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist who grew up in Rio de Janeiro but now fights out of Hilo, Hawaii, and trains with Penn. He is known for his ferocious ground game and outstanding stamina. A former water polo player, he started jiu jitsu training 10 years ago and began kickboxing and wrestling when he moved to the U.S. He says it has been his dream to fight in the UFC for some time and he knows Newton is a very experienced, technical fighter. "But, I’m really looking forward to fighting him."
Parisyan (17-2-0) from North Hollywood, Calif., made a huge impression in his UFC debut in September at UFC 44: Undisputed when he defeated veteran Dave Strasser in just 3:52 of the first round with an arm bar. Renowned for his judo technique (he is a black belt at just 21), he already is a 2004 Olympic qualifier in the sport and is hopeful of making the U.S. team. When he is not training six days a week, Parisyan is a Hollywood stuntman and has appeared in such productions as U-Boat, Ultraviolet and Tucker.
St. Pierre (5-0-0) from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, also is making his UFC debut. He is a strong wrestler with excellent Brazilian jiu jitsu skills with three victories by knockout and two by submission. He is the current TKO Canadian Welterweight Champion and is coming off a decisive submission victory over veteran Spratt. St. Pierre openly admits that one of his biggest heroes is Couture, with whom he will now share the same stage.
The Franca-Thomson fight could be one of the most exciting on the card. Franca (8-0-0) from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the American Top Team by way of Fortaleza, Brazil, has been unstoppable in the UFC. He won a unanimous decision over talented Rich Crunkilton in April at UFC 42: Sudden Impact, and followed with a powerful knockout in September of Japanese veteran Caol Uno at 2:46 of the second round at UFC 44: Undisputed. Franca is at the top of his game and he can dominate a fight on the ground with his submission skills or standing up with his punching power.
But, in Thomson, "The Punk," (23-1-0) from San Jose, Calif., Franca will face a mirror image. Known for his speed, fast pace and aggressive style, Thomson also is coming off a huge win at UFC 44 where he knocked out a very good fighter, Gerald Strebendt, in just 2:45 of the first round. "But, Franca had the big knockout of Uno, so I know I will be the underdog again," he says. You get the feeling that is just the way he likes it.
The Serra-Vasquez fight also pits a wily veteran against a talented first timer. Serra (10-3-0) from Long Island, N.Y., has fought all over the world. He has trained for years with Brazilian martial arts guru Renzo Gracie and was the first American fighter to earn a black belt in Gracie jiu jitsu. Vazquez (8-1-0) from Ontario, Calif., is a well- rounded fighter who also is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. "Matt has good submissions and is very aggressive. That is just how I fight. This bout will display our ground fighting abilities and will answer the question: Who is the better black belt?," he says.
From Dream Stage Entertainment:
PRIDE FC NEWS
LOS ANGELES, California – Dream Stage Entertainment is officially protesting claims and reports made by the Nippon Television Network Corporation of Japan, the company holding the December 31, 2003 event, "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003." These claims and reports are regarding the appearance of fighters with whom we have exclusive contracts.
Announcements have been made that fighters such as Semmy Schilt and Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira would participate in the "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye." This was despite the fact that our company has exclusive contracts with both fighters, which would prevent them from appearing in this event.
It has also been reported that the appearance of Fedor Emelianenko, another PRIDE FC fighter, has been finalized for the Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye. We have had an exclusive contract for Fedor Emelianenko’s appearances in our mixed martial arts events, through his agent, since his appearance in PRIDE 21 "Demolition" on June 23, 2002. Under this contract, Fedor Emelianenko has fought in six matches and officially obtained the title of current PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion. This fact is well known throughout the MMA world. It has also been reported that Fedor Emelianenko has cancelled his contract with his former agent and signed a contract to appear in Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye through a new agent. It seems that Fedor Emelianenko’s new agent has declared that our exclusive contract, and its validity, no longer exist due to the end of the contract between Fedor Emelianenko and his former agent. Our company however, believes that the contract, which Fedor Emelianenko himself signed, is both valid and on going.
Likewise, there is a similar dilemma with Semmy Schilt, now scheduled to appear at the "Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye." We have a worldwide, exclusive contract with Schilt regarding MMA events. According to this contract, he is not permitted to fight in any MMA event, other than our own, within Japan, for the duration of the contract.
Dream Stage Entertainment has not received a single inquiry from the promoters of Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye regarding any of these contractual issues. It should be easily foreseeable to a promoter that a current champion, participating in another organization’s event, on the same day of an event put on by the organization in which he is a champion, would be rife with background problems. We plan on taking legal measures regarding the appearance of Fedor Emelianenko in Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye.
For Nippon TV, as a producer and promoter, to announce these Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye appearances, without any investigation into facts or rights, is a problem both legally and morally, as well as a violation of journalism ethics. We believe that, as a promoter, there is, at a minimum, a duty to have a completed contract with a fighter. Announcing a fighter’s appearance without a contract will cause problems later, starting with ticket sales. If a fighter was announced as a participant but then became unable to appear due to contract problems, it would be a fraudulent act against those who purchased tickets as well as bring liability under both civil and criminal law. Aren’t these announcements of fighter participation, based upon uncertain issues, an act of fraud against the viewers, the fans and the world in general?
This New Year’s Eve will feature three different mixed martial arts broadcasts, an unprecedented event in our sport’s history. We hope that this will bring about a new level of enthusiasm into the MMA world. We believe that this enthusiasm will be born from the three producers and the three promoters combining their various knowledge and unique creativity. However, we hope that this competition can be conducted with fairness.
From the event’s promoter:
RITC 57 – Tucson Revisited
(This Saturday Night)
Saturday, Dec 13, 2003
Doors Open: 5:30 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
RITC Tucson Christmas fan appreciation special: general admission tickets just $20 with open seating on a first come first serve basis. VIP seating just $30. Joseph Riggs, fresh off a victory in Texas, returns to RITC action to face Cory Timmerman, the #2 ranked RITC Super Heavyweight. Two top Tucson lightweights will go head-to-head in an interesting matchup when Nike Knight (135), from Ultima Martial Arts, faces Ed West (140), from Hinzmann’s MMA Academy. The full card is not finalized yet but are some of the planned matchups.
Joseph Riggs (200) vs Cory Timmerman (300)
Fight Card subject to change.
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