Rumble In The Ring 9 Results
Rumble in the Ring 9 Results
Held March 22, 2003
At the Muckleshoot Tribal Centre
By Mike Neva
As the sport of mixed martial arts grows, many grass roots promotions are popping up world wide. One such an event is Joel Townsend’s little known Rumble in the Ring. As were the previous eight, the ninth edition was held at the primitive Muckleshoot Tribal Centre, a venue that leaves much to be desired such as toilets! On this evening disorganization rained supreme with the event starting 45 minutes late as Townsend scrambled to secure last minute line up changes and qualified judges.
The six bout card was littered with up-and-comers and highlighted by an impressive victory for crowd favorite Tim Williams who slapped on a quick triangle choke submitting Dennis Hallman trained fighter Jake Yohe. After an action packed co-feature, which saw Clint Radovich stop the heavily muscled Scott Sires, the main event was a disappointing lackluster affair. Outweighing his opponent by over 50 lbs Josh Bennett used his weight advantage to clinch and control the smaller Glen Barber, eventually wearing him down until referee Joe DeRobbio called a halt to the action late in round 2.
WEC 6 Final Card
By Keith Mills
Lemoore, CA — With under a week to go the final card for WEC 6 is in and it looks to be a strong one. Much has already been written about Shamrock vs. Pardoe with Shamrock making his return after almost two and a half years away from MMA. Five-time UFC champion and two-time King Of Pancrase Shamrock has had two K-1 fights in that time against Elvis Sinosic and Shannon Ritch before breaking his leg in preparation for WEC 3 last summer. Now completely healed Frank takes on Rage In The Cage standout Brian Pardoe who most recently fought in KOTC in December.
UFC vet Shonie Carter has his hands full with Jeremy Jackson, the winner of the Ultimate Athlete 8-man tournament last September. In that tournament Jackson beat Cesar Gracie stand-out Nick Diaz as well as Team Punishment’s Zach Light and Shark Tank’s Mike Panalber. All five of Jackson’s wins have been by KO while his two losses have been by submission while Shonie has only won one fight by submission in three years. Since leaving the UFC after a KO kick delivered by Pat Miletich, Shonie has picked up six wins and a draw with no losses but all of the wins have been by decision except his TKO win over Fernando Vasconcelos in KOTC when Vasconcelos’ corner threw in the towel between rounds. Don’t let Shonie’s run of decisions and draws fool you, he can be unorthodox and very exciting as well as having the experience to be able to stand with a fighter with a better striking record. With Shonie getting the shot against Ronald Jhun for Romie Aram’s Welterweight KOTC belt in May look for all eyes to be on this fight.
From a fan’s perspective one of the more exciting match-ups is Lion’s Den fighter Joe Hurley against the aforementioned Nick Diaz. Hurley, at 12-2, is much feared and respected by the California gyms with his only two losses being against UFC vet Gil Castillo and the phenomenal Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro. This man went the distance with Yves Edwards for a decision win as well as holds a KO over Chris Brennan! Diaz, on the other hand, made quite an impression at IFC last summer when he picked up a decision win over current HOOKnSHOOT Welterweight Champion Chris Lytle in what had to be the fight of the night.
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu has the most fighters at five while most of the other CA teams like rAw, Team Quest, AKA, SLO Kickboxing, and many more all have participants. From the team perspective the biggest criticism one could find is that at fourteen fights it’s going to be a long night. From a weight class perspective this show satisfies the fans of the faster, more flexible fighters with all but three fights being between 155 and 185. With the last three fights having UFC vets in Shamrock, Castillo, and Carter the casual fans not as familiar with the up-and-comers are satisfied. Basically even though this card came out unusually late it looks to be a tour de force of the California scene well worth the wait.
World Extreme Cagefighting
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 42: SUDDEN IMPACT TO FEATURE FLORIDA FIGHTERS, INTERNATIONAL STARS, APRIL 25, IN MIAMI
Crunkilton-Franca Lightweight Bout To Be A Battle of Ft. Lauderdale; Weir-Loiseau To Pit England Vs. Canada Live On Pay-Per-View
LAS VEGAS, NEV. March 24, 2003…Some of Florida’s top mixed martial artists as well as international stars will be featured on the action-packed nine-fight card at UFC 42: Sudden Impact when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings its first fight event to Florida live on pay-per-view Friday, April 25, at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.
A lightweight bout featuring two undefeated fighters will be a Battle of Ft. Lauderdale. Rich Crunkilton (13-0-0 in mixed martial arts), who now fights out of New Smyrna Beach, will fight Brazilian Hermes Franca (6-0-0) of Ft. Lauderdale. But, Crunkilton grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and still has many friends and fans in the city. It will be England vs. Canada when Mark Weir (17-1-0) of Gloucester and David Loiseau (8-2-0) of Montreal tangle in a middleweight match. Puerto Rican Heavyweight Sean Alvarez (4-2-0), who fights out of New York City, will take on Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (15-4-0) of Hilo, Hawaii, and in a welterweight bout, undefeated Romi Aram (X-0-0) of Rancho
In the main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (28-3-0) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fourth time against undefeated Sean Sherk (22-0-1) of Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at the AmericanAirlines Arena box office in Miami, at all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-736-1420, 1-305-358-5885 (Dade County) or 1-954-523-3309 (Broward County). The Biscayne Bay Marriott Miami Hotel will host the event and UFC fans can reserve rooms at a special rate by calling 1-800-228-9290. Use the fan reservation code, UFFUFFA.
UFC 42: Sudden Impact will be live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
Crunkilton grew up in Ft. Lauderdale and attended Pensacola Christian College where he was a National Collegiate Wrestling Assn. (NCWA) All-American in 1999 and 2000 at 149 pounds. He is a freestyle fighter but is an excellent wrestler and stand-up striker whose favorite technique is punching. He has been doing a lot of running, wrestling and sparring to prepare for Franca, who is from Fortaleza, Brazil, but now lives and trains in Ft. Lauderdale with the American Top Team. Franca, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, is an excellent ground fighter who is constantly looking for submissions. But, he also will stand and trade punches. His favorite techniques are the triangle choke, the arm bar, the guillotine choke and sweeps. Both are undefeated, so something will definitely have to give in the Battle of Ft. Lauderdale.
Weir is the United Kingdom’s top ranked middleweight fighter. He made an explosive UFC debut July 13 before a hometown crowd in London with a 10-second knockout of veteran Eugene Jackson. He is a Tae Kwon Do black belt who is as equally talented on the ground as he is in a stand-up fight. Loiseau, a Haitian by descent, will be making his UFC debut. He is both a boxer and a wrestler who is a powerful puncher and has a good takedown defense. He said he knows Weir is very skilled fighter with a long reach, but he is really looking forward to meeting him.
Alvarez brings his tremendous strength and Brazilian jiu-jitsu expertise learned from Renzo Gracie in New York to his UFC heavyweight debut against "Cabbage." He expects "Cabbage" to push for a stand-up fight because he has such a strong chin and is a powerful puncher. Correira, who got the nickname as a youngster because his head looked like a Cabbage Patch Kid, excels in boxing, judo, karate and wrestling. But, he is known primarily as a stand-up striker who has knocked out skilled fighters such as UFC veteran Aaron Brink and Brazilian Renato Bruzzi.
The undefeated Aram will pit his strong wrestling and BJJ submission experience against Strasser, a free-style fighter, who is a three-time Extreme Challenge tournament champion.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc., in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediaactive.
The UFC’s next live PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, Friday, April 25, from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
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