Full Contact Fighter Database







Thursday, Dec 05, 2002

Fcf Survey

What's on your mind?
FCF Survey
Give Us Your Thoughts…

This month we ask you, the fans of our great sport, to comment on the recent ESPN Outside The Lines show on "Ultimate Fighting". Did they portray the sport fairly? Did they go out of the way to sensationalize it in a poor light? What did you think of the show overall? What did you think of the individual segments? Will it hurt or help the sport or make no difference at all? Whatever you want to say, we’re all ears. The results of the survey and some of the commentary we receive may appear in the upcoming issue of FCF.

Click here to take the survey

Fedor out of PRIDE 24, Rogerio to face Mezger and Ninja ready to fight!

The Brazilian Beat:
      After Combat Nordeste, the "Brazilian Beat" is back in great fashion with several pieces of hot news! PRIDE 24 is drawing all the attention in Brazil now, with some of the best Brazilian fighters competing on the card and STORM Muay Thai is coming up, so all of the camps are hard at work! So, without further delay, let Full Contact Fighter bring you the beat straight from Brazil!

  • The main event of PRIDE.24 between Emelianenko Fedor and Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira is now off! The Russian fighter injured himself and will not be able to compete; therefore PRIDE is now in search of a new opponent for their heavyweight champion. As always, we will follow the developments and keep you posted.
  • Minotauro’s twin brother Rogerio Minotoro Nogueira will be fighting at PRIDE.24 against none other than veteran NHB fighter Guy Mezger! This fight was intended to happen earlier this year, but now is finally set and ready to go, in a PRIDE card that promises to be exciting to finish the year in great fashion.
  • Another fighter who will be competing at PRIDE.24 is Chute Boxe fighter Murilo Ninja Rua. Ninja is already training hard after his loss to Ricardo Arona at PRIDE.23, and he is getting himself ready for a tough opponent in Japan!
  • The 2003 edition of the Abu Dhabi tournament will be the first ever held outside of the Middle East, and the interest is continuously growing in Brazil. The city of Sao Paulo will hold the event in May 2003 and to show the amount of interest for the world’s premier grapplers here, TV Bandeirantes, the fourth biggest network of the country, has already bought the rights to broadcast the event. Now we’ll have to wait and see if they are planning to show it live, or just on tape delay.
  • The 8th edition of MECA World Vale Tudo, the biggest NHB event in Brazil is already being planned for early 2003. After the success of Bitetti Combat Nordeste, and considering the huge interest for NHB events in the Northeast of Brazil, promoters Jorge Guimaraes and Rudimar Fedrigo are seriously considering the chance of taking MECA to the city of Natal — the same city that played host to Bitetti Combat — and probably have the biggest MECA ever there. A tentative date would be somewhere in the end of February 2003, and fights between Brazilian Top Team member Carlos Barreto and Chute Boxe’s Assuerio Silva, as well as Jorge Navalhada vs. Nilson de Castro are already being considered. We will keep you apprised of the developments.
  • Speaking of Chute Boxe heavyweight Assuerio Silva, there’s still a considerable chance that he may finally return to PRIDE in its December edition. Assuerio has been training hard for a good while after his knee surgery, and has been reported to be doing serious sparring sessions with his fellow Chute Boxe team members. At this point it’s still too early to say who his opponent will be at PRIDE 24, but it’s probable that it will be a Japanese fighter.
  • The first Black Belt Jiu-Jitsu Challenge, held in Sao Paulo on December 3rd was a success. All the seats at the Directv Music Hall, a venue usually used for small concerts and shows, were sold and the crowd seemed quite pleased with the action on the mats. The event was fought in single-fight format, matching up some of the toughest BJJ black belts against one another, fighting for prize money. In the most important fights of the night Rodrigo Comprido defeated Roberto Tozi by 4-0, Gabriel Vilella defeated Fernando Terere by 2-0, Fabio Leopoldo beat Jorge Macaco Patino by armbar and Saulo Ribeiro beat Roberto Tozi by the score of 5-2. With the success of the event, the promoters are looking to hold more editions of the challenge in 2003.
  • The city of Curitiba will be holding another edition of the STORM Muay Thai event at the gorgeous Opera de Arame this Sunday, December 8th. STORM is a Muay Thai event organized by the Chute Boxe team that includes some of the best stand-up fighters in Brazil and usually reveals new talents for both stand-up action and even NHB. Names like Anderson Silva and Mauricio Shogun Rua already fought and won at STORM, so it’s always good to keep a close eye on the action going on there. As usual, the whole Chute Boxe team will be on hand for the event, and among the most important fights of the night will be MECA veteran Daniel Lima facing Rodrigo, Rafael Cordeiro student Fabio Pelezinho facing MECA veteran Paulo Bueno and NHB veteran Gildo Lima facing STORM winner Henrique Rocha from Sao Paulo.
  • On the Brazilian Top Team side of the news, PRIDE heavyweight Champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira stayed in Japan after PRIDE.23 to shoot a video with a Japanese band of a special song made just for him! Minotauro enjoyed the experience and will likely use the song in his upcoming ring entrances. The Brazilian fighter is already back in Brazil training hard for his PRIDE.24 match-up against an as yet to be named opponent, and promises a ground war in the PRIDE ring.
  • Another Brazilian Top Team member that is now back in training is the "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry. Sperry is now almost fully recovered from his broken hand suffered in his win against Kopylov at PRIDE.22, and is resuming his full training routine in order to be ready to fight again in 2003, probably for the PRIDE February event.
  • In a sad piece of news, IVC, UCC and MECA veteran Claudionor Fontinelli was arrested this week in Rio de Janeiro and charged with trying to rob a drugstore along with four other persons. Two of the thieves manage to escape while the NHB fighter and a middleclass student got caught allegedly trying to rob the store using a gun. Claudionor is now in jail and may spend up to 9 years in prison.

