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Sunday, Jul 27, 2003

Quadros Released From Pride Commentary Position

Damon Perry replaces The Fight Professor.
By Joe Hall

Photo courtesy of Stephen Quadros
Stephen Quadros, a staple of Pride’s English broadcasts, was released by the company in early July. "The Fight Professor" had worked as a commentator for the event since January 2000.

"I was phoned by Yukino Kanda and informed that I had done a good job for three years, but they were going to try a new commentator at the next show," Quadros told FCF in a phone interview. "I said to her that I expected that this was going to happen, because I did. In my heart, I was waiting for when the knife was going to go in."

Quadros’ replacement is Damon Perry, a sportscaster in Detroit, Michigan. "Someone recommended [Perry]," said Yukino Kanda, Dream Stage Entertainment’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Talent Relations. "We saw his tape, and we liked him a lot. He’s very energetic. You can feel his energy through the TV. That’s what we think we need."

More to come, including Stephen Quadros’ perspective on his release, in the next issue of FCF.

From the event’s promoter:

New York Underground Fighting
The Only Mixed Martial Arts Show in NYC!

Amateur mixed martial arts competition returns to New York City on Sunday, August 10th with the premiere of NY Underground Fighting at the Jerome Boxing Gym in the Bronx – and with it comes all the excitement you’d expect from clashing combat athletes!

Stepping into the ring to continue his string of action-packed bouts, welterweight Jeet Kune Do fighter Christian Montes will face Team Renzo Gracie purple belt Andrew Callandrelli in a classic match-up of striker against grappler. Making his mixed martial arts debut at NY Underground Fighting, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu stud Justin Garcia will square off against wrestler Lance Visone, while Team Endgame’s Terrence Shourts will test his skills against Lance’s "kid brother" Evan Visone – a collegiate wrestler himself. Also on the card: Jiu-jitsu brown belt Rob Kahn, Team Endgame’s Thomas Velasquez, Kioto Jiu-jitsu’s Chris Scanlon, and a thrilling four-man heavyweight tournament!

"No fanfare, just fighting" is the NY Underground Fighting motto, so be ready for some action!

The Date: Sunday, August 10th. The time: Doors Open at 6pm, First Fight at 7pm. The Place: Jerome Boxing Gym, 436 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY – one block from the 3rd Ave-149th St. stop on the 2/5 train. All tickets $25, available at the door. For more info, e-mail nyundergroundfighting@hotmail.com or call (718) 609-1041.

*All competitors are amateurs; No alcohol will be served on premises.

From the event’s promoter:

Fight Time Approaches as MMA is Reborn in Brazil

HEAT FC poster
      Time is flying by and this next Thursday, July 31st the first edition of the newest promotion in Brazil will become reality and MMA will never be the same in Brazil after this date, ever again. After an amazing effort put on by the promoters who only had 45 days to make their dream become reality since their partnership was done, HEAT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP is now just a few days away and anxiety is running high on the Brazilian MMA scene. With a solid card, never seen before for a inaugural show in Brazilian soil, counting with PRIDE, UFC, RINGS, K-1, IVC, MECA, Hook N’ Shoot, KOTC, WEF and WVC veterans, great structure and a level of production never seen before in an Brazilian show, with amazing fighter entrances, several big screens and more, HEAT FC is coming to answer all claims and requests that the country that helped so much our loved sport to develop deserved a truly international show, and the time was now! With major press coverage, from Brazilian to Japanese magazines, never forgetting the American ones, going trough TV exposure [even overseas] and even with its own DVD out later on, HEAT will most certainly bring plenty of action this next Thursday, just to leave the fans eager for HEAT FC 2 in November of 2003.
      The last few days marked a lot of activity for the event, as some card changes were made due to several unfortunate incidents. Bitetti Combat winner Charles Andrade injured his knee on training last week and is due to surgery soon, being replaced by his teammate Savio Maia, who’s also a Gracie Barra/PB Jiu Jitsu stylist and will now be the one facing local talent and RN Vale Tudo 2 winner [up to 82 kg] Fabio Bolinho. Jose "Zeca Doido" Ramalho, who was schedulled to face another local fighter in MECA veteran Lucas Lopes, dropped out of the show due to personal reasons, and UFC veteran Curtis Stout reported himself as injured to the event’s organziation, and now new names to face both Lucas Lopes and Silmar Rodrigo may be announced at anytime. However, showing the effort made by the promoters a new fight was added to the card, bringing the debut of Ruas Vale Tudo Team fighter Eduardo Simoes, who is a submission wrestling stylist, even teaching ground techique classes to fighters at the RVT camp, facing Bitetti Combat 1 winner and recent Champions Night champion [submitting Brazil’s northeast standout Rivanio Aranha] Carlos "Indio", in a fight that will most certainly be action-packed as both fighters are aggressive and are looking for quick ending for the bout.
      Tickets are already on sale in the city of Natal at all the Pitsburg points, one of the cities most famous fast-food restaurants, and expectations have that they’ll sell out fast! This next Tuesday, the 29th, all fighters and press we’ll be already in the city of Natal as the press conference takes place, followed by the weigh-ins and rules meeting on Wednesday, the 30th, and the exciting night of fights on the 31st, starting at 8:00 PM Brazilian time at the Machadinho Arena. HEAT FC welcomes feedback from all the MMA industry, and most of all the fans, so send your emails to heatfc@terra.com.br
      Don’t miss the action, as now THE HEAT IS TOTALLY ON! Here’s the card*:

Preliminary Bouts: [3 rounds of 5 minutes each]

Magnus Decio

(Kioto Jiu Jitsu/RN)
[RN Vale Tudo 2 up to 72kg Champ]
Paulo "Guerreiro"

(Fighter Sport Team)
[Bitetti Combat 2 Winner]

Fabio "Bolinho"

(Brazilian Top Team)
[RN Vale Tudo up to 82kg Champ]
Savio Maia

(Gracie Barra/PB)
[Brazil Northeast scene Vet]

Eduardo Simoes

(Ruas Vale Tudo)
[Making his debut]
Carlos "Indio"

(Fight Club/RN)
[BC 1 & 2 Vet]

Undercard: [1st round of 10 minutes, 2nd and 3rd of 5 minutes each]

Lucas Lopes

(Nova Uniao/Kimura)
[Bitetti Combat and MECA Vet]


Alexandre "Baixinho" Barros

(Ruas Vale Tudo)
[IVC 13 Champion, WEF and HOOKnSHOOT Vet]
Josenildo Tigre

(Buda Team)
[Bitetti Combat 2 Winner and MECA Vet]

Silmar Rodrigo

(Nova Uniao/Kimura)
[WVC Vet and Bitetti Combat Winner]


Angelo Araujo

(Brazilian Top Team)
[3-Time MECA Winner, IVC Venezuela Runner up]
Edson Pared

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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