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Sunday, Sep 01, 2002

Warriors Quest 7:tap Out Or Knock Out

Warriors Quest 7:
Tap Out or Knock Out

Held August 30, 2002
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com

Moses Kersiano drives a forearm into Dustin Pacheco's neck
The crowd was thin as the highly anticipated match up with Kawika Pa’aluhi and Sean Gray for the vacant Warriors Quest Light Heavyweight Championship was put on hold due to a knee injury suffered by Pa’aluhi. This is the second event that Gray has not been able go. Sean Gray shocked Hawaii fans by beating Niko Vitale, earning his shot at the title. Pa’aluhi showed very little ring rust by coming off a long layoff to knock out Bobby Southworth. Hopefully this match up will take place in the next Warriors Quest. Warriors Quest has been a hotbed for up and coming Hawaii fighters and with a little bit of juggling, the card was set. One name that popped off the card was Leandro Nyza, a Nova Uniao black belt. Nyza followed his teammate, Charuto Verissimo into MMA who made his debut recently. Nyza has been training to make the transition from BJJ to MMA with none other than BJ Penn in Hilo, Hawaii. Number #1 ranked Bozo Paling showed why he holds that ranking by earning a split decision against a tough Inoue. I think a rematch between the Shooto champion, Alexandre "Pequeno" Nogueira and Paling is going to be an interesting one because Paling lacked experience the first time around and has grown a lot as a fighter. I caught up with Nogueira in Brazil at the Mundial and he said that he looked forward to fighting Paling or Baret Yoshida because they are great fighters.

Kazuhiro Inoue cranking Bozo Paling's arm
Middleweight Class B 2×5 Minutes
John Naole (HMC) def. Rodell Soares (Hard Knocks)
Unanimous decision [(19-18), (19-18), (19-18)]

Welterweight Class B 2×5 Minutes
Jim Kikuchi (808 Fight Factory) def. Jerome Kekumu (Hard Knocks)

Unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)]

Heavyweight Class B 2×5 Minutes
Moses Kersiano (808 Fight Factory) def. Dustin Pacheco (Koden Kan)
Submission via forearm choke from the mount at 1:07 into round 1.

Welterweight Class B 2×5 Minutes

Leandro Nyza (Nova Uniao) def. Ed Newalu (Koden Kan)
Submission via rear naked choke at 1:12 into round 1.

Lighweight Class B 2×5 Minute
Dain Agbayani (808 Fight Factory) def. Jay R. Palmer (Universal Roughhousing)
Submission via arm bar at 3:27 into round 1.

Cruiserweight Class B 2×5 Minutes

Kaipo Miller (Grappling Unlimited) def. Jason Verdadero (Bulls Pen)
Submission via rear naked choke at 1:57 into round 1.

Middleweight Class B 2×5 Minutes
Deshawn Johnson (HMC) def. Harris Sariento (Koden Kan)
Unanimous decision [(20-18), (19-18), (19-18)]

Lightweight Class B 2×5 Minutes
Eben Kaneshiro (Kamole Jiu-Jitsu) def. Yobi Song (Gamebred)
Submission via rear naked choke at 2:09 into round 1.

Lightweight Class A 3×5 Minutes
Stephen Paling (Jesus Is Lord) def. Kazuhiro Inoue (Impress)
Split decision [28-26), (29-28), (30-28)]

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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