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Saturday, May 11, 2002

Minotauro And Sperryout Of Pride 21 Due To Injuries!

Minotauro and Sperry
Out of PRIDE 21 Due to Injuries!

By Eduardo Alonso

      NHB fans around the world will have to wait a bit longer to finally watch Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira’s first PRIDE title defense. Since beating Heath Herring to win his belt at PRIDE 17, Minotauro has only fought in a non-title match against Enson Inoue. He was originally scheduled to defend his title at PRIDE 20. However his proposed opponent, Semmy Schilt, opted for a K-1 bout instead, and the fight was postponed — likely to be held at PRIDE 21. However, in an unfortunate turn of events, FCF was told today that Rodrigo Nogueira hurt his back and will need about one month to recover and begin training again, therefore he is officially out of PRIDE 21.
      In another piece of unfortunate news for the Brazilian Top Team, Ze Mario Sperry found out this week that he hurt his knee during the first round of his match against Chute Boxe’s Murilo "Ninja", and he will have to have knee surgery this coming Wednesday. Sperry was already negotiating a fight at PRIDE 21, and the promoters were so pleased with his performance at PRIDE 20 that they wanted him over to fight again in their next event. Unfortunately, after examining Sperry, the doctor prescribed further testing and determined that Mario needed immediate surgery. Sperry told FCF he expects to get back to training about one month after the surgery. Despite this injury Sperry is looking to fight again as soon as possible. We wish both Minotauro and Sperry a speedy recovery and will keep a close eye on their progress.

BAMA Fight Night 17 Results
By Loretta Hunt

Submissions. Escapes. Slams. Strikes. Last night’s Bayside Academy of Martial Art’s Fight Night 17 had a little of everything to offer the enthused fight fan. Around 250 spectators turned out at South Plainfield Middle School in New Jersey to take in thirteen match-ups of shootfighting, muay thai, and MMA-style action. Two shootfighting tournaments yielded new champions, and with numerous competitors making their debuts, BAMA continues to offer the sport’s future a valuable opportunity to test out their skills. Here are the quick results:

Muay Thai

  • Chris Liguori def. Santiago Sanchez – Unanimous decision after three rounds


  • Themi Papadimitriov def. "Crow" – Armbar 3:28
  • Leonard Elmera def. Shaheed Khan – Referee stoppage due to strikes 3:15


  • Michael Miller vs. Michael Bauer – No contest due to illegal slam
  • Adam Fearon def. Brandon Carter – TKO due to strikes
  • Joseph Curcio def. Gary Russell – Judge’s decision
  • Eric Colon def. Joe Beldon – Armbar 5:00
  • Steve Trask def. Michael Correra – Triangle choke 5:47
  • Rey Santos def. Anthony Budion – Judge’s decision (overtime)

Lightweight Shootfighting Tournament

  • Peter Lavalle def. Glenn Ortiz – Judge’s decision
  • Peter Lavalle def. Geoff Roesch – Guillotine choke 3:51
    Lavalle becomes the new Lightweight Champion

Heavyweight Shootfighting Tournament

  • "Bear" def. Tom Larrison – Judge’s decision (overtime)
  • Paxton Ryan def. Bear – Judge’s decision
    Ryan is crowned the new Heavyweight Champion

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:

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UFC 37: Replay Schedule

iN DEMAND – Cable
(iN2) Tuesday, May 14, 2002 7:00P(ET)
(iN1) Tuesday, May 14, 2002 10:00P (ET)
(iN2) Thursday, May 16, 2002 10:30P (ET)

Saturday, May 11 Direct Ticket all day(ET)
More dates to be announced soon

Dish Network
Sunday, May 12 7:00pm (ET)
Monday, May 13 All Day Ticket(ET)
Wednesday, May 15 All Day Ticket(ET)
Friday, May 17 All Day Ticket(ET)
Saturday, May 18 8:00pm (ET)
Thursday, May 23 All Day Ticket(ET)
Friday, May 24 All Day Ticket(ET)
Saturday, May 25 All Day Ticket(ET)

And don’t forget, Legends of the Octagon: Ultimate Royce Gracie debuts on June 16th, and UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall is LIVE on July 13th in London, England.

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