January 20, 2004
From Dream Stage Entertainment:
THE RETURN OF THE SMASHING MACHINE!
LOS ANGELES, California – The fight card for PRIDE FC: INFERNO is now official and among a cast of giants, making his long-awaited return to the ring will be "The Smashing Machine" Mark Kerr. Kerr’s last mixed martial arts match was in July of 2001. PRIDE FC: INFERNO is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on February 8th, 2004 and the event will be held in the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan.
Heading up the INFERNO fight card will be Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic versus Ron Waterman. "Cro Cop" is coming off of a devastating loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at FINAL CONFLICT and is looking to re-establish his dominance and return to his winning ways. "H20" Ron Waterman, a Colorado native, boasts an impressive record of 10-1-2 and last appeared in COLD FURY 3 in which he defeated Valentijn Overeem of Holland.
Also included on the card, qualification matches for the upcoming sixteen man heavyweight tournament (which will begin April 25th, 2004): Fresh off of his win against Giant Silva at Shockwave 2003, "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring takes on another giant in the 6’10, 260 pound UFC veteran "Big" Gan McGee … Mark Kerr makes his return to mixed martial arts, going up against Norihisa Yamamoto of Japan … undefeated Russian star Sergei Kharitonov takes on the 7’0, 400 pound L.A. Giant from California … and "Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn goes head to head against Dan "The Bull" Bobish. The winners all move on to the heavyweight tournament!
Additional matches on the INFERNO fight card include Kazuhiro Nakamura versus Mexican pro-wrestler Dos Caras Jr. … both last fought in BUSHIDO … Nakamura is coming off a win against Daniel Gracie and the exciting Dos Caras Jr. is coming off a devastating knockout loss versus "Cro Cop" Filipovic … also, fresh off of a flying knee KO victory against Akira Shoji at SHOCKWAVE 2003, Murilo "Ninja" Rua takes on PRIDE FC veteran Alexander Otsuka.
PRIDE FC: INFERNO
PRIDE FC: INFERNO will premiere on North American pay per view through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer’s Choice on Sunday, February 8th, 2004. The premiere time is 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST and the count down show is at 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider.
DREAM STAGE ENTERTAINMENT
ANNOUNCES 2004 SCHEDULE
LOS ANGELES, California – Dream Stage Entertainment today announced its event schedule for 2004.
PRIDE FC Event Schedule
February 1, 2004
BUSHIDO Event Schedule
February 15, 2004
Fight cards will be announced as each individual event approaches.
BUSHIDO VOLUME 2: CHUTE BOXE VS JAPAN!
LOS ANGELES, California – The fight card for PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 is coming together and headlining the event will be a team competition, pitting the Chute Boxe Team of Brazil (led by Wanderlei Silva) against Team Japan! BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 will take place on February 15th, 2004 from the Yokohama Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on March 21st, 2004.
BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 will feature a three-man team competition, as the Chute Boxe Team will be taking on Team Japan. Headed by reigning PRIDE FC World Middleweight Champion and 2003 Grand Prix Champion Wanderlei Silva, the Chute Boxe Team of Brazil is one of the most successful fight teams in the world. In his first match since winning the Middleweight Grand Prix title in November of 2003 (which included victories over Hidehiko Yoshida and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on the same night), Silva will be taking on Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa of Japan. Minowa, now training with the Brazilian Top Team, is coming off a hard-fought loss to Quinton Jackson at SHOCKWAVE 2003. In the other team matches, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (the younger brother of Murilo "Ninja" Rua) will be taking on Japanese shoot fighter Akihiro Gono and up and coming Chute Boxe star Jadson Costa will compete against a yet to be named Japanese opponent.
Also scheduled to appear on the fight card, Japanese legend and fighting star Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and PRIDE FC veteran Daiju Takase.
PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 2
(Fight Card Subject to Change)
PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 will premiere on North American pay per view through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer’s Choice on Sunday, March 21st, 2004. The premiere time is 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST and the count down show is at 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. The event will be available at a reduced rate of $19.95. For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider.
Belfort departs to face all his fears, Paulo Filho back with BTT, Chute Boxe ready to take Japan by storm in February, Minotauro training for PRIDE and more!
The Brazilian Beat:
Judging from different angles, a person could find all diverse types of motivations to face likely his toughest opponent ever, in a fight that means the UFC title, while he faces an never ending agony in his personal life. If you put yourself in Vitor Belfort’s place, you can’t help but feel confused and awkward, as the whole situation he is going trough, with his sister missing and on verge of getting his so awaited title shot, against a man who soundly beat him years ago and trying to prove he doesn’t need the backup of a established MMA team to succeed, could very well be the storyline of a movie. However, we’re in real life and so far Vitor has been taking the bull by the horns and showing amazing mental strength in what can also be his ultimate moment of glory. Before January is over we will find out the answers to those questions, and hopefully and most importantly, we’ll find the answer to Belfort’s family’s hearts as we’re still believing in the finding of his sister, and this reporter is eager to be able to write about those happy news. Meanwhile, the MMA world is presenting us with plenty of action in the Brazilian scene, as January will end with a great UFC show, and February will bring us action from PRIDE in Japan, fulfilling the tastes of all MMA fans worldwide. With a lot of action ahead next month, training has been tough in the Brazilian camps such as Chute Boxe and Brazilian Top Team. We’ll address this matters in this edition of "The Beat", as well as some more tidbits about the game, cause FCF insists in providing the rhythm as the beats are really going down in the academies at this time of year, in the best and most aggressive Brazilian style. Enjoy!
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From the event’s promoter:
Card For Florida Has International Flavor
Absolute Fighting Championships #7
Friday, February 27th, 2004 // War Memorial, Ft
Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Fight Start: 7:30 pm
BEST PRICE ON TICKETS ANYWHERE:
GOLD CIRCLE: $35.00 / RINGSIDE: $25.00 – $35.00 /
GENERAL ADMISSION: $15.00
‘We have teams from Finland, Sweden, Japan and France coming to Florida for matches, and the Florida teams are stepping up for some hard fights’ begins matchmaker Miguel Iturrate. The three main events feature the American TOP TEAM defending the home turf against a team of Japanese fighters. ‘Izuru Takeuchi and Takuya Wada are formerly with SHOOTO and now with Pancrase – they are high ranked, veteran fighters with excellent records, and they represent BIG step up fights for Marcel Ferreira and Jorge Santiago.’ explains the matchmaker. ‘Takeuchi lost to ATT’s Dustin Denes, and Ferreira is next for him. Santiago is coming off a loss at the last AFC and needs a win as well. These are pressure packed fights for both teams.’ Returning from France will be up and comer Antony Rea, taking on Florida native Crafton ‘Blaze’ Wallace, a physical specimen who people can’t wait to see fight! Scandinavians David Bielkheden and Sauli Heilimo will be cornered by European star Joachim Hansen for their matches. Heilimo, a skilled fighter, faces up and comer Carlo Prater, who trains at Yves Edwards Thugjitsu school in Houston, TX. Bielkheden takes on local favorite Charles McCarthy who is undefeated in AFC and looking to impress again upon his return to Florida. Also, making his MMA debut is Hugo Berto, son of Diesel Berto, who is a PRIDE judge and a legendary martial arts figure from Florida. One more match to be added.
FEBRUARY 27th, 2004 – AFC #7