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Saturday, Nov 09, 2002

Sportfighting:the New Kid On The Block

Ricco Rodriguez

The New Kid On the Block

By Jim Genia

      (November 9th, Bayonne, New Jersey) There’s a new kid on the block in mixed martial arts, and its name is SportFighting. Promoter Brian Cimins pulled out all the stops for his debut venture into closed-fist competition, and the result was a night of some very entertaining fights. There were upwards of seven hundred people in the audience cheering on as the local fighters battled it out, and rounding out the experience was a roving ESPN television crew and a brief cameo by UFC Heavyweight Champ Ricco Rodriguez and UFC veteran Ricardo Almeida. In the ring and out, Sportfighting was a success.

      Highlights of some on the action in the ring included: Combined Martial Arts middleweight representative Mark Papadimitriou suplexing Rich Latta of Team Renzo/Hatfield Martial Arts, then pulling off an elbow-dislocating shoulder throw to secure the win; the stand-up war between featherweights Mike Acosta of Yamasaki Jiu-Jitsu and Deividas Taurosevicvs of Professional Karate Academy; and the slick armbar from Team Renzo’s Mark Colangelo that forced Team Hybrid Elite bad-ass Jon Weidler to tap out.

Koulikov in Nakapan's guard
Koulikov in Nakapan’s guard

The Results:

  • Norman Schack vs. John Ryan
    Schack via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes, at :50 of the first round.

  • Rich Latta vs Mark Papadimitriou
    Papadimitriou via verbal submission, at 4:36 of the first round.

  • Mike Acosta vs. Deividas Taurosevicvs
    Acosta via decision after two rounds – this one was a war!

  • Brad Cunningham vs. Brian Shephard
    Shepard via submission, rear naked choke, at 1:15 of the first round.

  • Chris Scanlon vs. Dante Rivera
    Rivera via decision after two rounds – another war!

    Rivera rains down punches
    Rivera rains down punches
  • Jay-Shannon Russell vs. Joey Brown
    Brown via ref stoppage due to unanswered strikes, at 1:58 of the first round.

  • Jeff Williamson vs. Joe VanBrackle
    VanBrackle via decision after two rounds.

  • Vlad Koulikov vs. Nakapan Phungephorn
    Phungephorn via decision after two rounds.

  • Jon Weidler vs. Mark Colangelo
    Colangelo via submission, armbar from the guard, at 1:05 of the first round.


Rivera rains down punches
Rivera rains down punches

By Eduardo Alonso

MECA 7 Worth the Wait!

      A packed house of 4,000 spectators and a live pay per view audience witnesses a action packed night of fights, with only one fight out of nine going the distance. At 9 pm Brazilian time the lights went out and music started playing on the arena, it was the sign that MECA 7 was beginning, as it was its pay per view broadcast.
Kids Muay Thai
From Brazilian Top Team members like Mario Sperry, Rodrigo Minotauo and Murilo Bustamante, to Chute Boxe stars like Vanderlei Silva, Murilo Ninja and Anderson Silva, going through famous veterans like Jorge Macaco Patino and Johil de Oliveira, all the Brazilian fighting community were on hand for the show that started with an exhibition fight from two kids from the Chute Boxe school, showing NHB has a great future ahead! It was amazing to see the technique displayed by kids who couldn’t be more than 6 years old, and they traded some strikes, worked some takedowns and got the crowd clapping all the time! After that brief exhibition it was the time for the fights to begin, and the fighters intro movies started playing on the two big screens placed in the arena.

Carlinhos vs. Gaze
Carlinhos vs. Gaze

Carlinhos vs. Gaz

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