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2008 PANCRASE - World Submission Wrestling Championship Tournament

Broomfield, Colorado, USA

“King of Combat Sports" returns to Broomfield, Colorado on March 15th

Denver/Broomfield, Colorado, March 3, 2008 – It's that time again. On March 15th, the world’s best combat grapplers travel to Colorado to test themselves in the ultimate submission fighting challenge. 

Now in it’s eighth year, the Pancrase USA sanctioned tournament has matured into a world championship event. Last year nearly 400 fighters from ten countries and thousands of spectators took part in our North American Championship series. This year promises to be even bigger and better.

New for 2008 is the Ozaki Cup, a team award named in honor of Pancrase President Masami Ozaki. The tournament’s top scoring team takes home this prestigious world championship trophy.

Also new are special King and Queen of Combat Grappling trophy cups for the men and women's absolute division champions.

Fans and competitors alike can look forward to a day of world-class submission fighting from experts in the world's oldest martial art.
Discover why mixed martial arts and submission fighting have rapidly become the nation's fastest growing and most popular new combat sport.

As always, the Pancrase World Championship is held in conjunction with the 17th Old Timers Wrestling Tourney (collegiate style). Both tournaments run simultaneously and at the same location. Competitors and spectators may participate in both events. 

Competition begins at 9:00 AM, Saturday, March 15th, at the Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, Colorado, 80020. The venue is located within minutes of downtown Denver and the international airport. The metro area offers a full range of accommodations and amenities for out of town visitors. 

* 28 World Championship Divisions: Team, men and women's beginner, intermediate, advanced and absolute.
* Free Pancrase tournament t-shirts for competitors.
* Ozaki Cup World Champion Team Award.
* King & Queen of Combat Grappling Trophies for the world’s best male and female submission fighter.
* Division awards 1st through 4th place.
* Master of Ceremonies - "Brother from Another” Al Pallone.
* Held in Conjunction with the "17th Annual Old Timers Wrestling Tourney
* Low-cost advertiser/sponsor tables and other opportunities are still available. 

2008 Pancrase World Submission Wrestling Championships

Event date: Saturday, March 15, 2008, 9:00 AM

Broomfield High School, 1 Eagle Way, Broomfield, Colorado, 80020

Spectator fees: Adults - $6; Children ages 5 through 17 - $5; children under 5 – free.

Entry fee: $50 

Competitor Weigh-in & Registration: (pre-registration NOT required. Register and pay at the weigh-ins)
Friday, March 14, 2006, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Broomfield, H. S. Wrestling Room
Saturday, March 15, 2006, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., Broomfield, H. S. Wrestling Room

Contact: Will H., tel: (303) 635-0530, (303) 589-3394






Pancrase USA / Stars Training Center

Broomfield, CO


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Martial artist Thomas Sigler received his promotion to Blue Belt (youth level) on Saturday, March 1, 2008.  Congratulations!






Denver, CO


Pro 145lbs MMA: Tyler Toner defeated  Brett Roller by choke in rd 1
205lbs MMA: Cody Donovan defeated Ted Vonroll by armbar in rd 1

185lbs MMA: Kenneth Seegrist defeated Chris Saucedo by choke in rd 1
145lbs MMA: Brian Wood defeated Tyler Rodgers by choke in rd 3
132lbs K-1 Rules Kickboxing: Sean Doherty defeated Aaron Trujillo by decision
185lbs MMA: John Bryant defeated Sundar Mims by armbar in rd 1
165lbs K-1 Rules Kickboxing: Akil Shareef defeated Ben Deanda by split decision 
165lbs K-1 Kickboxing: Sean Johnson vs.T.J. Labaron was judged a draw





WEC - Results

2-14-2008, Denver, CO


From the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico


1. Carlos Condit defeated Carlo Prater by guillotine choke at 3:48 of rd 1
2. Jamie Varner defeated Rob McCullough by KO at 2:54 of rd 3
3. Miguel Torres defeated Chase Beebe by guillotine choke at 3:59 of rd 1
4. Manny Tapia defeaed Antonio Banuelos by split decision.
5. Leonard Garcia defeated Hiroyuki Takaya by KO at 1:31 of rd 1
6. Josh Grispi defeated Mark Hominick by rear choke at 2:55 of rd 1
7. Coty Wheeler defeated Del Hawkins by armbar at 1:57 of rd 2
8. Damacio Page defeated Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision.
9. Yoshiro Maeda defeated Charlie Valencia by TKO at 2:29 of rd 1
10. Micah Miller defeated Chance Farrar by KO at 1:39 of rd 1




WEC Weigh-In Results, Fights Tonight
2-13-2008, Denver, CO

Event date:  Tonight

Below are the official weigh-in results for Wednesday’s WEC champion tripleheader, which will be telecast live on VERSUS from the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beginning at 9pm ET.

