Rings Usa “rising Stars Tournament” Hawaii”b” Bracket
Rings USA "Rising Stars Tournament" Hawaii
July 22, 2000 – Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
Story and Photos By Chris Onzuka
The sparks were flying at Rings’ second event in the U.S. and Hawaiian NHB fans were lucky enough that Rings chose Hawaii as the place for their "B" bracket tournament of the Rings USA "Rising Stars Tournament." I don’t know about the "Rising Stars" title because there were some establish fighters and the "rising stars," did not look like they were rising at all. Every mixed martial arts event has slightly different rules, but Rings’ events have been known to favor the striker, by standing up the fighters quickly if there is no progression towards a superior position, keeping the action at a non-stop pace. However, grapplers "enjoy" a no striking to the head rule, when the fight goes to the ground, encouraging submissions. Rings events also favor the fighters who have fought in Rings’ events previously, which was apparent in Utah and here in Hawaii, where both Rings Japan fighters advanced along with an extremely, heavy-handed, Tom Sauer and John Lewis protègè, Eric Pele. Rings’ exciting fights are sure to please the rest of the U.S., just like it did Hawaii’s fans on this night.
Middleweight Tournament #1 Quarter-Finals
Hiromitsu Kanehara (Rings Japan) def. Adrian Serrano
Chris Munsen (AMC Pankration) def. Dave Menne
Heavyweight Tournament #1 Quarter-Finals
Tom Sauer def. Mike Dresch
Heavyweight Tournament #2 Quarter-Finals
Roger Neff def. Rocky Batastini
Middleweight Tournament #2 Semi-Finals
Heavyweight Tournament #1 Semi-Finals
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