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Friday, Aug 24, 2001

Warrior’s Quest Weigh-in And Press Conference



Warrior’s Quest Weigh-in and Press Conference
August 24, 2001 – Players Aiea Sports Bar
By Michael Onzuka – Mike@onzuka.com

The Warrior’s Quest weigh-in and press conference was held in Aiea near the Hawaiian home of the NFL, Pro Bowl Aloha Stadium. This event marked the release of a new sanctioning body in Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Mixed Martial Arts (HAMMA). More information regarding the formation of this sanctioning body will be released soon. The press conference had an interesting set up, all the fighters sat at tables formed in a "U" shape facing their opponents, with the headliners seated in the middle. Ray Cooper vs. Jeremy Williams
With the removal of Joe Hurley, who was originally scheduled to fight Ray "Bradda" Cooper, a very tall and lanky Jeremy Williams stepped up for the challenge. Williams kept all the fighters very relaxed as he constantly cracked jokes during the photo sessions. The card is full of fighters from the Jesus is Lord gym, which is expected when two brothers-in-law, Brennan and Kai Kamaka, are the promoters. The JIL team is very friendly and inviting which helped the onlookers really start getting the impression that mixed martial arts is indeed a sport and not grudge matches or street fights.
Ron Juhn vs. Pete Spratt
The "Machine Gun," Ronald Jhun looked ripped and ready as he attempts to continue his dominance in the 180-pound class facing a densely built, Pete Spratt. The Shooto Hit Man, Stephen "Bozo" Palling, is keeping himself busy and sharp while taking on Antonio Banuelos. All the fighters that were present easily made weight and looked ready for action. Chuck Liddell, was present at the weigh-ins and looked in top shape for his upcoming fight with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Murilo Bustamante. UFC and KOTC veteran Chris Brennan was also in attendance. UFC Light Heavyweight Champ, Tito Ortiz and UFC, Pride, and WWF superstar, Ken Shamrock are flying in early Saturday afternoon to watch the fights. The card looks to be a good mix of young and experienced fighters that should give the Hawaii fans something to enjoy this Saturday. Full coverage of the show will be in the next issue of Full Contact Fighter!

Warrior’s Quest II
August 25, 2001
Blaisdell Arena, HI

Fight Card
Main Events

  • Ray "Bradda" Cooper 168.2 lbs Vs. Jeremy Williams 170.0
  • Ronald "Machine Gun" Jhun 178.8 lbs Vs. Pete Spratt 176.6 lbs
  • Stephen "Bozo" Palling 140.1 lbs Vs. Antonio Banuelos 139.0 lbs

Feature Fights

  • Dennis Asche 168.5 lbs Vs. Jason Dacquel
  • Eddie Yagin 145.4 lbs Vs. Russell Mederios 144.4 lbs
  • Bob "Bob-O" Ostovich 183.0 lbs Vs. Jason Von Flue 184.6 lbs
  • Jay R. Palmer vs. Cisco Bringas 166.6 lbs
  • Tommy Kalikini 184.9 lbs Vs. David Maldanado


From the events’ promoter:


Upcoming NAGA/MD Events

  • JBA SUBMISSION CHALLENGE II
    When: September 15th Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
    Where: Somerset, Massachusetts
    Contact: Don Banville (508) 673-5688
    Superfights: Liane Verville vs. Jennifer Grimme

  • NAGA HAWAIIAN GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
    When: Sept 22nd Saturday 11 to 4 PM
    Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
    Contact: Eric Goo (808) 381-7838
    Superfights: Ron "Machine Gun" Juhn & Steve Hordinski in a 4-Man Absolute

  • MASS DESTRUCTION VALE TUDO IV
    (Call now if you want to get on this card)
    When: October 27th Saturday 7 to 11 PM
    Where: Wildwood, New Jersey (Wildwood Convention Center)
    Contact: Chad Beatty (610) 495-1937 or match maker Joe Cuff jcuff@nagafighter.com
    Fighters: Middleweight Title Fight Steve Haigh vs. Zak Wakeman Eddie Rolon vs. Norman Schack, Tommy DiLallo vs. Randy Rowe

  • MASS DESTRUCTION VALE TUDO V
    When: November 4th Saturday 7 to 11 PM
    Where: Fall River, MA (Bank Street Armory)
    Contact: Joe Cuff (860) 376-3563 or jcuff@nagafighter.com
    Fighters: Don Banville, Tony Ventura, Joe Pomfret, Bill Luff, Jorge Rivera

  • NORTH AMERICAN GRAPPLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
    When: November 17 & 18th Saturday & Sunday 10 AM to 6 PM
    Where: Bayonne, New Jersey (Just 3 miles from Newark Airport)
    Contact: Kipp Kollar 860-635-1867 or President@nagafighter.com
    Details: America’s Largest Grappling Tournament – 100 + Divisions
    Free JetSki: One lucky competitor will take home a free Sea Do Jetski just for competing

  • NAGA U.S. NATIONALS
    When: December 1st Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM
    Where: Fort Pierce, FL (Fort Pierce High School)
    Contact: Kipp Kollar 860-635-1867 or President@nagafighter.com
    Details: Absolute Divisions for Cash

  • Visit WWW.NAGAFIGHTER.COM for more info on all these events

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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