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Quote of the Day

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France, 1844 -1924, French Writer


Zac Arnold from puresopower website is reporting that the following matchups are being rumored to happen at the next Pride.

Naoya Ogawa told the Japanese media that he would love to fight either Noguiera or Randleman in the next round. Here are some of the rumors for the next Grand Prix.

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Kevin Randleman
Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira vs. Naoya Ogawa
Heath Herring vs. Sergei Karitonov
Semmy Schilt vs. 'Giant' Silva

Arnold also reports that Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic has talked to PRIDE about participating on the PRIDE Bushido 3 card on May 23rd. Cro Cop wants to face Ron Waterman in an alternate fight with the winner being the alternate for the main card. There rumors if the fight did happen it would be on the next Bushido card.

Source: MMA Weekly

Macaco walking in Wildman's direction
by: Luca Atalla with M. Dunlop

It’s Sunday morning and, few hours after his teammate Murilo Ninja fall on Pride GP Finals to Sergei Kharitonov, Jorge ‘Macaco’ Patino is already sweating to avoid a similar fate in his next commitment, in Jungle Fight 2, on May 15th.

'If I don’t train, I don’t win, so I can’t miss a single day”, said an excited Macaco, just after getting in his academy Gold Team in Sao Paulo. Patino started his special diet based on carbohydrates on Monday and has been training real hard to fight Californian Thomas “Wildman” Denny (77kg, 14 wins and 11 defeats). In the Jungle Fight 1, show held in the middle of Rain Forest, Macaco KO'd new BJJ star Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in the first round.

“It’s Macaco against a wild man close to Amazon jungle. So it’s another warrior on my way, I heard the guy is really tough and he has shown great skills on King Of The Cage”, said Patino. Wildman has five-wins in his last five fights.

The show, by Antonio Inoki and Wallid Ismail, will be held on May 15th in a big theater in Manaus, state of Amazonas, named Studio 5. Besides Macaco and Wildman, Jungle Fight’s card announces hot shots as Evangelista Cyborg, Assuerio Silva, Ebenezer Braga and UFC star Vladimir Matyushenko (RAW Team), which had been victorious over Brazilian guys like Pedro Rizzo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ‘Minotouro’.

Source: ADCC

United Gracie, IJJF & Grappling Classic Tournaments

3rd United Gracie Announces Black Belt Superfights

Organizer Charles Gracie has announced the first confirmed Superfights for the 3rd United Gracie Tournament:

Sandro Batata Santiago X Mauricio Costa

Megaton Dias X Renato Migliaccio

Alexandre Crispim X Wander Braga

Igor Gracie X Rodrigo Teixeira

Rafael 'Gordinho' Correa X Cassio Werneck

Fabio Santos X Michael Sillyman

They are still looking for qualified opponents to face Fabio Leopoldo, Joao Cunha, Jorge Vandame, Rolles Gracie, & Luciana Dias. They are lloking for fighters in the following categories: 150lbs., 185lbs & 210lbs to fill out the final Superfight spots. Black Belts interested in challenging themselves should contact (650) 756-7579 or email

Charles wants to thanks acknowldge the support and sponsorship of the following companies:

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* The deadline to register is Monday, May 3rd, by 9:00 pm. NO EXCEPTIONS! Each competitor is responsible for his/her own registration and payment. Please, have your registration materials and fee in on time. No registrations will be taken after May 3rd, we WILL NOT have registration during the tournament.
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2nd IGJJF Around the Corner?

There have been rumors about the 2nd IGJJF Open Championships being scheduled for June 12-13, 2004. I was informed that that date has been changed. As soon as the new date is confirmed we will post it here. In the meantime get ready for go for it rules, which is the trademark of the IGJJF.'


PRO Division $1750 in Prize Cash

Grappling Classic returns to Allen Park, MI, featuring PRO & Amateur NO-GI, and GI divisions. Event to take place on Saturday, JUNE 12th.

This time the PRO NO-GI division is open to advanced grapplers under 215lbs. $1750 in prize cash will be distributed to the top 3 finishers: $1000 1st place; $500 2nd Place; and $250 3rd Place.

All submissions will be allowed in the PRO division. Time limit will be 8 minutes, NO overtime. Int'l BJJ Confederation point scoring will be in
effect (

The PRO division is open to all advanced grapplers. Please send your resume for consideration to So far, the following teams are represented in the PRO division:

Saulo Ribeiro, Team Militech, Carlos Machado & Furukawa Judo

For more information:

Source: ADCC/Kid Peligro

FCF Sightings: DeSouza In Peru
By Loretta Hunt

Spanning the globe for MMA coverage, FCF brings you to the breathtaking landscapes of beautiful Peru, home to UFC 31, 32, and 33 veteran Tony DeSouza, spotted here outside the ancient ceremonial ruins of Machu Picchu. A rising star in the UFC remembered best for his superb wrestling and lightening fast submission skills, DeSouza stepped out of the spotlight two years ago to promote his own gym in his native land, and was slated to appear on UFC 38's July 2002 card in London, England before opponent Gil Castillo dropped out due to illness. Always a fighter, though, and with some newly sharpened boxing skills in tow, the crafty welterweight has spent the last month traveling up the mighty Amazon via riverboat on route to Brazil to reunite with his instructor Andre Pederneiras of the famed Nova Uniao fight team. The impressive Nova Uniao family has fostered recent successes Renato "Charuto" Verissimo and Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro among their ranks, as well as American standouts John Lewis and UFC welterweight champion BJ Penn. DeSouza is hoping to follow in his brethren's footsteps with a return to fighting in a yet-to-be named Brazilian promotion as early as July. From there, 29-year old DeSouza told FCF he is open to returning to the States and the UFC later this year, or might even head east onto the flourishing Japanese scene. As always, FCF will keep you posted on it all.

Source: FCF

The Banter Before The Battle

The K-1 “Battle Of The Bellagio II” Pre-Fight Press Conference Experience

Written By Michael Afromowitz

A press conference with Bob Sapp wouldn’t be a typical press conference if some kind of altercation failed to break out. Following in suit, though, this afternoon’s pre-fight press conference for Friday night’s Pay-Per-View televised “Battle At The Bellagio II” K-1 mega-card erupted with physical fireworks courtesy of Sapp and his Superfight opponent, Tommy Glanville.

After being handed the stage by K-1 USA CEO and head promoter, Scott Coker, Glanville, accused 2000 K-1 USA tournament champion, Maurice Smith, of betrayal. Smith, who had trained and cornered Glanville for a period of time, has been Sapp’s mentor since the 6’7”, 375-pound former NFL lineman became a giant hit in martial arts fighting’s most prestigious fighting circuit. Following an exchange of words between the two former allies, Sapp chimed in by insulting Glanville.

An all-out tussle commenced following a trading of shoves between Sapp and Glanville. Several event officials quickly pried the fighters off one another after a couple of tables were turned over during the melee.

With the exception of world champion Cung Le, who was held up in traffic, the remainder of superstars slated for “Battle At The Bellagio II” action were present and offered their thoughts on Friday’s event.

Here’s a re-cap of the more memorable comments that were offered by several of the participating athletes:

Michael McDonald: “I’ve still got a young heart and a good spirit and I plan on being around for a few more years, so these guys here better watch out because this man here might be getting old, but age is just what’s underneath. I’ve trained hard for this fight and I feel good.”

“Mighty Mo:”

On how he obtained his nickname:

“The main reason why they call me “Mighty Mo” is because of my strength. I used to do construction work and, one day (on the job), a building fell. I had to climb out of it. I got my way out of it – a couple of cuts, but I was still walking on two feet.”

Dewey “The Black Kobra” Cooper:

“I’ve just got to do what I do – just kind of flow. I’ve got to be free. I’m prepared, I’ve had great training. Mentally, I’m matured. There won’t be any mistakes on my behalf, so I’m ready to win the whole damn tournament. It’s as simple as that.”

Marvin Eastman:

On his transition from mixed martial arts to K-1 fighting:

“In mixed martial arts, we don’t do tournament style fighting so it’s very hard to prepare (for this event). The only thing you can do is come to the fights with as much energy as possible and try to do the best you can and get the fight over with as quick as possible.”

“Everybody’s thinking the same thing, so all you can really do is prepare as best as possible. I’m just ready to go, ready to fight and we’ll see what happens on Friday.”

Nobu Hayashi:

On the training that he has done in Holland, away from his home in Japan:

“I did learn some different techniques and I hope to use them to full advantage. Even though I am here as a representative of Japan, I hope to win the American tournament and go back to Japan as the American representative.”

Carter Williams:

“Last year was a great year for me and, this year, I plan to do much better. I started this year off fighting against Alexey (Ignashov) and I lost. But, now I’m coming to make up for that loss in this tournament here.”

On defending his 2003 K-1 USA tournament title during Friday’s event:

”I know a lot of these fighters are here to take this title away from me, but I’m here to defend it and to move on to The Grand Prix. I can’t let these guys affect the way that I’m gonna fight on Friday night.”

Gary Goodridge:

On his Superfight opponent, Toa, who accepted the bout on only several days notice:

“It’s a big thing for someone to take a fight on such short notice. Being a fighter, you have to have respect for them.”

On his approach to the fight:

“I’m gonna approach this fight as I do every other fight – I try to be a train and go forward. No disrespect to my opponent, but I’m here to win and kick ass.”


“I’m from New Zealand and I got a call on Saturday asking if I would fight. I said ‘No worries.”

“No disrespect to my opponent, but I’m from the bottom of the Earth so I don’t really know who Gary is. He looks to be at his game, but I’m from a strong heritage and we have huge spirits and war-like people and I’m bringing that to the ring.”

Additionally, ESPN executive Matthew Kenny started off the affair with a short speech that reinforced the network’s support for K-1 since the two entered an agreement last year to co-market K-1 Pay-Per-View televised events. “ESPN is pleased to get behind this event and pleased to promote this event,” he said. “K-1 features some of the finest athletes in the world in one of the finest venues in the world. It’s consistent with our brand, which we think is one of the best in the world as well. We’re honored to get behind this event and continue to grow K-1 in The United States.”

When the press conference kicked off, it was noted that only 184 tickets remained for Friday’s Bellagio Hotel and Casino event that will hold a crowd capacity of 6,000.

Source: Michael Afromowitz


MMAWeekly's Scott Petersen reports from Japan that K-1 held a press conference and officially announced their upcoming show in May that will have MMA rules in their upcoming show.

Genki Sudo was announced on the card so it will be interesting to see if a Penn vs Sudo match comes about. Here is the card that was announced at yesterday's press conference.

Main Event
Bob Sapp vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Alexey Ignashov vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Officially announced participants at Press Conference:

Bob Sapp vs Kazuyuki Fujita, Alexey Ignashov vs Shinsuke Nakamura, Josh Barnett, Genki Sudo, Gary Goodridge, Sam Greco, Mark Hunt, Don Frye, 'Lyoto' Machida, Sylvester Terkay, Yoshihiro Nakao, Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto

Source: MMA Weekly

A Look Back! SJ da Barra Submission Wrestling 3
by: Denis Martins

It's showtime as Garcia chokes again!

March 12th and 13th in Sao Joao da Barra Gymnasium, Brazil

Simply put, Marcelo Garcia is the man to be beaten in Submission. Another gala performance, this is what we can say about Garcia's fight in SJ da Barra Submission Wrestling 3. Garcia was to fight in the under 87kg tournament, super-fight and absolute weight class. However, Garcia showed his tools only in superfight and the explanation is obvious. With a marathon of fights in last three months, Garcia resolved to preserve himself for his next Submission fight, scheduled for March 27.

In spite of being the first time that ADCC News covered the SJ da Barra show, the details were the same as Submission Wrestling de Campos; so we're used to the organization of this other show by Leandro Ribeiro Gomes, but in one point the difference between the two events was perceptible: the crowd. The atmosphere of SJ da Barra Submission Wrestling was more exciting, so the first day of competition provided more motivation for the fighters, with the crowd. The prize of around $90 for semi-pro, 250$ for the 4 weights classes and around 1100$ attracted a lot of Submission specialists to fight.

– Saturday, March 13th -
|SuperFight| Marcelo Garcia (Alliance) def. Rodrigo 'Riscado' Gripp (NU) by rear naked choke

Garcia started explosive! In the first seconds, he tried to pull 'Riscado' into his magnificent game. But 'Riscado' surprised, pulling Garcia to the half-guard and trying to work a game-plan, but he didn't find a way of turning the fight to his side with a reversal or a sweep. He only a timid attempt of toe-hold. On the other hand, Garcia worked with his frenetic moves to pass Riscado's guard.

After some seconds, the referee re-started the fight on the feet due to a lack of action, before that, the referee gave an advantage to Garcia due to an illegal grab made by 'Riscado' on the Garcia's rush-guard. Afterwards, Garcia sat down himself on the mat and invited 'Riscado' to his guard. 'Riscado' didn't accept the 'nice' invitation and Garcia hunted one of Riscado's legs, to dominated the pace on his half-guard. 'Riscado' had some success on escaping from the dangerous guard of Garcia, but he didn't get to impose his game. Garcia got to unsettle 'Riscado' in the half-guard, and the end of this fight was only a question-of-seconds when Garcia jumped fast and hooked the backs of 'Riscado', the rear naked choked was already fitted and the warrior, 'Riscado', faltered on tapout quickly, but no way of resisting and the tapout was inevitable.

- Friday, March 12th -
Rodrigo Damm got his 5th title in 6 editions of the two Submission events organized by Gomes(Submission Wrestling de Campos and SJ da Barra Submission
Wrestling). Strength and high Wrestling backgrounds are the weapons of Damm,
who only had troubles on beating his Wrestling teammate, Daniel 'Pirata' Malvino, on the semifinal. On the two other fights, Damm imposed his, particular and indefensible, leglock. Damm doesn't have more challenges in National Submission events and he is looking for new steps in his career. The first step will be given at the entering in SHOOTO Brazil(April) class B fight.

At the first glance on this weight class, the balance was the first word that must come on our mind. Two SHOOTO veterans(Dudu Guimaraes and XANDINHO), a ADCC Brazilian Trials champion(Rany Yahrya), a very well ranked Europe MMA fighter(Per Eklund) and the champion of last edition(Leonardo Pecanha). But when the fighters collided on the mat, we saw unbalanced matches, as what Yahrya defeated Dudu by elastic score of 14-0 and when Pecanha armbarred 'Rato' in less than 30 sec. The Swedish, Eklund, was protagonist of a funny moment; after beating the Pequeno's brother(Leonardo Nogueira). He faced off Pecanha and was schooled, when the score was being handled by Pecanha (8-0), Eklund had gotten his back grabbed, but he didn't let Pecanha submits him at biting the Pecanha's finger, like that being disqualified.

Pecanha and the tough Yahrya were on the mat for the final and when the whistle tolled, Pecanha tried an armbar at pulling the fight to the ground, this could be a quick submission. Yahrya had some troubles for disentangling himself of this attempt, he did and the fight come back to their feet. Yahrya took Pecanha down, but the score didn't keep in Yahrya's favor for long time, when he was taken down too. The fight came back to their feet for the third time and on this moment a controversy happened, Pecanha shoot a takedown and they kept tangled on the feet; when the fight went to the ground, Yahrya was on the top, but the referee gave the two points to Pecanha. Yahrya complained, but without a corner(he was alone on the event), he was unsure how to act and turn the score. By his side Pecanha closed the guard and assured 250$ on his pocket.

The fighters of this weight class didn't jeopardize, this was what we watched during 6 of 7 matches. The only guy who got a submission was Romulo Barral in first round at choking 'Lavagem'. The rest of fights had low scores, there were matches where the referee had to decide who would advance. Thalles Leite got nod on this weight classes against an unrecognizable Carlos Baruch. Wake up fighters!!

Last match of quarter-finals, Tiago 'Marreta' shoots a inaccurate takedown, Mario Neto grabbed the backs of 'Marreta'. Still on the feet, the rear naked choke is under the Marreta's chin and the tapout is necessary. I think that the review of this match was less quick than the all action, the situation happened in less than 10 seconds and was the fastest submission of whole

Going to the semifinals, Neto was beaten by Antoine Jaoude, while Gabriel 'Napao' Gonzaga scored a 4-0 points over Fernando 'Soluco' DiPierro. 'Napao' knew of the Jaoude's fame on Wrestling, so he adopted the tactic of sitting down on the mat and control the strong Jaoude, who tried to use his strength to pass the guard. Jaoude fended himself of the ankle-grabs twice, but when he thought that 'Napao' would not use it anymore. 'Napao' insisted on an ultimate attempt, and bang, he swept Jaoude, who didn't keep a long time on the bottom. They stood up and 'Napao' pulled to the guard, Jaoude opened the guard and tried an ankle-lock. However he let his ankle for 'Napao' who acquired an perfect ankle-lock and Jaoude tapped out.

– Saturday, March 13th -
Jaoude came determined to erase the prior day of competition at the conquering the absolute. With a game more developed than he showed in 105kg weight class, Jaoude learned with the mistakes committed. The champion's road started with a victory over XANDINHO, followed by a battle of Dave versus Goliath; when Jaoude beat Damm by 3 advantages. The important point about Damm is that he faced the Luta-Livre fighter Vitor Hugo on 1st round, who besides to be stronger, heaviest and tallest, he was good in takedowns.

Hugo got frustrated against Damm, who took the fight down once and passed
the guard(5-0).Jaoude got his place on the final match at taking Marcos Oliveira down. By the other hand 'Riscado' employed unorthodox guard-game - dominating
the positions - against strongest opponents than him, as Baruch and Fabiano
'Pega-Leve' Scherer.

Both finalists were a bit exhausted, since 'Riscado' had fought four times and Jaoude three. The fatigue of both was the explanation for a methodical final match. 'Riscado' and his open-guard didn't offer danger for Jaoude, that by his side got an advantage, through his usual maneuver of trying to pass the guard. The fight's action stayed without changes and the ten minutes ended. Jaoude conquered his most important submission title, after the two titles in ADCC Arab League. Now, his effort will be to get a place in Brazilian National Wrestling Team, for competing in Athens 2004.


Under 65kg Quarterfinals
- Rodrigo Damm def. Daniel Rupinol by leglock
- Daniel 'Pirata' Malvino def. Tiago 'Carne-Seca' Pinheiro by 2-0[points]
- Vinicius 'Faisca' Gayhva def. Nazareno by 2-0[advantages]
- Jose Aldo Jr def. Thiago Tavares by 4-0[points]

- Damm def. 'Pirata' by 2-0 [advantages]
- Jose def. 'Faisca' by 2-0 [points]

- Damm def. Jose by leglock

Under 76kg Quaterfinals
- Leonardo Pecanha def. Ricardo 'Rato' by armbar
- Per Eklund def. Leonardo Nogueira by 5-0[points]
- XANDINHO def. Tarsis Humphrey by referee decision
- Rany Yahrya def. Dudu Guimaraes by 14-0

- Pecanha def. Eklund by disqualification (Eklund bit Pecanha's finger)
- Yahrya beat XANDINHO by choke

- Pecanha def. Yahrya by 4-2 [points]

Under 87kg Quaterfinals
- Bruno de Paula def. Rafael Guimaraes by 2-0[points]
- Carlos Baruch def. Vito Hugo by W.O.
- Thales Leite def. Rodrigo Cordeiro by 2-0[points]
- Romulo Barral def. Vinicius 'Lavagem' by rear naked choke

- Baruch def. Bruno by 4-2 [points]
- Leite def. Barral by referee decision

- Leite def. Baruch by referee decision

Under 105kg Quarterfinals
- Gabriel 'Napao' Gonzaga def. Alexandre Pereira by 4-0 [points]
- Fernando 'Soluco' DiPierro def. Mauro 'He-Man' by 6-0
- Antoine Jaoude def. Oscar Eklof by 6-0 [points]
- Mario Neto def. Tiago 'Marreta' by rear naked choke

- 'Napao' def. 'Soluco' by 4-0 [points]
- Jaoude def. Neto by 4-0 [points]

- 'Napao' def. Jaoude by anklelock

Absolute First round
- Alexandre Pereira def. 'Soluco' by armbar
- Marcos Oliveira def. Leite by 1-0 [advantage]
- Jaoude def. XANDINHO by 1-0 [advantage]
- Damm def. Vitor Hugo by 5-0 [points]
- Fabiano 'Pega-Leve' Scherer def. Humphrey by toe-hold
- Mateus Miranda def. Mario Neto by 2-0 [advantages]
- Baruch def. Tavares by 3-0 [points]
- 'Riscado' def. Bruno by 2-0 [points]

- Oliveira def. Pereira by 2-2 [points]/2-0[advantages]
- Jaoude def. Damm by 3-0[advantages]
- 'Pega-Leve' def. Miranda by kneebar
- 'Riscado' def. Baruch by referee decision

- Jaoude def. Oliveira by 2-0 [points]
- 'Riscado' def. 'Pega-Leve' by referee decision

- Jaoude def. 'Riscado' by 1-0[advantage]

Source: ADCC


Quote of the Day

"The fastest way to pass your own expectations is to add passion to your labor."

Mike Litman, Author, Conversations with Millionaires

Punishment In Paradise 3
May 15.2004 @Campbell High School
Fights start @ 730pm

Main Events
PJ Dean (Hardknocks)
AFC Champion, Punishment In Paradise Superfight Champion
Mark Moreno (Bulls Pen)
Kickboxing Champion
Superbrawl/Warriors Quest Veteran

3 Belts on the Line

Welterweight Championship
Moreno Vs. Dean

AFC Champion & Punishment In Paradise Superfight Champion PJ Dean will face Mark "EL TORO" Moreno who is known for his K.O. power. Both Moreno and Dean were Kickboxing and Golden Glove Champions. They will square off MMA style. This is the first Championship Belt fight ever in the Punishment In Paradise. Watch for hands and bombs to fly as these to square off.

Armstrong to fight Dominator for the Belt

Due to a pull out, young MMA Star William Armstrong will face Kickin It Kickboxing Champion Domi 'The Dominator" Lopez for his belt.

Punishment In Paradise
Womens Kickboxing Championship

Hannah Vs. Molly

Waianae's Kickboxing womens star Hannah who is still in high school will face of aganist Molly, a journeymen women fighter who fights both MMA and Kickboxing. Both will face of in Hawaii's first womens kickboxing championship.

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Source: Event Promoter

ADCC 2005: North American Trials To Be Held in Vancouver, Canada!!!

The Road To The 6th Submission Wrestling World Championships is Set To Begin

Over the weekend of September 17th, 18th and 19th, 2004, Vernon, British Columbia is proud to host Amateur MMA fights, Pro MMA fights and ADCC’s North American Trials, as well as training seminars with one of North America’s top fighters.

'There will be five tournaments of eight men, with the winners earning a spot directly to the World Championships scheduled for the Spring of 2005.' states ADCC spokesman Miguel Iturrate. 'With the announcement of the World Championships coming ot the USA, it is natural for the North Amerifan Trials to try a new venue, and Canada's MMA community is very strong in the west. We will have more details on the North American Trials in the days to come.'

The competition is taking invites at this time. The event will provide hotel accomodations for competitors in Vancouver, Canada as well as the only guaranteed shot into the World Championships.

Anyone who wants to apply for a spot in the North American Trials should send a complete resume to:

'We are so excited to have the event here,' Leslie Dickens from Team Evolution announced. 'Working with Showdown and ADCC is a dream come true for us. This weekend will be like nothing anyone has ever seen and we just want to make everyone proud to be a part of these fantastic sports.'

Friday night will feature amateur MMA fights, with the North American Trials taking place on Saturday. Saturday night will present Pro MMA fights and the seminars are scheduled for Sunday. More news to follow as many people will be part of this MMA and grappling extravaganza.

- under 65.9 KG (2003 winner: Eddie Bravo)
- 66-76.9 KG (2003 winner: Pablo Popovich)
- 77-87.9 KG (2003 winner: David Terrell)
- 88-98.9 KG (2003 winner: Dean Lister)
- 99 KG and up (2003 winner: Mike Whitehead)

For information on the event, please contact us at: or

Source: ADCC

Sims Appeals Referees Decision; Feels Errors And Mistakes By McCarthy Impacted Outcome
by: Joseph Cunliffe

Lancaster, OH -- In a 3 page letter dated April 14, 2004, attorneys for Wes Sims filed a letter of intent on their clients behalf with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to appeal the referees decision rendered in the Wes Sims vs. Mike Kyle fight held on April 2, 2004, at “UFC 47: It’s On!” This appeal is based on guidelines as set forth in the NSAC Rules and Regulations, Section 467.770.

Section 467.770 of the NSAC Rules and Regulations governs the factors to be considered by the commission for a change of decision after a contest or exhibition. More specifically, Section 467.770(3) provides that a fight decision can be changed if “as a result of an error in interpreting a provision of this chapter, the referee has rendered an incorrect decision.”

