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Thursday, Aug 12, 2004

Kimo Attends Nsac Hearing On Steroid Allegations: Receives Six-month Suspension

Kimo Attends NSAC Hearing On Steroid Allegations:
Receives Six-Month Suspension

By Loretta Hunt

Much like the quiet and sometimes aloof fighter himself, Kimo Leopoldo’s hearing in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission over steroid allegations came and went without a whisper this past Wednesday. The UFC, WFA, and K-1 veteran was present at the 8:30 am meeting to answer to charges that his June 28th urinalysis test results came back positive for various drugs and/or stimulants.

According to NSAC Senior Deputy Attorney General Michael Mersch, Leopoldo admitted to voluntarily taking the anabolic steroid stanozolol metabolite, as well as the stimulants phenylpropanolamine, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine prior to his main event bout with Ken Shamrock at June 19th’s UFC 48. These substances are not approved for use by the NSAC and Leopoldo acknowledged his awareness of this at the hearing.

Kimo Kimo
Kimo KO’d For 6-months!

In explanation, Mersch says Leopoldo alleged that it was a knee injury sustained in training that led him to taking the substances approximately one to six weeks prior to his bout with Shamrock, although Commissioner Dr. Phil Homansky was quick to point out that these specific substances would not have aided the fighter in his recovery. Mersch described Kimo’s mood as "very contrite and forthcoming" as the humbled heavyweight communicated that the entire affair was not only embarrassing for him, but also detrimental to his reputation as a professional athlete.

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Pride Final Conflict 2004 Preview:
Drama, heart, blood and tears will crown a new champion in Japan!
By Eduardo Alonso

Sixteen fighters began in April a battle to reign supreme among the heavyweight division in one of the most prestigious Mixed Martial Arts event in the planet, and now as the month of August shows its presence only four men, plus two alternate fighters, still live the dream of becoming the 2004 Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. Fans have been waiting for this clash of titans for a long time, and although destiny presented some different names than some would expect in the final four, the whole MMA community in the globe has their eyes set to Tokyo, Japan this next weekend. Amazingly enough, this coming Pride show has more than the GP finals to offer, keeping the Japanese organization trend to develop one solid card after the other. As Emelianenko Fedor, Rodrigo Minotauro, Sergei Kharitonov and Naoya Ogawa, plus alternate fighters Kevin Randleman and Ron Waterman try their skills and conditioning to win the Grand Prix belt, the rest of the card will show fans favorites such as Wanderlei Silva, Yuki Kondo, Mirko Cro Cop and Murilo Bustamante gracing the ring with their respective fighting styles making it for what can very well be an unforgettable evening in the land of the rising sun.

One thing that can be clearly noticed is that Pride has been somewhat spoiling fans, as in the past a card with half of the names included on this one would be a reason for massive celebration by enthusiasts of our sport worldwide. However, with the evolution of our sport and the amazing levels it is achieving in Japan, we can enjoy some of our dreams come true, such as tournaments with top-notch names plus single matches with some of the best fighters out there. With that in mind, and considering the huge interest created for this weekend’s Pride show, we decided to run a very small preview on the coming bouts, following the footsteps of other fellow MMA writers, but in a more compact version. It’s always somewhat risky or intriguing to write previews, as truly anything can happen in a fight and the writer can end up looking like a fool after the show, however it’s always fun to try to exercise some logic and shoot your opinions, so let’s not wait anymore and jump to the single fights on the card!

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From the event’s promoter:

RITC 65 Whoop-Ass
Dodge Theater
Saturday, Sept 25, 2004
Doors Open: 6 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM

Ticket prices: $15 (club level), $20 (rows 28-36), $30 (rows 17-27), $50 (rows 1-16) and $75 (VIP – Stage). $5 off above prices on tickets ordered prior to fight day. Kids under 12 are free in the $15 section. Tickets available soon at the Dodge Theater Box Office or by phone through Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444.

The last two RITC shows at Dodge Theater were awesome events. The production quality and fighting action keeps getting better and better. Mark your calendar for this next big RITC show.

Initial Fight Card to be released soon.

Dodge Theater
400 West Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 379-2888

Upcoming events:

Desert Quest #10
Sept 4, 2004
Mesa (Westwood HS)

RITC 66 – The Tucson Connection
Oct TBA, 2004

From the event’s promoter:

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(MONTREAL, CANADA) – TKO Communications is proud to announce the complete fight card for TKO 17: REVENGETM on September 25th 2004 at LE COLISEE DES BOIS-FRANCS in beautiful Victoriaville, Quebec. TKO President Stephane Patry was very happy to announce the final lineup today. "Our last event there was a huge success and the fans in Victoriaville are huge supporters of TKO and MMA, we are looking forward to another exciting MMA week-end! I’m very excited with this fight card and I think this show will lead the way to what will happen on the Canadian scene in the next few years. A lot of questions will be answered on September 25th, and this will be the prelude to a very exciting TKO 18: UNIFICATIONTM event later on this fall in Montreal".

