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Friday, Aug 31, 2001

Rings Champion Going To Pride!

RINGS champion going to PRIDE!
By Eduardo Alonso

Ricardo Arona (standing) vs. JJ Machado at ADCC 2001
      After an very impressive performance at the last RINGS tournament, the Abu Dhabi sensation Ricardo Arona [pictured (standing) vs. JJ Machado at ADCC 2001] is now going to take one step further in his career and make his debut in PRIDE on September 24th!
      Ricardo Arona, who won both his weight division and the absolute at the Abu Dhabi submission wrestling championship, will be making his debut at the next Pride event against a very tough opponent in Guy Mezger! Mezger, who already fought the likes of Tito Ortiz (twice), Vanderlei Silva and Chuck Liddell, will be for sure the toughest opponent Arona has ever faced in his NHB career, it will be interesting to see how Arona will deal with the less restrictive Pride rules, since he is used to fighting for the RINGS organization.
      FCF was told today that Arona is back training with the Brazilian Top Team, and that his fight against Mezger is a done deal.

Results from
IFC Warrior’s Challenge XV
Friday August 31, 2001 – Oroville, CA
By Roberto Martinez

  1. Scott Smith def. Tim Kennedy
    Ref stoppage (bleeding), 2:53 rd 1
  2. Frank Mir def. Dan Quinn
    Armbar, 2:15 rd 1
  3. Nick Diaz def. Mike Wick
    Triangle choke, 3:02 rd 1
  4. Fred Valasquaz def. Virgil Ortega
    Ref stoppage (strikes), 2:14 rd 1
  5. Einar Arason def. Angel Coadona
    Ref stoppage (strikes), 2:10 rd 2
  6. Ted Stannatelos def. Bobby Perez
    Choke, 1:33 rd 1
  7. Dax Bruce def. Willie Solorio
    Choke, 1:45 rd 1
  8. Marcus Blood def. Randy Spence
    Armbar 2:31 rd 3
  9. Martin Armendarez def. Denis Kang
    KO, 3:52 rd 1
  10. Jim Theobald def. Chad Cook
    Armbar, 2:37 rd 1
  11. Shawn Gray def. Carlos Garcia
    Ref stoppage (strikes), 3:26 rd 1
  12. Paul Buentello def. Gary Marshall
    Tap out (strikes), 4:53 rd 1
  13. Ivan Salaverry def. Steve Heath
    Ref stoppage (bleeding), 2:54 rd 1

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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