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SHOOTO September 26th results, MAMORU retains the belt
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SHOOTO September 26th
September 26th, 2004
Kourakuen Hall, Tokyo, JAPAN


Class B bouts (2×5 rounds minutes)
-52kg: Issei Tsurumi def. Hayato ‘Cat’ Sato by armlock 1:21 – R1
-60kg: So Tazawa def. Tetsu Suzuki by majority decision
-70kg: Hiroaki Okada def. Koji Takeuchi by unanimous decision
-65kg: Taiyo Nakahara def. Jin Kazeta by unanimous decision
-70kg: Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Mindaugas Laurunatis by TKO in 2:00 – R2

Class A bouts (3×5 rounds minutes)
-76kg: Akira Kikuchi def. Ramunas Komas by armbar in 2:21 – R2
-60kg: Marcos ‘Loro’ Galvao def. Jin Akimoto by unanimous decision
-70kg: Koutetsu Boku def. Takaharu Murahama by unanimous decision

World Bantamweight Championship
MAMORU def. Robson Moura by majority decision


American TOP TEm – New Academy in Margate!!!
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We would like to announce the opening of our newest academy location ATT of Margate, Florida. BJJ Black Belt Edson Diniz will be teaching there full time. He will be offering classes in BJJ (Gi & NO-Gi), Judo, Kickboxing, & an MMA class. Classes available for kids as well as adults. Private classes also available.

Edson taught the kids class at our main academy and had a strong following. He is an enthusiastic teacher who gives his all, and still finds the time to actively compete at a high level.

Here is a partial list of Edson’s accomplishments:

’99 World Champion
’00 Vice Champion
2x Pan American Champion
NAGA Superfight winner Multiple times
HOOK n SHOOT Lightweight Champion
WEF Lightweight Champion
UFCF Lightweight Champion
MMA Record 9-0-1

ATT of Margate
7340 W. Atlantic Blvd.
Margate, FL. 33063-4207
PH: (754) 234-9702

Everybody welcome so stop by and check him out!


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The ADCC Worlds are coming up in May of 2005 but hype is already starting to circulate, especially with pre-sale tickets are available starting in December. In the Superfight Dean Lister takes on defending champion Ricardo Arona, a match fans have been looking forward to since ADCC’s 2003 Worlds when Dean won the Absolute Division.

Most fans know that since Dean won he has vacated the King Of The Cage Middleweight belt to move on to Pride FC. Dean has completed the first fight of his five-fight deal with Pride but stopped by the North American auditions anyway just days before opening his new gym.

KM: First off please tell us about the new gym. DL: It’s opening this Monday the 22nd. It’s going to be a night gym right now; we are going to have night classes and Saturday mornings from 10-12. It’s just starting out but I know I’m going to have a lot of members to start out with. It’s the right environment, treating people right. People are not going to feel like a dollar sign walking through the door. Where they belong, part of the team…that is my focus. I also want to make sure they know that is where I’m staying. I might open another gym but I will never leave that gym. I won’t have anybody over me controlling me. And free parking. The best instruction in the right environment.

KM: Where is this? DL: The address is 1020 Tierra Del Rey suite D, Chula Vista 91910. The contact number is 619-920-6719. That is Brent, he is the general manager. We’re having a sign-on special. First fifty people that sign on will pay $99 a month for five days a week of grappling. That is a locked-in rate that won’t go up. It’s also entitled in the future when we have closer gyms to them, like central San Diego or North East San Diego. For the time being if they drive it will pay off in the end.

KM: What will you say about the gym out of which you used to teach? DL: It’s a good gym, it’s just that me and the owner had a difference of opinion. It also was a little expensive. My old assistant Brandon Verra is the head instructor now for grappling. Nothing bad to say about that gym, I’m just starting my own thing going on with my life.

KM: Would it be accurate to say you outgrew that gym? DL: Yeah, you could say that but sometimes you have to make up your own mind and do your own thing. I have to live by my wits right now. I have to have more freedom over what I do with my life. That is the main reason I did this. It will work out best for everyone.

KM: Hopefully everything there will settle down before the ADCC Worlds in May. How long do you anticipate getting settled and being able to concentrate on either Pride or ADCC? DL: I think a month or two. Same team, it’s just that everyone will be at a different location. A few extra guys but it is in the same environment. My environment where I teach is not a cocky environment, it’s basically guys that train hard, train right and we are a good team because of that.

KM: What are your goals between now and the ADCC Worlds? DL: Just basically focus on whatever I can do to become a better fighter. That includes right now mostly standup. I have yet to find an opponent that will try to take me down. Countering, guys put all their cards staying on their feet and it is opening a lot of doors for me to land things and I think with a little ore work in that area I’m going to open up whole new area of my game. I’m really excited about that so I’m working really hard and am focused right now.

KM: Are you going to take any grappling competitions or MMA between now and May? DL: Hopefully I’ll fight one time in Pride. I don’t know for sure. If they find somebody and they offer me a fight of course I’ll take it. That would make me happy.

KM: You have four more fights left on that Pride contract. Any timeframe? DL: There is but I don’t have the contract in front of me so we’ll see.

KM: What are your thoughts on the possibility an injury sustained in Pride may affect your ADCC training? DL: I would not want to have a fight a month before Abu Dhabi. Three or four months before if I had an injury would be fine unless it was extreme but every fight you will have some kind of injury unless you are super lucky. It’s very rare you won’t have a scratch on you…finger that is hurt or something that is hurt.

KM: As far as Abu Dhabi what is your training schedule going to be like? Starting like three months out, two months out… DL: Yeah, about two months out should be good to change my focus to grappling. Right now I’m doing most of my work on kickboxing. It’s gotten better even since my last fight. I feel really anxious to try that out.