This appeal is premised on the fact that Sims, now 0-3 in the UFC, feels Referee John McCarthy made several errors in interpreting provisions of the NSAC Rules and Regulations. The errors made by McCarthy had a tremendous impact on the outcome of the fight and resulted in the incorrect decision that Kyle was the winner of the bout. Sims submits the following in support of this argument:

At approximately 1:27 into Round 1, Kyle bit Sims on the upper left chest while Sims was attempting to submit Kyle. The bite mark on Sims’ chest was apparent during the fight and even more clearly apparent when the fight was stopped. While it may be within the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether a foul has been committed by a contestant, when the foul is a bite, and the bite leaves a clear impression on the opponent’s chest, the discretion of the referee subsides and his duty to not allow unfair practices that cause injuries to a contestant takes precedence. Section 467.682 of the NSAC Rules and Regulations governs the duties of referees, and specifically provides that “a referee is responsible for enforcing the rules of the contest or exhibition. He shall not permit unfair practices that may cause injuries to an unarmed combatant.” When McCarthy saw the bite mark on Sims’ chest, which at the very latest was before the announcement of the winner of the fight, McCarthy had the absolute duty to determine that the bite was an intentional foul as defined by NSAC 467.7962. At that time McCarthy should have made a determination of the effects caused to Sims by the intentional foul committed by Kyle. McCarthy also had the duty to determine what penalties, if any, were to be assessed to Kyle for the intentional foul of biting Sims. Unfortunately, no action whatsoever was taken by McCarthy as a result of the flagrant and intentional foul committed by Kyle.

Amazingly, there was not just one instance of an intentional foul committed by Kyle in this fight. Kyle not only bit Sims early in the fight, but he attempted to bite Sims again near the end of the fight. At 4:49 into Round 1, Kyle clearly attempts to bite Sims again while at the same time throwing punches at Sims. At the point in time when Kyle attempts to bit Sims for a second time, Sims motions for McCarthy to step in and stop Kyle from biting him again. Again, while the argument can be made that it is within the sole discretion of the referee to determine whether a foul has been committed by a contestant, when a contestant is attempting to bite another contestant, it is obvious that all discretion ceases and the referee’s duty to enforce the rules, and more importantly, to protect the contestants, becomes mandatory. Such action by McCarthy in failing to consider the fact that Kyle had already bitten Sims and had attempted to bite Sims again was clearly not consistent with the NSAC Rules and Regulations, and further not consistent with the Commission’s concern for the safety and welfare of the contestants.

Finally, there is a major concern of McCarthy’s use of the “restart” rule. Pursuant to UFC rules, the “referee may restart the round...if the fighters reach a stalemate and do not work to improve position or finish.” The key word here is “restart.” Contestants in the UFC always start each round in their respective corners, and the referee always asks the contestants if they are ready to fight before he starts the fight. If a fight is to be “restarted,” it would seem only proper and appropriate that the fighters would be required to be in their respective corner. Even if the fighters were not required to go to their respective corners before “restart,” at the very least the referee should required to make sure both fighters are prepared to fight before starting the bout.

At 4:39 into Round 1 of the Sims-Kyle fight, McCarthy enforces the restart rule. McCarthy allows Kyle to get up and walk toward his corner. McCarthy allows Sims to get up and walk toward his corner. However, before Sims reaches his corner, and while Sims is facing away from Kyle, McCarthy signals for the fight to restart. Kyle charges at Sims while Sims is clearly not prepared to fight. By restarting the fight while Sims was still walking to his corner and had his back turned towards Kyle, McCarthy could very well have caused Sims to suffer a serious injury. Such action by McCarthy, while perhaps unintentional, was not consistent with his duties as a referee, and surely not consistent with the Commission’s concern for the safety and welfare of the contestants.

If one looks at history of combat sports and the use of the “restart” rule, it is fundamental that the referee shall ensure that neither fighter gains an advantage from his movement before restarting with fight. If the Commission would look at the history of the use of the restart rule within the UFC, it would be clear that the UFC has always followed this fundamental concept of not allowing either fighter to gain an advantage from the use of restart. Even looking at other fights in UFC 47, the use of the restart rule followed this basic and fundamental concept. In the Edwards-Franca fight in UFC 47, the restart rule was enforced twice, and in both instances the referee made sure that both fighters were prepared to fight before he allowed the fight to restart.

In the Sims-Kyle fight, the procedure used by McCarthy when he enforced the restart rule clearly gave an advantage to Kyle and was the significant factor in the end result of the fight. McCarthy allowed Kyle to charge at Sims and have an unimpeded and, in essence, a “free shot” at Sims. Sims was unable to recover after taking the hits from Kyle that came immediately after the restart. The fundamental rule of the use of the restart was not followed by McCarthy in this fight. Kyle not only gained a huge advantage after the restart, he actually won the fight due to the advantage he gained by being allowed to punch at Sims when Sims was not prepared for the restart. Again, it seems that although maybe unintentional, the actions of McCarthy were clearly not consistent his duties as a referee, and further not consistent with the Commission’s concern for the safety and welfare of the contestants.

In conclusion, Sims feels that the errors and mistakes of McCarthy in interpreting the rules and regulations of the NSAC had a tremendous impact on the outcome of the fight and resulted in the incorrect decision that Kyle was the winner of the bout.

Source: ADCC

Jungle Fight 2 - Card Developments!
by Marcelo Alonso / Team Tatame

Promoter Wallid Ismail has just confirmed three fights for the second edition of Jungle Fight, to be held on May 15th in Manaus, Brazil at Studio 5, a famous concert house with a capacity for 8 thousand expectators.

Despite features that include Carlos Barreto facing the american Brian Sherpa and Jorge 'Macaco', now representing Chute Boxe, against the american Thomas 'Wildman' Denny, the big surprise of the card was the rematch of the epic Meca 9 heavyweight battle between former Chute Boxe representative Assuério Silva (Muay Thai Dream Team) and Fabiano 'Pega-Leve' (BTT), who got hurt after he fell out of the ring and could not return to finish the first fight. 'I hope this time the promoters keep the ropes really tight so we can finish this fight' stated Assuério, who was first scheduled to fight Vladimir Matsuthenko.

Speaking of the Janitor, after the russian told the Tatame website that he would enjoy beating a brazilian just like he did Pedro Rizzo (UFC) and Rogério Minotouro (Pride), there are many fighters anxious to face him. 'We are setting up the last details. In the next few days I´ll release the final card with americans, Japanese and more brazilians. I just can tell you now that the production of the event will be on the same level of Pride. The fighters will arrive in the ring from the the mouth of giant Panther.' promised the promoter.

Card Subject TO Change:

Source: ADCC

Gary Goodridge calls Briggs a coward on MMAWeekly's SoundOff Radio

Gary Goodridge was the featured guest on MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio Tuesday. Gary is participating in K-1's Battle at the Bellagio II this Friday night. He isn't happy about a last minute opponent change, commenting, "I'm so F-ing pissed off at what has transpired."

Goodridge was supposed to be fighting Shannon Briggs but according to Gary, four days ago Shannon Briggs decided that he didn't want leg kicks to be allowed. "Shannon Briggs will not accept a kick boxing fight if there's kicking allowed below the waist," stated Gary. He referred to Briggs as a "coward" and compared him to the lion in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, "no heart, no balls, no nothing."

When Briggs pulled out of the fight, rumors began to swirl about who Goodridge would be facing. It was mentioned that he would be fighting Francois "The White Buffalo" Botha, then it was Eric Esch, also known as "Butterbean." Gary said that neither Botha or "Butterbean" are the caliber of boxer that Briggs is, yet neither of them asked for "anything special." Goodridge will be fighting "Toa," a guy Gary characterized as a "mountain of muscle."

Gary said he is glad his new opponent, "had the balls to step in the ring." He discussed how tough it is to prepare for a fight when your opponent changes. He prepared to fight Shannon Briggs, not "Toa." In the end, it doesn't matter. Gary is fighting "Toa" and stated, "we'll deal with it."

Goodridge talked about his transition into MMA and kick boxing. He comes from a boxing background. In fact, he was the 1993 Canadian National Super Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Gary said the transition was difficult to make but not as hard as it would have been if he didn't come from a stand up background.

Gary has just signed a two year contract with K-1 but that doesn't mean he is done fighting MMA. He has a MMA fight scheduled at the May 22nd, K-1 even in Japan. He said he is going to stay in K-1 and that he likes fighting K-1 style better than MMA because it is easier to train for. Goodridge is looking forward to meeting a childhood idol of his at event. Muhammad Ali is supposed to be there.

Tickets for Friday, April 30th’s K-1 “Battle At The Bellagio II” event can be purchased online at K-1 USA’s website ( store or by calling The Bellagio Hotel and Casino box office toll free at 1-800-963-9634.

Source: MMA Weekly

Ogawa versus Leko Debate

Personally I believe it was a work, Ogawa is one of the largest draw's in Japan. Japan needs a heavyweight fighter that can contend with the best. Fujita has been lackluster after his surgery. They have Hidehiko Yoshida in the Middleweight category and they are trying to build Ogawa up. He was supposed to fight Rickson Gracie a few years ago because after Takada and Funaki, Ogawa is the only other Japanese fighter with enough drawing power to afford Rickson. Count how many times Bas' lame announcing partner said that Leko was the best K-1 fighter. Someone remind me how many Grand Prix's Leko won? Bas could barely keep a straight face at times. Check it out. - Chris

There has been a lot of talk along message boards across the USA
regarding the Stephan Leko vs Ogawa fight.

Some people question the validity of the fight and some people in the
States believe the fight was a "work", meaning pre-determined outcome.

MMAWeekly's Scott Petersen who covered the event in Japan doesn't
believe it. "I believe you have an inexperienced fighter in MMA,
(Leko) who was a bit nervous in his first fight in Pride and it showed.
Ogawa got the better of him."

Others are more suspicious including Dave Meltzer from the wrestling
observer who came on MMAWeekly Radio yesterday.

Meltzer said "Pride and K-1 were built because of success of pro
wrestling in Japan. Ogawa is a guy who is a huge draw, just under
Akebono, Bob Sapp and others." Meltzer went onto say "it's interesting
that sportbooks didn't list the Ogawa vs Leko fight and it's
interesting that Leko has taken much harder shots from K-1 fighters and
has never gone down...I think things point to this fight being a work.
Let's just say the pro wrestlers in Japan... when this fight was
announced, felt this fight would be a work, no doubt about it."

We received your takes on the Soundoff Forum and this is what you said
about the Leko vs Ogawa fight...

NYWarrior - "The only thing I found strange was it seemed like he went
down real easy from the punch. I thought maybe he even slipped. They
didn't show it on replay...Conclusion: I don't think it was a fixed
bout. I just think once it got to the ground he had NO chance. (Mark
Hunt take notice!"

Hayabusa - Cause MMA internet fans are racists who hate the Japanese!

Badguy from Soundoff Forum - "I think it was strange that, Ogawa would
only enter if he fought Silva or Leko. Leko looked a little lost. I do
find it strange he got knocked down so easy. It looked funny, But I was
thinking work well before the GP started.

Luke22 - I think its tough to call the fight a work. I don't think
Leko has ever worked a fight before and doing a worked fight is much
more difficult than people think. Its pretty easy to watch on tv and
say "oh he went down easy after the punch", but we don't really know.

Gary Mac - Why because....

1) Ogawa has known works in his history

2) Leko, a qualified striker, did not attempt a serious striking attack

3) Leko, a qualified striker, went down very easily from a Judo
player's strike

4) There were zero instant replays

5) This fight was "coincidentally" the ONLY fight not shown in the
re-cap portion of the broadcast.

littlenero - It was Leko's first MMA match, of course he looked
awkward. He was probably afraid to be taken down. On the other hand
it wouldn't surprise me if it was a work.

BTW Ogawa will "draw" Giant Silva next round. Bet the farm on it.

Source: MMA Weekly

Briggs Out Toa In broke the story over the weekend, but Shannon Briggs is definitely out and the man known as Toa is in.

Toa, from New Zeland, is 6'4, 300 pounds and is the Oceania Sumo Champion, and has a 2-1 record in kickboxing.

There were some reports suggesting Tra Telligman was fighting, most notiably fightsport was reporting that, but that once again was untrue.

Gary Goodridge came on the MMAWeekly Radio show and talked about how upset he was that Briggs "chickened" out of his fight and did not want to fight if kicks were involved.

Goodridge also said on the show that Butterbean was another opponent rumored for the fight; however, they have decided on Toa.

Source: MMA Weekly

Vladimir Matyushenko
By José Maurício Costa

Matyushenko: "I face anyone from Brazil"

Out of MMA scene since September 26th, when he was knoked out by Andrey Arlovsky (UFC 44), Vladimir Matyushenko choose an original way to return to the rings. The RAW´s fighter decided to through away a public and polemic challenge: he wants to face any Brazilian Top Fighter. But why a Brazilian oponent? That´s exactly what you will find out right know. Take a look at this exclusive given by Matyushenko for Tatame.

Tell us a little bit about this decision of challenging any Brazilian Fighter...

I want to fight the best guys in the game. Vale Tudo started in Brazil and it is where the toughest and most skilled fighters live. This is why I am interested in fighting the top Brazilians - to test myself against the best in their home country.

In your fights against Brazilians you defeated either Pedro Rizzo or Rogério Minotouro only by points... It was a referee decision, so why you are so confident in be able to win any Brazilian guy?

My fights against Pedro and Rogerio Minotouro were unanimous decisions. I never felt any danger in either fight in fact I could feel them lose spirit. Since these fighters represent BTT and RVT, two of the strongest teams in Brazil and Rogerio has not lost to anyone but me, I am confident that my skills are capable to fight anyone.

Which Brazilian names would you like to fight against and how you intend to pass over hem?

Anyone, especially from the BTT or Chute Box since these are the most established names in the business.

And where would you like this fight happen. In the USA or Brazil?

Did you ever hear of the RAW motto: "anyone, anywhere,

Do you really think that teasing Brazilians fighters is a good strategy before fighting in Brazil, with only Brazilians fans at the audience?

Our sport has become very professional, I am only challenging myself and my opponent so the fans can see the result. Everybody wins!

Why did we not see you in recent MMA events?

I have been training and building my spirit in preparation for this year. I have been studying how to finish the fight definitively and I hope to put that into practice from now on.

Source: Tatame

Marvin Eastman + Focus = A Long Night for Michael McDonald :
By Thomas Gerbasi

For anyone else, it would seem insignificant. For Marvin Eastman, it was monumental.

The goosebumps weren't there.

Seconds before perhaps the biggest bout of his fighting career, a UFC 43 matchup against Vitor Belfort last June, Eastman's arms were bare, his mind was clouded, and there was little question that he was going to have to go into battle against the Brazilian phenom with a jammed pistol.

"When you don't have goosebumps before a fight, something is wrong," explains Eastman, who takes on Michael McDonald in Friday night's K-1 "Battle at The Bellagio II" tournament. "I think that's your body's natural reaction to fighting. And when you don't have any goosebumps, your instinct is not there. There are certain things that you're taught to do, and what you know to do when something happens. If I grab your arm, your natural reaction is to twist your wrist and pull your finger out. But if somebody grabs me and I have to think about it, that's not instinct. It takes too long and fighters don't have time like that. I just felt like I was going through the motions. I just felt like a zombie."

Eastman had good reason, having lost two uncles and a close friend within the three-month period before the bout, as well as suffering two eye injuries perilously close to fight night. Add it all together, and it just wasn't there for "The Beastman".

"I was just not there," he admits. "I shouldn't have fought in the first place. I had a lot of personal problems outside of training, and it was just a little too overwhelming for me, and it just showed up that night."

Eastman wound up getting stopped that night, in part to an ugly gash on his forehead that looked like something straight out of a slasher film (12 stitches later, Eastman says he's fully healed and the cut is virtually invisible). But fast forward ten months, and the 34-year-old is primed and focused on the task at hand, which is winning Friday night's tournament.

Not surprisingly though, for a fighter who has made a career of fighting tough opposition (Belfort, Quinton Jackson, Vernon White, Rich Franklin, among others), Eastman hasn't been given an easy round matchup in McDonald, who was the K-1 USA champion in 2002, and one of the sport's standouts since his debut in 1998.

"Obviously they're not giving me no gift," chuckles Eastman. "Most of the time when I fight, whether it's in the cage or in kickboxing, they don't give me any tune-ups. They just stick me up against the best people anyway. I have no problem with it."

Yet while Eastman's warrior mentality dictates an "any fighter at any time" philosophy, the Las Vegan believes the fans get shortchanged a bit by seeing the best fighters battling it out in the early rounds of a tournament.

"The only thing is if they put you in a battle in the first one, and they have a tournament, it makes it difficult because one or both of us might be banged up, and you still have two more fights to fight," he said. "You might not get the best performance out of a fighter because they're banged up. I think it's a little disservice to the fans. They want to see a war right off the bat."

A war is what fans should get when Eastman and McDonald square off. As Eastman says, "We got the same skills and the same height; he comes forward, I come forward too. We're just gonna bring it out and hopefully, if anything, we give a good fight and the best man will win. He's an excellent fighter, but I'm no slouch either; and I'm not going into this thing just wanting to say I fought with McDonald. I want to be the K-1 North American champion. That's my goal. I don't go into anything halfway or half-hearted."

And even though McDonald has the edge in big fight experience, at 39, he's at that age where everything can go in one night, and truth be told, he's been on a bit of a slide since late-2002, going 4-5-1 in his last ten bouts.

Eastman's not buying it.

"I'm looking at the Michael McDonald when he was destroying everybody," said Eastman (17-4 with 10 KOs in kickboxing). "I don't think the age makes a difference. Some people age differently. I'm 34. I haven't been taking no beatings. The first thing that I ever took were the two knees to the face from Vitor and it didn't knock me out. And that's the only time I've ever been in a war besides the one with Quinton Jackson."

"Look at (middleweight boxing champion) Bernard Hopkins," continues Eastman. "He's 39 years old and he's still killing people. People think that people peak out at a certain age. You've got guys who've been in the game 10-15 years that started out at 27-28 years old. Me, I'm still learning Muay Thai. I've been doing it since 95, but I've been taught pure Muay Thai from Thailand. All the stuff you see Remy Bojansky doing, the jump knees, if we were using elbows, the jump elbows, all the jump roundhouses, that's the way I fight. And I haven't learned a portion of what I need to learn to be dominant in this game. I see McDonald as being just as strong and just as dominant as he normally is. And I hope he does come like that because I'm a retaliation-type fighter. I've got to get even. If you hit me two times, I'm gonna hit you back 15 times. I'm not, 'oh, you got me.' I'm not giving you no psychological advantage. That's just the way I fight. If he hits me one second before the bell, in a millisecond I'm gonna throw another punch back, because I don't want him going back thinking he got the best of me. I don't want them to say, 'oh, you beat a Michael McDonald that's over the hill.' I don't want that, and I don't discount any fighter and say that they're this, or they're that. They're still dangerous, and all it takes is one punch or one kick and you could lose this fight."

On Friday night, Marvin Eastman is looking to land that one punch or kick, or maybe dozens of them; whatever it takes to get the victory and move on to the finals, where he plans on becoming the K-1 North American champion.

Rest assured, he'll be feeling the goosebumps.

Source: Maxfighting


Quote of the Day

"Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting."

Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, American Speaker, Motivational Writer, ''Think and Grow Rich''


Saint Louis High School Gymnasium
April 24, 2004

Team Results
 Team Points


 # of Competitors
 Brazilian Freestyle / Nova Uniao / HMC


 Relson Gracie (combined academies)


 Gracie Kailua


 Grappling Unlimited


 North Shore Jiu Jitsu





Individual Results

Kids Gi Division

Under 55 lbs:
1) Moses Kaawaloa
Gracie Kailua
2) Koani Requilman
Relson Gracie Kaneohe

55 - 70 lbs:
1) Joshua Wills
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Daven Shitabata
Relson Gracie Kaneohe

70 - 85 lbs:
1) Thomas Butenbah
Gracie Kailua
2) Jimmy Gallagher
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu

Super Lightweight Yellow Belt:
1) Bubba Gascon
Relson Gracie Casca Grossa
2) Noah Hashimoto
Relson Gracie Casca Grossa

Lightweight Yellow Belt:
1) Noah Cronin
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Marcus Hall
Gracie Kailua

Middleweight Yellow Belt:
1) Kena Gugudan
Relson Gracie
2) Sage Yoshida
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu / HMC

Open Division (ages 12-15):
1) Keola Knight
Gracie Kailua
2) Travis Hexton
Gracie Kailua

Teen Division:
1) Ryan Peterson
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Micheal Bright
Relson Gracie Kaneohe

Womens Division

1) Daynin Dashefsky
Gracie Kailua
2) Mellissa Cronin
Relson Gracie Kaneohe

Mens White Belt

Super Featherweight:
1) Phonz Nguyen
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) David Kalfleisch
Relson Gracie

1) Josh Ambrose
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Michael Bright
Relson Gracie Kaneohe

1) David Harrington
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Calvin Delaries
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn

1) Russell Strong
Nova Uniao
2) James Knight
Gracie Kailua

Light Heavyweight:
1) Mikkel Boser
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Gilbert Yguerabide
Gracie Kailua

1) Anthony Lynch
Gracie Kailua
2) Nicholas Tufts
Relson Gracie

Super Heavyweight:
1) Thomas Ako
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Ioane Makakoa
Gracie Kailua

Mens Blue Belt

Feather Weight:
1) Jordan Flores
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Eric Alves
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu

1) Palani Mamalias
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Dean Lista

1) Ahmed Diallo
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Daniel Espinosa
Gracie Kailua

Light Heavyweight:
1) Kevin Yoshida
2) Hiroshi Tominaga
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu

1) Jeremy Owens
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Ikaika Almadova
Gracie Kaneohe

Super Heavyweight:
1) Ryan Young
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Charles Hercules
Gracie Kailua

Freeweight 215+:
1) Phillip Baltunado
Relson Gracie Kaneohe
2) Benjamin Depauw
Gracie Kailua

Purple Belt

1) Diego Moreas
Relson Gracie
2) Kyle Takao
Nova Uniao / HMC

1) Abraham Robison
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Henrique Milioh
North Shore Jiu Jitsu

1) Alessandro Glorioso
Relson Gracie
2) Dylan Clay
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
Open Purple Belt:
1) Sidney Silva
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Dylan Clay
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu

 Kids No Gi Division

1) Sage Yoshida
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu / HMC
2) Keola Mayural

Teen Division:
1) Turner Kaimana
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Josh Hayes
Gracie Kailua

Mens No Gi Novice

Super Featherweight:
1) David Kalbfleisch
Relson Gracie
2) Brandon Hudgins
Gracie Kailua

1) Jordan Flores
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Derek Atta
Grappling Unlimited

1) Abraham Robison
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Dean Lista

1) Ahmed Diallo
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Russell Strong
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn

Light Heavyweight:
1) Gilbert Yguerabide
Gracie Kailua
2) Kevin Yoshida

1) Jason Allen
Gracie Kailua
2) Anthony Lynch
Gracie Kailua

Freeweight 215+:
1) Benjamin Depauw
Gracie Kailua
2) Phillip Baltunado
Gracie Kaneohe

Mens No Gi Advanced

1) Kiah Petrie
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Joe Mcilhone
Gracie Kailua

1) Anthony Torres
Grappling Unlimited
2) Alessandro Glorioso
Relson Gracie

1) Jeremy Owens
Nova Uniao / BJ Penn
2) Jason McCormick
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu

Mens No Gi Advanced - Master

1) Demian Dressler
Brazilian Freestyle Jiu Jitsu
2) Burton Richardson

Source: Event Promoters

Ring of Honor Submission Grappling Tournament Postponed!

The event previously scheduled for May 2nd,
will be postponed to May 30th.

The promoter wanted to give more time between the Hawaiian Grappling Championships (held thsi past weekend) and the ROH tournament. It will still be held at Campbell High School Gym.

Source: Event Promoter

Chuck Liddell Seminar!!
May 15.2004
Campbell High School
12 Noon

Seating going fast!!

Just wanted to keep everyone informed about the limited seating due to high volume of response. Teams and fans that want to come let you to register names and payment with me as soon as possible. I also will be given a real good deal if you have 15 or more people that registers same time as you as a group I will give your group a discount price @ $40.00 a person. Don't be left out on this seminar.

Email to reserve your spot.

Source: Event Promoter

Pequeno represents Shooto in Hawaii

A special invitation is driving Alexandre Pequeno to Hawaii on July 9th. The Shooto Lightweight champion will be the Shooto Japan representative Pequeno, who will do a super-fight in the event. "I think I will be seen a lot in Hawaii now. They've already did it before with Rumina Sato during a time," reminds Pequeno. According to the Brazilian, this invitation is part of the Shooto program to release Alexandre Pequeno's name in US. On the same event, another Brazilian star will also fight: Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro.

