“the Machine” Grabs Gold
"The Machine" Grabs Gold
by Joe Hall
Ian "The Machine" Freeman won the HOOKnSHOOT Super Heavyweight Title Saturday night with a unanimous decision over Carlos Barreto. For three rounds, Freeman effectively sprawled on Barreto’s takedown attempts, draining the lanky Brazilian both mentally and physically. Barreto consistently absorbed punishment with each failed endeavor, and midway through the second round, he was struggling just to comply with the referee’s instructions to stand as
Freeman backed out of his guard. The final five minutes were no different — the England native pancaked and punished Barreto until the final bell rang. Afterwards, Freeman assured the crowd that "’The Machine’ is back!"
In other action Phil Johns retained his HNS Lightweight Title with a unanimous decision over Leigh Remedios, Aaron Riley soundly defeated Mike Willus with an arm lock, and Takumi Nakayama forced Henry Matamoros to verbally submit from exhaustion in the third round.
HOOKnSHOOT KINGS – Day 1 Results
Hermes Franca def. Mike Brown by Triangle Choke in Rd 1
HNS Lightweight Title
HNS Super Heavyweight Title
From the event’s promoter:
Sylvia remains unbeaten with Extreme Trials victory
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Tim Sylvia lived up to his nickname of the "Grizzly Bear" on Saturday as the 6-foot-8, 270-pounder mauled opponent Greg Wikan at the Extreme Trials.
Sylvia, now 7-0, dominated position throughout the bout and landed the majority of punches before winning by choke at 2:20 of the third round (12:20 overall). It was the second win over Wikan in less than a year, but a much more decisive victory this time around. Wikan, who weighed 229, said he is trying to drop weight and compete at the 205 division.
In the co-main event, Michigan’s Matt Shaw scored a quick win over hometown favorite Jason Medina. After Shaw landed a good right hand, the two got tangled in the ropes and fell to the canvas. Medina injured a knee and could not continue… only 59 seconds into the first round. He had to be helped out of the ring and the doctor said the knee injury "looked serious."
Four fighters claimed weight-class victories and earned berths into the 2001 U.S. MMA National Championships. Winning titles were: Dedrick Westbrook at 150-under; Tim Hernandez at 170-under; James Wade at 210-under and Wayne Pitman at heavyweight.
Drew McFedries and Daryl Guthmiller advanced to the finals of the 190 division, but since both had already earned berths to the Nationals in previous events, there was no need for a final.
The outstanding fighter of the Trials had to be Westbrook, a muscular newcomer from the Miletich Martial Arts Center. After winning his first bout in 31 seconds with a guillotine, Westbrook landed a big right hand and captured the division title with a 7-second knockout in the finals.
From Susumu’s Gallery:
Susumu’s Gallery Update
We have added 27 pictures from WFA held on November 3rd.
From the event’s promoter:
RITC 32 – Showdown in the Desert
Homer Moore vs Joseph Riggs
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2001
Time: Doors Open: 5:30PM, Fight Time: 8:00PM
Location: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
$20 General Admission
Kids under 12 Free!!!
RITC XXXII has been moved from Wednesday night (Dec 12) to Saturday night (Dec 15). This new date should make our show more fan and fighter friendly. We’ve also lined up a Super Main Event for our 9th show of the year.
Super Main Event:
This should be a fascinating matchup as Homer tries to get back on the winning track following his loss in UFC 34 earlier this month. It will be Homer’s quickness and experiece against Joseph’s youth, solid base and raw power. Homer is 30 years old and Joseph is 19. Joseph is now ranked as the #3 fighter in the RITC Heavyweight Division and welcomes this challenge early in his career. He was a two-time state heavyweight wrestling champion, is very skilled in boxing and is now adding brazilian jiu-jitsu to his arsenal.
We’re also doing some preliminary planning for CY2002 to make our RITC shows even more "fan-friendly" while offering local and out-of-state fighters a great place to showcase their skills.
Fight Card subject to change.
Tickets for RITC available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). For additional information, please call 480-446-8127 or visit www.rageinthecage.com