KM: Let me ask about your first Pride fight (July 19th, loss to Amar Suloev). How do you look back at that? DL: Great learning experience. Type of guy that wanted to stay on his feet. I heard he trains with the Olympic team in Russia, trains a lot in wrestling, and also I heard the Asian muay thai champion. Very experienced fighter and he definitely had a gameplan. Did not want to go to the ground with me no matter what. It was a little frustrating for me but no excuses. I will say people still look back and say I won that fight. I got the “L” on this one. All of my losses so far, and I’ve had three of them, have been split decisions. I’ve never lost by unanimous decision, submission, or knockout. I’m not saying it couldn’t happen. If I get knocked out or submitted then I’ve really lost the fight and straight out just say I lost. It was a learning experience and it made me stronger, made me better.

KM: What would you say you learned? DL: I did grappling tournaments in Brazil and different countries but that was the first time I fought out of country. Just the travel arrangements, resting on the plane…so many things once you do the first time it will help a lot. I did have a lot of problems with my gym, that personal difference of opinion, and now that is done. I know what to expect now. I handle the travel thing usually pretty well. I competed in Abu Dhabi in 2003. The first day I competed (in his weight division) I was off; I was terrible forcing every technique which is not like me. Second day I was on. It could be that extra day of rest, I don’t think so. I was just relaxed.

KM: We’re starting to hear about promoters looking into holding grappling tournaments open to the public to compete using Abu Dhabi rules. How do you look at that rule about first five minutes no points? DL: I love it because I take high risks. By taking high risks you get better at them and become a more effective submission fighter. I love the rules. If you are looking to be just a control fighter you aren’t going to use those first five minutes to your advantage. If I get caught in a submission that is something I have to improve in my game. I gamble so much with those high-risk moves that are high-payoff also that they aren’t really high-risk, they are low-risk but still high-payoff. Transition from one submission to another, that is my game. If somebody beats me by a point I don’t really look at it like they beat me. They can wait for time to run out and hold on for their lives but they aren’t going to really beat me. If they can beat me then my hat is off to them.

KM: I’m wondering how you would train for it differently than any other submission wrestling event that didn’t use specifically that rule. For people thinking of competing in these rules what could you tell them? DL: Well, the position still comes before the submission. Most cases it does. You can also get better at high-risk submissions and get good at them and become more reliable because the rules permits it. You jump for something and miss and they pass your guard you don’t miss points right away. I think it’s good to work on submissions after position still but adding more combinations for submissions is how I would train for this kind of fight.

KM: Anything else to get across to the fans? DL: I look forward to building the best team I can possible build and be the best fighter I can possibly be.

KM: Sponsors to thank? DL: Osiris shoes, Bad Boy Fightwear, Marina Mortgage, and Sycuan Casino.

KM: And your lovely wife with you? DL: Flavia.

Keep an eye out for updates from Dean as they become available and the 2005 Abu Dhabi Worlds draws nearer.



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Grapplers Quest Presents: The 2004 World Series of Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

When: Saturday, December 11th, 2004
Where: Coral Springs Gymnasium
Venue Location: 2501 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs, Florida

Grapplers Quest, ‘The Greatest Grappling Show on Earth’, features the grand finale of the 2004 RATED (World Grappling Ratings) Season with The World Series of Grappling on December 11th, 2004 in Coral Springs, Florida.

‘Don’t Miss The Final RATED Event of the 2004 Season’

U.S.A. vs. BRAZIL World Series Superfights

Tyrone Glover, Grapplers Quest Beast of the East Superfight Champion,
and Grapplers Quest West VI 4-Man Tournament
Daniel Valverde, American Top Team Black Belt, National Judo Champion
in Europe, Brazilian National BJJ Champion

Moacir ‘Boca’ Oliveira, American Top Team Black Belt
Eliot Marshal, Amal Easton/Gracie Barra,
Grapplers Quest North American Absolute Champion


3rd Annual Casca Grossa Submission Tournament Results
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The tournament was a huge success. We would like to thank everyone that came out this past Saturday to Mt Zion High School in Jonesboro GA and participated in our 3 rd annual grappling tournament.

First and we want to thank all of the over 200 competitors that came from as far north as Rhode Island and west from Texas and Louisiana to Atlanta without you our tournament would have not been a success.

We also want to thank our very generous sponsors for their contributions:

BIZ, Cotton Graphics, Good Time Rides, Head Blade, Hot Blood, MMA.TV, NAGA, On The Mat, The European Specialist Group, The Fight, Torah Kimonos, Ranked and the US MARINE CORPS.

Congratulations to the winners of the $ 500.00 Pro Divisions sponsored in part by the above companies.

Raphael Assuncao – Velocity Kickboxing & MMA – Atlanta Light Weight Division
Junior Assuncao – Velocity Kickboxing & MMA – Atlanta Middle Weight Division
Forrest Griffin – The Hard Core Gym- Athens GA Heavy Weight Division

1st: Team Georgia
2nd: Velocity Kickboxing & MMA
3rd Team ROC
4th Gracie Barra/Gustavo Machado

1st: Velocity Kickboxing & MMA
2nd: Gustavo Machado
3rd : Team Georgia and Helio Soneca BJJ

The overall team champion was Velocity Kickboxing & MMA, with Team Georgia in second and Gustavo Machado in third and Team Roc in fourth.


Cagewarriors 9: Xtreme Xmas – Final Card!
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Cagewarriors 9: Xtreme Xmas
Saturday 18th December 2004
The Octagon Centre,Western Bank,
Sheffield. S10 2TQ

After the usual setbacks and unfortunate pull outs the Cagewarriors Fighting Championships is proud to announce the Fight Card for its December 18th event in Sheffield.

