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Tuesday, Sep 25, 2001

Ufc 33 Victory In Vegaspress Conference



UFC 33 Victory in Vegas
Press Conference

By Aaron Crecy

With the 33rd Ultimate Fighting Championship just two days away, the principals and theirs camps gathered at the Mandalay Bay Event Center to take part in a pre-fight press conference. Featuring comments from UFC titleholders Jens Pulver and Tito Ortiz, along with challengers Dennis Hallman and Vladimir Matyushenko, the event was well-attended by mixed martial arts media, local journalists and representatives from several Spanish speaking media outlets. Middleweight championship contenders Dave Menne and Gil Castillo were also on the dais.

Lorenzo Fertitta, managing partner of Zuffa Sports Entertainment-which owns the UFC-served as the master of ceremonies.

"What we have done, I believe, is put together one of the best cards in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championships," said Fertitta. "I’m pleased to announce that the fight is sold out. It’s for all intents and purposes, sold out. We sold the majority of the tickets in the first two weeks that we put the tickets on sale, which is significant because Las Vegas has not been an easy place to sell tickets with all the different entertainment options."

Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Marc Ratner was also in attendance, along with commissioners Flip Homansky and Amy Ayoub.

"Seven or eight years ago this sport would not have been welcome here," Ratner stated. "But with the changes that have been made and the safety factors that are involved now, we’re very excited to have it and I’m looking forward to it."

It was Ratner’ commission that unanimously approved mixed martial arts for sanctioning in the state of Nevada on July 23, 2001. Now, MMA shares the same worldwide stage as boxing.

"I’m a fan of mixed martial arts, and I have been for a long, long time," commented Homansky. "I respect the abilities of the gentlemen that get into the ring and compete at the highest level. I am happy that we have been able to treat this sport the same as we treat boxing. The fighters of mixed martial arts will get the same respect as the heavyweight champions of the world. We welcome you, we respect you and I look forward to a great fight Friday night."

UFC president Dana White introduced each of the fighters, calling the Hallman-Pulver fight the "first grudge match I’ve ever seen in the UFC."


Fighter Quotes

Middleweight Championship


Gil Castillo, contender
"It’s an honor to fight in the UFC. It’s a dream of any fighter to be here. This is the best organization in the world and it was unexpected that I got called for this fight. I had the honor of meeting Dana and [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva at my last fight. They asked me to d this one and I was thrilled to take a shot at the title here. I’m looking forward to putting on a good show. I fight to win-win, lose or draw, I’m going to give you guys a good show."

Dave Menne
Dave Menne, contender
"It’s obviously an honor to be back in the UFC and an even bigger honor to have the title fight. It’s been a long time coming, so I’m going to do my best to take that title home. You can expect a war out there. I always push the fight the fight, and I always push it to the third, the fourth and the fight round. Everybody that’s seen me fight knows if anyone comes up against me they’re going to have to knock me out or kill me. So, expect to see a nice fight."

Lightweight Championship

Dennis Hallman, challenger
"First, I want to thank Dana White for being a man of his word and giving me the title shot. Next, I’d like to say, [turns to face Pulver] time’s coming, guy. I’ve waited a long time. I got an opportunity to train full time for the first with Tito Ortiz up at Big Bear. So, I’m in shape-I can go 25 [minutes] or I can go 20 seconds. [Faces Pulver again] When it gets to the ground, big guy…"

Jens Pulver
Jens Pulver, champion
"I’m excited to be in Vegas. It’s been a long time, a big dream. This fight-what are you going to say? It’s been a long time. It’s funny-we’ve been warring with words for quite a while, actually. In high school, I never had the pleasure of wrestling him, but I got to see him. He was a tough person then, he was strong, a wiry guy. He was definitely go get ‘em. So, I wish him the best of luck on Friday, I mean I do, because I’m going to explode on him. He says 20 seconds, this is just another guy gonna take me down and submit me. I mean, that’s every single fight. You make the mistake of saying you’re superior to me. No disrespect to John Lewis, but ask him how that 12 seconds felt. When you say you’re superior to me you just piss me off. So, I hope Dennis is training hard-I hope he’s ready to go 25. Because he needs to go a lot longer than that if he’s gonna beat me, because he ain’t gonna out-condition me, he ain’t gonna out-think me-I hope to God he can take me down, because otherwise he ain’t got a chance. So, you guys are gonna see some shit on Friday."

Light Heavyweight Championship

Vladdy Matyushenko
Vladimir Matyushenko, challenger
"I want to thank everyone for being here, for having me here, Dana White for the right to fight for the title in the main event. It was kind of a surprise for me, but a good surprise. I’m ready physically and mentally and I want to thank Zuffa and UFC for giving me a chance. And I want to thank my management and trainers for getting me to this level. I promise all my fans to have a good show-we’ll have fun."

