Results Fromultimate Ring Challenge 4
Ultimate Ring Challenge 4
Held March 29, 2003
At the Red Lion Hotel – Kelso, WA
By Mike Neva
Benji Radach, Brad Blackburn, and Ryan Healy were all casualties of the injury bug in the weeks prior to the Ultimate Ring Challenge. As the event drew closer, the line up had to be juggled on various occasions as both Blackburn and Healy were forced to withdraw from the welterweight title fight. In their absence, Dax Bruce, a formidable adversary in his own right was brought in to challenge for the belt. After a seesaw opening round, which saw both combatants battle for leg submissions, Bruce appeared to be sucking wind between rounds. Irvine seized the opportunity at the start of round 2 by garnering top position and pounding away for the TKO victory.
Of the ten matches, only two went past the first round and all turned out to be one-sided affairs. Five of ten matches were stopped by the referee Joe DeRobbio who did an excellent job of letting the fighters work, but always had the fighters’ safely in mind and called a halt to the action when a fighter was unable to defend himself.
Josh Haynes and Jim Pope culminated the evening’s action as they battled it out for the PPKA Heavyweight Title. With each punch these two behemoths threw, the ring literally shook at the foundations. With neither man able to land a clean shot the fighters clinched in the corner as Pope dropped his head giving Haynes the opportunity to swing around and pull to guard with a tight guillotine choke. Try as he might, Pope was unable to work out of the submission and tapped just 34 seconds into the opening round.
1. Ryan Pope (Gresham, OR) def. Jake Yohe (Longview, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from punishment at 2:34 of round 3
2. John Hill (Everett, WA) def. Chris Lyles (Yakima, WA) by arm lock at 2:58 of round 1
3. Paul Purcell (Spokane, WA) def. Chad Wimberly (Euphrada, WA) by rear naked choke at 2:10 of round 1
4. Dave Cochran (Redmond, OR) def. Dave Banuet (Long Beach, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at 1:17 of round 1
5. Wesley Welch (Yelm, WA) def. Ben Augburn (Yakima, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at: 29 of round 1
6. T.J Edwards (Olympia, WA) def. Bud Wall (Kelso, WA) by arm bar at 2:32 of round 1
7. Shane Davis (Castle Rock, WA) def. Josh Robinett (Toledo, WA) by arm bar at 1:15 of round 1
PPKA Welterweight Title Match
8. Chris Irvine (Spokane, WA) def. Dax Bruce (Olympia, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from punches at 2:29 of round 2
9. Adam Oliver (Kelso, WA) def. Justin Gardner (Quincy, WA) by TKO referee stoppage from strikes at 1:12 of round 1
PPKA Heavyweight Title Match
10. Josh Haynes (Medford, OR) def. Jim Pope (Gresham, OR) by guillotine choke at :34 of round 1
"The Axe Murderer" Finally Back in Brazil
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The Brazilian Beat:
Well folks, March is finally history and now comes April bringing a lot of action in Brazil. From April 2nd to April 12th, two NHB shows and STORM Muay Thai Grand Prix will take place, showing that fighting events are achieving their peek again in this country, and finally fighters have more opportunities to work as they had in the past. Brazilian Gladiators 2, scheduled for April 2nd, may bring some interesting surprises and fights, despite the lack of big names on the card, and STORM promises to be the best ever in its kind on Brazilian soil. Since this column doesn’t only concentrate on April, we also have news about MECA 8, coming up this May, and even Bitetti Combat 3 scheduled only for August! Also, with Brazilian fighters performing all over the world, we bring you UFC news with Vitor Belfort getting ready for action once again, as well as plenty of PRIDE related news, from one Silva to another, so for all of that and more take your pace, get in rhythm and feel the beat right out of Brazil, brought to you as always by Full Contact Fighter!