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:

UFC Logo

Two-Hour Spectacular To Feature Best UFC Mixed Martial Arts Fight Action Of This Year; Show To Air Until December 31

      LAS VEGAS, December 3, 2002… The all-new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will debut UFC: Best of 2002, a two-hour, pay-per-view fight show spectacular featuring the best UFC fights of this year, at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, Saturday, December 14, on iN DEMAND and DIRECTV and at 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST on Bell ExpressVu. The suggested retail price is $19.95.
      UFC: Best of 2002 will include the year’s most memorable fights with knockouts and submissions by such UFC stars as Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante, Light Heavyweight top contender Chuck Liddell, fast-rising Welterweight star Robbie Lawler, world-ranked British Middleweight Mark Weir, Lightweight top contenders Matt Serra and Yves Edwards, Heavyweight contender Frank Mir and Russian Middleweights Andre Semenov and Amar Suloev. UFC: Best of 2002 will air until December 31.
      [Following its debut, the re-play schedule includes: iN DEMAND, Sunday, Dec. 15/Monday, Dec. 16, 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST, channel iN2; Wednesday, Dec. 18, 10 p.m EST/7 p.m. PST, channel iN1; Thursday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, channel iN1, 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. PST, channel iN2. On DIRECTV, re-plays will air from 6 a.m. to 6a.m. on its All Day Ticket on Dec. 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30. The Bell ExpressVu re-play schedule includes: Friday, Dec. 20, 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST and 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST; Sunday, Dec. 29/Monday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST, 12 a.m. EST/9 p.m. PST, 2 a.m. EST/11 p.m. PST, 4 a.m. EST, 1 a.m. PST, 6 a.m. EST/3 a.m. PST; Tuesday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST.]
      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, 2003, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Live event tickets for UFC 41: Onslaught, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., at all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be ordered by phone, 1-800-736-1420.

From the event’s Promoter:

Desert Quest III
Grappling/BJJ Championship

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2002

Super Fight:
Marc Laimon (Nova Uniao) vs. Edwin Dewees (Brausa Academy)

Westwood High
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201

Weigh-Ins: 12:00 Noon
Fight Time: 1:00 PM

All teams and individual competitors are welcomed to participate. Competitor entry fee: $30 for one Division or $50 for both. Spectator admission only $5. Come on out and support your team.

Planned weight classes:

  • 135 lbs – 147 lbs
  • 148 lbs – 160 lbs
  • 161 lbs – 173 lbs
  • 174 lbs – 188 lbs
  • 189 lbs – 201 lbs
  • 202 lbs – 213 lbs
  • 214 lbs – Over

Directions: closest major cross streets, Alma School Road / University Ave. Westwood High is located on the South side of West 8th St between Alma School and Country club (closer to Alma School). West 8th St is just North of University. For Teams driving in from the West side of town: take I-10 to 202 East, take Alma School Rd exit (exit #11), turn right (south), go 1.1 miles, turn left on West 8th St, go .3 miles and Westwood High is on the right side (south) of the street. For more information, please call Roland Sarria at 480-446-8127 or send him an e-mail (doomstr@primenet.com).

From John Petrilli (RITC):

RITC 43 – The Match

Edwin Dewees photo courtesy of RITC
Edwin Dewees
RITC Champion
Todd Medina photo courtesy of RITC
Todd Medina
UFC, WVC, Meca &amp KOTC

Celebrity Theatre Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, January 18, 2003
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM

Ever since Todd Medina made his Rage in the Cage debut 2 years ago, the RITC fans have highly anticipated this showdown matchup. The time has come to announce:

Super Main Event:
Todd Medina (195 lbs), Carlson Gracie Freestyle
Edwin Dewees (195 lbs), Brausa Academy

An outstanding supporting card of Super Fights will be announced in the weeks ahead truly making this the biggest RITC event ever.
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
Have a comment about this story? Please share with us by filling out the fields below.

Comments are closed.