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Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Handsome Johnny Photos

For those who missed it….
Handsome Johnny Photos
Stuttering John

"Stuttering John" Melendez of the Howard Stern show is in training for his upcoming fight against Crazy Cabbie and we’ve got the exclusive pictures. Check out the amazing Before & After look of "Handsome Johnny"

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From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:

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      LAS VEGAS, MAY 15, 2002… "Ultimate Fighting Championship," the one-hour mixed martial arts television show that airs at 11 p.m. (British Summer Time) each Thursday in the United Kingdom and Ireland on British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), will expand to two hours starting May 16. It will air at 10 p.m. (BST).
      Produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the world’s leading mixed martial arts fighting company, "Ultimate Fighting Championship" features videotaped championship fights and top matches in each of its five weight divisions and brings U.K. and Irish fight fans an insider’s view of mixed martial arts with personal interviews with its top stars. It began airing February 7 and is hosted by UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.
      "Viewership has been excellent and our U.K. fan base increases weekly. The UFC and Sky Broadcasting are increasing the show’s length due to the demand," said Dana White, UFC president.
      The first two-hour show will feature two matches from UFC 34: High Voltage, which took place November 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Middleweights Phil Baroni of Long Island, N.Y., and Matt Lindland of Eagle Creek, Ore., will tangle before Heavyweight Ricco Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Nev., meets Pete Williams of San Diego, Calif. Other fights on the card include Ken Shamrock versus Patrick Smith from UFC 1: The Beginning on November 12, 1993, at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colo.; Lightweight Enson Inoue versus Royce Alger at UFC 13: The Ultimate Force May 30, 1997, at Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Ga., and Heavyweight Mark Coleman taking on Williams at UFC 17: Redemption on May 15, 1998, at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala.
      The UFC will stage its first live event in Europe on Saturday, July 13, when it brings The Brawl At The Hall to Royal Albert Hall in London. Tickets, 100 pounds sterling, 75 pounds sterling and 50 pounds sterling, are now on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office in London, at all Ticket Master outlets in the United Kingdom, by calling Ticket Master at 011-44-020-7316-4709, or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.co.uk A full fight card will be announced, but Heavyweight Ian Freeman (10-4-1 in Mixed Martial Arts) of Sunderland, England, will meet Frank Mir (4-0-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., while Middleweight Mark Weir (12-0-0) of Gloucester, England, will meet an opponent to be named.
      Pay-per-view replays of High Impact, the Friday, May 10, fight card at CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La., will continue the remainder of the month on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and Dish Network. The suggested retail price is $29.95. The show will air on iN DEMAND’s iN2 network at 10:30 p.m. EDT May 16. On DIRECTV, it will be available all day on Direct Ticket on May 15, May 16, May 23, May 25, May 28, May 29, May 30 and May 31. On Dish Network, the show will be available on its All Day Ticket on May 15, May 17, May 23, May 24 and May 25. It also will air at 8 p.m. EDT, Saturday, May 18.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial sports company. It is owned and operated by Zuffa LLC and has partnerships with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) in London, England; WOWOW, Inc. of Tokyo, Japan, and Globosat Programmadora LTD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sport that brings together the world’s most talented mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes from disciplines such as karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, sumo and others in a quest to become an ultimate fighting champion.

From RITC Writer/Statistician John Petrilli:

RITC 36 – The Rematch

Main Event:
Drew Fickett vs Edwin Dewees

Date: Saturday, June 22, 2002
Time: Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 8 PM
Location: Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona

At RITC 34 in March, Drew Fickett (Bassett Gym) and Edwin Dewees (Brausa Academy) "squared off" in one of the best matches in RITC history. Here’s what MMA reporter Mike Sloan, from sherdog.com, had to say about their first encounter.

"Fickett and Dewees battled it out for three grueling rounds in by far the most captivating match up of the evening. The two young guns attacked each other from the start. It was definitely the best grappling of the night. Each grappler tried virtually every move in the book, only to be reversed and out-smarted over and over. It was non-stop action, the crowd was wild and right when you thought that one of the fighters was caught and about to be submitted, he’d escape. Unbelievable.

The outcome of the battle was announced as a split decision, with the win going to Edwin Dewees. The fight was extremely close and I thought that Fickett won, but since it was such a close, intense war, I can’t argue with the result whatsoever."

Both fighters will be determined to keep "The Rematch" from going to the judge’s scorecards.

Fight Card subject to change.

Tickets for RITC available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). For additional information, please call 480-446-8127 or visit www.rageinthecage.com

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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