Source: Tatame

Rumors: Gomi vs. Ralph

Negotiations are in progress for the next Bushido show in May for Ralph Gracie to fight Takanori Gomi. It is important to stress that this fight is not yet signed, but there is alot of anticipation for such a match up and we will keep you up to date on its progress.

Source: Gracie Fighter

by: Eddie Goldman/ADCC Wrestling Editor

While the martial arts are supposed to build character, dignity, honesty, and respect, something different seems to happen very often when money, power, and politics become involved. One of the most glaring examples of this irony has been in the Olympic sport of taekwondo.

Kim Un-yong, an influential member of the International Olympic Committee, had to resign his posts as president of the World Taekwondo Federation and as a member of the Korean National Assembly in January following the announcement that he was facing arrest for numerous charges of corruption. Korean officials accused him of taking payoffs from businessmen so that they would be named to the Korean Olympic Committee. Kim, who is the former chairman of the Korean Olympic Committee, was also accused of embezzling huge amounts of money from the World Taekwondo Federation. He subsequently was suspended from his position as a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.

Things didn't sound much better in the USA. Following numerous charges of mismanagement and financial irregularities, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) finally had to threaten its own taekwondo federation, the U.S. Taekwondo Union (USTU), with decertification last year. On the verge of that decertification, the USTU leadership retreated. The USOC forced the resignation of USTU president Sang Lee and his top staff. In Lee's place a USOC veteran, Bob Gambardella, was appointed as USTU chief executive officer. Gambardella was formerly head of USA Volleyball.

While the crisis atmosphere seems to have subsided at the USTU, its troubles are far from over. The debt-ridden USTU will soon have to stop funding its athletes who have been training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Gambardella is working on getting new sponsors, but that will take time.

Now a new problem has arisen for taekwondo. Three politicians, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL), and Sen. James Jeffords (Ind.-VT), have written letters to the USOC about a recent rule change in taekwondo. That rule, enacted in 2002, no longer mandates that all 12- and 13-year-olds must compete under junior safety rules. Those rules limit kicks to the head and neck, and call for disqualification for those head and neck kicks which disable an opponent.

Before this is all dismissed as more bluster from politicians ignorant of the martial arts, it should be pointed out that both Jackson and Jeffords are reportedly black belts in taekwondo.

These letters can be seen in their entirety at:
Source: ADCC

ADCC 2005: North American Trials To Be Held in Vancouver, Canada!!!

The Road To The 6th Submission Wrestling World Championships is Set To Begin

Over the weekend of September 17th, 18th and 19th, 2004, Vernon, British Columbia is proud to host Amateur MMA fights, Pro MMA fights and ADCC’s North American Trials, as well as training seminars with one of North America’s top fighters.

'There will be five tournaments of eight men, with the winners earning a spot directly to the World Championships scheduled for the Spring of 2005.' states ADCC spokesman Miguel Iturrate. 'With the announcement of the World Championships coming ot the USA, it is natural for the North Amerifan Trials to try a new venue, and Canada's MMA community is very strong in the west. We will have more details on the North Americna Trials in the days to come.'

The competition is taking invites at this time. The event will provide hotel accomodations for competitors in Vancouver, Canada as well as the only guaranteed shot into the World Championships.

Anyone who wants to apply for a spot in the North American Trials should send a complete resume to:

'We are so excited to have the event here,' Leslie Dickens from Team Evolution announced. 'Working with Showdown and ADCC is a dream come true for us. This weekend will be like nothing anyone has ever seen and we just want to make everyone proud to be a part of these fantastic sports.'

Friday night will feature amateur MMA fights, with the North American Trials taking place on Saturday. Saturday night will present Pro MMA fights and the seminars are scheduled for Sunday. More news to follow as many people will be part of this MMA and grappling extravaganza.

- under 65.9 KG (2003 winner: Eddie Bravo)
- 66-76.9 KG (2003 winner: Pablo Popovich)
- 77-87.9 KG (2003 winner: David Terrell)
- 88-98.9 KG (2003 winner: Dean Lister)
- 99 KG and up (2003 winner: Mike Whitehead)

For information on the event, please contact us at: or

Source: ADCC

by Ryan Bennett

This is why the sport of MMA is truly great. You have a former all american wrestler who knocks out one of the most feared strikers, who happens to be a K-1 quality kickboxer.

Let me get this right. Kevin Randleman, a former national champion in college wrestling, just KO'd the most feared striker in the Heavyweight division.... with a left hook? Once again this IS why MMA is the best sport, because literally ANYTHING can happen.

I remember earlier this year I was shocked when BJ Penn beat Matt Hughes with a rear naked choke as this was an absolutely huge upset in my book. Hughes was a huge favorite and if I remember correctly the odds were just about the same as this fight between Mirko Cro Cop and Kevin Randleman.

What made this fight so shocking is thinking back that this was the same Kevin Randleman who just a few months ago had a horrible fight with Sakuraba, in which he mounted absolutely no offense in the fight. Later we learned he had a bad arm injury which hampered his performance. To see Randleman this weekend do that to Mirko Cro Cop was unbelievable and sensational at the same time.

I did an interview with Randleman many months ago where he talked about how tough it was for him to make weight as a heavyweight. He jokingly told me he used to put weights in his shoes to make weight at the Heavyweight Division (which by the way, I'm still not convinced he was joking).

The thing that was interesting in that conversation was the fact that he felt the 205 pound division was harder and in all reality a tougher division than the heavyweights, because the fighters at Light Heavyweight were so much quicker and had better cardio than the big boys in the Heavyweight ranks.

So I guess with that said, we shouldn't be too surprised at how great Randleman looked as a Heavyweight in the fight. This was the same Kevin Randleman who won a UFC Heavyweight Belt a few years ago.

So what was the turning point of this fight? As strange as it sounds, It was the attempt at a takedown that Randleman didn't get that changed this fight. In the opening stages of the first round, Kevin used one of his lightning quick double leg takedowns, to try and get Mirko down.

Only problem? When Big Kev backed Cro Cop in the corner, Mirko's power was evident as Randleman couldn't budge the Croation fighter let alone get him down on the ground. Later the referee would stop the action and have both fighters go to the center of the ring, for lack of action.

I know, I know, I said the same thing you did. Randleman blew his chance to take Mirko down and now Cro Cop will take Randleman's head off with a nasty kick.

It was just at that moment that the fight changed because Cro Cop went from the hunter, to the hunted, as he stopped looking for that one big strike or kick that would change the fight.

Instead Mirko stopped moving forward from that point on and moved backward trying to avoid the takedown, ala Chuck Liddell vs Randy Couture. Cro Cop stopped being the aggressor and while trying to defend the next takedown, it was Randleman landing a left hook from Cleveland that brought on one of the bigger upsets in recent memory.

Now we hear people ask.....Can Randleman win this tournament? That remains to be seen and I for one, kind of doubt it for the simple fact that Kevin is only 5'9, which will become a problem as this tournament progresses. Most of these guys truly are giants. Randlemen in the post fight conference that you can see said as much, referring to himself as a "midgit" in the land of giants.

Most of us though didn't think Kevin could even contend with Cro Cop, let alone beat him. So as I said at the beginning of this article, that's the beauty of MMA. Anything can and will happen and Randleman has just firmly established himself in the dark horse role in the Kentucky Derby of MMA in what we know as the Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Source: MMA Weekly

by Jake Downing

When Mark Coleman's career ends, he will no doubt be a first ballot MMA Hall of Famer with all he has accomplished in his career.

After losing to Fedor over the weekend, have we seen the last of Mark Coleman at the top level of the Heavyweight Division? It appears that could be the case.

Coleman has had to battle through many injuries; since, he last won the Grand Prix back in 2000. Before the Fedor fight he talked to MMAWeekly and said "I've really got that fire back now. No matter what happens here (in the first round), I've got a 3-fight deal and I'm going to honor that contract and whatever happens, it's either going to be in the Grand Prix or against someone else."

Coleman was very game in the fight with Fedor and Mark was just as shocked as anyone else when Fedor pulled out an armbar out of no where to finish Coleman. Seconds after the loss, there was the former champion, looking at the ring apron in disbelief, wondering exactly how he ended up in that position to lose the fight.

This fight in the Heavyweight Grand Prix made it Coleman's fourth fight in four years. He is 2-2 during that four year span with wins coming over Don Frye at Pride 26 and Alan Goes at Pride 13 back in 2001.

So the question remains. Are Coleman's best years as a fighter behind him? Things point to the answer being "Yes". Can Mark still beat his fair share of Heavyweights in the world today? That answer is also "Yes", but will Mark Coleman ever compete for another shot at a championship?

That thought looks doubtful and after this first round exit of the Grand Prix, regretably we may have just witnessed the last time "The Hammer" competes for a championship in his hall of fame career.

Source: MMA Weekly


For years, the best fighters in the world have traditionally come from the MMA powerhouses of Brazil, Russia and the United States, but this weekend at the Pride Grand Prix three of Japan's up and comers put their stamp in the world of MMA.

For years it was the great Sakuraba who gave Japan their one and only hope of MMA greatness, but this weekend we saw three Japanese fighters make their marks in our great sport.

Ogawa, Yokoi and Takahashi have punched their ticket as great fighters as they made a great account of themselves in the Pride Grand Prix. Ogawa made short work of K-1 Kickboxer Stephan Leko. Ogawa, the judo player who won a silver medal in the Olympics, actually surprised Leko with a left hook of all things.... that dropped Leko on the white canvas and once this fight went to the ground it was all Ogawa all the time.

Yokoi, who was a huge underdog, battled Minotauro Nogueira tooth and nail in the first round of their fight. The only thing that slowed down Yokoi was fatigue toward the end of the first round. It was the Brazilian fighter, the great Nogueira showed his experience and superior conditioning to secure the win by submission due to a choke.

Even Takahashi, the pancrase champion, gave up a lot of weight against Heath Herring, but still made a great account of himself in that fight.

Japan is one of the few countries that embraces and understands the sport of MMA. It's front page news that draws anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 fans. Now it looks as though the Japanese fans have something to cheer about as these young fighters usher in the new wave of Japanese fighters that the Japanese crowds have so badly wanted to cheer for. This weekend we may have seen the MMA scene shift to MMA's orginal homeland with the future looking very bright in the land of the rising sun.

Source: MMA Weekly

Rumble On The Rock 5

About a week and a half until ROTR 5, get your tickets now!

On Friday May 7th Prodigy Productions has put together a world class card happening in one of our nation’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events, Rumble On The Rock. Top Hawaii fighters along with five (5) of the UFC’s best veterans will meet at the Neal Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, HI. The show features world class athletes in what is going to be an intense night of Mixed Martial Arts action.

This will be the sixth (6th) installment for Rumble On The Rock and the second time ROTR has made it to Honolulu, HI.

At this time we are proud to announce:

Main event
Wesley “Cabbage” Correira
John Marsh

One other exciting fight on the card:

Matt Lindland vs. Tony Fryklund
Ross Ebanez vs. Steve Berger
Ronald Jhun vs. Ryan Schultz
Kawika Paaluhi vs. TBA
Kaynan Kaku vs. TBA

Rumble On The Rock is a world class Mixed Martial Arts event that originated in Hilo, HI with their first show on Dec 28, 2002. In less then one (1) year Rumble On The Rock reached true world class scale featuring such epic battles as Charuto Verisimo (#4 welterweight in the world) Vs. Gill Castillo (#8 ranked welterweight) and Lightweight World title fight between BJ Penn (UFC welterweight champion) Vs. Takanori Gomi (Japans #1 lightweight and #2 in the world), with a production that rivals the top shows in the world.. With our current card featuring many top ranked fighters from around the world you can see that Rumble On The Rock is here to stay.

Until then
Thank you
Prodigy Productions

Source: Event Promoter

Bob Sapp faces Fujita at K-1 Romanex

After defeating Dolgorsuren Sumiyabazar last March, the "Beast" Bob Sapp has already a new challenge at the upcoming Romanex, MMA event promoted by K-1, which happens on May 22nd at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Sapp will do a 5minx3round fight against Japanese wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita, who comes from a victory over Imamu Mayfield at last Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye, held in last December. Sapp revealed how he intends to win the bout:

"I know that Fujita is a talented wrestler, so I will strike and I think he will try to take me down and get in with a mount. It will be a good fight," said the 2 meters tall fighter. According to K-1, the card may count with a match between Alexey "The Scorpion" Ignashov and Shinsuke Nakamura. They also promises names as: Don Frye, Mark Hunk, Sam Greco, Genki Sudo, The Predator, Gary Goodridge, Yoshihiro Nakao, Josh Barnett and "Kid" Yamamoto.

Source: Tatame

The List Narrows for Diaz

Penn, Nakao, Black, and Menne are all out of the prospective opponent's list for various reasons. New names that have been mentioned and are currently being considered are:
The winner of Shonie Carter vs. Karo Parisyan, the winner of St. Pierre vs. Jason Miller or the winner of Matt Hughes vs. Renato Verissimo.

Source: Gracie Fighter


Quote of the Day

"We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit."

Aristotle, BC 384-322, Greek Philosopher

'UFC 48: Payback' Hallman vs. Trigg
by: Joseph Cunliffe

Las Vegas, NV -- Their first fight ended in a controversial TKO and it would be that outcome to later help change law. It was in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 23, 2002, when Dennis Hallman and Frank Trigg first met in an octagon. That WFA Level 3 fight raised a question with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on unintentional fouls. You see, Hallman was fouled and was unable to continue, and as such, Trigg was awarded the win.

Hallman continued his active fight schedule after WFA. With over 50 fights on his record, the Yelm, Washington, fighter has competed in multiple promotions and weight divisions since 1977. A veteran of HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC, Shooto and UA, the wrestler has experienced much success throughout his career. The 28-year-old fights out of Victory Athletics, a Northwest school, with UFC veteran Benji Radach. In his last UFC fight, Hallman lost a Unanimous Decision to Jens Pulver in their lightweight championship title fight at “UFC 33: Victory in Vegas” in September 2001.

Trigg had one quick fight since WFA. The El Segundo, California, fighter has competed in Shooto and Pride, racking up some of his 33 career wins over Fabiano Iha and Jean-Jacques Machado. The 31-year-old fights out of Team RAW, which he owns, in Los Angeles. In his only UFC fight, Trigg lost by Submission to Matt Hughes in their welterweight championship title fight at “UFC 45: Revolution” in November 2003.

According to the NSAC at the time, if an illegal technique occurred and the fighter who received the illegal technique could not continue after 5 minutes, that fighter would lose. The NSAC reviewed the rule and changed it in early 2003. Hallman and Trigg return to sin city on Saturday, April 2, for a rematch at “UFC 48: Payback,” under the revised law, which would have deemed their first fight a No Contest.

Source: ADCC

Saturday - A Day of Rest? Not For the PRIDE GP Champion...
by: Julio Heller
Saturday, April 17th, 10 AM

Great pictorial on
Abu Dhabi.

It was a normal Saturday in Curitiba, normally a day of rest for many people. We take a close look at the world famous the Chute Boxe Academy.

The first guy to arrive there on Saturday morning is the Pride GP Champion Wanderlei Silva, who started to train alone. For three hours until the afternoon, every member of the academy who arrives gets the opportunity to face Wanderlei Silva. It is a tall task for anyone, and excellent training for Silva. This is the price to be a champion.

The Chute Boxe team is going to Japan next Monday with Ninja, Rudimar Fedrigo, Rafael Cordeiro and Wanderlei, who will attend the GP to promote his next fight against Yuki Kondo.

Source: ADCC

Antoine Jaoude: Brazilian Wrestler speaks out the Olympics in Athens
By: Gleidson Venga / Team TATAME

The Olympic dreams of Antoine Jaoude are really close to becoming true. Antoine, has tried to qualify for the Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney and missed by one point, but in 2004 he´s confirmed for the Olympic Games in Athens:

'The statement has already been distributed but we can´t talk yet. The Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB) needs to confirm the invites. The official decision has been promised for the end of the month.' explains Antoine. Joaude's almost certain participation representing Brazil at the Olympic Games isn't from an invitation, but it is due to technical terms. Antoine explains:

'I haven´t qualified by invitation, but by technical judgement. These are evaluated. That´s what has qualified me, my techniques. Now I await approval from the COB.'

Antoine knows the difficulties he will face in Athens in the battle by the medal:

'Let´s get back to reality. It's gonna be a bit hard for me to get a medal, but I will go looking for it. I will look to perform at my maximum, I will not go to Athens to chill out, I want the people to see my match and know that I will be there giving my blood in order for my country's honor. I want to make a great showing, because that´s a responsibility!' concludes the RUas Vale Tudo competitor.

Source: ADCC

Goodridge: Entertaining for the Past Decade
By Marc Godin

Champions in the ring come in all forms. You have those with belts and titles and those at the other end of the spectrum: People's Champions. For a fighter, it can be as important to be part of this second category as the first. People's Champions have heart, determination, no fear and create doubts and passions in every fan's mind. In other words, they are the entertainers of the fight game.

Nowadays, you have fighters like Bob Sapp, Tito Ortiz and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson who can be labeled as elite entertainers. In the late '90s mixed martial arts had one, Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge, who left North America for Japan where he became a huge star.

Who could forget his first match and the vicious elbows on Paul Herrera's face at UFC 8 1996? Not all fighters can create a character as quickly as he did on that night. The now 38-year-old Canadian was able to capitalize on the situation and make a good living out of MMA.

For one reason or another, Goodridge became the litmus test for the young guns in this business. He became the guy promoters like PRIDE wanted new lions to showcase their skills against. Let's not forget that Big Daddy was the first opponent for fighters such as Ricco Rodriguez, Valentijn Overeem and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in PRIDE.

Friday's upcoming Aruze K-1 World GP 2004 in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel features Gary Goodridge, once again becoming the ultimate test for a newcomer. This time around, the new gun was supposed to be Shannon Briggs, the former heavyweight boxing champion. Briggs had previously showcased his skills in a K-1 match against Tom Erikson, who happened to be Goodridge's close friend.

Unfortunately, an injury to Briggs has put this bout on hold. But one thing's for sure, we'll probably see this fight happening real soon because bad blood runs deep between the two fighters. Here's a quote from Gary on an Internet forum about Briggs' injury: "Yeah, a pussy foot injury. Every fighter goes in the ring with an injury. I'm injured. What was he planning to do, kick me? I'll catch up with him later."

The latest information has Goodridge fighting New Zealand sumo wrester, Toa. This match will become a must-win situation for Big Daddy, who currently has a 1-5-1 record with the K-1 organization. He has to win his match on Friday if he wants a piece of Briggs in the future.

Every athlete comes to a point when he or she must ask: Is it time to retire?

In Goodridge's last match, at PRIDE Shockwave on December 31, 2003, everybody thought that it would be his last. Facing fellow veteran Don Frye, nobody could have written a better ending to a great career, as Goodridge won with a stunning high kick.

But, after settling some family issues, Gary Goodridge thought otherwise about his pending retirement. Beside this week's bout in Las Vegas, he is rumored to be fighting on the upcoming K-1 MMA Romanex card in Saitama Super Arena on the 22nd of May.

Lots of fans wonder why Goodridge continues. The reason is simple. His record in K-1 style might not be the greatest, but he still defeated an established K-1 fighter in Mike Bernardo and had a draw against Mark Hunt in his last outing. Also, since his loss to a Gilbert Yvel back in October 2000, he sports a record of 9-2-1 in MMA matches. And those two loses came against the likes of Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. I for one, figure that Gary still has at least five good matches in him before he should seriously think about retiring -- again.

As a fan, I want to see a fighter like Gary Goodridge in the ring because you never know what will happen. There's always the chance that he will create an upset. And whatever happens, he will give it his all out there. There's not enough fighters like him, but let's not forget, not all fighters are entertainers. Thankfully, we have Big Daddy.

Source: Maxfighting

Pride Grand Prix Random Ramblings
Arnold "The Sushiboy" Lim

Having just watched the first round of the Open weight Pride Grand Prix I have put pen to paper and put together a list of random ramblings regarding the Pride Grand Prix show that took place on the 25th of April. One big upset mixed in with a mixed bag of fights that included fighters that had no business in the Pride Grand Prix came off with well…Mixed results. On the plus side was Sergei Kharatonov vs Murilo Rua which is the early front runner for fight of the year, even though it only lasted half of the first round it packed enough action to fill a twenty minute contest. On the minus side, Sentoryu vs. Giant Silva, two people that don’t even use their real names, mixing it up in a less then impressive fashion Surely it is a shame that either of these fighters will be moving on when Mirko Filipovic, and Mark Coleman will be sitting on the sidelines.

Contrary to what many people believed, one member of the Hammer house will be moving on in the next round of the Heavyweight grand prix and representing Ohio in the biggest tournament of it’s kind in the world. In the upset of the night Kevin Randleman, coming off of two consecutive losses to Quinton Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba, ( who lost to Filipovic in the past), shocked the MMA world by defeating “Cro Cop”, and defeating him soundly. Not only did he win the fight, he knocked him out on the feet and finished the job on the ground early in the first round. Surely this is a turn of events that few save his direct family could have predicted. The Hammer house is represented and represented well in the next round, if Randleman is hot he has shown that he can compete at the highest level. “The Monster” has taken over the mantle of “Dark Horse” in this tournament and in the meantime his stock, as well as his rankings in the top ten rise in turn. Congratulations to Randleman, he will have his hands full in the next round, but he has put himself back in the mix, a concept that was fleeting only a few short months ago.

Fedor Emelianenko impressed with the slick transition off his back into the fight ending armbar, an armbar that few including Mark Coleman saw coming. An armbar that was almost as shocking as Randleman’s Cro Cop Crushing haymaker to end all haymakers. Emelianenko proved that his ground and pound attack, an attack that was ushered in by Coleman in the early days of the UFC, was not the lone tool in his dangerous skill set. Win impressively he did, and he moves on as the early favorite to take home the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix belt to match the Heavyweight belt that currently sits on his mantleplace. Now that Filipovic is out of the picture, his most dangerous rival looks to be Rodrigo Nogueira, a man whom he has already defeated soundly in the past. Some people had been wondering how his transition from the Russian Top Team to the Red Devil team would affect him, but at this point he looks like the same, calm, dangerous, expressionless self. On paper it looks like his tournament to lose.

Coleman looked solid in the fight but ran into a fighter that was just too good at too many things, but having seen him compete, it is not out of the question to see him back competing at a high level. He was competitive until the fight ending submission and even had Emelianenko’s back at one point, and for all intents and purposes took down the Russian at will. I feel that a few adjustments could put him back in the mix, but can an old dog learn new tricks? No-one knows how much longer his body will hold up either, he has been though many wars and if he does indeed call it a career he should be applauded as one of the true pioneers of the sport of MMA and a man that ushered in a new wave of fighters into MMA.

I don’t know if it was just me but I did not feel that Rodrigo Nogueira looked like he was at the top of his game against Hirotaka Yokoi. I don’t know if it was because Yokoi was that good and better then anyone expected, or because Nogueira knew that he had the easier road to the next round and relaxed a little bit in his training. In any case I feel that he will need to kick it up a notch if he is interested in defeating Emelianenko if the two juggernauts meet up at some point in the Grand Prix. The formerly undefeated Yokoi did show some impressive skills, including solid submission defense, but cardio was his enemy. If it is any consolation to him, he will go down in history as the first person to be caught in the “Reverse Arm Triangle” in Pride, if not everywhere. In a day and age where Pride is doing everything it can to usher in quality new Japanese blood you have to wonder if Pride is squandering a quality Japanese fighter who looks like he should be fighting in the Middleweight tournament and not the open weight tournament. With the proper adjustments he could be a force as a middleweight (light heavyweight) in the future. As far as Nogueira goes, although he didn’t look as sharp as he has in the past, you have to be impressed by his interesting submission, you can be sure that the Jiu Jitsu gyms around the world will have a new technique to show off to the up and coming practitioners of the future. Congratulations to Nogueira who pulled off THE submission of the year to date.

One of the early candidates for fight of the year is in the books and Sergei Kharatonov and Murilo Rua left it all in the ring. I feel that the size and reach advantage worked heavily in the favor of the tough Russian fighter and he did just what he needed to do to win the fight. He used his size and reach advantage to knock out the always entertaining Rua, but not before getting smacked in the face several times for his efforts. Rua showed the heart of a champ and although he came up short on this day, I am sure he will find his way back to his more natural Light Heavyweight division and into the mix once again. I feel that the extra weight worked against him and he didn’t look as spry as he has in the past. In any case there is no shame in this loss and hopefully we will see him soon.

