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Friday, Aug 15, 2003

Ring Of Combat Iv Lights Up Atlantic City!

Ring of Combat IV Lights Up Atlantic City!
By Jim Genia

D'Auguste punishing Vlahac
D’Auguste (right) vs. Vlahac

      (August 15th, Atlantic City, New Jersey) Well over a thousand spectators packed into the Palladium Ballroom here at Caesar’s in Atlantic City, braving power outages and blackouts for a night illuminated by TKOs and submissions. The fourth incarnation of Ring of Combat brought together the best in local talent, and representatives from the Serra-Longo Competition Team/Renzo Gracie, Team Tiger Schulmann, Pitt’s Penn, Team Prodigy, Team Renzo Gracie and Team Endgame gave it their all. Highlights of the night included:

  • Laura D’Auguste picking apart a game Tanya Vlahac with crisp combinations, eventually forcing the doctor to call a halt to the action when Vlahac’s eye became too swollen.
  • Dave Tirelli’s rematch against Luke Cummo – both men gave it their all in a bloody war!
  • Chris Liguori stepping up and testing Pete "Drago" Sell in a close match that saw experience and patience neutralizing grappling dominance in a back and forth ground and pound battle.


Sell (left) vs. Liguori
Sell (left) vs. Liguori

Greg Killian (Tri-State BJJ Team-185lbs) vs. Derek Johnson (BAMA/Team Endgame-189lbs)
Killian via split decision after 3 rounds.

Laura D’Auguste (Team Tiger Schulmann-134.5lbs) vs. Tanya Vlahac (134lbs)
D’Auguste via doctor stoppage at 1:58 of round 3.

John Rotendella (Pitts Penn-204lbs) vs. Tom Muller (Serra-Longo/Renzo-209lbs)
Muller via rear choke at 3:37 of round 1.

Edson Carvalho (Tri-State BJJ Team-189lbs) vs. Jose Rodriguez (Pitts Penn-197lbs)
Carvalho via front choke at 1:31 of round 1.

Luke Cummo (Serra-Longo/Renzo-175lbs) vs. Dave Tirelli (Team Tiger Schulmann-174lbs)
Tirelli via unanimous decision after 3 rounds – an all out war!

185-pound Ring of Combat Championship
Pete "Drago" Sell (Serra-Longo/Renzo-184lbs) vs. Chris Liguori (Pitts Penn-182lbs)
Sell via split decision – Liguori is the man for really taking it to Drago in the last round! This was the fight of the night!

189-pound Ring of Combat Championship
James "Angry Snowman" Gabert (Team Renzo Gracie-192lbs) vs. Eddy Rolon (Team Endgame-189lbs)
Gabert via unanimous decision after 3 rounds.

Nick "Mad Monkey" Serra (Serra-Longo/Renzo-170lbs) vs. Rick McCoy (Team Prodigy-172lbs)
Serra via flying triangle at 2:58 of round 1.

Serra (right) choking McCoy
McCoy’s head changes color in Serra’s choke

USKBA Championship Kickboxing
Tim Lane (Panza Kickboxing-142lbs-USKBA champ) vs. Erik Marshall (141lbs-WKO champ)
Lane via KO (body blow) at 1:59 of round 4.

Part of Lane's finishing flurry
Lane (right) finishing off Marshall

Silva Wins twice, Belfort Looking forword to November and Event’s Extravaganza in Brazil!

The Brazilian Beat:
      After more than twenty days of wait the Brazilian Beat is finally back at FCF, trying to recap things from where we left. After the so awaited PRIDE Middleweight GP 1st round became history, things are geared towards the next shows in Brazil as plenty of events are about to happened, and times has been changing for our sport in the country. Needless to say Full Contact Fighter is always up to date with all those news in this very country, so after all that wait allow me not to hold you for a long time with this introduction text, and let’s head straight to the news as we send our most sincere congratulations to "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva for the birth of his son, wishing all the best for the baby as FCF delivers the beat in lullaby style hoping that deadly Silva will keep up the rhythm!

  • Fresh from his PRIDE GP first round win, Chute Boxe superstar Wanderlei Silva got back to Brazil this past Tuesday as happy as he ever was. With his KO win over eternal rival Kazushi Sakuraba and the birth of his first male son, Silva is truly enjoying success in all areas of his life. His son was born two days before his fight against Sakuraba, when he was already in Japan, and those news got Wanderlei by surprise as the child was just expected to come to this world near the end of August! "The Axe Murderer" told FCF he entered the ring even more motivated with those news, and the kid was born with more than 3kg of weight and in perfect health. Silva and his wife, Tea Ariadne Silva, are still deciding the name of the baby, and the PRIDE Middleweight champion is just taking the rest of this week to enjoy his family, going back to full-time training next Monday. Wanderlei also told FCF he believes he is currently on the best shape of his life and with Mirko Cro Cop’s recent series of wins a rematch between the two will end up happening sooner or later, and he is eager to face the Croatian again.
  • MMA events continue to pop-up all over Brazil in 2003, and one of the most distant and less populated capitals of the country is also going to have their share of our sport in the coming days. The city of Boa Vista, in the state of Roraima, up in the North of Brazil, is going to hold the 1st Octagon Vale Tudo, a small show intending to bring MMA action to the city’s population and develop the sport in that area as well. The most important attraction of the event is going to happen outside of the ring, with the presence of UFC fighter Vitor Belfort as a guest, as well as cornering his teammate Fortaleza, a young fighter out of Brazil Fight Club who will be facing a local fighter called Adriano Soares. The show takes place this Friday, August 15th at the Vicente Feola arena.
  • Speaking of Vitor Belfort, "The Phenom" already started his training for his November UFC appearance. Belfort has been training hard at the ADPM facilities, his training center, and wants to prove the fans he is still focused on the fighting game and intends to enter the octagon in November in the same type of shape he was for his fight against Marvin Eastman. Vitor is still waiting for confirmation on his opponent, but Rich Franklin continues to be the likely one.
  • The last edition of MECA World Vale Tudo took place this last August 1st in the city of Teresopolis in Rio de Janeiro. Although it has been two weeks since the show happened, we decide to bring you the results of the show here, since this is the first time The Brazilian Beat is coming out since the date of the fights. Needless to say, the highlight of the night was the amazing performance put on by Chute Boxe prodigy Mauricio Shogun Rua against dangerous fighter Evangelista Cyborg. In a action-packed fight Shogun was taking the worst of the stand-up action, receiving numerous blows from Cyborg, but showed incredible guts and endurance to withstand the pressure and reverse the fight, taking it to the ground and giving Cyborg a Jiu-Jitsu class, going from one submission to the other and using his trademark aggressiveness to unleash punishment to his opponent, until the referee stopped the fight. Here are the complete results from the 9th edition of MECA: