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Friday, Sep 20, 2002

“king Of The Cage: Sudden Impact”coming To The Silver Legacy In Reno And To Pay-per-view!

From Team King of the Cage:


LOS ANGELES, California -"King of the Cage," the hottest brand of no-holds-barred fighting, is coming to the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nevada!

"King of the Cage: Sudden Impact" is proud to feature eight bouts in all on a stellar fight card, including the big rematch . . . Bobish/Pele II! Watch these two giants clash! Will Daniel "The Bull" Bobish continue his dominance or will "Big" Eric Pele have his revenge? Also on the card . . . "Superman" Dennis Hallman takes on the winner of the October 19th KOTC World Welterweight Title Match between Romie Aram and Joe Stevenson . . . Dan "The Beast" Severn return to the cage against Reno slugger Rick Collup . . . and bruiser Mike Kyle of the Primal Fighting Club takes on kick boxer Paul Buentello. Don’t miss it!


Daniel "The Bull" Bobish
Bart Vale Shoot Fighting
"Big" Eric Pele
John Lewis / Pederneiras Vale Tudo

Dennis "Superman" Hallman
AMC Pankration
October 19th Romie Aram/Joe Stevenson Winner

Dan "The Beast" Severn Vs. Rick Collup

Paul Buentello Vs. Mike Kyle

Rocky Batastini Vs. Zane Frazier

Jason House Vs. James Fanshier

Scott Smith Vs. John Cole

Jimmy Walker Vs. Gary Grate

"King of the Cage: Sudden Impact" will be held on Friday, November 1st, 2002 from the Silver Legacy Resort Casino http://www.silverlegacy.com in Reno, Nevada. Gates open at 4:30pm PST, fights start at 6:00pm.

Combining Nevada’s turn-of-the-century silver mining heritage with state-of-the-art architecture and unrivaled entertainment theming, Silver Legacy Resort Casino is northern Nevada’s most spectacular "must see" property. Silver Legacy also features the finest in gaming, with 85,000 square feet of gaming space, including the newly renovated Race & Sportsbook, two Keno lounges, 80 table games, 2,500 slot machines, and 7 night clubs.

In addition, "King of the Cage: Sudden Impact" will be televised on pay-per-view! The pay-per-view broadcast begins at 6:00pm PST/9:00pm EST and is available via DirecTV, The Dish Network, TVN, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer’s Choice. For more information on pay-per-view availability, check your local listings.

For tickets, go to ticketsplus.net or call


Check out the September 2002 issue of FCF!

FCF New Issue
In this issue…

Pride Shockwave/Dynamite: Pride/K-1 Collaboration sends a Shockwave through the sport.

WEC 4: World Extreme Cagefighting takes the show on the road to the East Coast. Catch all the action in words and pictures from the Mohegan Sun Casino.

UFC 39 Preview: Couture returns to fight Rodriguez for the Heavyweight title, Serra faces off against Penn & Uno goes up against Thomas in the first stage of a 4-man tournament for the Lightweight title, plus Former Middleweight champ Menne goes up against rising contender Baroni, Lindland vs. Salaverry, plus a whole lotta heavyweights… Sylvia, Cabbage, McGee & Rizzo. Get the lowdown before the showdown.

Evan Tanner out of the UFC?! Find out the what’s up with the "Quiet Contender."

K-1 Grand Prix Semifinals: McDonald reigns supreme in Las Vegas. A ringside report, including profiles on Big Daddy’s shocking KO win over Mike Bernardo and Ernesto Hoost’s battle with Jan "The Giant" Nortje.

This month’s Shooto Report covers some of the action at SHOOTO GIG Vol. 10 & Treasure Hunt 02.

Japan’s UFO event featured some of the world’s premiere MMA fighters. Jens Pulver made his Japan fighting debut, and Antonio Minotauro Nogueira stepped out of the Pride ring momentarily to take out Sanae Kikuta. Mario Sperry, Kazuyuki Fujita and Wallid Ismail also took a break from Pride for the event.

Mass Destruction 9: MMA battles in Massachusetts.

Storm 6: Muay Thai in Curitiba, Brazil. Murilo Ninja’s little bro Shogun following in his brother’s footsteps (or is that foot stomps?).

Warriors Quest 7: Tap Out or Knock Out.

Peter Aerts: Eduardo Alonso gets the inside scoop in an extensive, candid interview with the K-1 star as he looks to possibly making the leap over to the MMA ring.

Submission Wrestling Campos I: Cacareco beats Jiu-Jitsu 8 times in submission action in Campos, Brazil.

Vengeance at the Vanderbilt: From Deep Roots Sprouts a Promising Show. Kickboxing Champion Louis Neglia & trainer Ray Longo have been running action-packed martial arts shows in New York and New Jersey for years. Now the show is looking to make a huge splash with its next venture at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. We talk with the boys and get the story behind this promotion on the rise.

In the final installment of his article on Periodization, Former AMC Pankration strength & conditioning coach Mark Ginther brings us his Conclusion and Q&A.

Matt Lindland BioFile: learn about "The Law", everything from his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian to his most painful fighting moment.

Fight fans speak out on the Josh Barnett suspension and subsequent stripping of his title.

In our monthly columns…
In Matt Hume‘s techniques, Anthony Hamlett demonstrates a Neck Throw; and in the Punchers Corner, champion kickboxer Derek Panza discusses Slapping Or Punching.