All in all the Pride event was a solid one but I didn’t feel it had as many compelling matchups as the Pride Middleweight tournament of last year. The strongest fight of the night was easily the Kharatonov / Rua fight, a fight where Kharatonov went a long way in legitimizing himself in the minds of the fans who have yet to see him in active competition. At this point it is looking like a 5 horse race with Kharatonov, Herring, Nogueira, Emelianenko, and Randleman looking like the early favorites, but anything can happen. The matchups that will round out the next round will play a huge role in who will advance, but Semmy Schilt, Giant Silva, and Ogawa have to be considered the heavy underdogs at this point. Schilt has already lost to Fedor, and Nogueira in the recent past. Ogawa has never fought or beaten a credible opponent in MMA ever and some of the wins he currently has have been called into question. Silva has only two fights to his name and lost to fellow cardmate Heath Herring only four months ago.Any which way the brackets fall I think it is fair to say everyone is waiting in anticipation for the next round. -MMARR-

Source: MMA Ring Report

Interview: Cung Le
By Mike Afromwitz

For the last several years, the name Cung Le has been synonymous with San Shou kickboxing, the genre of martial arts fighting in which the 31-year-old rocketed to stardom by capturing five major championships and captaining two United States national teams. Still undefeated after 15 professional starts, he lives and breathes combat. On Friday, he will return to the ring to reaffirm his status in the sport.

Le’s appearance comes in the wake of his two dominant Las Vegas K-1 Superfight performances last year. In May, he stopped longtime rival Scott Sheeley with a spinning backfist in the second round of their K-1 USA matchup. At the Bellagio Hotel and Casino last August, Le earned a unanimous judges’ decision over Canada’s Phil Petit by repeatedly executing his patented scissor kick and swift takedowns.

Q: Aside from your typical training, what do you feel has helped you become a dominant martial arts fighter over the years?

A: Well, consistency in my training, even though I took a two year layoff from fighting because my son came into the world. Just last year, I came back to K-1 and had two fights there. So really, it was just a matter of staying consistent with my training. I really don’t train just to maintain. I always train at a high level. That’s what’s helped me grow and improve and be better.

Q: What is your impression of your K-1 “Battle At The Bellagio II” opponent, Brian Warren?

A: I haven’t really seen much of him. I was expecting to fight someone else at first (Sean McCully) and he couldn’t make weight so Brian Warren stepped up. He’s probably looking at this like he has everything to gain and nothing to lose, but at the same time, when he steps in that ring, there is something to lose. We’ll definitely find out that night what he’s going to lose. But for me, whoever steps in the ring is going to train their hardest because they’re looking for their shot. Being on top of my game, I don’t look at this like I’ve got a lot to lose. I just look at it as if I’m on top of my game and I come to fight every night like I have, I’m going to succeed.

Q: What kind of prediction can you make for this fight?

A: Well, I look at it like this – in May, I hit my opponent (Sheeley) with a backfist and the referee stopped it. Everyone loved the fight, but afterwards, some fans and some critics were asking how come I didn’t scissor kick or throw him. So, my next fight (Superfight vs. Petit) I go out there and I was looking more for the scissor kicks and the big throws. But, then people go “How come you didn’t use your punches and kicks?”
So, I’m not going to predict anything for this fight. I’m going to put my punches, kicks, and throws together. I’m not going to worry too much about what people want to see. I’m just going to worry about what I need to do to win.

Q: But, what kind of performance can people expect from you in this fight?

A: You know, I’ve got to say I love the fans, but they can never be satisfied. I’m just going to do my best to deliver the best performance of my life because I’m only as good as my last fight.

I know a lot of critics out there want to see me step up in competition. Of course I do what I do for the love (of the sport) and I give a lot of credit to the promoters, but it’s also a matter of who’s going to step up and put the money on the table and promote the fight right. That’s the way I see it and that’s what I want everyone to know.

The martial arts fanbase wants to see exciting techniques. By showing these techniques, you build a name for yourself. When your name is big, sports fans know you and they can link you with a specific fight or with other fights that they want to see you fight. That’s when the big money comes in. I’m just doing my homework and I’m just doing my job to position myself in the right way. A lot of people don’t realize that, during my amateur career, I went to tournaments and to the world championships where I fought three times in a day or in a five-day tournament. I fought the best Russians, Armenians, Chinese fighters, Iranian fighters. I put myself up against the best in the world. Now, I’ve got a shot to be on a great platform like K-1. I’m just there to do my job and excite the crowd.

Q: Speaking of tough opponents, who in your weight class (lightheavyweight, 180-pound limit) do you feel can give you a tough fight?

A: Well, there’s a few Chinese fighters and there’s always Russian fighters. At the same time, there’s a lot of good fighters out there in The United States who just haven’t gotten the opportunity or who haven’t been built right and they’re coming up the ranks. At this point, I just take one fight at a time. I’m not too worried who my next opponent is. I know that, when I’m on top of my game, whoever they put me in there with, it will be a very exciting fight.

Q: Pete Spratt called your name out before his scheduled fight with Rudy Ott. (Note: The bout between Spratt and Ott, slated for the February 28th Strikeforce kickboxing event at San Jose, California’s San Jose Civic Center, was cancelled after Ott sustained a broken right arm during training.) How would you feel about taking this fight?

A: That could be a good matchup. Pete Spratt is not the only great talent out there. I feel there’s a lot of good fighters out there whether it’s Pete Spratt or Phil Baroni, because he’s a stand-up fighter who likes to brawl. I just want these other fighters to realize that we’ve got names in the sport and, if we can come to a good agreement and be promoted right, then the fight’s worth it.

Q: When you said Phil Baroni’s name, you surprised me. Is that a potential fight that’s been formally proposed by someone?

A: No one’s really approached me, but I’ve heard through the grapevine that he wants a piece of me. You know, what’s good is that when names like Pete Spratt, Phil Baroni, or whoever, say they want to fight me, that shows that I’m doing something right. They want to fight me ‘cause I’ve got the name.

Q: Over the years, you’ve brought a lot of attention to San Shou kickboxing. Do you feel that San Shou has, by itself, the potential to grow in The United States. Or do you feel that the real growth potential for martial arts combat sports is under an umbrella like K-1 that encompasses many fighting disciplines into its promotion?

A: How I look at it is that it’s not really the style because it really depends on the fighter like, for one, Michael McDonald. He’s very technical, very powerful, and very exciting to watch when he opens up. Carter Williams, also, is very powerful and he’s got youth on his side. When he’s at his “A” game, he’s exciting to watch.

I feel like the reason why these sports, whether it’s NHB or K-1, haven’t gotten to the major mainstream level like boxing or football is that, of course there’s a lot of styles out there, but the community is divided. Some fighters say NHB is better, while some say Thai boxing is better. We should all support a good fight whether it’s boxing, NHB, or whatever rules. If there’s more support, that will make bigger sponsors notice. I don’t consider myself better than others. I support all styles. This is the style I do and prefer, but I still go out and cheer on Randy Couture for a great performance.

Q: You’ve taken a lot of time to develop talent at your two schools in California’s Bay Area. Who should we look out for in the future on K-1 cards and other big pro events?

A: I’ve got a lot of fighters coming up. I don’t have any heavyweights, though. You can expect a lot of good light fighters from 165 (pounds) on down. I’ve got two female fighters who are really dynamite – Elena Maxwell and Jenna Castillo. They both have knockout power and, when they fight, they really come to fight. They’ll stand in there and tee off toe-to-toe. I’ve got other great fighters like Jose Palacios and Kevin Ruas. It’s just a matter of whomever will give them a chance to rise.

Q: You’ve starred in a couple of independent films. What’s going on with your career in entertainment?

A: Right now, I’m a student of the art which is acting. I want to take every step that I can to be a better actor. I’m not focused on it like I am fighting, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have gotten experience in the business through opportunities that have come up. I haven’t really gone out there and pursued the jobs that can take me to the next level. I want to be prepared before I do that.

Q: What kind of ambitions do you have left for your career?

A: I would like to promote the martial arts and the fight game in the right way because I feel that all the fighters don’t get enough exposure. If there’s something that I feel I can do to take it to another level, I’ll try to do it. But, I know I’m not going to shoulder it all myself because there’s a lot of great fighters out there and it’s only a matter of time before the mainstream takes note of what we do as athletes.

As far as my fighting career, I can’t fight forever. I’m in my prime right now. I’m just taking it one day at a time. I’ve got this fight coming up and I’m gonna be prepared and ready to roll.

Source: Sherdog


Quote of the Day

"If you must hurt a man, do it so brutally that you need not fear his revenge"


TOTAL ELIMINATION 2004 (Opening Round)
Sunday April 25th, 2004
Saitama Super Arena, Tokyo, Japan

- 'The Texas Crazy Horse' Heath Herring vs. Yoshiki Takahashi: Herring by Strikes, RD 1.
- Murilo 'Ninja' Rua vs. Sergei Kharitonov: Kharitonov by KO, RD 1.
- Paulo Cesar 'Giant' Silva vs. Henry 'Sentoryu' Miller: Silva by Arm Lock (Kimura/Reverse Keylock), in RD 1.
- Semmy Schilt vs. 'Big' Gan McGee: Schilt by Arm Bar from the mount, RD 1.
- Naoya Ogawa vs. Stefan 'Blitz' Leko: Ogawa by Choke, RD 1.
- Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic vs. Kevin 'The Monster' Randleman: Randleman by KO (left hook following by hammer fists in the guard), RD 1.
- Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira vs. Hirotaka Yokoi: Noguiera by Choke Out (Guillotine Mata Leao), RD 2.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mark 'The Hammer' Coleman: Fedor by Arm Bar from the guard, RD 1.

Ron 'H20MAN' Waterman was unable to participate, due to not needing an alternate.

Source: ADCC

MAJOR BOMB: ADCC 2005 location inside

A MAJOR BOMB has just been released by the ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships Committee!

A little background: The ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships is the largest and most prestigious submission wrestling tournament in the World. Since its inception in 1998, the event was held annually in the United Arab Emirates, under the auspices of Sheik Tahnoon Bin Zayed, the creator of the event and the ADCC Club.

In 2001, in an effort to further expand the reach and stature of the event, the ADCC Committee decided to change the annual event to a bi-annual schedule to be held on a rotating basis at different parts of the World. The location selection was based on several factors, especially the region's interest in the sport. So it was no surprise that in 2003 the event was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Speculation had been that the 2005 event was going to be held in Japan.

In light of the tremendous growth of Submission Grappling in other parts of the Globe, the ADCC Committe determined that the site of the 2005 Event will be . . .

THE U.S.A. ! ! !

ADCC spokesperson and head organizer Guy Neivens commented: 'We are amazed at the level of commitment and growth of Submission Grappling in America. The ADCC Committee determined the USA to be the best place to hold the 2005 World Submission Wrestling Tournament!'

Guy continues: 'We are now in the process of selecting a local organization to be in charge of the production of the show in the States. We want American organizers to submit their proposals for our review. We are looking for solid organizers that will hold a top level event. The location should be a venue with maximum exposure for our athletes and our event.'

All interested event organizers should contact Guy at

That means Dean Lister will defend his Absolute Crown against Ricardo Arona in his home Country! This is a major win for the American Grappling Community!

ADCC Brazilian Trials

Another major announcement was made by the committee: The ADCC Brazilian Trials event was awarded to promoter Paulo Zorello. Zorello, the organizer of the 2003 ADCC Brazil is planning Four Regional Open Trials, with first and second place winners qualifying for the Grand National Qualifier in a City yet to be announced.

Winner and runner-up of the Grand National Trials would qualify automatically for the 2005 Event!

Plus the OFFICIAL North American TRIALS Location will be announced in the coming day!

More info on this as it develops!

Source: ADCC

Wanderlei shakes America Online!

PRIDE Champion and Brazilian star Wanderlei Silva participated in a chat session with subscribers to one of the biggest web portals around, the Brazilian version of AOL. Known as a guy who doesn’t choose his opponents, Wanderlei accepted a 50 minute session with lots of Brazilian fans, discussing a wide range of subjects.

Flashing his sense of humor, Silva chatted about 'Minotauro', Jiu-Jitsu, the Gracie family and commented on the last edition of GRACIE Magazine, where Wand was elected one of the 20 toughest Brazilians alive, just behind Great Master Helio Gracie. Check out some of what Wand had to say to the fanatics:

THE 20 TOUGHEST: “You know, I’m not fond of lists and rankings. But this one I enjoyed reading. Because I was third on the list, and I was one of the youngest guys elected. And there were only great names from Brazil! I managed to be among great names representing the sport of MMA, and it made me proud.”

FUTURE: “First thing is that I will fight Yuki Kondo in June to defend my belt”

VITOR BELFORT: “I wanna fight him in August. There is nothing personal between us, but it’s a fight that is destined to happen. I will go for it, I’m a professional fighter and I want to show I would fight anyone. I never choose my opponents”

JIU-JITSU: 'Between Terere and Pe de Pano? I think Terere is great and I think he can beat Pé de Pano'

EARS: “The chicks here in Curitiba say my ears are beautiful!”

GRACIE FAMILY: “BJJ is all Gracie. My teacher, Cristiano Marcello got his blackbelt from Royler, an excellent person. And the Gracie family has got an excellent tradition in MMA. If they are humble enough to train muay thai as we started to learn Jiu-Jitsu, they are totally able to reach the top again. It’s all about getting modern.'

MINOTAURO: 'I think I will fight him some day and I have no doubt it will be a great fight. Every fight between champions is great.”

CRYING WAND: “ It happened when I traveled to Japan last August. I was at the airport calling my pregnant wife, and she said my son was born. I started to cry at that exact moment. But there were lots of fans asking for autographs and they got pretty scared seeing me cry. It was the most touching moment of my whole life.'

CHAT: “Fifty minutes was not enough, I was happy seeing so many people interested in a fighter’s life. I enjoyed the questions and felt really comfortable on AOL. Thank you all. If you fans meet me in the streets, don’t be shy, come and chat live”.

Source: ADCC

Interview: JORGE RIVERA (part 2)

On April 30th UFC vet Jorge Rivera of Team Elite returns to the Tsongas Arena to take on Team Renzo Gracie/Team Ricardo Almeida’s James Gabert. In the last couple of days we have heard from Gabert and from Jorge talking about his last UFC fight. Now Jorge looks at the fight with Gabert himself.

KM: This time you don’t have any traveling to do. (Both laugh). JR: Fighting at home sometimes is a bitch. You don’t want to lose in front of your people, now what I’m saying? It’s added pressure, know what I mean? So it’s like ‘shit’!

KM: You had a better reaction in the Murray fight. It seems like you are getting your name out there. JR: The crowd was great to me. They (UFC) had me doing a lot of Spanish TV because I speak fluent Spanish. I was out there plugging away at the Mexican television and shit like that. On the way there I saw a lot of Hispanic people that were like cheering me on and giving me support and that was cool. I enjoyed it. I just wish I had given them a better result. I’m really disappointed. I had never had my heart broken like that. It’s like the first time I broke up with a girl. Like ‘don’t leave me, I love you’. (Both laugh).

KM: I’m assuming that is motivating you more for this fight against Gabert. JR: No, because I have to leave that behind me. I can’t dwell on that. I look at him totally different. He’s a guy I know is hungry, up-and-coming, and he wants to take my name out and put his name in. I’m not going to let him do that to me, I worked too hard at this.

KM: With the amount of UFC undercard fighters taking fights between UFCs like Yves Edwards and Chris Lytle I expected you to take something like this whether you beat Murray or not. Do you see it any other way? JR: This is the way I look at it; if I won that fight with Murray I would hope the UFC would extend a hand out and offered me a contract so I could focus my career on that. I want stability like anybody else. I want to make sure I’m set for the next four or five fights ad I’d make this amount if I win and this amount if I lose and I could plan my life accordingly to that. Whereas right now I’m going to fight the fight and there is more pressure to win because this is how I’m feeding my family. I have to win.

KM: I don’t think you should take him lightly at all but you have some pretty big advantages, literally. JR: No way will I take this guy lightly. I know his jiu-jitsu is really good, I know he is going to be ready, and he’s going to have good strong support; a lot of the Gracies are going to be there. To me, whatever…I’ll be ready. I train with the best up here. It’s going to be a battle of will.

KM: Let me clarify your weight. I remember you had the HOOKnSHOOT and USMMA 205 belts. In the UFC you were fighting Middleweight? JR: Yep. The reason I didn’t drop to 185 for this fight is sometimes the Boxing Commission out here doesn’t give you that day (to cut weight). 190 I could probably make and rehydrate in a couple hours. 185? I don’t know about that.

KM: I remember that ‘same day weigh-ins’ was the reason Rockel/Kang wasn’t for the belt. JR: That sucks. I need a day to get fluids back in me and recharge and sleep and all that shit.

KM: I hear that from so many people and hear that is why there aren’t more shows up in Massachusetts. That one rule. JR: The Boxing Commission need to get beyond that. If they want the UFC in Massachusetts, want the biggest shows to come to Massachusetts, want to make more money they need to accommodate the fighters and promoters.

KM: So this one will be at 190. Assuming they pull that ‘same day weigh-ins’ do you foresee any problems? Will you be fluctuating lighter than usually? JR: I can make 190, no problem.

KM: Point is you are going to have a ten to fifteen pound weight advantage. You have a four-inch height advantage. What do you think of those size advantages? JR: I think…you ever see Mohamed Ali and Joe Frazier fight? You watch those three fights and Joe Frazier shows you how to be a taller man. He moves. It could work for you or against you. Usually it works for you. Styles make a fight, so I don’t know what he will come at me with but if he comes at me the way I hope he does it will work to my advantage. It will help me because my limbs are longer than his.

KM: Sounds like the turning point will be can he close the distance and clinch. I don’t believe he will shoot for a takedown from a distance, he will clinch and maybe try to take you down from there. Still, that reach advantage could keep him out of clinch range. JR: Absolutely. Plus movement. Jab and move, jab and move. You can’t make mistakes. If he commits to you one way you move the other and light him up.

KM: As a kid I took judo so I look at a clinch differently than a Thai boxer… JR: I love Judo. Have you watched Nuri Shakir’s throws?

KM: The fights I’ve seen he is usually the one taken down. JR: Keith, if you get a chance to watch his fight against Aaron Riley watch the throw he gets Aaron Riley with. Literally head over heels. Literally. If you freeze the frame you are going to see Aaron is almost perfectly straight up and down. Fucking beautiful judo. People think they mastered it all and then guys pull something out like this and they are like ‘where did that come from?’.

KM: To me a height disadvantage in a clinch could be to your advantage in getting your center of gravity under them, getting your hips under them, going for a throw…while it seems like clinch work from a striker’s point of view a height advantage is totally different. Can you explain height difference in clinch work from your point of view? JR: For me it all depends on what I want to do to the guy. If I want to take him down like you said I have to get my hips lower than his and if I want to bang him it’s a matter of keeping my forearms, my elbows, around his neck so when he drops to shoot or drops to pick me up that is the first wall he has to get by and if he can’t get by that he’s going to get banged in the process.

KM: Do you think your four inches are significant? JR: Yes. He’s swinging up, I’m swinging down.

KM: I guess I should say am I making too much of the height difference? JR: I don’t know to be honest with you. Come at me after the fight. (Both laugh).

KM: With him I was looking mostly at the Mike Swick fight as closest you your style while at first I thought he would be looking at your Lee Murray. He seems to be looking more at your Loiseau fight. JR: The thing is with Massachusetts unlike the Loiseau fight he won’ be able to throw those elbows to the head.

KM: That is right, I forgot about that. JR: It will be different. Something I don’t have to worry about.

KM: Thank you for reminding me about the ‘no elbows’ rule up there. How does that affect your strategy at all? JR: It doesn’t. Where I train I don’t use that.

KM: Anything else you can tell us in public about how you think this fight will go? JR: I expect a good fight. I know this guy is going to be ready and I know he is well skilled and I know he is going to be bringing his game. That is cool, the better man will win. It’s nothing personal to me. I think it will be a good show. I hope the fans come out in full support and I hope to give them everything they want.

KM: Anything else to say to the readers? JR: I just want to keep on saying to the people thank you very much for your love and support and I hope to give you something good every time you come to watch me. If not I hope you get your money back. (Both laugh).

Source: ADCC


Quote of the Day

"He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own."

Confucius, BC 551-479, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher


For Hawaii fight fans, it starts at 3:00PM and replays at 6:00PM. This looks to be the best tournament in MMA history, hopefully beating the current best tournament, which was the last Pride Grand Prix.

The match order for the first round of the Pride Grand Prix tournament at the Saitama Super Arena:

*Heath Herring vs. Yoshiki Takahashi
*Murilo Ninja Rua vs. Sergei Kharitonov
*Paulo Cesar Giant Silva vs. Henry Sentoryu Miller
*Semmy Schilt vs. Gan McGee
*Naoya Ogawa vs. Stefan Leko
*Mirko Cro Cop vs. Kevin Randleman
*Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Hirotaka Yokoi
*Mark Coleman vs. Fedor Emelianenko

2004 Hawaiian Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

The results will come shortly as the crack team of organizers had their laptop out and were punching away the whole day.

Overall it was a great tournament with BJ Penn's team coming from Hilo, Brazilian Freestyle Jiu-Jitsu, HMC, Grappling Unlimited, Team Relson Gracie and a few other schools supporting the tournament. The tournaments are getting better concerning the "usual" heated conversation over matches. This event had some discussions, but no fights, which was great. All the teams were very professional with each other and the overall feel of the tournament was very friendly.

Vitali Klitschko takes Corrie Sanders out in Round 8

The Ukrainian Giant, Vitali Klitschko has stopped South African Corrie Sanders in the eighth round, winning the vacant WBC Heavyweight title this Saturday.

Referee John Schorle stopped the fight after two minutes and 46 seconds of the eighth round had past. The ref stopped the fight as an exhausted Sanders sank from a barrage of well placed punches from Klitschko.

To the delight of fans the fight was a war and after a shaky first round for Klitschko, the Ukrainian Giant went on to thoroughly dominate the fight

Klitschko wins the title that was vacated by Lennox Lewis

Source: Dog House Boxing

Best Fight Challenge Results:

'Bibiano' Fernandes (Gracie Barra) v Roberto Matsumoto (De La Riva) - 5 x 0 points

Willian Couto (Monteiro) v Rodrigo Dam(Gracie Barra) - William wins by medical intervention. Dam hit his head on the ground

Rodrigo Pinheiro (Saulo Ribeiro) v Delson 'Pe-de-Chumbo' (Gracie Barra) - Delson wins by advantage on a stand-up fight

Cristiano Ribeiro (Luiz Neto) v Fernando 'Terere' (TT Jiu-Jitsu) - Terere by Submission, choke from the rear

Ronaldo 'Jacare' (Master) v Marcelo Garcia (Alliance) - Marcelo wins 2 x 0 points half-guard sweep

Leopoldo Montenegro v Eduardo Telles (TT Jiu-Jitsu) - Montenegro by advantages 0 x 0 - (6 x 4 advantages)

Alexandre Ribeiro (Gracie Humaita) v Marcio 'Pe-de-Pano' (Gracie Barra) - Pe de Pano by advantage (1 x 0)

Rio team wins by 4 x 3

Source: ADCC

Coleman: One More Chance at Greatness
By Josh Gross

Mark "The Hammer" Coleman, the UFC's first heavyweight champion, was running on empty. As quickly as he'd burst on to the scene and crushed everything in his path, the powerhouse wrestler was exposed as a fighter whose reliance on lenient rules and sheer physical power could no longer deliver the sort of dominating performances that helped build his reputation.

Then in the spring of 2000 he entered the PRIDE Heavyweight Grand Prix, a tournament-style event that, by all accounts, was not only one of the defining events in mixed martial arts history, it was a career-saving moment for the American.

Four years later -- with two wins and one loss (versus eventual PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira) under his belt since winning the GP title -- Coleman, now 39, understands the questions, which once centered on his desire to do things necessary to win, have shifted to concerns about his ability to physically compete.

His lone win since 2001 came last June when he decisioned fellow veteran Don Frye. ("That was something that I got away with," he says.) But it wasn't the sort of effort Coleman was accustomed to. Because of a herniated disk in his neck, a situation was created in which Coleman was so ailing physically that he was constantly reminded to keep his chin down for fear of "getting dropped pretty quick" if the nerve got pinched.

"It wasn't a good feeling at all because basically I was wasting away here on the left side of my body," he says. "The neck was pinching off nerves that were leading to my tricep and chest. And I was getting weaker and weaker by the day. It added a lot of pain and doubt into my mind, and this probably went on for two, two and a half years."

A two-time UFC tournament winner and reigning PRIDE GP king, Coleman is no stranger to the rigors of tournament competition. On Sunday he faces the stiffest challenge of his distinguished career.

