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Wednesday, Oct 15, 2003

Extras! Extras!

Extras! Extras!
Bonus- Heavy Smashing Machine DVD Slated For October 28th Release, Kerr Movie In The Works
By Loretta Hunt

Smashing Machine
      Following a successful run on HBO last January, the MMA-themed documentary The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr will get a home video and DVD release this October 28th. The critically acclaimed 93-minute film, which documented the rise and fall of UFC and PRIDE veteran Mark Kerr amidst pressures of steroid abuse and rocky relationships, will be accompanied by a heap of extras that certainly keeps the fans in mind. The DVD includes audio commentary from director John Hyams and producer Jon Greenhalgh detailing their filming process, as well as ten scenes deleted from the original cut, which feature Kerr, Ricco Rodriguez, and Bas Rutten.
      The biggest bonus for hard-core fans, however, will be the addition of Fight Day, a fully realized 35-minute documentary created exclusively for the DVD release. Described by director Hyams as a "fly-on-the-wall account of one of the best fighters in the world and a member of MMA’s royal family," Fight Day focuses on Renzo Gracie and the hours leading up to his fight at PRIDE 8. With less narration music, Hyams says the piece attempts to put the fan in "Renzo’s world" and capture what fighters go through on that long day leading up to showtime. Footage ranges from the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt with his family prior to the event to the "drama of the PRIDE 8 locker room," which observes Gracie, Ricardo Morais, Wanderlei Silva, Rickson Gracie, Fabiano Iha, and Gary Goodridge as they await their turns to step into the spotlight. In total, over an hour of previously unseen footage has been added to the package.
      In addition, as was first reported here by FCF, Hyams and Greenhalgh are now at work adapting Kerr’s story for a potential movie theatrical release. The screenplay, currently being penned by Hyams, will be "in some ways loosely based and in some ways accurate" to Kerr’s journey as a gifted but troubled athlete, beginning with his early childhood through to his recruitment into the world of MMA and culminating with his career altering loss at the PRIDE Grand Prix. At this time, interested parties await the script which will take many more months to complete, but Hollywood buzz has already peaked interest from big name actors like Mark Wahlberg and Vin Diesel. Greenhalgh is set to produce the film, while Hyams will most likely stay onboard in a non-directorial capacity.

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UFC 42: Sudden Impact

UFC 42: Sudden Impact
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UFC 42: Sudden Impact – held April 25, 2003 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida

Welterweight Championship
Matt Hughes vs. Sean Sherk

Welterweight Bouts
Robbie Lawler vs. Pete Spratt
Romie Aram vs. Dave Strasser

Heavyweight Bout
Wesley Correira vs. Sean Alvarez

Light Heavyweight Bout
Evan Tanner vs. Rich Franklin

Middleweight Bout
Mark Weir vs. David Loiseau

Lightweight Bouts
Genki Sudo vs. Duane Ludwig
Richard Crunkilton vs. Hermes Franca

DVD Details and extras:
1 DVD 9 – NTSC
Spanish commentary
Preliminary bouts
Post-fight press conference
Official Weigh-in
Exclusive training footage
Detailed Fighter Bios
Behind The Scenes Action

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From Dream Stage Entertainment:

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LOS ANGELES, California — Dream Stage Entertainment announced the addition of two new matches for the FINAL CONFLICT fight card, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan:

In the first match, top ranked heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will face former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. After a verbal agreement in August, the originally scheduled match was to be Cro Cop against reigning PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, but due to a recently broken thumb, Fedor has been forced to pull out. The thumb on Fedor’s right hand was injured during in his match against Gary Goodridge at TOTAL ELIMINATION on August 10th. After some time off, the thumb did not improve and the injury was re-aggravated during a training session on September 15th. With no improvement since then, Fedor was forced to back out of his match with Cro Cop. Because of the sensitivity of the injury, it is unknown when Fedor will be able to train or fight again. As a result, the Nogueira/Cro Cop match will be for the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship. The hope is that the winner will be able to face Fedor sometime during 2004 when he is ready to fight again. Fedor would like to apologize to his fans and plans to be in attendance at FINAL CONFLICT as a spectator.

The injury creates a dynamic and style-contrasting match-up between two legendary fighters … Nogueira and Cro Cop. Nogueira, arguably the world’s top heavyweight grappler, is coming off a decision victory against Ricco Rodriguez while Cro Cop, arguably the world’s top heavyweight striker, is coming off of a dramatic knockout victory over Igor Vovchanchyn.

In addition to the colossal Cro Cop/Nogueira match, PRIDE FC legend Kazushi Sakuraba is now set to fight again and is slated to face an opponent yet to be decided (in a match-up with no relation to the middleweight tournament). Sakuraba was eliminated from the tournament after a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva at TOTAL ELIMINATION.

All of these new matches are in addition to the middleweight tournament, which will feature Hidehiko Yoshida versus Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson against Chuck Liddell. The winners of each of these match-ups will go on to the final round, which will be held on the same evening.

Fight Card

For the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship
Mirko "Crop Cop" Filipovic vs. Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. TBA

Semi Final round of the eight man middleweight tournament:

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs. Chuck Liddell (USA)

More matches for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.
Fight Card is subject to change.

FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer’s Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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