There have been several announcements since the last CWFC Press Release, as the CWFC Welterweight Champion Abdul Mohamed worked his way to a judges Decision win on Sunday and as a result Abdul and his team have decided to defend his Welterweight title against Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley as originally planned

The other announcement is that due to the CWFC Featherweight Champion Emmanuel Fernandez being assaulted in France this past weekend, he has had to pull out of his clash with Andres ‘Gigetto’ Soares. However the CWFC Promoter/Owner Dougie Truman has bought in a top European Replacement in the form of the Shooto Swiss and Shooto Finland veteran Tom Niinimäki 8-2-0. Niinimaki is a top European grappler level grappler and will pitch his skills against his fellow grappler from the ATT in what should be a skilful submission showdown.

CWFC Promoter/Owner Dougie Truman has also signed a traditional full rules BJJ superfight (with Gi) in the 32ft CWFC Octagon at Cagewarriors 9: Xtreme Xmas. Participating in this contest will be John Kavanagh (SBG Ireland) who recently won both the Quannum No-Gi Grappling cup (Advanced Open Division) and won gold in the men’s under 70 and under 80kg divisions at the CCA Grappling competition last weekend. Kavanagh will be taking on Varqa Abyaneh who recently defeated Dave Elliot in BJJ action and is a skilful and experienced Gi player, whilst Kavanagh is a no-Gi BJJ specialist.

All CWFC MMA bouts will be held using Professional NSAC/CWFC MMA Rules, consisting of three, 5 minute rounds (3×5) for non-title bouts and five, 5 minute rounds (5×5) for Title fights and will be held inside the 32ft custom made titanium CWFC octagon, which includes a built-in outer ring walkway and hydraulic lifting catwalk.

Fighters are from the UK unless mentioned otherwise. Card subject to change

CWFC Heavyweight Title Match:
Tengiz Tedoradze 13-2-0 (Champion) vs. Jeff “Snowman” Monson 10-5-0 – USA (American Top Team)

Vacant CWFC Lightweight Title Match:
Dave “The Big Bad Wolf” Roche 2-0-0 (Ireland) vs. Gerald “The Finishing Machine” Strebendt 8-5-0 (USA)

CWFC Welterweight Title Match:
(Champion) Abdul Mohamed 6-3-1 vs. Paul “Semtex” Daley 5-2-0
For more info on this fight go to –

International Lightweight Superfight:
Cengiz Dana 5-3-0 – Turkey (Outsider Club Germany) vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti 4-1-0 – Brazil (American Top Team)

For more info on this fight go to –

Middleweight Bout
Michael Hobbs 3-1-1 vs. Ian “Mongoose” Jones 2-0-0

International Featherweight Superfight
Tom Niinimäki 8-2-0 (Finland) vs. Andres ‘Gigetto’ Soares 1-0-0 – (Brazil) American Top Team

International Featherweight Superfight
Alex Owen 5-0-0 vs. Frederic Fernandez 2-0-1 (France)

Welterweight Bout
Aaron Barrow (3-1-0) vs. Dan Hardy 2-2-0

Gi-BJJ Rules Superfight
John Kavanagh vs. Varqa Abyaneh

For more detail on this contest go to

To see the Cagewarriors Fighting Championships end 2004 on a high with an Xtreme Xmas, travel down to the Sheffield Octagon centre this December 18th. For Ticket and Travel information on this great event go to or contact the ticket hotline +44(0)7881 552 525. All VIP Tables for this great event are sold out and however standard tickets are still available and are priced at £25 standard.

See our website for current ticket deals including a forum member loyalty scheme.

A play by play for this event will be available at from 6pm GMT on Saturday.

The Cagewarriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) brand is one of the UK’s leading professional mixed martial arts events. Owned and operated by Dougie Truman under his “Shield Promotions” banner, the CWFC has been established since the summer of 2002 and will hold 6 events per calendar year starting in 2005. As well as having its own official fight team ’The Northern Cartel’ the CWFC also runs its own website which contains information about the CWFC, merchandise, DVD’s and also boasts an in-depth UK and World MMA news website and forum.

For more information (or to report errors and omissions) please e-mail the CWFC News/Media Manager Ian Dean at [email protected]


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The BEATDOWN PT. II Live at Philip’s Arena

Friday February 11th, 2005
Doors open at 6:45pm
Philips Arena is located next to CNN Center, at the intersection of Marietta Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive (formerly Techwood Drive). The address for the arena is: 1 Philips Dr. Atlanta GA 30303

Considered by many to be the best woman boxer in the world today, Laila Ali (19-0, 16 KOs) will return to the ring Fri., Feb. 11, in a fight to be held in the Philips Arena in Atlanta. She will be defending her WIBA super middleweight title against challenger Cassandra Geigger (6-4, 6 KOs). This fight will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ as part of its annual Valentine’s Day show.

Here is the press release announcing this fight:


Laila Ali -vs- Cassandra Geigger Absoloot Entertainment ‘Presents’ The BEATDOWN Pt. II

She ‘BEE Stingin’ Laila Ali defends her WIBA Super Middleweight Title against Cassandra Geigger, Friday February 11th, 2005

To celebrate this Valentine’s Day, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will telecast live from Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Laila ‘She Bee Stingin’ Ali (19-0 16 KO’s), defends her WIBA Super Middleweight Title against Cassandra Geigger in the 10 round main event. Ali, whose last fight was dubbed ‘THE BEATDOWN’, beatdown Light Heavyweight Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil with a variety of combinations and bodyshots which finally sent O’Neil to the canvas for good in Round 3 and earned Ali yet another world championship.

Ali’s last 2 appearances on ESPN have been nothing short of spectacular. In November of 2002 she dominated and overwhelmed Valerie ‘The Wolf’ Mahfood to win the WIBA and IWBF Super Middleweight Titles. The 8th round stoppage turned out to be the 3rd highest rated show of the year for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Then on Valentine’s Day of 2003, Laila returned to her legendary father’s hometown, Louisville, Kentucky, to defend her titles against former world champion, Mary Ann Almager. In front a sold out crowd at the Louisville Gardens, Ali pummeled Almager for 4 rounds and successfully defended her Super Middleweight Titles. Laila’s first world title came in August of 2002 when she dethroned former champion Suzy Taylor with superior punching power and speed. Referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the bout in Round 2 when Taylor refused to continue to take a beating resulting in Ali winning the IBA Super Middleweight Championship.

