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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

Updated card for Mixed Martial Arts: Russian Invasion

  • 265 LBS: Roman Zentsov (Red Devil Team) vs. Jeff Monson (American Top team)
  • 185 LBS: Andrei Semenov (Red Devil Team) vs. Trevor Prangley (American Kickboxing Academy)
  • 170 LBS: Musail Alaudinov (Red Devil Team) vs. Derrick Noble (Silverbacks)
  • 185 LBS: Denis Komkin (Red Devil Team) vs. Joe D’Arce (Team Renzo Gracie)
  • 205 LBS: Arman Gambaryan (Red Devil Team) vs. Chael Sonnen (Team Quest)
  • 265 LBS: Sergei Kaznovski (Red Devil Team) vs. Ron Faircloth (Strasser’s Freestyle Academy)
  • 170 LBS: Sergei Bal (Red Devil Team) vs. Chatt Lavender (Blalock’s IMB)
  • 265 LBS: Mikhail Bogdanov (Red Devil Team) vs. Justin Eilers (Team EXTREME)
  • 205 LBS: Alexei Veselozorov (Red Devil Team) vs. Brian Ebersole (American Kickboxing Academy)
  • 155 LBS: TBD vs. TBD

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  • Marcio Pe De Pano Cruz (Brazil) Vs Yuki Sasaki (Japan)
  • Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) Vs Mike Van Arsdale (USA)
  • Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Jeff Monson (USA)
  • Nathan Marquardt (USA) Vs Dean Lister(USA)
  • Akira Shoji (Japan) Vs Mitsuhiro Ishida (Japan)
  • Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) Vs Matt Lindland (USA)
  • Rodrigo Comprido (Brazil) Vs Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (Brazil)
  • Andy Reese (USA) Vs Mark Robinson (South Africa)
  • Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (Brazil) Vs Marcelo Garcia (Brazil)
  • Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Dean Lister (USA)

ABSOLUTE DISC 2 + The Superfight:

  • Akira Shoji (Japan) Vs Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)
  • Alexandre Cacareco (Brazil) Vs Andy Reese (USA)
  • Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (Brazil) Vs Dean Lister (USA)
  • Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) Vs Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (Brazil)
  • Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (Brazil) Vs Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)
  • Dean Lister (USA) Vs Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (Brazil)
  • SUPERFIGHT: Mark Kerr (USA) vs. Ricardo Arona (Brazil)


65.99 kg & under:

  • Royler Gracie (Brazil) Vs Charles Pearson (USA)
  • Katsunhiro Hirate (Japan) Vs Alexandre Soca (Brazil)
  • Nobu Yagie (Japan) Vs Mike Mrkulic (USA)
  • Eddie Bravo (USA) Vs Royler Gracie (Brazil)
  • Rany Yahrya (Brazil) Vs Leonardo Viera (Brazil)
  • Royler Gracie (Brazil) Vs Alexandre Soca (Brazil)
  • Eddie Bravo (USA) Vs Leonardo Viera (Brazil)
  • Leonardo Viera (Brazil) Vs Barret Yoshida (USA)

66-76.99 kg:

  • Kiuma Kunioku (Japan) Vs Marcelo Garcia (Brazil)
  • Daniel Moraes (Brazil) Vs Otto Olsen (USA)
  • Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) Vs Renzo Gracie (Brazil)
  • Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Chris Brown (Australia)
  • Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Marcelo Garcia (Brazil)
  • Marcelo Garcia (Brazil) Vs Otto Olsen (USA)


77-87.99 kg:

  • Denis Kang (USA) Vs Andy Reese (USA)
  • Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil) Vs Ryan Gracie (Brazil)
  • Matt Lindland (USA) Vs Yushin Okami (Japan)
  • Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil) Vs Matt Lindland (USA)
  • Rodrigo Comprido (Brazil) Vs Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil)
  • Ricardo "Cachorrao" Almeida (Brazil) Vs Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil)
  • Ricardo "Cachorrao" Almeida (Brazil) Vs David Terrel (USA)
  • Ronaldo Jacare (Brazil) Vs Saulo Ribeiro (Brazil)


