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Monday, Oct 14, 2002

King Of The Cage Preview

King Of The Cage Preview
By Keith Mills

This weekend King Of The Cage returns to the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA with several surprises. The main event is 13-4-0 Joe Stevenson defending his 170-pound title against Romie Aram, a 5-0 vet with a very similar style. According to Aram, "Stevenson fought for the title in June when I was supposed to fight him, but I had to pull out because of a broken rib. Joe fought and beat [Jeremy Jackson] in the first round so Joe is the Welterweight champion and his first defense is against me. So, I’ve been waiting to fight for the belt for a while. I’ve paid my dues and fought enough fights to get my shot. These last couple of months have been rough because I feel like I should already have the belt." As far as the perception that the fight will be decided by whoever gets the first takedown Aram responds, "That’s pretty much what everybody thinks. One thing is I have been doing jiu-jitsu for a while and I haven’t been put on my back yet in a fight, but I have an idea of what I can do on my back and I fight pretty well in my guard. So, if I do end up getting taken down, it won’t be the end of the world for me. If I do end up on my back, it’ll be a test for me and a test for Joe to see what happens, if I can get up to my feet or reverse him or tap him."

Debi Purcell
Also on this card is the first women’s bout in KOTC history. 3-0 HOOKnSHOOT vet and Ruas Vale Tudo student Debi Purcell [pictured] takes on Nicole Albrecht, a student of John Delao where Chris Brennan received his black belt with a reported 5-0 record. Although Debi has been tearing up the women’s 135 division on her quest for the HOOKnSHOOT belt, this bout does not have a weight division so Albrecht, at 5’11" and 155-160 lbs, will have both the reach and weight advantage over Debi. Of the show itself Debi says, "It means a lot. King Of The Cage is a huge show, one of the biggest shows in the world. The fact that they are going to allow a female bout on the card is really, really important to me." Debi has already given up the first title shot at the coveted HOOKnSHOOT belt to take this fight. "I had a really hard decision to make, whether I was going to fight her for the belt right now or fight in KOTC," says Debi, "I chose KOTC because it’s a good organization and I think for me right now it’s definitely the move I need to make."

Other surprises on the card include the return of Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett. Bennett has fought in KOTC before where he lost to Duane Ludwig over a year ago, but is most remembered for two knock out slams both against Todd Carney in WEF in 2000 and RSF in 2001. Bennett reportedly has had trouble with the law keep him out of the cage for most of this year with the exception of a loss in WEFC in June to Rick Davis. His opponent Charlie Kohler may have an equally mixed record but his losses were to Joe Hurley in KOTC and Vitor Ribeiro in WFA 1, nothing to be embarrassed over. Bennett has a very unorthodox style that always pleases the crowd so look for this one at 165-170 to be less technical and more exciting than some of the heavier fighters.

KOTC 170-Pound World Title Match: Romie Aram Vs. Joe Stevenson
Fernando Vasconcelos Vs. Churuto Verissimo
Todd Medina Vs. Edwin Dewees
Charlie Kohler Vs. Charles "Crazy Horse" Bennett
Art Santore Vs. Thomas Kenney
Jason "The Punisher" Lambert Vs. Brian Stromberg
Freddie George Vs. Cliff Jacobs
Thomas Denny Vs. Aaron Anderson
Debi Purcell Vs. Nicole Albrecht
Mike "Rhino" Bourke Vs. Brent Stevens
Cipi Gamino Vs. Dave Rivas
Richard Soliz Vs. Ricky Libertini
Chui Vs. Josh Lewis
Shad Smith Vs. Chris Jefffers
Mark McLelland Vs. Raymond Young

(Fight Card Subject to Change)

For tickets to the Soboba Casino show, go to www.ticketmaster.com

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From event promoter T. Jay Thompson:

Jhun/Carter to Battle in Super Brawl

UFC and Pancrase veteran, "Mr. International" Shonie Carter will battle Hawaiian sensation, Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun on November 9, in Super Brawl’s "Battle for the Belts".

