U.k.’s Remedios, Zikic Complete Fight Card For Ufc: Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, July 13, In London
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
U.K.’S REMEDIOS, ZIKIC COMPLETE FIGHT CARD FOR UFC: BRAWL AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, JULY 13, IN LONDON
4 British Fighters Now On 8-Fight Card For UFC’s First European Show
LAS VEGAS, June 26, 2002… Leigh Remedios, the United Kingdom’s top lightweight Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and James Zikic, a light heavyweight contender from Watford in London, will add a decidedly British flavor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Brawl At Royal Albert Hall eight-fight card at 7 p.m. BST, Saturday, July 13, at Royal Albert Hall in London.
Remedios (11-2-1 in MMA) of Ashford, Kent, England, will meet Genki Sudo (3-1-1) of Tokyo, Japan, who is one of his country’s top lightweight fighters. Zikic (16-2-0) will fight undefeated Phillip Miller (13-0-0) of Hesperia, Calif. Zikic, a stand-up specialist previously trained with UFC legend Frank Shamrock in Northern California. Miller just won an eight-man World Vale Tudo tournament in Runaway Bay, Jamaica.
UFC veterans complete the London card with top welterweight contender Gil Castillo (17-1-0) of Concord, Calif., taking on Tony DeSouza (5-1-0) of Lima, Peru, and light heavyweight Evan Tanner (7-1-0) of Gresham, Ore., meeting Vladimir Matyshenko (11-2-0) of Los Angeles, Calif.
Undefeated British middleweight Mark Weir of Gloucester, England, will put his 16-0-0 record on the line when he meets Eugene "The Wolf" Jackson (11-4-0) of East Palo Alto, Calif. A heavyweight showdown will be between undefeated Frank Mir (4-0-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., and top-ranked British heavyweight Ian Freeman (12-5-0) of Sunderland, England. Light heavyweight Elvis Sinosic (4-5-1) of Syndney, Australia, will meet Renato "Babalu" Sobral de Cunha (9-1-0) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in another feature match.
The main event will be the long-awaited re-match for the UFC welterweight championship. Champion Matt Hughes (26-3-0) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt against former champion Carlos Newton (10-5-0) of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Hughes captured the welterweight crown Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a controversial knockout of Newton. Hughes picked him up as he was attempting a triangle choke and slammed him to the mat. The force knocked out Newton just as Hughes went unconscious from the choke. Referee John McCarthy separated the fighters and awarded the victory to Hughes. Many thought Newton won.
Hughes defended his title March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a fourth round technical knockout of legendary Japanese fighter Hyato Sakurai. Newton last fought on February 24 in Japan where he defeated highly ranked Brazilian striker Jose "Pele" Landi-Jones by arm bar submission.
Tickets for Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, 100 pounds sterling, 75 pounds sterling and 50 pounds sterling, are now on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office in London, at all Ticket Master outlets in the United Kingdom, by calling Ticket Master at 011-44-020-7316-4709, or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.
Brawl At Royal Albert Hall also will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Brazil on Sky Box Office, iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, Viewers Choice Canada and Globosat Programmadora LTDA pay-per-view television. It also will be televised on WOWOW-TV in Japan. The fight will be televised live at 7 p.m. BST on Sky Box Office in the U.K. and Ireland and on tape delay at 10 p.m. EDT /7 p.m. PDT on iN DEMAND and 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on DIRECTV in North America. The suggested retail price in North America is $29.95, and in the U.K., 14 pounds sterling. U.K. fight fans also can view "Ultimate Fighting Championship," a weekly, two-hour show that airs at 10 p.m. each Thursday on British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
LIDDELL DEFEATS BELFORT
BY UNANIMOUS DECISION;
TO MEET ORTIZ FOR
UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE
Lawler Stops Berger In Co-Main Event
For Fox Net’s Best Damned Sports Period
LAS VEGAS, June 26, 2002….Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Chuck Liddell became the top contender for Champion Tito Ortiz’ title with a unanimous decision over Vitor Belfort last Saturday, June 22, before a sellout crowd of 3,779 at Bellagio. Both fighters were cautious the first two rounds before Liddell caught Belfort with a hard right hand at 3:45 of the third round and knocked him down. Judges Abe Belardo and Cecil Peoples favored Liddell, 30-27, while Marcos Rosales had it 29-28 for Liddell.
