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Monday, Dec 16, 2002

All Pride.24 Matches Announced

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:

All PRIDE.24 Matches Announced

DATE: December 23rd, 2002
OPEN: 3:00 PM START 4:30 PM
PLACE: Marine Messe Fukuoka, Japan (Fukuoka-Pref, Japan)

  • 1st Match:
    Daijirou Matsui (Japan/Takada Dojo) vs. Kazuki Okubo (Japan/U-FILE CAMP.COM)

  • 2nd Match:
    Guy Mezger (USA/Lions Den) vs. Rogerio "Minotoro" Nogueira (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team)

  • 3rd Match:
    Ron Waterman (USA/Colorado stars) vs. Valentijn Ovreem (Holland/Golden Glory)

  • 4th Match:

    Yuki Sasaki (Japan/Pancrase GRABAKA) vs. Rodrigo Gracie (Team Reanzo Gracie)

  • 5th Match:
    Norihisa Yamamoto (Japan/Takada Dojo) vs. Alexander Otsuka (Japan/AODC)

  • 6th Match:
    Alistair Overeem (Holland/Golden Glory) vs. Volk Ataev (Russia/Russian Top Team)

  • 7th Match:
    Murilo Ninja (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy) vs. Kevin Randleman (USA/Hammer House)

  • 8th Match:
    Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil/Brazilian Top Team) vs. Dan Henderson (USA/Team Quest)

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:

UFC Logo

Six-Hour Special to Feature Best Bouts, Top Fighters During its 10-Year History

      LAS VEGAS, NEV., December 17, 2002… For the eighth consecutive year, UFC is bringing viewers the ultimate pay-per-view party event on the ultimate night of the year: Ultimate New Year’s Eve. UFC’s annual six-hour fight show features the very best action and top UFC Mixed Martial Artists of the last 10 years. It will air on pay-per-view Tuesday, December 31, starting at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
      "Ultimate New Years Eve" will be available on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada for the suggested retail price of $24.95. An encore performance will begin immediately after the telecast.
      This classic show will provide a memorable trip through UFC history and includes fights from UFC 1: The Beginning, held in November of 1993, right up to last month’s UFC 40: Vendetta, which sold out the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Some "Ultimate Fights" from 2002 alone include "New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni’s war with Russian powerhouse Amar Suloev. Chuck "The Iceman" Liddell putting his number one contender status on the line against the dangerous Renato "Babalu" Sobral, and the fight many consider to be one of the best UFC fights of all time, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler vs. Aaron Riley just seven months ago at UFC37: High Impact.
      UFC legends like Don Frye, Mark Coleman, Bas Rutten, Tank Abbott, Frank Shamrock and Ken Shamrock, the latter of whom just fought Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight title at UFC 40, are also featured. Ultimate Fighters like Lawler, Matt Hughes, BJ Penn, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell, Murilo Bustamante, Randy Couture, Matt Serra, Ricco Rodriguez and, of course, Royce Gracie all make their way once again to the Octagon in these vivid highlights. As an added bonus for purchasers, the show will include three fights never before televised.
      The UFC’s next live pay-per-view event will be UFC 41: Onslaught at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on Friday, February 28, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The eight-fight card will feature the return of Tank Abbott to the Octagon.

From Assistant Organizer Dustin Ware:

3rd annual Arnold Schwarzenegger
World Gracie Submission Championships

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The 3rd annual Arnold Schwarzenegger World Gracie Submission Championships is one of the premier Professional/Amateur Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the World! Year after Year, the "Top Grapplers" in the World have come out to showcase their talents, and this year will be no different!

We would also like to announce the addition of the FIRST EVER Professional Women’s No-Gi Division held in the U.S.! The addition of an Professional Women’s division will finally allow the Female Grapplers the chance to not earn a "Big Pay Day" if they are victorious! We have already been contacted by some of the most technical and dominate Female grapplers in the World, so we encourage that you or any high level Female grapplers you know to get involved in this event!

As in years past, the 2003 event will offer Prize Money to the top Professional Male & Female athletes in our World Class Submission tournament, with prizes/awards going to the top Amateur competitors in both the Gracie World Championship Gi Tournament and the Submission Grappling tournament.

This World-Class event will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center between February 28th – March 2nd!

I know you are wondering were you are going to find out weight classes, times for weigh-ins, and so on! So please go to http://gracieworlds.com for all the information & updates you will need about the event.

Please know that the pre-registration date for this event is February 10th. If you are interested in registration for the Male or Female Professional No-Gi divisions, please submit your "Grappling Resume" to gracieworlds@aol.com As Soon As Possible!

For further information please call 1-800-765-6999 or email us at gracieworlds@aol.com

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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