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Thursday, May 23, 2002

U.k.’s Weir To Meet Jackson; Sinosic To Fight Sobral Da Cunha At Ufc: Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, July 13, In London

From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:


      LAS VEGAS, NEV., May 23, 2002… Undefeated British Middleweight Mark Weir of Gloucester, England, will put his 16-0-0 Mixed Martial Arts record on the line when he meets Eugene "The Wolf" Jackson (11-4-0) of East Palo Alto, Calif., in one of the feature fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, Saturday, July 13, at Royal Albert Hall in London, England.
      Light Heavyweight Elvis Sinosic (4-5-1) of Sydney, Austrailia, will meet Renato "Babalu" Sobral da Cunha (9-1-0) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in another feature on the eight-fight card.
      The main event will be the long awaited re-match for the UFC welterweight championship. Champion Matt Hughes (26-3-0) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt against former champion Carlos Newton (10-5-0) of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. A heavyweight showdown between undefeated Frank Mir (4-0-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ian Freeman (12-5-0) of Sunderland, England, also promises to be an action-packed bout. The four remaining fights will be announced.
      Weir, one of the U.K.’s top ranked mixed martial arts fighters, is renowned for his speed and ability to adapt to almost any style of fighting. He has won U.K. and European championships in tae kwon do, thai boxing, kick boxing and grapple and strike and is the most dangerous when he has the opportunity to combine styles. In 2001, he won four championships as a light heavyweight, Millenium Brawl IV, where he defeated PRIDE fighter Shannon "The Cannon" Rich; Millenium Brawl III, where he defeated UFC fighter C. J. Fernandes; Grapple & Strike III, a victory over Paul "Stone Monkey" Jenkins, and Grapple & Strike Switzerland, where he defeated Conez Christoph.
      Jackson is a UFC veteran known for his strength and punching power. He has knocked out some of the world’s top ranked fighters, including Royce Alger at UFC 21: Return of the Champions, July 16, 1999, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Kei Yamamiya at UFC 23: Ultimate Japan 2, November 19, 1999, in Tokyo. In his last UFC fight, Jackson defeated Keith Rockel January 11 by tapout choke at 3:46 of the second round at UFC: Throw Down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
      Sinosic is a former Australian Vale Tudo Open Champion and Pan Pacific Heavyweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. The Canberra, Australia, native made his UFC debut February 23, 2001, at UFC 30: The Battle On The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J., where he met highly-ranked Jeremy Horn. Sinosic dispatched Horn quickly with an armbar tapout in the first round. On March 22 at UFC: Worlds Collide in Las Vegas, Sinosic took on Evan Tanner of Gresham, Ore. At 2:06 of the first round, Sinosic suffered a cut and doctors stopped the fight.
      Sobral da Cunha, "Babalu," has won Brazilian national championships in both kickboxing and wrestling. He made his UFC debut November 17, 2000, at UFC 28: High Stakes in Atlantic City, N.J., where he won a unanimous decision over Maurice Smith. In his most recent UFC fight, he took on highly-ranked Light Heavyweight Kevin Randleman January 11 at UFC: Throw Down at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. After three tough rounds, Randleman won a unanimous decision giving Sobral da Cunha his only career loss.
      Hughes captured the welterweight crown November 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas with a controversial knockout of Newton. Hughes picked him up as he was attempting a triangle choke and slammed him to the mat. The force knocked out Newton just as Hughes went unconscious from the choke. Referee John McCarthy separated the fighters and awarded the victory to Hughes. Many thought Newton won.
      Mir has had two UFC fights and neither lasted longer than a minute. In his debut at UFC 34: High Voltage, he met savvy Brazilian jiu-jitsu veteran Roberto Traven and won with an arm bar at 1:00. Then at UFC 36: Worlds Collide, he met another veteran, Pete Williams. Mir took him out in 46 seconds with a shoulder lock.
      Freeman is a powerful puncher who won his last two UFC fights. At UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams June 9, 2000, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he defeated Nate Schroeder at 2:13 of the second round by tap out due to knee and elbow strikes. At UFC 27: Ultimate Bad Boyz, September 22, 2000, in New Orleans, La., he defeated Tedd Williams by unanimous decision.
      Tickets for Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, 100 pounds sterling, 75 pounds sterling and 50 pounds sterling, are now on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office in London, at all Ticket Master outlets in the United Kingdom, by calling Ticket Master at 011-44-020-7316-4709, or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.co.uk.
      Brawl At Royal Albert Hall also will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Brazil on British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, Viewers Choice Canada and Globosat Programmadora LTDA pay-per-view television. It will also be televised on WOWOW-TV in Japan. The fight will be televised live at 7 p.m. (BST) on BSkyB in the U.K. and Ireland and on a tape-delayed basis in the other countries. Viewing times will be announced. The suggested retail price in North America is $29.95 and in the U.K., 14 pounds sterling.
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports company. It is owned and operated by Zuffa LLC and has partnerships with British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) in London, England; WOWOW, Inc. in Tokyo, Japan, and Globosat Programmadora LTDA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The UFC is a sport that brings together the world’s most talented mixed martial arts athletes from disciplines such as karate, jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, boxing, sumo and others in a quest to become an ultimate fighting champion.

