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Wednesday, Feb 27, 2002

Utah Tourney Is Full For’return Of The Heavyweights’


From the event’s promoter:


Utah tourney is full for
‘Return of the Heavyweights’


Tim Sylvia
      A mixture of strikers and grapplers complete the tournament field for Extreme Challenge 47: Return of the Heavyweights.
      Undefeated Mike Kyle [pictured], huge Ernest "Samson" Henderson, Brad Anderson and Eric Klepper will compete in the 8-man heavyweight tourney March 16 at McKay Events Center in Orem, Utah. They join previously announced fighters Tim Sylvia, Rocky Batastini, Matt Frembling and Gabe Beaupurthy.
      In an alternate bout, Ray Harris will face Dino Delacruz.
      "These final four guys were picked from a pretty large group of fighters," said co-promoter Monte Cox. "We wanted to get a good mixture, so we took Kyle and Klepper, who are known for their strong striking ability… and Henderson and Anderson, who have wrestling and submission experience."
      The winner and runnerup in the tourney will earn berths in the mega 16-man heavyweight tourney at Super Brawl on April 26-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Winner of that event pockets $10,000.
      In the first qualifier, held earlier this month in Des Moines, Iowa, winner Ben Rothwell and runnerup Mike Radnov earned berths into the Hawaii event.
     Besides the tourney and alternate fight, it was previously announced that local favorite Jennifer Howe would defend her Extreme Challenge women’s title against Angela Restad of Seattle.
      Also, Salt Lake’s Phil Henderson will battle Provo’s Chris Kiever in and all-Utah heavyweight bout.

The tourney field…

EC 47 poster
Mike Kyle
6-4, 250, Boise, Idaho
MMA record: 7-0
Strengths: Knockout power

Ernest Henderson
6-3, 380, Ellensburg, Washington
MMA record: 0-1
Strengths: Jiu-Jitsu, judo

Brad Anderson
6-2, 220, Colorado Springs, Colo.
MMA record: 4-1
Strengths: Wrestling, judo

Eric Klepper
6-7, 280, Temecula, Calif.
MMA record: 5-4
Strengths: Muay Thai

Tim Sylvia
6-8, 260, Bettendorf, Iowa
MMA record: 7-0
Strengths: Striking, reach

Matt Frembling
6-0, 240, Los Angeles
MMA record: 7-0
Strengths: Well-rounded

Gabe Beaupurthy
6-2, 255, Colorado Springs
MMA record: 6-3
Strengths: Judo, wrestling

Rocky Batastini
6-2, 300, Reno, Nev.
MMA record: 11-6
Strengths: Striking

Alternate fighters…

Ray Harris
6-0, 250, Cincinnati, Ohio
MMA record: 0-0
Strengths: Striking

Dino Delacruz
5-10, 315, Salt Lake City
MMA record: 0-0
Strengths: Striking


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