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Thursday, Dec 13, 2001

Shogun Press Conference



Shogun Press Conference
Dave and Buster’s, Honolulu, Hawaii
December 13, 2001
By Michael Onzuka – Mike@onzuka.com

Today at the new Dave and Buster’s center in downtown Honolulu, the Shogun Press conference was held. Along with the fighters, Enson Inoue was there to back his fighters, as were Chuck Liddell, Crazy Bob Cook, and Lance Gibson. The local ABC affiliate was present and local media. Many fighters were already in and showed up at the roof top open-air venue.

Dennis Hallman and Egan Inoue
Today was a very windy and rainy day, but we were spared of heavy rains while the press conference was going on. Promoters Helen Miller and Herb Tantan welcomed everyone to the event and started off with Egan Inoue explaining the injury that caused him to have to pull out of the fight. Inoue broke his middle finger against Doerkson in the last Super Brawl. Egan commented that Hallman probably wants him to say something nice about him, but he just told the audience to look at his broken finger (flipping the bird). Hallman was next and greeted Egan in the same fashion. He was disappointed that he was not fighting Egan, but looked forward to Bitetti saying that he does not run away from the fight like "others" he has fought in the past. Hallman looked bigger than Egan and said he is about 188 lbs right now.

Local favorite, Wesley "Cabbage" Correira was up next and said that he is going to get revenge for the loss that his opponent Aaron Brink gave to his teammate Dennis Tadio. Egan’s "little" brother Enson stated that he probably could not top Cabbage’s trash talk, but stated that his fighters are excited about fighting outside of Japan and he thinks they are ready.

Chuck Liddell and Shogun fighters
In order to help the local community, Helen Miller announced that they have teamed up with the Hawaii Food Bank and will be accepting a donation of canned goods at the event.

American Kickboxing fighter, Josh Thompson told everyone about his friend and sparring partner, UFC Veteran Brian Johnston who broke a blood vessel in his neck that caused a stroke. Johnston spent three months in the hospital and just came home about three weeks ago and is still in a wheelchair. Unfortunately, Johnston is not covered by the New Japan’s medical insurance and has a ton of medical bills. American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) raised money to make t-shirts to sell in order for Johnston to raise money for his medical bills. The shirts are $20 so make sure that you pick up a shirt and help support this courageous fighter.

Finally, Herb Tantan completed the press conference by explaining that the fights will be held in a cage and that cages are much safer than rings. The fighters will not fall out of the cage like they can in a regular ring. The fighters look confident and ready to kick off this inaugural Shogun event at the Hawaii Convention Center which is another first as far as Hawaii mixed martial arts venues.

Dennis Hallman
On a side note, headliner Dennis Hallman broke off of Matt Hume’s AMC school and is on his own. I asked him about it and you can find out the background behind this breakup if you subscribe to Full Contact Fighter. How’s that for some suspense?

Shogun Fight Card for December 15th:

  1. Main Event Fight (170-184.9lbs)
    Amaury Bitetti (Oswaldo Alves) vs. Dennis Hallman (Victory Athletics)

  2. World Featherweight TITLE (125-134.9 lbs)
    Baret Yoshida (Grappling Unlimited) vs. Caleb Mitchell (Cesar Gracie)

  3. Heavyweight Fight (205-264.9lbs)
    Aaron Brink (SLO Kickboxing) vs. Wesley "Cabbage" Coreirra (Grappling Unlimited)

  4. Heavyweight Contender Fight (205-259.9lbs)
    TBA vs. Paul Buentello (AKA)

  5. Lightweight Fight (145-154.9lbs)
    Yves Edwards (The 3rd Column) vs. Kultar Gill (Team Gibson Pankration)

  6. Welterweight Fight (155-169.9lbs)
    Duane “Bang” Ludwig (3D) vs. Thomas "Wildman" Denny (Team Wildman/RAW)

  7. Featherweight Contender Fight (135-144.9lbs)
    Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (Purebred) vs. Josh Thompson (AKA)

  8. Middleweight Fight (170-184.9lbs)
    Martin Armendarez (Cesar Gracie) vs. Tony Fryklund (Miletich Fighting Systems)

  9. Featherweight Fight (135-144.9lbs)
    Makoto Ishikawa (Purebred) vs. Dave Velasquez (AKA)

  10. Welterweight Contender Fight (155-169.9lbs)
    “Shogun” Kawakatsu (Purebred) vs. Robbie Lawler (Miletich Fighting Systems)