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UFC 38 Corner-man Contest

      For the past two events, the UFC has offered one lucky fan the opportunity to be in the corner of his or her favorite fighter at a UFC. When the UFC invades the UK on July 13th, another fan will have the opportunity of a lifetime.
      From May 23rd through June 25th, fans can enter the UFC 38 Corner-man Contest at www.ufc.tv. The grand prize winner will be in the corner of the fighter of his or her choice at UFC 38 in England.
      Imagine being backstage helping your favorite fighter warm-up. Imagine walking down to the Octagon behind him. Imagine being able to help coach your fighter to victory. This will all come true for one UFC fan.
The Grand Prize winner will receive round trip transportation from their hometown to London, England on Thursday, Friday July 12, 2002 through Sunday, July 14, 2002. Hotel accommodations will be arranged and meals will be provided on a per diem basis. All ground transportation to and from the airport, event and hotel will be arranged and corner credentials will be provided.
      Other contest prizes include autographed merchandise, pay per view vouchers, and merchandise packages.

From the event’s promoter:

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The IFC WARRIOR’S CHALLENGE scheduled for this Wednesday, May 22 at Eagle Mountain Bingo and Casino in Porterville, CA has been postponed until July 12 at the request of Eagle Mountain. Construction and technical delays along with weather concerns were cited as the reason. According to IFC Commissioner Paul Smith, "This is the first event of this nature at Eagle Mountain and they really want to do it right. Their outdoor arena isn’t quite ready to go yet. Of course we are disappointed by the delay, but we know that this will be a much better facility now. The fighters and fans will not be disappointed."

According to Smith the anticipated card featuring K-1 Veteran Carter Williams, Gary Marshall, Chris Lytle, Steve Heath, Jake Shields, Robert Ferguson and many more should remain intact and in fact some additional fights will now be added.

Tickets for the rescheduled event will go on sale on today. All tickets already sold for the May 22nd show will be honored too.

Call Eagle Mtn. Casino at 1-800-903-3353 for more information.

AFC: Amateur Fighting Competition 2
Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
May 23, 2002
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com

