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Super Brawl 33

Super Brawl 33
Report & Photography by Chris Onzuka

Super Brawl 33 put together the best card (at least in my opinion) in a while. In addition to the great card, former and current UFC champs were out in numbers. I will just list them off to save time; Tim Sylvia, Dave Menne, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn and Jens Pulver. SB 33 would feature a four man tournament of the best 155lbers in Hawaii to see who is Hawaii’s top dog in that weight class… A fighter representing each of the four largest MMA schools in Hawaii took part in the tournament. It was the 808 Fight Factory’s night because four fighters competed and all four won their matches. The king of the 155lbs hill would be 808 Fight Factory’s Harris Sarmiento. His superior striking and take down skills lead him to victory against two tough opponents. Another impressive performance was Sarmiento’s teammate, Ed Newalu dominating a very tough Harvey Nakamoto. Bryson Monterde also stood out and was on another level than his opponent. 808’s top fighter, Ron Jhun, pounded on a very tricky Kyle Brees.

Ron Jhun pounding on Kyle Brees
Jhun pounding on Brees

Jens Pulver stepped into the ring with one of Hawaii’s best 145lbers in Eddie Yagin. Unfortunately, this match was an exhibition kickboxing match and was "cut" short (pun intended) due to a pre-existing laceration over Pulver’s eye that was reopened with the help of Yagin. A night of great fights was capped off by one of the best main events in Super Brawl history. Niko Vitale wanted to prove that he was having an off night during his rematch with Matt Lindland in his last UFC appearance. Vitale took it to one of the best 185lbs fighters in the world, former UFC Middleweight champion, Dave Menne. Much like Charuto Verissimo bloodied Gil Castillo, Vitale did the same to Menne, which is no easy task. Vitale out-punched Menne for three rounds, getting off quicker punches and even staggering Menne with some punches.

Super Brawl 33
February 7, 2004
Blaisdell Arena – Honolulu, Hawaii

137.5lbs: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Ed Newalu (808 Fight Factory 1-7) def. Harvey Nakamoto (Grappling Unlimited 2-0)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

145lbs: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Bryson Monterde (808 Fight Factory 0-2) def. Ben George (Bull’s Pen 0-1)
TKO due to referee stoppage due to strikes at 2:55 into R1.

155lbs Tournament Semi Finals #1: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory 7-7) def. Mike Bauer (HMC 0-1)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

155lbs Tournament Semi Finals #1: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Kolo Koka (Grappling Unlimited 6-5) def. Paul Laga (Bull’s Pen 2-2)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes at 2:51 into R1.

155lb Kick Boxing: 5 Rounds – 1 Minute (Exhibition)
Eddie Yagin (Grappling Unlimited 7-2-1) vs. Jens "Little Evil" Pulver (Team Extreme 19-5-1)
Exhibition match was stopped by the doctor due to cut over Pulver’s eye at 0:52 into R2.
*It should be noted that Pulver had recently received 7 stitches just before going into this fight.

155lb Tournament Finals: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory 7-7) def. Kolo Koka (Grappling Unlimited 6-5)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

170lbs: 3 Rounds – 5 Minutes
Ronald Jhun (808 Fight Factory 20-11) def. Kyle Brees (Team SRJ, Arizona 9-4)
TKO via referee stoppage due to strikes from the mount at 4:59 into R3.

Heavyweight: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Justin Eilers (Team Extreme, Davenport, Iowa 7-3-1) def. Vince Lucero (Phoenix, AZ 13-6)
TKO due to injury (shoulder) at 4:32 into R1.

MAIN EVENT- 185 lbs: 3 Rounds – 3 Minutes
Falaniko Vitale (Grappling Unlimited #1 SB Contender 15-3) def. Dave Menne (Menne’s Combat Academy 33-10-3)
Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

UFC 43: Meltdown

UFC 43: Meltdown
UFC 43: Meltdown – held June 6, 2003 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada

The premiere mixed martial arts event in the world is back in blistering Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center for UFC 43: Meltdown.

In the main event, Light Heavyweight number-one contender Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell battles two-time former UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy "The Natural" Couture for the Interim Light Heavyweight Championship.

The undercard is stacked with such UFC stars as Tank Abbott, Kimo, Vitor Belfort, Frank Mir, Yves Edwards, and Ian Freeman.

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From the event’s promoter:

RITC 59 – Results
"Battle Cat" Johnson wins by knee bar

A large, well behaved crowd showed up at Casa Grande to enjoy Rage in the Cage at its best.

Shane "Battle Cat" Johnson, from Tucson, returned to RITC after a 3 year layoff. He showed no cage "rust" in scoring a first round submission victory over a highly regarded opponent. This impressive win earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors for Shane. Other candidates for FOTN were Michael Perales, Troy Tolbert, Cory Timmerman, Ed West, Mike Lightfoot and Mike Rainieri.

John Bailey (168), Leininger Dojo
won by disqualification (illegal strike), :13 Rd 1
Frank Sanchez (161), Ghetto Grapplers

Michael Perales (202), Devil’s Den
won by decision (3-0)
Mark Walters (211), Genesis Jiu-Jitsu

Troy Tolbert (140), Leininger Dojo
won by submission (choke), 2:46 Rd 2
Noel Leija (148), Ghetto Grapplers

Cory Timmerman (333), Team Brausa
won by submission (arm bar), :46 Rd 1
Lemuel Vincent (291), Warriors Guild Martial Arts

Ed West (150), Hinzman’s MMA
won by decision (3-0)
Carlos Ortega (151), AZ Punishment
Mike Lightfoot (198), Team Brausa
won by submission (choke), 1:06 Rd 2
Chappo Montijo (208), Ghetto Grapplers

Mike Rainieri (214), Team Brausa
won by submission (strikes), 1:39 Rd 1
Karl Perkins (244), AZ Punishment

Main Event
Shane Johnson (205), Hinzman’s MMA
won by submission (knee bar), :53 Rd 1
Roger Mejia (220), AZ Punishment

Upcoming Events:

  • Desert Quest #8
    Saturday, Feb 21, 2004
    Westwood HS (Mesa)
    10AM: Weigh-ins
    Noon: Tournament Time

  • RITC 60
    Mar 20 or 26, 2004
    Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

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