Facing Fedor Emelianenko, the current PRIDE heavyweight champion -- by most accounts the best heavyweight in the world -- Coleman knows this tournament is much different than 2000, when he opened the 16-man tournament by submitting an overmatched Masaaki Satake.

This time around, Coleman walks into the ring a substantial underdog.

"There would be an easier path to the finals ala the last Grand Prix, and honestly I don't see a much tougher path to take because I consider [Fedor] the top dog even over [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira or [Mirko] Cro Cop," he says.

"This will be similar to fighting for the belt. ... This is a chance at history here."

Coleman versus Fedor in the opening round of a tournament? The pairing seems odd given both fighter's accomplishments and other match-ups on the card. The veteran fighter, however, hardly seems fazed by the prospect of such a tough opponent so early in the brackets.

"I was approached by PRIDE and Fedor was the name," he says. "I had heard other rumors but when it came up, Fedor was the name that came out. I said, 'let me think about it,' and then people said I held out for more money. Well, it doesn't take any kind of brains to figure out that if I'm going to fight Fedor, why the hell would I fight him for less money? That's just common sense.

"I hear there are rumors out there that I went hunting him down and I went there asking to fight him. I will tell you this, that ain't true. That would be stupid. Why would I want to fight Fedor in the first round? This is a bad, bad dude and I, quite frankly, would like to win this chance -- and, really, the easier path is the best path.

"The Japanese people run their show and a lot of times you don't know who they're going to ask you to fight. ... For me, it's a chance for me to be in a main event. This may be the last time I ever get this chance. Who knows. You don't know when it's the last time. To even be considered main event material is sort of an honor for me right now. So that's another reason why I'm doing this. It's a chance for me to shine."

"It's a huge opportunity to fight the champion right now," he says, "and nobody else in the world has this opportunity. So I feel lucky and fortunate and I'm going to try and do my best with it."

In speaking with Coleman, one gets the sense that there is an underlying need for him to find out what he's got left. As styles go, Fedor provides him with the ultimate test. He's supremely effective from each range of MMA fighting, and much like Coleman did when he was decimating the opposition on the mat, the Ukrainian has changed the way in which people perceive ground-and-pound style fighting.

"I haven't seen big bombs coming down like he likes to throw," says Coleman of the awesome power Fedor creates within the guard.

"He may show me what 'G-and-P' really means," he says with humility.

Having never been on his back during MMA competition, Coleman is at a distinct disadvantage. And -- somewhat surprisingly -- Coleman seems sure that at least once during the 20-minute bout he'll find out firsthand what it means to be ground-and-pounded by the PRIDE champ.

"There's good potential during a scramble situation I may end up on my back," he predicts. "I'm not saying that in a negative way; I just feel like I have to be ready to be in any position with this guy."

Can he survive if this happens? Most observers say no, but Coleman is unwavering when asked if he must stay off his back to win.

"Against most people I do pretty well on my back," he answers. "I'm able to get the reversal with usually not too much problem. I haven't been with a bunch of world-class guys on top of me, but I'm able to get out and get away. And I think that should be the same case with Fedor."

If Coleman is correct, then Sunday's contest could boil down to which fighter has the better conditioning. Though he says his neck feels 100 percent, it forced him from a training regimen that he's employed since jumping into the Octagon in 1996. "Back then I was younger and trained like a crazy man for a long, long period of time. ... I didn't worry about injuries. This time, I wasn't worried about them, but you're at least forced into thinking about it you know because a lot of people are counting on you."

"To be honest with you I'm not sure what kind of condition I am in because I had to train differently for this tournament," he says candidly. "I had to be a little more careful because of the injuries that I was letting heal up."

For the man from Columbus, Ohio, fighting has always boiled down to one thing: common sense. When he's prepared, few are better. And keeping it simple has always been a key to success.

"My game hasn't changed a lot over the years," says Coleman. "He (Fedor) is well rounded. I've been taking people down for a living all my life. Yeah, I need to take him down and hopefully be able to do something with it. I don't know how great his ground game is. I haven't really watched him much. I probably should have watched him more but I'm just trying to stay calm here. Hopefully I can pass the guard and do some damage."

"This will be my first fight back after neck surgery. But it feels a hell of a lot better than it did prior to neck surgery. It'll be the first time I test it out in actual competition. I'm healthy and I feel pretty good about myself."

And if he shocks the world on Sunday? Well, "The Hammer" will be one giant step closer to pulling off perhaps the most impressive feat of his career.

"I haven't lost a tournament yet," he notes slyly. "We'll look at it that way."

Source: Maxfighting

Mike Tyson wants Joe Mesi

According to the Seattle Times: Negotiations for a bout between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and contender Joe Mesi have heated up to the point that Shelly Finkel, Tyson's adviser, can almost see them in the ring at Madison Square Garden in November or December.

"It's definitely going to happen," Finkel said yesterday. "It's going to be in New York."

The two sides are still discussing money, but it is a mutually beneficial bout for both Mesi and Tyson. Mesi wants to be taken seriously as a title contender and Tyson wants to regain the world title. In the current heavyweight climate it won't take long for Tyson to get in the title mix.

Tyson's appetite for the title must have been whetted when he watched John Ruiz beat Fres Oquendo to retain the WBA crown and saw Chris Byrd fight to a draw against Andrew Golota to retain the IBF title at the Garden this past weekend.

The 36-year-old Tyson recently signed a lucrative promotional agreement with K-1, the Japanese mixed-martial-arts company. Finkel said it is a one-fight deal, and that Tyson will box and not fight mixed martial arts. Tyson is tentatively set to box Irish heavyweight Kevin McBride sometime in July in the United States.

Source: Dog House Boxing

Eddie Bravo's POST UFC 47 Thoughts & Analysis!

The leader of "10th Planet jiu-jitsu", official UFC score keeper, the only American to 'tap' a Gracie, and great friend to, Eddie "The Twister" Bravo once again takes time out of his busy schedule to break down UFC 47: It's On! Eddie, what did you think? Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell -- it finally happened. What are your thoughts following that fight?

Eddie Bravo: Well, I wasn't surprised that Chuck won but I was surprised at the fashion in which he won. In the second round he unloaded on Tito in a Vitor-like fashion. He looked to be screaming as he was throwing that last combo. It was just shocking seeing Tito drop. We've never seen Tito get beat down like that before. It was insane. Can you describe the electricity in that room that night? -- someone actually threw Tito's hat back in the ring.

Eddie Bravo: It was crazy. That place was sold out -- there was not an empty seat in the house. Looking up to the top of the arena -- every seat was filled and everybody was screaming. It was ilike a KISS concert. You couldn't hear the guy talking next to you. And it was star-studded. George Clooney was there, Michael Clark Duncan was there. If you watch the replay closely enough, Tito seemed to get poked in the eye by Chuck Liddell with the setup to the flurry of punches. Do you think that might take away from Chuck Liddell's victory?

Eddie Bravo: No, not at all. You know, in this sport you've got open gloves and that's going to happen sometimes. That, to me, doesn't take anything away from his victory. Chuck clearly won -- he dominated. Unless someone can prove without a shadow of a doubt that Chuck did it on purpose, and I don’t see that happening. But you don't think those gloves might not be safe?

Eddie Bravo: No, that's just part of the game. I mean, punching someone in the head isn't safe -- that's legal in the sport. How about kneeing someone in the teeth? That's not safe, that's just part of the game. Like I said, unless we can prove that Chuck thumbed him intentionally, it’s not going to matter in the long run. Do you think it was a mistake for Tito Ortiz to stand there and trade punches with Chuck Liddell?

Eddie Bravo: Was that a big mistake? Yes, absolutely. But it wasn't as if he didn’t try to take the fight down. He did try to shoot on Chuck. He just couldn't take him down. I think he should have kept trying though. I think there were two or three shots but I think he should have stuck with it because it was obvious that he was outclassed standing. Given that Chuck Liddell has already beaten Vitor Belfort and Tito Ortiz has lost heavily to Randy Couture and Rampage, where does this put Chuck Liddell in the light-heavyweight division?

Eddie Bravo: I'd say it puts him right back up to #2 or 3 in the light-heavyweight division. And everybody loses; just because he lost to Randy doesn't really mean too much. Can he beat Randy if they fought again? I don't know; I'd put my money on Randy, but in this sport anything can happen. Does this mean Chuck Liddell is back, or Tito Ortiz is finished, or neither?

Eddie Bravo: I think it means Chuck is back on the right track. He got dominated by Randy; then he got dominated by Quentin. If you want to make a comeback, knocking out Tito Ortiz is the way to do it. I think Chuck is definitely back and Tito's not finished. This is just part of the game. You can get knocked the f*** out in one fight and then come back and knock someone else out. You could have said the same thing about Chuck after the Quentin-Rampage fight. Quentin dominated Chuck and look, Chuck's back. A fight later, he's back. And all Tito needs to do is go back to the drawing board, keep training hard and come back, and beat the hell out of somebody -- he'll be back. You can come back really easy in this sport. You've just got to keep your head up. What did you think of the Hermes Franca-Yves Edwards decision -- who did you have winning that match?

Eddie Bravo: I thought it was a bad decision. I thought Hermes Franca won quite clearly. He was the aggressor, he was trying to finish the fight. Yves was just counter-attacking. He was punching Hermes -- like off leglocks, and all that, but he wasn’t pushing the fight enough. I love Yves to death and I even picked him to win, but Hermes was even throwing more head kicks than Yves Edwards and Hermes isn’t even a striker. Considering Hermes lost his last two decisions so closely, what advice would you give Hermes as a fighter? He seems to be pretty frustrated right now.

Eddie Bravo: I don't blame him for being frustrated. I thought his previous fight with Thomson was a draw. If you score that fight it was easy. I don't know how anybody could make a mistake about Josh Thomson's fight. Josh won the first two rounds 10-9 and Hermes Franca won the third round big, 10-8. He almost put Josh away; the ref. almost stepped in and stopped it. He knocked him down with punches -- it looked as if he was almost finished. You've got to score that a 10-8. So 10-8, 10-9, 10-9 -- that's a draw. And then to lose this decision with such an effort he put into that fight. He was trying to finish the fight the whole time and Yves was just counter-attacking. I just can't see how the judges gave it to Yves. Wes Simms took a fight against Mike Kyle on one day's notice. It appears at the end of the fight he was bit on the chest. Did you hear anything about that -- do you know what's going on there?

Eddie Bravo: Well, Wes is claiming that he bit him in the chest but Mike Kyle is saying, how could he bite him in the chest when he had his mouthpiece in? He did get him a choke where the choke was shoving Mike Kyle's face into the chest of Wes Simms. So maybe that was a mouthpiece imprint on his chest. I'm not sure; it's hard to tell. Wes Simms doesn't always go by the rules himself, so maybe he's getting a taste of his own medicine. Now Wes Simms took this fight on one day's notice and got knocked out handily. Does he deserve credit for taking this fight on one day's notice? Can he be a top UFC superstar still following these three losses in a row?

Eddie Bravo: You can't really judge him by his last performance against Mike Kyle, like you said, it was taken on one day's notice. Who knows what kind of shape he was in? In a high-pressure situation, going head to head against a top conditioned athlete like Mike Kyle -- you really can't judge him on that fight. What he really needs to do, I would suggest, is to take a year, train really hard in jiu-jitsu, really hard in striking, really hard in wrestling -- for a year straight. He already has the mental attitude -- he's not afraid to fight. He loves to perform in front of a crowd so it's not as if he's going to get rattled. He's got that, and that's really important. Some fighters never get that. And he's got the mental part of the game down -- he just needs technique now. That's going to take a while. Andre Arlovsky knocked out Cabbage Correira. Is Andrei Arlovsky the top heavyweight in the UFC?

Eddie Bravo: I would say so. I actually picked Cabbage in this fight. Based on his chin, I thought he could take Arlovsky's shots. But Arlovsky kicks a lot harder than I thought. He looks as if he's ready for K-1. It's going to be hard for anybody in the heavyweight division to stand with Andre Arlovsky now. He looks like a machine standing. And his grappling's not too bad either, so he's got to be number one in the heavyweight division right now. To the best of your understanding, what happened with Tim Silvia? Do you think we was still taking steroids or were these really just trace amounts still left in his system? And to follow up, do you think he was getting bad medical advice since after all this time he still failed the drug test?

Eddie Bravo: I think it was just traces left in his system and that's it. That stuff stays in your system for a while, I guess. He's not stupid enough to keep taking steroids after he got caught. Who's that dumb? UFC 47 was sold out at the Mandalay Bay. The fans were hyped up for this fight like I've never seen them before. Did Mixed Martial Arts seem to be on a whole different plateau? Where do you think the sport's going now? It seems as if it is getting more mainstream.

Eddie Bravo: I think we're definitely getting closer. How close, I'm not sure. I know for sure one day the UFC will be a household name. That's going to happen -- you can't stop it. When, I'm not sure. It might be a lot sooner than people think. That was definitely the loudest, noisiest, craziest crowd so far. It was insane. I loved it; it's what I live for. You need that energy from the crowd -- that was there. So I guess it didn't matter that Tito and Chuck weren't fighting for the title and they were both coming off losses. I guess it didn't matter. People want to see personalities and Chuck and Tito -- that's what they have. They have the complete package. They've got the skills to bang in the cage and the personalities. And they proved it -- sold out the Mandalay Bay and the place was electric. Eddie, thanks as always for doing this UFC post-fight preview and we hope at UFC's 48th that UFC lets you score more than one fight.

Eddie Bravo: I hope so, too. I love scoring the fights. I actually like that better than the post-fight interview although I don't get any camera time so the ladies could check my pretty mug out. But actually I like it because I get to express my opinions more. I would like to score every fight. I don't see why not -- it takes 10 seconds in between every round. But that's not up to me -- that's up to the big boys at Zuffa. Who knows -- I'm just happy to be in there so it really doesn't matter.

Eddie Bravo is a regular contributor to boxinginsider and can be reached at Eddie is also authoring the first Jiu Jitsu books ever put out by a major book label, which should be released later this year.

Source: Boxing Insider


Quote of the Day

"I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism."

Charles M. Schwab, 1862-1939, American Industrialist, Businessman

2004 Hawaiian Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

St.Louis School Gym
April 24th, 2004
Start time 10:30AM
Gi and No-Gi

$40 entrance fee and $50 to enter both the gi and no gi divisions.

For more info call (808) 223-9363 or (808) 392-8330

Charuto wants to smoke again at UFC

Renato Veríssimo Charuto will be back to UFC's octagon on April 19th in Las Vegas. After defeating the Canadian Carlos Newton at the last edition of UFC, Charuto is ready to face the former welterweight champion Matt Hughes. The fighter from Hillsboro comes from a loss against BJ Penn at last UFC 46 and now he is trusty for a victory.

Source: Tatame

12-Rd. Heavyweight Title Fight
SATURDAY, APRIL 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET/ 6:30 p.m. PT.


The last of three April Heavyweight battles, Vitali Klitschko vs. Corrie Sanders holds the most promise for a first-rate classic prize fight, even though it could turn out to be the least evenly-matched bout of the month. With the redemption of not only the Brothers K but also the entire weight class resting on his very capable shoulders, Vitali Klitschko would seem to be the man to watch. This fight will either confirm or destroy his status as the great hope (white or otherwise) among a decidedly shallow talent pool of big men.

Corrie Sanders presents an uncomplicated but significant challenge: When in the ring rather than on the golf course (that is, approximately once yearly), he comes on strong and early; a fierce and straightforward slugger, he routinely overwhelms unprepared or less able fighters in the early rounds. Among his distinguishing traits, he possesses notable handspeed and - like most southpaws -- the occasional oddly-angled punch. Will he make the mistake of assuming that he can dispense with Vitali as he did Wlad?

Dr. Klitschko comes to the fight with good momentum; his dominating victory against Kirk Johnson last December showed continued progress from his breakthrough performance against Lewis in June of `03 -- when he was stopped by a monster cut while ahead on all 3 scorecards. Vitali Klitschko has workable abilities, and most importantly that essential champion building block which no trainer can impart: He has the heart and mind of a warrior. At range, he can out-jab Sanders, and in the trenches, he is bound to rise to the occasion. If he survives the anticipated early assault by Sanders, then he will be hard to stop.

Source: HBO

Joe Doerksen Interview

Joe Doerksen is 26-5-0 and has a winning record against UFC veterans, and he is just waiting to explode onto the big shows.

"Dana White told me he was going to put me in, but I have waited almost a full year since then....I'm making sure that I'm ready when the time comes."

26-year-old Joe Doerksen from Winnipeg, Manitoba recently took the time to talk to Rob King about his recent fights, his upcoming fight with Chris Leben, and the UFC.

Rob King: Congradulations on your most recent win Joe a victory this past weekend over Riki Fukuda out in Hawaii. Briefly take me through the fight. You went up in weight for this fight correct?

Joe Doerksen: Yes this fight was at 205. I did not cut any weight for this fight, I just basically fought at my walk around weight.

Rob King: Going back a couple weeks, talk about your victory in Extreme Challenge over Danny Anderson.

Joe Doerksen: That was my first fight in almost a year, so I was anxious to get back in the ring. I think it was a pretty good fight. I didn't know much about him, but he turned out to be a pretty solid opponent.

Rob King: You have fought twice within the past month after a 9 month layoff after your huge Superbrawl tournament victory. What was the reason for such a long break between fights?

Joe Doerksen: I took a few months off after the SuperBrawl tournament, and just as I was getting back into the gym I got sick and had to take another 2 or 3 months off. I was not in shape to fight until January this year.

Rob King: What is your martial arts backgrounds?

Joe Doerksen: Eight years of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, about three years of boxing and kickboxing, and I have been working on my wrestling on and off for a little while now.

Rob King: You have done some pro boxing too correct?

Joe Doerksen: I have done one pro boxing match. I may do another in the future, as long as it does not conflict with my mma career. (Note: Doerksen won his pro boxing match on March 6, 2003 against Mathias Hughes)

Rob King: Who do you train with in Winnipeg?

Joe Doerksen: I train grappling at International Martial Arts. There's some strong talent there. I do my standup at Canadian Kickboxing and Muay Thai Centre. The coaches there are Giuseppe DeNatale and David Horvath. Both very accompished fighters. I feel fortunate to be training there. I have also spent some time training with other team Extreme fighters, and I plan to travel to the United States to train with some more of them very soon.

Rob King: You got a fight coming up on May 14 in FFC 9. Your opponent is undefeated Team Quest fighter Chris Leben. What are your thoughts on Chris Leben?

Joe Doerksen: No thoughts. Never seen him fight. I will fight him the same way I fight everyone else.

Rob King: How are you going to approach this fight?

Joe Doerksen: Train like a nut. Get in the ring. Punch him in the face as many times as I possibly can in the time that they give us.

Rob King: There has been a lot of support on message boards and in chat rooms for you fighting in the UFC. Do you know of any reason why your not in the UFC? What would it mean to you to get a shot in the UFC?

Joe Doerksen: I really don't know why I haven't fought there. Dana White told me he was going to put me in, but I have waited almost a full year since then. Perhaps he can better answer that question. For me, my focus is on training and making sure that I'm ready when the time comes.

Rob King: What fight is your biggest win?

Joe Doerksen: Denis Kang (Note: UCC 11 on 10/11/2002)

Rob King: Which of your losses would you like to try and have a chance to avenge the most?

Joe Doerksen: Stephan Potvin, Egan Inoue, and David Loiseau.

Rob King: Okay, in Spetember 2001 you fought Robbie Newman down in Louisiana in Extreme Challenge 44. I heard that because of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, you had to drive 40 hours more or less straight through, and then fight Robbie the day after you arrived. Is this true?

Joe Doerksen: It was actually only 26 hours each way. Going home was easier because I had another fighter go with me. He drove the first 12 hours to Illinois, and then I dropped him off and went the last 14 alone. That was not as bad.

Rob King: What does the future hold for Joe Doerksen in terms of your everyday life as well as your fighting career.

Joe Doerksen: Hopefully lots and lots of training, and hopefully lots of big fights in big shows. I am having a good time, and as long as that continues I will keep fighting.

Rob King: Thanks for the interview Joe and best of luck in all your future matches.

Joe Doerksen: Thank you.
Source: Sherdog

Brazilian Beat
By Eduardo Alonso

Minotauro and Ninja ready for the PRIDE GP, Jungle Fight back in business, Chute Boxe youngsters go to battle in Curitiba and HEAT FC 3 postponed.

It is posted at FCF's news site,
check it out.

Source: ADCC

Pride Grand Prix Preview
Arnold "The Sushiboy" Lim

Giant Silva Vs Henry "Sentoryu" Miller

Henry Armstrong Miller is better known to the Japanese public as “Sentoryu” and is the first African American Sumo wrestler in the history of Japanese Sumo and the 5th American ever to compete in the legendary sport. His name “Sentoryu” is a Japanese derivation of the word St Louis, which is where Mr. Miller hails from. He competed in Sumo for 15 years and just recently retired from the sport that he practiced for so long and now finds himself facing Giant Silva in the Pride arena. What a difference a few months can make. If I remember correctly, he is the third Sumo wrestler to compete in Pride after Emanuel Yarbrough and Tadao Yasuda, neither of which exactly lit it up in the Pride arena. The ring will shake when this fight goes down as we may have the most weight in the Pride ring at any one time in the history of Pride. Miller has never fought an MMA match in his life, and although he frequented the Sumo circuit, surprisingly he didn’t exactly light it up in the Sumo Ranks either.

Sentoryu spent the bulk of his 15 year sumo career in the lower ranks and never reached the lofty heights that other Americans such as Musashi-maru and Akebono did before him. He finished his Sumo career with a total record of 402 wins and 303 losses most of which were in the lower ranks, in comparison Akebono (Chad Rowan), who recently lost in K-1 twice in a row had a record of 566 wins and 198 losses, most of which was on the highest circuit in Sumo. At 5 foot 9 and 300 pounds, Sentoryu is not particularly large for a sumo wrestler or for any heavyweight for that matter, and will be at a severe height disadvantage against the much taller Giant Silva. I would imagine that his strategy will be to take the taller more striking saavy Silva to the mat at his earliest opportunity, or bull rush him and try to finish the fight early, but even if he gets the fight to the mat I don’t know what he will be able to do to keep the fight from being stood up or from being reversed. I really do not feel that Sentoryu has much of an opportunity to win this fight but if he has any intention of winning he better do it early because although Silva is not known for having the best gas he did go three strong rounds with Heath Herring. I feel that Silva will eventually find his range, and when he does “Sentoryu” will go crashing to the mat, being a sumo wrestler he will not be able to get back up quick enough to prevent Silva from stomping him or pouncing on him before the ref steps in to stop the match. Silva is no stand up phenom but he looked good enough to keep Herring on his toes in their match-up and had pretty good wind for a big guy. He is 7 foot 5 and will have almost two feet in a height advantage and probably around that much on punching reach. He should be able to stay away with long jabs and steer clear of any takedown attempts long enough to pound out Miller who is not used to taking punches to the face. It should be “Sayonara” to “Sentoryu” and Silva should even his record to 1-1 and move on in the to the next round.

Fedor Emelianenko Vs Mark Coleman

I know I am in the minority but I don’t think that Coleman is in as much trouble as everyone has him out to be. Don’t get me wrong, Emelianenko is rock solid and in my opinion the best overall heavyweight in the world, but everyone has a bad match-up and I feel that Coleman is his. We have yet to see Emelianenko work extensively from his back against someone as strong and as skilled a wrestling as “The Hammer”. Coleman is a phenom on the mat, and few if any in the world of MMA can stop his takedowns, the only problem for him is, Emelianenko is better in almost every other category in the skill set of a mixed martial artist. He is the better striker, is well versed in judo, is more well rounded, not to mention he is younger, stronger, and has better cardio at this point in his career. In fact, he is a superior ground and pounder, which seems ironic because that is the style that Coleman helped usher into the MMA game back when he was fighting in old days of the UFC.

I have serious doubts about whether Emelianenko will be able to stop the double leg takedown attempts of the Coleman, precious few fighters can, even at this late stage of Coleman’s career. The real question is: Will Coleman be able to push the action if he gets there? Will he be able to pass the guard of Fedor and do damage from side control or mount and pound? The referee’s move quickly in Pride and if he stalls or fails to improve position against Fedor he will be stood up and forced to take Fedor down again. Every time that happens it gives Fedor an opportunity to end the fight, and wears his cardio down that much more, he doesn’t have much to begin with so he has to work fast. This is only the first round of the tournament so he will not have to worry about fighting again later on in the same evening so Coleman can put everything he has into this one fight, and I think that is a big plus for him.

