Sherk Goes To 17-0 With Tko Win In Minnesota
From the event’s promoter:
Sherk goes to 17-0 with TKO win in Minnesota
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Sean Sherk continued his dominance in MMA competition Saturday with a convincing TKO victory over Jason Purcell at the Ultimate Minnesota event.
Sherk, a UFC veteran with a 17-0 record, got a takedown only seconds into the bout and landed powerful strikes to Purcell’s face from inside the guard. Referee Brad Kohler (also a UFC vet) halted the attack at the 1:42 mark as Purcell suffered a badly broken nose.
On the horizon for Sherk is an appearance in Pancrase next month.
In other bouts, Joe Doerksen of Winnepeg, Manitoba, claimed his 10th straight victory, catching a game Brett Al-Azzawi in a key lock at the 2:58 mark. Al-Azzawi had dropped Doerksen with a kick to the head, but the Canadian managed to gain top position and worked for the submission.
Big Tim Sylvia improved to 4-0 with a triumph over local favorite Greg Wikan. The 6-foot-8 Sylvia, who trains out of the Miletich Martial Arts Center, had some good exchanges with Wikan during the round. However, at the end of the first round, it was learned Wikan suffered injured ribs and could not continue.
In a very exciting bout, Tim Callahan of Minneapolis made his pro debut a success by locking out an arm-bar on Jake Hutson with 14 seconds left in the second round to end a very even bout.
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From the event’s promoter:
ALL-NEW ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP
Presents UFC 32:
Showdown In The Meadowlands
UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion
Friday, June 29, 2001, At 9 PM ET/6 PM PT
LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2001) – The all-new Ultimate Fighting Championship is set for UFC 32: Showdown In The Meadowlands, featuring UFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz making his first title defense against highly-regarded Elvis Sinosic on Friday, June 29, 2001, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Eight special attractions will round out the nine-bout card.
Showdown In The Meadowlands will be broadcast live on DirecTV pay per view, Dish On Demand, Bell ExpressVU, Viewers Choice Canada, as well as select cable outlets, including Cox Cable in Las Vegas. The suggested retail price for the UFC event is $29.95.
Highlighting the undercard will be a light heavyweight bout featuring Japanese sensation Yuki Kondo (1-1), of Tokyo against Vladimir Matyushenko (UFC Debut) of Los Angeles, as well as two welterweight showdowns pitting former UFC world middleweight champion Pat Miletich (7-1), of Bettendorf, Iowa, against unbeaten Shonie Carter (3-0), of Chicago, and Tony DeSouza (1-0) of Las Vegas, Nev. battling UFC rookie Paul Rodriguez of Orlando, Fla.
Also featured at Showdown In The Meadowlands will be two heavyweight battles pitting Josh Barnett (1-1), of Seattle, against undefeated Semmy Schilt (1-0), of Zuidlaren, Holland, and Andrei Arlovski of Minsk, Belarus, taking on Ricco Rodriguez of Phoenix, Ariz., in the UFC debuts for both. Completing the card will be a middleweight special attraction pitting Phil Baroni (1-0), of Long Island, N.Y., against Eugene Jackson (2-2), of East Palo Alto, Calif., as well as two lightweight bouts featuring Caol Uno (1-0), of Kanagawa, Japan, battling Fabiano Iha (3-2), of Huntington Beach, Calif., and B.J. Penn (1-0), of Wainaku, Hilo, Hawaii, against Din Thomas (UFC debut), of Orlando.
Tito Ortiz is one of the UFC’s most recognizable athletes. The 6’2", 200-pound "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" progressed through the ranks as a junior college wrestler and has overcome many obstacles, including getting hit by a bus while riding a moped on his honeymoon.
A two-time California State wrestling champion in junior college, Ortiz got his first taste of the UFC thanks to his high school wrestling coach, Paul Herrera. Herrera introduced Ortiz to Tank Abbott, who needed a sparring partner. The rest is history.
On April 14, 2000, in Tokyo, Japan, Ortiz faced the highly regarded Brazilian fighter, Vanderlei Silva, for the vacant UFC world middleweight championship. The UFC 25: Ultimate Fighting Japan 3 match featured several heated exchanges. Ortiz’s takedown and ground control earned him a unanimous decision and the middleweight title after 25 minutes of intense action.
In his most recent fight at UFC 30: The Battle On The Boardwalk on Feb. 23, 2001, Ortiz battled Evan Tanner at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, N.J. The two combatants tied up immediately in the biggest fight of the evening. Ortiz got inside on Tanner, wrapped him up, elevated him and slammed him to the floor. The impact was enough to knock Tanner out, but Ortiz made sure his opponent was finished. He landed two solid punches to the head before referee Joe McCarthy flew in and stopped the fight just 30 seconds in. Ortiz remained the UFC middleweight champion. Tanner went from undefeated to unconscious.
Following UFC 30, Ortiz became the UFC light heavyweight champion due to the institution of new weight divisions.
Known as "The King of Rock ‘n’ Rumble," Sinosic’s only UFC appearance came at UFC 30 against highly-ranked Miletich Martial Arts fighter Jeremy Horn.
In an impressive display, Sinosic dispatched Horn quickly and forced his opponent to tap out at 2:59 of the first round due to armbar. "Horn is a great fighter," Sinosic said. "It was an honor to fight him. Beating him was a fantastic feeling."
Sinosic says that fighting in the UFC is fulfilling a dream. "My motto is to live life each day, so one day you can live your dream. I am living my dream now." The Sydney, Australia, resident knows that the UFC is the pinnacle of the MMA and realizes the impact a championship can have on his career. "The UFC title is the MMA championship everyone wants. It has both the prestige and name fans and fighters respect."
The UFC’s Jeff Blatnick and Mike Goldberg will call the action from the Octagon. Blatnick, who has commentated NCAA and Olympic wrestling events since he won Olympic wrestling gold in the super heavyweight division at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, has been with the organization since UFC 4 in December 1994. Goldberg, whose primary occupation is television play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, has been with UFC since Ultimate Japan in December 1997.
For more information, please visit the official UFC website at www.ufc.tv. The web site will web cast the press conference (June 28) and weigh-in (June 29) for UFC 32: "Showdown In The Meadowlands," on a delayed basis.