From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
Today (October 31st) in Japan, DSE/PRIDE announced two additional matches for PRIDE.23 on November 24th as follows:
PRIDE middleweight championship
Murilo Ninja vs Ricardo Arona
Nobuhiko Takada vs Kiyoshi Tamura
Don Frye vs Hidehiko Yoshida
By Keith Mills
Reno, NV-This Friday, November 1st, 2002 KOTC hold their next pay-per-view broadcast event from the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Gates open at 4:30pm PST, fights start at 6:00pm.
Perhaps the most intriguing fight of the night is Dan "The Beast" Severn, a name every MMA fan will recognize, taking on Mark Smith who seems to be the perennial hunter of vets of the early UFC. After Dan’s loss to Pedro Rizzo, his career slid in the eyes of many to taking on relatively inexperienced fighters in promotions seeking name recognition over quality matches such as Dan’s loss to rookie Jonathon Wiezorek in RSF1 or his controversial win over Travis Fulton in WEC1. Dan’s KOTC debut win came this summer against John Jensen, marking a possible turning point for Dan of drawing his career to a close against higher competition as evidenced by taking on Mark Smith.
Smith started his career in the early days of HOOKnSHOOT where he won four of his five fights before moving around various promotions including KOTC5 and Gladiator Challenge 1, but mostly regional shows like Ultimate Pankration. In that time he became noted for the amount of early UFC fighters he has faced – he lost a decision to Joe Charles in ’99, beat Zane Frazier in ’01, and won a decision over Remco Pardoel in ’02. Mark has won three of his four fights in ’02, but they were against Pardoel who has been having an off year, Samu Samu (in Samu’s debut fight) who is now 0-2, and 1-5 Ron Faircloth;while his loss was to Kerry "Meat Truck" Schall out of Miletich Martial Arts. Now holding a record of 11-6 Smith, is doing okay but to take the next step needs to beat a high profile fighter and Severn, although not usually thought of as one of the top fighters in the sport today, still holds a name with enough clout in the minds of old school fans to bring respectability. Will Severn continue on his rise back to glory or will his attempt to get back in the limelight be the reason he falls? This one could be intense.
Another one to watch for is 10-6 Dennis Hallman making his KOTC debut against 3-0-1 Betiss Mansouri. Mansouri only fights about once a year and is known for either getting a quick submission, as he did in 1:15 against Eddy Ellis and 0:20 of r2 against Adrian Serrano, or going the distance as he did in his one decision win and one draw. Hallman’s 10-6 record is misleading as he suffered a four loss losing streak in 2000 but went 6-2 since then with the two losses being a title shot against former UFC champ Jens Pulver followed by Amaury Bitetti. Now, with three more wins under his belt, look for Hallman to try to use this show to vault back into contender status where he belongs.
Also on the card 6-5 Paul Buentello, who started out last year with three losses in a row but has since turned it around to three wins in a row, takes on up-and-comer Mike Kyle, a 2-1 fighter with his only loss to former champion Daniel Bobish. James House vs. James Fanshier looks to be the most even fight of the night while Gary Grate vs. Jim Walker could be interpreted as KOTC vet vs. IFC vet. The only bout on the card so far that does not seem of much interest is 0-2 Rick Collup vs. unknown Chad Bannon.
"King of the Cage: Sudden Impact" will be televised on pay-per-view. The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST and is available via DirecTV, The Dish Network, TVN, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer’s Choice. For more information on pay-per-view availability, check your local listings. For tickets, go to www.ticketsplus.net or call 1-800-585-3737.
From the event’s promoter:
UPDATED FIGHT CARD FOR SPORTFIGHTING
The SportFighting MMA Championships featuring Jon Weidler, Hybrid Elite vs. Mark Colangelo, Team Renzo Gracie NYC
Saturday, November 9th, 2002
Main Event of the Night:
Pancrase 2002 Spirit Tour
Doors Open; 5:30pm/Fights Start; 6:30pm
Korakuen Hall (Tokyo,Japan)
Live Gate: 2,200 Sold Out
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