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Friday, Dec 20, 2002

Promoters Combinefor Middleweight Tournaments


From the event’s promoter:


Promoters Combine
for Middleweight Tournaments


      Veteran mixed martial arts promoters T.Jay Thompson (Super Brawl) and Monte Cox (Extreme Challenge) will combine to host a pair of middleweight (185 pounds) tourneys early next year.
      The first 8-man event, Extreme Challenge 49, is scheduled for Salt Lake City on Feb. 23. The second 8-man event, Super Brawl 30, will be held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in April.
      "We’re hoping this tourney helps discover middleweight talent in a similar fashion to the last two heavyweight events we held," Thompson said. "We had six fighters advance to the UFC or Pride from the first show, and we’ve already got three in UFC from the last one. We hope the trend continues."
      The tourneys are set up similar to the past events. The first event in Salt Lake City will serve as a qualifier for the main event in Honolulu. The top two finishers in the qualifier are guaranteed spots in Hawaii. And, depending on performance, more fighters could advance to either the main draw or alternate bouts.
      The day prior to Extreme Challenge 49, UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes will host a seminar at the Bayless Combat Jiu-Jitsu school. Hughes will then serve as referee for the event.
      "We’re looking for middleweights who have the talent to fight in the big shows, but haven’t had the opportunity to get the necessary exposure," Cox said. "This will be a tough tourney… just like before. But it is a perfect way to prove yourself and show the world what you can do."
      Fighters interested in competing should email Cox at Fiteiowa@aol.com. A bio and photo would be most appreciated.
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