Ufc Back On Cablevision!!!
UFC Back on Cablevision!!!
Thanks to the tireless efforts of Zuffa, Frank Romano of iN DEMAND, and diehard fans who e-mailed, faxed and phoned Cablevision, the UFC will be returning to Cablevision serviced households on January 11th for UFC 35: Throw Down. Another HUGE step for the sport.
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation’s leading telecommunications and entertainment companies. It offers high-speed Internet access (Optimum Online) and digital cable television. The company was founded in 1973 and currently operates nation’s single biggest cable cluster, serving more than 3,000,000 households in the New York metropolitan area (which includes New Jersey and Connecticut). The holdings of Cablevision and its subsidiaries include: the famed Madison Square Garden properties, Radio City Entertainment (as well as a long-term lease on Radio City Music Hall, home of the world-famous Rockettes), and the Clearview Cinema Group.
CLOSED FISTS IN MASSACHUSETTS
By Kipp Kollar
Over the past year the United States Mixed Martial Arts Association (USMMAA) in which I preside over has worked with The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Safety to bring open-hand Mixed Martial Arts competitions to the state. The Boxing Commission/Kickboxing Commission, which falls under the Department of Public Safety, has been extremely impressed with the Mass Destruction events we have held and the level of professionalism of those fighting.
We also worked with the Commission to hold a three-hour Judge & Referee Certification class. The purpose of the class was to train and certify all those interested in or already involved with the refereeing and/or judging of Mixed Martial Arts events in the State of Massachusetts. Upon successful completion of the class, applicants receive certification to begin or continue their specific judging or refereeing responsibilities in 2002. The class consists of a practical exercise portion as well as a written test. The 1st class, held in December, was a huge success and the Commission is requiring all past and future referees and judges to take the USMMAA’s class.
On February 23, 2002 the Commission agreed to allow two "Closed Fist" matches to take place during the USMMAA’s 6th installment of Mass Destruction in Springfield, MA. [See upcoming events section for more info]
Legal Techniques Allowed:
Techniques Not Allowed:
MASS DESTRUCTION 6
NEXT MMA REFEREE & JUDGE TRAINING CLASS
Frye, Shamrock to Headline Pride Press Tour;
Pride to Unveil Same-Day Broadcasts
By Aaron Crecy
Dream Stage Entertainment recently confirmed that Don Frye and Ken Shamrock will face off in the main event at Pride 19. In an effort to promote the eagerly anticipated match-up between two of sport’s most legendary fighters, Frye and Shamrock will participate in a five-day, five-city press tour from February 4 – 8. The fighters will make stops in Detroit, New York City, Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles, respectively, to meet with the media and participate in autograph signings. Other Pride fighters will likely make appearances as well, such as Renzo Gracie in New York, Guy Mezger in Dallas and Dan Henderson and Quinton Jackson in Los Angeles. Stay tuned to the Full Contact Fighter Web site for related times and locations.
Scheduled to take place in Tokyo on February 24, 2002, sources report that Pride 19 will also mark the event’s first-ever same-day pay-per-view broadcast in the United States. Long hosted by DirecTV and DISH Network, Pride recently penetrated the cable PPV market, partnering with broadcast conglomerate TVN to air tape-delayed shows on the Action Channel, which airs on Cablevision and other U.S. cable systems. Beginning in February, Pride will feature primetime pay-per-view Pride broadcasts on the day of the show — however, the significant time difference still precludes a live airing. It is not yet known if the same-day broadcast will be available in Canada.
From the event’s promoter:
2 Miletich Fighters Capture Titles at MMA Nationals
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Dedrick Westbrook and Andrew McFedries, both representing the Miletich Martial Arts Center, claimed titles at the 2001 U.S. Mixed Martial Arts National Championships.
Westbrook, of East Moline, Ill., dropped 60 pounds in three months before winning the 150-pound title by beating Billy Rush of Middletown, Ohio, in the finals. McFedries, of Davenport, took the 190-pound title with a 42-second victory over Jason Autry of Springfield, Ill.
Other division champions include Mac Danzig of Greensburg, Pa., at 170; Greg Franklin of Cincinnati at 210; and John Mandell of Springfield, Ill., at heavyweight.
The MMA Nationals feature fighters who won Extreme Trials qualifying events throughout the year. Notable pro fighters in attendance included UFC champions Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes and Dave Menne; former UFC champion Pat Miletich; and Pride winner Jeremy Horn.
Warriors of the New Millennium IV
Royal Lahaina Tennis Stadium, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
January 5, 2002
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com
Warriors of the New Millennium IV put on Maui’s fourth mixed martial arts event and have been trying to find a permanent home to host its events. This time the event was held at the Royal Lahaina Tennis Stadium. This outdoor venue had stadium seating and added a new dynamic to the event. One of the most important people behind the scenes is Lee Theros. As my good friend Lee picked me up at Kahului airport, he was a little worried about the prevailing Kona winds that was predicted to bring 25 foot swells to Oahu’s north shore, home of the famous Banzai Pipeline. Along with big waves, the Kona winds bring about drastic weather changes to all the islands and the promoters were worried that a cloud front might be blown in. Fortunately, the weather was perfect, even providing a light breeze to cool off everyone and no rain in sight. This event has always provided a venue for fighters to get their start or gain some experience in MMA without being thrown to the wolves. One thing that must be said about amateur fighters is that they usually give it their all with every fight. Sometimes exhausting their energy reserves a little too early in the fight, but what a show during that time! All of pro matches featured some impressive new comers, Jamaal Perkins’ domination over Jay R. Palmer and the striking skills of Lyndon Talanoa, David Santiago and Brandon Wolff. The first few events were rocky to say the least, but they are ironing out the kinks with every new show and the difficult art of matching up fighters with no experience is getting further honed.
Amateur Division: (2 rounds X 5 minutes)
Ermin Fergustrom (Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu, 5’9", 179 lbs)
Nassor Lewis (808 Fight Factory, 5’7" 169lbs)
Garret Viernes (Team Tiger, 6’3" 230lbs)
Professional Division: (3 rounds X 5 minutes)
Jay R. Palmer (Universal Rough Housing, 5’8" 150lbs)
Lyndon Talanoa (Grappling Unlimited, 6’2", 263lbs.)
From the event’s promoter Becky Levi:
Upcoming Danger Zone Events:
The fighters fight promotion!
Jan. 13 Ft. Wayne, IN.
Feb.16 Ft. Smith, AR.
April 7 Ft. Wayne, IN.
June Ft. Wayne, IN.
All interested fighters please go to http://www.the-dangerzone.com/ and please fill out a fighter application. Please indicate on the application which show you are interested in fighting in.
Tentative Shows:Pro Cards
The Mammoth Dan The Bull Bobish will be taking on Eric Pele for the KOTC title Feb. 9 in CA. Don’t miss this fight as well as some other tremendous match ups on the card.
As soon as the date is set Becky Levi will be fighting in the World Toughwoman Championships. The tentative date is March 8-9 at the Grand Casino in Gulf Port, MS. She trains at Byrd Boxing in Flint, MI. with the top male heavyweight Chris Byrd. Look for Chris Byrd and Dan Severn to be in her corner!