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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2005

Ring Of Combat 9 Preview

Ring of Combat 9 Preview
By Jim Genia

Rhino Fight Team. Team Tiger Schulmann. Team Renzo. Pitts Penn. Fight Factory. Representatives from some of the top East Coast MMA teams are assembling, ready to do battle on the shores New Jersey as fans cheer on their local favorites. The ninth edition of promoter Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat show is slated for October 29th at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in Asbury Park, and MMA enthusiasts will be treated to a roster of up-and-comers as well as what looks to be a potential barn-burning 174-pound championship bout. Here’s a look at some of the fighters:

Danny Suarez – Rhino Fight Team
A Ring of Combat and King of the Cage veteran, Suarez is the total package. Sporting a jiu-jitsu brown belt and some serious Muay Thai skills, he’s paid his dues both on the mats and in the ring (he won his last kickboxing bout by TKO in the third round). On October 29th Suarez gets a well-deserved shot at a championship belt. Who’s the man standing between this East Coast rising star and the title? Marlon Sims.

Marlon Sims – Farang Mu Sul
Representing the eclectic Korean art of Farang Mu Sul, Sims returns to the East Coast after going four rounds for a championship kickboxing belt at Combat at the Capitale in June. His punches are fast and his sidekick is accurate as hell – but does he have enough skill on the ground to survive against Suarez?

Joe Andujar – Rhino Fight Team
At the last Ring of Combat, the scrappy Andujar debuted against Farang Mu Sul rep Joey Spataro. Andujar’s superior conditioning helped him earn the decision, but Ring of Combat 9 will see him square off against Joey’s brother, Anthony. Does Andujar have enough in his tank to defeat a sibling out for revenge?

Mike Iannone – Farang Mu Sul
Having armbarred a judo black belt at the last show, Iannone proved he’s got some skill on the ground to go with his kicking. This time out though, he faces Team Tiger Schulmann’s Uriah Hall – a blackbelt who’s sure to be capable both on the ground and on his feet. Will Iannone get his chin tested this time around? Or will he score another win for his school?

Erik Uresk – Brighton Beach Wrestling Club
He’s a veteran of the Underground Combat League in New York City and competes nationally in Greco-Roman wrestling, but the tough Erik Uresk is coming off a TKO loss in July and is hungry for redemption. Does he have what it takes to defeat the more-experienced James "Binky" Jones? Or will the Team Renzo rep from Baltimore hand him his second MMA loss?

The full card:
Ring of Combat 174-pound Championship
Marlon Sims (FMS-TVT) vs. Danny Suarez (Rhino Fight Team)

Kevin Roddy (Team Renzo Gracie) vs. Joey Spataro (FMS-TVT/Kioto BJJ)
Joe Andujar (Rhino Fight Team) vs. Anthony Spataro (FMS-TVT/Kioto BJJ)
Mark Getto (Advanced Fighting Systems) vs. Frank Edgar (Rhino Fight Team)
Eric Uresk (Kioto BJJ) vs. James "Binky" Jones (Ground Control)

Adam Fearon (Rhino Fight Team) vs. Lyman Good (Team TSK)
Jay Coleman (Rhino Fight Team) vs. David Porter (East End Martial Arts)
Scott Molloy (Rhino Fight Team) vs. Steve Macabe (The Fight Factory)
Phillippe Nover (Team Renzo Gracie/UDS) vs Mike McQuade (Freestyle)

Tim Deiturriaga (Advanced Fighting Systems) vs. Garrett Carmondy (Pitt’s Penn)
Joe Thompson (ACK) vs. Ken Gibson (FMS-TVT)
Mike Iannone (FMS-TVT/Kioto BJJ) vs. Uriah Hall (Team TSK)

ShowFight 3:
Macaco Impresses in Grudge Match

Report by Eduardo Alonso
Photographs by Marcelo Alonso

Slowly and gradually the sport of MMA continues to grab hold back in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, after its ban around four years ago. One of the most important steps in this direction has been Showfight, currently the biggest MMA event being held in the city. Promoted by businessman Oscar Maroni, the show targets a large audience by not only presenting Mixed Martial Arts fighting, but also mixing in other forms of fighting along with other types of entertainment as well. ShowFight 3, held on October 21st at Ibirapuera Arena in Sao Paulo, was the biggest edition of the promotion so far, and this time the "side show" had former playmates, Penthouse pets and the like, doing "wrestling" in the middle of the ring, while tearing their costumes off. This may give you an idea of the feeling of the show.

