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UFC 41: Onslaught

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UFC 41: Onslaught, February 28, 2003, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey

The Heavyweight Championship is on the line as champ Ricco Rodriguez makes his first title defense against 6’8", 260 pound Tim Sylvia. In the co-main event, UFC legend Tank Abbott returns to take on rising young heavyweight Frank Mir. The undercard is highlighted by a title bout to crown a new Lightweight Champion. BJ Penn and Caol Uno battle it out for the vacant Lightweight belt. Penn wants to prove he is the best. Uno wants redemption. Other feature fights on the card include Phil Baroni versus Matt Lindland in a true grudge match, and Vladimir Matyushenko versus Pedro Rizzo in a heavyweight showdown. It’s another huge night of fights from the most intense, full-contact event in sports today – The Ultimate Fighting Championship.


5.1 Surround Sound
Spanish commentary
Preliminary bouts
Post-fight press conference
Official Weigh-in
Exclusive training footage
Detailed Fighter Bios
Behind The Scenes Action

2 Disk Set Includes


1. Introduction
2. Pedro Rizzo vs. Vladimir Matyushenko

3. Phil Baroni vs. Matt Lindland
4. BJ Penn vs. Caol Uno
5. Tank Abbott vs. Frank Mir
6. Ricco Rodriguez vs. Tim Sylvia

Prelim Fights

1. Matt Serra vs. Din Thomas
2. Gan McGee vs. Alexandre Dantas
3. Yves Edwards vs. Rich Clementi

Behind The Scenes

1. Baroni / Lindland: No Love Lost
2. Tim Sylvia: The Underdog
3. Tank Abbott: Day in the Life
4. Thomas / Serra: Back on Track
5. Fighter autograph session
6. Gan McGee: The next Level
7. BJ Penn: Focused
8. Ken Shamrock: At Large
9. Rich Clementi: Close-up


Tim Sylvia, Ricco Rodriguez, Tank Abbott, Frank Mir, BJ Penn, Caol Uno, Phil Baroni, Matt Lindland, Pedro Rizzo, Vladimir Matyushenko, Matt Serra, Din Thomas, Gan McGee, Alexandre Dantas, Yves Edwards, Rich Clementi


1. Phil Baroni vs. Matt Lindland
2. Tank Abbott
3. Ricco Rodriguez
4. Tim Sylvia
5. Caol Uno vs. BJ Penn

Scars of Life "Water in My Hands"

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Frye In Action!
MMA Vet Invades Small Screen, Talks Of Injuries and Return
By Loretta Hunt

      Dispelling reports that he might be "laid up" with debilitating injuries following a July 20th pro-wrestling event in Japan, Don "the Predator" Frye took New York City by storm this week to step in front of the movie cameras. The UFC and PRIDE veteran was onhand to film a scene for the upcoming HBO film Strip Search, which focuses on a man wrongly accused of being a part of a terrorist cell in the States. Rugged, all-American Frye was brought on as one of three FBI agents who nab their suspect off a bustling New York City street in broad daylight.

Don Frye
on the set of
Strip Search
Don Frye
Don Frye
Don Frye

      The fast-paced shoot was a learning experience for first-timer Frye, who got to work under directorial great Sidney Lumet (Night Fall On Manhattan, Dog Day Afternoon) as well as perennial stunt coordinator Douglas Crosby, also MMA enthusiast and respected UFC judge. The physically demanding scenario was tense for Frye at first, especially when Lumet told him he could not use a double-leg to takedown the lead actor, but Crosby was there to coach the seasoned wrestler through it all. No release date has been set for the film, which stars Glenn Close and Dean Winters of OZ fame.

      In the meantime, 36-year-old Frye says he is concentrating on mending his body, which has seen close to ten years of experience in both mixed martial arts and professional wrestling. Persisting injuries in his neck, particularly three collapsing vertebrae weakened by a neighboring set of vertebra previously fused together, are causing Rye the most difficulties, he says. Flying around the set though, one could hardly notice his ailments, and the Predator is optimistic as to when he might make a return to fighting. "Probably six months," he predicted, "because last time I pushed it [following his decision win over Ken Shamrock at PRIDE 19]. I was back in three months and I think that was too much. Right now, I’m just waiting for the surgeon to call me back and set up a date to operate." With one fight left on his PRIDE contract that will need to be fulfilled within ten months, Frye has set his sights on a formidable opponent. "I’d like to fight Cro Cop [Mirko Filipovic]. I think he’s the best one out there. He’s the man." Gunning for top talent like Russian Filipovic, is their any thought to making this fight the "big finale" to his already respectable 15-3 career? "I don’t know," the usually outgoing fighter remarked shyly for once. "It depends on how I feel once they fix my neck. If they turn me into Superman again, I’ll come back."