Cassandra Geigger

‘Black Diamond’ Light Heavyweight 6-4-0 (6 KO’s)
Hometown: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, born Feb 13, 1968 but moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1990. Cassandra got her start boxing with Toughman (woman) contests, where she was runner-up in the 2000 and 2001 National Toughwoman Contests.



New Jiu-Jitsu Class in Kentucky Scheduled!
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I just want to let everyone know that a new Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class is now forming in Louisville, Ky. Classes will be held at Achieve Martial Arts, located at 10290 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, Ky. Classes will be taught by Carlson Gracie Representative, Kyle Cannon, beginning in March. A seminar with Luiz Palhares is also being planned for early March.

For more information, call (502) 817-0157, or send an email to [email protected]


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March 12th, 2005
Place: Differ Ariake, Tokyo Japan

DOG is fight in Octagon. Fight card is following.


1st Match -63kg
Minoru Tsuiki (Pancrase P’sLAB) vs Kenji Osawa (Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3)

2nd Match -64kg
Katsuya Toida (Wajiutsu Keishukai) vs Atsushi Ymamoto (KILLER BEE)

3rd Match -70kg
Takahito Iida (Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3) vs Tsuyosi Yamazaki (Team GRABAKA)

4th Match
Shinya Sato (Pancrase P’sLAB) vs Mitsuhiro Ishida (Team TOPS)

5th Match
Takeyasu Hirono (Wajiutsu Keishukai) vs Setsu Iguchi (Battlearts B-Club)

6th Mtch
Yasuhiro Urusitani (Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3) vs Lorenzo Coca (FIT No Holds Barred)

7th Match
Hidetaka Monma (Wajiutsu Keishukai A-3) vs Chatt Lavender (Eagle Boxing)

8th Match
Yushin Okami (Wajiutsu Keishukai) vs Brian Foster (Team Quest)



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TOKYO, Japan – Two fighters have been forced to drop out of PRIDE FIGHTING’S BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 event. Brazilian Top Team’s Luis “Buscape” Firminho, who was set to face Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, has a severe pneumonia and will be unable to fight. Ryuki Ueyama of Japan, who was set to face Milton Vieira, has contracted phlegmon in his left knee and will not recover in time for the event.

As Sakurai and Vieira are similar in weight, both fighters will now fight each other.

Previously announced bouts include Takanori Gomi (Japan) versus Luiz Azeredo (Brazil), “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni (USA) versus Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa (Japan), Taisho (Japan) versus Jens Pulver (USA), Dokonjyonosuke Mishima (Japan) versus Yves Edwards (USA), Akihiro Gono (Japan) versus Crosley Gracie (Brazil).

BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 will take place from the Ariake Coliseum in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer’s Choice Canada.

North American Pay Per View Schedule:
DIRECTV, DISH Network, and TVN: Friday, June 3rd, 2005 @ 7:00 pm PST, 10:00 pm EST iNDEMAND: Sunday, June 5th, 2005 @ 6:00 pm PST, 9:00 pm EST

Fight Card

Ryo Chonan (Japan) vs. Nino ‘Elvis’ Schembri (Brazil)
Yoshiro Maeda (Japan) vs. Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ Bennett (USA)
Takanori Gomi (Japan) vs. Luiz Azeredo (Brazil)
Phil Baroni (USA) vs. Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa (Japan)
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (Japan) vs. Milton Vieira (Brazil)
Taisho (Japan) vs. Jens Pulver (USA)
Dokonjyonosuke Mishima (Japan) vs. Yves Edwards (USA)
Akihiro Gono (Japan) vs. Crosley Gracie (Brazil)
Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japan) vs. TBA

Additional Matches to be Announced Soon.

(Fight Card Subject to Change)

BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 will be available at a reduced rate of $19.95.
For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or

For more information on PRIDE FC, visit!


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Former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman will try to take another step to regaining that title when he faces Monte Barrett on August 13 at the United Center in Chicago. This fight is being billed as for the interim WBC heavyweight title.

Here, courtesy of Don King Productions, is the press release announcing this card:


Three World Titles on Line at United Center on Aug. 13 WBC Interim Heavyweight Championship: Former World Heavyweight Champion Hasim ‘The Rock’ Rahman vs. No. 2-Ranked Contender Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett

CHICAGO-Promoter Don King has scheduled another blockbuster card that will feature three world title fights-and two additional heavyweight matches with world title implications-on Aug. 13 at the United Center and on pay per view.

Former unified heavyweight world champion and current World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked heavyweight contender Hasim ‘The Rock’ Rahman will face No. 2-ranked Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett for the interim WBC heavyweight crown; WBC interim super welterweight champion Alejandro ‘Terra’ Garcia will take on Luca ‘Bergamo Bomber’ Messi; World Boxing Association welterweight titlist Luis Collazo will meet former world champion Miguel Angel Gonzalez; a special heavyweight attraction showcases Andrew ‘Powerful Pole’ Golota against Przemyslaw ‘Chemek’ Saleta in what has been dubbed the ‘Polish Fight of the Century’; and another special heavyweight attraction pits world top-10 ranked Sergei Liakhovich opposing Owen ‘What the Heck’ Beck.

The necessity for an interim heavyweight title match occurred after current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko suffered an injury while training to face Rahman, which postponed their scheduled April 30 meeting at Madison Square Garden to June 18. The fight was then rescheduled for July 23, but Klitschko was forced to postpone the match again and underwent back surgery on April 19.

With Klitschko’s health in question, the possibility exists that the winner of Rahman vs. Barrett will not only become the interim WBC champion but could become outright champion if Klitschko is unable to return to the ring in the near future.