  11. Heavyweight Fight (205-259.9lbs)
    Dennis “the Menace” Tadio (Grappling Unlimited) vs. Christian Wellisch (AKA)

  12. Welterweight Fight (155-169.9lbs)
    Cruz Gomez (SLO Kickboxing) vs. Abe Rodriguez (Grappling Unlimited)


From DSE USA:


PRIDE FC "Cold Fury II"
(a.k.a. PRIDE 18)
Additional Match Ups



Pride FC Logo

Announced matches*:

Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Valentijn Overreem
Allan Goes vs. Alex Stiebling
Norihisa Yamamoto vs. Jan "The Giant" Nortje
Wanderlei Silva vs. Alexander Otsuka
Akira Shoji vs. Jeremy Horn
Daijiro Matsui vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Semmy Schilt vs. Yoshihiro Takayama

Evnet Information
DATE: Dec. 23, 2001
GATE OPEN 13:30 PM
FIGHT START 15:00 PM
PLACE: Marine Messe Fukuoka (Fukuoka -Pref./Kyushu Region, Japan)
PPV Information
Premiere Date: January 5, 2002
DIRECTV, DishNetwork, TVN



Igor Vovchanchyn
Igor Vovchanchyn
ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, GP, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 17
HOMETOWN: Ukraine
DOB: 8/6/1973
WEIGHT: 238 lbs.
HEIGHT: 5’10"
TITLES or AWARDS:

  • PRIDE GP2000 Finalist


  • Valentijn Overeem
    Valentijn Overeem
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 14 & 15
    HOMETOWN: Netherlands
    DOB: 8/17/1976
    WEIGHT: 208 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’4"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’01 RINGS KOK Veteran


  • Allan Goes
    Allan Goes
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 8, 9 & 13
    HOMETOWN: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    DOB: 4/20/1971
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’0"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’98 PRIDE 4 draw with Kazushi Sakuraba
  • ’99 PRIDE 8 def. Carl Malenko
  • ’01 PRIDE 9 def. Vernon White


  • Alex Stiebling
    Alex Stiebling
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: Indiana, USA
    DOB: 12/26/1976
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’2"
    TITLES and AWARDS:

  • UFC Veteran, IVC 14 Tournament Champion


  • Norihisa Yamamoto
    Norihisa Yamamoto
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 16
    HOMETOWN: Kudamatsu, Japan
    DOB: 7/4/1970
    WEIGHT: 216 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’4"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • RINGS Veteran


  • Jan The Giant Nortje
    Jan "The Giant" Nortje
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: South Africa
    DOB: 4/11/1975
    WEIGHT: 295 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’11"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • K-1 Veteran


  • Wanderlei Silva
    Wanderlei Silva
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 7, 8, GP, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15
    HOMETOWN: Brazil
    DOB: 7/3/1976
    WEIGHT: 204 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’11"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • PRIDE Middle Weight Champion


  • Alexander Otsuka
    Alexander Otsuka
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 7, 8, GP, 11 & 12
    HOMETOWN: Tokushima Pref., Japan
    DOB: 7/17/1971
    WEIGHT: 203 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’00 PRIDE 11 def. Mike Bourke
  • ’98 PRIDE 4 def. Marco Ruas


  • Akira Shoji
    Akira Shoji
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, GP, 9, 11, 12, 14 & 16
    HOMETOWN: Uozu, Japan
    DOB: 1/31/1974
    WEIGHT: 194 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’8"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’00 PRIDE 11 def. Herman Renting
  • ’00 PRIDE 9 def. John Renken
  • ’00 PRIDE GP2000 def. Ebenezer Fontes Braga
  • ’99 PRIDE 7 def. Larry Perker
  • ’99 PRIDE 6 def. Guy Mezger
  • ’98 PRIDE 4 def. Wallid Ismail
  • ’98 PRIDE 2 def. Juan Mott


  • Jeremy Horn
    Jeremy Horn
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: Illinois, USA
    DOB: 8/25/1975
    WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    UFC, Extreme Challenge, WEF, RINGS, Collosseum 2000 veteran


    Daijiro Matsui
    Daijiro Matsui
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 & 16
    HOMETOWN: Okayama, Japan
    DOB: 12/5/1972
    WEIGHT: 199 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’9"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • ’01 PRIDE 14 def. Pele


  • Quinton Jackson
    Quinton Jackson
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 15 & 17
    HOMETOWN: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
    DOB: 6/20/1978
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’01 PRIDE-17 def. Yuki Ishikawa
  • ’01 KOTC8 def. Bryson Howvreck
  • ’00 KOTC6 def. Rob Smith


  • Semmy Schilt
    Semmy Schilt
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 15 & 17
    HOMETOWN: Holland
    DOB: 10/27/1973
    WEIGHT: 245 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’11"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • 9th King of The Pancrasists
  • UFC Veteran


