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Monday, Dec 30, 2002

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Your friends at FCF hope that you all have a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve, and we wish you all of the best in the new year.


By Mark Ginther

December 31, 2002
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama-Pref, Japan


  • Jan "The Giant" Nortje beats in Tadao Yasuda in 57 seconds into the second round when his corner throws in towel.
  • Daniel Gracie beats Shinsuke Nakamura by arm bar 2:14 seconds into the second round.
  • Wallid Ismail beats Yasuhito Namekawa by unanimous decision.
  • Mike Bernardo beats Gary Goodridge by knock out 2:10 into the 1st round.
  • Bernardo is given a post-fight yellow card for striking a pose with a foot on the fallen Goodridge.
  • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson beats Cyril Abidi by unanimous decision.
  • Mirko Cro Cop beats Kazuyuki Yoshida by unanimous decision.
  • Hidehiko Yoshida beats Masaaki Satake by front choke 50 seconds into the 1st round.
  • Bob Sapp beats Yoshihiro Takayama by arm bar 2:16 seconds into the 1st round.

From Susumu’s Gallery:

Susumu’s Gallery Update


We have added 20 photos from Pride 24 held on December 23rd. Please enjoy!
Visit Susumu’s gallery at http://come.to/susumu.

Eye candy
Rumble On The Rock

Held December 28, 2002
Edith Kanaka Ole Tennis Stadium, Hilo, Hawaii
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com

Just like when he is fighting, when BJ "The Prodigy" Penn and his family decide to do something, they concentrate all their efforts to be successful at it. This is BJ’s first MMA event and what better place to host it than in his own hometown of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. They billed it as a "World Class Event" and it was just that with a custom built 24-foot octagon, stage lighting, entrance ramp and two 20-foot screens. They chose the same venue that the world renown, Merry Monarch Hula Festival is held. The fighters from the big island, Oahu and the continental U.S. performed to a sold out house of MMA fans. The matches were action packed with good matchmaking, coupled with the fact that every fighter came out to fight. The crowd even got treated to a BJJ demonstration by three BJJ black belts, which included BJ Penn. They also included some eye candy by bringing out the ladies who made the final round of bikini contest. The event was very well run and enjoyed by the fans and the fighters alike. Their next event is tentatively scheduled for February and I, for one cannot wait for it.

All Matches were coprised of two 5-minute rounds

Harris Sariento standing in Eric Beach's guard
Sariento standing in Beach’s guard
  • Des Minor (808 Fight Factory, 6’0", 200lbs.) def. Kepono Spencer (Waimo Warrior, 215lbs.) via TKO by way of referee stoppage at 4:00 into round 2.
  • Augie Padekan (Hard Knocks, 6’0", 205lbs.) def. Jason Walker (Universal Roughhousing) via rear naked choke submission at 0:45 into round 1.
  • Kyle Takao (HMC, 135lbs.) vs. Jerome Kekumu (Hard Knocks, 5’6", 150lbs.) Draw after 2 Rounds – 5 minutes.
  • Kaynan "Da Monsta" Kaku (Nova Uniao, 5,9", 155lbs.) def. Ed Newalu (Kodenkan, 5’8", 155lbs.) via unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.
  • Harris Sariento (808 Fight Factory, 5’7", 155lbs.) def. Eric "The Animal" Beach (Nova Uniao, 5’9", 160lbs.) via unanimous decision [(20-17), (20-17), (20-17)] after 2 rounds.
  • William "Strictly Business" Clifford (Nova Uniao, 5’10", 152lbs.) def. William Armstrong (808 Fight Factory, 5’11", 135lbs.) via unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.
  • Steven "Iwi" Okano (Nova Uniao, 5’9", 145lbs.) def. Josh Viera via TKO by way of referee stoppage due to strikes from the mount at 0:15 seconds into round 1.
  • Vai Togia (Hard Knocks, 6’1", 260lbs.) def. Kona Bear via majority decision [(19-19), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.
  • Jay R. Palmer (Universal Roughhousing, 170lbs.) def. Brennan Kamaka (808 Fight Factory, 5’7", 175lbs.) via tap out due to strikes at 0:39 into round 1.
  • Nassor Lewis (808 Fight Factory, 5’8", 165lbs.) def. Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez (Nova Uniao, 5’9", 170lbs.) via unanimous decision [(20-18), (20-18), (20-18)] after 2 rounds.
  • Shannon "The Canon" Ritch def. Kaleo Padilla (Kona Boxing Club) via arm bar submission at 4:20 into round 1.
  • Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (Grappling Unlimited, 265lbs.) def. Joseph Riggs via KO at 2:07 into round 2.

From John Petrilli (RITC):

RITC 43 – The Match
Celebrity Theatre
Phoenix, Arizona
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

Tickets $20 (rows 14-25), $30 (rows 4-13) and $40 (rows 1-3).

The discount that will be offered is $5 off on all advanced tickets purchased (walk up or by phone for will call) PRIOR to fight day.

Advanced General Admission Tickets only $15!!! Day of the fights (if available) $20!!! Advanced Reserved Seats and Advanced VIP seats will be only $25 and $35 respectively!!! Day of the fights (if available) $30 and $40.

Rage in the Cage will kick off the New Year with the biggest MMA event ever held in Arizona. California fighters will be coming to Phoenix to challenge top RITC hometown fighters. Todd Medina, who has appeared in the UFC, WVC, Meca and KOTC against world class opponents, will face local favorite Edwin Dewees in the Super Main Event. Herb Dean, a KOTC referee, who trains under Larry Landless at the Submission Factory in California, will provide a stern test for Joseph Riggs, the reigning RITC Heavyweight Champion.

Super Main Event:

Todd Medina (195 lbs), Carlson Gracie Freestyle
Edwin Dewees (195 lbs), Brausa Academy

Super Fights:

Joseph Riggs (220 lbs), Brausa Academy
Herb Dean (240 lbs), Submission Factory

Cory Timmerman (300 lbs), Brausa Academy
Andy Montana (225 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Vince Lucero (260 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Justin Lyon (380 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

John Lansing (165 lbs), Brausa Academy
Mike Mendoza (160 lbs), Arizona Combat Sports

Sean Ruiz (195 lbs), Medina Freestyle Fight Team
Matthew Houser (215 lbs), Las Vegas Combat Club

Roger Mejia (200 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Rob Woodin (205 lbs), Arizona Combat Sports

Emmitt Olivera (185 lbs), Medina Freestyle Fight Team
Robert Maldonado (175 lbs), Tucson Judo

Matt Asher (210 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Melville Calabaca (230 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

RJ Gamez (175 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
Michael Chavez (165 lbs), Savage Te Dawg Pound

Del Hawkins (140 lbs), Team Phoenix
James Attwood (150 lbs), Brausa Academy

There will be one or two fights added to this already stacked card. Fight Card subject to change. Don’t get shutout. Get your tickets early. Tickets for RITC 43 are available at the Celebrity Theatre Box Office (602-267-1600) or at Ticketmaster (480-784-4444). Please visit www.rageinthecage.com for more information.

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