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Friday, Nov 30, 2001

Warriors Quest Weigh-ins & Press Conference

Warriors Quest Weigh-ins & Press Conference
Hawaii Prince Hotel – Honolulu, Hawaii
12:00 Noon, November 30, 2001
By Michael Onzuka – Mike@onzuka.com

Eugene Jackson
As everyone knows by now, what you see is not always what you get, especially in fight cards. Due to many circumstances, the UFC veterans, Eugene "Wolf" Jackson and Brad Gumm, that were supposed to be fighting Hawaii fighters are no longer on the card. Some new faces for the Hawaii fans stepped in to face three of Hawaii’s growing top guns in the MMA scene. Two of retired Shooto champ Erik Paulson’s students will face Ray "Bradda" Cooper and Falaniko Vitale. Word on the street was that Niko was not sure that he could make the 185 lb. class, but has shown that he can hang with everyone he has faced at 205. He would make waves in the 185 lb. class, but the 205 lb. class is flooded with many great fighters so it will probably be more difficult to make a name for himself. Ron "The Machine Gun" Jhun returns to action after his epic battle against Pete Spratt to face the Pride veteran, Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch. Ritch is just off a performance in the Ironheart Crown show where he fought Henry Matamoros. As noticed in the fight card, the Jesus is Lord team has suffered a break up, but I will find out more after talking to the key members of the team before speculating. The remaining fights on the card mixes Hawaii’s up and coming fighters against Chris Brennan’s Next Generation Team and Eugene Jackson’s Team Gladiator. Both fighters were there to support and corner their stable of fighters. Jackson looked trim and in shape and Brennan is always ready for war. UFC and WFA veteran refereee, Larry Landless, will be the head referee for the event and ran the rules meeting. The Warriors Quest is complying to the Nevada Athletic Commission and UFC rules. The press conference was held at the beautiful Hawaii Prince Hotel at the entrance to Waikiki and near the large Ala Moana Shopping Center. It was quite an upscale venue and the best layout I have seen for a press conference. If the fights live up to anywhere of the same class as the weigh-in venue, Hawaii fans should enjoy the show.

Warriors Quest 3 "Punishment In Hawaii"
December 1, 2001 – Blaisdell Arena

    Jeremy Bennett vs. Ray Cooper

  • 170 lb. Class
    Ray "Bradda" Cooper, Warriors Quest Champion, Jesus is Lord 169 lbs.
    Jeremy Bennett, Erik Paulson School 167.70 lbs.

  • 188 lb. Constructed Class
    Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun, Warriors Quest Champion, Team Jhun 188 lbs.
    Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch 188 lbs.

  • Under 205 lb. Class
    Falaniko Vitale, "Grappling Unlimited" 195.7 lbs.
    Sean "Black Mambo" Gray 4-0, King Of The Cage Veteran Erik Paulson School 201.5 lbs.

  • Under 152 lb. Class
    David Yueng, HMC 151.9 lbs.
    Bao Quach, Next Generation 151.8 lbs.

  • Under 180 lb. Class
    Bob Ostovich, Jesus Is Lord 179 lbs.
    Lucas Pace, Next Generation 178 lbs.

  • Under 200 lb. Class
    Buck Greer, Glaidators Challenge Light Heavyweight Champ 200.8 lbs.
    Mike Malone, HAMMA 200 lbs.

  • Under 140 lb. Class
    Dain Agbayani, Team Jhun (still making weight)
    Chad Washburn, Gladiators Academy 135.95 lbs.

  • Under 170 lb. Class
    Nassor Lewis, HAMMA 166.8 lbs.
    Joao Pierini, Gladiators Academy 169.75 lbs.

  • Under 135 lb. Class
    Shane Cabillas, Jesus Is Lord 128.4 lbs.
    Gabe Cavazos, Gladiators Academy 134.05 lbs.

Vengeance at the Vanderbilt Does It Again – # 13 Delivers!
By Loretta Hunt

A capacity crowd of well-over a thousand packed themselves into the Vanderbilt arena in Plainview, Long Island last night to witness an exciting 15-fight mixed card of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, and Freestyle Grappling unfold — and they were not disappointed! Going into the wee hours of the morning, fans cheered for their favorites and were treated to some of the best fighters the tri-state area and beyond has to offer.

The Results:
Mike Reno VS. Richard Acosta

  • Shawn Rapoport def. Stan Lee Chos – KO :39 Rd 1 (Muay Thai)
  • Michael Giordano def. Ramon Nieves – Unanimous decision (Kickboxing)
  • Elvis Garcia def. Luke Cummo – Split decision (Muay Thai)
  • Vitali Manchur def. Misael Aponte – Unanimous decision (Muay Thai)
  • Mike Reno def. Richard Acosta – Split decision (Muay Thai)
  • Dave Tirelli def. Oleg Busygin – Unanimous decision (Muay Thai)
  • Mike Pardych def. Eric Shaver – Doctor’s stoppage :59 Rd 1 (Freestyle Grappling Exhibition)
  • Chris Liguori def. George Phillips – KO Rd 2 (Muay Thai)
  • Michael McCloud def. Brian Long – Unanimous decision (Kickboxing)
  • Jordan Pergola def. Jose Rodriguez- Decision (Freestyle Grappling Exhibition)
  • Shennen Maceo vs. Joe Sampieri – Majority draw (Muay Thai)
  • Joe Scarola def. Mike Winkler – Triangle choke Rd 1 (Freestyle Grappling

  • Tommy Rodriguez def. Gocha Pasieshvili – Decision (Kickboxing)
  • Larry Jarrett def. Chris Wagner – KO :57 Rd 2 (Kickboxing)
  • Kadir Kadri def. Mike Ryan – Unanimous decision (Kickboxing)

From the event’s promoter:

The Danger Zone presents:
Fight Night 2 at Broadripple Place
Sponsored by Amerisuites of Ft. Wayne.

The Danger Zone will be back in Ft. Wayne Indiana with the most action packed amateur fighting event in the country. The date is January 13, 2002. The November show had 22 action packed fights for the MMA fans in Northern Indiana and was completed in under three and a half hours.

All interested fighters need to go to our web site and fill out an application. There are 7 different weight classes to compete in and all information is on our web site.

The last show had some great fighters in attendence. Dan The Bull Bobish, UFC Veteran, Chris Byrd the number one heavyweight boxing contender, Rafael Llobis Muay Tai World Champ, and our very own Dan The Beast Severn.

Please go to http://www.the-dangerzone.com/ to fill out a fighter application.

Event location: Broadripple Place 4610 Parnell Ave. Ft. Wayne, IN.

Dan Severn-Becky Levi
The Danger Zone Inc.


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