‘If Vitali will not or cannot fight me, I’m happy to fight Monte Barrett for the interim title,’ Rahman said. ‘I’ll beat Monte and then it’s up to Vitali whether he wants to surrender his title to me in or out of the ring.’

Rahman, (40-5, 33 KOs) from Baltimore, Md., now living and training in Las Vegas, reached the pinnacle of his career when he shocked unified world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and the world on April 22, 2001, with a fifth-round knockout punch in Carnival City, South Africa.

The newly crowned WBC and International Boxing Federation titlist was contractually obligated to give Lewis an immediate rematch, which was held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Nov. 17, 2001. Rahman deviated from the game plan that had served him so well in South Africa months earlier, and Lewis went on to win the fight by way of knockout in round four.

Rahman went on to face Evander Holyfield, David Tua and John Ruiz with mixed results. Long considered to be the most physically gifted athlete in the heavyweight division, Rahman, 32, recently re-dedicated himself to the sport. In his last appearance he weighed in, for the first time since he defeated Lewis, at a trim 232 pounds. The result was a fourth-round technical knockout over Australian Kali ‘Checkmate’ Meehan on Nov. 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Barrett, (31-3, 17 KOs) from Queens, N.Y., arrives at his first world title appearance coming off impressive back-to-back wins over previously undefeated foes, both of whom were 24-0 before facing Barrett. He won a decision over Dominick Guinn in Hot Springs, Ark., on March 27, 2004, and scored a ninth-round technical knockout over Owen ‘What the Heck’ Beck on Feb. 5 in St. Louis.

Barrett, 34, is also a seasoned veteran like Rahman whose only losses have come against top-notch contenders Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker (split decision, 1999), Wladimir Klitschko (KO, 2000) and ‘Baby Joe’ Mesi (majority decision, 2003).

In a wide open heavyweight division, one of the more intriguing aspects of this fight is Barrett and Rahman both possess the dangerous combination of skill and experience that could enable either to emerge as the next great heavyweight world champion.

WBA Super Welterweight Championship:
Alejandro ‘Terra’ Garcia vs. Luca ‘Bergamo Bomber’ Messi

WBA interim super welterweight champion Garcia will defend his title against Italian native Messi. Garcia, (24-1, 23 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico, won the interim title in Chicago on May 21 in a terrific fight, his second meeting with Roshii ‘The Mongoose’ Wells.

The heavy-handed Garcia decked Wells in round eight and disposed of his game foe by way of technical knockout near the end of round nine.

Messi, (28-5-1, 12 KOs) from Bergamo, is currently the Italian 154-pound champion and held the WBA International welterweight title in 2002. This will be the biggest fight of his career, his first appearance in America, and only his second appearance outside of Italy.

WBA Welterweight Championship:
Luis Collazo vs. Miguel Angel Gonzalez

WBA welterweight champion Collazo (Zab Judah has been anointed a WBA Super Champion) will defend his title against former WBC lightweight champion Gonzalez.

Collazo made the fateful decision to take his first world title fight on three weeks’ notice when WBA welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera’s opponent scratched just before their scheduled meeting on April 2.

If that weren’t daunting enough for Collazo (25-1, 11 KOs), a proud Puerto Rican from Queens, N.Y., the fight took place in Rivera’s hometown of Worcester, Mass. The brave challenger battled Rivera for the full 12 rounds, always seeming to give more than he took, and was rewarded with a split-decision victory and his first world title.

Gonzalez (49-4-1, 39 KOs) is a Mexican legend who has battled many greats during his career including Julio Cesar Chavez, ‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya, Kostya Tszyu and Cory Spinks.

Special Heavyweight Attraction ‘Polish Fight of the Century’:
Andrew ‘Powerful Pole’ Golota vs. Przemyslaw ‘Chemek’ Saleta

Golota vs. Saleta is a Polish super-fight that had been planned to take place twice previously only to be delayed until now. The two great Polish heavyweights were close to finalizing a deal in 1999, but Golota chose to face Michael Grant instead. Similarly, Golota had been in discussions to face Saleta the following year but opted to face ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.

Saleta, (42-6, 21 KOs) from Warsaw, Poland, has long fought in the shadow of his more famous countryman Golota; however, Saleta was the first Polish fighter to turn professional in 1991. He had been a national, European and world kickboxing champion as both an amateur and professional, who turned to boxing ‘because I had achieved everything there was to achieve in the sport,’ Saleta said.

Saleta sparred with Golota in the late 1980s, but the two fighters have followed completely different paths since then both in and out of the ring. While Golota became an enigmatic introvert whose boxing skills brought him to the top of the heavyweight division, Saleta, with his movie star looks and endorsement deals, has become a media darling in Poland who often graces the covers of female-appeal magazines.

‘I have always wanted to prove that I am a better fighter than Golota and as good as any fighter in the world,’ Saleta said. ‘He’s just had better promoters. This will be the Polish Fight of the Century and Chicago will be a better place for this fight than Warsaw.

‘Golota has always talked about me in the press and now he’s going to have to face me in the ring. I will do the same thing Brewster did to him.’

Saleta lived in Florida and trained under the legendary Angelo Dundee from 1992 to 1996. Saleta became the WBC International cruiserweight champion in 1994 before moving to heavyweight the following year.

Saleta’s career highlight occurred when he became the first and only Polish fighter to become European champion when he scored a ninth-round technical knockout over then-undefeated Luan Krasniqi in Dortmund, Germany on July 20, 2002. (Krasniqi defeated Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker on May 28 in a World Boxing Organization elimination bout, which puts him in line to face champion ‘Relentless’ Lamon Brewster.)

Golota’s last three fights have been for world heavyweight titles. He fought IBF champion Chris Byrd to a draw at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2004. After knocking down World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John ‘The Quietman’ Ruiz twice in the second round at the Garden on Nov. 13 (and Ruiz had a point deducted for hitting on the break in round four), he still suffered a decision loss. Many ringside observers felt Golota had won both of these contests.

