Wec 17: Halloween Fury 4 All Treat, Few Tricks
WEC 17: Halloween Fury 4 All Treat, Few Tricks
By Loretta Hunt
LEMOORE, California (October 14, 2005) – Live from the Palace Indian Gaming Center, World Extreme Cagefighting hosted its 17th event in four years, and once again, it was standing room only for the throngs of crazed fans that came out to see their local heroes and notables of the sport compete in no less than 15 bouts in central California’s most famous cage.
Among the "names," a super heavyweight Ricco Rodriguez got back to his winning ways with a versed performance against the 300-pound Jimmy Ambriz in the main event. Rodriguez played a patient game in letting Ambriz pucker himself out along the fence trying to get the former UFC heavyweight champion down, then later unloaded with some left-rights and a final knee that crumbled his fellow Huntington Beach counterpart to the mat for a tapout.
Vernon "Tiger" White scored a knockout on a game Alex Stiebling tonight nine seconds into the second round, following a very close first round. With a verbal Ken Shamrock coaching from his corner, White eked out the first five minutes after reversing Stiebling from the top and landing some connecting head and body shots through Stiebling’s guard. White is reported to have broken his hand for his efforts.
Gil Castillo also made his return to competition tonight after a 16-month absence with a second round victory over a passionate but ultimately outclassed Steve Ramirez. Local Ramirez did land a few punches on Castillo that would force the Cesar Gracie rep to shoot, but Castillo never seemed to really be in any true trouble as he eased himself on to the TKO win throwing punches to Ramirez’s head after mounting his back.
A Tournament Unfolds
A main attraction of tonight’s event was the 4-Man Light Heavyweight tournament, a format of fighting that has been all but eliminated in America in the last few years with the onset of the Unified Rules of Combat, but can still be visited on unaffected sovereign land. The tournament has its benefits, as fans naturally become invested in its build-up and the familiarity of watching a fighter perform more than once in a night. However, fighters tend to get hurt in fights, and more times than not, the rightful victor from a first fight can not move on to his second. Tonight was an example of the latter, and a shame for fans (and the fighters involved) because all four participants truly proved they belonged there, which made it a credible endeavor indeed.
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On the eve of his first fight back since ACL surgery and overcoming the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Rich "No Love" Clementi jokes about life, love and the pursuit of happiness.
By Traci Ratzloff
It was nearly a year ago, February 26, 2005 to be exact, when Rich Clementi felt the pop of a torn ACL. Anyone who has experienced a knee injury, and probably those who have just seen one occur, will vouch for the excruciating pain that immediately twists and turns through the body.
"It happened at 1:20 in the first," Clementi remembers. "He had me in half guard. I was on top, and my leg got caught. I felt it rip and pop out of the socket. I think he did, too. He said something to the ref in Japanese, but he didn’t hear."
Clementi continues, "After the second round, I was ready to give up. I never had an injury like that." Discussing the matter with his manager and corner, Monte Cox, it was decided that if Clementi could continue, he should. He had already, after all, won the first two rounds, and a three-fight deal with MFC Euphoria was waiting on the other end of the W. So, in his MFC Euphoria-USA vs. World bout with Japan’s Daisuke Hanazawa, Clementi forged through a very painful two and a half rounds to win a unanimous decision, torn ACL and all.
The injury caused Clementi to do something he had never even considered, let alone done, since he decided to make MMA his career: take time off. It’s been 8 months since the injury and only recently was he able to begin working out again.
"I used my hamstring tendon for my ACL replacement," Clementi reveals. Choosing to use his own tendon rather than an artificial one, Clementi felt more comfortable knowing where the surrogate came from. What he didn’t know, however, was the difference in recovery time. He confesses, "If I had knee surgery alone, recovery would have been okay, but using my hamstring hindered me way more than I thought." Perhaps what came as a shock most was the toll the recovery took on him mentally. "Psychologically, it wore on me. I can remember cornering one of my guys, and I had to drag my crutches up to the cage with me. It was hard for me to rely on them for everything."
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NEW FSN/PRIDE FIGHTING EPISODE
LOS ANGELES, California – A new episode of PRIDE FIGHTING’S FSN series will premiere this Sunday, October 16th at 9:00 pm local time.
Hosted by Jay Glazer and Bas Rutten, "The PRIDE Fighting Championships" program looks back at some of the most exciting fights in PRIDE’S history. Included in this upcoming episode:
Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Akira Shoji
James "The Colossus" Thompson vs. Aleksander Emelianenko
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Yuki Ishikawa
Kevin "The Monster" Randleman vs. Fedor Emelianenko
Ken Shamrock vs. Alexander Otsuka
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie
These are the world’s elite mixed martial artists squaring off in the PRIDE ring exclusively on FSN!
FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including Best Damn Sports Show Period and Beyond the Glory. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at www.FoxSports.com.
From the event’s promoter:
IRONHEART CROWN IX: PURGATORY
Leading U.S. Shooto event to crown first-ever Americas Division champions.
HAMMOND, IN – On Saturday, November 19th, diehard fight fans will visit the pumps and pay good money to fuel up in preparation for a ritual trek from all corners of the Midwest to a common destination in Hammond, Indiana. Once again, the Hammond Civic Center will host the annual Ironheart Crown full-contact submission prize-fighting event, sanctioned by the International Shooto Commission based out of Tokyo, Japan. In this year’s show, the recently established Shooto Americas chapter, covering North, Central, and South America, will crown its first-ever champions in the Lightweight and Featherweight divisions.
In the Lightweight division, local hero and international fight veteran Jeff Curran (27W-7L-1D) will take on one of his most dangerous opponents to date in the form of a stone-faced Canadian by the name of Antonio Carvalho (9W-0L-0D). Curran needs no introduction, having fought the world over against top international opponents, beating the likes of Baret Yoshida, Bao Quach, Ryan Ackerman, and others.
While not quite as seasoned, his opponent, Antonio Carvalho boasts an undefeated record with all but one of his wins by smooth submission or brutal TKO, a testament to his balanced fighting skills. Included in his list of credentials is a second round TKO over Brian Geraghty (14W-10L-1D), a first round triangle choke submission over Tommy Lee (13W-5D-0L), and a recent decision win over one of Japan’s finest lightweights, Lion Takeshi (6-1-0). This Shooto Americas Lightweight Division tile bout pits America’s best against Canada’s finest. One will emerge victorious and claim the belt to become the first ever regional champion in the Shooto Americas Lightweight Division.
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