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Saturday, May 03, 2003

Ring Of Fury 3:a Night Of Knockouts

Ring of Fury 3:
A Night of Knockouts

By Jim Genia

Denis Kang and Keith Rockel square off
Kang vs. Rockel

      (May 3, Boston, Massachusetts) It was a night of knockouts here in Boston, as promoter Tom Hafers’ third Ring of Fury incarnation showcased some quick hands and heavy leather. Taking a page from the World Fighting Alliance’s "Fight Club meets the Nightclub" motif, Ring of Fury 3 packed over a thousand fans into a downtown club – and fed those fans a steady diet of techno-music, dancing girls, and MMA action. Highlights of the night included:

  • Shelby Walker’s five-second knockout over Angela Wilson. Did "Shelbygirl" even get to break a sweat?
  • The war between Canadian Denis Kang and Team Elite’s Keith Rockel, which was pretty much even – until Kang planted a right cross square on Rockel’s chin that sent the UFC vet to the canvas. This one was the fight of the night!
  • Solomon Hutcherson’s strong opening assault of top-level fighter Jorge Rivera. After throwing Rivera around with his wrestling skills, Hutcherson rained down some punches — but once they were back on their feet, it was Rivera’s world. Congrats to both warriors for really putting on a show.


Shelby Walker wins by KO in 5 seconds
Walker wins
  • Kevin Burkes (Animal House-177lbs) vs. Bobby Diaz (Boneyard -175lbs)
    Dias via rear choke at 2:04 of the first round.

  • Joel Blanton (Animal House-178lbs) vs. David Garcia (178lbs)
    Garcia via ref stoppage due to cut, at 1:07 of the first round.

  • Leo Sylvest (Integrated Fighting-186lbs) vs. Emyr Bussard (American Top Team-190lbs)
    Bussard via armbar at 4:18 of the first round.

  • Devion Peterson (Integrated Fighting-196lbs) vs. Jay Thomas (Gillett’s Academy-205lbs)
    Peterson via KO at :16 of the first round.

  • Keith Wisniewski (Duneland Vale Tudo-172lbs) vs. Nuri Shakir (Team Elite-171lbs)
    Wisniewski via guillotine choke at :46 of the first round – 46 seconds of furious action!

  • Shelby Walker (124lbs) vs. Angela Wilson (125lbs)
    Walker via KO at 0:05 of the first round.

  • David Gardner (157lbs) vs. Marco Aurelio (American Top Team-160lbs)
    Aurelio via triangle choke at 4:13 of the third round. Aurelio is now the USMMA Lightweight Champ!

  • Denis Kang (Marcos Soares JJ-194lbs) vs. Keith Rockel (Team Elite-194lbs)
    Kang via KO at 2:59 of the second round – a stunning end to a great fight!

  • Solomon Hutcherson (Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy-205lbs) vs. Jorge Rivera (Team Elite-199lbs)
    Rivera via KO at 3:01 of the first round – a good showing for both men. Rivera needs to be in the UFC!

From the event’s promoter:

A Night of Kickboxing
Held May 3, 2003
At the El Patio Bar – Yelm, Washington

All matches were kickboxing.

  1. Joe Nomenson def. Wesley Welch by KO in round 1.
  2. Jason Cloke def. Everett Rowland by split decision after 3 rounds.
  3. Shane Davis def. Justin Davis by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
  4. Eddie Ellis def. Adam Yohe by unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
  5. Jay Nomenson def. Joe North by TKO.
  6. David Sissell def. Tim Peden by TKO.
  7. Benji Radach def. Dennis Hallman by split decision after 3 rounds.

From the event’s promoter:

RITC 48 – Results
Carlos Ortega named Fighter of the Night
ACS goes 3-0

Despite the fact that 3 professional fighters (Hattan, Williams and Shafer) pulled out hours before the show, RITC 48 went on as planned. A highly enthusiastic Cinco de Mayo weekend crowd cheered wildly for the 18 combatants including 8 fighters making their RITC debut.

Carlos Ortega won by submission in a wild match where technique prevailed over brute strength. After the fight, the cross-town rivals embraced in a show of good sportsmanship. This impressive victory earned Fighter of the Night (FOTN) honors for Carlos Ortega. Other candidates for FOTN were Steve McDonald, Brian Mitchell, Ray Steinbeiss, Stack Hakes, Gabe Casillas, Gustavo Dantas and Herb Garcia.


Steve McDonald (155 lbs), Ultima Martial Arts
won by submission (choke), 2:59 Rd 1
Emilio Ysaguirre (145 lbs), Ghetto Grapplers

Richie Reyes (162 lbs), Ghetto Grapplers
won by fighter retirement, 3:00 Rd 1
Michael Kline (170 lbs), Asher Combat Academy

Brian Mitchell (162 lbs), ACS
won by submission (key lock), 1:28 Rd 1
Klay Palomo (164 lbs), Freestyle

Carlos Ortega (154 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
won by submission (arm bar), 1:21 Rd 1
Gabe Rivas (165 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts

Ray Steinbeiss (184 lbs), ACS
won by submission (choke), 2:06 Rd 1
Allan Branson (179 lbs), Freestyle

Stacy Hakes (191 lbs), Freestyle
won by ref stoppage (strikes), :23 Rd 2
RJ McLeod (188 lbs), Brausa Academy

Gabe Casillas (175 lbs), Debrazil/Rey Diogo
won by TKO (verbal submission), :44 Rd 1
Jason Dehart (165 lbs), Brausa Academy

Gustavo Dantas (158 lbs), ACS
won by submission (triangle/arm bar), 2:14 Rd 1
Brittish Pena (148 lbs), Brausa Academy

Herb Garcia (312 lbs), Asher Combat Academy
won by submission (key lock), 1:11 Rd 1
Roy Leon (232 lbs), Pinal Martial Arts

Upcoming Events:

RITC 49 – Stare Down
Fan Appreciation Night
Saturday, Jun 7, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

Arizona Desert Quest #5

Grappling/BJJ Championship
Saturday, Jun 14, 2003
Westwood High
945 West 8th St
Mesa, AZ 85201

RITC 50 – Tucson
Saturday, Jun 21, 2003
Wildcat House (Tucson)

RITC 51 – Invasion from the North
Saturday, Jul 26, 2003
Celebrity Theatre (Phoenix)

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