Jorge 'Macaco' Patino punishing Gabriel Vella as Ryan Gracie (left) looks on
Macaco punishing Vella

In terms of fighting, ShowFight 3 biggest attraction was without a doubt, the grudge match between Pride and UFC veteran Jorge "Macaco" Patino, and Ryan Gracie student Gabriel Vella. Macaco and Vella had some issues years and yeas ago, during a Jiu-Jitsu tournament in Sao Paulo, and with both Macaco and Ryan dominating the Jiu-Jitsu market in the city, is natural that this rivalry would be even bigger. The Ibirapuera arena, which had around five thousand spectators on hand, was split into Macaco and Vella supporters, coming from both academies, and the environment was fierce, with anticipation of berserk going on at any time. Although the show’s organization wasn’t anywhere near perfect, thankfully no incidents took place, besides a massive invasion of the ring after the bout, and the spectacle was left for the fighters. Macaco came in wild and aggressive as always, and truly didn’t give Vella a chance in the bout. Applying a number of different strikes, courtesy of his Chute Boxe training, Patino managed to connect with a left hand hook, after dropping his guard as a feint, that sent Vella to dreamland on the spot, and made his fans erupt in celebration. A solid display by the 32 year old fighter, who challenged Ryan Gracie after the bout.

Claudio Godoy rains down punches on Endo Makoto
Godoy pummeling Makoto

The rest of the MMA card saw some highlights as Heat FC veteran Silmar Rodrigo display Muay Thai techniques that he didn’t have before, considering his Jiu-Jitsu background, into a TKO win, Claudio Godoy showing great shape in a bout where he controlled the ground game, until he achieved mount and unloaded on his Japanese opponent, who was game up until that point, and Ryan Gracie student Eduardo Pamplona, dominating stand-up in another rivalry bout, against Macaco student Alessandro Stefan. The surprise of the show came courtesy of Jiu-Jitsu stand out Fabio Negao, who was fighting MMA highly rated veteran Alex Gaze, with his Muay Thai background. Negao, despite doing his MMA debut, showed some very heavy hands, and connected with a wild punch that gave Gaze no chance to recover, lights out! With all that, plus a female MMA bout of good level, where Michelle Tavares managed to overcome a weight difference and score a submission, ShowFight 3 was an interesting show that, with some production and organization improvements, can become much more interesting

Here are the results:

Augusto Ferrari def. Paulo Rorito by 4 points to 2

Submission Wrestling:
Marcelo Zulu def. Marcos Souza by 4 points to 2

Muay Thai:
Luis Sorriso (Chute Boxe) def. Diego Sebastiao (Never Shake) by unanimous judges’ decision

Michelle Tavares (Nova Uniao) def. Carina Damm (Chute Boxe) by triangle choke in R2
Xuxa def. Tiago Cruz by TKO in R1
Silmar Rodrigo def. Sandro Lopes by TKO in R2
Fabio Negao def. Alex Gaze by KO in R1
Eduardo Pamplona def. Alessandro Stefan (Macaco Gold Team) by TKO in R1
Claudio Godoy def. Endo Makoto by TKO in R2
Jorge Patino (Chute Boxe) def. Gabriel Vella (Gracie Barra) by KO in R1

From the event’s promoter:

TKO 23

MONTREAL (CANADA) – TKO Major League MMA is thrilled to announce their line up for TKO 23: EXTREMETM to be held on November 5th, 2005 at The Colisee Des Bois-Francs in beautiful Victoriaville, Quebec. This marvelous fight card will be headlined by a co-main event in which Canadian superstar, Jonathan Goulet will square off against the crafty veteran, Shonie Carter. Also, TKO’s new Lightweight Champion, Sam Stout, will rematch former champion, Donald Ouimet. These two electrifying fights will cap off a night of extreme mixed martial arts action!

