Sunday, Jan 26, 2003
Ivc Europe News
From Sergio Batarelli:
IVC EUROPE NEWS
* It was confirmed today by PORTUGAL IVC OFFICE:
The first IVC show promoted in Portugal will take place on March 22nd in Castro Marim, Portugal. The main fight will be for the IVC National Title – 80 Kg
Paulo Aguiar vs Florin Vintila
– Promoter of the show: M. Nuno FERREIRA/IVC PORTUGAL Representative
– IVC Supervisor: M. Stephane CABRERA
IVC World Office
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
RIZZO-MATYUSHENKO, MCGEE-DANTAS ADD HEAVYWEIGHT ACTION TO UFC 41: ONSLAUGHT LIVE ON PAY-PER-VIEW, FEBRUARY 28
8 Fights At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City To Feature Rodriguez, Sylvia For Heavyweight Title; Tank Abbott’s Return; Penn, Uno Lightweight Championship
LAS VEGAS, January 23, 2003…The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is adding more heavyweight action to its Friday, February 28, eight-fight card that will be live on pay-per-view from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic, City, N.J. Veterans Pedro Rizzo and Vladimir Matyushenko will clash in one feature match while exciting battlers Gan McGee and Alexandre Dantas will meet in another heavyweight fight.
With Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez defending his belt for the first time against Tim Sylvia in the main event and legendary heavyweight Tank Abbott returning to fight Frank Mir, the Octagon will be exploding with plenty of power punches. Not to be missed among the heavyweights is the co-main event, the long-awaited meeting of BJ Penn and Caol Uno for the lightweight championship.
Live event tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, continue on sale at the Boardwalk Hall box office in Atlantic City, at all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-736-1420. Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, Trump Marina and Trump Taj Mahal are the host of the event.
UFC 41: Onslaught will be available live on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
Rizzo (11-4-0 in mixed martial arts) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Matyushenko (13-2-0) a native of Retchisa, Belarus, who now fights out of Los Angeles, are both cagey veterans looking for an eventual shot at Rodriguez’ belt. The winner will definitely be in the picture. Rizzo, "The Rock," is a kickboxer known for his takedown defense and punching power, who has defeated many of the UFC’s top heavyweights, including Tank by knockout in his UFC debut at Ultimate Brazil in October 1998. Former UFC champions who have fallen to Rizzo’s excellent stand up, brutal leg kicks and outstanding takedown defense include Mark Coleman, Dan Severn and Josh Barnett (his only MMA loss). Top contenders Tra Telligman, Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Andre Arlovski also have been stopped by his punching power.
Matyushenko, "The Janitor," is a world class wrestler with outstanding punching power and a very tough chin. He began his UFC career in the light heavyweight division, but moved up to heavyweight at UFC 40: Vendetta, November 22 in Las Vegas, where he defeated powerhouse Travis Wiuff by submission due to strikes in the first round. But one of the best performances of his MMA career came at UFC 33: Victory In Vegas in October 2001. With just two weeks to prepare (due to injury to Vitor Belfort), Matyushenko met Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz for the title. Although he lost the fight by decision, Matyushenko went the full five rounds with Ortiz and served notice he was a force to be reckoned with in the UFC.
McGee (11-1-0) of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Dantas (3-1-0), from Rio de Janeiro, both have the talent to rise to the top of the heavyweight division. McGee, "The Giant," at 6’10", 265 pounds, is currently the biggest UFC heavyweight. Although he is a tremendous puncher, he readily acknowledges that his real strength is wrestling and ground and pound. The only blemish on his record is an early career loss to former champ Barnett and he is coming off a first round victory over Rizzo at UFC 39: Warriors Return when he broke "The Rock’s" nose with one punch.
Just 23, "Caf
posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm