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Quote of the Day

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the wall of our own homes."

Harold B. Lee, 1899-1973, American Clergyman

Randy Couture returns to Honolulu!

UFC great Randy Couture will return to Honolulu to do another seminar at JKD Unlimited. Randy will teach a two-day seminar, October Saturday, October 29th and Sunday, October 30th, from 3-6 PM both days. Randy will be covering the MMA specific techniques, tactics, and training methods that have worked so well for him.

First priority for registration will be given to JKD Unlimited members and those who attended the Marcelo Garcia seminar. If the seminar is not full by October 15th, others will be able to sign up for this exciting event. Cost is $150 for those JKDU and those who attended the Garcia seminar, $199 for others. Call today to sign up or have your name put on the waiting list.


Burton Richardson

Source: Burton Richardson

Shields Promoted To Brown Belt

Jake Shields was awarded his Brown Belt tonight by instructor Cesar Gracie. In 2005 Shields had a phenomenal year. At the Gracie Open he tapped out AKA fighter John Fitch. He later won the Pan Americans by defeating a stacked field in the purple belt division. Months later he took 3rd in the ADCC World Championships by defeating Diego Sanchez, Cameron Earl (Ralph Gracie Black-Belt) and Brazilian World Champion (Black Belt) Leo Santos.

Shields is currently the head instructor at the Fairtex-Graciefighter Academy in San Francisco. We expect a lot more success from Shields in the future and know that he will only get better and better.

Source: Gracie Fighter


Lee Murray

Lee Murray was stabbed outside a UK club in a brawl that involved reportedly 30 people.

A training partner of Lee Murray made the following announcement on a UK internet forum:

"Hi Again to all,

To let you guys know, Lee's condition has improved. He seems to be responding to stimulus and trying to talk, but he is still too weak. They have removed the respirator and he is now breathing for himself.

Thanks for your continued well wishes."

Source: Fight Sport

Nathan Quarry

Interviewer: Your website says that you started your MMA training at age 24 after watching your first UFC. You are now fighting in the UFC, does it seem surreal or is it just another day at the office?

Quarry: This is just amazing. I never even considered fighting when I first started training. It goes to show you, you might as well dream big because you never know what can happen.

Interviewer: What is on the horizon for you?

Quarry: Well, there are rumors of a big fight on Nov 19th...

Interviewer: What is your favorite training drill?

Quarry: I could hit mits all day.

Interviewer: Who are your main training partners?

Quarry: At Quest we have some great people to work with. Robert Follis is the driving force behind it all, a man couldn't ask for a better coach or friend. On top of that we've got Linland, Chale, Schultz, Herman, Dolche, Wilson and just a ton of guys willing to give there all on any given day.

Interviewer: Would you rather win by KO or submission?

Quarry: KO's are just so cool.

Interviewer: Besides fighting, what does Nathan Quarry do?

Quarry: I'm a cross between an outdoorsy guy and a huge nerd. I can go hiking for days or spend hours watching Star Wars movies.

Interviewer: We also have a few female members that think you're "Hot.!!!" Are you married?

Quarry: I don't know about the hot part, I can be as big a wanker as anybody. But, no, I'm not married.

Interviewer: Here are some questions from our members... What did you think about the ref stoppage against Sell?

Quarry: I think that's just the way things go. Refs make those decisions, not fighters, for a reason. Fighters fight. You could rip off the average fighter's arm and beat him with it and when the ref jumps in he'll say, "hey, I had him right where I wanted him! He was getting tired and I was gonna make a comeback!"

Interviewer: What impact has Randy training in Vegas had on Team Quest and your training, specifically?

Quarry: More than any technique, he has shown what is possible to achieve as an athlete.

Interviewer: Would you like to fight Joe Riggs? If yes, how would you see that fight going?

Quarry: Man, I'm not calling out anybody. Too many tough guys to piss off.

Interviewer: What is your opinion of this season's Ultimate Fighter (Reality Show) so far?

Quarry: Not as good as the first season, of course. But things are looking up, and I think some of the guys will be standing out here shortly.

Interviewer: What has the sport of MMA taught you the most about yourself, or life in general?

Quarry: Fighting has taught me so much about life in general. Not many people can say when situations are tough they will fight to the very end. Fighting is a metaphor for every difficult situation a person could ever encounter.

Interviewer: When does the rock get a title shot!?

Quarry: Title shot? Who knows....?


PRIDE 30 Tentative Fight Card
October 23rd, 2005

Below are some of the official and unoffically announced matchups that the Japanese media are saying will be on the PRIDE 30 card on October 23rd. The card is expected to have eight matchups:

Officialy announced matchups:
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic vs. Josh Barnett
Fabricio Werdum vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson vs. Hirotaka Yokoi
Makoto Takimoto vs. Yoon Dong-Sik

Unofficially announced matchups:
Vanderlei Silva vs. Ricardo Arona or Vitor Belfort
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. 'Tank' Abbott or Ken Shamrock
Mark Hunt vs. Alexander Emelianenko
Ryan Gracie vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura

Source: Fight Sport


Quote of the Day

"One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can
lay a hand on our dreams."

E.V. Lucas, 1868-1938, English Writer

Check out K-1 GP 2005 final bracket

As you can see, the 2,19m-tall of Hong Man Choi doesn't impress the K-1 GP 2004 champ Remy Bonjasky, 1,95m-tall. At this Monday afternoon, Bonjasky picked up the Korean giant to face at the first bout of K-1 GP 2005 finals, on November 19, at Tokyo Dome. The pairings were determined under K-1 traditional selection system, which mixes a little bit of lucky with some strategy. In a box, the eight fighters picked balls numbered from 1 to 8, which determined the order of choice. Who picks the ball number 1 is the first to choose his position in the tournament bracket.

In front of hundred of fans that went to Roppongi Hills Complex, in Tokyo, Ray Sefo was the first one to choose, deciding for doing the second bout of the night. Korean Choi was the second one and chose for the blue corner of the first fight. That's when the two times World champ Remy Bonjasky, the third in the roll, chose for facing the giant Korean. "I chose Choi because he's a new face in K-1, he's a great guy and I want to test him. He's big and tall, but I think if I jump, then I can reach him with my knees!" Remy stated.

COMPLETE CARD (subject to change):

K-1 GP 2005 - final round

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo - Japan

Saturday, November 19 2005

#1- Remy Bonjasky vs Hong-Man Choi;

#2- Ray Sefo vs Semmy Schilt;

#3- Jerome LeBanner vs Peter Aerts;

#4- Musashi vs Ruslan Karaev;


#5- Winner of #1 vs Winner of #2;

#6- Winner of 3 vs Winner of #4;


#7- Winner of 5 vs Winner of #6

Source: Tatame


Ernesto Hoost announced his retirement from K-1 tournaments, but that he will still compete in single matchups.

Hoost, who is a 4-time K-1 champion, made his announcement during the K-1 show on September 23rd, and stated that he retired from tournament competitions due to his age (40 years), a knagging left knee injury, and chronic back problems.

Source: Fight Sport



1.) Fedor Emelianenko Russia
2.) Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira Brazil
3.) Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic Croatia
4.) Sergei Kharitonov Russia
5.) Fabricio Werdum Brazil
6.) Andrei Arlovski Belarus
7.) Frank Mir USA
8.) Pedro Rizzo Brazil
9.) Tim Sylvia USA
10.) Alexander Emelianenko Russia


1.) Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua Brazil
2.) Ricardo Arona Brazil
3.) Vanderlei Silva Brazil
4.) Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson USA
5.) Chuck Liddell USA
6.) Randy Couture USA
7.) Rogerio 'Minotoro' Nogueira Brazil
8.) Alistair Overeem Holland
9.) Renato 'Babalu' Sobral Brazil
10.) Vitor Belfort Brazil


1.) Dan Henderson USA
2.) Murilo Bustamante Brazil
3.) Kazushi Sakuraba Japan
4.) Rich Franklin USA
5.) Paulo Filho Brazil
6.) Yuki Kondo Japan
7.) Anderson Silva Brazil
8.) Evan Tanner USA
9.) Matt Lindland USA
10.) Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos Brazil


1.) B.J. Penn USA
2.) Matt Hughes USA
3.) Georges St-Pierre Canada
4.) Frank Trigg USA
5.) Renato 'Charuto' Verissimo Brazil
6.) Antonio Schembri Brazil
7.) Daniel Acacio Brazil
8.) Sean Sherk USA
9.) Crosley Gracie Brazil
10.) Karo Parisyan USA


1.) Hayato Sakurai Japan
2.) Takanori Gomi Japan
3.) Vitor 'Shaolin' Ribeiro Brazil
4.) Joachim Hansen Norway
5.) Tatsuya Kawajiri Japan
6.) Yves Edwards USA
7.) Genki Sudo Japan
8.) Kaoru Uno Japan
9.) Koutetsu Boku Japan
10.) Luis Azeredo Brazil


1.) Jens Pulver USA
2.) Gilbert Melendez USA
3.) Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto Japan
4.) Hideo Tokoro Japan
5.) Alexandre 'Pequeno' Nogueira Brazil
6.) Joao Roque Brazil
7.) Ivan Menjivar El Salvador
8.) Rumina Sato Japan
9.) Hiroyuki Takaya Japan
10.) Jeff Curran USA

Source: Fight Sport

Diaz signs to fight Sanchez

It's official. Nick Diaz has signed to fight Diego Sanchez on Spike T.V.'s November UFC card. Since dismantling his last 2 opponents, Diaz had asked for higher profile fights and there will be no better way to accomplish that than fighting in front of what could be the largest audience to witness an MMA event in American history. Besides a grueling training schedule, Diaz stays busy by competing in various events including this past weekend's half "Ironman" triathlon where the 22 year old took first among competitors of his age and below and fifth in his overall age group.

"It was a mile and a half swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13 mile run. I like to stay in shape between fights. Last weekend I swam from Alcatraz to the San Francisco pier. I want to keep pushing myself.", asserted Diaz.

Source: Gracie Fighter


Quote of the Day

"Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself.
That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive,
go much further than people with vastly superior talent."

Sophia Loren, Italian-born Film Actress

Tuesday Night Fights
October 11, 2005
Prince Kuhio Plaza
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door
Doors open at 6 pm and fights start at 7 pm

Takanori Gomi: On Top Of The World

In a performance that could be described as nothing less than spectacular, Takanori Gomi proved once again why he truly is the best lightweight fighter in the world when he advanced to the finals of the Pride lightweight tournament with two very impressive victories.

Takanori Gomi has been on a meteoric rise for quite some time now and continues to show improvement with every fight. It’s hard to believe that almost exactly two years ago he lost back to back fights before stringing together his current winning streak. Gomi lost a tough split decision to Joachim Hansen in Shooto, and then lost his most lopsided fight when he was choked out by B.J. Penn at Rumble on the Rock. Gomi’s resiliency was never questioned and soon enough he became the staple of the Bushido shows for Pride.

Since his debut at the second Bushido show when he defeated Jadson Costa, Gomi has shown over time that he is truly ready to be champion. He was able to put Ralph Gracie away with some very wicked knee strikes and out struck a very heavy handed Jens Pulver when they fought last New Year’s Eve.

He looked as if he was going to pull Charles Bennett’s arm off until the referee stopped their fight and gained a bit of a bad persona after a few late hits when he defeated Luiz Azeredo in their first fight. Gomi just keeps coming and his onslaught is unmatched in the lightweight division.

In the first round of the Pride lightweight tournament, Gomi was given no easy test as he was matched up with arguably the number 2 ranked lightweight fighter in the world, Tatsuya Kawajiri. Gomi wasted no time bringing the fight to Kawajiri and looked ready for every possible offensive move that his opponent had in his arsenal. Eventually Gomi’s will seemed too much and he sunk in a rear naked choke to get the win.

Gomi obviously spent a great deal of energy to defeat Kawajiri, but he kept enough in reserve for his second fight of the night a rematch with Chute Boxe team member, Luiz Azeredo in a highly contested fight. Azeredo gave everything Gomi could handle in their first fight and he was looking to hand Gomi his first loss in almost two years when they stepped to the middle of the ring. Instead of showing any signs of exhaustion, Gomi controlled the pace of the fight, and positioned himself for the win. Although he wasn’t able to finish Azeredo, Gomi was convincing in his unanimous decision victory and he put himself into the finals of the first ever Pride lightweight tournament.

The scary thing about Gomi is that he may not have reached his full potential yet. He is unbelievably talented, but when he has a fire under him, much like the first Azeredo fight, Gomi is possibly the most dangerous fighter on the planet. No top “pound for pound” fighter list in the world should be produced without Gomi’s name being listed somewhere near the top and if he is able to defeat his opponent, Hayato “Mach” Sakarai in the finals of the tournament for this year’s New Year’s Eve show, he will become champion and seemingly untouchable.

There are plenty of opponents for Gomi to take on in Pride’s lightweight division, and he won’t be one to pass up on any opportunity to get a win. A rematch with Joachim Hansen has to be a top priority for Gomi if he’s able to capture the title. American fans would love to see Yves Edwards get a shot at him, as well as Josh Thompson who wasn’t able to fight in the tournament.

The fact is that Takanori Gomi is possibly the top fighter in the world today and he always puts on a great show. It will be interesting to see him match up against Sakarai because Gomi is usually the bigger fighter in his matches, but don’t expect him to back down at all.

Takanori Gomi is definitely sitting on top of the world right now, and the sky is the limit.

Source: MMA Weekly


Paulo Filho quickly dispatched with Ryuta Sakurai with an arm-popping Arm Bar just 3:49 into the first round.

Akihiro Gono showed the world that he is for real, winning a close fight with Chute Boxe fighter Daniel Acacio. The fight was almost entirely on the feet and Gono did enough to win a Unanimous Decision.

Dan Henderson wasted no time with Ryo Chonan. Only 0:22 into the first round, Henderson floored Chonan with a huge right hand and then followed that up with a couple more for good measure while Chonan was on his back on the ground before the referee could step in to stop the fight.

For Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa, the second time was a charm. In his rematch with Phil Baroni, Minowa didn’t make it an exciting fight, but he learned from the first go around and was able to take Baroni down several times and control positioning to earn a Unanimous Decision.

Finally returning to his more natural weight of 183 pounds, 39-year old Murilo Bustamante looked ten years younger as he traded shots with Pride rookie Masanori Suda before taking him to the ground and slickly submitting him with an Arm Bar 3:20 after the opening bell.

Early in the first round, Dokonjonosuke Mishima started going for submissions on Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. But Bennett struck back, literally, rocking Mishima with a solid upper cut and then attempting a guillotine choke of his own. In the end, it was Mishima that was able to land an ankle lock, sort of a modified version of a heel hook that had Bennett tapping out 4:04 into the round.

In his first bout at 160 pounds, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai debuted in impressive fashion. From the opening bell, he took the fight to Jens Pulver, landing brutal leg kicks and getting the better of the punch exchanges early on. Pulver fought back, hurting Sakurai a couple of times with well-timed punches before Sakurai finally dropped him with a knee to the head and finishing with a barrage of Hammer Fists. Sakurai won by a TKO ref stoppage 8:56 into the first.

This was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the night. But when all was said and done, Yves Edwards and Joachim Hansen ended up fighting a very technical battle trading strikes and working for position on the ground. Hansen attempted to work his ground and pound game, while Yves looked for the submission. After two rounds and a strong edge in takedowns, Hansen walked away with a Split Decision.

In a battle between the two highest ranked lightweight fighters in the world, Takanori Gomi clearly made his case to be considered the top dog. In a stunning fight that saw both fighters exchanging and recovering from some tremendous strikes, Gomi continually did more damage to Tatsuya Kawajiri than he received before finishing him off with a rear naked choke at 7:42 of round 1.

Continuing his reputation as a ferocious fighter, Luiz Azeredo knocked out Naoyuki Kotani with a big right hand, a kick to the face, and a couple knees to the head… all in just 11 seconds!