In his last appearance, Golota (38-6-1, 31 KOs) faced WBO heavyweight champion ‘Relentless’ Lamon Brewster on May 21 at the United Center and suffered a first-round technical knockout.

After having gone 24 rounds with two world champions, Golota was let down after losing so quickly to the WBO champion.

‘I feel unfulfilled after the Brewster fight,’ Golota said. ‘Those 53 seconds is not who I am and what boxer I am. I don’t want to leave the sport this way. Knockouts are just part of boxing.’

Special Heavyweight Attraction:
Sergei Liakhovich vs. Owen ‘What the Heck’ Beck

Two of the most highly regarded young heavyweights, Liakhovich and Beck, who are both knocking on the door of their first world title shot, add youthful zest to the card.

Liakhovich, (22-1, 14 KOs) from Belarussia, won the North American Boxing Organization title in 2001 by winning a unanimous decision over then-undefeated Friday ‘The 13th’ Ahunanya. He suffered his first and only loss in his next match against the always-dangerous Maurice ‘Mo Betta’ Harris in 2002.

He has rung up six consecutive wins since then, including a unanimous decision in his last appearance against highly regarded Dominick Guinn in Las Vegas on April 22.

Beck, (24-1, 18 KOs) from Kingston, Jamaica, now fighting out of Nashville, Tenn., stunned the boxing world with his performance against Monte ‘Two Gunz’ Barrett in his last appearance, which was a WBC elimination bout in St. Louis on Feb. 5.

Barrett struck first with a flash knockdown in round two, but Beck recovered and rocked Barrett in the middle rounds. Barrett prevailed with a technical knockout in round nine, but Beck’s performance was so strong that one judge had him ahead by a point before he succumbed to his more seasoned opponent.


UFC vets highlight first KOTC in Indianapolis
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KOTC Indianapolis
Sept. 17 * Edge Sports Complex
Doors open: 6:30 p.m., First bout: 8 p.m.

Between them, Robbie Lawler and Gideon Ray have fought nine times in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the two sluggers will each fight for the first time in King of the Cage.

KOTC’s ‘Xtreme Edge’ is scheduled Sept. 17 at the Edge Sports Complex… it is the first KOTC event ever held in Indianapolis.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first of 19 bouts starting at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and are available at all Herb Johnson’s World Champion Karate locations. Call 317 898-4444 for tickets and 765 520-5555 for more information.

‘I think we’ve put together a nice card,’ said co-promoter Monte Cox ‘We have Robbie Lawler, who is coming off a huge knockout win over Niko Vitale in Hawaii… Gideon Ray, who is one of the better strikers in the Midwest… and many of the top guys from Indiana, like Jeremy Bolt and Antoine Skinner. And we have champions from other organizations like Clay Guida and Jason Reinhardt.’

Chas Bowling, who put together most of the matchups, said he tried to give as many fighters a chance to fight in a big show as possible. The result was a 19-bout event.

Current UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes will referee the show, while fellow Miletich Fighting Systems teammates Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver will be on hand to sign autographs.

The show is being sponsored by Herb Johnson’s Karate, Pike Collision, Budweiser, Repro Graphics, Hooters Downtown, Marsh’s Custom Meats, Harem House, Classy Chassey and Pumphrey & Manley Attorneys at Law.

Main Events
Jeremy Brown vs. Robbie Lawler
Chris Clements vs. Gideon Ray

Feature Bouts
Brad Cottrell vs. Jason Reinhardt 145
PJ Jordan vs. Jeremy Bolt 130
Brandon Quigley vs. Terrance Crumpton ‘Cobra’ Hwt.
Chris Higi vs. Antoine Skinner 155
Scott Hope vs. Clay Guida 155

Main Card
Tommy Lee vs. David Love 145
Chris Prather vs. Geno Roderick 170
Bill Petra vs. Jimmy Boyd 155
Andrew Earles vs. Todd Kiser 185
Ron Fields vs. Robin Johnson 205
Tom Logsdon vs. Billy Kidd 135
Mike Pegg vs. Chad Berriman Hwt.

TBA vs. Anthony Wilson 160
Justin Herbst vs. Adam Bass 155
Corey Mahon vs. Zach Kidd 135
Sam Becktall vs. Matt Jaggers 145
TBA vs. Tim Bradley 140

(Card Subject TO Change)


Five questions for Paulo Filho
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Text by André Araújo – Team TATAME

Paulao Filho did one of the easiest bouts of his career at last Pride Bushido GP on September 25 at Ariake Colosseum, in Tokyo, Japan. He did the alternate bout against Japanese fighter Ryuta Sakurai and did not have too much trouble. ‘WIthout question it was one of the easiest fights I’ve done in Pride. It was really calm’ he described. It was the last fight of Paulao’s contract with Pride, but he has since renewed with the Japanese organization for a new deal until the end of 2005. ADCC asked him five questions….

ADCC – Your fight against Ryuta Sakurai sounds like you didn’t have too much trouble with him. Were you concerned with him before the fight? Paulao Filho – He had such a heavy hand. He tried a key-lock on the floor, but I think he got scared with me. I was really calm and on the ground I tried a kimura and he escaped. Then I took him down with a single-leg and he got scared trying to get released and gave up his back. I punched him a little bit and then submitted.

ADCC – After beating your opponent, did you cheer for somebody to get hurt, so you would be able to fight? Paulao Filho – I didn’t create any expectations. Pretty much… because if one of the fighters got injured after fighting, the loser would replace the one who got injured. So, for me to take some place in the finals, two of the fighters had to get injured and that does not happen often.

