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Thursday, Dec 20, 2001

Ufc 35 Card Complete!

From Josh Hedges of Zuffa/UFC:

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UFC 35 Card Complete!

LAS VEGAS, December 21, 2001….The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today the last three fighters on the card for UFC: Throw Down, to take place Friday, January 11, 2002, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Jeff Monson (6-3-0 in Mixed Martial Arts) fills the heavyweight slot against Staten Island, NY native Ricco Rodriguez (7-1-0). Both Monson and Rodriguez are former Submission Wrestling World Champions. Monson is 1-1 in the UFC. He defeated David Dodd at UFC 27 and lost a decision to Chuck Liddell at UFC 29. Rodriguez is 2-0 in the UFC, defeating Andrei Arlovski at UFC 32 and Pete Williams at UFC 34.

Due to a broken hand suffered in training, Phil Baroni was forced to withdraw from his fight against Eugene "The Wolf" Jackson (10-4-0) from East Palo Alto, Calif. Baroni’s replacement is undefeated Massachusetts native Keith Rockel (2-0-0). Rockel recently defeated UFC veteran Adrian Serrano to win the Hook N Shoot title. Jackson is a 5-time UFC veteran, with all his UFC victories being by knockout.

Southern California’s Chris Brennan (11-4-1) will take on Gil Castillo (16-1-0) of Concord, California in a welterweight bout. Castillo’s original opponent, Shonie Carter, was forced to withdraw from the event last week. Brennan previously fought in the Octagon at UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou, where he competed in the inaugural lightweight tournament. Castillo is moving back down to his natural weight of 170 lbs. for this fight. At UFC 33, Castillo lost a decision to Dave Menne in the middleweight championship bout.

Tickets are still on sale, but going fast. You can purchase tickets at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, at tickets.com or by calling tickets.com at 1-800-477-6849. UFC: Throw Down also will be available on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

The final card is as follows:

Lightweight Championship
Jens Pulver (champion) vs. BJ Penn

Middleweight Championship
Dave Menne (champion) vs. Murilo Bustamante

Heavyweight bouts
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Jeff Monson

Light Heavyweight bouts
Chuck Liddell vs. Amar Suloev
Kevin Randleman vs. Renato "Babalu" Sobral

Middleweight bouts
Ricardo Almeida vs. Andrei Semenov
Eugene Jackson vs. Keith Rockel

Welterweight bout
Gil Castillo vs. Chris Brennan

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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