Visit Fcf At The Arnold Expo
Visit FCF at the Arnold Expo
Come visit Full Contact Fighter at the Arnold Fitness Expo in Columbus, OH this Friday thru Sunday. UFC World Lightweight Champion "Little Evil" Jens Pulver [pictured] will be signing autographs on collectable UFC fight posters. A few surprise guests from the world of sports will be dropping by the booth as well. Plenty of great deals on all Full Contact Fighter gear.
Stop by Booth 112 and say hello!
Heating up for PRIDE 19:
The "Axe Murderer" is looking for another victim!
By Eduardo Alonso
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Vanderlei Silva has fought his way into becoming the first ever PRIDE Middleweight Champion with wins against the likes of Dan Henderson, Guy Mezger and Kazushi Sakuraba. Undefeated in PRIDE and with a record of more than 20 NHB fights, Vanderlei is already one of the stars of the sport and he is always willing to fight, no matter when and against whom. With a vicious style and a lot of aggressiveness, the "Axe Murderer" will now face he’s first title defense in Japan, against the local hero Kyoshi Tamura. Whether Tamura will or won’t be able to handle Silva’s striking ferocity remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure; whenever Vanderlei is fighting, anything can happen but a boring fight! Tow days before leaving for Japan Vanderlei Silva spoke with FCF about his views on this fight, as FCF continues to bring the best PRIDE coverage, and gets more heated than ever for PRIDE 19!
FCF: With a few days left before the event, are you anxious to get in there and fight?
FCF: You’ll be defending your PRIDE belt in this fight for the first time. Does the fact that you’ll be putting your title on the line on this fight increase your responsibility?
FCF: Inclusively because in your last fight the belt wasn’t on the line…
FCF: What do you know about your opponent, Kyoshi Tamura?
FCF: A lot of fighters like to develop a tactic and study their opponents. But you don’t! Do you like to fight only out of your instincts?
FCF: How was your training for this fight?
FCF: So your training rhythm continues the same until the date of your departure?
FCF: How about sparring with Anderson Vanderlei? How’s the experience?
FCF: Did you eat a lot of his jabs? (Laughs)
FCF: Tamura said in a recent interview that he hasn’t being able to get much sleep lately, because of PRIDE’s rules. He also went on to say that he didn’t like this rules very much. What do you think of those statements?
FCF: How do you believe this fight will unfold?
FCF: You recently got married. Your new life of a married man changed your training routine for this fight?
FCF: So, can we expect an even better Vanderlei as a fighter now?
FCF: Your long-time teammate Pele Landi is also coming back to PRIDE, facing the former UFC Champion Carlos Newton. How was Pele’s preparation for this fight?
FCF: What do you believe will happen in this fight between Pele and Newton?
FCF: What are your plans for the year of 2002, after PRIDE 19?
FCF: Man, what about your honeymoon? (Laughs)
FCF: Any final message for your fans?
FCF: Do you have any message for those that are after your belt?
FCF: Thanks a lot for the interview! The best of luck on the 24th!
Mass Destruction Features
20 MMA Bouts this Weekend
By Keith Mills
Springfield, MA — This Saturday, February 23, Kipp Kollar holds Mass Destruction VI at the South End Community Center in Springfield. 20 open hand MMA matches will take place including the following title matches:
Middleweight Title Fight:
Welterweight Title Fight:
Light Heavyweight Title Fight:
Originally Kipp was trying to hold some closed-fist matches as he explains:
"As you all know, we have been working very closely with the State of Massachusetts Boxing Commission to first get MMA legalized in the State, which obviously was a success. The 2nd step is to get closed fist matches legalized. The date for this has been a moving target and we have been trying to work with the commission to pinpoint a date using our Mass Destruction events. Originally we had hoped to have all fights closed fist for MD6, then just a few. While the commission has given the thumbs up to ‘Exhibition Closed Fist Matches’ for the purpose of demonstrating to the public that Closed Fist matches are not dangerous. The only problem with this definition is that none of our fighters are interested in demonstrating how not to hurt their opponents. It’s a catch-22 and we are working with the commission to clarify what we can and can’t do that evening. For know, all of the above matches will be open hand. We will attempt to have a closed fist match that meets their requirements and still be a fight.
Tickets are still on sale.