Canadian superstars Georges St-Pierre and Patrick Cote are busy getting ready for their upcoming fights at UFC 50TM in Atlantic City but in the meantime the best Canadian athletes in the sport of MMA are getting ready for one of the best card in Canadian MMA history: TKO 17 REVENGE! Revenge is the act of exacting punishment or atonement for a past injustice. The stakes could not be higher for these fighters; Revenge will be on their minds and redemption in their souls. The most talked about and greatest fights in combat sports history are those that have had personal meaning and historical context to them. TKO 17 will have an abundance of these fights and consequently promises to be a night of astounding mixed martial arts action!

The event will feature ten (10) fights on the Main Card as well as four (4) preliminary bouts. Fans can Order tickets now through the TKO Ticket office (514-999-7531) and at Le Colisee des Bois-Francs. Tickets are going at a furious pace!


In the main event, DAVID "THE CROW" LOISEAU (10-4-0) continues his rise to the top of the middleweight division as he takes on two time UFC veteran CURTIS STOUT (7-4-0). This will be a critical fight for both fighters as they feel they have something they need to prove. Both are spectacular strikers and they love to stand-up and go toe to toe. The UFC will be in the back of their minds as they walk-up to the ring on September 25th. Stout already went the distance with Phil Baroni and he wants to get back in the Octagon. Loiseau wants to show the UFC brass that he belongs there; he wants to show they didn’t see the real David Loiseau in the Jorge Rivera fight. Loiseau is now 100% and he promises that on September 25th he will show his true abilities and overcome a formidable opponent in Curtis Stout.


The newly crowned TKO Canadian lightweight champion DONALD OUIMET (7-3-0) goes head to head once again with his arch enemy DAVID GOULET (5-1-0). Some fighters pretend to dislike one another to hype up their fights. However, in the case of Goulet and Ouimet no acting is necessary. They carried a wealth of hatred into their first fight this past May at TKO 16. Very often fighters settle their differences in the ring and gain mutual respect for one another. Again, that is not the case here. Goulet lost his perfect record along with his TKO LW Championship in a controversial fight that ended with a melee in the ring after the bout. Cries of revenge will certainly be heard in this fight as Goulet seeks atonement and Ouimet searches for closure.


That same night TKO fight fans will also have the chance to witness one of the most awaited rematches in Mixed Martial Art history. In his pro debut, TKO Canadian super lightweight champion MARK HOMINICK (5-3-0) stopped the former champion with impeccable strategy and vicious punching power. Hominick has since continued to impress with five straight wins in TKO. RICHARD NANCOO (6-2-1) and his camp have eagerly awaited their opportunity to avenge this loss, end Hominick’s undefeated TKO record, and recapture the TKO SLW Championship. Will Nancoo bring enough to the table this time to stop the young phenom or
will he be just another victim of Hominick’s lighting fast strikes?


One of the most awaited fights will finally happen at TKO 17 as JASON ST-LOUIS (9-4-0) takes on JONATHAN GOULET (9-5-0). St. Louis is a submission wizard returning to TKO after fighting across Canada for the past couple years. He is an exciting fighter who has yet to have one of his fights go to a decision in his 13 fight professional career. He has finished his opponents with a plethora of submissions from armlock, armbar, kimura, and triangle choke to strikes. His opponent, Goulet has fought and been victorious in 4 straight TKO events, he will have the home crowd behind him! Goulet is well versed in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is prepared for wherever St. Louis wants to take this fight. Georges St-Pierre is the king at the top of the welterweight division in Canada, St-Louis and Goulet will go to war to find out who is #2!


This fight will feature the ultimate clash between the grappler and the striker. A member of the Brazilian Top Team, FABIO HOLANDA (0-3-0) has had a difficult start in MMA; but the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt said he went back to the drawing boards and claims he has a strategy that will dismantle the super striker. A seasoned veteran in MMA, KULTAR GILL (5-1-0) is ranked #1 in Canada in the Lightweight division and he believes his super aggressive style will be enough to send Holanda back home with another crushing loss. Keep your eyes on the ring when these two world class athletes meet!
Also on the card is a Super Lightweight rematch between STEPHANE VIGNEAULT (6-2-0) and STEPHANE LALIBERT

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