May 29, 2001 – Blaisdell Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii
By Michael Onzuka – Mike@onzuka.com
Everyone that was present at the weigh-ins and rules clinic made weight rather easily. The weigh-ins were held at Players Sports Bar on Alakea Street, the former home of the only venue to watch the UFC live. I say former because once again, Hawaii fight fans are without a location to see the UFC or tape delayed Pride events. Brennan Kamaka has put together quite a card in his move to the big time Blaisdell Arena featuring one of Hawaii’s most exciting fighters Ray "Bradda" Cooper taking another very tough fight against Antonio McKee.
Kamaka has almost every big name local fighter in this event it should rival or exceed other big events, at least on paper. He has a mix of professional and amateur fights, which will give a lot of inexperienced fighters a lot of pressure to perform in front of a sizable crowd. A couple of card changes were expected, but everything seems in order as of yesterday afternoon. There was going to be a women’s bout, but one of the ladies pulled out so Brennan is trying to locate an opponent to add another fight to the card. UFC veteran, Todd Medina and a couple of the other mainland fighters, along with my brother Chris who was coming back from covering an event in Maui, were stuck in transit or at the airport and could not weigh in. The fights start at 7:30 pm and Hawaii fans will get their fix until another event rolls around.
Middleweight Championship (180 lb. Class)
Pro 143 lb. Class
Pro 195 lb. Class
Pro 180 lb. Class
Pro 160 lb. Class
Amateur Featherweight Championship (145 lb. Class)
Amateur 175 lb. Class
Amateur 205 lb. Class
Amateur 130 lb. Class
Warriors of the New Millennium III – Results
Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii – May 27, 2001
By Chris Onzuka – Chris@Onzuka.com
Maui fight fans came to the old historic whaling town of Lahaina to see the third installment of Warriors of the New Millennium. As I have written before, problems constantly plague promoters, and this event was no different. Due to some last minute cancellations that would have caused the event to be cut in half, the promoters quickly scrambled to fill in spots and put on a show that would keep Maui fight fans satisfied. And I think they did it. The night ended up being a night of heavyweights, as the heavyweight tournament was the only tournament that was held. Luckily, heavyweights are associated with big blows that draw excitement sheerly because of the poundage of beef in the ring at one time unloading their biggest punches. And this night was no different. Every one of the heavyweights had one thing in mind…to knock off their opponent’s head. This made for some exciting matches. In the single fights the Brazilians dominated with wins by Gustavo Monteiro and Ricardo Barros, both by KNOCK OUT. When was the last time that you heard two BJJ guys winning by knock out? Below are the results, pick up the next issue of Full Contact Fighter for full coverage.
Heavyweight Semi-Finals – Match #1
Heavyweight Semi-Finals – Match #2
Exhibition Submission Only Grappling Match
Super Fight #1
Main Event – Super Fight #2
From the event’s promoter:
Hughes Headlines Extreme Challenge 40
Matt Hughes, one of the world’s top-ranked welterweight fighters, will return to his roots on June 16 to headline Extreme Challenge 40 outside at the Multi-Purpose Arena in Springfield, Ill.
Hughes, a veteran of UFC, WEF, RINGS and many other events, is from nearby Hillsboro, Ill. He will face Scott Bills of Orlando, Fla., also a veteran of WEF and Extreme Challenge events, in the show’s main event.
"It’s always nice to go home and compete in front of your friends and family," Hughes said. "I know Bills is a good fighter who comes from a solid camp, so I’m expecting an exciting fight."
Hughes trains at the Miletich Martial Arts Center, which boasts former UFC world champion Pat Miletich and current UFC title holder Jens Pulver. Bills trains with Team Rival, which includes Din Thomas and Paul Rodriguez.
The site for Extreme Challenge 40 is a 5,000-seat rodeo facility at the state fairgrounds. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first bout at 6 p.m.
A total of 12 bouts are scheduled, featuring many of the top fighters from around the area.