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Monday, Dec 11, 2000

Ufc Xxix: Defense Of The Belts


UFC XXIX: Defense of the Belts
December 16, 2000 – Tokyo, Japan
Telecast on Pay-Per-View December 22, 2000

Are you ready for another round of the UFC only one month after the runaway success of the history-making debut into Atlantic City? Ready or not, the card is stacked and Tito Ortiz is back to defend his middleweight belt and the honor of the USA as he takes on Japan’s Yuki Kondo. Ortiz is the bigger and more powerful of the two and Kondo is stronger on submissions and experience. Kondo is no stranger to fighting tough guys as he has faced some of the same fighters as Ortiz, such as, Frank Shamrock and Guy Mezger. Will Kondo be able to control the strength of Ortiz while fighting off his back? Or will the Pancrase fighter be able to slap on a submission–something nobody has been able to do to Ortiz since Guy Mezger in UFC 13.

Pat Miletich returns to the Octagon to defend his lightweight title against Kenichi Yamamoto of Japan. Miletich, who has been suffering from nagging injuries in recent years, claims he is feeling great. Miletich will need all of his strength, as he faces his larger opponent.

Here is a look at the full line-up:

UFC XXIX Poster
MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
Tito Ortiz
Vs.
Yuki Kondo [Pancrase]

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT
Evan Tanner [Freestyle Fighting]
Vs.
Lance Gibson [Pankration]

Chuck Liddell [Kickboxing]
Vs.
Jeff Monson [Wrestling]

Yoji Anjoh [Shootwrestling]
Vs.
Matt Lindland [Wrestling]

LIGHTWEIGHT TITLE BOUT
Pat Miletich [Miletich Fighting Systems]
Vs.
Kenichi Yamamoto [Grappling]

LIGHTWEIGHT BOUTS
Matt Hughes [Miletich Fighting Systems]
Vs.
Dennis Hallman [Pankration]

Fabiano Iha [Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu / Vale Tudo]
Vs.
Daiju Takase [Keisyukai]


MATT HUGHES
UFC PRE-FIGHT INTERVIEW

With "The Mouth of NHB" Joel Gold

Matt Hughes
They say pound-for-pound this is the man. Every sport has the bull, the guy that has that freaky strength and speed that stands above the rest, and Matt Hughes is that guy in No Holds Barred. Not the most technical with submissions, Matt ends almost all of his fights with grounding and pounding-not in an uncontrolled manner, no, this guy is in control. A stand out wrestler who prefers to slam you to the mat and proceed to beat the snot out of you while maintaining you for a full onslaught of his fists and elbows. Many have tried to stop him, but all have failed, except one. Early in his career Matt was stopped and in only seventeen seconds with a guillotine choke by the very man he will face on December 16th, Dennis Hallman.

Hughes on upcoming bout with Hallman…
My upcoming bout with Hallman, I think [Hallman's coach Matt Hume] is going to come out with a good plan. I think he is one of the best cornermen and trainers out there. I think he is a better cornerman and trainer than Dennis is a fighter. I am looking for Dennis to come out with a very strategic plan to beat me. I think they are going to be looking for ankles and I don’t think he is going to come out and expect to take me down, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did, but you never know.

He did beat you once before…
It was a 17-second guillotine. I think I threw in a jab or two and shot in and he got me with a guillotine right off the bat. That was my 5th fight, two years ago, in Extreme Challenge 21.

Matt Hughes
Do you think your wrestling skills are superior to his?
My wrestling is definitely superior to his. My Jiu-jitsu ability and my submissions ability I would say are probably a lot a like. He might know a few more things than me and be more technical than me, but I think I am a lot stronger than him and probably a little more aggressive than he is. So, I think on the ground we are going to be pretty neutral. Standing up that is all I’ve been working on.

When it goes to the mat, do you think it will be as usual, ground-and-pound? Or do you think it can get technical?
Here again it goes into the Matt Hume concept. Matt is going to plan on Dennis being on the ground, so I think Matt is going to have a plan for Dennis when it is on the ground. But usually when I get someone down and get him up against that fence, logic and tactics go out the window, and I usually do pretty good about getting some blood flowing.

Prediction…
My prediction is, it will stand as long as I want it to stand and when I want it to go to the ground, that is where it will go. I don’t think he is too used to being on his back so I think I am going to be effective on top of him, ground-and-pound. I don’t know if I’ll be trying any submission attempts because I do think he is a pretty decent at them.


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A TOP FIGHTER IN THE SPORT?
PREPARING FOR A FIGHT WITH MATT HUGHES…

Matt trains 7 days a week, 2 times a day during the week and once a day on weekends.

MORNING
Food: I get up and have a light breakfast, maybe a yogurt and a banana.
Workout: I go to the gym and jog for 1/2 hour and lift weights.
Food: Then protein shake with creatine.

AFTERNOON
Food: At 3pm I eat carbs and protein, the basic chicken, broccoli and oatmeal. From then on I don’t eat anything till right before my workout. I take liquid creatine.
Workout: Then at 6pm I go back into the gym. I train for two hours every evening. It varies depending on the night, it could be sparring or takedowns one night, submissions or boxing another. It is a whole schedule that evolves throughout the week.
Food: I eat my carb and protein meal, chicken, etc.