Looking very impressive at the lighter 183-pound limit, Dan Henderson continued winning as he dominated Akihiro Gono for 7:58 with his boxing skills before knocking him out.

Continuing to peel away the years, Murilo Bustamante traded strikes with Ikuhisa Minowa and attempted several submissions before finally finding a way to win late into the first round. At the 9:51 mark, Bustamante kicked Minowa in the face, dropping him to the mat, and then followed up with several more soccer-style kicks to the head for the TKO.

In an amazing fight that saw a tremendous amount of back and forth action, Hayato Sakurai continued to resurrect his career as he edged out a very exciting fight with Joachim Hansen. Sakurai was a little quicker on the feet and landed some very nice throws to earn a Unanimous Decision and a berth in the final.

What a way to finish the night! Luiz Azeredo gave Takanori Gomi everything he could handle. Hurting Gomi several times over the two round fight, it was still Azeredo that more often felt the sting of Gomi’s devastating strikes. It was Gomi that stood with his hand raised in the end for a Unanimous Decision following another extremely exciting fight.

After a tremendous show with tournaments in two new weight classes, we’ll have to wait three months for the final of each class, but it should be well worth the wait. The new welterweight champion will be crowned and the lightweights will finally get the respect they so rightly deserve at Shockwave on New Year’s Eve.

In the welterweight (183-pound) division, Murilo Bustamante will finally get the rematch that he has longed for with Dan Henderson. Both fighters are getting on in years, so it’s quite appropriate that they will meet to decide the championship and show the young bucks how it’s done.

The first two rounds of the lightweight tournament were nothing shy of spectacular. And DSE/Pride has to be beaming at the thought of finally having an all-Japan final in one of their tournaments, guaranteeing that they will finally crown a Japanese champion. Hayato Sakurai may have been the surprise of the tournament, but he will definitely test Takanori Gomi’s claim to number one when they meet.

Source: MMA Weekly

Dutch a Treat at K-1 Final Elimination

OSAKA, September 23, 2005 -- For the second consecutive year, there will be three entries from the Netherlands at the K-1 World Grand Prix Tokyo Dome Final, this after all participating Dutch fighters emerged victorious at today's K-1 '05 WGP Final Elimination Tournament at the Osaka Dome.

The event featured combatants from a dozen different nations -- K-1 GP '05 Tournament-winners along with the '04 Final Eight -- in a one-match elimination format. The seven winners here now qualify for the K-1 WGP Tokyo Dome Final this November 19. (Remy Bonjasky, who fought and won in a Superfight tonight, had already earned a bye to the Final as the Defending WGP Champion.)

The first matchup on the card featured Ray Sefo of New Zealand and the 80kg Kaoklai Kaennorsing of Thailand. Both the smallest and youngest-ever K-1 Tournament Champion, Muay Thai wunderkind Kaoklai is precise and relentless with his low kicks; while veteran Sefo is murder with the fists, and considered one of the best K-1 fighters never to win the WGP Final.

This was a surprisingly one-sided fight, as Sefo led with a right straight, then surprised Kaoklai with a low kick that put the Thai off-balance. As usual, Sefo repeatedly dropped his guard and invited his opponent in, answering Kaoklai's kicks with punches. This was expected to be all feet versus fists, but Sefo threw many more kicks than usual throughout the bout.

Although it wasn't always pretty, there was plenty of hard core action, as the two men repeatedly charged at one another. In the second Sefo cut off the ring, turned sideways in defense against the kicks, and amid the chaotic clashes was able to score a down with a right hook which caught Kaoklai round the side of the head. Again in the third Sefo taunted the Thai, who was woefully unable to work kicks to keep the distance as he has in the past, and tried instead to hurt Sefo with his hands. It was in vain, as Sefo dominated in every respect to take a comfortable unanimous decision.

The second bout saw Russian dynamo Ruslan Karaev, who pounded his way through the Las Vegas GP Repechage tournament last month, step in against Rickard Nordstrand of Sweden. A finalist in the K-1 Scandinavian '04 GP, Nordstrand was named as a late substitute when four-time K-1 WGP Champion Ernesto Hoost was forced to withdraw due an aggravated leg injury.

Karaev started strong and swift, rattling Nordstrand with a right then laying in with brutal combinations. Nordstrand had some good hard low kicks here -- and his conditioning as a player in the Swedish Elite ice hockey league stood him in good stead as he proved able to absorb a lot of punishment

Karaev launched his spinning back kicks in the second, and got a good right through to stay in control. In he third round the Russian put a dandy spinning back punch in right on the money. To his credit, Nordstrand read Karaev better as this fight went on, and stayed in the thick of it to the end, frequently stinging Karaev with the low kicks but unable to score the down he would need to inch up on the scorecards. In the final analysis Karaev was simply the more aggressive and better fighter, and took the unanimous decision.

Brazilian Kyokushin fighter Glaube Feitosa wowed Las Vegas fans when his kicking prowess carried him to victory at the K-1 USA GP earlier this year. Here he went up against Semmy Schilt of Holland, whose lethal combination of technique and power carried him to victory at the K-1 Europe GP in Paris this May.

Schilt brought a 20kg/50lbs weight and 18cm/7" height advantage to this dance, and easily controlled the distance throughout with low kicks and one-two straight punch combinations. Feitosa didn't look like he knew what to do here, tossing several meek jabs in early but otherwise mostly closed up tight on the defensive. In the second again, Feitosa struggled to get within striking distance, and when he did was met with the clinch and messed up with big Dutch knees. When the deadly Kyokushin high kick finally materialized late in the third -- connecting with Schilt's head and stunning him -- the crowd cheered, but for the judges it was too little too late. A unanimous decision for Schilt.

Jerome LeBanner defeated compatriot Cyril Abidi in a grueling Paris Superfight to earn his place here. The Gaul's opponent tonight was Gary Goodridge, a Trinidad and Tobago-born brawler who makes his home in Canada. Goodridge got his spot on the card by taking this year's K-1 Hawaiian GP in convincing fashion.

These two fighters are friends outside the ring, and have similar builds and similar styles, marked by explosive starts aimed at the quick KO. But this one was all LeBanner, as the French powerhouse barreled in with hard low kicks and a brutal one-two punch combination from which Goodridge never recovered. A LeBanner left straight punch rattled Goodridge before a right high kick to the head put him down. Seconds after resumption LeBanner's relentless low kicks hurt Goodridge badly and earned the Frenchman a second down. Goodridge limped to the corner and closed up, hoping to recompose and get out of the round, but LeBanner just kept on coming, firing in a barrage of blows to force a referee stop even as Goodridge went tumbling once again to the canvas. An overwhelming display of power that saw LeBanner return to the form that had made him such a force in K-1 in years past.

Said LeBanner post-bout: "It's all about training. I've had the same team since my Paris fight with Abidi, and I will take them with me to the Tokyo Dome and all the way to victory."

Peter Aerts of Holland met American Mighty Mo in the fifth tournament bout. Three-time K-1 WGP Champion Aerts is a seasoned fighter with a complete arsenal of technical attacks, while Mo is a heavyset power puncher possessed of almost superhuman strength.

Aerts aggressively fired in hard low kicks from the start. Mo was not immediately proficient with his defenses, and wobbled under the Lumberjack's attacks. However, the American soon began to bring the leg up in response, and contact with Mo's knee opened a cut on Aerts' right shin. This prompted a doctor check, but Aerts was cleared to continue. Now Mo laid in with body blows, and threw a few kicks of his own, but Aerts was always better with the counters, and planted some good punches of his own, while Mo missed repeatedly with his signature overhand right. Like LeBanner before him, the ageless Aerts was at the top of his game, and early in the second put a middle kick in that dropped Mo to the canvas, wincing and clutching at his right knee. Mo struggled to beat the count but his feet would not hold him, and Aerts had the win.

Francois "The White Buffalo" Botha of South Africa faced Musashi in the next contest. Among the crew of former boxers who have tested their skill in the K-1 ring, Botha has probably adapted the best. But he had his hands full here against Musashi, a Japanese Seidokaikan Karate fighter who has evolved from also-ran status into one of the best in the sport, finishing second at the K-1 Final the last two years running.

Botha took the center of the ring and led with the jab, his right cocked and waiting, while Musashi circled, firing in the low kicks. Some of these connected solidly, but Botha also clocked Musashi more than once with the right and delivered some good body blows. Musashi stepped in and boxed some in the second, and brought the left kick up nicely here, connecting with Botha's head and midsection, but Botha was otherwise capable on defense. Musashi was seeing Botha's right now, staying out of harm's way while scoring points with his low kicks and a nice left.

In the third Musashi was better with quick combinations, Botha missing again and again with the right. Although Botha's blocking was good throughout, his jabs were the only offence he had going, and these were no match for the power strikes the Japanese fighter threw back. A fairly close fight, with Musashi taking a unanimous decision.

In the battle of the behemoths Main Event, it was American Bob Sapp (200cm/6'7"; 145kg/319lbs) against South Korea's Hong-Man Choi (218cm/7'2";161kg/355lbs). The 24 year-old Choi has plenty of speed for a big guy, and won the K-1 Asian GP in Seoul this year. The always explosive Sapp, meanwhile, overcame his discipline and stamina deficiencies to become this year's improbable Japan GP Champion. Both men stepped into the ring undefeated in K-1 this year.

Both men bulldozed in from the start, flailing punches punches and more punches. This was both a wild fight, and a purist's nightmare as most punches missed, some were blocked, and but a few found their target. Sapp threw a couple of solid low kicks here before the pace slowed down to the point where the two fighters were standing motionless, staring at one another while panting for breath.

The rested combatants started the second round in aggressive fashion, wildly flailing punches punches and more punches. Again, a purist's nightmare as most punches missed, some were blocked, and but a few happened to find their target. And, again there was a slowdown and then more standing and panting, which prompted the referee to call time and remind the fighters that they were here to fight. Obediently, Sapp and Choi resumed wildly flailing punches punches and more punches. And again, most punches missed, some were blocked, while but a few found their target.

In the third, both fighters recommenced wildly flailing punches punches and more punches. But there ensued a sloppy clinch, from which Choi brought a knee up squarely to Sapp's face. This was the decisive blow. A stung Sapp turned away and as Choi pursued him Sapp was assessed a standing count. His nose badly bloodied, Sapp showed some spunk after resumption, varying his attacks somewhat and managing to get a knee of his own up on his opponent, but Choi fought through to finish with a win by narrow majority decision.

Again, definitely not a purists' fight, more a war. The crowd was engrossed, and the fighters' battered faces post-bout testified to the brutality of the action.

"I should have used the knees more," said Sapp afterward, "but that's the game. In the end, I beat myself."

Said Choi: "It was a tough fight. So far I've only been working on one-two punch combinations. I will try to learn more for the Tokyo Dome."

Although he was forced to withdraw from the tournament, Four-Time WGP Champion Ernesto Hoost of the Netherlands made the trip to Osaka to deliver a message to his fans:

"I have had an injury to my left leg, the fibula head bone, for almost 2 years now, and it's not getting better. I must be realistic, I turned 40 this year and I'm not getting any younger or stronger, and so at this point I've made the decision not to compete in tournaments anymore. I have not planned my retirement fight yet, because I think I could still do Superfights, but not before the end of this year at the earliest."

There were also a pair of Superfights on the Osaka card:

In a highly-anticipated matchup, Defending WGP Champ Remy Bonjasky met Belorussian challenger Alexey Ignashov, who is coming off a knee injury which prevented him from training properly for almost one year.

Bonjasky started in with low kicks, which Ignashov coolly answered with left straight punches. Ignashov put a good right punch in to the body and a hard knee up midway through the first, all the while using the left jab to control the distance. But the fighters appeared overly cautious through the first, and lack of aggression was to mar the entire bout. In the second Ignashov started with a promising hard low kick before the fight again settled into a minimal strike-and-counter pattern. Ignashov worked the body again here, and there were a few good kicks from both men, but neither mounted sustained pressure.

Bonjasky boxed in the third, keeping his guard high and affording Ignashov little opportunity to work anything but low kicks. Given that these two are counted among the hardest and most creative kickers in the sport, this was another relatively listless round. Judges didn't see a winner and so called for a tiebreaker.

With the fight up for grabs, again, unfortunately, there were long stretches of inactivity in the extra round. Bonjasky was however a little better, initiating more attacks, connecting with a left and following that with a good middle kick. Bonjasky launched one of his flashy flying knees, and although he missed he deserves credit for at least trying. As the round wore on, for his part Ignashov appeared content to let the clock run out. Judges saw Bonjasky as marginally more aggressive and so awarded him the unanimous decision.

"It wasn't my best fight," understated Bonjasky later.

In the other Superfight, Seidokaikan legend Nobuaki Kakuda of Japan tangled with Australian George "The Iron Lion," the brother of famed former K-1 fighter Stan The Man.

Kakuda looked right fit for a 44 year-old, and traded hard low kicks with his opponent in the early going. But midway through the first, The Lion got in with a left straight to the snout to score a down, and kept the pressure up through the end of the round. In the second, Kakuda fed The Lion a few good fists and was alert with his evasions. The third saw an agile Kakuda put the Aussie off-balance with a left straight and work the right to effect. But that was not enough to overcome the down, and judges unanimously scored the contest in favor of The Lion.

In an undercard fight, Alexandre Pitchkounov of Russia used tight combinations to beat French fighter Rani Berbachi by unanimous decision.

The World Grand Prix 2005 Final Elimination in Osaka attracted a crowd of 31,800 to the Osaka Dome. It was same-day broadcast in Japan on the Kansai and Fuji TV network, in South Korea on MBS ESPN and in New Zealand on TVNZ. There will be delayed-broadcasts on Eurosport across Europe, Viasat in Scandinavia, ITV in the UK and Astro in Malaysia. For scheduling information in these and other locations, check with local providers.

See the K-1 Official website ( for the official results.

Source: Maxfighting


Quote of the Day

"The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the wall of our own homes."

Harold B. Lee, 1899-1973, American Clergyman

Fighters' Club TV Episode 33 Tonight!

This episode will run on
September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at our new time:
9:30pm, Tuesday nights on Channel 52 (Olelo-Oahu).

Maui will receive a copy of the
show in the next week so check your local listing on Akaku.

Episode 33 features:

Highlights from "Lockdown in Paradise"
-Paco Woods vs Adam Ah Sue
-Trenell Savant Young vs Kendall Groves (+ intvw w/ Savant)
-Jumar Dumaoal vs Eha Souza
-Isaac Kuikahi vs Jeremy Payet
-Ronald "The Machine Gun" Jhun vs Jay Heiron (+intvw w/ Jay)
-Fabiano Iha vs (+intvw w/ Fabiano)
-Intvw w/ Lockdown Promoter Braddah Camanse
-and let's not forget some cool footage of the "Ainokea" Ring girls

Technique of the Week:
-Mike Tanaka of Kalakaua Boxing Club teaches the uppercut

Catching up w/ Egan Inoue
-How's he doing? Where's he been? What are his plans for the future?
All those questions answered in this great intvw. Plus, a sneak peak
at his women's self-defense class

And, Hawaii's favorite FCTV hosts "hamming it up", Mike "Icon" Onzuka,
and Mark "T.O.G.--the other guy" Kurano

Questions, Comments, Suggestions? Email us at:
[email protected]

We're also looking around for some talented young lady who may want to
take a shot at co-hosting a segment so please keep an eye out for
us--resumes (w/ pics please--nothing fancy) to:
[email protected] (yes,
he also got dat job mon)

Seminar with Roberto Atalla
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt
3X World BJJ Champion
Founding member of Rio Grappling Club

Saturday Sunday

October 1, 2005 October 2, 2005

3 PM – 6 PM 3 PM – 6PM

Passing the Guard (Gi ) Submission Escapes (No Gi)

$40 each day or both days for $60

Seminar Location

Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu

23 S. Kamehameha Hwy., #204


Contact: Wyman 216-4852

DSE 'PRIDE Bushido Vol. 09 – PRIDE GRAND PRIX 2005 Lightweight Tournament & PRIDE GRAND PRIX 2005 Welterweight Tournament'
September 25th, 2005
At Ariake Coliseum

Since I don't see Bushido being played in InDemand anytime soon, here are the results.


