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Saturday, May 17, 2003

Abu Dhabi Sumbission Wrestling Championship Day 1:

Abu Dhabi Sumbission Wrestling Championship Day 1:
Mark Kerr (left) vs. Ricardo Arona
Plenty of Surprises Bring New Names to the Top
and Arona Wins the Superfight!

By Eduardo Alonso

      Yesterday was the first day of competition at the Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo and there were a lot of surprises in all the weight divisions. With some of the best the world has to offer at sumbssion grappling, stars of the sport found themselves losing right in the first or second rounds of competition, leaving most of the crowd surprised. Multiple-time Abu Dhabi Champion Mario Sperry caught a strong flu this weekend, but decided to fight anyway, and unfortunately for him ended up being surprised by young Roger Gracie, losing by five points to zero. PRIDE veteran Renzo Gracie fought an extremly well-prepared Marcelo Garcia, who managed to get his back early in the fight and kept scoring there to win by a large margin in the end, Garcia went on to put Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro to sleep with a choke. However, the biggest surprise of the day was American fighter Eddie Bravo tapping out the legendary Royler Gracie in a triangle choke.
      One of the standouts of the show was Ronaldo Jacare. Always impressive, Jacare showed great cardio and solid skills defeating Ryan Gracie in the first round and beating Ricardo Almeida in the most evenly matched fight of the day, with four overtimes needed to decide the winner. In the superfight, PRIDE veteran Ricardo Arona was in great shape and faced an absolutely out of shape Mark Kerr, who was however very smart in his game, using his experience to try to get Arona out of his traditional explosive style. However, Arona used his experience and better condtitioning to take Kerr down near the end of overtime, pass his guard and get the win by four points to zero, showing he is still the king of Abu Dhabi. Today the event will have the finals of each division, plus the entire competition in the absolute division, here are the matches set for the finals:

  • Up to 66kg: Leonardo Vieira vs. Barret Yoshida
  • Up to 77kg: Marcelo Garcia vs. Otto Oslon
  • Up to 88kg: Ronaldo Jacare vs. Saulo Ribeiro
  • Up to 99kg: Alexandre Cacareco vs. John Olav Einemo
  • Above 99kg: Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz vs. Fabricio Werdun

By Eduardo Alonso

MECA 8 Quick Results

MECA World Vale Tudo 8
Held May 16, 2003
At the Palacio de Cristal – Curitiba, Brazil

  • Peterson Mello def. Claudionor Fontinelli by rear-naked choke R3
  • Alessandro Custodio def. Josenildo Tigre by referee stoppage R1
  • Daniel Acacio def. Guilherme Lima by knockout R1
  • Allan Goes def. Carlinhos Lima by armbar R1
  • Fabricio Morango def. Wagao by tap out due to strikes R1
  • Marcelo Dourado def. Rafael Capoeira by knockout R1
  • Jorge Macaco def. Claudinho das Dores by rear naked choke R1
  • Mauricio Shogun Rua def. Angelo Antonio by TKO R1
  • Delson "Pe de Chumbo" def. Nilson de Castro by armbar R1
  • Marcelo Giudice def. Eugenio Tadeu by corner throwing the towel before R3
  • Francisco Bueno def. Aston Zabbo by Katagatame choke R1

WEFC: Crunchtime

WEFC: Crunchtime DVD
Held February 8, 2003
University of North Florida Arena
Jacksonville, Florida – USA

  • Ed Guirra vs. Alfred Vilarreal
  • Sean Gay vs. Scott Johnson
  • Joe Jordan vs. Mickey Lui
  • Tony Vartanian vs. Don Haviland
  • Matt Horning vs. Tim Norman
  • Stuart Hesselmeyer vs. George Zamaron
  • Tim Catalfo vs. James Daniels

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Vernon White kicking Jeremy Horn
Results from
King Of The Cage: Sin City

Held May 16, 2003
At the Orleans Hotel Casino
By Keith Mills

Las Vegas, NV — King Of The Cage accomplished more in one night with their most recent pay-per-view show than they have in about six months by stabilizing their belts, drawing in fighters from other organizations, and taking great pains to appeal to the widest variety of fans.

Ron Jhun Eric Pele
Ron Jhun Eric Pele

Jeremy Horn defeated champion Vernon White in a controversial decision that to fans was split along the lines of whether they thought White inflicted the most damage or Horn controlled the pace and positioning of the fight. The deciding factor seemed to have been an early Horn takedown where he lifted White onto his shoulder, walked him all the way across the cage to his corner, and slammed White down in his corner. Horn’s face showed the signs of wear after the fight from White’s striking prowess, but that one slam will be on the highlight reels for some time to come.

The Unlimited and Welterweight belts were both vacant at the start of the night. Eric Pele pleased fans of stand-up brawlers by punishing Dan Christiansen, while the Carter/Jhun rematch for the Welterweight belt was the war most fans thought it would be.

Also on the card Diego Sanchez, Art Santore, and Joe Stevenson all showed dominant performances that will make them names to watch for all summer.

  • Bobby Gamboa def Dave Rivas by decision
  • Brian Pardoe def Brent Stevens 1:56 R1 by rear naked choke
  • Diego Sanchez def Mike Guymon 4:57 R1 by armbar
  • Art Santore def Joe Crilly 4:45 R1 by TKO
  • Joe Stevenson def Thomas Denny 0:31 R1 by guillotine choke
  • Ronald Jhun def Shonie Carter by decision
  • Jeremy Horn def Vernon White by decision
  • Dan Severn def Cory Timmerman by decision
  • Eric Pele def Dan Christiansen 4:50 R1 by TKO

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