Ring Of Fury Goes Off Without A Hitch
Ring of Fury Goes Off Without a Hitch
By Jim Genia
Photography by Keith Mills
May 18, 2002 — The Tsongas Arena in Lowell, Massachusetts, played host tonight to the debut of Ring of Fury – the first closed-fist mixed martial arts competition in the state – and the event went off without a hitch. There were nine action-packed bouts on the card featuring local boys such as Keith Rockel and Nuri Shakir battling it out against some not-so-local boys in Leo Dalla (of the Brazilian Top Team) and Todd Fox (of Vaghi Jiu-jitsu in St. Louis). With numerous state athletic commission officials and a crowd of approximately 2100 fans in attendance, the fighters gave it their all – and showed Massachusetts what the sport of MMA is all about.
UFC-veteran Keith Rockel squared off against Brazilian Leo Dalla with the United States Mixed Martial Arts (USMMA) Middleweight Championship belt on the line. The fight of the night, this was a back-and-forth match that saw Dalla imposing his will and top-notch jiu-jitsu skills on Rockel in the first round, and Rockel coming back strong with his striking and sprawls in the second round. Nearly derailed by a nasty cut over his eye, Rockel earned the win with a referee stoppage as he rained down unanswered blows on an exhausted Dalla.
With Massachusetts’ first Ring of Fury show a success, look for some more good things to come out of the New England state.
Brazilian Teams Jiu-Jitsu Championship
By Eduardo Alonso
This weekend, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Confederation (CBJJ) promoted the Brazilian Teams Jiu-Jitsu championship of 2002, at the city of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. The most important BJJ teams in Brazil battled for the sport’s supremacy in several divisions, however this year an unusual situation changed some things. Two Brazilian teams tournaments were organized on the same day, one in Rio de Janeiro, and the other one in Sao Paulo, with the one in Sao Paulo being the official tournament of the confederation. However, as politics goes on, some teams decided not to come to Sao Paulo and take part of the confederation’s tournament, like the Brazilian Top Team and Nova Uniao. However BJJ teams such as Alliance, Gracie Barra and Gold Team are all competing in Sao Paulo to be recognized as Brazilian Champions. FCF was on hand in Sao Paulo covering all the action, and the first day of competition featured the BJJ stars of the future.
For the first day of competion, the gymnasium of the Sirio Libanes club received a good crowd, comprised of Jiu-Jitsu pratictioners for the most part, and some well known names were on hand to check the women’s, Children’s, Blue and Purple belt divisions fighting all day long. Jiu-jitsu icon Fabio Gurgel could be seen supporting the Alliance team’s youngsters. Ryan Gracie also made an appearence, and Jorge Macaco Patino worked as a referee for the event. Carlinhos Gracie, the president of CBJJ was also on hand, as well as some jiu-jitsu legends such as professor Flavio Behring. The action itself on the mats showcased a lot of young talent and some strong teams developing at blue and purple belt, like Gracie Barra and Gracie Barra-BH [from Belo Horizonte, another capital in Brazil]. The female division was also a highlight of the day, with girls from purple to black belt impressing everybody in the gymnasium and showing that women are definitely improving drastically in BJJ.
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From the event’s promoter:
MAY 25, 2002 AT CLUB SOUTH
BEACH MACON, GA.
The Danger Zone is heading south with the most action packed fighting event in the country!
Georgia’s own Kevin Brooks will headline the event taking on Jonathon Ivey from team Team Havok in the pro bout of the evening.
The single amatuer bouts set for this action packed night of fighting are as follows:
One four man tournaments will also take place at 150-160 lb. The fighters are: Robert Akins, Travis Shook, Jerry Gummo, John Rodriguez.
The Danger Zone is working with Gauntlet Productions Matthew Waller in Macon to make this show a successful one.
Dan The Beast Severn will be on hand signing autographs as well as Cam McHargue the ISCF title holder and many more!