1st Fight – Welterweight GP Reserve Match – 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Ryuta Sakurai (Japan / R-GYM / DEEP middleweight champion) vs. Paulo Filho (Brazil / Brazilian Top Team)

Winner: 1R 3'49' Paulo Filho by Tapout (armbar)

2nd Fight – Welterweight GP Quarter-final – 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Akihiro Gono (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Daniel Acacio (Brazil / Chute Boxe Academy)

Winner: 2R Akihiro Gono by Decision (3-0)

3rd Fight - Welterweight GP Quarter-final – 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Dan Henderson (U.S.A. / Team QUEST / 2000 KOK champion) vs. Ryo Chonan (Japan / Team M.A.D.)

Winner: 1R 0'22' Dan Henderson by KO (punch)

4th Fight - Welterweight GP Quarter-final – 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Phil Baroni (U.S.A. / Hammer House) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa (Japan / Freelance)

Winner: 2R Ikuhisa Minowa by Decision (3-0)

5th Fight - Welterweight GP Quarter-final – 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Masanori Suda (Japan / CLUB J / Shooto light-heavyweight champion) vs. Murilo Bustamante (Brazil / Brazilian Top Team / former UFC middleweight champion)

Winner:1R Murilo Bustamante by Tapout (arm lock)

6th Fight – Lightweight GP Reserve Match - 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Dokonjonosuke Mishima (Japan / MMA Dojo Cobra-kai / DEEP lightweight champion) vs. Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett (U.S.A. / Freelance)

Winner:1R Dokonjonosuke Mishima by Tapout (knee bar)

7th Fight - Lightweight GP Quarter-final - 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai (Japan / Mach Dojo / former Shooto middleweight champon) vs. Jens Pulver (U.S.A. / Team Extreme / former UFC lightweight champion)

Winner: 1R Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai by TKO (referee stoppage - punches on the ground)

8th Fight - Lightweight GP Quarter-final - 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Joachim Hansen (Norway / Team Scandinavia / former Shooto welterweight champion) vs. Yves Edwards (U.S.A. / Third Column)

Winner: 2R Joachim Hansen Decision (2-1)

9th Fight - Lightweight GP Quarter-final - 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Takanori Gomi (Japan / Kiguchi Wrestling School / former Shooto welterweight champion) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japan / Team TOPS / Shooto welterweight champion)

Winner:1R Takanori Gomi by Referee Stoppage (rear naked choke)

10th Fight - Lightweight GP Quarter-final - 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Naoyuki Kotani (Japan / Rodeo Style) vs. Luiz Azeredo (Brazil / Chute Boxe Academy)

Winner: 1R 0'14' Luiz Azeredo by KO

11th Fight – Lightweight GP Semi-final 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Akihiro Gono (Japan / GRABAKA) vs. Dan Henderson (U.S.A. / Team QUEST / 2000 KOK champion)

Winner:1R Dan Henderson by KO

12th Fight - Welterweight GP Semi-final 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Ikuhisa Minowa (Japan / Freelance) vs. Murilo Bustamante (Brazil / Brazilian Top Team / former UFC middleweight champion)

Winner:1R Murilo Bustamante by TKO (doctor stoppage)

13th Fight - Lightweight GP Semi-final 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R

Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai (Japan / Mach Dojo / former Shooto middleweight champon) vs. Joachim Hansen (Norway / Team Scandinavia / former Shooto welterweight champion)

Winner: 2R Hayato 'Mach' Sakurai by Decision

14th Fight - Lightweight GP Semi-final 10 min / 1R & 5 min / 2R
Takanori Gomi (Japan / Kiguchi Wrestling School / former Shooto welterweight champion) vs. Luiz Azeredo (Brazil / Chute Boxe Academy)

Winner: 2R Takanori Gomi by Decision

'Gomi vs Mach & Henderson vs. Bustamante on New Year's Eve!'

Kickin It 2005 Part V Results
Pagoda Hotel Ballroom, Honolulu, Hawaii
September 24, 2005
By Chris Onzuka -
[email protected]

The premier kickboxing event returned to the landmark Pagoda Hotel with two championship fights and featured some of Hawaii’s best amateur kickboxers from a number of gyms around the island. The event was sold out and was bursting at the seams with a standing room only crowd. The Bull’s Pen two rising stars Tim Lapitan and Lorenzo Moreno looked impressive and two fighters to keep an eye on, with Moreno (no relation to Mark and Marcus) scoring a vicious knockout victory over a tough Kaika Choyfoo. Tony Pereira and Bruce Niimoto met in the ring again for an action packed fight. The fight was kicked up a notch when the bell ending the second round was not heard by Bruce Niimoto, so he kept fighting. Pereira’s father, who was more than twice the size of Niimoto, rushed in the ring and slammed Niimoto to the ground. That was quickly broken up and addressed by the promoters as matches involving family members can get overly emotional at times. Chad Pavao and Jumar Dumalao went to war with great exchanges throughout the fight. The match was very close, but Pavao edged out Dumalao to retain his title. The main event featured a bout that has been postponed a number of times for various reasons. Balicao is the Super Lightweight Champion and has dominated his opponents. Lee looked to take the edge off of Balicao by turning the fight into a brawl, but Balicao maintained his composure and showed off his quick hands and counter punching abilities. Balicao looked to make short work of Lee, except for the fact that Ryan Lee was all heart in the third round and took Balicao to a decision. It was a great night of fights with the next event scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend with every champion defending their title and the introduction of a Semi-Pro division, so that the professional fighters can enter the mix and bring the event to the next level.

110-120 lbs.
Justin Piamonte (Animal House) Def. Shane Dulatre (413)

Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

160-165 lbs.
Ben Rodrigues (HSD) Vs. Jerry Saribay (Bull’s Pen)

155-160 lbs.
Tim Lapitan (Bull’s Pen) Def. Kea Demello (Animal House)

Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

140-145 lbs.
Shaison Laupola (Jesus Is Lord) Def. Edmund Li (HMC)

KO in Round 2.

180-185 lbs.

Nai Delasantos (Team Soljah) Def. Stephen Adamstein (Team Mixbreed)

TKO in Round 3.

140-145 lbs.
Bino (Team Mixbreed) Def. Jarrid Santos (Bull’s Pen)

Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (30-27)] after 3 rounds.

130-135 lbs.
Nui Wheeler (Team Soljah) Def. Jay Bolos (Animal House)

Unanimous decision [(30-27), (30-27), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

155-160 lbs.

Brandon Absher (HSD) Def. Marcus Marino (Bull’s Pen)

Unanimous decision [(30-26), (29-28), (29-27)] after 3 rounds.

120-125 lbs.

Vern Kapoi (HMC) Def. Darryl Labrador (HSD)

Unanimous decision [(29-28), (29-28), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

145-150 lbs.
Zack Rapaul (Waianae Kickboxing Club) Def. Kevin Delima (Bull’s Pen)

Unanimous decision [(29-28), (29-28), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

200-205 lbs.
Ron Verdadero (Jesus Is Lord) Def. Junior Chavez (HSD)

KO in Round 3

120-125 lbs.
Tony Pereira (Waianae Kickboxing Club) Def. Bruce Niimoto (413)

Split decision [(30-27), (28-29), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

155-160 lbs.
Lorenzo Moreno (Bull’s Pen) Def. Kaika Choyfoo (Jesus Is Lord)

KO in Round 1.

135-140 lbs.
Chad Pavao (HSD) Def. Jumar Dumalao (808 Fight Factory)

Pavao retains his title.

Split decision [(28-29), (30-27), (29-28)] after 3 rounds.

Main Event

Super Lightweight Championship
136 -141 lbs.

David Balicao (HSD) Def. Ryan Lee (Bull’s Pen)
Unanimous decision [(30-26), (30-26), (30-26)] after 3 rounds.

4 Factions a Fight Fan Should Know

In the world of professional MMA fighting it pays to have good training partners in your gym and in your corner. There are so many fighters out there right now that it is hard to really grasp who’s on what team and training with who. MaXfighting breaks down four of the top teams that you should know about, if you are a fan of American MMA.

1. Miletich Martial Arts

Pat Miletich heads up this hard-hitting list of fighters whose training methods are legendary. Miletich fighters are known for fighting through injuries, their brutal striking ability, and being extremely explosive grapplers who are dangerous on the ground. Probably, the most famous of all of these fighters is Matt Hughes, the current UFC welterweight champion and a coach on the Ultimate Fighter Season 2 on Spike TV. Hughes is a ridiculous 37-4-0 in his professional career and is a living legend in the UFC. Miletich himself was a UFC title holder, as was Jens Pulver who conquered the now defunct UFC 155 lbs division. On top of that, Tim Sylvia held the Heavyweight title to make them one of the most dominat teams ever to compete in the UFC.

Members you might already know: Matt Hughes, Pat Miletich, Jens Pulver, Tim Sylvia, and Robbie Lawler.

Full Roster : Jason Black, Laverne Clark, Emily Fisher, Spencer Fisher, Tony Fryklund, Sam Hoger, Mark Hughes, Matt Hughes, Adrienna Jenkins, Robbie Lawler, Ryan McGivern, Jason Medina, Pat Miletich, Josh Neer, Joe Pierson, Jens Pulver, Ben Rothwell, Tim Sylvia, and Ron Turcsak.

2. Team Quest

Team Quest out of Gresham, Oregon is headed up by UFC legend and multi-time UFC Champion “The Natural” Randy Couture. There have been many notable names to come out of this camp but Randy is the most famous and widely respected competitor out of the bunch. A lot of fighters owe their success to their training with Team Quest and guidance from Randy Couture and co-founder of the team, and multi-time UFC title contender Matt Lindland. Team Quest has also fielded a couple of TUF contestants in Chris Leben and Nate Quarry, in Season one when Randy himself coached on the series. The team is most known for its strong grappling, as Couture was 3x National Greco/Roman Wreslting Champion, and Lindland was an Olympic Silver medalist. And of course there is Rulon Gardner, most known for breaking the undefeated Russian Alexandre Kareline, to capture Olympic gold.

Members you might know : Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Chris Leben, Rulon Gardner, and Nate Quarry.

Full Roster : Randy Couture, Dennis, Davis, Rulon Gardner, Dan Henderson, Ed Herman, Matt Horwich, Chris Leben, Matt Lindland, Buck Meredith, Nate Quarry, Art Santore, Ryan Schultz, Heath Sims, Chael Sonnen, Brian Stromberg, Jay White, and Chris Wilson.

3. Meat Truck Inc.

Rich “Ace” Franklin is the current UFC middleweight champion and the most notable of the Meat Truck fighters. Training with TUF season 2 star Jorge Gurgel, legendary personal trainer Billy Rush, and TUF season 1 contestant Josh Rafferty has vaulted Rich to superstardom in the UFC and with fans worldwide. Meat Truck has slowly put together a roster of winning fighters who train just as hard as any other camp. Recently, they have seen quite a few UFC fighters walk through their doors in the past few months wanting to get themselves ready for their next fight in the octagon.

Members you might know : Rich Franklin, Jorge Gurgel, Josh Rafferty, and TUF 2 contestant Kerry Schall.

Full Roster : Rich Franklin, Jorge Gurgel, Steve Martin, Michael Patt, Josh Rafferty, Neal Rowe, Billy Rush, Kerry Schall, and Maurice Walker.

4. American Kickboxing Academy

King of the Cage heavyweight champion Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello is the most recognizable name of this fight team although Mike Swick might take exception to that statement, being a TUF season 1 contestant along with teammate Bobby Southworth. Many fighters on this team have seen great success in their career due to the quality of people that they surround themselves with. Orginally associated with Frank Shamrock, the team had a head start in developing its training processes. Now headed by UFC veteran "Crazy" Bob Cook, the team is one of the hottest in the business. Buentello has a title shot on October 7th which may mean that they could be bringing yet another title home if Paul can stop Andrei Arlovski like he has his other UFC opponents.

Members you might know : Paul Buentello, Mike Swick, Josh Thompson, and Trevor Prangley.

Full Roster : Hannibal Adofo, Paul Buentello, Richard Crunkilton, Brian Ebersole, Alex Khanbabian, Pat Minihan, Richard Montoya, Trevor Prangley, WWE Tough Enough winner Daniel Puder, Sammy Sleezer, Mike Swick, Josh Thomson, Christian Wellisch, and Eric Wray.

Source: Maxfighting


Quote of the Day

"Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself."

Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born Activist and Novelist

PRIDE Fighting Championships Hawaii Showing

Channel 226 FSWH

Channel 226 FSWH

Source: Oceanic Cable

Rumble On The Rock Goes To Maui!

Rumble World Entertainment heads to Maui on Friday October 7, 2005 at the Lahaina Civic Center.

Cabbage Correira VS Ron Rumpf

Scott Junk VS Bobby Hoffman
(Fight of the Night for sure!)

Kendall Groves VS Jay Carter

Mike Aina VS Albert Rios

Sonny Boy Kaanana VS Bryse Martines

Paco Woods VS Lorrin Ishimine

Brandon Visher VS Jamar Dumalo

More Fights to Come!

Source: Rumble World Entertainment

UFC 56: Full Force
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Saturday, November 19, 2005

UFC Middleweight Title Bout
Rich Franklin (Champion) vs. TBA (Challenger)

UFC Welterweight Title Bout
Matt Hughes (Champion) vs. TBA (Challenger)

Source: MMA Fighting

Black Belt Magazine's Top 5 Martial Arts Films

Martial Arts Film Festival
After 16 classic films in three days, the top 5 Films are:

1. Enter the Dragon (Warner)

2. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Celestial Pics./Shaw Bros.)

3. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Miramax)

4. The New One-Armed Swordsman (Celestial Pics./Shaw Bros.)

5. The Matrix (Warner)

Source: Black Belt Magazine's Newsletter

by Mick Hammond

If there is one fight that could produce a stunning finish in Pride’s Bushido Welterweight GP it could be the match between Ryo Chonan and Dan Henderson. Both fighters have gone into the majority of their fights with the strategy of standing first, then going to the ground if need be. Both have shown solid power and for the most part both have shown they can take a shot. It’s where the two differ and how well each can withstand the strengths of their opponent that will decide who moves onto the second round and possibly the finals in Pride’s attempt to crown their first ever champion at 183lbs.

For Dan Henderson this tournament represents his chance at redemption. For the better part of the past few years he’d always seemed like he was one step away from a title shot but never quite got there. Then earlier this year when he had a chance at Pride’s Middleweight GP he made a most unexpected quick exit in the first round of his fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

It wasn’t always “close but no cigar” for Henderson. When he debuted in 1997 Henderson took a Brazil Open 4-man tournament title and followed that up by winning UFC 17’s middleweight tournament. These two tourney victories quickly established this original member of Team Quest as one of the top fighters in the world.

Next, thanks to his performances in the Open and the UFC, Henderson was invited to the Rings King of Kings 1999 tournament and took the title winning all five of his matches. On his way to this victory he defeated Hiromitsu Kanehara, Gilbert Yvel, Renato Sobral, and handed future Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira his first loss ever.

After losing his Pride debut to Wanderlei Silva, Dan rebounded taking his next three wins in a row before running into a roadblock on his way towards another showdown with Silva. Matched up with Ricardo Arona and rematched with Rodrigo Nogueira in consecutive fights, Dan suffered two straight defeats that placed his contender status up in the air again.