With my body, I can take in carbs, it doesn’t bother me a bit. My protein and carbs are about the same and I try to take in a little fat with Almonds. I try to cut out diary products.

How Matt relaxes when not training…
After my evening workouts I sit in the hot tub and sauna for about 15 minutes each. I play video games and watch TV.


NEW WEF VIDEOS
World Extreme Fighting


WEF IX
May 13, 2000
Roberts Stadium – Evansville, Indiana

Conan Silveira vs. Dan Severn
Matt Hughes vs. Alexandre Barros
Rich Franklin vs. Gary Myers
Jose "Pele" Landi vs. David Menne
Carlos Newton vs. Karl Schmidt
Bobby Hoffman vs. Carry Schall
Brandon Lee Hinkle vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Mansour Heidari vs. Wataru Sakato
Jens Pulver vs. Eric Hibler

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WEF X: NEW BLOOD CONFLICT
August 26, 2000
Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, GA

Chad Saunders vs. Stephen Broughman
Alexander "Cacareco" Ferreira vs. Kevin Cook
David Harris vs. Shane Dunn
John Horning vs. Mike Farrow
Paul Rodriguez vs. Phil Johns
John Dixson vs. Jack "The Ripper" Nilsson
Mark Robinson vs. Joe Leyva



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WEF IX
May 13, 2000
Roberts Stadium – Evansville, Indiana

Conan Silveira vs. Dan Severn
Matt Hughes vs. Alexandre Barros
Rich Franklin vs. Gary Myers
Jose "Pele" Landi vs. David Menne
Carlos Newton vs. Karl Schmidt
Bobby Hoffman vs. Carry Schall
Brandon Lee Hinkle vs. Yoshihisa Yamamoto
Mansour Heidari vs. Wataru Sakato
Jens Pulver vs. Eric Hibler

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WEF X: NEW BLOOD CONFLICT
August 26, 2000
Augusta Civic Center – Augusta, GA

Chad Saunders vs. Stephen Broughman
Alexander "Cacareco" Ferreira vs. Kevin Cook
David Harris vs. Shane Dunn
John Horning vs. Mike Farrow
Paul Rodriguez vs. Phil Johns
John Dixson vs. Jack "The Ripper" Nilsson
Mark Robinson vs. Joe Leyva


Pancrase December 9th Show Results

PANCRASE 2000 TRANS TOUR
-Masakatsu Funaki Final Message-
Saturday, December 9, 2000
Aomori Prefectural Gymnasium(Aomori, Japan)
doors open: 5:00PM; fights start: 6:30PM
live gate: 4,500

  • Fight#1(10 min)
    Satoru Kitaoka(Pancrase Tokyo) def. Kazuhito Kikuchi(Pancrase Yokohama)
    by unanimous judges’ decision(30-29/30-29/30-29) at 10:00 regulation time.

  • Fight#2(10 min)
    Hikaru Sato(Pancrase Yokohama) def. Shinya Sato(P’s LAB Tokyo) by unanimous judges’ decision(30-29/30-28/30-29) at 10:00 regulation time.

  • Fight#3(10 min)
    Eiji Ishikawa(Team GRABAKA) def. Sen Nakadai(Pancrase Tokyo) by arm bar at 8:42.

  • Fight#4(5 min) *catch-wrestling rules
    Minoru Suzuki(Pancrase Yokohama) def. Takafumi Ito(Pancrase Yokohama) by unanimous judges decision(10-9/10-9/10-9) by 5:00 regulation time.

  • Fight#5(10 min) *Pancrase vs Seikendo team fight
    Daisuke Watanabe(Pancrase Yokohama) def. Davitashvili David(Georgia/Seikendo) by arm-bar at 3:24.

  • Semifinal(10 min) *Pancrase vs Seikendo team fight
    Kosei Kubota(light heavyweight 4th ranked/Pancrase Yokohama) def. Chirragishvili Gia(Georgia/Seikendo) by arm lock at 1:04.

  • Main event(10 min) *Pancrase vs Seikendo team fight
    Osami Shibuya(open-weight 6th ranked/Pancrase Yokohama) def. Kebedov Mikail(Russia/Seikendo) by arm-bar at 56 sec.

Pancrase event schedule in 2001:
Sunday, February 4- Korakuen Hall(Tokyo, Japan)
Saturday, March 31- Namihaya Dome(Osaka, Japan)



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Play the FCF Guess Who Game and you could win a UFC game CD-ROM for Sega Dreamcast*.

Entries must be in by 1:00 pm (Eastern Time) Friday December 15, 2000. A winner will be chosen at random from correct entries and announced the following Monday.

FCF readers should have no problem figuring out the answers.

If you’re not currently a subscriber, treat yourself to an early holiday gift and subscribe now!


UFC Game
The latest winner, Josh Hedges from Lubbock, TX – USA, knew the correct answers to last week’s puzzle…

Bob Meyrowitz,Alan Goes,John McCarthy,Vitor Belfort,Chuck Liddell,Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons,IVC 6,Jerry Bohlander,Kevin Jackson,UFC 16

Try your luck this week…the next winner could be YOU!

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