The second AFC promised more action than your average event due to the rules, if for nothing else. The AFC is basically a modified Toughman contest. The fights were 3 – 1 minute rounds with an added twist of allowing one take down per round. As with all boxing related events that involve amateurs, leather was flying, often times right past their intended targets. It was obvious that two fighters from each division would be meeting in the finals after their first fight was over. In the under 200lbs division, P. J. Dean put on a fine display of the sweet science, getting off the better punches much faster than his opponents. On the other side of the bracket was Clyde Paling, brother of ranked Shooto fighter, Stephen "Bozo" Paling. Clyde showed incredible marksmanship as he threw a high percentage of quality punches that hit their targets. In the over 200lbs bracket, the biggest man in the event, Kaleo Westbrook, son of a famous local boxer and gym, steamrollered over his opponents on route to the finals. While one of the lightest fighters in the over 200lbs division, Shiloh Ho, showed that true grit coupled with conditioning and nice inside combo’s can over come size. You could not ask for better matches the finals of each division. Dean and Paling were slipping, ducking and landing everything in their arsenal in every round, with Dean squeaking out a victory over Paling by stunning Paling for a second late in the final round. Ho tried to use the strategy of keeping the pressure on Westbrook in order to smother his power. It seemed to be working for a little while until Westbrook started slipping in some punches and then started landing more of them, fully utilizing his approximately 50lbs weight advantage on his way to a TKO victory. Ray and Monica Cooper, along with their family, put on a great show with lots of action, unfortunately, not very much Hawaii fans came out to see it. However, the fans that did were not sitting down during the two final matches.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Jason Verdadero def. Louis Kuamo’o
Decision after 3 rounds.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Wayne "Cowboy" Ham def. Lavelle Brown
Decision after 3 rounds.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Clyde Paling def. Eddie Ohia
Decision after 3 rounds.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Shilo Ho def. John Vistante
TKO via referee stoppage (fighter not adequately protecting himself.) in round 2.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament Alternate:
Michael Stone def. Jake Hanawahine
Decision after 3 rounds.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Kaleo Westbrook def. George St. Germaine
TKO via referee stoppage at 39 seconds in round 2.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
P.J. Dean def. Eddie Pagelsdorf
TKO via referee stoppage at 59 seconds in round 2.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Christopher Kaawa def. Samson Taito
TKO via referee stoppage at the end of round 1.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
James Romano def. "Bam Bam" Kaaikamanu
Decision after 3 rounds.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
P.J. Dean def. Jason Verdadero
TKO via referee stoppage at 59 seconds in round 2.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Kaleo Westbrook def. Wayne "Cowboy" Ham
TKO via corner throws in the towel at the end of round 1.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Clyde Paling def. James Romano
Decision after 3 rounds.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Shilo Ho def. Christopher Kaawa
TKO via referee stoppage in round 3.

Under 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
P.J. Dean def. Clyde Paling
Decision after 3 rounds.

Over 200lbs 8-man Tournament:
Kaleo Westbrook def. Shilo Ho
TKO via referee stoppage at 54 seconds in round 2.

From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:


DSE/PRIDE announced two matchups for PRIDE.21 on June 23rd as follows:

  • Don Frye vs Mark Coleman
  • Renzo Gracie vs Shungo Oyama

DATE: June 23rd, 2002
OPEN: 2:00 PM START 4:00 PM
PLACE: Saitama Super Arena (Saitama-Pref, Japan)

From the event’s promoter:

Quest Combat Challenge

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Here’s the Full Results of "Quest Combat Challenge" held May 18th in Missoula, Montana.

-UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett acted as guest referee and cornered the White Buffalo Warriors team. The event was featured on local news station KECI, and the story showed the sport in an extremely positive light, featuring commentary and instructional segment.

Light wt: Matt Lawlor (Pain Cave) wins over Ricky Tobin (Siahoka) pulling a "no show"

Lightwt.: Trapper Stehlik(Rocky Mountain Vale Tudo) Defeated Aaron Nixon(self-trained). By Triangle Choke Round 1.

Welterweight: Brandon Olsen(Pain Cave) Defeated John Anderson(team Neff) by Rear Naked Choke and Kevin Adams(Team Neff) by strikes on the ground.

Lt. HWT: Judge Diesel(white buffalo warriors) Defeated Matt Myers(team Neff)by armbar.

Lt. HWT: Dan Ethell(Team Neff)defeated Kyle Carlson(Winchester Posse) by Choke in the 2nd round after taking a pounding in Rd 1

HWT: Will "BIG Medicine" Hammond(White Buffalo Warriors) Defeated Jake Sligar(winchester posse)by referee stoppage due to strikes.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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