Upon winning his next four in a row, it became clear again that Henderson deserved an opportunity to challenge for a title, thus he was included in Pride’s 2005 Middleweight GP. But for the third time in his last four matches against the BTT, Henderson couldn’t escape defeat as Nogueira finished him off with an arm bar 8 minutes into their fight.

So the question remains, can Henderson become a champion in Pride where it seems he cannot match up to past glory? With the inception of the 183lb division Dan has possibly his best shot ever to answer that question. No longer being forced to face heavier competition, Hendo now has a more level playing field and with his power and wrestling ability he becomes an early favorite to take the first ever Pride Welterweight Championship.

Standing in Henderson’s way is possibly Japan’s best hope in the winning the tournament, Ryo Chonan, and if past performance is any forbearer of what could come, it could be Chonan’s tournament to lose.

At 10-5 heading into the tournament you would think that Chonan wouldn’t be a favorite, but he is. Even though he’s had at times an inconsistent career, he’s perfectly capable of putting together all his tools and making a serious run of multiple wins in a row.

It is because of his varied skills that Ryo has been able to succeed more often than not. After losing three of his first six bouts in MMA, including a loss to fellow Welterweight GP participant Masanori Suda, Chonan turned his career around winning his next three straight, earning his way into Pride’s revamping Bushido series.

After losing his first bout in Pride to then Middleweight King of Pancrase Ricardo Almeida, Chonan won his next four bouts with wins over Pride vets Carlos Newton, Anderson Silva, and Nino Schembri. In particular Chonan’s wins over Newton and Silva made him a fan favorite in Japan. Against Newton, Chonan survived a deadpan arm bar to come back to blast Newton with a ton of shots on his way to a win. Then against Silva he pulled off one of the most talked about submissions of the year when he segued from a scissors takedown into a heel hook.

Dubbed one of Bushido’s “Four Aces,” Chonan perhaps let his overconfidence become the better of him as he stood and traded with “New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni at Bushido 8 and got knocked out for the first time in his career. Looking to rebound after the devastating loss, Chonan now sets his sites on another American in Dan Henderson as Ryo looks to become the first Japanese fighter to win a title in Pride’s 8 year history.

With both Hendo and Ryo you get fighters who love to stand and trade. While Chonan is more of a complete striker using both hands and legs effectively, Dan represents pure power with his trademark overhand right. If Chonan isn’t willing to exchange shots with the heavy-handed Henderson, look for Ryo to try to get Dan to the ground for a submission, but it won’t be easy. Henderson is one of the best wrestlers in Pride and unless Chonan can pull another slick submission similar to the one he caught Silva with, he may not be able to take Dan down.

As the race to determine Pride’s first champion at 183lbs heats up, both Henderson and Chonan look to have a big role in determining just who gets the belt. No matter what, whoever wins this bout will be considered a favorite not only to make it to the finals, but win the whole tournament. With pressure like that and Pride’s mandate to be exciting and put on a good fight this could be a proverbial barn burner as both Henderson and Chonan look to guarantee themselves a spot at Shock Wave 2005.

Source: MMA Weekly

by Ivan Trembow

The war between the UFC and World Wrestling Entertainment continues to heat up, as the two entities will compete head-to-head with each other on different cable channels for the first time on Monday, October 3rd.

USA Network and WWE have put a huge, multi-million-dollar advertising campaign behind the October 3rd return of WWE Raw to USA Network, which is being billed as "WWE Homecoming."

By contrast, there has been a conspicuous lack of advertising or even acknowledgement that the UFC's October 3rd live fight special even exists. The special was just announced by Spike TV on Wednesday, September 21st, less than two weeks before it is scheduled to take place. There is no way to measure how severely the October 3rd live fight special has been damaged by this glaring lack of promotion.

Working in the UFC's favor is the fact that WWE is not allowed to display or say the words "USA Network" on the last remaining episodes of WWE Raw that air on Spike TV. So, for the many people who only see the "WWE Homecoming" commercials on WWE television, they are being bombarded with commercials that say, "WWE Homecoming- October 3rd," as opposed to seeing commercials that say, "WWE Homecoming- October 3rd on USA Network." It remains possible that WWE will violate its agreement with Spike TV by mentioning the words "USA Network" on the final episode of Raw that airs on Spike TV, but there are currently no plans within WWE to do so.

Tension with WWE Leads to Spike TV Having a Change in Attitude

Tension between WWE and Spike TV has been building for years. This tension has been stronger than ever in recent weeks, as Vince McMahon is said to have "flipped his lid" and "gone nuts" with multiple headset-throwing tempter tantrums (as first reported by the Wrestling Observer) upon seeing that Spike TV is advertising a competing pro wrestling organization (NWA-TNA) during WWE's own TV show, and is also continuing to air commercials during WWE Raw about the UFC being a "real sport" with "real athletes."

Spike TV has also been firm with WWE in stressing the 11:08 PM cut-off time for WWE Raw on Monday nights. While Raw went over that time limit to as late as 11:10 PM on four separate occasions during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Spike TV has made it clear that it is no longer going to grant WWE any wiggle room in that timeframe. If WWE Raw is still taking place on any given week when the clock strikes 11:08 PM Eastern Time, Spike TV has made it clear that the show will be cut off regardless of what is happening at that moment, the screen will fade to black, and The Ultimate Fighter will begin airing as scheduled.

Several months ago when Spike TV cut off all negotiations with WWE for a contract renewal between the two parties (a move that cost WWE millions of dollars in lost negotiating leverage with USA Network), the attitude within Spike TV is that they would not try to compete directly with WWE for the same demographic in the 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM timeslot on Monday nights. Instead, the network would move TUF to Saturday nights and would air repeats of "CSI" and "CSI: New York" head-to-head with Raw on Monday nights, as the CSI shows draw from a completely different demographic and would not likely be damaged by going head-to-head with Raw.

That attitude changed at some point in the past month, prompting Spike TV to test the waters with a live UFC special on Monday night, October 3rd. In addition to the mounting tension with WWE, Spike TV may have been emboldened when The Ultimate Fighter, in its latenight timeslot, actually drew a higher rating than WWE Raw in the 25-to-34-year-old male demographic on Monday night, August 29th.

Indeed, the timeline of events would seem to support this assertion, as the Wrestling Observer reports that Spike TV initially contacted the UFC on Thursday, September 1st, and asked if the UFC could put together a live fight special that would take place on October 3rd.

The UFC was not about to turn down all of the programming rights fees and advertising revenue that it generates every time it has a show on Spike TV, so the UFC agreed to Spike TV's request and had tentatively put together a complete fight card by the end of the day on Saturday, September 3rd, just two days after Spike TV's request.

UFC and WWE Play a High-Stakes Game of "Chicken"

For the past several weeks, Spike TV and the UFC have played a constant game of one-upsmanship with USA Network and WWE, which has been documented extensively by MMAWeekly and also by the Pro Wrestling Torch.

Shortly after WWE management learned that Spike TV was planning to air a live UFC special on October 3rd, WWE made its October 3rd show into a huge event with numerous big-name returns scheduled for one show, despite the fact that they could make more money in the long run by spreading those returns out over the course of a few weeks or months instead of hot-shotting them all in one night. The pro wrestling audience has always followed pro wrestling when it changes nights or networks, so there would be no need for WWE to blow everything in one night if not for the sense of competition with WWE.

It was also announced that the October 3rd episode of Raw would be a special three-hour episode, starting at 8:00 PM instead of the usual 9:00 PM, thus giving WWE a one-hour head-start on the UFC and a chance to hook viewers on something that they feel they can't turn away from. In other words, expect to see Stone Cold Steve Austin and/or Hulk Hogan on the screen right around the time that the UFC's live special is starting at 9:00 PM, in order to discourage Raw's viewers from changing the channel to the UFC.

The response from Spike TV was to schedule a new episode of UFC Unleashed to air at 8:00 PM on October 3rd before the live fight special, thus negating WWE's lead-in advantage. This episode of UFC Unleashed will feature the Forrest Griffin vs. Bill Mahood fight that just took place at UFC 53 in June 2005, as well as the Andrei Arlovski vs. Vladimir Matyushenko fight that took place at UFC 44 in September 2003.

WWE quickly responded by announcing that Raw would actually start at 7:55 PM, thus giving WWE a five-minute head start on the UFC. WWE also added a one-hour "Best of Raw" special that is scheduled to air on October 3rd at 11:05 PM Eastern Time, head-to-head with a new episode of The Ultimate Fighter 2 on Spike TV.

Earlier this week, WWE announced a ridiculous amount of wrestling legends who will be making special appearances on the October 3rd episode of Raw, in addition to the previously announced appearances by Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, Vince McMahon, and Vince McMahon's son-in-law Triple H. In an effort to squash the competition that it will be facing on Spike TV, it was announced that Raw on October 3rd will also feature appearances by wrestling legends such as Rowdy Roddy Piper, Superstar Billy Graham, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Harley Race, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hillbilly Jim, Chief Jay Strongbow, Jimmy Hart, The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Koko B. Ware, and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

On the other hand, because mixed martial arts is a sport as opposed to "sports entertainment," the UFC can't just add an unlimited number of special guest stars to its shows. It's quite the opposite in this case, as the UFC special will undoubtedly be damaged by the loss of Stephan Bonnar to a broken hand suffered in training, as Bonnar would have been the UFC's #1 ratings draw on that night.

On Wednesday of this week, Spike TV countered yet again in this continuing game of, "Can you top this?" by announcing that the aforementioned new episode of UFC Unleashed will actually air at 7:00 PM on October 3rd, followed by a "UFC Ultimate Knockouts" special at 8:00 PM.

So, unless WWE fires back once again, the five-hour UFC programming block will begin approximately 55 minutes earlier than the WWE programming block on October 3rd.

As of right now, here is the schedule on October 3rd for the two competing line-ups:

UFC on Spike TV, October 3rd (All Times Eastern)

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM: New episode of UFC Unleashed

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM: UFC Ultimate Knockouts

9:00 PM to 11:05 PM: Live airing of UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2

11:05 PM to 12:05 AM: New episode of The Ultimate Fighter 2

WWE on USA Network, October 3rd (All Times Eastern)

7:55 PM to 11:05 PM: Special three-hour-and-ten-minute-long "Homecoming" episode of WWE Raw

11:05 PM to 12:05 PM: Best of Raw special

Ratings Expectations for October 3rd

In terms of the head-to-head ratings battle between the UFC and WWE, there is nobody on either side of this battle who is expecting the UFC to match WWE in overall ratings, or to even come close to doing so.

Instead, the hope within Spike TV and the UFC (and the fear within WWE) is that the UFC can take a significant chunk of WWE's young male demographic, while also maintaining the same overall rating that live UFC fight specials on Spike TV have drawn when they're not going head-to-head with WWE.

Spike TV has aired live UFC fight specials on two previous occasions, with events on Saturday, April 9th and Saturday, August 6th of this year. Those events drew overall ratings of 1.9 and 1.5, respectively. If the UFC's two-hour live special from 9:00 PM to 11:05 PM on Monday, October 3rd can still draw a rating somewhere in the range of 1.5 to 1.9, despite the fact that it will be going head-to-head with a mega-hyped edition of WWE Raw, that will be considered a huge success.

On the other hand, if the live UFC special draws a rating somewhere in the range of 1.0 to 1.4, it will be considered a mild disappointment by Spike TV. Finally, if the UFC special draws a rating that is under 1.0, it will be embarrassing for Spike TV as a whole, and particularly for Spike TV president Doug Herzog, who made the decision to put the UFC head-to-head with Raw on WWE's first night back on USA Network.

The Long-Term Schedule After October 3rd

As mentioned in this article and as chronicled previously on MMAWeekly, Spike TV originally planned to move UFC programming to Saturday nights as soon as WWE left the network to go back to USA Network. The plan was to have a Saturday night schedule with UFC Unleashed at 8:00 PM, new episodes of The Ultimate Fighter 2 at 9:00 PM, and another episode of UFC Unleashed at 10:00 PM, all of which would serve as a strong lead-in to the "TNA Impact" pro wrestling show at 11:00 PM on which Tito Ortiz is expected to be a featured attraction.

Now, those plans have changed. Not only will a new episode of The Ultimate Fighter air in its normal timeslot (Monday at 11:05 PM) on October 3rd, but the Wrestling Observer is reporting that Spike TV currently plans to keep new episodes of TUF 2 in that same timeslot for the remainder of the season. Those plans are tentative, and could change based on the results of the ratings battle that is going to take place on October 3rd.

As of right now, Spike TV management has convinced itself that it's a good idea to continue airing new episodes of TUF 2 on Monday nights at 11:05 PM, with the reasoning being that viewers who are used to watching The Ultimate Fighter after WWE Raw will flip the channel from USA Network to Spike TV every week at 11:05 PM when Raw goes off the air.

As for Spike TV's line-up on Saturday nights, starting on October 8th that line-up will consist of an action movie from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, an episode of UFC Unleashed from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM, a repeat airing of The Ultimate Fighter 2 from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, and TNA Impact from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM.

If the UFC absolutely tanks in the ratings on October 3rd, it's possible that Spike TV could decide to shift the new airing of The Ultimate Fighter every week to the Saturdays at 10:00 PM timeslot that the network currently has booked for TUF repeats every week.

The only thing that has been set it stone by Spike TV at this point is that The Ultimate Fighter 2 will continue to air on both Saturday nights at 10:00 PM, and on Monday nights at 11:05 PM, even after WWE Raw leaves the network. At this point, the only question is which one of those airings will be the new episode every week, and which one will be the repeat every week. Spike TV's advertising sales are flexible enough that the network can afford to make the final decision on this matter depending on how well the UFC performs in the ratings on October 3rd.

In the meantime, a marathon of the first six episodes of The Ultimate Fighter 2 will air on Saturday, October 1st from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM on Spike TV, in a move that Spike TV feels will provide a quality lead-in for the October 1st premiere of TNA Impact at 11:00 PM.

Possible Dates for UFC Live TV Specials in 2006

If Spike TV wanted to run live UFC events on Monday nights a few times per year, in order to capitalize on the pro wrestling audience that is normally watching TV on Monday nights, surely the best nights to do so would be the nights on which WWE Raw is pre-empted, right?

That would seem to make the most sense, and if Spike TV is thinking the same way, then three potential dates for live UFC specials on Spike TV would February 13th, August 28th, and September 4th of 2006.

One of the major reasons that WWE left USA Network for Spike TV several years ago was because of WWE's frustration over being pre-empted three times per year for other programming on USA Network. Now, having been essentially forced to return to USA Network after Spike TV and every other cable network was unwilling to meet its contractual demands, WWE is right back in the same situation it was in several years ago with three pre-emptions per year.

A press release that was put out by USA Network this week discloses that WWE Raw will be pre-empted on Monday, February 13th, 2006 for the network's annual airing of the Westminster Dog Show on USA Network. That just screams to Spike TV, "Put a live UFC special on this date in Raw's timeslot and maybe regular viewers of Raw will watch Spike TV that night instead!" It's not known if Spike TV executives are planning such a move at this point, but it's certainly something that they're going to consider at some point.

In addition, USA Network will pre-empt WWE Raw on Monday, August 28th, 2006 and again on Monday, September 4th, 2006 for its annual coverage of the US Open tennis tournament. Logic would dictate that either of these two dates would be ideal for a live UFC special from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Again, nothing has been decided by Spike TV on this matter, but don't be surprised if you see it happen.

Source: MMA Weekly


The following is an interview Dana White did back in 2001, only four days after Zuffa finalized the purchase of the UFC from SEG

It's interesting to see how most of the things Dana said have turned out to be the exact opposite (interview by

Interviewer: Who owns Zuffa Corporation?

Dana White: Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta III and Blake Sartini

Interviewer: What is your position with Zuffa?

Dana White: President.

Interviewer: What does Zuffa mean?

Dana White: It's Italian and it means to "fight" or to "scrap".

