Ultimate Fighting Championship To Present
From Josh Hedges of Zuffa/UFC:
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP TO PRESENT
ON CABLE, SATELLITE TV, APRIL 12
One-hour show to feature best submissions in UFC history
LAS VEGAS, April 2… The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will present Ultimate Submissions, a one-hour television special, on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, BellExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada pay-per-view starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, Friday, April 12. The show will be re-played throughout April on those networks. Viewers should check their local television listings for the re-play schedule. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
Ultimate Submissions will feature the best submissions in UFC history by its champions and top contenders including current and former stars Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, Josh Barnett, Murilo Bustamante, Pat Miletich, Frank Mir, Elvis Sinosic, Ricardo Almeida, Evan Tanner and others.
The UFC’s next live fight will be High Impact on Friday, May 10, at the Centurytel Arena in Bossier City, La. Tickets, $150, $100, $50 and $25, are on sale at the Centurytel Arena box office in Bossier City, at all Ticket Master outlets, Ticket Master Charge-By-Phone, 318-741-9700, or at www.ticketmaster.com. Service charges may apply depending upon point of purchase.
Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante (10-1-1 in Mixed Martial Arts) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will defend his title for the first time against top contender and U.S. Olympic Wrestling Silver Medalist Matt Lindland (7-0-0) of Eagle Creek, Ore. Bustamante claimed the middleweight crown January 11 when he knocked out former champion Dave Menne in the second round at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Other match-ups will include a lightweight bout between Caol Uno (11-4-2) of Kanagawa, Japan, and Yves Edwards (8-4-1) of The Woodlands, Tex., and Heavyweight contender Ricco Rodriguez (8-1-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., versus Tsuyoshi Kosaka (3-2-0) of Shiga, Japan. Light Heavyweight contender Chuck Liddell (9-1-0) of San Luis Obispo, Calif., will meet an opponent to be named as will Lightweight top contender BJ Penn (4-1-0) of Wainaku, Hilo, Hawaii.
High Impact will be available in North America on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada pay-per-view and in Brazil on Globosat Programadora LTDA. It will air live at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST in the United States and Brazil and on a tape-delayed basis on WOWOW-TV in Japan. The suggested retail price in North America will be $29.95.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports company. It is owned and operated by Zuffa LLC and has distributorship agreements with WOWOW, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) in London, England, Globosat Programadora LTDA and Sportv in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and networks in over 20 other countries. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sport that brings together the world’s most talented mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes from disciplines such as karate, boxing, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, sumo and others in a quest to become an ultimate fighting champion.
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Statement From Frank Shamrock:
As a professional athlete and trainer of other athletes in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), I would like to make the following statement:
In the last eight years since achieving my childhood dream and turning professional in the sport in of MMA I have witnessed a great many changes to our sport of mixed martial arts, both for the good and bad.
In 1995 the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was the most popular selling Pay-per-View (PPV) event on television, even setting a PPV record at the time. Sadly just three years later UFC/MMA struggled to stay on satellite as the sport was banned from cable, namely TCI/Time Warner, for political conquests.
When I first turned pro in 1994 this sport was just gaining national recognition, unfortunately that recognition was for the negative aspects associated with the marketing of the sport, not for the talents of the athletes. As MMA became less and less accessible by way of television, our numbers were growing at a grass roots level at an unstoppable pace; our martial artists and athletes were demanding to compete and participate.
With this demand a new sport was born and a new breed of martial artist and athlete.
During those times of struggle with the cable companies we became an easy target for politicians to step on us on their way to the top. How can we blame them, after all our sport was initially advertised as " No Holds Barred", "There are NO Rules" and "Anything Goes".
It was during these tumultuous times that instead of tearing our sport apart, WE, as a community joined together to make the merits of our sport and our athletes known to the general public.
Everyone did their part.
The efforts of our community are what has deemed us a sport and put us back on cable.
Now that we are being given this recognition as a real sport, we must strive to emulate the standards and ethics of other American sports.
As a true sport we will require some sort of regulation to protect our athletes…and our fans.
When I heard what happened at the Ultimate Athlete event (UA) at the Morongo casino, I was outraged. How could UA let this happen? Who is regulating these athletes so promoters can’t take advantage of them and fans don’t get hurt? Who are these promoters and what right do they have to use our fighters and all of their hard work for a quick buck?