He is the defending open weight Pride Grand Prix champion and much like he was back in 1999 he will be a heavy underdog. He is my dark-horse pick to do it again and I feel that he has as good a shot at winning it as anyone else. Coleman will have to stay active and actively go for he finish to accommodate the “New and improved” Pride rules, going for the finish is something he has not always done, but if the Don Frye fight is the barometer of what he can do at this stage of his career it should be enough to stifle but not stop the very dangerous wrestler. Coleman will be able to take this fight to the ground and if he stays busy enough he should be able to keep it there and grind out a decision victory over Fedor. If he has improved his guard passing and decides to be more aggressive from the top then we have seen him in the past, side control or mount could be the beginning of the end for Fedor, we saw what he could do from the top position against Alan Goes and his knee’s will be his most dangerous weapon, his ability to pass is a big if however so no one knows what he can do from there at this point. If Coleman cannot take this fight to the mat, and take it there fast, this will be a very short fight and Fedor will knock out Coleman early. I know I am in the minority but I am going with “The Hammer” grinding out a huge upset victory over the Russian “Rock” via unanimous decision.

Mirko Filipovic Vs Kevin Randleman

This fight is no different from any fight for Filipovic, he will keep his distance, he will sprawl, he will throw the left leg, he will rinse, repeat and do it all again. He knows that, I know that, and Kevin Randleman knows that, but stopping it is another story altogether. Both Filipovic and Randleman are predictable in their strategy, everyone knows what Randleman brings to the table, it is no secret that he will be shooting and shooting often. Another well know fact is that he is less then adequate on the feet and although he hits hard, by no means will he be interested in keeping this a stand up dance, if he does, the dance will be over before the band even gets through with the mike check. Filipovic is a stand up wrecking machine and a natural heavyweight, not a particularly big heavyweight, but a heavyweight none the less. Contrary to what many believe, fighting heavyweights is nothing new for Randleman. In fact, he has competed at the Heavyweight division for over half of his career. Much like the Mark Coleman vs Fedor Emelianenko fight, I don’t think that this fight will be as lopsided as many believe, surely Filipovic is the favorite but I think the great equalizer in MMA is wrestling and Kevin has it in spades.

Filipovic is arguably the finest striker in the realm of MMA but he has worked on his ground game and his ground game has improved ten fold. He has evolved and improved leaps and bounds, but the same cannot be said for the “Monster Kevin Randleman who has been on a slide of late. To an outsider, it seems like he hasn’t improved with the times and grown with the sport like many others have, he has four losses and five wins in his last 9 fights and has dropped his last two fights to Quinton Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba respectively. On the plus side for Randleman, he is probably the best wrestler that Filipovic has ever faced, with respect to Kazuyuki Fujita, Randleman is as experienced wrester and MMA competitor with a healthy ground and pound attack. If Nogueira can take Filipovic down, at some point Randleman should be able to do so as well, but will he be able to stay active enough to keep the ref from standing it up, or effective enough to hurt the “Cro Cop” if it goes to the mat? In the end, I feel that a combination of better cardio, speed, and a suspect chin on the part of Randleman, will be “The Monsters” downfall and Filipovic will find his range and end it with his fearsome left kick in the third round when Randleman begins to fade. Cro Cop by knockout late in round three.

5 more fights will round out the big show on April 25th and the Sushiboy's picks for the Pride Grand Prix show are as follows.

Naoya Ogawa over Stefan Leko
Giant Silva over Henry Miller
Mirko Filipovic over Kevin Randleman
Mark Coleman over Fedor Emelianenko
Heath Herring over Yoshiki Takahashi
Rodrigo Nogueira over Hirotaka Yokoi
Sergei Kharatonov over Murilo Rua
Gan McGee over Semmy Schilt

Source: MMA Ring Report


Say what you want about what Din Thomas and Jeff Monson have accomplished in their MMA careers, but many thought they were crazy for jumping into Professional Boxing this weekend, however the two American Top Team candidates held their own in their "other" sport.

Thomas and Monson scored majority draws against their opponents this weekend in their professional debuts.

Apparently most people in attendance felt that Din had won the fight (his opponent was 1-2), but it was still ruled a majority draw. Din felt good with his performance and plans to continue boxing as well as his MMA career.

Monson also fought to a majority draw with his 1-1 opponent. Not the world's most impressive debut by any means, but considering most of Monson's MMA fights (based strongly on his wrestling skills), who would have thought that his striking was good enough for professional boxing?

Monson is a bit of a late bloomer as well, making his debut in a sport that is widely considered a young man's game at the age of 33.

On a side note, Oscar De La Hoya was in the house to promote his new reality show.

Source: MMA Weekly

by: Eddie Goldman/ADCC Wrestling Editor

Brazil's top wrestler, Antoine Jaoude, has been named as one of 12 wrestlers being given wild card spots for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. The announcement was made by FILA, the international wrestling federation. Jaoude will thus become the only Brazilian wrestler in any style competing at the 2004 Athens Games.

Jaoude, a 96 kg freestyle wrestler, narrowly missed qualifying his weight for the Olympics at the 2003 World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling. There he finished 12th. The top ten finishers qualified their countries. Jaoude also finished second at the 2003 Pan American Games. In both the 2003 Worlds and 2003 Pan American Games, he was defeated by Daniel Cormier, the top American at 96 kg. However, Jaoude also failed to qualify at the two Olympic Qualification Tournaments held this year. There he finished 16th and 26th.

According to FILA's stated criteria, 'Wild Cards are allocated to countries which fully participated in the qualifying events, which have a wrestler (man or woman) of an Olympic standard, but which did not succeed in having a wrestler (man or woman) qualified to participate in any of the three wrestling style competitions.' Since no other wrestler from Brazil qualified for the Olympics, and Jaoude is considered Brazil's top wrestler, he was chosen for this wild card spot.

Jaoude's wrestling coach is Roberto Leitao, who also has worked in mixed martial arts with Marco Ruas, Pedro Rizzo, and many others. Jaoude has fought in mixed martial arts as well.

Below is FILA's statement announcing these wild card entries. There will also be four more wrestlers chosen as wild cards. It is expected that at least one of these will go to Iraq.



Subject: Allocation of the 12 FILA Wild Cards for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games
Please find herewith the list of the 12 countries which have received a Wild Card from FILA to participate in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

These Wild Cards have been allocated under the conditions fixed as per the qualification system which are as follows: Wild Cards are allocated to countries which fully participated in the qualifying events, which have a wrestler (man or woman) of an Olympic standard, but which did not succeed in having a wrestler (man or woman) qualified to participate in any of the three wrestling style competitions.

Concerning the 4 Wild Cards of the Tripartite Commission, they will be allocated by the IOC and the NOCs, in agreement with FILA. An information on this subject will be released shortly by the IOC.

Deadline confirmation
The countries which have received a Wild Card must confirm to FILA and send also their NOC's confirmation that their wrestler (man or woman) will be actually included in the Olympic Team of their country, indicating the name and weight category which must correspond to the ones which were allocated. The deadline to send this confirmation is the 11th May 2004 at the latest.

Without any confirmation within the above mentioned deadline, the qualification place will be allocated to another National Federation.

Raphael Martinetti
FILA President
Lausanne, 16 April 2004



3 BRA BRAGA Abau Jaoude Antonie FREESTYLE 96 KG

Source: ADCC


Quote of the Day

"Without discipline, there is no life at all."

Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003, American Actress, Writer

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I feel Dain did his job I also I feel like everyone else that Enson has taken alot of punishment in the past. But the hardest job is Dain's job that night!!

Enson's a tough guy and has proven he can dish and take a lot of punishment. I was very impressed with his guard and aggressive style. Nonetheless, I think the stoppage was appropriate as it seemed like the outcome would be the same however prolonged based on the positions he was in and his reaction to them. Enson was in the North-South press and in a tight neck crank/choke. Like an imperfect triangle, it eventually took its toll. I along with many other spectators, would have liked a different outcome; on the other hand, I would love to see a rematch.

I think Dain did a good stoppage.

by: Turi Altavilla

LOS ANGELES, California – The final match-up of the opening round has been announced for the sixteen-man heavyweight tournament, TOTAL ELIMINATION 2004, which will take place on April 25th, 2004 from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The event is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on same day delay.

In the final bracket of the tournament will be a battle of giants, as the pride of Holland, Semmy Schilt, will be taking on American heavyweight and UFC contender Gan McGee. At nearly seven-foot tall, Semmy Schilt is an expert kick boxer who uses his reach advantage to cause havoc in mixed martial arts. Schilt is devastating on his feet, often using a massive barrage of punches, kicks, and knees to overwhelm his opponents. Thus far during his career, this Golden Glory team member has won the titles of Hokutoki DaiDoyuko Champion and King of Pancrase. Among his list of victims are such notables as Guy Mezger, Yuki Kondo, Pete Williams and Akira Shoji. Fighting out of San Luis Obispo, California, “Big” Gan McGee stands at an imposing 6’10” and weighs 260 lbs. He brings in a record of 11-3, which includes impressive wins over Paul Buentello, Pedro Rizzo, and Alexandre Dantas. Like Schilt, McGee also possesses a substantial reach advantage, making him a difficult match-up for fighters of lesser stature. Always among the top heavyweight contenders in the UFC, McGee is now looking to bring the PRIDE FC Grand Prix title home to the United States.

Fight Card:

- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mark “The Hammer” Coleman
- Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira vs. Hirotaka Yokoi
- Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Kevin “The Monster” Randleman
- “The Texas Crazy Horse” Heath Herring vs. Yoshiki Takahashi
- Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Sergei Kharitonov
- Naoya Ogawa vs. Stefan “Blitz” Leko
- Paulo Cesar “Giant” Silva vs. Henry “Sentoryu” Miller
- Semmy Schilt vs. “Big” Gan McGee

Previously announced participant Ron “H20” Waterman is still onboard as an alternate.

The schedule for the tournament is as follows:

PRIDE FC 16-Man Heavyweight Tournament

April 25, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
(Opening Round)

June 20, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
(Second Round)

August 15, 2004
Saitama Super Arena
(Semi-Finals and Finals)

Source: ADCC

Manaus Event Set to Rock

A major BJJ event is taking place this Saturday in Manaus. Top fighters like Ronaldo 'Jacare', Fernando 'Terere', Marcio 'Pe de Pano', Marcelo Garcia, 'Xande' Ribeiro & Eduardo Tellesare set to compete.

In the Mega card:

Xande Ribeiro v Marcio Pe de Pano

Ronaldo Jacare v Marcelo Garcia

Fernando Terere v Cristiano Monteiro

Eduardo Telles v Leopoldo

Stay tuned to Kid's column and ADCC news for results and coverage.

Source: ADCC/Kid Peligro

Vladimir Matyushenko challenges Brazilian Fighters
by José Maurício Costa / Team Tatame

Vladimir Matyushenko has been laying low since September 26th, when he was knocked out by Andrey Arlovsky (UFC 44). Now, it seems that 'The Janitor' has chosen a boisterous and original way to return to the ring. The rAw Team fighter decided toissue a public and controversial challenge: he wants to face any of the top Brazilian fighters: 'Vale Tudo started in Brazil and it is where the toughest and most skilled fighters live. This is why I am interested in fighting the top Brazilians - to test myself against the best in their home country' states Matyushenko.

The RAW´s fighter public teaser probably will result in a great deal of noise in Brazil, since Matyushenko has won his two last matches against top Brazilians Pedro Rizzo (UFC 41) and Rogerio 'Minotouro' (UFO). But Matyushenko does not seem worried about the repercussions of his words: 'My fights against Pedro and Rogerio 'Minotouro' were unanimous decisions. I never felt any danger in either fight, in fact I could feel them lose spirit. I have been studying how to finish the fight definitively and I hope to put that into practice from now on. I want anyone, especially from the BTT or Chute Boxe since these are the most established names in the business' stressed the ghard nosed Russian, who was recently announced on Brazil's next JUNGLE FIGHT event.

Source: ADCC

First Look at “UFC 48: Payback”

UFC 48: Payback
Saturday, June 19, 2004
Mandalay Bay Events Center
Las Vegas, Nevada

The main event at “UFC 48: Payback” will feature Heavyweights Ken Shamrock from San Diego, CA, and Kimo Leopoldo from Huntington Beach, CA, in a rematch of their February 1996 fight. “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” submitted Kimo with a knee bar at “UFC 8: David vs. Goliath” and fans have anticipated a payback fight ever since. Shamrock was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at “UFC 45: Revolution” last November in Uncasville, CT. Kimo is coming off an impressive submission victory over hometown rival Tank Abbott at “UFC 43: Meltdown” last June in Las Vegas, NV.

Card Subject To Change:
Heavyweight: Ken Shamrock 25-8-2 vs.
Kimo Leopoldo 10-3-1
Welterweight: Matt Hughes 36-4-0 vs.
Renato “Charuto” Verissimo 6-0-0
Heavyweight Championship: Tim Sylvia 18-0-0 vs. Frank Mir 7-1-0
Middleweight: Phil Baroni 6-3-0 vs. Evan Tanner 30-4-0
Welterweight: Dennis Hallman 51-8-2 vs. Frank Trigg 9-2-0
Lightweight: Matt Serra 12-3-0 vs. Ivan Menjivar 13-2-0
Middleweight: Jason Miller 22-4-0 vs. Georges St. Pierre 6-0-0

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Source: ADCC

by Marcelo Alonso / Team Tatame

Mr. Antonio Inoki and Wallid Ismail have confirmed the second edition of Jungle Fight will be held on May 15th.

Unlike the famous first edition held in the middle of Amazon Forest at the Ariaú Towers Hotel, this one will be held in the city of Manaus (capital of Amazon State) at Studio 5, in a famous concert house with a capacity for 8 thousand expectators.

The event will be broadcast live in Brazil by Sportv. 'The first edition was such a success and was seen by such a big audience on TV, that we decided to give the opportunity for the North of Brazil to see the second event live.' explained promoter Wallid Ismail, who guaranteed the best card ever in a brazilian event. 'Just considering the fighters already confirmed, I can guarantee that it will be one of the best MMA events ever.' said Carlson´s Gracie black belt.



Source: ADCC

by Marcelo Alonso / Team Tatame

Former Chute Boxe star José Pelé Landy reports that he is putting on some weight in order to fight in the heavyweight category. Last friday, after a hard training session at his academy in the Merces district of Curitiba, Brazil. He states 'I´m getting close to 100 kg (220 lbs). I have a new promoter, whom I consider among the best in the world. He secured a place for me in a really big event, we are just setting up the last minute details. Soon everybody will find out Pele is badk!'.

After a hard training session with his young guns, Eliezer Ninja, Gaúcho, Sandrão and the Charneski brothers, Pelé also revealed tht the third edition of his MMA event, 'Original Vale-Tudo Challenge' is scheduled soon as well and is under development as we speak!

Source: ADCC


There was a time not too long ago when Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira was the most dominant heavyweight in the MMA world.

From mid-1999 until the end of 2002, it seemed as if almost nothing could stop this member of the highly feared and respected Brazilian Top Team. First in the World Extreme Fighting organization in the US, then onto Japan’s RINGS organization and finally settling into PRIDE, there was no doubt his journey was a special one.

During this time, only twice did he not come out the victor. First, a tough split decision loss to Team Quest’s Dan Henderson and then a draw to RINGS/UFC veteran Tsuyoshi Kosaka in back to back events were the only things keeping him from a perfect record.

A master of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of MMA legend Mario “The Zen Machine” Sperry, Nogueira flat out dominated fighters on the ground. Before coming to PRIDE in 2001, the slightly larger twin brother of Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira had either outlasted or submitted all of his opponents in 11 victories capturing the King of Rings Championship in 2000. But that was only the start of the legend he would begin to build.

Arriving at PRIDE 15, Nogueira showed he meant business, submitting Pride gatekeeper “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge just two and a half minutes into the fight. Impressed by his performance, PRIDE executives decided that Nogueira would be a good test for legendary Mark “The Hammer” Coleman on what PRIDE was thinking would be Coleman’s run to the inaugural Heavyweight Championship match to take place near the end of 2001.

Nogueira, a heavy underdog to Coleman, had other ideas. After a short standup exchange, the fight went to the ground where it was clear the aging Coleman was no match for the younger more dexterous Brazilian. Nearing the six-minute mark of the fight, Nogueira locked on a triangle choke/arm bar combination.

Coleman did his best to shake off “Minotauro,” but was unable to do so and had to tap out. It was then and there that the MMA community knew that Nogueira had arrived. Coleman paid tribute to his opponent by stating to the world that Antonio possessed the strongest grip he had ever seen, which meant there was no escaping the grasp of this Jiu Jitsu specialist once he got a hold of you.

It was at PRIDE 17 that Nogueira would get his shot at the Heavyweight Championship against a strong opponent, “The Texas Crazy Horse” Heath Herring. After three grueling rounds, Herring managed to not get submitted, but was unable to get any real offense going against Nogueira standing or on the ground. In what was a clean sweep unanimous decision, Nogueira was crowned the first Heavyweight Champion in PRIDE’s history. But as the saying goes, it’s not getting to the top that’s the hard part; it’s staying on top.

Over 2002, Nogueira fought five times and was victorious on all five occasions. In that stretch, he recorded his first ever KO by defeating Pancrase superstar Sanae Kikuta at a UFO show, he defeated the freakishly huge Bob Sapp despite being over 100 pounds lighter , and he avenged his only defeat by tapping out Dan Henderson at PRIDE 24. Things were going like clockwork until Nogueira was signed to fight rising Russian star Fedor Emelianenko at PRIDE 25.

For months it had seemed inevitable, Fedor, a fellow former dominant RINGS fighter had been making quick work of the same men that Nogueira had been defeating in PRIDE the year earlier. It seemed like a great classic match, the ground and pound monster vs. the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist with the iron grip. Unfortunately for Nogueira, he could not overcome the tide that was this Russian beast.

Nogueira could not help but be pounded throughout the 20-minute battle. Many times, he attempted to secure a submission on Fedor, but, each time, Fedor .powered his way out in seemingly easy fashion. When all was said and done, it was Fedor’s hand raised in victory. The belt which Nogueira had so cherished and defended with honor was taken from him and placed around the waist of someone else for the first time in PRIDE’s history.

After the loss, it seemed as if Nogueira’s time was possibly coming to an end. After a highly controversial win over Ricco Rodriguez at PRIDE’s Total Elimination 2003 show, Nogueira, who was seemingly dominated by Rodriguez despite the unanimous decision win, was given a shot at redemption. As it turned out, Fedor, due to injury, could not defend his championship against Croatian striking sensation Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at PRIDE’s Final Conflict 2003 show. Thus, Nogueira was thrust into his place to crown an interim champion until Fedor healed.

Back in the unfamiliar territory of being the underdog, Nogueira was being placed in front of the buzz saw as he got into the ring with Mirko. After surprisingly lasting the entire first round, a little banged up, but not too worse for ware, Nogueira managed to finally take down the Croatian star and secured an arm bar for the win. Redemption indeed seemed the order of the day as a belt was once again placed around Nogueira’s waist as he was crowned interim Heavyweight Champion.

Since taking the interim title back in November of last year, Nogueira has not stepped back into the ring despite rumors he would compete at PRIDE 27. Then came the announcement that Nogueira would be entering the upcoming PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix along with Fedor and Cro Cop. So now comes a chance for the once most feared heavyweight in the world to prove that he is still that man.

In the first round, Nogueira will be facing off against undefeated former RINGS fighter Hirotaka Yokoi who’s last appearance in PRIDE was at PRIDE 23 when he defeated Jarrel Venetiaan via arm bar. This has the makings of a classic battle between two seemingly similar fighters on paper.

However, fights are not fought on paper. They are fought in the ring where Nogueira has a vast advantage in experience and class of opponent over Yokoi. It is with that experience that this fight, which will go to the ground, will be won with. As long as Nogueira doesn’t underestimate Yokoi, this should be a smooth fight for Antonio as he looks to advance to the second round.

While a win is expected of Nogueira and wouldn’t do much to raise his stock, it would move him on to the second round to face bigger name competition. A loss, however, would be very bad. Not only would he have lost his chance to move on in the tournament, but it would lead people to question the validity of him holding a portion of the Heavyweight Championship.

When all is said and done, it’s a return to form that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is seeking, validation for the years of dominance that have slipped through his once iron grip. Ultimately, he would love to avenge his loss to Fedor en route to being crowned Grand Prix Champion. Until then, Nogueira remains something of a mystery, a mystery only he can ultimately solve.

Source: MMA Weekly


Murilo “Ninja” Rua is quite possibly the best prospect developed by the famed Chute Boxe Academy behind PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.

Ever since debuting in MMA at the Meca Vale Tudo championships 4 years ago, this 23-year-old Brazilian has had more ups and downs in his young career than a roller coaster. And while his impressive 10-3-1 record may not reflect it, it hasn’t been the easiest ride in the world for Rua.

Things started off easy enough though, after practically walking through the field of competitors he faced at the first five Meca Vale Tudo shows, the only hiccup in his career was his only non-finish, a draw to Akihiro Gono in his first and only Shooto appearance. He looked very impressive in these early bouts, even winning a couple by traditional submission, something the Chute Boxe Academy isn’t exactly known for producing. So impressive looking in fact that PRIDE, who had already imported Rua’s teammate Wanderlei Silva to it’s ranks, extended their hands to Rua (and recently his brother Mauricio “Shogun” Rua) and he accepted their invitation.

After debuting in spectacular fashion at PRIDE 16, defeating Takada Dojo fighter Daijiro Matsui with a wicked kick early in the third round, Rua suffered his first setback with a close majority decision loss to Team Quest wrestler Dan Henderson at PRIDE 17. This fight would be the first of four fights in a row that, despite a good showing in three of the four fights, Rua couldn’t finish off an opponent, thus the near Jeckyl and Hyde like dominance issues that plagued Murlio during this part of his career.

After defeating the head of the hated rival Brazilian Top Team, Mario Sperry at PRIDE 20, Rua was matched up against Sperry’s disciple Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 23 for what was looking like a possible match-up to determine the top contender for Silva’s Middleweight Championship. However, this time the Brazilian Top Team member got the better of Rua, handing him only the second loss of his young career.

Less than 30 days later, Rua was back in the ring facing off against Hammer House fighter Kevin “The Monster” Randleman at PRIDE 24. During the fight, a surprisingly apt Rua managed to keep up with the more experienced wrestler in Randleman as the majority of the fight stayed on the ground. Unfortunately for Rua, Kevin’s superior strength allowed him to get in the better of shots and opened up a nasty cut above Rua’s eye. This cut resulted in Rua’s second straight loss and the first fight in five to not go the distance. It was at this time that those who doubted Rua’s legitimacy really began to come out of the woodwork.

That seems to be the biggest knock on Rua. While a very competent striker and improving grappler with some submission skills, people are still not quite sold on him being the heir apparent to the mighty Wanderlei Silva. Even with wins against Akira Shoji (PRIDE Shockwave 2003) and Alexander Otsuka (PRIDE 27) in which he finished both opponents, critics still laid doubt on the young striker by saying he defeated two easy “tailor made” opponents. So perhaps with the pressures of living up to Silva and his own wishes to silence his critics, Rua has entered this year’s Open Weight Grand Prix, even though he traditionally is a middleweight.

In the first round of the tournament, Rua will be matched up against Sergei Kharitonov of Russia. Kharitonov is a submission specialist who’s been making news at the first Bushido event last year and at PRIDE 27 where he submitted both of his opponents via arm bar (including the 6’9” 300+ pound LA Giant). Despite his good performances, it is Rua who will be the favorite to win this fight due to his long standing in PRIDE and his training with the Chute Boxe Academy.

To win this fight Rua must stay away from Kharitonov’s main advantage, his submission skills. Although Rua has shown great competence in avoiding submission situations and has even finished a few of his own fights with submissions, Kharitonov has finished all his opponents, something that Rua had been having trouble with doing himself in recent fights. The fight will most likely come down to speed, if Rua can quickly establish himself quickly and keep that advantage then look for him to be able to outlast Kharitonov who has not gone more than two and a half minutes in any of his previous fights. However, if Rua is over eager, then look for his Russian opponent to capitalize on this and make quick work of any mistakes Rua makes.

A win would place Rua in the second round of the tournament where it is anyone’s guess who he’ll face. It will also perhaps silence, for just a bit, the critics who feel that Rua is just unfulfilled potential. A loss would place Ninja back in the middle of the pack of the middleweight division where his only hope to get a chance for the title would be for his teammate Silva to move up in weight (as it is rumored he will do). So this fight could easily determine how Rua is perceived and how his future will play out, at least for the coming year.

Source: MMA Weekly


John Hartnett broke the story yesterday, that Shannon Briggs will not fight in the upcoming K-1 Event "Battle at the Bellagio" in Las Vegas.

Hartnett reported that Briggs sustained a foot injury that will keep him out of his upcoming fight. Hartnett did not say what the exact cause of the injury was, only to say that Shannon sustained the injury a couple of days ago in training.