Interviewer: What other businesses are they associated with?

Dana White: The Station Casinos: Palace Station, Boulder Station, Texas Station, & Sunset Station

Interviewer: Why did you buy the UFC?

Dana White: First and foremost because we're fans. But also because we feel we can take the UFC to where it should've been taken a long time ago.

Interviewer: There has been some negativity about the previous owners…

Dana White: Right. I think Bob (Meyrowitz) burned a lot of bridges. A lot of conflicts. That's what made it tough for him to move forward with it.

Interviewer: So he was difficult to do business with?

Dana White: Very confrontational. You have to look at it like this: He had a company that was doing business with the cable companies and he lost cable. And it was just a constant fight to get it back.

Interviewer: He obviously never got it back. That must be a goal of Zuffa.

Dana White: That is our goal: To get it sactioned in the state of Nevada and get it back on cable.

Interviewer: Are you President of the UFC or Zuffa?

Dana White: Both UFC and Zuffa.

Interviewer: Will the UFC and Zuffa co-exist here at the same Las Vegas location?

Dana White: Correct.

Interviewer: There was already at least one fight card already scheduled, are you going to keep that?

Dana White: Yes. Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City Feb. 23rd, 2001. You won't see too many of our changes right away. You're gonna see some changes in the first UFC but the show was already planned so it's too soon for us to make any real changes.

Interviewer: Taj Mahal is not on an Indian Reservation, why is it allowed there?

Dana White: Because it's been sactioned in New Jersey. In fact, Paul Smith's IFC is holding another event this weekend there as well. That's the key.

Interviewer: There has been alot of talk that the UFC didn't pay very well. Will that change?

Dana White: Right. That's gonna change. See, that's what we really want to change. We're gonna bring back alot of the fighters that left the UFC for that reason and the other reasons that they were chased away.

You have to understand Lorenzo and I.

Lorenzo comes from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, and what do they do? Their job is to look out for fighters. I was a manager, what was my job? To look out for fighters. So we really want to put alot of emphasis on the fighters. The old UFC's emphasis was the UFC. That was the main thing that they wanted to promote and publicize.

We want to create superstars.

Interviewer: When will the UFC be in Las Vegas?

Dana White: That we don't know. We're working hard and we're hoping within 18 months.

Interviewer: There are other people watching you, other organizations, pulling for you to get the UFC in Las Vegas.

Dana White: The first thing I did when we bought the UFC was call Yukino Kanda from PRIDE. I told her there was always a war between the UFC and PRIDE... I told her the war is over.

Our office staff started clapping and cheering when I made that call.

Then I called Terry Trebilcock from King of The Cage, Paul Smith from IFC. I talked to Jamie Levin from WEF today. Basically, these guys were all at war with each other and I want to work together. The sport of mixed martial arts is fighting so many other foes, whether it's cable companies or political foes, that we need to stick together and work to further the sport.

Interviewer: Will you keep the UFC in Las Vegas once you start holding shows here?

Dana White: Well, I think Las Vegas will become the mecca of mixed martial arts. I mean you can have fights in New Jersey, but it's cold in the winter time. Las Vegas is warm, it has so many other things to see and do, it's cheap. It's a great place to come and visit for a weekend. It's a good excuse to come and watch a fight.

I think that's why the boxing business does so well here. Everybody's looking for an excuse to go to Vegas

Interviewer: You can no longer manage fighters, right?

Dana White: Right. That's been a big issue with us and it's a big issue right now. Anybody who's involved in the promoting part of the UFC has to pick one or the other. Either they promote or manage but you don't do both. It's totally unethical and a conflict of interest.

If you have a guy that's getting paid to set up the fight and getting paid from his fighter's pay as well, it’s not right.

Interviewer: Who's going to take over Tito (Ortiz)?

Dana White: A gentleman named Jim Gallo has taken over Tito and Chuck Liddell. He's an attorney here in Las Vegas. Smart guy, good guy, fair guy. And Tito and Chuck love him.

Interviewer: Is he familiar with the fight game?

Dana White: Yes. He's one of the best contract lawyers as far as puting contracts together. And kicking promoters' asses. He's good.

Interviewer: Who will join that stable with Tito and Chuck?

Dana White: Jim Gallo has some pretty decent boxers, and I think Alfonso Alcarez, a mixed martial arts fighter, will be joining them. Alcarez and Jens Pulver fought to a draw. He's a tough little guy. Look for him and Pulver to fight again soon. Because I'm sure Pulver would love that fight too so he could redeem the only bad mark on his UFC record.

There's a fighter out of Texas, Yves Edwards that will join Gallo also.

Interviewer: So Gallo will continue to represent both MMA and boxers?

Dana White: Yes.

Interviewer: What big names do you want to bring back to the UFC?

Dana White: (Smiling) I've talked to a lot of them already. I'd love to see Mark Kerr back. I'd love to see Coleman back, Frank Shamrock, Ken Shamrock if he's interested in fighting still.

Interviewer: Those are definitely some names...

Dana White: (Smiling really big) ...And my main goal, the main guy I want to get together with. Even if I have to co-promote with PRIDE, and we don't have a problem with co-promoting, they do it in boxing... is Sakuraba.

Interviewer: Will he come here? Because I heard he doesn't like to fight outside Japan.

Dana White: I think he will. I think we can work out a deal with Yukino over at Dream Stage (PRIDE's parent company). Besides, money talks.

But, Yukino and PRIDE really want Tito. And we really want Sakuraba. So I don't see why we can't work something out. I enjoy working with PRIDE. I respect them, so I don't see a problem.

Interviewer: You've told me Tito doesn't like fighting outside the cage.

Dana White: Right. That's something we'd have to work out in the contract. I don't really think Sakuraba would have a problem with that because he's fought in the UFC before.

Interviewer: Any other Japanese fighters?

Dana White: Sakuraba's the main one. He's the man. Him and Tito would be a dream fight.

Interviewer: Ali - Frazier I, Twenty First Century style.

Dana White: Exactly. Tito currently has the title, so the way I see it: Put Sakuraba and Tito together, and Frank (Shamrock) gets the winner.

Interviewer: That will sell you some pay-per-view.

Dana White: Yes it will.

Interviewer: Any other middleweights you have in mind?

Dana White: Jeremy Horn, Chuck Liddell, Evan Tanner who is fighting Tito in this next UFC, Bustamante.

Interviewer: There's a lot of people in the 199 and under division. What do you see in the heavyweights?

Dana White: Igor, Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and of course our champ Randy Couture.

Interviewer: Do you think Randleman should drop below 200 lbs. and go into that division?

Dana White: I don't know. Fifteen pounds is a lot of weight. It takes a lot out of you. Would Randleman be the same aggressive, powerful fighter he is after losing 15 pounds. Some guys can pull that off and others can't.

Interviewer: Tito does it doesn't he?

Dana White: See, that's a big myth. Everybody talks about Tito's weight dropping. Tito only drops between 10 and 12 pounds for a fight.

Interviewer: PRIDE has it's fighters and the UFC has theirs. Would you be stealing their thunder by signing the PRIDE's fighters for a UFC event?

Dana White: That's what I don't want. It shouldn't be that way. You see PRIDE's fighters are allowed to fight in the UFC, there's no contract restrictions with PRIDE fighters.

There's always been contract restrictions on UFC fighters fighting in PRIDE.

Interviewer: Which is a shame because the money's always been bigger in PRIDE. And that kept the UFC fighters from getting paid more money.

Dana White: I think if we had Igor or Sakuraba fight in a UFC, PRIDE wouldn't have a problem with that as long as it weren't in Japan. It's always been the UFC who wouldn't let the fighters fight in other shows.

Interviewer: That was in the contract? Why?

Dana White: I don't know.

Interviewer: Get a taste of the money and "Leave me forever" or what?

Dana White: I guess. But PRIDE fighters from the U.S. have to travel to Japan for every fight, and that can't be easy even though Tito loves going to Japan. He only has to go there once, twice a year. These guys do it all the time and I know the last time I went to Japan I wasn't right for a week! So I don't how these guys go over there and do it.

Interviewer: Will there be any rules changes in the 'New' UFC?

Dana White: It depends on the commission. I think the only thing that changed in New Jersey was there's no knees on the ground.

Interviewer: What big heavyweight fights do you want in the upcoming cards?

Dana White: You know we have Randy Couture who just regained the Heavyweight Title. He is awesome.

Interviewer: People love that guy. He is so well spoken and in super shape.

Dana White: This guy is such a stud. He's 38-years old. He just came back from like a 3 year layoff, regained the title from an unbelievable guy, and if you saw that fight...

Interviewer: I did.

Dana White: That fight was the perfect example of what I'm talking about of where the sport could go. People want to bad mouth it because they don't understand it, they're uneducated in the sport. You've got two guys who are superb athletes. They went at it, it was a great fight.

Afterwards, Randleman goes up to Couture with the greatest jesture of sportsmanship I've ever seen: Passes the title over to him, congratulates him... it was just amazing. I was actually there and I was glad to be part of something like that.

I think I'd like to see Couture fight any of those guys out there. Any of the 'Top' Dogs. He can hang with any of them

Interviewer: Did you buy the UFC website ?

Dana White: Yes. We will be re-constructing the website and we hope to have our new site up by Feb. 5th. We plan on having a great website. I think our fans are gonna enjoy our website.

Interviewer: What about the UFC logo? Is that gonna stay?

Dana White: No. That's changing. We're gonna have a whole new UFC.

Interviewer: Who's the new logo?

Dana White: We don't know yet. We plan on having that up by Feb. 5th as well.

Interviewer: Who will be your play-by-play and color commentators?

Dana White: We're keeping all the current employees in place right now.

We actually have administrative meetings all week this week. They're all flying out this week to meet with us.

The problem has never been the employees at SEG. It's been the lack of capitol, no cable, burnt bridges. Things like that.

Interviewer: Do you want people to be able to reach you right now?

Dana White: If people want, they can call 702-221-4780

Interviewer: Is your matchmaker still gonna be Perretti.

Dana White: For now, we won't be making any changes.

Interviewer: Anything else you want to discuss or are you ready for dinner?

Dana White: Let's go eat.

Source: Fight Sport


Pride Bushido at Eastside Grill Today!

We have heard that Eastside Grill will be showing Pride Bushido at around 3 pm. I could not find the exact time, but if you want to check it, they may be the only game in town.


Quote of the Day

"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969, 34th President of the United States

Kickin' It Tonight!

The event is totally sold out, so if you were waiting to buy your tickets, it is too late! NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. The next event is going to be bigger and badder around Thanksgiving, so get your tickets early!

WHEN- SEPT. 24, 2005 DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM

















Source: Event Promoter



Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:00pm ET/PT
It's a night of hard-hitting action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. SAMUEL PETER AND MIGUEL COTTO VS. RICARDO TORRES is seen from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant, plus a guest appearance from George Foreman, will be ringside for the event.


It's "bombs' away" at the boardwalk when Wladimir Klitschko and Sam Peter square off. This keenly anticipated match-up presents an exciting opportunity, not only for these two fighters, but also for the Heavyweight Division in general. The "Nigerian Nightmare" Peter exploded onto the boxing scene in December `04 when he sent Jeremy Williams to dreamland via an awe-inspiring one-punch knockout. Impressive, but still very much unproven, Sam represents fresh hope for the future in a division long deprived of greatness. Wladimir Klitschko, whose boxing future has seemed all but over, is determined to resurrect his defunct career. If he is no longer the boxer he used to be, that might be the good news.

Former champ Wlad will battle his own nerves as well as the hard-hitting Peter. Klitschko readily admits that he can be his own worst enemy. Granted, Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster turned out to be about as bad as enemies get. Klitschko had made good headway in the division, besting respectable fighters such as Chris Byrd, a faded Ray Mercer, and a reluctant Jameel McCline, before his stunner of a loss at the hands of golfer/boxer Corrie Sanders. One year and two successful tune-ups later, Wlad crashed and burned again, losing after punching himself out in five rounds against Lamon Brewster. Though Klitschko has racked up several wins since then, those 2 losses have dominated his reputation. In his words: "From nothing to everything, it's a long way. But from everything to nothing it's one step."

Tell that to Samuel Peter. The 25 year old hottest prospect in the division seized the spotlight and gained instantaneous credibility based on a single outing less than a year ago. Still rough around the edges when it comes to technique and possessing a thin resume when it comes to the worthiness of his opponents, the undefeated Peter appears to have the hand speed, firepower and will of a champion. Given the longevity of contemporary heavyweights, Peter could be a household name for years to come.

Almost more exciting than either of its participants, this top notch heavyweight pairing showcases untested talent against a flawed but experienced pugilist. If Wladimir Klitschko finds the underdog role to be comfortable and can avoid getting chopped down by Peter's power shots, he could dominate the scorecards as a head-hunting menace to the shorter slugger. Sam has yet to establish an effective jab, keeping it busy but rarely connecting. Nevertheless, it's not his jab that has brought him to this prizefighting juncture: When Sam Peter's power punches find their mark, there has not been a heavyweight yet who can withstand them. Has Wlad transformed? Is Peter the real item? The answers will make themselves known in t he ring.

Source: HBO

Fight for Respect:
'Chute Boxe vs. Brazilian Top Team'

October 19th, 2005
Pavilhao Atlantico, Lisboa, Portugal

Chute Boxe vs. Brazilian Top Team card

Brazilian magazine 'Tatame' reports that a Chute Boxe vs. Brazilian Top Team card will take place on October 19th in Portugal. The line-up will feature three representatives from each team facing off against each other:

Chute Boxe vs. BTT matchups
(Chute Boxe fighters on left side):
Fabio Silva vs. Roan 'Jucao'
'Jamanta' vs. Alexandre 'Cacareco' Ferreira
Mauricio 'Veio' vs. Paulo Boiko

Source: Fight Sport

By Mick Hammond

With Bushido "The Tournament" quickly approaching, the MMA world is buzzing about what could be the single most intriguing night of action in the lower weight classes ever. Not only will the finals for 183lb welterweight division be set, but the stacked 160lb lightweight division will take one step closer to crowning a champion for the first time in many years.

MMA Weekly spoke to living legend and incomparable Pride commentator Bas “El Guapo” Rutten recently to break down the American hopes in the tournaments and to discuss the present and future of both himself and the Pride Fighting Championships.

MMA Weekly: Bas let’s not waste any time and get right into breaking down some of the fights in the two tournaments starting with the welterweights. First up let’s discuss the match between Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni, tell us your thoughts on this fight.

Bas Rutten: You know what, knowing Minowa and this being a rematch, he’s going to be prepared like a crazy man. Phil knows that of course so he’s going to train real hard too. Hopefully they are going to start this fight like they did in round 2 of the last one, like right away just start slugging it out. I have a feeling that’s going to happen because Minowa doesn’t want to waste any time, I think he’s going to in and going to go real hard and force Phil to keep up with him.

MMA Weekly: So do you feel this fight will share the same outcome as their first match?

Bas Rutten: I don’t know, I really don’t know. The first time, in the first round, Minowa looked real good against Phil. I have to say Phil looked a lot better against Chonan, he looked lighter on his feet and his boxing improved. Saying that I think Phil should take this one again.

MMA Weekly: Next up we have Dan Henderson taking on Ryo Chonan. What do you see for this one?

Bas Rutten: This is a difficult one, very difficult. Dan has knockout power in his overhand right and a good left hook and he’s very hard to take down. Chonan is really good at striking himself but he has to use more of his legs in this fight. Dan doesn’t kick a lot, he kicks, but it’s not to knock people out, it’s more like set ups for his overhand. Chonan is just really tough, he got caught last time by Phil but he can come out with some crazy submissions. If Dan makes one little mistake while he’s in ground ‘n pound, he sits up or something and Chonan pulls him back there are the leg locks because he’s really good at that. I would say that Dan could take this fight because he’s very hard to take down and he will dictate if this fight goes to the ground or not. If he takes this a little bit too light there could be trouble.