ADCC – Few days ago, Chute Boxe’s leader Rudimar Fedrigo said he and his crew would cheer for Murilo Bustamante, at the final of the tournament. What do you say about that? Paulao Filho – I think it’s very nice of Rudimar Fedrigo. It is a good thing that he cheers for Murilo Bustamante in the finals! If it’s for real, I think it’s great! I will not make any controversial statement about it. Whoever does not like Murilo does not like anybody! Once (Daniel) Acácio is not qualified for the finals, I don’t see a point for them not to cheer for Brazilian guy.

ADCC – You usually fight as Middleweight… what do you feel fighting as a Welterweight? Paulao Filho – Well… it does not matter for me. I fight well at welterweight division and at middleweight. My natural weight is 94kg but I did feel good fighting lighter. However, I prefer to fight in my natural weight.

ADCC – This was your last fight by contract with Pride. What are your plans now? Paulao Filho – It was my last bout of my contract with Pride, however I’ve signed another contract and I must do another bout before the end of the year.


The Cage Vol. III: ‘Rise of the Titans’ official results
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Date: September 24th, 2005
Event: The Cage Vol. III: ‘Rise of the Titans’
Location: Helsinki, Finland

Official Results:

1. -70 kg
Ville Honkala, Finnfighters’ Gym – Finland vs Jesse Björn Buckler, OC-Fight Team – Germany
Winner: Honkala, unanimous decision

2. +93 kg
Markus Halkosaari, GB-Gym – Finland vs Pawel Witek, Poland
Winner: Witek, submission (armbar) 2. round 1.06

3. -77 kg
Jasse Junkkari, GB-Gym – Finland vs Ferenc Stolzenburg, OC-Fight Team – Germany
Winner: Junkkari, TKO (strikes) 1. round 2.36

4. -70 kg
Jerry Kvartstrom, GB-Gym – Finland vs Ramazi Jakharydze, Belarus
Winner: Kvartström, submission (rear naked choke) 1.round 0.44

5. -70 kg
Pasi Maliniemi, Shootfighting Lappeenranta Finland vs Vitali Walter, OC-Fight Team – Germany
Winner: Maliniemi, TKO (strikes) 1. round 3.07

6. +93 kg
Mika Petra, Pancrese Vantaa – Finland vs Przemyslaw Biskup, Strefa Walki – Poland
Winner: Petra, TKO (injury) 2. round 1.36

7. -84 kg
Mikko Suvanto, MMA Imatra – Finland vs Christian Numme, Team Valhall – Norway
Winner: Suvanto, TKO (strikes) 1. round 3.33

8. -70 kg
Mikko Broman, Shootfighting Lappeenranta – Finland vs Mika Viita, Shooto Vaasa – Finland
Winner: Broman, TKO (strikes) 1. round 4.25

9. -77 kg
Marcus Peltonen, Alliance Porvoo – Finland vs Grzegorz Tredowski, MMA Warsaw – Poland
Winner: Tredowski, TKO (strikes) 1.round 1.40

10. -84 kg
Joni Kyllonen, Oulun Kamppailuklubi – Finland vs Tuomas Simola, Salon HMVK – Finland
Winner: Kyllönen, submission (kneebar) 2. round 0.42

11. -93 kg
Lucio Linhares, Alliance – Brazil vs Robert Jocz, Poland
Winner: Linhares, split decision


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Three more bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S upcoming event, FULLY LOADED, including a match up of legend versus legend as Japan’s Kazushi Sakuraba takes on ‘The World’s Most Dangerous Man’ Ken Shamrock. FULLY LOADED is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Monday, October 24th, 2005 at 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT.

Sakuraba versus Shamrock … a match up between two of the sport’s biggest names, each looking to continue his legend. Sakuraba returns from Brazil having recently trained at the world-renowned Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba, Brazil, home of the biggest rival of his fight career—Wanderlei Silva. Under the watchful eye of coach Rudimar Fedrigo, Sakuraba trained with Silva, Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in preparation for one of the most important bouts of his career. Sakuraba’s opponent, Ken Shamrock, makes his return to PRIDE and Japan, the country where he originally built his legendary status as a fighter. A former King of Pancrase, Shamrock last appeared in PRIDE in 2002 facing Don ‘The Predator’ Frye.

Also added to the fight card, Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua of the Chute Boxe Academy makes his return to the ring taking on Murad Chunkaev of the Chechen Republic (fighting out of Holland’s Golden Glory team) and American Sumo Henry ‘Sentoryu’ Miller battles Brazilian giant ‘Zulu.’

Previously announced matches include the return of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson as he takes on Japanese fighter Hirotaka Yokoi … a match up of judo legend against judo legend as Japan’s Makoto Takimoto (Olympic gold medallist) takes on Korea’s Yoon Dong Sik under mixed martial arts rules … the long-awaited rematch between Croatian Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic and American Josh ‘The Babyface Assassin’ Barnett … and Cro Cop’s teammate, Fabricio Werdum, against rising heavyweight contender Sergei Kharitonov.

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Josh Barnett (USA)
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan) vs. Ken Shamrock (USA)
Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) vs. Fabricio Werdum (Brazil/Spain)
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (USA) vs. Hirotaka Yokoi (Japan)
Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua (Brazil) vs. Murad Chunkaev (Chechen Republic)
Henry ‘Sentoryu’ Miller (USA) vs. Zulu (Brazil)
Makoto Takimoto (Japan) vs. Yoon Dong Sik (Korea)

Additional matches to be announced soon. Fight card subject to change.

FULLY LOADED premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer’s Choice Canada on Monday, October 24th, 2005 at 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT (including a countdown show at 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT).

For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or

For more information on PRIDE FC, visit!


UFC 56 Shaping Up!
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The UFC heads back to the west coast with UFC 56: Full Force live on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the rumored card as learned by ADCC:

Welterweight Championship bout: Matt Hughes vs. Karo “the Heat” Parisyan

Hughes has won an amazing 16 of his last 17 fights in the last four years, with his only loss coming to B.J Penn. With added stardom, positive or negative, from the Ultimate Fighter Show season II and a possible rematch with Georges St. Pierre on the horizon, Hughes must be focused when taking on this Judo specialist. Parisyan has won his last four UFC fights and this will be the first time he is up for UFC gold.