Meanwhile, American Top Team members Din Thomas and Jeff Monson are making their pro boxing debuts on Friday night. The duo will be weighing in later today and get ready to fight in their home state of Florida on Friday

Source: MMA Weekly


Frank Trigg jumped on MMAWeekly Radio with host Ryan Bennett and broke down the upcoming Pride GP card. While many MMA fans don't think Mark Coleman can win his fight against Fedor, the insiders sure don't feel that way, as Bas Rutten picked Coleman on Tuesday and Trigg did the same on Wednesday.

Trigg talked about how Coleman's style will make this a very tough fight for Fedor. Trigg talked about the obvious game plan of staying away from Fedor's punching power, but Frank said he didn't think Fedor would be very affective fighting off his back and we really haven't seen Fedor on his back.

He felt that if Coleman gets him down, Fedor will have a very difficult time fighting from his back and Coleman "can make a lot of fighters look real bad" once he gets his ground n pound going.

Trigg talked about a few of the other matches including Randleman vs Cro Cop as well as who he thinks will win the entire competition. Just click on yesterdays show and listen to Trigg's analysis of the upcoming Grand Prix.

Source: MMA Weekly

Pequeno kicked ass at TATAME's poll

Alexandre Pequeno was elect the best fighter under 70kg by the web users with 37,90% of the votes in our poll. In second place, BJJ black belt Vítor Shaolin (Nova União) received 34,25%. Genki Sudo got 20,55%, Júnior Buscapé received 4,57% and Gomi got the last position with only 2,74% of the votes. Over the Brazilian version, BJJ fighter Vítor Shaolin received the title of best fighter under 70kg with 51,03%. Pequeno got 32,66%. In third place, Júnior Buscapé received 9,77% and Japanese fighters Genki Sudo and Takanori Gomi got 4,18% and 2,36% respectively.

Now you may guess again. Who will be the great surprise of Pride GP on April 25th?

Source: Tatame

Master Carlson Gracie is in Brazil

Master Carlson Gracie is in Brazil and he will be over here until next week. Carlson is also dealing with a new gym in United States, where has been living for many years. "I'm here to deal with my visa and I am doing other things. Tuesday I am on my way to US to continue my issues there," said Carlson.

Source: Tatame


Tim Sylvia To Meet Frank Mir for the Heavyweight Championship

LAS VEGAS, NEV., April 19, 2004….Tim Sylvia makes his much anticipated return to the Octagon Saturday, June 19, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center as he tries to regain the belt that he relinquished after a successful title defense in UFC 44. Sylvia gave up his belt after testing positive for an anabolic agent following UFC 44 and was unable to fight in UFC 47 because new test results were not available at the time of weigh-in.

UFC President Dana White says it’s time for Sylvia to return, “Tim has served his suspension, been very remorseful and has handled the matter extremely well. I’m looking forward to seeing Tim back in the Octagon and I’m anticipating a tremendous fight.”

Sylvia (18-0) from Davenport, Iowa will battle Frank Mir (7-1) from Las Vegas in an attempt to regain the title that what was once his. Mir is coming off an impressive win over Wes Sims in UFC 46, knocking Sims out in the second round. Mir knows this is going to be a tough battle, “I am training expecting this to be the hardest fight possible. Tim is going to be in the best shape possible and is not going to make a single mistake.”

Also added to UFC 48: Payback; Dennis Hallman (51-8-2) from Olympia, WA, looks to avenge a previous defeat to Frank Trigg (9-2) fighting out of El Segundo CA. Veteran lightweight Matt Serra (12-3) from Long Island, N.Y., will meet Ivan Menjivar (13-2) from Montreal, Canada in his UFC debut. Las Vegan, Jason Miller (22-4) will also make his UFC debut against Welterweight Georges St. Pierre (6-0).

The main event at UFC 48: Payback will feature Heavyweight Ken Shamrock as he returns to the Octagon to fight. Shamrock, “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” (25-8-2) from San Diego, Calif., and Kimo (10-3-1) from Huntington Beach, Calif., will meet in a long-awaited re-match. Shamrock submitted Kimo with a knee bar at UFC 8: David Vs. Goliath and fans have anticipated a payback fight ever since. Kimo is coming off an impressive submission victory over hometown rival Tank Abbott at UFC 43: Meltdown last June in Las Vegas.

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes (36-4) from Hillsboro, Ill., will meet Renato “Charuto”Verissimo (6-0-0) from Hilo, Hawaii; and in a feature fight, power striker Phil Baroni (6-3-0) fighting out of Las Vegas will battle Evan Tanner (30-4-0) from Portland, Ore., in a re-match of their controversial middleweight fight November 21 at UFC 45: Revolution.

Tickets for the all-star, fight card are $350, $250, $150, $75 and $35, are on sale now at the Mandalay Bay Events Center box office in Las Vegas, at all Ticketmaster locations, and Tickets also may be ordered by telephone at 1-877-632-7400 or 1-702-474-4000. Ticket purchases are limited to eight per person and are subject to transaction fees. UFCâ 48: Payback will be available LIVE on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EDT on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada. The suggested retail price is $29.95.

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Source: Maxfighting


Quote of the Day

"It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits to our abilities do not exist."

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, 1881-1955, French Christian Mystic, Author

Reader Comments Requested!

A reader of planted this thought in my mind so we will start a comment line or Q&A regarding the various Hawaii events to get different opinions on our site.

Our first installment question will be:

Do you feel that the Enson Inoue/Tom Sauer fight in Super Brawl 35 was stopped too early and why?

Please email us with your comments at and we will post some comments. We will provide our opinion after we post some of our readers' comments because we do not want to influence your comments in any way (if we haven't spoiled that already). We may have different opinions ourselves on many subjects.

Feel free to just state your opinion and if you would like to be anonymous if we decide to post your comment, please state that in your email. That will be no problem.

We reserve the right to choose which comments to post.

More comments!

" I was trying to refrain from commenting on the so called early stoppage. However, one can only take so much bullsh*t. First of all, I don't understand why Enson fights if he doesn't care about winning. In my opinion, if you don't care about winning, then why fight? I totally understand that Enson is a "name" in Japan and based on his marketability, win or lose, he makes a ton of money. However, don't tell me that when Enson first started fighting Shooto, he told himself..."Hey self, lets try Shooto, I know I can be an exciting loser."

Secondly, some of your responders spoke of special rules. Most notable, Royce Gracie. My feeling about "special rules", is that, there should be no such thing! MMA is an evolutionary sport and for that reason, if you can't fight within the rules, then you should be left behind. I understand why promotions are tempted to set up "special rules" for fighters like Royce Gracie and Enson Inoue. The simple answer, is that they bring in the fans, which in turn, brings in the money. Don't get me wrong, I love to see Enson fight. And I "loved" watching the young Royce Gracie kick butt in the early UFC's. But I can't be selfish and demand that these fighter's deserve "special rules". Especially, when you have fighters such as BJ Penn, Randy Coutoure and Vanderlei Silva who cross-train to become more complete or should I say "evolved" fighters. That is why they are the champions that they are today. I guess the question I'm trying to get to is...was Enson's fight set up with "special rules"? But I already know the answer, and the answer is no! Therefore, there is no validity to a "special rules" argument about the fight. Enson was taking punishment and the referee stopped the fight. Period.

Finally, it comes down to a "value argument", a value argument is an argument such as abortion, the death penalty and gay rights. It just depends how you "feel" about a certain topic. Some fans "feel" that the fight was stopped too soon. I might "feel" differently. But, the only person, who's "feelings" really counted on that night, was the referee. I understand that Enson is "Yamato Damashi", but he is also human. I also, understand Enson's willingness to die in the ring and I'm sure the referee did too. However, the referee was not about to let him, and that was his final value judgment."

Sincerely, Ringside

"Imo fighters safety should always come first no matter WHO they are and what they believe in. Showing bias as a ref will only hurt the sport. If it did go on I think only more punishment would have been dished out by Tom. It was evident within the first 2 minutes that Enson was winded. It showed on his face and actions in the ring(tongue hanging out etc.) I would expect that of Egan but not Enson as he has always showed good wind even on the losing end of his fights.
Where I really feel robbed is in the fight itself. I was promised and kept hearing all about this "ko or be ko'd" stuff and going to go "toe to toe" etc. Well all I saw is one wild right from about 4 feet away straight into a clinch to takedown attempt? wtf? Where's all the "banging" and stand up? Didnt happen. This is what dissapointed me the most. Otherwise it was a great night of fights."

-anonymous sole in the front row

"First of all great job on everything.

That whole argument about Enson not tapping out because it's his philosophy and that's why the ref shouldn't have stopped is baloney. Fights should continue if a fighter is in no real danger of receiving severe injury, NOT because of the, "spirit of Japan" attitude. Eardrums rupture and bones break no matter what the spirit is. I would expect a ref to call matches the same no matter who was fighting. If at all that the fight was stopped too early, consider the likely alternative: 45 more seconds (correct me if I'm wrong) of blows to the head. But of course this should be beside the point.

What is this whole up roar all about (from an audience's standpoint)? Money. They paid a certain amount and wanted to get the most from it. I don't blame them, I always hope for an extra McNugget in my meal."

Love that McNugget comment!

"The ref made the right call. Sure for some people the fight may have seemed to be stopped early, but what would they do if they were the ref and they had to make a big decision like that. Would they want to be responsible for a fighter getting seriously hurt or even killed? Sure Enson is willing to die in there, but is that something people actually want to see happen to him or any other fighter? That's the thing some people don't think about. Both Enson and Egan are mma legends in Hawaii, but do they need special rules about not stopping the fight too early, just because they'll fight till death? Personally, I am not a big fan of Enson's, but I wouldn't want him to become known as a "Special Rules" type of fighter like Royce Gracie. There are other fighters will not give up in a fight, and for those fighters it is the ref's job to make the call. Dain made a good call."

KOTC in May - The Return of ALBERTO CRANE

Albuquerque, NM - The biggest buzz on the west coast MMA scene currently is the return of Alberto Crane to KOTC on May 15th. Crane, a BJJ champion, started out his MMA career in KOTC back in June of 2002 with a first round rear choke on Nick Shadwick. A triangle choke on Joe Vigil in December of that year followed. He really hit the spotlight when he took on highly regarded Lightweight Champion Javier Vazquez in February, a fight that will live in infamy as the one that saw Javier tear his ACL just seconds into the fight. Crane walked away with the unanimous decision and the title, but relinquished the belt shortly after. In October he returned to fighting in 'Ring Of Fire' scoring a rear choke over Christian Carvalho in 3:56 of the first round. He regained the spotlight in the January ZST Grand Prix tournament where he beat Takuto Hida by armbar in 2:05. So far, the Vazquez fight is the only one to go out of the first round and the only one available on video. He is now 5-0 with 80% submission victories.

Critics say Hida was 1-7 at the time, Vazquez had a torn ACL from the word ‘go’, and Crane’s other three opponents had nine fights between them when they faced Crane while supporters say his kicks standing and non-stop submission attempts on the ground are a devastating combination in such an underrated fighter. Crane’s home New Mexico in general has been overlooked and underrated by the primarily West Coast MMA press, making it difficult to tell how much is hype and how much is cold hard fact. On May 15th the MMA community should know more as Crane returns to KOTC, perhaps seeking his belt out once again.

Source: ADCC

Can Fabrício Werdum be a Chuteboxer?

'I would like to train with Wanderlei Silva and all those guys from Curitiba', said the ADCC fighter & BJJ Black Belt!

Fabrício Werdum came to noteriety after the ADCC 2003, where he finished 2nd in the heavweight division and 3rd in the Absolutes. WE caught up with the BJJ Black Belt, who recently declared recently that he wants to approach Chuteboxe to advance his MMA career. 'I would like to train with Wanderlei Silva and all those guys from Curitiba. It has been a while I had this idea. Right now, they are the best in the world of MMA fights'.

Based in Madrid, Spain Werdum has an academy with almost one hundred pupils, the black-belt also said that he and Mirko Cro Cop are have spoken together about wanting to create the European Top Team. 'There already is the Brazilian, American and the Russian Top Team. I live in Spain and meet great fighters every day, around here. I mean in France, Holland… so, it would be good to develop a team that can represent the old continent'.

The reigning Jiu-Jitsu World Champion over 97kg, Werdum is excited to win the absolute title this year. 'I can fight against any opponent, including Marcio Pe de Pano (they are 1-1 in ADCC rules against each other). A few days ago, I promised to my master Silvio Behring that I will bring him the absolute gold medal at the Jiu-Jitsu World Cup of 2004'.

Source: ADCC

Peter Aerts in Brasil!

Dutch kickboxer Peter Aerts and Brazilian MMA star Pedro Rizzo have been friends for long time, ever since Rizzo was a promising MMA talent and traveled to Holland to train Muay Thai. From those days in the mid 90's to nowadays, it´s common to see Rizzo and Aerts training together, especially when Rizzo is focusing his training for a fight.

Thouh Rizzo has not revealed his next fight, or even in which event he will fight, Rizzo has asked for Aerts´ for training support, and the Dutchman landed in Brazil last Tuesday. Aerts will be here for a few weeks preparing the Brazilian, sharping his on standing techniques that are already among the most dangerous in MMA. The 'Rock'comments:

- He has come to help me out. When I´m preparing to fight I always ask for his help. I have gone to Holland in the past so this time I asked Peter to come to Brazil. I needed to make my sparring training harder. He´s a great friend and we have been friends for a long time. When we are sparring, he corrects some of my mistakes, some fault of mine. He is here to work me and to enlarge the scope of my training.'

Source: ADCC


It’s been four years since MMA legend Mark “The Hammer” Coleman won the inaugural PRIDE Grand Prix. Now, in 2004, he’s in the unfamiliar territory of being the underdog in a field comprised of some of the best heavyweight fighters in the world. On the eve of his journey to Japan, MMA Weekly’s Mick Hammond spoke with Mark to get his thoughts on the tournament, his personal life, and his relationship with the fans.

MMA Weekly: First off, it’s pretty obvious what everyone wants to know about, you’re returning after 4 years to defend your Open Weight Grand Prix title. In the first round, you’ve got current PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko; tell us about the fight.

Mark Coleman: Fighting Fedor is one hell of a challenge. It’s quite a different challenge than I had back in 2000 when I fought Satake in the first round. I’d say Fedor is probably the most well rounded fighter out there, so it’s going to take the best in me to beat him.

MMA Weekly: We haven’t seen Fedor much on his back during his time in PRIDE. You being a wrestler first and foremost, I’m guessing your strategy is to take him down and get top position as quickly as possible, right?

Mark: You haven’t seen Fedor on his back because he’s pretty hard to get there. I’m going to try my hardest to get him on his back. He’s pretty good on his feet too and when it goes to the ground, he usually ends up on top. So, obviously, the game plan is to get him on his back, hopefully pass his guard, and then do some damage that way. I’m going to have to find a way to take him down which I’m sure I can do.

MMA Weekly: In the past you’ve won a couple of matches with side chokes, but it’s not something we’ve seen from you of late. Is there a possibility we could see you attempt any submissions?

Mark: Well, people don’t think I have much experience with submissions, but I’ve been in this sport for over 8 years now and I do them all the time in practice. But doing them in practice and doing them in a fight are two totally different things. It’s fun to play around with submissions in practice and I’ve gotten quite a few of them in my game, triangles, arm bars, and ankle locks, but doing them in a fight would be rather difficult and not something I’m looking for. Possibly a neck crank, but I don’t really consider that a submission, it’s more like a wrestling thing. I’m looking to ground and pound this guy, that’s what I do, no sense in changing it now, nothing has really changed about me. Hopefully, I can hang in there and do some damage to his face.

MMA Weekly: Your teammate Kevin Randleman is also fighting in the Grand Prix against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, are you guys heading out to Japan together and have you thought about the chance you may face each other?

Mark: Kevin is leaving a day later, but only because it was more convenient for him. We’re a still a team, we’d welcome the fact if we had to fight each other because that means we did pretty well in the tournament so far. We’ll worry about that when the issue comes, because Cro Cop and Fedor is enough to worry about at this point. Fighting Kevin is the least of my concerns right now; I’m just worried about Fedor.

MMA Weekly: There are a lot of fighters in this tournament with very little or no MMA experience. Guys like Stefan Leko, Henry Miller, and Giant Silva combined only have one MMA fight between them. Do you feel that you got the worst of the draw having to fight Fedor in the first round instead of one of those guys who surely would have been a much easier fight?

Mark: Well, I don’t question things. All I know is what they (PRIDE) give me. Some people say that I asked for Fedor, which is absolutely not true. I’m not that crazy. (laughs) I’d like to win this thing, you know? I’m not saying I can’t beat Fedor, but obviously, the easiest road to the finals is the best road and I wouldn’t call him the easiest road at all. But for them to offer me Fedor, I look at it like someone has to be the main event and I’m honored that they saw main event material in myself versus Fedor. Is it a tough fight? Hell yeah, but it’s a huge opportunity for me to fight him in the first round, it’s my title shot right there. That doesn’t win the tournament for me, but I’m looking at it as a huge stepping stone for my fighting career. It’s an opportunity to me. It’s something I got offered and something I had to contemplate because I could have fought someone of lessor caliber and could have made it past the first round a little easier, but I decided that’s what they wanted for a main event. I’m just honored they offered it to me. Now, I got to deal with Fedor because of it, but that’s life. I’m getting paid for it, that’s my job, and let’s just hope it goes well.

MMA Weekly: Regardless of how you do in the tournament, what plans do you have for yourself after it’s over?

Mark: I’m feeling good, I’m finally getting my personal life back in order, and basically I’m really just now starting to train with the fire I had way back in ‘96, ‘98, and 2000. I’ve really got that fire back now. No matter what happens here (in the first round), I’ve got a 3-fight deal and I’m going to honor that contract and whatever happens, it’s either going to be in the Grand Prix or against someone else. I just look to continue to get better in all areas, work hard, and stay in this sport as long as I possibly can while I’m healthy. I feel lucky and I’m going to fight until I can’t anymore or until nobody wants to see me (laughs). I owe them at least two more fights and I’m looking forward to that. Plus, two weeks after this fight, I’ve got to do a professional wrestling match in Japan and I’m excited about doing that as well. Both careers I’m trying to perform well in and hopefully take off and create some kind of future for myself.

MMA Weekly: Speaking of your personal life, that’s the side of the sport many people don’t see. Can you tell us how a fighter’s personal life affects their fighting career?

Mark: Well, people don’t care about personal life status. To them, personal life doesn’t matter and I don’t expect it to matter to them. Just go watch The Smashing Machine and see what personal problems can do to a person. You got to be on your game and in the zone. It’s no different than any other athlete; if you’re not in the zone and on your game, bad things will happen. I’m trying to stay focused and stay in my game.

MMA Weekly: So one little break in concentration or thought to something else during a fight can completely get you off your game?

Mark: Well, during a fight, one little mistake and you’re done. You’re life has to be in order. It helps to have your family life and your home life in order to be able to do these types of things. To be a PRIDE Grand Prix Champ, you’ve got to have your P’s and Q’s in order.

MMA Weekly: I know you have to go soon so let’s close this out for now. Is there anything you’d like to say to the fans out there or any sponsors you’d like to give a shout out to?

Mark: I don’t have any sponsors out there, but the fans support me and have stuck with me. I’m getting old now and I might have some people sticking with me just for my age. But I appreciate the fans support and I’ll just continue to work hard. I feel the fans are my sponsors, I always fought for the fans, they’re very important. I fight for myself obviously, too. I’m not going to deny that I fight for myself and my family, but the fans are very important to me and treated me well and made me feel special wherever I went, that’s a bonus for me. It was nice to go to the UFC and have the fans remember me for what I did in the past. I appreciate it a lot and I’m doing my best to hang in there and just continue to work hard and do my best and be the champ.

MMA Weekly: One last question and then we’ll let you go. What’s your prediction for the fight?

Mark: I’m just going to have to find a way to win and I’m going to find a way to beat this guy. That’s the plan.

Source: MMA Weekly

Grapplers Quest Men’s Team USA Trials Is Taking Shape; 2003 Champions Return

Bayonne, NJ -- The Grapplers Quest Men’s Team USA Trials is taking shape as we’re seeing some of the best submission grapplers in the United States confirming their spot in the Saturday, May 22, tournament.

With $500. on the line for first place, competitors in 5 stacked divisions featuring veterans of Abu Dhabi and the Arnold-Gracie, and champions of the Abu Dhabi North American Qualifiers, the SWO, the Pam-Ams, Victory at Valley Forge, GQ Beast of the East, GQ Nationals and GQ West, roll into Marist High School in Bayonne, New Jersey, vying for top spot.

The 2003 Team USA Trials defending champions Marcos Avellan, Pablo Popovitch and Jeff Monson return for the second installment of this tournament. The three Floridians reigned supreme on March 29, 2003, earning the top spots in their respective divisions. However this year, while Monson continues in the heavyweight division, Avellan steps up to the welterweight division where he may face Popovitch for the title.

There is still a need for competitors and alternates in all divisions of the Team USA Trials. Please send Grappling Resumes to Brian Cimins at Visit for more information on Grapplers Quest and the Team USA Trials.

Lightweight: 149.9 lbs. and below:
Mike Fowler, Team Lloyd Irvin, Pan American Champion, 4-Time Grapplers Quest Champion
David Jacobs, Yamasaki Jiu-Jitsu, 3-Time GQ-National Champion

Jordan 'SuperFreak' Damon, Tai Kai Machado Jiu-Jitsu, Gene LeBell's Grapplers Challenge Champion, Multiple Grappling Titles
Renato Tavares, American Top Team Black Belt, 2004 SWO Lightweight Champion

Jeff Glover, Paragon BJJ, 4-Time GQ-West Champion
Alan Teo, Team Renzo Gracie, 2-Time GQ-National Champion

Mike Mrkulic, Royler Gracie/David Adiv USA, 6-Time GQ Champion
Mike Cardoso, Freestyle Fighting Academy, Abu Dhabi Veteran

Welterweight: 150-169.9 lbs.:
Anthony Tolone, Multiple-time Florida State Champion, Two-time Georgia State Champion

Marcos Avellan, Florida Freestyle Academy, 2003 Team USA Trials Defending Lightweight Champion

Shawn Williams, Renzo Gracie Black Belt, 2000 International Pro Am Grappling Champion, 2-Time Grapplers Quest Champion

Pablo Popovitch, American Top Team, 2003 Team USA Trials Defending Welterweight Champion, 2003 Abu Dhabi North American Qualifiers Champion, 2004 GQ-West Lightweight Pro Champion

Tony Torres-Aponte, Urban Jungle Self Defense (Houston, TX), 2001 Abu Dhabi World Championships Alternate, 25-1-2 Grappling Record

Diego Sanchez, Jackson's Gaidojutsu, 3-Time GQ-West Champion

Rob Kahn, Team GroundHog/Team Royce Gracie

Middleweight: 170-184.9 lbs.:
Nakapan Phungephorn, Team Lloyd Irvin, Kimono Kombat Superfight Champion, 4-Time Grapplers Quest Champion
Brad Pearce, Gracie Barra Virginia Beach (Team Gustavo Machado), Dale Earnhardt Jr. Medalist and Casca Grossa Invitational Veteran, as well The 2000 NYC Showdown Pancrase Champion

Efrain Ruiz, Florida Freestyle Academy, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
Noah Spear, High Level Jiu-Jitsu/Balance Studios, Victory at Valley Forge Superfight Champion

Joe D'Arce, Team Renzo Gracie Black Belt, Pancrase Veteran
Winner of the Kumite Classic Super Fight (sponsored by SPRAWL) Bill Vucick of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania vs. Chris Moriarty (Alliance/Team Jacare) of Atlanta, Georgia - Find out who gets the spot on May 8th in Monroeville, PA at the Pittsburgh Sports and Fitness Expo

Marcel Ferreira, American Top Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt
James Brasco, Arnold Gracie Pro Veteran, 128-10 High School Wrestling Record, 102-11 Collegiate Wrestling Record, 2-Time Eastern Regional Conference Champion (Division I), Nationally Ranked #7, 2-Time Pennsylvania State Champion in Freestyle, Age Group (16-17 yrs.) National Champion, and 4-Time All-Pennsylvania Team Member, Member of the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Hall of Fame

Light-Heavyweight: 185-204.9 lbs.:
Fábio Leopoldo, Team Renzo Gracie/Ryan Gracie Black Belt, Multi-Title Pan American and Mundial Champion, United Gracie Champion
Marco Delima, Team NYMAG/Gene Simco, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt, 3-Time Grapplers Quest Champion

Ken Kronenberg, Tai Kai Machado Jiu-Jitsu, 1999 Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion, 2000 NAGA Superfight Champion, 2001 Philadelphia Freedom Superfight Champion, 2003 NAGA World Champion
Justin 'ChimChim' Garcia, Team Groundhog, 4-Time Grapplers Quest Champion

Moacir 'Boca' Oliveira, American Top Team, Florida 2004 SWO Tournament Division and Absolute Champion, GQ-West V Middleweight Superfight Division Finalist
Rick Migliarese, Balance Studios, 2004 GQ-Beast of the East Light-Heavy Advanced Champion

Todd Margolis, Team Lloyd Irvin, 6-Time Grapplers Quest Champion
Eliot Marshall, Boulder Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Colorado), 2-Time Grapplers Quest Medalist, 2-Time Pan American Champion

Heavyweight: 205 lbs. and over:
Jeff 'The Snowman' Monson, American Top Team, Abu Dhabi Champion, 2003 Team USA Trials Defending Champion

Glover Teixeira, The Pit Fight Team, 3-Time Grapplers Quest Advanced Champion, Current SportFight Light-Heavyweight Champion

Pat Stano, Champion Martial Arts/Joe Priole, 7-Time Grapplers Quest Champion, RATED #1 World Grappling Ratings Advanced Heavyweight Competitor

Lamonte 'Big Mont' Tyler, Royce Gracie/Team Roc, Grapplemania I and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Grappling Classic 1st Place Advanced Champion

Tim Carpenter, Balance Studios, Pan American Medalist

Glen Sandull, Planet Jiu-Jitsu/Team GroundHog, 2000-2003 4-Time Grapplers Quest Champion, Current Reality Fighting Heavyweight Champ

Source: ADCC


Quote of the Day

"Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don't do that by sitting around."