Carter the self proclaimed "Player with a Passport" is coming of a decisive and flamboyant win in Super Brawl 25 over Grappling Unlimited’s "Ice Cold" Kolo Koka.

Jhun has been on the verge of breaking into the "big show" on a number of occasions at the 185lb limit. But this time will be testing the waters at 170lbs for the first time. A win over Carter would put him right back on the map in the 170lb division.

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From the event’s promoter:

MMA is LEGAL in Vancouver, BC, Canada!!!

WFFC poster
After many years of hard work and months of preparation, the World Freestyle Fighting Championships is excited to announce that the WFF Championships 3 will be the first MMA event in history to be sanctioned by the Vancouver Athletic Commission (VAC). WFF 3 is scheduled for Friday, October 25th, 2002, at the historical Orpheum Theatre, in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia!

This is a huge moment for mixed martial arts in Canada, as the city of Vancouver has been opposed to any type of MMA events since the negative press of the early UFC’s… until now!

The lineup is equally as impressive with the return of some familiar faces and the introduction of some new talent. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

Complete Lineup – Main Event:

Chris Franco, Vancouver, BC, 220 lbs, C-Franco Pankration
– Guam Superbrawl Champion
– Oregon State Super-Heavyweight Jujitsu Champion
– Sabaki Challenge Heavyweight Champion
– BC Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion
– Trained some of the top amateur and professional fighters in Canada in boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, NHB & Pankration

VS Roger Neff,Dalton Gardens, Idaho, 250-265lbs, Wrestling / Sambo

– Shooto Heavyweight – No. 1 Ranking
– 2001 Submission Wrestling World Championships
– 2001 Abu Dhabi American Heavyweight champion
– ‘Frank Shamrock’s Bushido Open’ winner
– ‘King of the Cage IV’ Heavyweight Champion

– Greco Roman & Freestyle Olympic Trials finalist

– FIAS Sombo National Champion
– 10 AAU National Wrestling titles

Semi-Main Event:
Denis Kang, Vancouver, BC, 185lbs, Soares Jiu-Jitsu
– Pancrase Japan Champion
– Canadian Abu Dhabi Qualifier Champion
– World Freestyle Fighting 2 Champion
– Veteran of Bas Rutten Invitational, Pancrase, Extreme Fighting, IFC

VS Amir Rhanavardi Los Angeles, CA, 185 lbs, Team Extreme / Bas Rutten
– 2 time Pride Japan Veteran
– Veteran of King of the Cage, Gladiator Challenge, Extreme Fighting.

Blake Frederikson
Vancouver, BC, 155 lbs, Gibson Pankration
– UFCF Lightweight Pacific Northwest Pankration Champion

Vs Anthony Hamlett, Tacoma, Washington, 155lbs, AMC Pankration
– Former Hook n Shoot Lightweight World Champion
– 3 Time All-American Wrestling Champion
– Veteran of Abu Dhabi, IFC, WEF, Shooto

Kultar Gill Vancouver, BC,155 lbs, Gibson Pankration
– North American Muay Thai Champion
– UFCF Middleweight Pacific Northwest Champion
– Veteran of Shogun Hawaii

Vs Dave Scholton, Vancouver, BC, 155lbs, Marcus Soares Jiu-Jitsu

– Canadian National Wrestling Champion

Also on the card:
– Cameron Brown (Gibson Pankration) vs Chris Peak (Peterac Martial Arts)
– Justin Livingston (Soares Jiu-Jitsu) vs Kajun Johnson (PG Fight Club)
– Jeremy Whittingham (C-Franco Pankration) vs Gord Cummings (Sholty Jiu-Jitsu)

– Garret Davis (Soares Jiu-Jitsu) vs Jason Hardgraves (PG Fight Club)

The WFF3 is presented by Bio-X Engineered Nutrition and Reflex, and sponsored by Studio 54, Nitelife Guide, Granville Island Brewery, Bushido Martial Arts, Carter Motor Sports, and the Travelodge.

** Card subject to change

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