MMA Weekly: You mentioned Ryo getting caught by Baroni in his last bout. Do you think that the KO will play at all in Chonan’s mind heading into this fight and could it have any effect on the outcome?

Bas Rutten: Yeah for sure, it’s one of the most difficult things a fighter has to deal with. When you get KO’d in one fight and come back, I have so much respect for those guys, especially the ones that come back and get a victory by KO, those are the real guys. I believe that for Chonan, he’s got true warrior spirit, I think it won’t be a problem. As long as it doesn’t get in his head and he starts thinking “what if?” Once he starts that, it’s bad, you fill your head with negative thoughts and you won’t be able to concentrate clearly on the fight.

MMA Weekly: So who do you see making their way to the finals and is there any dark horse that could come out of the 8-man field and surprise people?

Bas Rutten: That’s a very difficult question, I really can’t tell, it’s like the middleweight tournament, there is so much talent in it. Daniel Acacio is on a roll right now, Phil is always dangerous, Minowa if he starts off right away, Chonan is a favorite lately, and Akihiro Gono is so tough also. I can’t tell you, there are eight of the world’s best fighters in there so I cannot make a prediction right now.

MMA Weekly: Heading on to the lightweight tournament now. First up let’s talk about Hayoto “Mach” Sakurai taking on Jens “Little Evil” Pulver.

Bas Rutten: It’s going to be heavy. Sakurai is back in total shape now training with Matt Hume, he’s totally back. Jens Pulver had those losses a few years back but he’s in the groove again. I think this will be a real good fight. If it stands on its feet it should go to Jens.

MMA Weekly: What if this fight goes to the ground? Sakurai is a very accomplished submission fighter and we haven’t seen Pulver go to the ground much in his most recent fights.

Bas Rutten: The Miletich guys do know submissions and how to escape and when you’re going to fight Sakurai I’m sure they’ve worked with ground fighters to prepare. So I don’t see submissions being a problem for Jens if it goes to the ground.

MMA Weekly: Next up we have Yves Edwards, a fighter many claim is the uncrowned Lightweight Champion in the US, taking on Norwegian superstar Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen. Give us your breakdown on this fight.

Bas Rutten: This is going to be a knockout probably, even though Yves surprised us last time with a submission. Joachim has only lost a couple of times and when he lost it was by submission. Yves shows that he’s good on the ground, if he plays his cards right he’ll strike with Hansen and then take him down and he could pull off a submission. If it stays standing it could be the fight of the night, it’s going to be just brutal, they’re both very good.

MMA Weekly: Breaking away from the Americans in the tournament, we have to talk about “Fireball Kid” Takanori Gomi and Tatsuya Kawajiri. How do you think this battle of Japanese superstars will go?

Bas Rutten: This could be a main event this fight, it’s the hometown boys, they don’t want to lose in front of their own crowd, so it’s going to be brutal and a real hard fight. This is the kind of fight that you can’t predict an outcome, all these fights are so well matched up that you can’t really say who’s going to win. What I can say, it’s going to be a war that’s for sure.

MMA Weekly: Neither fighter looked very good in their last bout, do you think because of that they will want to come out and impress early?

Bas Rutten: Fighters are always trying things. In his last fight Gomi probably wanted more power so he hit the weights and bulked up, but he found out in his last fight that it wasn’t good because he got tired, so he won’t make the same mistake this time. Kawajiri in his debut he didn’t look good, but I think now fighting Gomi that he’s familiar with, it will be different.

MMA Weekly: Is there anyone, favorite or underdog, that we can look to make an impact in this show and make it to the finals?

Bas Rutten: Again look at this tournament, there’s so much talent in there. Azeredo gave Gomi his run for his money, Gomi, Kawajiri, Yves Edwards, Sakurai, Jens Pulver, I mean can you pick one? I can’t. Joachim comes in with a bang, he’s on a roll, he’s got a chance, all eight of them do, it’s just the most impossible thing to predict.

MMA Weekly: Tell us how overall important it is for Pride to have these tournaments and secure champions at these weights?

Bas Rutten: I think it’s very important because of separating the weight classes, it’s all about weight nowadays. In the early days it wasn’t, but now it does make a lot of difference. It’s very important for Pride to have these tournaments; the talent involved is unbelievable. I don’t think there’s ever been in the world with two tournaments like this with names like this. What can I say, it’s going to be an unbelievable happening.

MMA Weekly: Getting away from the tournament, tell what kind of impact are you seeing from Pride now being featured on Fox Sports Net?

Bas Rutten: The Fox thing was the best thing that could have happened to Pride. Now the regular people who aren’t normally MMA fans get slowly shown what MMA and Pride is and they see the 50,000 people at a show and are blown away and get interested. If I was seeing it for the first time I would want to get involved in this, it’s a happening. This is what we wanted our whole lives, everybody was working for this. It’s just phenomenal that it’s happening like this. I mean you watch in just one more year, it’s going so fast in the last few years, it’s going to get even bigger.

MMA Weekly: Let’s talk about El Guapo now, I know you’re one of the busiest people in MMA, tell our readers what’s upcoming for you.

Bas Rutten: You know there’s a lot going on with me. There’s the Pride show on Fox every month and the Best Damn Sports Show wants to have me on as a regular. Every month in Japan we have Pride and Bushido, and I have the Bas Rutten MMA System that I do. I’ve got movies, I have to shoot a pilot again, it’s a lot of work, I’ve got a lot of stuff in my head. I’m flying all over the place, I’m going to Japan, when I come back I shoot a part in a movie, I go back to Japan, I come back, I do seminars, and instructor-cons. It’s crazy for me the last six months; I can’t go at this speed anymore. I tell everybody I can do this for a couple of more months but then I’m going to burn out. So I’ve got to really make some good choices about exactly what I’m going to do.

MMA Weekly: Any new products/merchandise we can look forward to in the coming months?

Bas Rutten: Not here soon, but I’ve got the Bas Rutten MMA Workout that’s going to be renewed and it’s going to be really cool, I’ve got some good ideas for that. I’m also writing a book actually, it’s Bas Rutten’s philosophy of life and it’s very funny I think. But that’s going to take a while because I don’t have a lot of time to work on it so I just take it with me in my PDA. Everywhere I go I have moments of what I think is funny, every day something pops up, and I stop the car and I put it in the book. Later on I’m going to take it to a real book editor and actually let them edit it for me because my grammar in English isn’t that good.

MMA Weekly: Sounds great Bas. Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans as we head out?

Bas Rutten: Just keep watching MMA and do not to forget to tune in on the 25th for Bushido because it’s going to be a spectacle, it’s going to be unbelievable. I said it last time after the middleweight tournament, every time we think we cannot top it anymore, and for some reason it happens again, it tops it again. If it happens for the welterweight and lightweight tournament I don’t know how we’re going to top that. Just keep supporting MMA that’s all I’m asking.

Source: MMA Weekly

Minotouro may fight Boxing 4 Brazil

After years dedicated to Jiu-Jitsu, it looks like Rogerio 'Minotouro' has found a new love: Boxing. Training hard with former national team trainer Luis Dorea since 2002, Rogerio showed the world his improvement in the quarter finals of Pride Grand Prix, taking clear advantage in the stand up game over the champion and Muay Thai black belt, Mauricio 'Shogun'. After that fight the Jiu-Jitsu black belt got motivated to take Boxing even more seriously.

'I really believe Rogerio already has the technical level to be on Brazilian national Boxing Team representing Brazil in Pan-American games on 2007' says Dorea, who sent Rogerio for 15 days of training in Cuba with the Brazilian Boxing Team.

'It was an amazing experience. There is nothing fancy, you live to train' guaranteed Minotauro's brother. Very proud with the evolution of his pupil, Dórea, who has participated in many international competitions as Brazilian National Team trainer guarantees: 'Pride is a priority in his life, but if the schedule permits I believe both Rogerio and Vitor Belfort have excellent conditions to be on the Brazilian national team and give us many titles in Boxing' he finishes, adding that he is also taking care of Vitor Belfort's training.

Source: Tatame

To appear on "iMPACT!" on Spike TV

Nashville, TN (September 23, 2005) - has learned that the hottest free agent in mixed martial arts, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz, will be making his return to TNA Wrestling on an upcoming episode of "iMPACT!" on Spike TV!

Ortiz served as the special referee in the main event at May's "Hard Justice" Pay-Per-View, featuring "The Phenomenal" AJ Styles beating Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Heavyweight Title.

Ortiz will be meeting with TNA management and NWA Championship Committee member Larry Zbyszko next week in Orlando to discuss his return to Total Nonstop Action.

Source: MMA Fighting


Quote of the Day

"It is very strange that the years teach us patience-that the shorter our time,
the greater our capacity for waiting."

Elizabeth Taylor, British Movie Actress

Kickin' It Tomorrow!

WHEN- SEPT. 24, 2005 DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM

















Source: Event Promoter

The Icon Sport MMA Radio Show

Be sure tune into another exciting hour of MMA interviews, opinions, and updates on The Icon Sport MMA Show presented by Steinlager Monday morning at 9 a.m on Sports Radio 1420 am KKEA. Our first two shows have been action-packed with guests Dana White, Rich Franklin, Matt Hughes, and the one-and-only Jason "Mayhem" Miller. We've had lots of great listener call-ins already, but we would like more!

Last week the streaming link at had a coding error and did not function properly. We apologize to all of our listeners who were unable to catch the show on-line. KKEA engineers have assured us that the web link is now up and ready. So, if you're stuck at your desk, or if you're one of national/international listeners, listen to the show on your computer.

We encourage all listeners to call the show to answer the daily fan question and speak to our MMA celebrity guests. Local listeners can call (808) 296-1420. Mainland and international listeners can call the toll free line at (866) 400-1420. You can also email the show at
[email protected].

Here's whats on tap for Monday, September 26:

Daily Fan Question: Whose side are you on Hawaii? Niko Vitale or Jason Mayhem Miller.

Daily Mayhem Moment: Another unpredictable talk with Jason "Mayhem" Miller.

Interview: Tom Deragish, owner of Fitness & Nutrition and Military Nutrition, and Maxine Kamanu, fitness model and champion bodybuilder.

Source: Icon Sport


Below are the official and unofficial matchups that are scheduled for the UFC: 'Ultimate Fight Night 2' card on October 3rd.

Evan Tanner vs. David Loiseau
Chris Leben vs. Edwin Dewees
Josh Koscheck vs. Drew Fickett
Fabiano Scherner vs. Brandon Vera
James Irvin vs. TBA
Thiago Alves vs. Spencer Fisher
Brock Larson vs. Jon Fitch
Jay Hieron vs. Jonathan Goulet

Source: Fight Sport

First two matches announced for
Pride Fighting's Fully Loaded

The first two matches have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming event, FULLY LOADED, which is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Monday, October 24th, 2005 at 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT.

Making his return will be Memphis, Tennessee native, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. After a tough loss in the first round of the middleweight tournament to eventual champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Jackson is looking to return to his winning ways and move back into title contention. In his path will be tough PRIDE veteran, Hirotaka Yokoi. This Japanese fighter boasts a record of 10-3 and gave Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira all he could handle in the first round of the heavyweight tournament in 2004.

Also announced is a match up pitting 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.


- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (USA) vs. Hirotaka Yokoi (Japan)
- Makoto Takimoto (Japan) vs. Yoon Dong Sik (Korea)

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

Source: MMA Fighting

Diesel Dropping Down in Weight
By Sean McClure

“Joe Riggs is in the best shape of his life”, says Jorge Gurgel with a smile as we sit and talk at Jorge’s MMA Academy in Middletown, OH.

I was there for a Renato Tavares seminar this weekend and Joe “Diesel” Riggs is currently training there for his upcoming fight with Chris Lytle, not Pete Sell. Riggs, who once weighed in at almost 300 pounds, is now a slim and trim 170 lbs and unable to fight Sell who is a middleweight. As a welterweight Riggs will have the “bigger, stronger” advantage in this fight by default, coming down from the middleweight division. You have to assume that he is hoping to have the same resounding success that Rich Franklin did when he made the jump down beating Evan Tanner at UFC 53 for the Middleweight Championship.

Gurgel and his camp also believe that “Chris Lytle has the best hands in the UFC right now” based off of reports from sources close to Lytle and Riggs is training just as hard on his stand up. This fight should prove to be a memorable one as these two men are some of the UFC’s best stand-up fighters. Complement that with their very good ground games and we gave a war in the making at the Mohegan Sun. Riggs vs. Lytle will take place at UFC 55 on October 7th.

Source: Maxfighting

by Alan Kermorvan

Interviewer: Hi Jerome, how are you? Ready for your next fight? How's the arm?

Le Banner: Hi, I feel great! I'm ready to fight, and my arm is perfectly healed.

Interviewer: What are your thoughts about your upcoming fight against Goodridge?

Le Banner: It's kind of special cause he's a friend, we trained together and I like him. At first I didn't want to fight him... But he had some good results lately and I had to accept. But I'll fight to win, without mercy. Even if he's a nice guy.

I don't talk too much with other K-1 guys cause I have troubles fighting them afterwards. Guys like Hoost and Aerts are friends, I have huge respect for them. I'll never fight them again.

Interviewer: Can you tell us more about Abidi, the fight in Paris, and the disagreement between you two?

Le Banner: First of all I must say something, I hated the way the audience reacted in Bercy. When the whole arena boos a guy when he steps into the ring, it's disgusting. Then they cheered for him after the fight. That's hypocritical. Honestly, it pissed me off, even if I'm not friend with the guy. Jeering him like that, it was really petty.

At first I knew Cyril when we both trained with Ali Sadok.We trained together. Then Cyril went with Roméas, another French promoter, but we still went along well. He did some sparring with me before one of his fights in Switzerland. Then he improved and started being successful in Japan, in some way it was normal we became rivals. Moreover his entourage wasn't really friendly with mine, things have been said in Japan... Of course I share some responsibilities too. I talked. I talk a lot and always speak my mind, without much care for the consequences. But I'm a respectful guy. In some way it's a problem: I say what I think and the day after I think the exact contrary! So it seems I'm contradicting myself. I'm kind of unstable, but apparently I get better with age. At least that's what people tell me.

Anyway, back to Abidi, being the elder and the most experienced I shouldn't have left the situation worsen like that... In the fight Cyril showed he has tons of heart and for that I'll give him a rematch. But I don't like to fight a compatriot. I think Franco-french fights should only happen for a title or at the end of a tournament. As far as I'm concerned the fight completely settled things down and it's time to move on.

Interviewer: Do you think it's your year and that you'll finally win the K-1 Grand Prix?

Le Banner: I don't say anything. I'm superstitious... I can only tell you I'll do everything to win.

Interviewer: You're regarded as the best K-1 fighter never to have won the GP. What do you think about that?

Le Banner: I don't think I'm the most talented. Honestly, I don't question myself about it, I'm not egocentric at all. You'll probably have a hard time believing it but I'm actually kind of shy. I also think the GP isn't everything... You've got the GP champion and K-1 champion, it's two different things.

Interviewer: You often had bad luck in tournaments....

Le Banner: It's true, I was unfortunate during the last K-1 GPs. But you know, luck changes. Of course losing the GP a couple of minutes before the end is infuriating. I was gutted. I cried thinking about my daughter. Inside the ring I knew it was serious, and I knew I would have to get surgery. Back in France, in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, I thought about my daughter. I saw her in the giant screen, she was kissing me, and I broke down. Fuck, I'd have preferred to get knocked out cold.

In some way I knew the bad luck wouldn't stop there. I'm not patient enough. I went back to training too soon. That's the way I am and fuck I don't think it gets any better with time, but in everyday life I'm much calmer.

Interviewer: What are your picks for the Osaka Eliminations? Sefo/Kaoklai...

