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Monday, Sep 09, 2002

Warriors Of The Ring

Ed Joy heelhooking Tripson Kerisian
Warriors of the Ring
War Memorial Gymnasium, Wailuku, Maui
September 7, 2002
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com

There has been only one MMA event on Maui, until now. Warriors of the Ring launched its debut event and allowed Maui MMA fans the avenue to stop reading about the events on Oahu and actually go see one live. It also provided Maui fighters a chance to get more experience. This event drew the largest crowd ever to attend a mixed martial arts event in Maui. The crowd loved the action and was treated to interviews with BJ Penn, Cabbage Correira, both of which are going to be fighting in the next UFC, Falaniko Vitale and Ron Jhun during the intermission. The event brought in a lot of fighters making their MMA debut and mixed the card with some fighters with one or two matches under their belt that have shown a lot of promise. A few of the fighters that look to be ready to take it to the next level are Bull’s Pen fighter Mark Moreno who has been knocking out his opponents as if he is going to get a bulk discount. Michael Labuanan and Tyson Coloma Nahooikaika look to have a good stand up game coupled with solid ground work to back it up. And finally, one fighter that was impressive, even in defeat, was Ed Joy [Pictured above heelhooking Tripson Kerisian]. Don’t let his team name fool you, he showed great stand up and ground skills against the larger Kerisiano. I definitely look forward to seeing Joy fight again. The large crowd proves that MMA is growing on a grassroots level on Maui. Hopefully the crowds keep getting bigger and allow these events to grow. As for me, it is always fun to fly out to Maui and see my friends on Maui and sitting next to two of the ring girls on the way to Maui didn’t hurt either (wink, wink).

Blake Huttendorf armbarring Kruz Ma
B/ake Huttendorf (5’9", 176 lbs., Kodenkan) def. Kruz Malaiakini (5’9", 185 lbs., Team Koali Freestyle Fighting, Hana, Maui)
Submission via arm bar at 3:32 into round 1.
[Pictured at right]

Ray "King Kong" Seraile (6’3", 270lbs, Grappling Unlimited) def. Jesus Libero (6’3", 259 lbs., Wailuku Kickboxing)
TKO, Libero suffered a separated shoulder at 1:10 into round 1.

Mark Moreno (5’9", 175 lbs., Bulls Pen) def. George Mendoza (5’8", 163 lbs., Scalera Foundation)
TKO, referee stoppage due to punch (second time that Mendoza was knocked down.) at 1:53 into round 1.

William Armstrong (5’5", 131 lbs., 808 Fight Factory) def. Tien Nguyen (5’5", 133 lbs., Wailuku Kickboxing)
Submission via arm bar from the mount at 3:17 into round 1.

Dez Minor (6’0", 213 lbs., Kodenkan) def. Anthony Billianor (6’3", 259 lbs., Lockdown Unlimited) def.
TKO, referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:49 into round 1.

Tripston Kerisiano (5’7", 175 lbs., 808 Fight Factory) def. Ed Joy (5’8", 163 lbs., Team C.O.C.K.*)
Unanimous decision [(7-3), (7-3), (6-4)] after 2 Rounds.
* C.O.C.K. stands for Come Over & Catch Kracks

Michael Labuanan (5’7", 164 lbs., Maui Full Contact) def. Cheyenne Alesna (5’8", 169 lbs., Kodenkan)
TKO, verbal submission by Alesna due to exhaustion at 3:06 into round 2

Tyson Coloma Nahooikaika (5’8", 161 lbs., Brazilian Freestyle J.J./Luis Heredia J.J.) def. Corey Goeas (5’8", 170 lbs., Kodenkan)
TKO, referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:51 into round 1.

  Wednesday – September 11, 2002


With the one-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks upon us, three fighters share their perspectives on the national tragedy. Idaho, Washington, Missouri — like everyone else across the country, it didn’t matter where they were — they were affected. FCF’s Mouth of NHB, a native New Yorker born and raised, also shares his thoughts.

Evan Tanner, native Texan and light-heavyweight fighter

Where were you when you heard the news of the attacks?
"I was driving across Idaho on my way up to Oregon to train with Team Quest — for the Homer Moore fight (note: UFC 34). So I was actually on the road and I got a call on my cell phone. I was pretty worn out from driving, I had driven 17 hours the day before and had slept in a rest area for about an hour, and got back out on the road and was pretty bleary-eyed. I got that call, and that on top of the other stress [of driving] was pretty crazy."

