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Wednesday, Nov 12, 2003

Din Thomas Injured In Training; Nick Agallar To Fight Yves Edwards In Lightweight Match At Ufc 45: Revolution, Nov. 21

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Ultimate Fighting Championship To Celebrate 10th Anniversary LIVE On Pay-Per-View From Mohegan Sun Arena


      LAS VEGAS, November 13, 2003….Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Din Thomas (18-3-0 in mixed martial arts) from Orlando, Fla., sustained a broken hand in training and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout with Yves Edwards (13-6-1) of The Woodlands, Tex., at UFC 45: Revolution, Friday, Nov. 21, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Ct.
      Edwards will fight Nick Agallar (15-2-0) of Kenosha, Wis., in the lightweight feature match that is part of an all-star, eight-fight card that will celebrate the UFC’s 10th anniversary.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are on sale at the Mohegan Sun box office and www.tickets.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-477-6849. All purchases are subject to transaction fees. UFC 45: Revolution will be available LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, TVN, Echostar and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      In the main event, Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (29-3-0) from Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fifth time against highly rated Frank Trigg (9-1-0) from El Segundo, Calif.
      Edwards is a Thugjitsu fighter who is coming off a victory at UFC 43: Meltdown in September in Las Vegas where he dominated Eddie Ruiz to win a three-round unanimous decision. Edwards also continues to improve his boxing skills by training with Kenny Weldon, who helped build former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s career.
      Agallar, who will make his UFC debut, is a disciplined freestyle fighter with excellent wrestling skills who has a reputation for getting stronger as a fight progresses.
But he said his best technique is punches to the face and his strength is his stamina. “I just keep on coming,” he said. But Agallar said he has great respect for Edwards whom he considers one of the world’s best lightweight fighters. “He is very tough, with a brutal standup game, but I am really looking forward to the opportunity to fight him.”
      To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the UFC will initiate a Hall of Fame and will induct legendary fighters Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock as its charter members during ceremonies that will be televised live from the Octagon. Both Gracie and Shamrock fought in UFC 1: The Beginning, November 12, 1993, at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colo. Gracie was the first UFC champion and Shamrock later became the first super fight champion. Both have become synonymous with the growth of the UFC and mixed martial arts fighting worldwide. The celebration also will include the recognition of the ten most popular fighters in UFC history as voted by fans. That group includes Gracie and Shamrock along with current Light Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture, Tank Abbott, Don Frye, Mark Coleman, Dan Severn, Marco Ruas, Pat Miletich and Oleg Taktarov. Most of the group will participate in a special Legends Autograph session from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
      The remainder of the UFC 45: Revolution card includes two heavyweight bouts with Abbott (8-9-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif., meeting Cabbage Correira (16-4-0) of Hilo, Hawaii, and former heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez (10-3-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., taking on Brazilian kickboxer Pedro Rizzo (12-5-0) of Rio de Janeiro; three middleweight fights, Matt Lindland (8-2-0) of Eagle Creek, Ore., in a re-match against Niko Vitale (14-2-0) of Honolulu, Hawaii; power punching Phil Baroni (6-2-0) of Las Vegas versus Evan Tanner (8-2-0) of Portland, Ore., and Keith Rockel (9-2-1) of Lancaster, Ma., versus Chris Ligouri (2-1-0) of Middletown, N.J.; and, welterweight star Robbie Lawler (7-1-0) of Davenport, Iowa, and Miletich Fighting Systems, returning to the Octagon after a seven month layoff from a hip flexor injury to take on Chris Lytle (26-9-4) from Indianapolis, Ind.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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