Ufc To Premiere ‘ultimate Tank Abbott’on Pay-per-view, Friday, March 21
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
UFC TO PREMIERE ‘ULTIMATE TANK ABBOTT’
ON PAY-PER-VIEW, FRIDAY, MARCH 21
New, One-Hour Special To Highlight Career of Legendary Heavyweight
LAS VEGAS, March 19, 2003…The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will premiere Ultimate Tank Abbott, a one-hour pay-per-view television special, starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $9.95.
Ultimate Tank Abbott is a retrospective of the legendary UFC heavyweight’s career that includes some of the most devastating knockouts and action-packed fights in UFC history. Even more entertaining is the fact that the play-by-play and commentary of each fight is provided by Tank himself while he relaxes with friends at Jay Dee’s Bar and Restaurant in Huntington Beach, Calif. The action includes his impressive debut knockout of John Matua in just 21 seconds and his dismantling of Paul Varelans in 1:51 at UFC 6: Clash of the Titans; his epic battle with Oleg Taktarov as well as highlights and his own insight into fights with Dan Severn, Vitor Belfort, Sam Adkins, Hugo Duarte, Steve Jennum and all the others that created the Tank legend.
Encore re-plays will start immediately after the premiere on Dish Network and Bell ExpressVu and at 11:30 p.m. EST/8:30 p.m. on Viewers Choice Canada. Additional re-plays include: iN DEMAND, March 22, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, channel iN1; March 23, 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m. PST, iN2 and 1:30 a.m. EST/10:30 p.m. PST, iN1; March 24, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, iN2; March 26, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, iN1 and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN2; March 28, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST and Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST, iN1; March 29, 3:30 p.m. EST/12:30 p.m. PST, iN2, and March 30, 6:30 p.m. EST/3:30 p.m. PST, iN1 and 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, iN2.
DIRECTV re-plays will air on its All Day Ticket channel 196 on March 22-24, 26 and 31, and April 3, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, and 20.
On Dish Network, the re-play schedule includes March 22, Midnight EST/9 p.m. PST and 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST; March 26, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, and March 28, All Day Ticket starting at 5 a.m. Dish Network also will announce a re-play schedule in April.
Additional Bell ExpressVu re-plays will air on March 24 at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST and March 31, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST. Viewers Choice Canada re-plays will air on March 22/March 21 at 1 a.m. EST/10 p.m PST and on its All Day Ticket March 22 and March 27.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediaactive.
The UFC’s next PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, April 25, live from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla.
Bitetti Combat 2 Preview:
Taking a Clear Step Forward,
the Event Rises in Good fashion
The city of Natal, located in the Northeasten part of Brazil, is simply astonishing, with beautiful beaches and plenty of great food, satisfying every visitor and attracting tourists from all corners of the map. In this amazing scenario Bitetti Combat Nordeste is about to hold its second edition showing clear signs of improvement from the first one, and literally attracting the attention of the whole city for the night of fights on this March 20th. It’s important to undestand that Natal is a small city, and unlike the biggest Brazilian centers such as Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and even Curitiba, there’s not much events happening at once in the city, therefore the entire place literally stops and goes crazy about NHB and Bitetti Combat, and that alone makes for a very interesting atmosphere on the event. This indeed was the case in the first edition of Bitetti Combat, last November, where around eith thousand people paid to attend at the event, this time things are looking even bigger, with a better card with more well known names and a real frenzy in the city.
This Wednesday, March 19th, the usual rules meeting, press conference and weigh-ins are going to be held at the nothing but great Piramide Palace Hotel, where the fighters and their crews, as well as the press, will be installed. On Thursday, March 20th at 9 PM Brazilian time the eight-fight fighting card will beging its action bringing local fighters to battle each other, but this time also bringing some well known names from the fighting world to battle against the local heroes. The fights will take place on the huge Machadinho Arena, a facility that can hold up to 15,000 people, and nothing less than 10,000 spectators, or even more, are being expected at the gates! Besides the fights the likely presence of UFC and PRIDE veteran Vitor Belfort and BJJ Black belt Amaury Bitetti as referees for the fights is also a major attraction to the local public, but for us all NHB fans the most important thing are the fights, and this time most surely won’t disapoint. Since some of the names are not known by the international public, FCF decided to do a small preview of the most important fights so you can know what to expect from this usually wild night of fights right at Brazil’s Northeast:
Carlos Indio vs. Tiago Pitbull:
Rivanio Aranha vs. Claudionor Fontinelli:
Tibau vs. Fernando Terere:
Silmar Rodrigo vs. Johil de Oliveira:
In the other four fights of the night some names also deserve a small run down, to show the nice level this event is bringing to the ring:
Here’s the complete card:
FCF is arriving in Natal this Wednesday and will bring you every detail of this wild night of fights! Keep checking the web site and don’t miss it!