What was your reaction?
"Immediately I was thinking, ‘How old am I? Am I too old to join the military? Am I too old to get involved to do something about this?’ Something like that hittin’ so close to home is definitely a reality check. It’s not such a safe, sterile world we live in, you know? There’s bad things out there and when it hit on our shores it kind of makes you realize that. I think we get to feeling too comfortable and too safe in the States."

One year later, do you think we’re any safer?
"It depends on how determined the terrorists are. There are definitely more people watching out for it, there are more measures in effect now to prevent the same type of thing happening… but it’s a scary thought that there are some smart terrorists out there and if they can figure out a way to get around a lot of the security measures… I think it all depends. We always have to constantly be on the alert and be prepared."

In your opinion, has the United States changed at all?
"I think it has. It’s something that’s kind of brought more of a sense of unity to the United States."

Have you changed?
"I know it has affected me. I’m kind of much more thoughtful now than maybe I used to be as far as the safety of our country and where we stand in the world."

Ivan Salaverry, Washington native and middleweight fighter

Where were you when you heard the news?
"I was going to work when I heard they were taking over planes. It was on the radio and I was driving to work — I work for the state. On the way over there I heard about it, and when I got to work they had it televised. They were showing the plane crashes on the Towers."

What did you think?
"Horrific. Horrific. That’s never happened. On American soil? That’s crazy!"

Do you think we’re any safer a year later?
"I don’t think anywhere is safe against terrorism. Terrorism is like a sickness or plague. You have to completely wipe it out to be completely safe. [So] you’re never completely safe."

Don’t you have family in New York?
"Correct, but everybody was safe — thank God."

How has this country changed since then?
"We’re much more aware now of how vulnerable we are to our liberties. It’s sad. It’s really sad that we lose our freedoms of traveling abroad and at home with liberties free to us. Now, there are military in the airports, full checks, and everybody is really afraid or aware that there might be another terrorist attack."

Have you changed at all?
"Of course I feel much more protective of my country. I don’t know if I’d call it patriotic, but I do feel protective of it and our rights and way of living."

Steve Berger, Missouri-native and welterweight fighter

Where were you when you heard the news?
"I was siding. I was doing a siding job with my boss. The neighbor came out and I remember she said that they’d just crashed a plane into the Pentagon."

Your reaction?
"I couldn’t believe it. I guess [I felt] a little bit of fear, and disbelief. Then we went and turned the radio on and just started listening. We just couldn’t believe it and couldn’t understand who it is, and why they’d be doing it."

Were you affected?
"No where near as bad as people… that were right there. I didn’t have to deal with the dust and smoke and stuff like people that were actually there. But I’m sure everybody was affected, just, if nothing else, by empathizing with what went on and feeling a little insecure. You just kind of learned that we were vulnerable that day."

Do you think our country is any safer now?
"I don’t think it’s less safe. It might be a little safer, but I don’t think it’s safe enough."

Have things changed in our country?
"Sure. I think it’s changed a lot. Like I said before, a lot of people realized that we are a little vulnerable in some areas, and also, we’ve definitely got some serious enemies."

Did it change you?
"I wouldn’t say that I’ve changed, other than it was an experience I’d never forget… I was ready to go sign up [for the military]. Definitely."

The Mouth of NHB

Where were you when you heard the news of the attacks?
Sleeping, I had just finished getting FCF out for the last couple of days — a customer called to place an order and told Lisa that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. Lisa called me and told me to turn on the TV.

What was your reaction?
Shock at first — then as the second plane came in I knew what was going on. Hurt, saddened, mad — I knew we had family in the buildings.

Were you affected?
Yes, in many ways — I lost a friend.

Have you changed?
Yes, I’m a whirlwind of emotion. I have always been a person who could move on after something was done to me — after a little time of course. Screw being politically correct — This time I want blood and I will go to my grave wanting revenge on the "Countries" that took part in — and still take part in what is going on. I pray every day that we bomb the shit out of the scumbags. I want you to know why I get madder by the day — I had recently moved and my wife and kids have become fast friends with a widowed family. Widowed how? 9/11! Two little kids who play at my house daily lost a father because of the attack. It hits me in the face every day!

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