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Friday, Oct 10, 2003

Rumble On The Rock 4

Rumble On The Rock 4
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
October 10, 2003
By Chris Onzuka

When you hear names like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Jens Pulver and Matt Hughes, one thing comes to mind, fighters that dominated their respective divisions in MMA either past or present. Two more fighters want to have their name placed up alongside these legends, BJ Penn and Takanori Gomi. Both fighters have beaten the best of the West and the best of the East. Both fighters are coming off of disappointing results in their last fights, Gomi being handed his first loss by Joachim Hansen and Penn drawing with Caol Uno.

BJ Penn on Takanori Gomi's back
Penn vs. Gomi

Not enough can be said about two fighters that want to prove to the world which one of them is the best fighter at 155lbs. Tonight they did just that. In impressive fashion, BJ Penn systematically took apart Takanori Gomi, taking him down numerous times and pounding him with punches while there. A battered, bloody Gomi finally succumbed to a rear naked choke, which satisfied Penn because he was looking to finish the fight, not leave it in the judge’s hands for a decision. Rumble On The Rock took a spectacular main event and loaded it to the hilt with one of the best undercards (at least by local standards) to support it. Some of the highlights of the evening were Banuelos looking unstoppable in his match with Yobi Song and unknown fighter, Gilbert Malendez dismantling Bozo Paling. That match would be paired up with another upset when Charuto Verissimo systematically took UFC veteran Gil Castillo apart and the quick ending to the Cooper-Hallman fight. The event was capped off by a heated "call out" session, which started when Phil Baroni said that he would knock out Falaniko Vitale. Vitale came to the octagon and that is how the fireworks started. Both exchanged insults, which ended up in both fighters offering to settle it right here, right now. Baroni even dropped his microphone and pulled off his commentating microphone. Referee Larry Landless and others kept the fighters separated. UFC President Dana White came into the ring along with co-host and New York Bad Ass, Phil Baroni and Cabbage Correira to announce their fights at the next UFC. Overall it was a well run event, with two large screens, a 30-foot octagon and video introductions and replays over the large screens. The next event promises to be bigger and better and should take place some time in January or February of next year.

Super Flyweight
Antonio Banuelos (Pitfight Team) def. Yobie Song (Jesus Is Lord)
TKO via doctor stoppage from cut at 2:39 into R3.

Santino Defranco (808 Fight Factory) def. Deshaun Johnson (HMC)
Disqualification due to kneeing a grounded opponent in Round 1.

Ross "Da Boss" Ebanez (BJ Penn MMA) def. Gabe Casillas (Debrazil Academy)
TKO via referee stoppage from strikes at 2:45 into R2.

Light Heavyweight
David "Kawika" Pa’alui (Jesus Is Lord) vs. Joe Riggs (BRAUSA)
This fight did not take place, Riggs reportedly slipped in the dressing room and suffered a concussion.

Gilbert Melendez (Cesar Gracie) def. Stephen "Bozo" Paling (Jesus Is Lord)
TKO via referee stoppage from strikes from mount at 4:56 into R2.

Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun (808 Fight Factory) vs. Shawn Taylor
TKO via corner throwing in the towel due to strikes from guard at 3:05 into R2.

Renato "Charuto" Verissimo (BJ Penn MMA) def. Gil Castillo (Cesar Gracie)
TKO, Castillo could not come out for round 3.

Paul "The Executioner" Buenatello (American Kickboxing Academy) def. Andy Montana
KO due to a kick to the head at 2:50 into R1.

Dennis Hallman (Victory Athletics) def. Ray "Bradda" Cooper (Jesus Is Lord)
Submission via guillotine choke at 0:50 into R1.

BJ Penn (BJ Penn MMA) def. Takanori Gomi (K’z Factory)
Submission via rear-naked choke at 2:38 into R3.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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