United Full Contact Federation Presents:
United Full Contact Federation Presents:
A Night of Champions
Held April 19, 2003
At the Edmonds Community College
By Mike Neva
Aric Wiseman, in association with the United Full Contact Federation, once again brought his exciting brand of amateur kickboxing and pankration to the Edmonds Community College. With over ten years of promoting such events, the list of fights that have fought in Wiseman’s shows is like a veritable who’s who of mixed martial arts. Matt Hume, Josh Barnett, Dennis Hallman, Ivan Salaverry and Charles Pearson have all tested their wares as amateurs in years past.
Assembling a solid card with many of today’s top northwest amateurs, the mixed card of five kickboxing and four pankration matches entertained with a good mix of submissions, decisions, and of course, an upset. With only 2 kickboxing matches under his belt, local favorite Landon Showalter took a big step up in competition facing the crafty veteran Phil Petite. Taking the fight on short notice, Showalter showed great heart and determination as he methodically waited for an opening and capitalized on Petite’s lack of activity by landing clean shots near the end of each round. After five hard fought rounds Showalter was awarded a very close split decision victory.
Other action saw a ripped and ready Andrew Taylor over power Paul Purcell and pound away from the full mount until Purcell verbally submitted. Eddie Ellis also stepped up to the plate in his first kickboxing match to take on team quest fighter Kevin Ketch. The unorthodox style of Ellis looked to frustrate Ketch who was unable to land any effective blows throughout the match. Ellis eventually landed a clean shot sending Ketch to the canvas. As Ketch staggered to his feet he stumbled backwards causing the referee to call a halt to the action. Rob Williams and Shandi Fyre put on a three round war that had the crowd on their feet as they cheered at every blow these two landed. Williams knocked Fyre down twice in round 1 and although Williams was fatigued early on, Frye could not overcome the quick deficit as the judges awarded Williams a majority decision.
Pacific Fighting Championships
Held April 17, 2003
Waikiki Shell Amphitheater, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka
The inaugural Pacific Fighting Championships kicked off at the open aired, Waikiki Shell Amphitheater, which is a stone’s throw away from the famous Waikiki Beach. The event was sparsely attended, primarily due to the rain earlier in the day and the event being held on a Thursday night. The card was pretty sparse as well due to a lot of last minute drop outs or no shows. The event featured a lot of new comers to MMA. It was highlighted by a few fighters with a lot of potential, the first being HMC’s Neal Andres, with the exception of the very beginning of the fight, dominated the match on his way to a unanimous decision. Jacob Fa’agai showed impressive straight punches and a solid ground and pound game for the TKO. He will be a force to be reckoned with. And of course, Deshawn Johnson showed why he is one of Hawaii’s best MMA strikers, by pounding Vela and securing a choke for the submission.
2 Rounds – 5 minutes
Mike Bower (HMC)
265lbs & Under
From the event’s promoter:
RITC 48: Let’s Do It Again!
Saturday, May 3, 2003
Pinal County – Parks, Recreation & Fairgrounds
11 MC Road
Casa Grande, Arizona
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
We need the people from Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolige, Phoenix and Tucson to come out and support this event just like they did for our last Casa Grande show two months ago. The planned fight card will be stacked to showcase local talent in excellent matchups. Come on out and support your favorites.
Here is a PRELIMINARY list of fighters who have formally signed up so far.
Steve McDonald – 145 lbs
Attention Fighters: weigh-ins scheduled for 3 PM on fight date (May 3) at the fight site. Photo shoot for web site profiles scheduled for 4 PM. Tickets are available in advance at Asher Combat Academy or at the door the night of the show until sold out. Get your tickets in advance. There will be two entrances at the show. One for fans with advanced tickets, the other for fans buying tickets the night of the fight. Tickets prices are $20 (General Admission) and $25 (Floor Level Seating).
Asher Combat Academy
Here are the directions for those traveling from Phoenix or Tucson for the event.
Take I-10 to Exit 194
RITC 49 – Stare Down
RITC 51 – The Heavyweights