Wfa: Level 3 Weigh-ins Deliver Big News!mma Show Set To Air On Fox Sports Network
WFA: Level 3 Weigh-Ins Deliver Big News!
MMA Show Set To Air On FOX Sports Network
By Loretta Hunt
The World Fighting Alliance made its presence known today here in Las Vegas, with an official press conference/weigh-ins at the Aladdin Resort & Casino for its Level 3 show. Off the bat, the big news of the day came with co-promoter John Lewis’ announcement that the promotion had struck a (free) cable TV deal with the FOX Sports Network for a four-part series revolving around its show. The show, aptly titled "The World Fighting Alliance," is set to air January 21st and will introduce a new episode each week over the span of a month. According to a press release distributed at the event, "the episode will feature fight footage from past WFA events, including the WFA: Level 3 show." Lewis’ announcement was met with a definitive round of applause from a packed room of press, fighters, entourages, and fans that had come to observe the proceedings. Co-promoter John Huntington, the mastermind behind the popular "Club Rubber" traveling club parties, was also on hand to promise an even more elaborate display of lights, laser schemes, and trendy music. With a 15-minute performance by rap pioneer Ice-T, along with the usual offerings of gorgeous go-go dancers and wandering beauties, the event should uphold its "fight club meets the night club" mantra easily. The Aladdin’s Performing Arts Center boasts spacious, stadium-formatted seating and will have the capacity to hold 5,000 spectators for tomorrow night’s card of seven fights.
On to the weigh-ins–the entire card of fourteen promising fighters set to battle it out tomorrow night made weight with little problem.
Jumping on the scales first, main event welterweights Frank Trigg and Dennis Hallman came in at 170 and 169.5 pounds respectively. Representing the rAw Team, Trigg brings top-notch wrestling and "ground and pound" skills to the table. Hallman, of Victory Athletics/Team Quest, is a submission specialist that has tapped out top-ten welterweights in the past, making this a match of style versus style.
In the co-main event for tomorrow evening, "Brazilian Killa" Alex Stiebling came in at 200 pounds, while hometown boy Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman weighed in at 204 pounds. Stiebling plays an aggressive well-rounded game, while Eastman’s wrestling and Muay Thai background should serve him well. This fight has some serious potential as a crowd-pleaser.
On the opposite "end of the scale" bantamweights Jeff Curran and Todd Lally both weighed in at 143 pounds. Representing Team Extreme/Team Linxx, Curran has most recently entered the MMAM’s featherweight top ten after a string of impressive wins. Lally, based out of Las Vegas, represents the Lewis/Pederneiras Vale Tudo Team.
Next up were welterweights Chad Saunders and Jason Black. American Kickboxing Academy’s Saunders came in at 170, while opponent Black, a Miletich Martial Arts fighter, weighed in at 169.5 pounds. Saunders’ strength is the ground, while Black is an All-American wrestler with a superior sprawl and improved standup.
Grappling Unlimited’s Eddie Yagin easy made his lightweight bout at 153 pounds, while his opponent, the elusive Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro was 155 on the dot. At 4-0, Ribeiro represents the Nova Uniao team out of Brazil. Hawaiian Yagin is a last-minute replacement for an injured Chris Brennan and boasts an 8-0 record.
In what should be a heated battle between striker and ground specialist tomorrow night, lightweights Rob McCullough and Josh Thomson both weighed in at 155 pounds. McCullough hails from Huntington Beach, California. Thomson fights out of the San Jose-based American Kickboxing/Zinkin team.
Last, but certainly not least, the heavyweights made their way to the scale, where Australian Team Extreme representative Chris Haseman came in at 211 pounds. Mike VanArsdale, returning to the game after a four-year hiatus, weighed in at 213 pounds. Haseman sports a well-rounded repertoire with a flair for unorthodox moves when the chance arises. VanArsdale is an expert wrestler and boxer.
Heating Up for PRIDE 23:
Minotauro’s Never-Ending Quest Continues in Japan!
Since the sport of NHB began, perhaps no other champion has faced and defeated the level of competition that Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira has to date. Win after win, submission after submission the Brazilian Top Team member gained the trust of NHB fans worldwide and slowly erased any doubts of his tremendous skills and talent, winning numerous fans in the process. Nogueira is surely the closest thing of a unanimity you can find in NHB. After knocking out Sanae Kikuta in the UFO show, and submitting the giant Bob Sapp in Shockwave less than a month after that in one of the most epic NHB fights of all time, Minotauro is once again taking his magic to Japan to face yet another giant — Dutch fighter Semmy Schilt. With an absurdly long reach and some serious striking skills, Schilt is a fighter not to be taken lightly; however, few give him a chance against the Brazilian Champion, who will likely have yet another challenge in December against the winner of Heath Herring vs. Emelianenko Fedor bout. If the submission wizard will be able to work his trickery with the Dutch giant and continue his quest in Japan in the triumphant way he has been doing so far only time will tell, but whenever Minotauro steps in the ring the heat is guaranteed, so Full Contact Fighter bows to the Brazilian sorcerer and welcomes PRIDE 23 in all its excitement!
FCF: Did you ever think you weren’t going to be able to win during the fight?
FCF: When did you feel you had the fight turning into your favor?
FCF: Sapp has been experiencing some success in K-1, and you risked some exchanges with him. What did you think of trading strikes with him?
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"I Killed Kenny!"
By Jim Genia
Photographs by Loretta Hunt
(Las Vegas, Nevada, November 22) "I killed Kenny!" "You bastard!" That’s what the shirt read when a relaxed and more respectful Ortiz donned it during the post-fight press conference, and while of course the very game Shamrock didn’t really die, the legend of the "World’s Most Dangerous Man" was certainly laid to rest. Zuffa pulled out all the stops to make UFC 40: "Vendetta" a thrill ride, and with three knockouts and two submissions, 13,770 fans in attendance and a record 1.5 million dollars in gate sales, the show could only be described as an overwhelming success. This was truly the greatest MMA show to ever happen in America.
Elsewhere on the card, welterweight champ Matt Hughes had his way with challenger Gil Castillo, slamming him and dominating on the ground until the first round ended. Castillo could not come out for the second round, complaining that he couldn’t see due to an unintentional headbutt that left him squinting. Hughes was awarded the victory. (Fans booed assuming that the doctor or referee had halted the match prematurely, but it was Castillo who had requested the medical attention, and Castillo who said he couldn’t continue.)