Tito Ortiz training
Tito Ortiz, champion
"This is my dream and I’m sitting on top, where I expected to be. I’ve been training the last three months to fight Vitor Belfort from Brazil, but I guess there was this kind of freak accident and he got injured. That was a big letdown for me, I think I lost about four days of sleep due to that one. I want to fight Vladimir for stepping up-I’ve been watching him since he started. He hasn’t known that, but I always watch the guys at my weight. I kind of look up to him a little bit-he says he has an open mind in everything he does, and I take that for granted in everything I do, too. I have an open mind in all the training and everything. It’s going to be a good match coming Friday night, but like I said before, people don’t blink-shit may be over quick. I’m here to stop every one of the guys they put in front of me. This is strictly a job for me. I know he’s out there to do the same to me, but I don’t know, his chances are slim. These guys that get a chance at the lightweight title usually don’t last that long. I’m ready for a war, I was up in Big Bear for three weeks training my butt off-I think it’s the hardest I ever trained in my life. This is a dream and I’m ready to step up and make the accomplishments happen. It’s going to be a great match come Friday night. Vladimir is a great guy, but I feel sorry for him because he’s going to get hurt, that’s for sure. [Looking at Matyushenko] Good luck to you Vladdy."

FCF TV
FCF TV was preempted this Tuesday on MSG Network and will run instead on Thursday night at midnight (Eastern time). Check with your local cable or satellite provider and your local listings.
FCF TV
FCF TV was preempted this Tuesday on MSG Network and will run instead on Thursday night at midnight (Eastern time). Check with your local cable or satellite provider and your local listings.

From Pancrase:


PANCRASE 2001 PROOF TOUR
-MIDDLEWEIGHT K.O.P. TITLE MATCH-
-TOKYO/YOKOHAMA vs GRABAKA 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT-
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2001
DOORS OPEN; 5:30PM – FIGHTS START; 6:30PM
KORAKUEN HALL(TOKYO, JAPAN)

RED CORNER(LEFT)     BLUE CORNER(RIGHT)

  • FIGHT#1 -MIDDLEWEIGHT 2 5-min. rds-
    MICK GREEN vs KOJI OISHI
    PANCRASE AUSTRALIA     PANCRASE YOKOHAMA

  • FIGHT#2 -MIDDLEWEIGHT 2 5-min. rds-
    HIKARU SATO vs HIDEAKI IWASAKI
    PANCRASE YOKOHAMA     STRAPPLE

  • FIGHT#3 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT#1 – MIDDLEWEIGHT 3 5-min. rds
    MIDDLEWEIGHT 6TH RANKED
    TAKAFUMI ITO vs KAZUO MISAKI
    PANCRASE YOKOHAMA     PANCRASE GRABAKA

  • FIGHT#4 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT#2 – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 3 5-min. rds
    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 8TH RANKED
    KOSEI KUBOTA vs EIJI ISHIKAWA
    PANCRASE YOKOHAMA     PANCRASE GRABAKA

  • FIGHT#5 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT#3 – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 3 5-min. rds
    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 5TH RANKED
    DAISUKE WATANABE vs MITSUYOSHI SATO
    PANCRASE YOKOHAMA     PANCRASE GRABAKA

  • FIGHT#6 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT#4 – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 3 5-min. rds
    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 9TH RANKED LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 10TH RANKED
    DAISUKE ISHII vs YUKI SASAKI
    PANCRASE TOKYO     PANCRASE GRABAKA

  • FIGHT#7 5 ON 5 TEAM BOUT#5 – LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT 3 5-min. rds
    KEI YAMAMIYA vs AKIHIRO GONO
    PANCRASE TOKYO     TEAM GRABAKA

  • MAIN EVENT – 3 5-min. rds -MIDDLEWEIGHT K.O.P. TITLE MATCH-
    1ST MIDDLEWEIGHT KING OF PANCRASISTS MIDDLEWEIGHT 4TH RANKED
    NATHAN MARQUARDT vs YUJI HOSHINO
    PANCRASE GRABAKA     RJW/CENTRAL



UFC 32 Video


UFC 32 video tape
Light Heavyweight Championship
Tito Ortiz vs. Elvis Sinosic

Heavyweight bout
Josh Barnett vs. Semmy Schilt

Light Heavyweight bout
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Yuki Kondo

Lightweight bouts
BJ Penn vs. Din Thomas
Caol Uno vs. Fabiano Iha
Welterweight bout
Pat Miletich vs. Shonie Carter


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UFC 32 video tape
Light Heavyweight Championship
Tito Ortiz vs. Elvis Sinosic

Heavyweight bout
Josh Barnett vs. Semmy Schilt

Light Heavyweight bout
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Yuki Kondo

Lightweight bouts
BJ Penn vs. Din Thomas
Caol Uno vs. Fabiano Iha
Welterweight bout
Pat Miletich vs. Shonie Carter

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