Sperry Opponent Named;rogerio To Fight
UFO Card Continues to Take Shape:
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.
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)
John Crisostomo (808 Fight Factory)
From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
MMA THE BEST Vol.2
"MMA THE BEST Vol.2"
DATE: July 20th, 2002
OPEN: 16:00 PM START 17:00 PM
PLACE: Differ Ariake (TOKYO , Japan)
1st Match (Future Fight 5min 1R)
2nd Match (Future Fight 5min 1R)
3rd Match (5min 2R)
4th Match (5min 2R)
5th Match (5min 2R)
6th Match (5min 2R)
7th Match (5min 2R)
8th Match (5min 2R)
9th Match (5min 2R)
10th Match (5min 2R)
Official IFC Press Release:
IFC Amateur Event
Night of the Warriors I
August 10th, 2002
At the Howard Park Equestrian Center
This show will be an Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Show.
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;
The tournaments will be single-elimination.