If our sport were more organized and evolved we could tell who belonged in the ring and who did not. As for the athletes they are the first ones to be affected by events like the UA incident, and the last ones to get paid.
Just today I read in the Wrestling Observer that BJ Penn donated $10,000.00 (ten thousand) dollars to the 9/11 FUND because he had said that "if he got a title fight" he thought "he would win a lot of money and he would donate some money to the Fund". He lost that fight; but kept his word.
These are the kind of athletes that make me proud of being a professional MMA fighter and I believe that MMA athletes are the best in the world, in the ring or out of the ring.
I must admit that I do not follow this sport and its every move on the Internet but it was this sport and the desire to conquer it that made me who I am. I am an exceptionally private person and have always treasured my private life and the quietness that it brought . I never really wanted to be famous, I just wanted to be really good at something and this was the result…
With all that said:
I have been approached in an advisory capacity by several State Athletic Commissions who are all jointly concerned about the safety of the athletes. They feel that we have proven the merits of a real sport but that we need some kind regulation. We need to monitor, promote, and protect our sport and athletes.
I would like your help as a community to create a regulatory organization whose primary goal is to protect our athletes and their futures.
Please send your comments on how to create a regulatory organization, and or suggestions, and advice to the following e-mail: MMASPORTS@HOTMAIL.COM
Thank you kindly for your time and interest in MMA/Combat Sports and our athletes,
Kirk Jensen Promotions Inc. Sports & Entertainment Press Release:
BATTLE IN BELLEVUE 9
Saturday, April 6th
Kirk Jensen and Maurice Smith will be promoting a Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Submission fighting event on Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 pm.
FEMALE KICKBOXING BOUT
Luis Guillen VS. Sean Sanada (Submission)
Tickets on sale now at Maurice Smith’s Kickboxing Center (425) 576-5300 and AMC Kickboxing (425) 822-9656. Tickets are $25 Reserved Ringside and $20 General Admission.
FIGHT LOCATION: Maurice Smith’s Kickboxing
From the event’s promoter:
Warriors Quest 5
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday June 7,2002
Light Heavyweight Championship Title Bout
David "Kawika" Pa’aluhi Vs. Sean Gray
Many of you witnessed Sean Gray beat Hawaii’s Falaniko Vitale via TKO for the #1 contender spot. Now Kawika Pa’aluhi, who just had a big knock out victory over Bobby Southworth, will have the fight of his life. Gray and Pa’aluhi will do battle for the vacant Warriors Quest Light Heavyweight Championship title. Gray is favored to win the championship, but he better come prepared for a war.
From the event’s promoter:
THIS WEEK ON "NO HOLDS BARRED NEWS" ON WBAI’S "LIGHTSHOW:"
UNDEFEATED COLLEGE WRESTLER CAEL SANDERSON AND IOWA STATE COACH BOBBY DOUGLAS
By Eddie Goldman
We focus this week on the history-making performance by undefeated college wrestler Cael Sanderson of Iowa State, who captured his fourth straight NCAA Division 1 national championship to become the first college wrestler ever to complete four years with a perfect record.
This week on the "No Holds Barred News" segment on WBAI radio’s "Lightshow" we will be hearing from Cael himself along with his legendary coach, Bobby Douglas, both of whom I interviewed shortly after Cael notched his 159th win at the 2002 NCAA Division 1 Wrestling Championships, held March 21-23 in Albany, NY.
"Lightshow" airs weekly late Friday night/early Saturday morning, 3-5 AM Eastern Time. The "No Holds Barred News" segment airs in the second hour of the show, between 4 AM and 5 AM EST, early Saturday morning, April 6. This week’s segment is prerecorded.
WBAI broadcasts in New York on 99.5 FM. For those not in the New York area, WBAI can also be heard live on the Internet. There are two sites that stream the signal: http://www.wbai.org/ and http://www.2600.com/wbai. At this time broadcasts of "Lightshow" are not archived, but we are working on getting these audio interviews posted.
We also have an e-mail address for our segment on: email@example.com.
WBAI is a 50,000 watt, non-commercial station. This means that, unlike the advertiser-supported media, our opinions are not restrained by any commercial interests.
"Lightshow" is an arts and entertainment show whose main host and producer is Fred Geobold. I was a co-producer on this show from 1993 to 1998, and rejoined the show as a producer and co-host in September 2001.