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Wednesday, Apr 09, 2003

Japanese Favorite Genki Sudo To Fight Duane Ludwig At Ufc 42: Sudden Impact Live On Pay-per-view, Friday, April 25

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Lightweight Match A Highlight Of 8-Fight Card For Ultimate Fighting Championship’s First Florida Fight Show

Evan Tanner To Battle Rich Franklin In Light Heavyweight Action At AmericanAirlines Arena In Miami


      LAS VEGAS, NEV., April 9, 2003 Japanese fan favorite Genki Sudo will meet the speed and power of Duane "Bang" Ludwig in a lightweight feature fight on the eight-fight card at Ultimate Fighting Championship 42: Sudden Impact live on pay-per-view Friday, April 25, from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. In a light heavyweight bout, strong contender Evan Tanner will battle submission specialist Rich Franklin as the UFC brings its brand of mixed martial arts fighting to Florida for the first time.
      In the main event, UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (28-3-0 in mixed martial arts) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his title for the fourth time against undefeated number one contender Sean Sherk (22-0-1) of Oak Grove, Minn.
      Tickets, $300, $200, $100, $60 and $30, are now on sale at the AmericanAirlines Arena box office in Miami, at all Ticketmaster locations and at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-800-736-1420, 1-305-358-5885 (Dade County) or 1-954-523-3309 (Broward County). UFC fans can reserve rooms at the Renaissance Hotel in Miami by calling 1-888-754-3907 and asking for the Ultimate Fighting Championship special rate.
      UFC 42: Sudden Impact will be live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
      Sudo (4-1-1) of Tokyo, Japan, is known as one of the most unorthodox MMA fighters. From cartwheel guard passes to spinning back fists, he utilizes a well-rounded arsenal to keep opponents off guard. He is one of the most popular fighters in Japan and made an impressive UFC debut July 13 at UFC 38: Brawl At the Hall at Royal Albert Hall in London by defeating the U.K.’s top lightweight fighter, Leigh Remedios, by submission due to a rear naked choke at 1:39 of the second round.
      Ludwig (12-2-0) from Denver, Colo., is a well-rounded fighter whose arsenal includes Thai boxing, jiu jitsu and wrestling. But his biggest weapons are striking and speed. Ludwig, who will be making his UFC debut, said Sudo is a very experienced fighter who tries to distract opponents with a variety of fakes and counter moves. "But, I’ll be ready for that." Ludwig is the current Universal Combat Challenge lightweight champion and a K-1 North American Champion. In his most recent MMA fight, he knocked out former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver in the first round.
      Tanner (8-1-0) from Gresham, Ore., has become a serious light heavyweight contender since moving from his hometown of Amarillo, Tex., to train with Team Quest led by former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and top middleweight contender Matt Lindland. A former Texas high school wrestling champion, he has won his last three UFC fights with lightning quick submissions and devastating ground and pound attacks.
      Franklin (12-0-0) from Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the most well rounded fighters in the light heavyweight division. He has won fights by knockout with powerful kicks and punches as well as slick submissions. He knows that a win over the highly respected Tanner will launch him into the higher levels of the light heavyweight rankings and says he and Tanner are "similar in fighting style and size. I’m really looking forward to fighting him."
      The UFC’s next live PPV event will be UFC 42: Sudden Impact at 10 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 25, from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Fla. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

Bull Force Presents: "Kickin it Again"
Palama Settlement Gym, Honolulu, Hawaii
April 5, 2003
Report by Chris Onzuka – Photograph by Mike Onzuka

In the multifaceted sport of Mixed Martial Arts, fighters are always looking to improve their over all performance by focusing their training on specific areas. Many fighters have been known to enter BJJ or submission grappling tournaments to improve their ground game. And on the other end of the spectrum, fighters compete in kickboxing matches to improve or test their stand up. Almost half the fighters have fought at least one MMA match, so it was going to be interesting watching them perform in the more strict rules environment. MMA fighters won every match that they fought. The event was put together by some people who love the sport of kickboxing and want to bring it back to the lime light in Honolulu. The match ups were very good, which can be seen by every bout going the full three rounds and ending up in a judge’s decision except for the main event. Some of the highlights were 14 year old David Balicao’s crisp punches and Jerome Kekumu’s accurate combinations. There were also a few wars like the Brandon Absher-Jaime Galapia match and the Justin Dano-John Nerveza match. They even had Vai Togia and Sheldon Abella, a couple of heavyweights throwing down huge punches and kicks at each other. The main event kept the crowd at the edge of their seat when Shawn Taylor dropped Monterde with a right hand seconds into the first round. He then dropped him again with a right kick to the head. Somehow Monterde survived and relentlessly attached Taylor, winning the second round, leaving the fight wide open. Taylor got the referee stoppage when he seemed to get his second wind and put the pressure on a tired Monterde. The production ran surprisingly smooth, considering this was their first event. The next event is scheduled May 24th and will feature younger fighters.

Kunta Edmonds drops Willie Chalmers
Edmonds drops Chalmers

Kids Fight 125lbs
David Balicao (Hawaiian SD, 14 years old)
Zane Cabacugan (Hapkido TKD, 15 years old)
Via decision

Kunta Edmonds (Kempo Unlimited)
Willie Chalmers (Hawaii Taekwondo)
Via decision

Paul Laga (Bulls Pen)
Wayne Kamealoha (Hawaiian SD)
Via decision

Harris Sariento (808 Fight Factory)
Craig Park (Hard Knocks)
Via decision

Jerome Kekumu (Hard Knocks)
Edwin Cabacugan (Hapkido TKD)
Via decision

Brandon Absher (Hawaiian Self Defense)
Jamie Galapia (Bulls Pen)
Via decision

Super Heavy
Vai Togia (Hard Knocks)
Sheldon Abella (Hapkido TKD)
Via decision

Semi Main Event:
Justin Dano (Hawaiian SD)
John Nerveza (Bulls Pen)
Via decision

Main Event:
Shawn "Tornado" Taylor
Bryson Monterde (Hard Knocks)
TKO via referee stoppage at 2:14 into round 3.

* Shawn Taylor won the Fighter of the Night award.

From the event’s promoter:

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April 25 Show

The FFC is back in Biloxi for its fifth show. Anthony Macias will be defending his FFC Middleweight Title against Joe Doerksen in the Main Event. Also featured on the card is rising star Warren Donley who will need all of his wrestling ability to face the well rounded John McCaron, Shawn Porter and Casey Erwin square off in the first round of the 145lb tournament, and Local 155lber Aaron Williams is making his pro debut after an undefeated amateur career.
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