Le Banner: I have no idea...

Interviewer: LeBanner/Goodridge...

Le Banner: Me by KO.

Interviewer: Sapp/Choi...

Le Banner: Sapp is going to put Choi to sleep. Choi will try to be all over Sapp, and will get countered.

Interviewer: Botha/Musashi...

Le Banner: I think Botha by KO, but I'd like Musashi to win. He's a great guy. Botha is a nice guy too.

Interviewer: Aerts/Mo...

Le Banner: I'd like Aerts to take it, but I don't have any predictions for that fight...

Interviewer: Feitosa/Schilt...

Le Banner: Schilt by decision.

Interviewer: Bonjasky/Ignashov...

Le Banner: Ignashov. I think he'll be back at his best, he can be top level.

Interviewer: Karaev/Hoost...

Le Banner: Hoost by KO (the interview took place before Hoost's withdrawal was announced).

Interviewer: What is your opinion on MMA? Would you like to fight more under those rules?

Le Banner: I like it. I'll fight under MMA rules in New Year's Eve, but I don't know yet against who. I just hope it won't be a can. MMA is less physically traumatizing than K-1, it's more natural. I'd like to fight more in MMA, and if one day there's no big names left in K-1, I'll make the switch.

I was with Fedor not too long ago, and I'll train a few weeks with Red Devil. Dean Lister will also probably come to France in November/December to help me with my ground game. And I'll also work with Bertrand Amoussou. He currently does a lot of great things for mma in France.

Interviewer: Thanks Jerome! Now if you don't mind I'll ask you a few questions from IronLife's members.

Le Banner: Alright, let's go.

Interviewer: About K-1, what is your opinion on Sapp, Choi, Akebono? Is K-1 turning into a circus?

Le Banner: Yes and no, Japanese people like it... And they try to please people of their country first. If you look from an occidental point of view of course it's a different story.

Interviewer: Are you still hungry for a GP title? At what point?

Le Banner: I'm hungry, that's for sure. I still want to deliver. But I'm more focused on doing spectacular fights and giving 100% of myself, I'm not obsessed with the GP.

Interviewer: How do you see the GP this year?

Le Banner: I see Mo in the semis, he has been impressive this year. But I'll be there. He wants to send old men to retirement, but that won't be me!

Interviewer: Will you retire soon? And if so, when?

Le Banner: No. I don't even think about it.

Interviewer: Does K-1 miss Cro Cop, Hunt, and Leko?

Le Banner: No, I think no one is irreplaceable.

Interviewer: What will your strategy be against Goodridge?

Le Banner: Like the first time, rush into him.

Interviewer: Did you ever get in trouble for KO'ing Pettas after the bell?

Le Banner: No, now that I think about it, it was funny. It was at the heart of the action!

Interviewer: What do you like the most, three rounds or five rounds for K-1 fights?

Le Banner: Three rounds is better, the fights are more intense, we can pound away at each other better. I'm a V12, not a diesel!

Interviewer: Why do you fight Goodridge and not Schilt, as it was apparently scheduled before summer?

Le Banner: It's K-1's choice. Schilt was Samy Kebchi's choice (famous french promotor). Kebchi put the cart before the horse and I can tell you I'll never fight for him again. He's not an honest man.

Interviewer: What do you think about the current state of K-1? Do you think there's a lack of talent?

Le Banner: Yes, I think so. The Japanese want fat guys (laughs). That's their business and they don't try to bring it overseas. There's more talent in MMA nowadays. I think money is killing K-1. I had a lot of fights before I could fly in business class.

Interviewer: What was your best fight?

Le Banner: Against Hunt I think, the last two fights we had.

Interviewer: Your current K-1 top 3?

Le Banner: Bonjasky, Mo, and Sefo.

Interviewer: When did you start training?

Le Banner: I started when I was 6 with Judo, then Karate. I started kickboxing at 18 years old (Full Contact).

Interviewer: What does a day of training look like for you?

Le Banner: In the morning I do kickboxing or boxing during 1:30. In the evening I run. I work out twice a week, the rest of the time I walk and do cardio training.

Interviewer: How's your arm? Does it still bother you?

Le Banner: It doesn't bother me at all anymore. According to my sparring partners, I hit as hard as ever. It was long and tough, it was a big injury.

Interviewer: Is your jab as powerful as before the injury?

Le Banner: Even more powerful, I don't know why.

Interviewer: You're right handed, yet you're a southpaw in the ring. Why's that?

Le Banner: I feel better like that. When I was young I bought a Jeet Kun Do book, where they said it was better to put your strong arm forward. Then during four years I was unable to throw a left highkick! I was really serious when I was younger, no alcohol or tabacco, I partied later...

Interviewer: What's your weight in life, for a fight and for a tournament?

Le Banner: I'm roughly 120kgs (264lbs) in everyday's life and between 115kgs (253lbs) and 117kgs ( 257lbs) for a fight and a tournament.

Interviewer: How much do you bench press?

Le Banner: Max bench was 160kgs (353lbs), but it's old and I stopped doing max a long time ago.

Interviewer: What do you think about your career right now?

Le Banner: I don't think about it. I can die tomorrow... I had a lot of fun. two years of bad luck excepted. I come from Le Havre, and it's a miracle if I'm where I am today, I'm fortunate and I thank my lucky star.

Interviewer: At what age do you want to retire?

I'm only 32, McDonald is 40! It has nothing to do with age. I'll retire the day I'm not able to do the show, the day I can't make the audience's panties wet anymore.

Interviewer: Do you plan to do pro wrestling after you retire?

Le Banner: Of course. I also hope I'll have other propositions like opening a gym, not only in France but everywhere in the world.

Interviewer: You're the most well known fighter in France, does it give you responsabilities?

Le Banner: Yes, I have to be more diplomatic. Before I always said what I thought, and often changed my mind. Sometimes I can't even bear myself (laughs)! I'm sometimes surprised by that popularity, there's 60/70 year old people who know me, for them I'm kind of the symbol of the great white HW boxer. They like me for that.

Interviewer: It seems you're changing your team very often, why's that?

Yeah, I don't keep the same people around me for a long time. There's too many parasites. I don't like the (kickboxing/fighting sports) scene. I only have two real friends in the scene: Rani Berbachi and Jean Claude Guérot. Matthias Riccio is also a great guy, we saw each other not too long ago. One day I was in trouble, I called him at six in the morning, he was there in the evening, and he's located at more than 1000 kms (620 miles) from my home.

Interviewer: Will you get your nose fixed at the end of your career?

Le Banner: Yeah, I was supposed to do it last January, but finally I think I'll wait.

Interviewer: Are you still into breeding dogs?

Le Banner: I was really passionate about it, but after the fight against Hunt in Bercy, I lost a dog I loved... It was painful, it's not the same thing anymore... Maybe I'll stop. Currently I have seven puppies and nine adult dogs.

Interviewer: There were rumors about you training with Chute Boxe in 2002 and with Fedor more recently. What's the situation?

Le Banner: Training with Chute Boxe was postponed and then I broke my forearm... Vanderlei Silva gave me a phone call last week and we should see each other soon. I train with Fedor but not on a regular basis, I'm not always available. But I plan on training more with Red Devil, their boss Vadim is ok with it.

Interviewer: What MMA fighters do you like? What do you think about MMA in general?

Le Banner: I like Fedor and Silva, they're great champions. I think there are too many organizations. There's a risk to see many bogus champs, like guys who go to Brazil, learn a couple of things, call themselves champions and open their own gym. We had the same phenomenon in Thai boxing a few years ago.

Interviewer: What is your opinion on mma being illegal in France?

Le Banner: I'm all for the legalization of mma in France, but I doubt it'll change soon. French sport ethics are different. The idea of hitting a downed guy is unacceptable. They have this image in football (soccer) when you help your downed opponent to get up, it's not in the general mentality yet. We're not warriors like the Dutch for example.

Interviewer: What does your mma training look like?

Le Banner: It's not on a regular basis, depending on the fight. It's like if I switched from football to rugby.



Quote of the Day

"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself."

William Penn, 1644-1718, British Religious Leader and Founder of Pennsylvania


Recapping Week 4, of course, the major highlight was Joe Stevenson’s pounding of Marcus Davis to maintain his credibility as Matt Hughes’ number one guy.

After breaking down Joe and Marcus’ fight, the focus was once again on Matt Hughes. He continued to comment on how poor of a job that Rich Franklin is doing as a coach and kept up his perpetual harassment of Jorge Gurgel. Basically, Matt has been coming across as a cocky, win at all costs, hard ass on the show, and this week’s episode did nothing to dispel the notion. This might be good for the show, but it could be a blow to the general public’s perception of Matt as an All-American farm boy.

This week’s heavyweight challenge took place early on in the show and was a little lackluster. The three competitors from each team were in the octagon for a non-striking “Rock ’Em, Sock ’Em” event. All six fighters wore socks the color of their team with the challenge being to remove the other team’s socks, apparently this is an old wrestling drill. Hughes’ team won with an Olympic caliber effort, 6 stinky socks to none.

Hughes continued to razz Franklin’s team after the challenge, an effort that is really starting to smell of a Hughes-style psychological assault.

Winning the challenge, Hughes’ team chose to pair up Tom Murphy against Team Franklin’s Rashad Evans. It was Hughes that made the call and seemed to be thinking that Tom was the weakest member of his heavyweights and was expendable, but still felt that he could defeat Rashad.

After going through the usual preflight rituals of training preparations and weigh-ins, the fight was on. Unfortunately, it was a fairly uneventful fight; which took place almost entirely on the feet. Usually that means a lot of striking, but really Tom seemed to show maybe too much respect for Rashad’s stand up game. Throughout the fight, they clinched, with Rashad edging out the clinches with knees and punches to the body.

Tom had one golden opportunity at the beginning of round 2, where he locked on a tight guillotine choke, but Rashad remained patient and worked his way out and back up to the feet.

The third round followed the same M.O., clinching and separating with Rashad getting the better of the skirmishes, but not really doing damage. Tom finally came to life with about 10 to 15 seconds left in the final stanza, hurting Rashad with some good forearms, but it was too little, too late, as he didn’t follow up.

In the end, Rashad won a unanimous decision in what Dana called, “…the absolute sh*tiest fight I have ever seen.” Wow! With a statement such as that, it’s amazing that he didn’t make sure that the fight was pulled off of the episode and declare that both fighters were eliminated from the show.

Towards the end, we were given another dose of the meaner, unforgiving Matt Hughes, at least that the way he seems to be portrayed, as he felt that Tom didn’t give 100% in the fight and that maybe he just wanted to get a fight in and go home.

Coming Up on Week 6:
Hughes confronts Rashad about his behavior in the octagon and his mental attack on Jorge final pays off.

Source: MMA Weekly

MaXpreview: Bushido Tournaments
By Jeremy Wall

The first rounds of the dual welterweight and lightweight tournaments take place at Bushido 9 at Ariake Colosseum on September 25th in Japan, airing on tape delay pay per view in North America.

It's a huge show for Bushido, as it could end up being the launching pad for a popularity explosion for the series, along the lines of a less popular MMA version of K-1 Max. Or it could mean absolutely nothing.

But hardcore fans can rejoice, because Bushido has booked two tournaments loaded with SHOOTO-style matchups as Pride has now become the premier place to go for lighter-weight mixed martial artists.

The show is not top heavy with a huge main event, as none of the Bushidos have that. But it features eight quality fights out of the two tournaments combined, plus four semi-finals matches and two reserve bouts, one for each tournament. That is fourteen total fights on the card, six more than the regular Pride show.

Of course, not all of these fights will air on North American pay per view. I would expect the reserve matches to be cut from the show. I would also suspect that by the fourteenth fight of the night, the live crowd at Ariake Colosseum is going to be dead tired. The finals for both tournaments will take place later in the year.

One of the big problems with the tournament, however, is the overexposure of the tournament concept in PRIDE. Everything is about a tournament in Pride. That works for K-1, but that has been K-1's promotional gimmick from the start. Plus, when K-1 began, it featured short, explosive stand-up fights (although you can't really say that about the K-1 heavyweight division now). Many of these Bushido matches stand to be long affairs, and some will certainly be quite dull because of the way some of these fighters match up against one another.

Pride already did the middleweight Grand Prix this year, won by Mauricio Shogun. It was a sixteen man tournament. Last year they did the heavyweight tournament, also a sixteen man battle, won by Fedor Emelianenko. Now they have two eight-man tournaments in Bushido, and will likely do another Grand Prix next year. Pride has proven that they now have to rely on the tournament concept in order to book the big fights in Japan, so let's hope for them that the tournament concept itself does not wear thin with fans.

Anyway, on to the preview:


Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Phil Baroni
This is a rematch from Baroni's debut in Bushido earlier this year. Baroni was able to knock Minowa out in the second round of their fight after Minowa gassed. Baroni gassed too, but not as badly as Minowa. It was an exciting match and this one should be too since both of these guys bring big attitudes to the ring. Baroni will always gas, and unless he can score the knockout again, I can see Minowa finishing him. But that depends on Minowa's cardio for this fight. I have to go with the past and bank on Baroni here.

Masanori Suda vs. Murilo Bustamante
Suda is a longtime SHOOTO 183 lbs World Champion, with a ton of quality experience, although very few big show fights. Bustamante is the former UFC Welterweight champ who has been having a tough time of it in PRIDE since coming along in 2003. Bustamante is a decent boxer, but of course his skill is in jiu jitsu. Suda hasn't been submitted in almost a decade, so I would have to put the odds on a Bustamante decision victory. But I can see Bustamante disappointing here as well since Pride judging criteria doesn't favour his style of fights.

Dan Henderson vs. Ryo Chonan
Chonan, coming off his knockout loss to Baroni, has proven himself adept at handling grapplers. He's scored victories in the past over Carlos Newton, Nino Schembri and a variety of others, and was able to hang to a decision loss with Ricardo Almeida. Henderson has a good chance of knocking Chonan out with his big punch, and his submissiosn defense is enough to avoid any possible submission attempts by Chonan. Stylistically this match favours Henderson.

Daniel Acacio vs. Akihiro Gono
Gono is coming off his win over Crosley Gracie, whereas Acacio is a talented fight who has not lost since his first career fight in 2000. He's a striker, and Gono has had problems with strikers in the past (Shogun, Yuki Kondo), and Acacio's record seems to backup a possible victory for him.

The final four for the welterweight tournament should end up being Acacio, Henderson, Baroni and Bustamante, although Suda could sneak in there. All of these matchups are very even, so it's hard to say what will happen. I would like to see a rematch between Henderson and Bustamante and would favour Bustamante in that fight. However, unless that match happens, I would pick Henderson to win the tournament. Acacio is a dark horse, though.


Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Takanori Gomi
For Pride, this is the most important match on the card, The whole point of these tournaments are to create the Japanese stars to carry the Bushido flag. Gomi is undefeated in Bushido, but whomever wins this match will be the native star to build around. Some American journalist thought this matchmaking was odd, but what is odd is that people don't understand the simplicity of this fight. PRIDE is just guaranteeing that a Japanese fighter with star potential makes it into the next round, and that's it. Gomi and Kawajiri are both immensely talented and have star potential, and either could end up winning this tournament and becoming the first Japanese fighter to win a tourney in Pride. Another interesting twist is that while Gomi is the former SHOOTO 154 lbs Champ, Kawajiri currently holds that title. Now, I would have to favour Gomi, but it's a definite toss up.

Naoyuki Kotani vs. Luiz Azeredo
Kotani is a ZST veteran making his PRIDE debut. He's not a particularly standout competitor, but has experience. Azeredo is coming off his loss to Gomi, but should pull out a victory in this one unless Kotani brings something surprising to the table.

