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Tuesday, Oct 09, 2001

Ricardo Arona Out Of Pride 17!

Ricardo Arona out of Pride 17!
By Eduardo Alonso

Ricardo Arona
      After his Pride debut at Pride 16 against Guy Mezger, Rings and Abu Dhabi champion Ricardo Arona was scheduled to face another experienced fighter on November 3 in Dan Henderson! However Arona suffered an injury while training yesterday and won’t be able to fight the wrestler at the event.
      Ricardo Arona damaged his ribs a bit in his fight against Mezger, and yesterday he aggravated the injury during his training sessions. Results from x-rays today it was determined that he will need time to recover from the injury, and therefore will have to step out of the November 3rd Pride event at the Tokyo Dome. However, it’s likely that Arona will be ready for action for the December Pride show.

Brazilian Top Team coming strong at Pride 17!
By Eduardo Alonso

      The Brazilian Top Team, one of the most important fighting teams in Brazil despite all that has happened lately with the team, will weigh in with a heavy presence at Pride 17 on November 3rd in Tokyo in great style! Despite the recent injury problem with Ricardo Arona, the team will feature at least two fighters on the card.
      Current Heavyweight sensation and submission wizard Rodrigo "Minotauro"
Nogueira will face none other than Heath Herring for the new Pride Heavyweight belt at the upcoming show! FCF was told today that Minotauro vs. Herring is a sure deal, and that both men will be fighting for the title in what will assuredly be an amazing fight.
      Herring is no pushover for any fighter, beating names like Enson Inoue, Tom Erikson and Mark Kerr, so this has the potential to be one of the most exciting fights of the year.
      Another Brazilian Top Team member who is confirmed to be fighting at the event is the "Zen Machine" Mario Sperry! Mario will be fighting at the event against an as yet to be named opponent. Several names are being considered at this point, but FCF was told today that Sperry will be making his Pride debut on November 3rd. This will only be the first fight of a multi-fight contract. With all those names, Pride 17 looks to be shaping as an exciting event.
      FCF will be on hand to provide full coverage of the event.

From the event’s promoter:

SuperBrawl Update
Another Match Added to
November 2 Card in Honolulu, HI

John "The Saint" Renken 185lbs (Nashville, TN) 10-6
Niko Vitale 185lbs (Grappling Unlimited) 8-1

The veteran Renken has fought all over the world and faced top name competition. Vitale was strong as a 200lb fighter. At this lighter weight he could be a monster! He has spent more time in the gym to make this new weight. Many predict big things for the newly invigorated Vitale. Will this just be a "tune-up" for Vitale? John Renken hopes not. Vitale is a 3-1 favorite.

By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com

The main event has been announced for the Warriors Quest 3 card:

Ray "Bradda" Cooper Vs. 2x UFC Veteran Brad Gumm

Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
Saturday, December 1, 2001

From the event’s promoter:


Warriors Cup logo
America’s fastest rising MMA star, Duane "BANG" Ludwig will be fighting this Friday, October 12 2001. Duane will be fighting George Humbert of Los Angeles in a 5 round Pro Muay Thai bout in the semi-main event of the Warriors Cup of America.

The main event is Kongnapa vs. Ole Lauresen for the IMTC World Title.

For more information go to http://www.lowkick.com/flyerpg/octflyer2.html.

From the event’s promoter:

Second Annual Arizona Jiu-Jitsu &
Submission Grappling Tournament

Revised Date & Location

Saturday December 8, 2001

Mesa Centennial Center
263 North Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Weigh-Ins: 10:00 AM
Fight Time: 12:00 PM

All competitors will receive a Competition T-Shirt
All first place winners will receive a trophy
2nd and 3rd places will receive a medal
Outstanding performer will win a Howard Gi

For more information, please call Roland Sarria at 480-446-8127

Convenient point-to-point driving directions can be easily obtained at the following Yahoo site (this is a great site to bookmark for any traveling directions within the U.S.).


posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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