      Frye began his famed MMA career back at UFC 8 in 1996, where he knocked out Thomas Ramirez in a mere ten seconds before going on to take the tournament win that night. He returned to UFCs 9 and 10, as well as it’s Ultimate Ultimate ’96 tournament, earning key wins over competitors like Amaury Bitetti, Gary Goodridge and Tank Abbott, while establishing himself as the epitome of toughness in the biz. He began wrestling professionally in Japan in 1997, gathering a fan following that eventually led him to his debut at PRIDE 16 and three subsequent wins. A rough patch followed, however, with losses in both PRIDE and K-1. Frye’s latest PRIDE appearance was a rematch loss to fellow trailblazer Mark Coleman, who bested the Arizona native in the final round of UFC 10 seven years prior.

      Frye is hoping to rebound from this disappointing loss he hesitated to comment on, but says he takes a bit of solace in knowing that he is simply not physically 100% at this time. For now, with his body going in for repairs, the Predator says he is fine with his mouth doing his talking — he’s scheduled to appear as a commentator for Frank Shamrock’s inaugural MMA event, ShootBox, on August 23rd in Orlando, Florida.

Don Frye and Ron Van Clief
Proving that NYC is not so small after all, fellow UFC vet Ron Van Clief happened to pass by the set and recognize Frye in action. The oldest athlete to ever compete in the UFC (Van Clief was 51 years old at the time of his UFC 4 appearance), the martial arts specialist is in the city to begin work as a technical advisor on Wesley Snipes’ next film The Black Panther.

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From the event’s promoter:

Quest Fight Promotions presents:
"Initial Impact"

Saturday, August 9th 2003 in Toledo, Ohio
Toledo SeaGate Convention Centre
Doors open at 6PM -Show starts at 7PM

Initial Impact poster
Quest Fight Promotions invades Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, August 9th with ‘Initial Impact’. This is the first show from Quest Fight Promotions and they are ready to treat Mixed Martial Arts fans with a night of heavy hitting amateur fighting. When the fists aren’t flying Tampa Bay, FL band ‘Born Into Kaos’ will take the stage and rock the venue. You can check out the band on their website at www.BornIntoKaos.com

The fight card consists of athletes from across the USA, UK and Canada. "I’m really excited to have the American Top Team represented on this card," says matchmaker Johnny Walls. "Their name is becoming synonymous with MMA fighting and they always bring their best to the cage. 2001 European BJJ Cup Champion Antony Rea is also a guy to keep your eye on as well as the Ohio fighters who are ready to throw down in front of their hometown fans. I expect explosive action from all of these fighters and several will probably be competing for Quest title belts in the future. We’ll also have a special ‘Underground Forum’ bout between Jamie Levine and Matt Hershberger. Hershberger is a beast but I hear that Levine will be ready."

Promoter Frank Vazquez is ready to get it on in the Octagon with ‘Initial Impact’. "We kept the fans in mind and combined our talents to bring together a great fight card and Rock performance," Frank says. "Toledo being a great location with an impressive venue will allow fans from Detroit, Cleveland, and Canada to make the trip to see this premiere fighting event."

Tickets are available at the Toledo SeaGate Box Office and can be purchased by phone at 419-255-3300 and at all Ticketmaster locations.

*Card Tentative and Subject to change.

Featured Fights:

205 Pounds – Light Heavyweight
Marcel Ferreira (American Top Team, FL) VS Antony Rea (France)

155 Pounds – Lightweight
Nick Spencer (Next Level Fight Club, Steubenville, OH) VS Jacob Draves (Wrecking Crew, OH)

Special "Underground Forum" Match
205 Pounds – Light Heavyweight
Jamie Levine (FL) VS Matt Hershberger (OH)

Main Card

185 Pounds – Light Heavyweight
Leo Sylvest (Integrated Fighting, IN) VS German Reyes (Chicago, IL)

185 Pounds – Middleweight
Emyr Bussard (American Top Team, FL) VS Chris Myers (OH)

170 Pounds – Welterweight
Dave Campbell (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada) VS Wald Bloise (American Top Team, FL)

170 Pounds – Welterweight
Jason Ory (The Regulators, AZ) VS Grant Sarver (Wrecking Crew, OH)

155 Pounds – Lightweight
Luke Spencer (Next Level Fight Club, Steubenville, OH) VS Brian McIntyre (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada)

145 Pounds – Featherweight
Dan Swift (The PA Hitman) VS Johnny Bedford (Wrecking Crew, OH)

Joe Grant (The Regulators, AZ) VS Tim Brown (OH)

145 Pounds – Featherweight
Billy Mitchell (Tap or Snap) VS Mike Large (Boreland’s Combat Team, Canada)

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