Every issue of Full Contact Fighter is jam-packed with fight news from the U.S. to Brazil to Japan. FCF travels the globe to bring the fights to you. Get yours today! Available at Tower Records stores around the world or by subscription…

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A New Englander Steps Up
By Jim Genia

Nuri Shakir
      Today, the Ring of Fury promotion returns to Lowell, Massachusetts, and one of the highlights of the card is the match-up of three-time UFC-veteran Steve Berger against local welterweight Nuri Shakir [Photo courtesy of USMMA]. "Nuri who?" you might ask. Nuri Shakir: a 23-year old Small Circle Jiu-jitsu practitioner and member of Team Elite, with a 6-3 closed-fist mixed martial arts record and a long list of wins in open-handed competition (the only form of MMA competition allowed in Massachusetts until recently). Hailing from Nashua, New Hampshire, Shakir has fought at Dangerzone, the IFC, and Gladiator Challenge. At the last Ring of Fury, he squared off against Berger’s teammate Todd Fox and broke the Missouri-native’s jaw en route to victory. For Shakir, known as an aggressive striker and crowd-pleaser, this is a big chance to shine against top-level competition. At Ring of Fury 2, this New Englander is stepping up.

First off, what kind of name is "Nuri"?
Actually, it’s an Arabic name. I was born Muslim, so my father named me ‘Nuri’, which means ‘light’.

What’s your style of fighting like?
My style is MMA-style — that’s all I can say. What happens is over time you just learn how to adapt your style. I’ve done judo, kung fu… so it’s a mix between judo, kung fu and jiu-jitsu. And maybe a little wrestling. But my style is mixed — a hybrid style of submission fighting.

What are your strengths as a fighter?
My strength as a fighter is that I’m able to adapt really fast; I’m good, fast and explosive; and I can do most anything I want to do in the ring.

Tell us about how you got into competing.
I got into competing about three years ago. I was grappling in a tournament [run by] NAGA (the North American Grappling Association). I was never part of a team — me and my friend would just drive down there and compete — and what happened was that I ended up beating four Renzo guys in a row. The longest match was about a minute, a minute and a half. David Roy and Kirik Jenness, the guys who run MMA.tv, saw me there and invited me up to train with them. They trained me, and I had my first MMA fight right after that.

And your MMA competition history?
I went out and fought at Dangerzone twice, and the first time it was a four-man tournament and I ended up winning twice. The first guy I TKO’d, the second I submitted with an armbar. But after that I fought Quincy Rice in my pro debut, which was kind of fast ’cause I think I had only three closed-fist fights. I lost that match — but it was a pretty good match. I lost the match by armbar… [After a year hiatus], I ended up flying out to the IFC, where I fought Kelly Dullanty — that was my second loss, and it was by decision. It was a pretty good match though. After that I flew back out to Colorado for Gladiator Challenge, and I won that fight against Greg McKintyre. He’s out of California somewhere — I beat him by TKO also.

Beating Todd Fox was a good win for you, wasn’t it?
After I fought Todd Fox, no one wanted to fight me anymore. I had three guys lined up to fight, and all three guys backed out.

Steve Berger is a really tough opponent. Who’s been your toughest opponent thus far?
My toughest opponent? Myself! [Laughs.] I’m going to say… probably Quincy. The reason I say Quincy is not because he hurt me — he popped my arm — but only because I hit him with a lot of things… I hit him with a few good shots and he kept on ticking, kept on ticking. Kelly Dullanty, he frustrated me… but I think if I trained for the fight I don’t think he could give me a hard time at all.

Your thoughts on Berger?
I think he’s a very good opponent. He’s a nice guy. He’s a boxing and jiu-jitsu guy… he’s not really fast. He’s real methodical and he’s really, really good at what he does, but he’s not fast. I’m not trying to sound cocky at all, but I’m real confident in what I’m doing.

Do you have any concerns getting into the ring against him?
I already have pretty good sprawls — I’m pretty good at takedown defense — so I’m not really too worried about that. I’m not too worried about his hands either. I know if he hits me it’s going to be a different story, but I’m not too worried about it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in my style… and in what I can do.

Are you going to stand and trade with him?
It depends on what he gives me. I wasn’t planning on standing with Todd, but Todd threw a punch at me so I threw a punch at him. Steve, he’s grappler… I can grapple. But by the same token, if he throws punches at me and he lands I might hit him or I might go to the ground with him. It depends. I’m not afraid to do anything with him. I’m confident to punch, I’m confident to kick, I’m confident to go to the ground — I’m confident to do everything. All I can say is: if he’s not prepared for a war, he better go back home.

How are you right before a fight?
I’m pretty calm. I might get a little pumped up. Actually, I really don’t get too pumped up until about a match before my match. Then I start to get pumped up. I don’t get nervous anymore, I’m not sure why. I guess the nervousness now turns into excitement, ’cause I don’t get jitters, my stomach doesn’t flutter, nothing… I think I’m probably more excited than anything.

What are your thoughts on the Ring of Fury promotion?
It’s actually the best event that I’ve ever competed in. This is a professional and very put-together event… I’m thoroughly impressed with it. Also, I can get up and go down the street and fight and then come back home, instead of flying two thousand miles either way. I love it!

What are your goals in MMA?
To be the best… I’d love to fight in King of the Cage, I’d love to fight in the UFC, I’d love to fight in Pride. Wherever the ‘best’ is, I want to be there.

So for all the people who’ve never seen you fight, what can they expect?
Don’t expect it to be a sit-down or lay-down fight. It’s going to be pretty fast-paced ’cause that’s the type of fighter I am. Expect a war. Explosions.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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