Yves Edwards vs. Joachim Hansen
This is a helluva match. Edwards would be the UFC Lightweight champ if they had a title, and Hansen is one of the best lightweight fighters in the world, himself being a fromer SHOTOO Champion, being one of only two men to hold a victory over Takanori Gomi (and taking the SHOOTO belt in that instance). This is a fifty-fifty match, and whoever gets past here is going to be hurting in their second round fight later in the evening. I've seen more of Edwards, so I'd have to favour him, but it could go either way.

Hayato Sakurai vs. Jens Pulver
Sakurai has the weight advantage, but Pulver has bulked up for this match. This could be a good fight, although Pulver is inconsistent and might not have the power to KO Sakurai. I see Sakurai taking this fight by decision.

The semi-finals for the lightweight tournament end up being either Kawajiri or Gomi, either Hansen or Edwards, Sakurai and Azeredo. Gomi vs. Hansen would be the natural matchup if that happens, as although it is a risk for Pride, I think Gomi would win the rematch since their last fight was a split-decision and I have a gut feeling that PRIDE's judging is more in favour of hometown fighters than SHOOTO's. I could see Gomi, Hansen or Edwards winning this tournament.

The reserve fight for the welterweight tournament is Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett against Dokonjonosuke Mishima in what will be an exciting match that Mishima should win. The reserve for the welterweight tournament is Ryuta Sakurai vs. Paulo Filho, and I've have to favour the highly underrated Filho in that match.

Source: Maxfightin

Boston Herald on Gannon

The Boston Herald has another negative article on the UFC, regarding Sean Gannon's debut with the promotion in October. Gannon has been signed by the UFC for months now after successfully marketing himself on the internet from the hype based around a homemade fight tape of him beating up street brawler Kimbo Slice. The Herald has been out of line before with its version of reality, but it is on the money with their criticism of UFC using Gannon in this article:

Source: Maxfighting

'Ultimate' cop bashes rules, back in ring
By Dave Wedge
Friday, September 16, 2005 - Updated: 09:57 AM EST

A hulking Hub cop who came under fire for starring in a bloody basement brawl tape is still on the job and is set to fight in an internationally televised pay-per-view event next month at a Connecticut casino.

Sean ``The Cannon'' Gannon has been signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – considered the major league of mixed martial arts - and will battle in ``UFC 55: Fury'' at Mohegan Sun Oct. 7.

``It's a big step up for him,'' Gannon's manager, Joe Cavallaro said. ``UFC is the best in the world. It's the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts.''

A 6-foot-3, 265-pound slugger, Gannon is a six-time Golden Gloves boxing winner and a former state judo champ who has become one of the state's most feared mixed martial arts warriors.
He remains a patrolman, despite some controversy over his chosen sport.

Last year, he reportedly was the subject of a Boston police internal affairs probe after a tape surfaced of him in an unsanctioned, blood-soaked battle with street brawler Kimbo Slice.
Boston police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Sexton said Gannon faced no disciplinary action last year.

Gannon is allowed to fight in Massachusetts-sanctioned events but the department ``will be reviewing'' his off-duty employment application because the UFC event is out of state, Sexton said.

The Kimbo brawl sparked controversy in extreme fighting circles and became a hot seller on several Web sites. But Cavallaro said the tape has been ``blown out of proportion.''

``My understanding is that it was a sparring match that somebody got a hold of . . . and marketed it as something it wasn't,'' he said.

Gannon's UFC debut comes just months after Boston officials shut down a ``gladiator'' clash at the Roxy and effectively banned mixed martial arts fights from city venues.

UFC has other cops in its ranks, including a heavyweight champ who is an officer from Belarus and a light heavyweight champ who is an officer in Athens, Georgia.

Source: Boston Herald

Hoost Out of K-1 Grand Prix

Ernesto Hoost has withdrawn from K-1's 9/23 Osaka Dome show through injury. The four-time K-1 World GP Champion was scheduled to face 22-year old Russian Ruslan Karaev. Hoost has also withdrawn from Bushido Europe's 10/9 show in Rotterdam.

The Dutchman has released the following statement on

"I'm sorry to say that due to a persistant injury I will not be able to participate in the Rotterdam Rumble on October 9th in AHOY'. This is also the reason why I will not fight the K-1 eliminations on September 23 in Japan.

I promised myself only to fight when I'm injury free but I still have hopes to fight this year. Where or when I don't know yet but I will let you know.

I especially apologize to everyone who doesn't have the opportunity to go to Japan and thought this was the best possibility to see me fight. Anyway I wish you all a pleasant evening and hopefully good fights.

Source: MMA Weekly


Quote of the Day

"No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself."

William Penn, 1644-1718, British Religious Leader and Founder of Pennsylvania

Kickin' It Weigh Ins at Bulls Pen


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UFC to Internet:
Thanks But No Thanks for the Memories

Rumors have been running rampant and wild that the Ultimate Fighting Championships will no longer provide media access to mixed martial arts websites and (possibly magazines as well) at their events, starting with UFC 55: Fury. While there has yet to be an official announcement from the UFC, individuals with expansive knowledge of the inner workings of the MMA world believe this is more than just a myth of the worldwide web; and it could very well extend all the way up to the more professionally run sites, not just every MMA page.

It’s been pointed out time and again, but the UFC is a business, not a sports league. They have the right to determine who gets media access to their events. If they intend to run their own news service either via the Internet, magazine or both (as has also been rumored), certainly they may believe it to be in their best interest to limit or outright deny access to events, and create an information monopoly. The question becomes would such a move be simply to ensure the profitability of their own magazine and news services, or does the UFC feel that mainstream media will finally come calling?

Those who viewed the UFC 54 preview special on Spike TV may very well remember recognized MMA media personalities, Loretta Hunt and Josh Gross, providing expert commentary and analysis. When the UFC needs expert and knowledgeable analysis of MMA, it is these very websites and magazines supposedly being barred from having media access that the UFC has depended upon. When the dedicated fans of the sport have looked for behind-the-scenes interviews and fight previews and recaps, the hardworking and underpaid (often unpaid) journalists that believe in the sport and want to support the fighters, have been there so they can access the Internet to get their fill of MMA news.

Apparently those services may no longer be needed or wanted.

Some have said such a ban is not a serious issue, that the Internet is full of unprofessional hacks. Certainly there are plenty of individuals and websites only interested in creating controversy and increasing their own feelings of self-importance by providing unnecessary and often crude criticism.

While you, the reader, are free to think my writing stinks and I can’t run an interview to save my life, the fact is I simply want to contribute to a growing sport that I love, and provide an outlet for the countless hardworking fighters out there that need and deserve exposure. I can name at least five sites, maXfighting included, that have never been guilty of anything more than trying to provide the highest quality of MMA news coverage possible, and keep fans informed of the major shows and the top fighters with great coverage, photos and fighter interviews.

Again, this is nothing more than a rumor at this point. Perhaps this has all been overblown. Maybe the UFC is simply denying access to small, less professional websites. Or the Internet/MMA media ban simply means no more backstage access, but media credentials will still be available.

It is possible that the UFC has a trick up its sleeve; maybe they already have mainstream media members looking to cover the UFC’s events in the future. They have a cable television show, pay-per-view and attendance marks have been on a steady upward trend, and so the traditional media outlets might finally be taking notice.

Even if that is the case, are there really enough qualified individuals in the regular media to provide a wide array of quality and informed analysis? The UFC turned to MMA reporters in its UFC 54 preview not only because the New York Times and Washington Post likely did not care to participate, but also because they likely do not have reporters who understand MMA rules, grappling and the background of the fighters.

I am also lucky enough to cover boxing for another well established website. Despite the upward trend, boxing is still a bigger sport with more clout and mainstream media attention than MMA at this point. Yet boxing promoters do not deny access to Internet sites covering the fights. While smaller sites with few readers may get declined, particularly for the high profile prizefights, professional, quality Internet reporters working for high traffic sites are given the same access as other reporters. As horribly as boxing is managed, they at least realize that more coverage is a positive.

If this ban is real, and maXfighting is denied a media credential to UFC 55 (at which point I’ll probably have to call Bruce Buffer and start begging, and I am sure he doesn't want that), the fact is that I will still continue to cover the sport as long as my services are needed. If I don’t get that credential for October 7th, to be perfectly blunt I’m not going to cry over not having to drive 14 hours round trip to go to Connecticut. Heck, with gas prices I can stay home, order the pay-per-view and feed a party of 50 and still save money.

This is not about me wanting to pretend to be special and get my fifteen minutes of fame sitting in the press row at the UFC (as a matter of fact, I am NOT special, and have accepted that fact for many years). This is about getting the best MMA coverage out there to the fans, and supporting the fighters. That is who truly counts and will allow the sport to continue growing. And whether that coverage comes from an MMA magazine, a news team ending in a .com or a major newspaper should not matter.

Opinions, comments, rants may be sent to the following: [email protected]

Source: Maxfighting

Pride and Glory Results
Gwinett Arena, Atlanta GA
September 18, 2005

The Gwinett arena with a crowd of 4,500 strong was the place to be Friday September 17th as Pro Boxing, Muay Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts came together seamlessly in one great night of fight action. Titles were awarded and championship hopes lost for a few as the action was fast paced. Guilty Boxing in association with the WKA USA and Battleline Productions pulled off what other promotions have simply failed to do so far by merging the top Combat Sports together on one card.

Atlanta’s own Ebo Elders fought a tough 11 rounds before being floored for the fourth and final time in the 12th round by his opponent. Both fighters traded some heavy shots throughout but it was Lavtka Sim getting the KO in the last round to obtain the #1 ranked contender spot to fight Juan Diaz for the WBA title. WBO Asia-Pacific heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov defeated Friday Ahunanya after an early stoppage due to an accidental head butt.

The MMA bouts started off with a title match for American Top Team’s Din Thomas and Team Prodigy’s Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton. This was a match up of young up-and-comer versus the proven veteran. Diesel came out firing with hands and even threw a right head kick to Thomas. Thomas then got Diesel in the corner and slammed him hard to the mat. Diesel muscled his way to his knees and put Thomas in a crucifix and landed a really hard shot to his face with a right knee. Thomas pulled guard after escaping and swept Diesel into an armbar where the match ended. Props to both fighters.

The next match was a Muay Thai Intercontinental Championship with Holland’s Chris Ngimbi versus Atlanta’s own Khunpon. The first round had both fighters landing some good leg kicks. The second had a huge head kick by Ngimbi that rocked Khunpon and bloodied his nose but the Veteran Thai came back with a tremendous flying knee and control of the clinch. The start of the third round Khunpon caught a kick and came down wrong on his right knee. He was unable to get up and had to accept the TKO. Ngimbi by TKO in the 3rd. Ngimbi looked great and we found out later he has only been training for 3 years! Look for great things to come from this one.

The second MMA match had one of the sports finest in Sean Sherk going up against Joel Blanton in a highly anticipated return to the ring by Sherk. Sherk came out and threw 2 really hard right low kicks that stopped Blanton in his tracks. The fighters tied up and in a blink of the eye, Sherk dropped elevation and pulled off the nasty double leg that he is known for. Sherk passed guard to side mount and in a scramble Joel gave him his back and had to tap out to the rear naked choke shortly after. Major congrats to Blanton for having the guts to step up and fight a guy that will make is UFC re-emergence shortly when he takes on George St Pierre in November.

The final fight of the night had Atlanta’s own Steve Headen of Velocity Gym fighting David Kaplin of Team Lloyd Irvin. Both fighters traded shots back and forth in the first round with Headen trying for the take down and Kaplin defending. The second round Kaplin took control and threw some heavy hands that really had Headen feeling wobbly. Kaplin finally got the mount and rained down half a dozen unanswered hammer fists that forced referee Rick McCoy to call a halt to the bout for the Winner Kaplin by ground and pound.

This event is hopefully the first in a series of MMA and Boxing shown put on by the combinations of Guilty Boxing, WKA USA, and Battleline Productions. Look for more big name stars and terrific up and comers in the months to come!

Source: Maxfighting

Drew Fickett Ready for Koshcheck

MaXfighting spoke with Drew Fickett to discuss his upcoming fight with Josh Koscheck (which he confirmed is officially set) on Monday October 3rd. Fickett also went over his training thus far and his win over Josh Neer in his last UFC appearance.

MaXfighting: How good did it feel to sink that choke in on Josh Neer and get that first UFC win?

Drew Fickett: It felt really cool! I was definitely happy the way I finished the fight. There were critics, especially on the Internet, talking about what would happen, and my friends told me about some things people were saying. It was nice to prove some people wrong.

MaXfighting: Losing your last UFC fight to Nick Diaz, and as disappointing as that fight turned out, were you more relieved or just excited?

Drew Fickett: I was definitely happy. But it was also good to have that first win out of the way to be able to move on to the next step.

MaXfighting: On this season of the Ultimate Fighter the welterweight class is being featured. Do you see any good potential match-ups for yourself?

Drew Fickett: You know what, I really just haven’t had the time to watch the show at all yet. I do know about Joe Stevenson, and he’s an awesome fighter. There’s also Jorge Gurgel…he’s a little smaller at 170, but he’s really good. I’ve seen those two guys fight, so I know how good they are, but I haven’t been able to follow the show.

MaXfighting: How’s training been thus far?

Drew Fickett: It’s going pretty good. I trained up in Washington for a bit.

I wrestled with some guys up there, including some bigger guys. Getting to wrestle larger guys definitely forces you to improve your game.

MaXfighting: So the fight with Josh Koscheck being talked about, that’s a done deal?

Drew Fickett: Yeah, it is.

MaXfighting: They’re throwing this October 3rd show together pretty quickly, when were you contacted about the fight.

Drew Fickett: I was called about it a couple of weeks ago, so they’ve had some time to put it together.

MaXfighting: What kind of contract do you have? Is it a multi-fight deal?

Drew Fickett: No it isn’t. It’s a one-fight deal. It looks like they’re doing that more, going one fight at a time.

MaXfighting: I noticed in Josh’s fights thus far, including Leben and Diego on the TV show, and against Spratt, he was definitely the stronger fighter. I’m guessing he won’t have that advantage against you; you guys seem pretty even strength wise.

Drew Fickett: Yeah, I think we’re pretty even. We’re both big 170 pounders. There’s no doubt he’s really strong, but I don’t think he’ll have an advantage against me.

MaXfighting: I saw in a previous interview that you said you were glad to be fighting him now, that you maybe see him getting a lot better in the future. Do you think he has a lot of potential, that maybe he could be one of the guys to beat down the road?

Drew Fickett: It depends, I guess. I haven’t met him, so I don’t know his mindset and how focused he is to improve. He’s definitely a strong kid, and getting better.

Maybe I’m biased, but I think wrestlers make the best fighters. But they can also be the most stubborn, and don’t do enough to improve the rest of their game. How far he goes depends where he is mentally.

MaXfighting: How about yourself? Do you think you’re on the level to compete with the top guys like Hughes or Parisyan right now?

Drew Fickett: I think right now I’m at that level. I feel I can match up well with anybody at this point. Some guys might have the upper hand against me, but I would definitely at least have a “puncher’s chance” against anyone.

MaXfighting: Did you get to see Koscheck’s fight against Pete Spratt? What did you think?

Drew Fickett: Yeah, absolutely. He looked good. I saw when he was going for that choke, he didn’t look completely comfortable like he totally knew what he was doing, but he got it done.

MaXfighting: Do you have a strategy at all for this fight? Are you going to try and keep it standing? Obviously he probably has a good sprawl, but would you want to take him down and get him on his back?

Drew Fickett: I’m just going to go out there and fight and have fun. I’m definitely going to throw more. People haven’t really seen my stand up. Against most of the guys I fight, I’m the better wrestler, so I can just go for the take down then work for a submission or something. But he’s a really good wrestler, so I’ll be ready to work the stand up.

MaXfighting: Congratulations on your win against Neer, and good luck against Koscheck in October. Thanks for taking the time to talk.

Drew Fickett: Thanks man.

Source: Maxfighting

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