Fresh off his victorious UFC debut, JONATHAN GOULET (14-5-0) continues to fight the best welterweight competition in the world as he collides with the always dangerous, SHONIE CARTER (31-13-6). Goulet comes into this fight riding a very impressive nine fight winning streak which includes dominating performances over John Alessio, Tony Fryklund and Kyle Jensen. He recently fought Jay Hieron in the UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night 2 on Spike TV. His exciting fight could not be shown on television as it looked "like a horror film" per the words of UFC President, Dana White. It was reportedly even more brutal than his fight against Fryklund. Goulet landed devastating punches and knees which opened up several nasty cuts on Hieron’s forehead leaving the octagon looking like an animal had just been slaughtered. Carter is not intimidated; he’s been in the ring with the best mixed martial arts has to offer. Carter’s unorthodox standup and excellent wrestling skills will test Goulet to the fullest. Can Goulet continue to steamroll the competition on his way to international fame? Or, will the wily veteran, Carter, prove once again why he is so highly regarded in the fight game? These two impeccable athletes are set to brawl in this contest of momentous importance!

The two best Lightweights in the history of Canadian mixed martial arts are set to go at it again! The young phenom, SAM STOUT (7-1-1) won a razor thin split decision victory over DONALD OUIMET (10-4-0) in their first encounter at TKO 21. Ouimet immediately requested a rematch and Stout was more than happy to oblige him. In their first fight, neither fighter showed much interest in taking the fight to the ground. Instead, they chose to treat the sell out crowd to a very entertaining and tremendously technical standup clash between a traditional Muay Thai fighter, Stout, and a seasoned boxer, Ouimet. The stakes don’t get any higher as this fight will solidify who the best Lightweight in Canada is!

Team Tompkins’ newest sensation, CHRIS HORODECKI (1-0-0) will challenge DAVE GOULET (6-3-0) in a fight that promises colossal fireworks! Most TKO fans are still buzzing from Goulet versus Stout at TKO 18 which many consider one of the best fights in Canadian mixed martial arts history. This fight has all the markings of being on the same epic proportions! Horodecki will undoubtedly attempt to use his stunning Muay Thai skills to overwhelm his opponent. But, Goulet has shown numerous times that he has the heart of a lion. His only losses have been to the current and former TKO Lightweight Champions, Stout and Ouimet. He will use his crisp boxing skills on his feet and his ever improving ground and pound technique on the mat in an attempt to derail this new, young phenom’s ascension through the ranks. This match-up has "show stealer" written all over it!

No fight card is complete without some bad blood and controversy surrounding it. THIERRY QUENNEVILLE (8-3-0) versus MAX MARIN (5-6-0) will provide the bad blood and controversy for TKO 23! Marin was livid after the referee’s stoppage at 2:46 of round one in their first fight, only one month prior, at TKO 22. Quenneville was taking the fight to Marin and was in the midst of a seemingly brutal ground and pound when the referee decided to halt the contest. Marin, apparently unaffected by the punishment quickly jumped to his feet and pleaded his case. At TKO 23, Marin will get the opportunity to avenge his loss and prove his point. Quenneville, on the other hand, will look to shut Marin up and move one step closer to his long awaited title shot.

Order your tickets now through the TKO Ticket office (1-866-445-8886).


  • TKO World LW Championship:   – DONALD OUIMET vs. SAM STOUT
  • LW Superfight:   – CHRIS HORODECKI vs. DAVE GOULET
  • SLW Superfight:   – DAN RATIU vs. DAVE PARISEAU
  • WW Preliminary:   – AARON TREGEAR vs. DANY LAFLAMME

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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