Middleweight Championship bout: Rich “Ace” Franklin vs. Nate “Rock” Quarry

This will be Franklin’s first title defense. Franklin will be taking on Ultimate Fighter season one alumni, in only Quarry’s third UFC fight. Team Quest has a stable of 185-pound fighters, and if Quarry can’t do it, then maybe Chris Leben?

Welterweight bout: Sean Sherk vs. Georges St. Pierre

Sherk has only lost one time in six year mixed-martial-arts career, spanning 30 fights. His only loss however, was his last UFC appearance, a five round unanimous decision loss to Hughes. Once retired, Sherk has found his love again and hopes to take out the future of the welterweight division in St. Pierre. A rematch with Hughes is on the mind of St. Pierre but he must first take care of business and bring it to Sherk. With a 5-1 UFC record, most people believe that it’s only a matter of time before St. Pierre possess the welterweight belt.

Heavyweight bout: Tim Sylvia vs. Aussuerio Silva

This bout was supposed to happen at UFC 54 but Silva was injured. Silva, previously from the Chute Box academy, will be fighting for the first time in the United States. A win here for Sylvia, and his next fight could be a rematch for the title with Andre Arlovski or Frank Mir for that matter.

Light-Heavyweight bout: Jeremy Horn vs. Mike Van Arsdale

Both fighters are coming off losses to two tough opponents. Horn, who was dominated by Chuck Liddell at UFC 54, hopes to put a strong performance and to show that the UFC didn’t make a mistake in resigning him. Van Arsdale, who in his last fight was a victim to Randy Couture’s anaconda choke, will try to improve his record to 3-1 in the UFC.

Light-Heavyweight bout: Stephen Bonnar vs. James Irvin

This was a fight that was supposed to happen at Ultimate Fight Night Two, but Bonnar had to pull out due to a hand injury. If Bonnar wants to keep up with his UFC counterpart, Forrest Griffin, he needs to defeat Irvin in convincing fashion. For Irvin, a victory over a popular fighter like Bonnar, gets him serious recognition and a collision course to match up with Griffin as well.

Light-Heavyweight bout: Sam Hoger vs. Jeff Newton

Hoger, another Ultimate Fighter season one alumni, is welcomed back to the UFC. Although Hoger lost to Bonnar at the first Ultimate Fight Night, he impressed the UFC brass and even had his opponent in trouble. Newton is a King of the Cage veteran with an overall record of 4-1. Out of those four wins, Newton was able to finish off all four of his opponents. A win here and Newton can find a home with the UFC.


Kid Peligro Jiu-Jitsu News . . . 2005 Pan Ams Black Belt Quick Results
Submitted by: Kid Peligro / ADCC JJ Editor
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Absolute: Marcio Pe de Pano won over Xande Ribeiro

Over: Marcio Pe de Pano (Gracie Barra)
Super-Heavy: Xande Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita)
Heavy: Rodrigo Pinheiro (Gracie Humaita)
Medium-Heavy: Givanildo Santana (Lotus Clube)
Medium: André Galvao (TT Jiu-Jitsu)
Light: Marcio Feitosa (Gracie Barra)
Feather: Mario Reis (BTT)
Super Feather: Bibiano Fernandes (Gracie Barra)



Bodyguard Magazine to Cover Grapplers Quest!
Submitted by: Luca Atalla
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Bodyguard Magazine, the only full color, glossy, grappling and MMA magazine available in the U.S. has just announced that it will feature coverage of Grapplers Quest events in every issue!

“We’re very excited to be working with Brian Cimins and Grapplers Quest,” says Bodyguard editor-in-chief Todd Hester. “The sport of grappling is being spearheaded around the world by terrific events such as Grapplers Quest, and Bodyguard Magazine wants to give coverage and credit to all the great competitors and athletes who compete in it.”

Starting in the April 2005 issue, which features Royce Gracie on the cover, Bodyguard will begin its regular Grapplers Quest coverage with the huge Beast of the East II tournament. The issue after that will feature the recent Grapplers Quest Las Vegas event, and subsequent Grapplers Quest event coverage will continue in each issue.

“Due to a dramatic increase in advertising and readership, we’ve just added 16 more pages to Bodyguard – which puts us up to 116. We’re making a long-term commitment to support submission grappling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu around the world and we feel that Grapplers Quest is a premier world-class event that deserves attention.”

For his part, Grapplers Quest president Brian Cimins is equally enthusiastic. “Without a doubt, Bodyguard Magazine is the best looking and highest quality MMA and grappling magazine there is now. You get columns and articles by top grappling and MMA writers experts such as Kid Peligro , Lloyd Irvin, Greg Jackson, Eddy Millis, Ed Clay, Randy Couture, Sherdog, Eddie Goldman, Tom Gerbasi and others. We’re very excited to be working with Bodyguard Magazine and would like to encourage all Grapplers Quest fighters and coaches to check it out. As a SPECIAL PROMOTION, anyone who subscribes to Bodyguard Magazine for two or three years will also receive a FREE GRAPPLERS QUEST DVD! So there has never been a better time to sign up.”

In addition to Grapplers Quest, Bodyguard Magazine also features regular coverage of Pride, UFC, K-1, KOTC, ADCC, the BJJ Pan Ams and Nationals, the BJJ Mundial (Worlds) the Australian scene, UK BJJ, and many other events. Plus you get a 16 page pull-out technique section that is pre-hole punched for people to take out and put into a binder to make their own training manual. It is full of articles from top grapplers and fighters. In the future, you can expect to see Grapplers Quest champions featured as well.

Bodyguard Magazine is available nationwide at Barnes and Nobles bookstores. For information on subscribing to Bodyguard Magazine visit


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