  • Yoshihiro Takayama
    Yoshihiro Takayama
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 14
    HOMETOWN: Tokyo, Japan
    DOB: 9/19/1966
    WEIGHT: 254 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’7"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • Kingdom Veteran
  • UWFI Veteran
  • * Card subject to change
    ** Another match to be announced shortly


    Igor Vovchanchyn
    Igor Vovchanchyn
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, GP, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 17
    HOMETOWN: Ukraine
    DOB: 8/6/1973
    WEIGHT: 238 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’10"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • PRIDE GP2000 Finalist

  • Valentijn Overeem
    Valentijn Overeem
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 14 & 15
    HOMETOWN: Netherlands
    DOB: 8/17/1976
    WEIGHT: 208 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’4"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’01 RINGS KOK Veteran

  • Allan Goes
    Allan Goes
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 8, 9 & 13
    HOMETOWN: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
    DOB: 4/20/1971
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’0"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’98 PRIDE 4 draw with Kazushi Sakuraba
  • ’99 PRIDE 8 def. Carl Malenko
  • ’01 PRIDE 9 def. Vernon White

  • Alex Stiebling
    Alex Stiebling
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: Indiana, USA
    DOB: 12/26/1976
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’2"
    TITLES and AWARDS:

  • UFC Veteran, IVC 14 Tournament Champion

  • Norihisa Yamamoto
    Norihisa Yamamoto
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 16
    HOMETOWN: Kudamatsu, Japan
    DOB: 7/4/1970
    WEIGHT: 216 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’4"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • RINGS Veteran

  • Jan The Giant Nortje
    Jan "The Giant" Nortje
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: South Africa
    DOB: 4/11/1975
    WEIGHT: 295 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’11"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • K-1 Veteran

  • Wanderlei Silva
    Wanderlei Silva
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 7, 8, GP, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15
    HOMETOWN: Brazil
    DOB: 7/3/1976
    WEIGHT: 204 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’11"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • PRIDE Middle Weight Champion

  • Alexander Otsuka
    Alexander Otsuka
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 4, 7, 8, GP, 11 & 12
    HOMETOWN: Tokushima Pref., Japan
    DOB: 7/17/1971
    WEIGHT: 203 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’00 PRIDE 11 def. Mike Bourke
  • ’98 PRIDE 4 def. Marco Ruas

  • Akira Shoji
    Akira Shoji
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, GP, 9, 11, 12, 14 & 16
    HOMETOWN: Uozu, Japan
    DOB: 1/31/1974
    WEIGHT: 194 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’8"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’00 PRIDE 11 def. Herman Renting
  • ’00 PRIDE 9 def. John Renken
  • ’00 PRIDE GP2000 def. Ebenezer Fontes Braga
  • ’99 PRIDE 7 def. Larry Perker
  • ’99 PRIDE 6 def. Guy Mezger
  • ’98 PRIDE 4 def. Wallid Ismail
  • ’98 PRIDE 2 def. Juan Mott

  • Jeremy Horn
    Jeremy Horn
    ENTRY in PRIDE: First in PRIDE
    HOMETOWN: Illinois, USA
    DOB: 8/25/1975
    WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    UFC, Extreme Challenge, WEF, RINGS, Collosseum 2000 veteran

    Daijiro Matsui
    Daijiro Matsui
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15 & 16
    HOMETOWN: Okayama, Japan
    DOB: 12/5/1972
    WEIGHT: 199 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 5’9"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • ’01 PRIDE 14 def. Pele

  • Quinton Jackson
    Quinton Jackson
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 15 & 17
    HOMETOWN: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
    DOB: 6/20/1978
    WEIGHT: 198 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’1"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • ’01 PRIDE-17 def. Yuki Ishikawa
  • ’01 KOTC8 def. Bryson Howvreck
  • ’00 KOTC6 def. Rob Smith

  • Semmy Schilt
    Semmy Schilt
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 15 & 17
    HOMETOWN: Holland
    DOB: 10/27/1973
    WEIGHT: 245 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’11"
    TITLES or AWARDS:

  • 9th King of The Pancrasists
  • UFC Veteran

  • Yoshihiro Takayama
    Yoshihiro Takayama
    ENTRY in PRIDE: 14
    HOMETOWN: Tokyo, Japan
    DOB: 9/19/1966
    WEIGHT: 254 lbs.
    HEIGHT: 6’7"
    FIGHTING HISTORY:

  • Kingdom Veteran
  • UWFI Veteran
  • posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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