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Saturday, Feb 02, 2002

‘return Of The Heavyweights’will Include Radnov, ‘meat Truck’

From the event’s promoter:

‘Return of the Heavyweights’
will include Radnov, ‘Meat Truck’

Extreme Challenge poster
      Promoters have announced the first four fighters taking part in the mega "Return of the Heavyweights" tournament.
      Mike Radnov, former training partner for Ken Shamrock, and Kerry "Meat Truck" Schall are among the first fighters to commit to the three-part event that concludes with a huge 16-man tourney in Honolulu, Hawaii. Radnov and Schall will be joined by William Hill and Jason Brilz at the Extreme Challenge 46 eight-man qualifying tourney Feb. 16 in Des Moines, Iowa.
      The remaining fighters for the Des Moines event will be announced soon.
      The second qualifying event is March 16 in Orem, Utah… followed by the Honolulu finals April 25-26 at the Blaisdell Arena.
      "The Return of the Heavyweights is designed to give all the unknowns a chance to show what they can do in a large event," said co-promoter Monte Cox. "We’ve been contacted by some pretty high-level guys, but we aren’t looking for fighters that have been in the UFC and Pride… we want to discover new talent… find the next stars."
      Cox, who promotes the Extreme Challenge, is co-producing the event with Super Brawl promoter T. Jay Thompson, who a year ago held a heavyweight event in Honolulu that included then relatively unknowns Josh Barnett, Bobby Hoffman, Ricco Rodriguez, Heath Herring, John Marsh and Travis Fulton.
      "We wanted to improve on the last heavyweight tourney… hard to do when six of the eight fighters ended up in UFC or Pride," Thompson said. "So, we doubled the field to 16 fighters and added the two qualifying events."
      The overall winner in Honolulu will receive $10,000 and a golden opportunity to be seen by all the major promotions in the sport.
Jason Black
      "Return of the Heavyweights" is being presented by Full Contact Fighter and will be shown on Full Contact Fighter TV.
      Extreme Challenge 46 will be held at the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive, Iowa. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets. Also scheduled is a single welterweight bout between unbeaten Jason Black [pictured] and James "Mad Dog" Meals.

The heavyweights…

Mike Radnov
6-1, 260, Dallas, Texas
MMA record: 5-2
Strengths: Submission wrestling

Kerry Schall
6-3, 270, Cincinnati, Ohio
MMA record: 11-3
Strengths: Wrestling, jiu-jitsu

William Hill
6-2, 240, Aurora, Ill.
MMA record: 0-0
Strengths: Boxing

Jason Brilz
6-0, 230, Omaha, Neb.
MMA record: 6-1
Strengths: Wrestling, jiu-jitsu

From the event’s promoter:

Grapplers Quest West Coast
Submission Grappling Championship

The Grapplers Quest West Coast Submission Grappling Championship is heating up for February 23rd‘s Las Vegas showdown. Some of the best submission grapplers from around the world unite to determine who is the best on the ground!

We have received registrations from 278 competitors from 37 different academies. We are expecting the competitor turnout to reach 500 competitors and more than 50 teams from all over the United States!!!

Grapplers Quest – Las Vegas
West Coast Submission Grappling Championships
Saturday, February 23rd, 2002
Durango High School
7100 West Dewey Drive
Las Vegas, NV

Pre-Register Online Today at:

From RITC Writer/Statistician John Petrilli:

RITC 33 Draws Over 2,000 Fans

By a razor thin margin, RITC 33 outdrew ESPN Championship Boxing (Jirov vs Castro) that was held the prior night at the same venue, Celebrity Theatre, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The high energy show was one of the best RITC events ever, and nearly topped our all-time attendance record of 2,208 that we had last January for RITC 24.

Adam Durant, a talented college wrestler, won his match with an impressive 34 second choke out victory over the #4 ranked RITC Lightweight. This win earned Fighter of the Night honors for Adam. Other candidates for this honor were Phil Lyons, Brad Pole, Rich Moss, Kenneth Alexander, Wayland Berry, Joseph Riggs and Edwin Dewees.

Marcus "Conan" Silveira, BJJ specialist and veteran on UFC, WEF and EF, was in attendance for RITC 33. Props to Team Bad Boy USA from San Diego for posting a 2 – 0 record against top competition.


Phil Lyons (182 lbs), AZ Fight Club
defeated by ref stoppage (strikes), :53 Rd 2
Donny Deutsch (175 lbs), Way of Kempo

Brad Pole (150 lbs), Team Bad Boy USA (San Diego)
defeated by decision (2 – 1)
Farrell Frisby (154 lbs), Brausa Academy

Adam Durant, College Wrestler
Defeated by submission (choke), :34 Rd 1
Nathan Bulitta (154 lbs), Brausa II Academy

Albert Lucerno (273 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
defeated by TKO, 2:02 Rd 1
Charles LeBlanc (274 lbs), Freestyle NHB

Rich Moss (182 lbs), Brausa Academy
defeated by submission (arm bar), 1:43 Rd 1
Shane Schertzer (184 lbs), DeLuca Combat Academy (NM)

Brian Pardoe (203 lbs), Brausa Academy
defeated by decision (2 – 0 – 1)
Pat Larson (206 lbs), Brausa II Academy

Ted Opalinski (202 lbs), Brausa Academy
defeated by decision (3 – 0)
Austin Fox (194 lbs), AZ Fight Club

Kenneth Alexander (167 lbs), Team Bad Boy USA (San Diego)
defeated by ref stoppage, 2:06 Rd 2
Joe Cronin (159 lbs), AZ Fight Club

Justin Lyon (375 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound
defeated by submission (strikes), :42 Rd 1
Micah Barbea (284 lbs), Mixed Martial Arts

Wayland Berry (250 lbs), Brausa Academy
defeated by medical stoppage, 1:57 Rd 1
Jed Hunt ( 316 lbs ), College Football Player

Joseph Riggs (235 lbs), Wrestler/Boxer, Team USA
defeated by submission ( strikes ), 2:00 Rd 1
Joey Vigueria ( 239 lbs ), Jiu-Jitsu

Main Event
Edwin Dewees (201 lbs), Brausa Academy
defeated by submission (arm bar), 1:05 Rd 1
Brad Reynolds (199 lbs), Warrior’s Spirit Fighting Team

Next Event:
RITC 34 Xtreme Sports Fighting
Friday March 15, 2002

Tickets for RITC available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). For additional information, please call 480-446-8127 or visit www.rageinthecage.com

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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