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Saturday, Jul 20, 2002

Sperry Opponent Named;rogerio To Fight

UFO Card Continues to Take Shape:

By Eduardo Alonso

Sperry Opponent Named;
Rogerio to Fight

      As the event’s date approaches the newest MMA event in Japan is working out the last details in its matchmaking and finalizing the card. As is becoming a standard in Japanese events, the card is full of Brazilian fighters. PRIDE Heavyweight champion Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira will be facing off against PANCRASE favorite Sanae Kikuta. With Ruas’ recent injury, IVC, UFC and PRIDE veteran Wallid Ismail will be taking his place to face off against Japanese fighter Murakami Kazunari. But the Brazilian presence at the event isn’t limited to those fighters. Jiu-Jitsu legend Mario Sperry will be facing RINGS and WEF veteran Wataru Sakata in the event as well.
Nogueira brothers
Despite some early rumors of a rematch between Sperry and Hiromitsu Kanehara, FCF was told Sakata is surely going to be Sperry’s opponent, and the "Zen Machine" is already finishing up his preparation before leaving for Japan on August 1st or 2nd. Mario and "Minotauro" won’t be flying alone, as Rodrigo’s brother Rogerio "Minotouro" Nogueira will also be fighting at UFO and his opponent is very likely to be rAw team member Vladimir Matyushenko. Right now the only thing in the way of making this fight a reality is some difficulty in getting the Russian fighter his visa for Japan. This should be taken care off in the next few days, and if Vladimir ends up not being able to get a visa, the UFO will come up with another opponent for Rogerio, probably a Japanese fighter. We will continue to follow the UFO final card developments and look for plenty of pre-fight UFO coverage in the days to come.

From the event’s promoter:

3 Matches Added to
Warriors Quest 6: Best of the Best

Jerry Samson (Jesus Is Lord)
Ian McCall (Next Generation)
Samson is 1-0 as an amateur and brings a mini-Cooper style of fighting. Samson will have a debut to remember as he faces Ian McCall. McCall has a wrestling background and is also quoted as being a GAME fighter!!

David Padilla (Gamebred)
#1 Ranked Warriors Quest Fighter
Bao Quach (Next Generation)
Padilla, who is ranked #1 by Warriors Quest, will have the fight of his career as he faces an always game, Bao Quach. Quach is known for his aggressive style and likes to bring the fight to his opponent. I personally think this will be the fight of the night.

John Crisostomo (808 Fight Factory)
Superbrawl Tournament Champion
Martin Armanderez (Cesar Gracie)
Crisostomo, who is a Superbrawl Tournament Champion and recently faced Chris Brennan in Warriors Quest, will once again face another champion in Martin Armanderez from the Cesar Gracie Academy. Armanderez has big wins over Adrain Serrano and Dennis Kang.

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:

Results from

DATE: July 20th, 2002
OPEN: 16:00 PM START 17:00 PM
PLACE: Differ Ariake (TOKYO , Japan)

1st Match (Future Fight 5min 1R)
Seiya Naitou (A3 Gym) def. Ken Orihashi (Free) by decision (2-1)

2nd Match (Future Fight 5min 1R)
Yushin Okami (Wa-jyutsu Keishu-kai) def. Hidehisa Matusda (U-FILE CAMP.COM) by KO , 1R 3:52

3rd Match (5min 2R)
Jyukei (Terao Dojo) def. Joe Son (Joe Son Do) by TKO(referee stop) ,1R 0:54

4th Match (5min 2R)
Daisuke Nakamura (U-FILE CAMP.COM) def. Shannon"The Cannon" Ritch (AO/DC) by decision (3-0)

5th Match (5min 2R)
Fatih "Terror" Kocamis (Golden Glory) def. AngloSaxon Oba (AO/DC) by decision (3-0)

6th Match (5min 2R)
John Allesio (Millenia Jiu-jitsu) def. Eiji Mitsuoka (RJW/Central) by TKO(Dr. Stop due to Cut) 2R 3:13

7th Match (5min 2R)
Giant Ochiai (Monster Kingdom) def. Tomohiko Hashimoto (DDT prowrestling) by KO ,1R 2:09

8th Match (5min 2R)
Alistir Oveleem (Golden Glory) def. Yusuke Imamura (Takada Dojo) by KO 1R 0:44

9th Match (5min 2R)
Nino "Elvis" Schembri (Gracie Barra) def. Daiju Takase (Wa-jyutsu Keishu-kai) by decision (2-1)

10th Match (5min 2R)
Koh Soukun (Wa-jyutsu Keishu-kai) def. Bob "Terrible" Schreiber (Hans & Bob gym) by decision (2-1)

Official IFC Press Release:

IFC Amateur Event

Night of the Warriors I
August 10th, 2002
At the Howard Park Equestrian Center
Ione, CA

This show will be an Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Show.
Promoted by: Paul Smith/Warrior’s Lodge.
Sanctioned by: International Fighting Championship

No Martial Artist with prior Pro Closed Fist Cage Fights! This event will feature Four or eight-man tournaments depending on number of fighters in each weight class that sign up;

  • Lightweight (145 to 154.9)
  • Welterweight (155 to 169.9)
  • Middleweight (170 to 184.9)
  • Light Heavyweight (185 to 204.9)
  • Heavyweight (205 to 265)

The tournaments will be single-elimination.
For Fighter Packages, contact Paul Smith
P.O. Box 1494
Jackson, CA 95642

Email: paulsmith@ifc-usa.com

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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