"I knew I could catch him sooner or later, and I did. Tito is a good friend, but at fight time, it will be different," Liddell said.
Ortiz said the same thing in a post-fight interview.
"Chuck and I used to train together. But, the Octagon is mine and I will protect it," he said.
Liddell of San Luis Obispo, Calif., ran his Mixed Martial Arts record to 10-1-0 while Belfort is now 10-3-0. The Liddell-Belfort elimination bout was the main event of a six-fight card that was produced for the FOX Sports Network’s Best Damned Sports Show Period All-Star Summer Celebration. Four of the fights, excluding Liddell-Belfort, aired yesterday on the cable network show, the first time a UFC event has ever been on basic cable television. The Liddell-Belfort fight will air in its entirety on a UFC pay-per-view show in August.
In the main event for BDSSP, powerful, Welterweight puncher Robbie Lawler (6-0-0) of Davenport, Iowa, hit veteran Steve Berger (15-7-3) of St. Louis, Mo., with a wicked right followed by a devastating left at :27 of the second round for a TKO to remain undefeated. Lawler has won both of his fights in the UFC in a little over a month. On May 10, he defeated Aaron Riley by unanimous decision in Bossier City, La.
In other fights that were highlighted on BDSSP:
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From the event’s promoter
WFA CHAMPIONSHIPS: LEVEL 2
Las Vegas, NV (June 25, 2002)- For the first time ever, ESPN will feature a professional mixed-martial arts production on prime time. Final preparations are underway for the WFA’s highly-anticipated second installment, to be held at the magnificent Hard Rock Hotel and Casino over America’s most patriotic holiday weekend. Continuing to take the sport to the next level & attracting the attention of the world, this WFA event will be covered by ESPN’s own Jay Mohr. Mohr, the host of Mohr Sports, will be on hand with his television cameras in tow to observe and participate in what is sure to be an electrifying night of mixed martial arts action. (air date to be announced soon) And with seven scheduled bouts touting the sport’s hottest talent from around the world, Mohr will not leave disappointed.
In the main event, sparks will fly in the WFA’s first-ever middleweight championship as Thai/kick-boxer supreme Jermaine "Bamm-Bamm" Andre locks horns with New Mexican scrapper Joey "Pancho" Villaseñor. Coming in fresh from two back-to-back wins at the King of the Cage, will Andre be able to bring "Pancho Villa’s" winning streak to a screeching halt?
In the co-main event, the legendary heavyweight brawler Kimo makes his return to the cage after a four-year hiatus. Facing him will be the always-tough Tim Lajcik. Will the "Bohemian’s" wrestling and boxing prowess be too much for the Hawaiian behemoth?
Jay Mohr, an accomplished film and television actor/comedian, might be remembered best for his uncanny performance as a sleazy sports agent opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire as well as for co-starring as a diligent reporter tracking the path of a good-deed-epidemic in Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. He often guest hosts on premiere radio’s Jim Rome Show and is a regular guest on the nationally syndicated Opie & Anthony Show out of New York, and on L.A.’s number one and also nationally syndicated morning show, KROQ’s Kevin & Bean. Most recently, Mohr starred in the highly acclaimed television show Action, before heading into the field of sports journalism. Mohr Sports, which airs weekly for the sports channel juggernaut (check your local listings for air times), will have its cameras rolling for an upcoming segment focused on America’s most promising new sport. Mohr will capture all the fervor of this burgeoning sport and its fighters, and production plans include him getting in on the action himself! In order to give a better view into the world of WFA mixed-martial arts fighting, Jay has asked to be part of a fighter’s camp. (fighter yet to be determined) He will train along with the fighter during fight week, accompany the fighter in his dressing room for warm-up and ultimately be in the fighter’s corner. The World Fighting Alliance warmly welcomes Mohr and his crew to "where the fight club meets the night club!"
July 5th is almost upon us! Don’t miss out on the next level in MMA competition. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s box office (702-693-5000) and through all Ticketmaster locations (www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices range from $35 to $200, with VIP 5-Seat table seating for $1000. Visit the WFA’s official web site for ticket breakdowns, seating chart, and exclusive interviews and bio information on the entire card (www.wfa.tv).
For more event information, please contact Paula Romero, WFA Marketing & Promotions at WFA Press@aol.com.