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Friday, Jul 28, 2006

Elvis Is Still Alive!

Elvis is Still Alive!
Nino Schembri makes his return to BJJ competition this weekend
By Eduardo Alonso

In the past five years Nino "Elvis" Schembri has been dedicating himself exclusively to MMA competitions. His MMA career started with promising wins, defeating names like Johil de Oliveira, Daiju Takase and even Kazushi Sakuraba in his first three bouts, but later started to face a tough road, suffering a streak of losses — one of which was in a rematch against Sakuraba himself, and most recently against Olympic silver medallist wrestler Matt Lindland. People say that sometimes when things are tough it’s wise to go back to your roots, and that’s what Schembri did as he got his gi back again, and trained as hard as ever to make his much anticipated comeback to jiu-jitsu competition, where he is considered by many one of the most impressive athletes ever to compete in the "gentle art," and has captured many fans all over the world due to his exciting style that’s always in search of submissions. Since his early Gracie Barra days, jiu-jitsu, gave Nino his excellent reputation, a number of titles that even included the same BJJ world championship he is heading back to again, and now, only two days before facing an intriguing challenge of seeing where he will stand right now, against competition such as World Champions Marcelo Garcia and Andre Galvao, after such a long hiatus from his gi in tournaments, the biggest fan of Elvis Presley in fighting sports, and one of those responsible for the ground game of the Chute Boxe team, took some time to speak with Full Contact Fighter in a very honest interview about what was behind his return to BJJ, his plans for the future and his views about MMA and the path that his career has taken and will take in the years to come, enjoy!

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From the event’s promoter:

Suzuki to Give Away ATV
at Wizard World Chicago Event 8/3-8/6
IFL Booth #535

Suzuki Kingquad - Photo provided courtesy of IFL
Suzuki(IFL Sponsor) ATV and Motorcycles will raffle away a FREE King Quad 700 ATV during the Wizard World Convention at the Donald E. Stephens convention center in Chicago at the International Fight League Booth #525. Packed into the IFL booth will be a full-sized IFL ring that fans can walk around in, a master of ceremonies introducing fighters and fans alike, and ring girls, coaches and fighters who will be signing autographs and taking pictures throughout the 4-day event.

IFL merchandise will also be available so you can dress like your favorite fighters. Along with everything happening at the IFL booth, you will have the opportunity to train with some of the best fighters in the world.

There will be a 2-day seminar featuring Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Matt Lindland, Shawn Tompkins, Renzo Gracie and Maurice Smith all giving unique instruction from their real-life experiences in the sport of MMA. The weekend is geared towards offering fans the most interactive MMA experience ever! Come join us at Wizard World Chicago, August 3-6.

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