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Sunday, Oct 19, 2003

World Extreme Cagefighting 8:”halloween Fury 2″

World Extreme Cagefighting 8:
"Halloween Fury 2"

Escovedo successfully defends 145 lb belt, Carter wins World Welterweight title
Text and photos by Keith Mills

Lemoore, CA — It was a quick night at the Palace Casino with the total amount of time fighters spent fighting totaling about forty minutes for twelve MMA fights and one muay thai fight, and almost half of that time was Shonie Carter vs. JT Taylor. Eighty-three percent of the fights didn’t see a second round while submissions outnumbered KOs and TKOs this time around. Even with the short show length most fans that commented were more than satisfied with the production quality while the excitement of the endings seemed more important than whether they were very close or long fights.

Shonie Carter slamming JT Taylor
Carter slamming Taylor

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John Smith Bio

  • 1992 Olympic Champion
  • 1988 Olympic Champion
  • 6x World Champion
  • 5x U.S. National Titles
  • 2x Pan American Gold Medal
  • 2x NCAA Champion
  • 3x All-American Pick
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • 2x Goodwill Games Gold Medal
  • 1991 James E. Sullivan Award
  • 1991 Outstanding Wrestler of the Year
  • 1990 Master of Technique
  • 1989 Athlete of the Year

Over a six-year span, which started while he was still a student at Oklahoma State, John Smith was the best wrestler in the world. He now ranks alongside other Distinguished Members whose names emerge in any discussion of "the greatest American wrestler ever."

Although that distinction is arguable, Smith’s career record is not. Partly because of opportunity, but primarily because of skill, it is beyond comparison. From 1986 through 1992, Smith won Two Olympic gold medals. He was the first American to do so in 80 years, and both of his golds came against the world’s best. Four World titles. No other American has won more than three. Six consecutive world-class championships. No other American has won more than two in a row. Two gold medals in the Pan American Games, in two attempts. Two gold medals in the Goodwill Games, in two attempts. Five national Freestyle championships, in five attempts. Two NCAA crowns and 90 consecutive collegiate victories.

He became the first wrestler to be voted the James E. Sullivan Award as America’s outstanding athlete, the first American to be chosen Master of Technique and Wrestler of the Year by the International Wrestling Federation (FILA), and the first wrestler ever nominated for the World Trophy, which he received in 1992.

Smith’s international record was 100-5, and his domestic freestyle record was 77-3. Combined with his collegiate totals of 154-7-2 and his high school marks of 105-5, he competed 458 times for his school, club, or country and won 436 times, for a success rate above 95 per cent. Smith retired from competition after the Olympics in Barcelona and two years later coached Oklahoma State to the NCAA team title.

One of the greatest athletes of the Twentieth Century, John William Smith is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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