Left Elbow Takes The “axe Murderer” Out Of The Next Pride Event!
Left Elbow Takes the "Axe Murderer" Out of the Next PRIDE event!
By Eduardo Alonso
Despite DSE’s clear intentions of using their Middleweight and Middleweight GP champion Wanderlei Silva in their final card of 2003, scheduled for the very end of December, the Brazilian fighter will not be able to compete, as he initially wanted. Silva was suffering from bursitis on his left elbow, even before his PRIDE GP Final Conflict appearance this month. Due to all the kicks he took on that spot during training sessions, his left elbow began to swell a lot — to the point he almost got "a ball" in the joint, however his doctor decided it was better for him to wait until after PRIDE GP Final Conflict to have surgery, and this was exactly what they did. This last Thursday Wanderlei Silva had surgery on his left elbow, with the same doctor who did his knee surgery last year. "The Axe Murderer" will be able to return to training in around two to three weeks, and will now enjoy a well deserved vacation with his family, anxious to get back in action next year.
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K-1 MMA Brazil results and two shows bring the action on the 29th!
By Eduardo Alonso
Non-stop action! That is the current trend in MMA here in Brazil, and the last days of the month of November are a pure example of this, as K-1 MMA Brazil just took place this last Thursday, and two events will grace the South of the country on the 29th, bringing fighting action for all tastes. As K-1 Brazil is already history, the stage is now set to Storm Samurai, bringing MMA and Jiu-Jitsu for the first time to the traditional Muay Thai event in Curitiba, and Sul Combat bringing Mixed Martial Arts to the city of Sao Leopoldo, near Porto Alegre [home of BASF and likely MECA 10].
Setting the tone for the two shows coming up on the 29th, K-1 MMA Brazil debuted in the city of Curitiba with expectations of a lot of excitement and aggressiveness from the fighters. With some last minute changes on the card, some could fear the level wouldn’t be the same, but this wasn’t the case as fighters really tried to finish their matches guaranteeing the show for the crowd on hand. Those who attended at the Palacio de Cristal in Curitiba, saw Storm and K-1 Brazil veteran Vitor Miranda doing a good display of skills in his transition to MMA to beat Rivanildo by judges’ decision, in a fight he controlled the stand up action. Another K-1 striker, Eduardo Maiorino, didn’t adapt as well to MMA as he was surprised quickly by Claudinei "Gladiador" in a guillotine choke with mere 55 seconds into the fight. In what could also be called a surprise, the most awaited fight of the night saw Pan-American games Silver Medalist in Wrestling Antoine Jaude, a veteran of HOOKnSHOOT, suffer a judges’ decision loss to K-1 Brazil winner Jefferson Tank, in a fight he was considered the favorite. Despite Antoine’s better takedowns and ground control, Tank impressed the judges with his stand up and aggressiveness, getting the nod in the end. Here are the complete results from K-1 MMA Brazil:
Continuing to keep the city of Curitiba heated, Storm Samurai comes up at the Taruma arena this Saturday, November 29th, guaranteeing excitement to all tastes, as the traditional Muay Thai show will feature Thai Boxing matches, as well as Jiu-Jitsu ones and MMA fights! Bringing some famous names from the past Storm editions, the show will serve to help develop new talents of Chute Boxe who were only doing Muay Thai so far, and are now debuting in MMA, such as Marlon Matias and Mauricio Veio. In total the event will have seven Muay Thai bouts, two Jiu-Jitsu matches and five MMA fights. Storm winners Fabio Tigrao and Emerson Nunes will split the crowd’s attention in the Muay Thai bouts with MECA veterans Paulo Bueno and Alex Gaze, in the highlights of the Thai Boxing card. In the MMA matches, eyes are set in the debuts of Marlon Matias, facing Daniel, and Mauricio Veio facing Emerson Graxaim. Another Storm veteran, Nelson, will also be making his debut against Geremias and MECA veteran Jadson will make his second outing as a Chute Boxe member against Ademar. Here’s the MMA card:
Going a bit more to the south of Brazil, fans can also find action on the 29th as Sul Combat will have its first ever show. Taking place in the city of Sao Leopoldo, near the south capital of Porto Alegre, the show will bring action inside the Celso Morbach arena, expecting to please the local fans with nine MMA fights counting with some known names of the Brazilian fighting community such as MECA winner Fabricio Morango, and Storm veteran Helio Dipp. Here’s the card for Sul Combat:
From the event’s promoter:
RITC 56 – Two Championship Bouts
Saturday, Dec 6, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)
Doors Open: 5:30 PM, Fight Time: 7:30 PM
Christmas fan appreciation special. All tickets (excluding rows 1-3) just $20 with open seating on a first come first serve basis. Two RITC titles will be on the line. In the Super Heavyweight division #1 Vince Lucero defends his title against #2 Cory Timmerman. In the Welterweight Division, Drew Fickett, who recently defeated Dennis Hallman, defends his title against Greg Bell, a California fighter who trains with Larry Landless at the Submission Factory. It will be a great night of action to welcome in the holiday season.
Plus other exciting matchups to be announced. Fight Card subject to change.
Order your RITC 56 tickets by calling the Celebrity Theatre box office at 602-267-1600. The official RITC 56 weigh-ins will be held Friday Dec 5 at Club Axis in Scottsdale.
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