Ring Of Combat 9 Preview
Ring of Combat 9 Preview
By Jim Genia
Rhino Fight Team. Team Tiger Schulmann. Team Renzo. Pitts Penn. Fight Factory. Representatives from some of the top East Coast MMA teams are assembling, ready to do battle on the shores New Jersey as fans cheer on their local favorites. The ninth edition of promoter Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat show is slated for October 29th at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, and MMA enthusiasts will be treated to a roster of up-and-comers as well as what looks to be a potential barn-burning 174-pound championship bout. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:
Danny Suarez – Rhino Fight Team
Marlon Sims – Farang Mu Sul
Joe Andujar – Rhino Fight Team
Mike Iannone – Farang Mu Sul
Erik Uresk – Brighton Beach Wrestling Club
The full card:
Macaco Impresses in Grudge Match
Report by Eduardo Alonso
Photographs by Marcelo Alonso
Slowly and gradually the sport of MMA continues to grab hold back in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, after its ban around four years ago. One of the most important steps in this direction has been Showfight, currently the biggest MMA event being held in the city. Promoted by businessman Oscar Maroni, the show targets a large audience by not only presenting Mixed Martial Arts fighting, but also mixing in other forms of fighting along with other types of entertainment as well. ShowFight 3, held on October 21st at Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, was the biggest edition of the promotion so far, and this time the "side show" had former playmates, Penthouse pets and the like, doing "wrestling" in the middle of the ring, while tearing their costumes off. This may give you an idea of the feeling of the show.
In terms of fighting, ShowFight 3 biggest attraction was without a doubt, the grudge match between Pride and UFC veteran Jorge "Macaco" Patino, and Ryan Gracie student Gabriel Vella. Macaco and Vella had some issues years and yeas ago, during a Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Sao Paulo, and with both Macaco and Ryan dominating the Jiu-Jitsu market in the city, is natural that this rivalry would be even bigger. The Ibirapuera arena, which had around five thousand spectators on hand, was split into Macaco and Vella supporters, coming from both academies, and the environment was fierce, with anticipation of berserk going on at any time. Although the show’s organization wasn’t anywhere near perfect, thankfully no incidents took place, besides a massive invasion of the ring after the bout, and the spectacle was left for the fighters. Macaco came in wild and aggressive as always, and truly didn’t give Vella a chance in the bout. Applying a number of different strikes, courtesy of his Chute Boxe training, Patino managed to connect with a left hand hook, after dropping his guard as a feint, that sent Vella to dreamland on the spot, and made his fans erupt in celebration. A solid display by the 32 year old fighter, who challenged Ryan Gracie after the bout.
The rest of the MMA card saw some highlights as Heat FC veteran Silmar Rodrigo display Muay Thai techniques that he didn’t have before, considering his Jiu-Jitsu background, into a TKO win, Claudio Godoy showing great shape in a bout where he controlled the ground game, until he achieved mount and unloaded on his Japanese opponent, who was game up until that point, and Ryan Gracie student Eduardo Pamplona, dominating stand-up in another rivalry bout, against Macaco student Alessandro Stefan. The surprise of the show came courtesy of Jiu-Jitsu stand out Fabio Negao, who was fighting MMA highly rated veteran Alex Gaze, with his Muay Thai background. Negao, despite doing his MMA debut, showed some very heavy hands, and connected with a wild punch that gave Gaze no chance to recover, lights out! With all that, plus a female MMA bout of good level, where Michelle Tavares managed to overcome a weight difference and score a submission, ShowFight 3 was an interesting show that, with some production and organization improvements, can become much more interesting
Here are the results:
From the event’s promoter:
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5th AT COLISEE DES BOIS-FRANCS IN VICTORIAVILLE!
A NIGHT OF SUPERSTARS IN
CANADA’S MMA CAPITAL!
MONTREAL (CANADA) – TKO Major League MMA is thrilled to announce their line up for TKO 23: EXTREMETM to be held on November 5th, 2005 at The Colisee Des Bois-Francs in beautiful Victoriaville, Quebec. This marvelous fight card will be headlined by a co-main event in which Canadian superstar, Jonathan Goulet will square off against the crafty veteran, Shonie Carter. Also, TKO’s new Lightweight Champion, Sam Stout, will rematch former champion, Donald Ouimet. These two electrifying fights will cap off a night of extreme mixed martial arts action!
Fresh off his victorious UFC debut, JONATHAN GOULET (14-5-0) continues to fight the best welterweight competition in the world as he collides with the always dangerous, SHONIE CARTER (31-13-6). Goulet comes into this fight riding a very impressive nine fight winning streak which includes dominating performances over John Alessio, Tony Fryklund and Kyle Jensen. He recently fought Jay Hieron in the UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 2 on Spike TV. His exciting fight could not be shown on television as it looked "like a horror film" per the words of UFC President, Dana White. It was reportedly even more brutal than his fight against Fryklund. Goulet landed devastating punches and knees which opened up several nasty cuts on Hieron’s forehead leaving the octagon looking like an animal had just been slaughtered. Carter is not intimidated; he’s been in the ring with the best mixed martial arts has to offer. Carter’s unorthodox standup and excellent wrestling skills will test Goulet to the fullest. Can Goulet continue to steamroll the competition on his way to international fame? Or, will the wily veteran, Carter, prove once again why he is so highly regarded in the fight game? These two impeccable athletes are set to brawl in this contest of momentous importance!
The two best Lightweights in the history of Canadian mixed martial arts are set to go at it again! The young phenom, SAM STOUT (7-1-1) won a razor thin split decision victory over DONALD OUIMET (10-4-0) in their first encounter at TKO 21. Ouimet immediately requested a rematch and Stout was more than happy to oblige him. In their first fight, neither fighter showed much interest in taking the fight to the ground. Instead, they chose to treat the sell out crowd to a very entertaining and tremendously technical standup clash between a traditional Muay Thai fighter, Stout, and a seasoned boxer, Ouimet. The stakes don’t get any higher as this fight will solidify who the best Lightweight in Canada is!
Team Tompkins’ newest sensation, CHRIS HORODECKI (1-0-0) will challenge DAVE GOULET (6-3-0) in a fight that promises colossal fireworks! Most TKO fans are still buzzing from Goulet versus Stout at TKO 18 which many consider one of the best fights in Canadian mixed martial arts history. This fight has all the markings of being on the same epic proportions! Horodecki will undoubtedly attempt to use his stunning Muay Thai skills to overwhelm his opponent. But, Goulet has shown numerous times that he has the heart of a lion. His only losses have been to the current and former TKO Lightweight Champions, Stout and Ouimet. He will use his crisp boxing skills on his feet and his ever improving ground and pound technique on the mat in an attempt to derail this new, young phenom’s ascension through the ranks. This match-up has "show stealer" written all over it!
No fight card is complete without some bad blood and controversy surrounding it. THIERRY QUENNEVILLE (8-3-0) versus MAX MARIN (5-6-0) will provide the bad blood and controversy for TKO 23! Marin was livid after the referee’s stoppage at 2:46 of round one in their first fight, only one month prior, at TKO 22. Quenneville was taking the fight to Marin and was in the midst of a seemingly brutal ground and pound when the referee decided to halt the contest. Marin, apparently unaffected by the punishment quickly jumped to his feet and pleaded his case. At TKO 23, Marin will get the opportunity to avenge his loss and prove his point. Quenneville, on the other hand, will look to shut Marin up and move one step closer to his long awaited title shot.
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