88-98.99 kg:

  • Beau Clark (USA) Vs Chael Sonnen (USA)
  • Ken Kronenburg (USA) VS. Larry Papadopoulos (Australia)
  • Roger Gracie (Brazil) Vs Mario Sperry (Brazil)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Dean Lister (USA)
  • Alexandre Ribeiro (Brazil) Vs Roger Gracie (Brazil)
  • Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira (Brazil) Vs John Olav Enemo (Norway)

Over 99 kg:

  • Alex Negao (Brazil) Vs Jun Iishi (Japan)
  • Jehad Hamdan (Israel) Vs Otavio Tata Duarte (Brazil)
  • Jeff Monsen (USA) Vs Marcio Pe De Pano (Brazil)
  • Soa Palalei (Australia) Vs Roy Nelson (USA)
  • Alex Negao (Brazil) v. Mike Van Arsdale (USA)
  • Marcio "Pe de Pano" Cruz (Brazil) v. Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)

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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.

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

      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.
      "That guy has some skills… he’s going to be good," Horn predicted of Hill after his bout.
      Since the loss to Horn, the career of Bill Hill has turned around with four straight victories. And, on March 13, Hill… now a muscular 205 pounds… will face another MMA legend in Adrian Serrano in the inaugural Xtreme Fighting Organization event at The Abbey Resort.
      Hill, a personal trainer, says he wants to become the best… and to do that "you have to fight the best."
      Serrano admits to being at the end of his career, but the UFC veteran and former Extreme Challenge champion is still a formidable opponent. He has won 10 of his last 13 bouts, and 6 of 8… with loses coming to likes of Tony "The Freak" Fryklund and Justin Denes.
      The Hill-Serrano bout is one of 12 matches scheduled at the XFO, which is headlined by UFC veteran Jeff Curran facing Dan Swift in a lightweight bout.
      Swift has been fighting the Midwest circuit for some time and has put together five wins in his last six bouts.
      "I’m expecting a tough fight," Curran said. "People say I can’t knock him out, but I’m going to give it my best."
      Curran boasts a 17-6 record and is ranked No. 6 in the world at 145 pounds.
      The XFO was originally set for the Lakemoor Banquet Facility in Lakemoor, Ill., but recent political woes in the state forced the show to be moved a short distance past the border into Wisconsin.
      Doors open at 6 p.m. with the first bout starting at 7:30.
      In other feature bouts, Bart Palaszewski looks for his 7th straight victory, but will have his hands full with powerful Antoine Skinner, while Jason Guida and Steve Dau battle in a rematch of a fight ruled a no-contest last year.
      In a heavyweight battle, Damien Decorah faces Carvin Mafatau in a battle of sluggers.
      Tickets start at $25 and are available by calling Curran Martial Arts (815) 356-0454; Gilbert Grappling (630) 327-4754; Hapkido Institute (630) 715-4870; Serrano’s Gym (414) 358-0909; and Dan Lardy (815) 245-2066.
      The Abbey Resort is the official hotel for the XFO and discounted room rates are available by calling (800) 558-2405 and mentioning the XFO. The after-fight party also will be hosted at The Abbey Resort.

XFO poster
Main event
Jeff Curran Vs. Dan Swift

Feature bouts
Adrian Serrano Vs. Bill Hill
Bart Palaszewski Vs. Antoine Skinner
Demian Decorah Vs. Carvin Mafatau
Steve Dau Vs. Jason Guida

Main card
Jason Bender Vs. Gabe Lemley
Ryan Brockner Vs. Brandan Adamson
John Bolger Vs. Fred Santiago
Paul Sharp Vs. Kosta Korres
Mark Wallen Vs. Nick Moreno
Andy Kozak Vs. Greg Heisler
Dave Budney Vs. Adam Bass

From the event’s promoter:

March 27, 2004
Evansville, Indiana
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.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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