Katharine Hepburn, 1907-2003, American Actress, Writer

Reader Comments Requested!

A reader of planted this thought in my mind so we will start a comment line or Q&A regarding the various Hawaii events to get different opinions on our site.

Our first installment question will be:

Do you feel that the Enson Inoue/Tom Sauer fight in Super Brawl 35 was stopped too early and why?

Please email us with your comments at and we will post some comments. We will provide our opinion after we post some of our readers' comments because we do not want to influence your comments in any way (if we haven't spoiled that already). We may have different opinions ourselves on many subjects.

Feel free to just state your opinion and if you would like to be anonymous if we decide to post your comment, please state that in your email. That will be no problem.

We reserve the right to choose which comments to post.

We had a great response for the first day of asking this question and doing this kind of thing! Remember that this is America and everyone is entitled to their own opinion so don't dog these people for voicing their comments. Here are some of the comments (grammar and spelling was touched up a bit, heh heh)...

Keep those comments coming!

"I think the fight was stopped at the right time. I mean being a ref is not an easy thing to do. Enson was in a bad situation and with the punishment he was taking, I don’t think he would have made it out to the second round. If the ref let it go and Enson got hurt, lets say a ruptured eye socket or whatever, The ref is at fault for not stopping it sooner. Damned if you do Damned if you don’t. Even though the ref made some questionable decisions earlier in the night, he stopped the fight at the right time. It was just Tom’s night that night."


"In my opinion, I feel Dain did his job as a ref when he stopped it. Even though Enson had taken way more punishment than that in his past fights, Enson was catching cracks and did not defend, and i thought it was a fair call. Although, i cannot lie that i wanted nothing else but for the fight NOT to be stopped. I was actually whispering to myself, "Dain, don't stop the fight.... Dain, don't stop the fight.... Dain, don't stop the fight!" "

Aloha, Cisco

"I think the Enson fight might have been stopped too early in the context of THAT particular fight. It is Enson, and I'm sure he would rather lose some other way than a ref stoppage, regardless of what that other way is. But if it were any other fighter perhaps it would have been a perfectly good call,
but for Enson I think not. And for some other fighters I think not as well. This leads to both fighters agreeing on a set of rules similar to those of a modern day Royce Gracie fight. Where the rules are such that the match cannot be stopped (when Enson is in trouble --when Tom is in trouble perhaps Tom would want the normal rules to apply--) by anyone except Enson, or Enson's corner with a towel flying across the ring. Although this increases the danger slightly, it eliminates certain problems.

For instance, the Royce/Yoshida fight, although I didn't really care who was going to win, as I find both fighters interesting, I feel that in the end Royce was robbed. Where the Royce/Saku fight had a specific set of rules, I felt that Royce lost, as a fan of fighting I could "feel" that he lost. This is important for a few reasons, but the main one perhaps being that as a fan, we come to know how certain fighters....fight. Over time we have come to know how Royce fights, he doesn't give up unless there is no way out (as in the case of the fractured bone in his leg during the Saku fight) and if you are a fan of Royce, this is perhaps the reason you watch him fight. As for Enson, I personally enjoy watching him fight for this very reason, he is exciting, he gives 110% in the ring, and its exciting to watch. The do or die mentality (for better or for worse) is very apparent in the fight,
whether he loses, or not. In fact I don't think his "real" fans care if he wins or loses! I think they will keep watching regardless, because of the "way" he fights, which is more important. Although making a specific set of rules opens a new can of worms in some respects, I think for certain
fighters it is sometimes what has to be done. And as a fan, I can watch a fighter win or lose, and I don't get that bad taste in my mouth. The ref's call's should always be respected I think, but in a fight like this he is put in a awkward position, I think a set of rules like the above may make it easier for him to do his job without as much backlash."

just my .02 Yen

disclaimer: the following opinion, DOES NOT represent the majority of FCTV's cast or crew, only the "other guys" (not mike's or chris's) opinion.

--first, let me apologize for my probably biased opinion--being a lifetime enson fan--however, i feel the fight was stopped too early. Dain did what he saw best for enson's safety, but from further review of the tapes (two close-up shots) and a post-fight interview w/ tom who admits his left arm
"popped" on the first armbar attempt (hind-sight being 20/20), it seems a little clearer that tom wasn't really connecting on enson (especially having a weakened left arm) w/ anything that would be dangerous--granted, enson was in a BAD position. coming from a
[EDITOR'S ADDED NOTE: MID TO LATE ] 30-something grappler's perspective,sometimes, you have to reserve your energy--even if it's at the bottom of a mount (and especially after using a "crap-load" of energy blowing a chest-to-chest spinning takedown). if tom did begin to connect w/ anything solid, i'm sure enson had enough left in him to at least turtle--tom didn't have a firm mount. btw, enson did do everything he said he was going to do in the fight--he didn't promise a win, only a destructive mind set and aggressive fight style. during the fight, enson was in the position to just"hold on" (kinda like what tom did for part of the round from the north/south press), but instead, he kept on hitting him. kinda reminds me of the black knight's scene in monte python's "holy grail". i would've really liked to see what could've happened in round two--then again, if you include the mini riot after the fight, then we did get to see a "second round"--unless you consider that the 11th fight of the night. whatever the case though--you gotta love superbrawl!"

mark "keizoku no chikara" kurano
aka. "the other guy"

"As a true fan of Enson I believe that if was stopped to soon. We all know that Enson would never tap out. With only less than 40 sec. left in the round Dain should have let the fight go on. There's more things that we all didn't like about the match. Tom was stalling from the top while Enson was throwing up punches from the bottom. In earlier matches Dain was standing up fighters for stalling, but didn't do the same for Enson's match. In all Dain did what he felt was right at the time and we can't change it. Maybe a more seasoned referee should be in the ring for such a match. Just an opinion but I think others would agree."

Keep up the good work guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


"i don't think the fight was stopped too early. the ref has to think about the fighters safety and that was too many unanswered strikes. even if enson is known not to quit, if he got seriously injured it would set mma and the superbrawl back to being labeled as a human cockfight. T. Jay has done a great job at promoting mma that it would be a shame if it was banned because someone gets hurt because the referee let the fighter take too many shots and not intelligently defend himself. superbrawl is organized sporting event with rules. if enson wants to fight to the death he should go to Brazil and face marcelo tiger in luta livre."
Bulls Pen

Punishment In Paradise 3

Campbell High School Gym, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
April 30, 2004

3 Belts on the Line

Welterweight Championship
Moreno Vs. Dean

AFC Champion & Punishment In Paradise Superfight Champion PJ Dean will face Mark "EL TORO" Moreno who is known for his K.O. power. Both Moreno and Dean were Kickboxing and Golden Glove Champions. They will square off MMA style. This is the first Championship Belt fight ever in the Punishment In Paradise. Watch for hands and bombs to fly as these to square off.

Armstrong to fight Dominator for the Belt

Due to a pull out, young MMA Star William Armstrong will face Kickin It Kickboxing Champion Domi 'The Dominator" Lopez for his belt.

Punishment In Paradise
Womens Kickboxing Championship

Hannah Vs. Molly

Waianae's Kickboxing womens star Hannah who is still in high school will face of aganist Molly, a journeymen women fighter who fights both MMA and Kickboxing. Both will face of in Hawaii's first womens kickboxing championship.

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BJ Penn was on MMAWeekly SoundOff Radio Monday and gave his side of the story about the K-1 rumors, his UFC 170 pound title and his future in Mixed Martial Arts. Penn has not signed a contract to fight in K-1 "yet." The following contains a brief review, but it would be worth your time to listen to the whole thing on the Radio Archives at

Penn's contract with the UFC was up after the title fight with Matt Hughes. BJ made it clear he still wants to fight in the UFC, loves the UFC and is still excited about about the UFC. Zuffa has the "right to refusal" and the right to match any offer.

"I can't picture myself not fighting in the UFC," stated BJ but, he can't picture himself not taking the offer K-1 has on the table. To Penn, it isn't all about the money. The money is a factor but he said he will fight in the UFC for what ever they can pay him. He said that he isn't interested in the UFC having to match the K-1 offer. More than the money, he just wants the experience and exposure of fighting in K-1.

Penn had a verbal agreement with UFC president Dana White to give up his 170 pound title and fight for the 155 pound belt late this year, or at least that was the plan. BJ then got the offer from K-1 and, in his mind, he could fit a fight in before December, but the UFC doesn't want one of it's champions fighting in another organization. Penn said he wants to try and "mediate this whole thing."

"I want to fight for the UFC and K-1," stated Penn. He said it's not like he is trying to leave the UFC. "I'm willing to do anything," he said. When Dana White was on the radio show last week, he made reference to feeling bad for Matt Hughes because Penn wouldn't rematch him. BJ said that he would sign to fight Matt Hughes five times in a row tomorrow to show that isn't the issue.

Penn has not given up his UFC 170 pound title and really doesn't feel he should have to. He said he will defend his belt but wants to fight in K-1 to further his international career. He said if he loses in K-1, they can bring that guy to the UFC and he will fight them for the UFC title.

BJ questioned what the UFC's plans are with the "smaller" guys. He feels that K-1 recognizes his marketability and that surely something can be worked out for benefit of all involved. He wants to fight for K-1 and make the money they are offering and still fight in the UFC even if the UFC can only afford to pay him "substantially less" than the K-1 offer.

Now, if Penn does fight in K-1, who does he want to fight? He mentioned one name, Genki Sudo. Genki is only a prelim fighter in the U.S. but in Japan, he is loved. To fight and beat Sudo in Japan would be huge for his career and he wants to seize the opportunity to do so.

In closing, BJ thanked the UFC and Dana White for giving him the opportunity to fight in the UFC. He thanked K-1 for making him such a good offer and he thanked MMAWeekly for getting his side of the story out there. Hopefully all will work out. BJ expects to talk with the UFC in the coming days to see where everything stands.

Source: MMA Weekly

Is Tim Sylvia Still Suspended?

Las Vegas, NV -- According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is still under suspension stemming from a positive test result after his first title defense at UFC 44 on September 26, 2003. Pursuant to terms of his suspension, Sylvia was required to receive a satisfactory test result indicating an absence of performance enhancing drugs in his system in order to be licensed by the NSAC.

There were reports and releases stating Sylvia had taken multiple tests, and on April 2, UFC president Dana White told MaxFighting that Sylvia is steroid free according to a test he took last Tuesday (March 30). “He may have received a satisfactory result,” said Marc Ratner, Executive Director of the NSAC, “but I have not received it in my office.” And as such, almost 3 weeks later, Sylvia remains suspended. With all the money and all the resources Zuffa put into getting the test competed by the back-logged drug company, what could now be keeping Zuffa from getting the negative result to the NSAC and clearing Sylvia to fight? Especially when, according to White, Sylvia is scheduled to meet Frank Mir for the vacant title at “UFC 48: Payback” on Saturday, June 19, 2004.

Source: ADCC


under 145 lbs.
#1 Alexandre 'Pequeno' Nogueira (Brazil)
#2 Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto (Japan)
#3 Jens Pulver (Team EXTREME, USA)
#4 Joao Roque (Nova Uniao, Brazil)
#5 Ivan Menjivar (Costa Rica)
#6 Stephen Palling (USA)
#7 Tetsuo Katsuta (Japan)
#8 Hiroyuki Abe (Japan)
#9 Hiroyuki Takaya (Japan)
#10 Mike Brown (Team Elite, USA)

145.1 - 155 lbs.
#1 Vitor 'Shaolin' Ribeiro (Nova Uniao, Brazil)
#2 Genki Sudo (Japan)
#3 Duane 'Bang' Ludwig (USA)
#4 Caol Uno (Japan)
#5 Yves Edwards (3rd Column, USA)
#6 Joachim Hansen (Team Scandinavia, Oslo, Norway)
#7 Josh Thompson (Team AKA, USA)
#8 Takanori Gomi (SHOOTO, Japan)
#9 Hermes Franca (American TOP TEAM, USA)
#10 Matt Serra (Team Renzo Gracie, USA)

155.1 - 170 lbs.
#1 BJ Penn (USA)
#2 Matt Hughes (Team EXTREME, USA)
#3 Sean Sherk (USA)
#4 Jutaro Nakao (Japan)
#5 Rodrigo Gracie (Team Renzo Gracie, USA)
#6 Nick Diaz (Cesar Gracie, USA)
#7 Renato Verrisimo (Nova Uniao, Brazil)
#8 Chris Lytle (Integrated Fighting, USA)
#9 Carlos Newton (Canada)
#10 Hayato Sakurai (Japan)

170.1 - 185 lbs.
#1 Murilo Bustamante (Brazil)
#2 Yuki Kondo (Japan)
#3 Anderson Silva (Brazil)
#4 Matt Lindland (USA)
#5 Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan)
#6 Jeremy Horn (Team EXTREME, USA)
#7 Masanori Suda (SHOOTO Champion, Japan)
#8 Ricardo Almeida (Team Renzo Gracie, USA)
#9 Amar Suloev (Red Devil, Russia)
#10 Denis Kang (Soares JJ, Canada)

185.1 - 205 lbs.
#1 Wanderlei Silva (Chute Boxe, Brazil)
#2 Randy Couture (Team Quest, USA)
#3 Vitor Belfort (Brazil)
#4 Dan Henderson (USA)
#5 Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson (USA)
#6 Chuck Liddell (USA)
#7 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazilian TOP TEAM, Brazil)
#8 Renato 'Babalu' (Brazil)
#9 Ricardo Arona (Brazilian TOP TEAM, Brazil)
#10 Tito Ortiz (USA)

205.1 lbs and Up.
#1 Emilianenko Fedor (Red Devil, Russia)
#2 Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira (Brazilian TOP TEAM, Brazil)
#3 Mirko Filipovic (Croatia)
#4 Andrei Orlovski (Belarus)
#5 Josh Barnett (NJPW, USA)
#6 Frank Mir (Pires JJ, USA)
#7 Tim Sylvia (Team EXTREME, USA)
#8 Pedro Rizzo (Ruas VT, Brazil)
#9 Semmy Schilt (Holland)
#10 Travis Wiuff (Team Extreme, USA)

Source: ADCC

Murilo 'Ninja' Rua, by Rodrigo Nogueira!

This past week, the Brazilian Top Team left for Japan to begin the final preparations for the Pride Grand Prix, scheduled for April 25th, 2004 at the Saitama Super Arena. Before he left, Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira shared some insights with us on one of the most dangerous athletes in the GP: fellow Brazilian Murilo 'Ninja' Rua, from Chute Boxe team.

'He is a good fighter and he will be one of the most dangerous guys on GP. He’s got great movement. If I have to face him though, I will be ready. I know his game very well. He had a fight against my teammate Ricardo Arona in 2002. I watched several tapes of Ninja and tried I mimmcked his style during Arona's training sessions. I think it worked out really well - at least Arona won the bout against' Ninja' in Pride 23. I learned about Ninja as a possible opponent as well' shared Minotauro.

After training with high level boxers in Cuba and Sao Paulo, Rodrigo is confident in conquering the GP belt and singles out Mirko Cro Cop, Fedor Emelianenko and Heath Herring as the toughest guys to be defeated. Although the official card is not released, 'Minotauro' will face the Japanese fighter Hirotaka Yokoi in the opening round.

Rodrigo joined his twin brother Rogerio 'Minotouro', in Japan, where he was recovering really well from his arm surgery.

Source: ADCC

K-1 still thinking MMA!

Japan's K-1 organizationis showing renewed interest in investing in some of the 'big' names in MMA. After capturing the attention of the Japanese media towards the end of 2004, hinting about hosting the return of Rickson Gracie to the MMA world, as well as hoopla surrounding Mike Tyson and their New Year's eve event. K-1 later withdrew the MArch date from their schedule. Now, the Japanese media is firmly focused on Pride GP.

K-1 has been developing big ratings on TV, on hiring names such as Bob Sapp and commanding lots of media attention. The word now is that negotiations with BJ Penn, UFC's 170 lb welterweight champion are in advanced stages. This has led to speculation that K-1 may be interested in developing more than just heavyweights.

Source: ADCC

MaxPreview: Pride Total Elimination 2004

On the heels of a wildly dramatic middleweight tournament in 2003 that saw Vanderlei Silva retain an undefeated record, Dreamstage Entertainment is hosting another sixteen man eliminator, this time for the bigger boys. Unfortunately, it may be a few months before we cut through the chaff. Among such notables as Emelianenko Fedor and Antonio Nogueira are names that you would be hard-pressed to find in anyone's top ten: "Sentoryu," "Giant" Silva, and Naoya Ogawa. Incredibly, DSE has yet to find opponents for entrants Ron Waterman and Gan McGee as of Monday afternoon.

Pride Total Elimination 2004 will air on Pay-Per-View in the States at 9 PM ET on April 25, some hours after its conclusion in Japan. (You may want to stay away from your PC and opt for a nice picnic lunch.) Winners from this bracket will be shuffled and enter the quarterfinal rounds in June. The remaining four will decide a tournament king in August. Here's a look at the action scheduled to go down.

Emelianenko Fedor vs. Mark Coleman

The Lowdown: A devastating ground and pound specialist, Fedor comes in as one of the most heavily favored entrants in the tournament. A success in RINGS, Fedor entered Pride in 2002 with a plodding win over Semmy Schilt. He shifted into gear rather quickly, demolishing Heath Herring, Antonio Nogueira, Kazuyuki Fujita, and Gary Goodridge in succession. Powerfully built, few seem able to withstand Fedor's striking on the mat.

Mark Coleman is the returning 2000 Pride tournament champion, an accomplishment made all the more impressive by the string of defeats he had suffered before entering. Neck problems quashed his career in the interim: he has fought only sporadically, losing to Nogueira and winning a decision over a waning Don Frye. Competing in the most stylistically intriguing bout on the card, Coleman will look to turn Fedor's strength against him and emerge as the once and future king of ground and pound.

Odds On: Fedor. Coleman's inactivity leaves a huge question mark as to his ability at age forty. Will he have the lungs for a grueling bout? Will he be able to contend with Fedor's sharper stand-up striking? With such a huge obstacle in front of him in only the opening round, is Coleman even determined to advance? While his prior tourney win was impressive, MMA ages in dog years, and 2000 was two or three generations ago. The Russian is a newer model of Terminator. Fedor by TKO.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Hirotaka Yokoi

The Lowdown: Nogueira is another top seed in the tourney, having had an impressive run as Pride heavyweight (and now interim) champion. Accomplished striking coupled with jiu-jitsu expertise is a problem for any fighter: just ask Coleman, Mirko Filipovic, and Bob Sapp. In Pride, only Fedor has been able to overcome his skillset.

Yokoi brings in the hometown hero cheers, having competed in RINGS and assorted programs. He boasts of a 10-0 record, tainted somewhat by the lack of formidable opposition. Fighting a top three heavyweight is a daunting prospect.

Odds On: Clearly, DSE is hoping for their marquee stars to get early byes deeper into this tournament. While Yokoi has credentials, he's going to find the step up in competition to be headache-inducing. Nogueira by submission.

Mirko Filipovic vs. Kevin Randleman

The Lowdown: Filipovic is something right out of a GI Joe toy assortment: a Croatian Special Forces member, politician, and kickboxer supreme. A success in K-1, Filipovic made waves with his brutal defeat of Fujita in 2001. A good sprawl and vicious stand-up led to victories over Herring, Igor Vovchanchin, and Ron Waterman. Filipovic exposed his sorely lacking ground game in a loss to Nogueira in late '03.

Randleman is a former UFC heavyweight champion who struggled mightily in his move down to light heavyweight. A physical powerhouse and standout wrestler, Randleman fell to Quinton Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba in 2003. He's duked it out before with strikers, having bested Maurice Smith and Murilo Rua.

Odds On: Filipovic. This is a classic striker/grappler match-up between two elite practitioners. As good as his sprawl is, Filipovic will not likely avoid the takedown. What happens after that is another matter. Kevin will risk a stand-up unless he stays very active, throwing knees and punches. With Randleman frequently taking dangerous risks, he might choose to trade strikes on the feet, especially if he gets frustrated with referee intervention. Filipovic by KO.

Heath Herring vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

The Lowdown: Once a promising heavyweight, the lanky Herring has struggled in recent bouts, losing to Fedor and Filipovic. Even underachievers Yamamoto and "Giant" Silva gave him fits, though he was eventually able to finish. Herring is not great at any one thing, but well rounded enough to be competitive at all ranges.

Takahashi, perhaps most recognizable for his short-tugging snore of a bout with Wallid Ismail in a 1997 UFC, has racked up an amazing run in Pancrase. It was cut short only when Josh Barnett was able to submit him in late 2003. Takahashi is a prototypical Pancrase athlete, with solid ground skills and competent stand-up.

Odds On: If Herring is unable to pinpoint why his game has become so stagnant, Takahashi may find an opening. His problem will be with Herring's size advantage, and that may frustrate him. Herring by decision.

Murilo Rua vs. Sergei Kharitonov

The Lowdown: Rua comes in at a distinct disadvantage, having bulked up from light heavyweight. The dangerous striker is a Chute Box regular, with stablemate Vanderlei Silva boasting of a '03 middleweight tournament title. His biggest win to date? A well-fought decision over Mario Sperry. Incredibly, Rua was giving wrestling phenom Randleman plenty of problems on the mat before losing by TKO.

Kharitonov is one of the great unknowns of the tournament, a Russian with a perfect record in regional shows and 2-0 against iffy opposition in Pride. Submissions are Kharitonov's specialty, though it would be unwise to discount his mettle on the feet.

Odds On: One of the most competitive fights on the program. Rua's experience with upper echelon opposition may come in handy here, although Kharitonov may just be the next generation of bad ass. And what of Rua's legendary gas at a heavier weight? Rua by decision.

Naoya Ogawa vs. Stefan Leko

The Lowdown: Ogawa was one of the late entrants into the tourney, and clearly one of its biggest draws. The Olympic Medallist in Judo has built a successful career in Japanese pro wrestling, though his record in MMA has been the subject of controversy. Wins against Masaaki Satake and Gary Goodridge were questioned; Ogawa has yet to enjoy a credible win over a ranked opponent.

Leko is a K-1 standout making his MMA debut. As his ground skills are obviously nowhere near those of a Judo expert, this represents the purest style v. style bout on the card...

Odds On: ... Live or Memorex, it's hard to imagine Ogawa dropping the ball on this one. He has the skills and the marquee status to advance. Perhaps he only needs one of the two to win. Ogawa by submission.

Paulo "Giant" Silva vs. Henry "Sentoryu" Miller

The Lowdown: The mammoth Silva ups the freak show ante: at over seven feet tall, Heath Herring had trouble putting him away. While his size might make for a spectacle, we're not sold on his value in a fight. He's only been in training for a short period, and his age (40) and size aren't going to be kind to him a few minutes in.

Miller comes in boasting the most put-upon style in MMA: sumo. Can he bullrush Silva and land some haymakers? With sumo matches only lasting a minute or two, will he even possess the wind to last the later rounds?

Odds On: 1994 asking for their matchmaking back.

Gan McGee vs. TBA

Ron Waterman vs. TBA

Source: Maxfighting

2004 Hawaiian Championship of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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