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Atlantic City "Russian Invasion"
Ten Days Away And Counting
By Loretta Hunt
March 13th will mark the arrival of not one, but ten Russian mixed martial artists to New Jersey’s chilly, yet inviting, eastern shores. In an event tagged as the "USA vs. Russia," ten Red Devil Sports Club members will square off against various representatives from some of America’s more notable fight teams and schools. The event is scheduled to take place at Atlantic City’s decadent Trump Taj Mahal, in its 5,000-seat arena that was home to UFC’s 28,30, and 31.
In the wake of Holland’s recent 2Hot2Handle event, the card has shifted slightly, but promoter Euphoria Entertainment is still touting ten 3-round bouts of mixed martial arts action. Of the changes, Team Quest’s Chael Sonnen has been tapped to take on Arman Gambaryan at 205 pounds, while WFA and AFC vet Chatt Lavender makes his return to competition to take on Sergei Bal in the welterweight division. With a broken hand sustained at 2H2H, heavyweight Ibragim Magomedev has dropped from the roster and his intended rematch with Dave Strasser student Ben Rothwell will be replaced by a 155-pound match-up to be named shortly. AKA’s Brian Ebersole has also joined the American line-up to face light-heavyweight Alexei Veselozorov.
Due to early reports that M-1 heavyweight champion Roman Zentsov was knocked out in his last fight against Michael Knaap, also at February 22nd’s 2H2H, there has been some speculation as to the fighter’s eligibility to compete under the New Jersey Athletic Control Board’s parameters in the event’s main event. However, these reports may have been a bit premature in nature. Red Devil reps immediately protested the KO loss and the referee’s intervention in the match, and although the bout outcome was not adjusted to a no contest, the process did yield some benefits for the Russian fighter. Upon review of the fight footage, 2H2H drafted a letter stating that Zentsov was knocked down but not OUT by the punch, and admitted to "poor judging by the referee." Zentsov was also subjected to a CAT scan following the bout as a safety precaution which provided normal results. In addition, the attending ringside physician submitted a written document also confirming that Zentsov was not knocked out and that he has placed no restrictions on the fighter to compete in future bouts. At this time, Red Devil has supplied the NJACB with these three documents supporting Zentsov’s request to participate. Euphoria promoters are confident the board will approve the Russian delegate, and Zentsov is still scheduled to arrive in Atlantic City with his teammates next week.
For more information on the event, call (609) 449-1000 or (800) 825-8888. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com
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From the event’s promoter:
Hill Hopes to Keep Streak Alive Vs. Serrano
FONTANA, Wis. — Bill Hill got involved in MMA without knowing much about the sport.
As an out-of-shape 240-pounder, Hill opened his career with a loss to Kerry Schall in Extreme Challenge 46. A year and a half later, a now lean,180-pound Hill battled Jeremy Horn into the second round of Extreme Challenge 51.
From the event’s promoter:
March 27, 2004
Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum
7PM Start Time
HOOKnSHOOT’S long-awaited return to their home of Evansville, Indiana is stirring up attention.
The first sanctioned MMA company to produce an all-women’s event is back with two women’s bouts. All four athletes are newcomers to HnS and ALL are confident in victory.
This will be promoter Jeff Osborne’s fourth SHOOTO sanctioned event in the last six months but he says this one is special.
"We’re back on home turf (Evansville) after six months off! Every so often a match comes along that you know will be good. Good enough to make the world pay attention to little Indiana" says Osborne.
"Win or lose, when Aaron Riley fights you know he brings out the absolute best in his opponents and Nuri Shakir is no different" continues Osborne.
"I have the feeling, as I did when Riley fought Berger and Edwards, that this is going to be an all out war and Shakir is pumped too!"
HOOKnSHOOT TV debuted on the UPN Network this past weekend in a prime timeslot of Sunday at 11:30am. The 30-minute TV program was #2 out of a possible 6 in the ratings and had an incredible ticket advance off just one show.
For ticket information, visit WWW.FIGHTWORLD.COM or email HOOKnSHOOT@aol.com to reserve priority seating.
MAIN EVENT: Aaron Riley vs. Nuri Shakur (167lbs)
Joseph Baize vs. Angelo Popofski (183lbs)
WOMEN’S MATCH: Del Greer vs. Francesca Menda (155lbs)
WOMEN’S MATCH: Julie Ketzie vs. Terry Blair (145lbs)
Heath Pedigo vs. Chris Michael (167lbs)
Wald Bloise vs. TBD (167lbs)
Chad Washburn vs. Stonie Dennis (135lbs)
FIRST TIME EVER! Single elimination tournament to crown the HOOKnSHOOT Tag Team Champions. Four 3-person teams with a 600lbs weight limit will square off for the championship belts.