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Tuesday, Aug 28, 2001

Nsac Commissioner Passes

NSAC Commissioner Passes
Dr. Elias Ghanem

Dr. Elias Ghanem, chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, is dead at the age of 62. He died at his home early Monday morning after a protracted bout with cancer. He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer 3 years ago.

A proponent for the sanctioning of MMA in Nevada, Dr. Ghanem was unable to attend the historic NSAC session on July 23, 2001 that voted unanimously to sanction the sport in Nevada, he teleconferenced into the meeting from San Diego where he was receiving cancer treatment.

Ghanem, a Lebanese immigrant who came to the U.S. in 1963, was appointed to the Commission in 1987, and served the last 4 years as Commissioner. He was a champion of health and safety issues in the fight game, and was the driving force in instituting HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis testing for fighters.

Dr. Ghanem settled in Las Vegas in 1971, where he honed his skills in emergency medicine. After working for a period in a local hospital, he opened a 24-hour clinic that eventually spawned several other clinics. Although Dr. Ghanem earned the moniker, "physician to the stars," for his high-profile, star-studded patient list which was reported to include the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, he also treated homeless and indigent patients as well, without regard to their lack of funds. If there was one word that repeatedly arises in descriptions of Dr. Ghanem, it is "compassionate." The man definitely cared.

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Dr. Ghanem’s family and friends.

From Josh Hedges – jhedges@ufc.tv:

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UFC Meet & Greet

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, in conjunction with McDuffy’s Sports Bar
and Edge 106 FM, will be hosting a "meet and greet" event on September 6th at McDuffy’s in Tempe, Arizona.

UFC 33 competitors Chuck Liddell and Tony DeSouza will be on hand from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at McDuffy’s to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures.

Meet the fighters, get pictures and autographs, play the UFC video game, enjoy drink specials, and meet the Bud Girls. Fans will also have the chance to win free stuff from Edge 106 FM and qualify to win a chance to see UFC 33: "Victory in Vegas" live on September 28th.

UFC 33 "Meet and Greet"
September 6, 2001
McDuffy’s Sports Bar
Downtown Tempe, Arizona
No admission costs, children are welcome with an adult.

From the event’s promoter:

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September 15th, 2001 – Evansville Memorial Coliseum

"We wanted to announce the card as it is shaping up," states promoter Jeff Osborne. "We are psyched up for this card. I think we are beginning to establish ourselves a bit, and this show continues our slow, steady climb. We will have a bigger press release later this week," concludes Osborne!

Card Subject To Change:

  • (3 RD TITLE MATCH – Over 225 lbs.):
    Carlos Barreto (BJJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Roger Neff (American Wrestling, Spokane, WA.)

  • (3 RD TITLE MATCH – under 160 lbs.):
    Phil Johns (Champion, Silverbacks, Canton, IL.) v. Sean Wilmot (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)

  • (3 RD TITLE MATCH – under 205 lbs.):
    Alex Steibling (Challenger, IF Academy, Indianapolis, IN.) v. Keith Rockel (Challenger, Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA

  • (3 RD – under 205 lbs.):
    Alexandre ‘Cacareco’ Ferreira (Ruas Vale Tudo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. Cris Monson (AMC Pankration, Seattle, WA

  • (2 RD – under 185 lbs):
    Scott Henze (Freestyle, Tell City, IN.) v. Angelo Popofski (Brazilian JJ, Detroit, MI.)

  • (2 RD – under 185 lbs):
    Wald Bloise (Silveira Brothers, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) v. TBD

  • (2 RD – under 185 lbs):
    Jason Rigsby (Otawa Nautilus, Otawa, IL.) v. Manuel Garcia (Vale Tudo, Asturias, Spain

  • (2 RD – under 160 lbs.):
    Jerome Smith (Freelance, Clarksville, TN) v. Rob Constance (Alvarez JJ, NY, NY.)

  • (2 RD – under 205 lbs):
    Wilson Goveia (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Ray Casias (Submissions, Nashville, TN.)

  • (2 RD – under 160 lbs.):
    Henry Matamoros (Brazilian JJ, Milwaukee, WI.) v. Justin Wisniewski (Polish Connection, Portage, IN

  • (2 RD – under 155 lbs):
    Hermes Franca (Silveira Brothers, Fortaleza, Brazil) v. Mike Brown (Amherst Submission Academy, Amherst, MA.)


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Jens Pulver and Dave Menne sporting the new FCF War shirt
A Scott Ritchie design

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From the event’s promoter:

Sept 22nd 2001 – Leader Bingo Center
4833 N Wheeling Ave – Muncie, Indiana 47304

For directions call 765-741-8000.
All Tickets $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
Fight card subject to change with out notice.

Fight card
Darrell(Bull Dog) Smith VS Chris Myers

Super Fight-Title /Belt shot
Jay(Superman) Massey-Current Heavy and Super Heavyweight Champion
Brian Van De Valle

Under card
Phillip Jones VS Bud Lewis-Integrated Fighting

Greg Harper Vs Josh Kaine

Alan Cook VS Integrated Fighting Contender

Matt Shaw VS Integrated Fighting Contender

Roger Stiner VS Todd Kiser

Steve Hayes VS Phillip Greathouse

James Statton VS Vance McDonald-Integrated Fighting

Chris Torres VS Derek Reed-Integrated Fighting

For Ticket info call Jeremy Evans at 765-345-5876-Leave message–We will call you back.

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