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Thursday, May 08, 2003

Super Brawl 29

Super Brawl 29
Weigh-in and Press Conference
May 8, 2003
24-Hour Fitness Kapiolani
Honolulu, Hawaii
By Mike Onzuka

Promoter T. Jay Thompson has really out done himself for Super Brawl 29. Not only was he successful in hosting the first Shooto championship outside of Japan, but he has packed the card with high ranking Shooto fighters, many of who happen to be from Hawaii, including Ray "Bradda" Cooper, Shooto number one ranked welterweight and Stephen "Bozo" Palling, Shooto number one ranked lightweight.

Shooto lightweight number three ranked, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, is quickly becoming one of the most exciting fighters in his weight class and will face Jiu-Jitsu specialist and the well-rounded, Jeff Curran, who has been on a roll, winning his last four fights in impressive fashion. "Kid" has been here in Hawaii acclimating himself to the Hawaii weather and has been at fighting weight for about a week now and looking shredded to the bone. This fight is the one to watch. Two highly explosive fighters that will be sure to push the fight until someone goes down.

The Filipino Phenom, Eddie Yagin will bring his aggressive style against a wild card in 6-2 Joe Jordan. The under card is packed with up and coming fighters which will surely make their mark in the Hawaii scene which has been a hot bed of young talent.

Everyone made weight and seems ready for action. Any of the top four fights could be headlining cards anywhere in the US. I am itching to see the fighters go at it.

Masanori Suda (left) vs. Egan Inoue
Suda vs. Inoue

A possible sell-out crowd of 8,800 may be on hand to support Hawaii’s most popular fighter, Egan Inoue as he finally gets his shot at the Shooto title. Masanori Suda has been holding the belt since January 2002 and looks in great shape to try to keep it. This event will probably the largest audience in Hawaii and possibly America for a Shooto sanctioned card. People worldwide can order the internet live broadcast of the event by going to www.Superbrawltv.com where FCF’s own Mike Onzuka will be co-commentating the blow by blow action. Remember to check out FCF’s website for the results and get a subscription to get the fight breakdown of how this even went down.

Fight Card

167.5lbs 2×5 minute rounds
Brandon Keen 166.2 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 2-0) vs. Paul Laga 163 lbs (Bull’s Pen, 1-1)

Heavyweight 2×5 minute rounds
Tim Tynan 234 lbs (808 Fight Factory, 0-1) vs. Ray "King Kong" Seraille 261 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 1-2)

143lbs 2×5 minute rounds
Justin Mercado 142.4 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 2-1) vs. Rami Boukai 142.2 lbs (Next Generation, 1-1)

167.5lbs 2×5 minute rounds
Mark Moreno 168.5 lbs (Bulls Pen, 4-2-2) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka 167.4 lbs (SSS Academy, Tokyo, 5-1)

167.5lbs 2×5 minute round
Billy Rush 165.0 lbs (Meat Truck, Inc., 3-0) v "Ice Kold" Kolo Koka Did not weigh in (Grappling Unlimited, 4-4)

Sorry for that shot with the crazy eyes Billy.
143lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Stephen "Bozo" Paling 142.0 lbs (Jesus is Lord, 10-4) vs. Mark Hominick 141.0 lbs (Team Tompkins, Ontario, Canada, 3-0)

143lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto 141.8 lbs (Pure Bred, Tokyo, 4-1-1) vs, Jeff Curran 141.5 lbs (Linx, Chicago, IL, 16-5-1)

145lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Joe Jordan 145.0 lbs (Extreme Impact, 6-2) vs. Eddie Yagin 145.0 lbs (Grappling Unlimited, 8-1)

Shooto and Super Brawl Title Unification Bout
183.2lbs 3×5 minute rounds
Masanori Suda 182.4 lbs (Club J, Tokyo 18-8-1) Shooto Champion v Egan Inoue 182.6 lbs (Grappling Unlimited 12-5) Super Brawl Champion

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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