WEC Welterweight Championship: Carlo Prater (170) vs
Carlos Condit (167.5)

WEC Lightweight Championship: Jamie Varner (155) vs Rob McCullough (155)

WEC Bantamweight Championship: Miguel Torres (133.5) vs Chase Beebe (135)

Manny Tapia (135) vs Antonio Banuelos (136)

Hiroyuki Takaya (143) vs Leonard Garcia (145)
Josh Grispi (143) vs Mark Hominick (146)
Del Hawkins (135) vs Ox Wheeler (134.5)
Yoshiro Maeda (136) vs Charlie Valencia (136)
Micah Miller (146*) vs Chance Farrar (146)
Scott Jorgensen (136) vs Damacio Page (135)

* Miller made weight on his second attempt



WEC - February 13th Fight Card

2-7-2008, Denver, CO

Event date: 2-13-2008 9:00 PM ET 
Event Type: Versus - Live Event 
Venue: Santa Ana Star Center - Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Fight Card:
1. Carlo Prater Vs.
Carlos Condit 
2.Jamie Varner Vs. Rob McCullough 
3. Miguel Torres Vs. Chase Beebe 
4. Manny Tapia Vs. Antonio Banuelos 
5. Hiroyuki Takaya Vs. Leonard Garcia 
6. Josh Grispi Vs. Mark Hominick 
7. Del Hawkins Vs. Coty Wheeler 
8. Charlie Valencia Vs. Yoshiro Maeda 
9. Micah Miller Vs. Chance Farrar 
10. Scott Jorgensen Vs. Jesse Moreng 




BATTLEQUEST MMA series makes it return



On Friday February 22, BATTLEQUEST returns to the Denver area with its seventh installment entitled Resurrection.

BATTLEQUEST is known as a breeding ground for new talent and is the feeder show to the popular RING OF FIRE Championship Fighting promotion. The night will feature 10 matches and will take place at the Softball Country Sports Pavilion. The Sports Pavilion is a great venue for fight events as it also the home of Poor Boys Professional Boxing series.

In the main event Easton BJJ fighter Tyler "Thunder" Toner will take on Brett "B-Roller" Roller of Colorado Springs. Toner has a 6-1 record and last appeared on Battlequest 6 when he finished Wyoming collegiate wrestler Nick Mamalis. Roller (7-1) is coming off an impressive victory of Matt Hughes team fighter Jacob Hey.

In the feature bout of the evening Cody "Donnybrook" Donavon will face undefeated Ted "The German Tank" Von Roll of Oakland, CA. These two powerhouses will face off for the vacant BATTLEQUEST LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP. The under card is filled with some of the area's most talented fighters such as the charismatic Kenneth Seegrist, the powerful Ian Berg, and the athletic Brian Wood. Former professional football player Brendan Schaub makes his Heavyweight MMA debut against the veteran Drew "The Vanilla Gorilla" Knapp. BATTLEQUEST will also returns to its roots and feature K-1 rules bouts, highlighted by a match up between ROF veterans Sean Doherty and Aaron Trujillo.

Tickets can be purchased at any KING SOOPERS location or online at You can also charge by phone at 866-464-2626. Doors will open at 6:30 and the first bout will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: Rows 1-2 $50.00, Rows 3-6 $35.00, Rows 7-14 $25.00, Bleachers $25.00

Visit and over the next few weeks for updates to the fight card, in depth interviews and fighter bios.




UFC 81 "Breaking Point" - Results 

Denver, CO


From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV 

Preliminary Bouts:
1. Rob Emerson (155) defeated Keita Nakamura (155) by split decision 
2. Marvin Eastman (185) defeated Terry Martin (186) by unanimous decision 
3. Tim Boetsch (205) defeated David Heath (205) by TKO from strikes at 4:52 of rd 1
Chris Lytle (170) defeated Kyle Bradley (170) by TKO from strikes at 0:33 of rd 1


Main Fight Card:
5. Tyson Griffin (155) defeated Gleison Tibau (156) by unanimous decision
6. Ricardo Almeida (185) defeated Rob Yundt (185) by guillotine choke at 1:08 of rd 1
Nate Marquardt (185) defeated Jeremy Horn (185) by guillotine choke at 1:37 of rd 2
8. Frank Mir (255) defeated Brock Lesnar (265) by kneebar at 1:30 of rd 1


Main Event - UFC Hvywt Title Bout:
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (237) defeated Tim Sylvia (261)  by guillotine choke at 1:28 of rd 3 




UFC  81: "Breaking Point" - Tonight, Final Fight Card and Weigh-In results

2-2-2008, Denver, CO

Event date: Today, 202-2008, Pay-Per-View 10pm ET / 7pm PT

Venue: Mandalay Bay  Events Center, Las Vegas, NV 


Main Card:

1. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (237) vs. Tim Sylvia (261)
2. Frank Mir (255) vs. Brock Lesnar (265)
3. Jeremy Horn (185) vs.
Nate Marquardt (185)
4. Rob Yundt (185) vs. Ricardo Almeida (185)
5. Gleison Tibau (156) vs. Tyson Griffin (155)


Preliminary Bouts:

6. Kyle Bradley (170) vs. Chris Lytle (170)
7. Tim Boetsch (205) vs. David Heath (205)
8. Marvin Eastman (185) vs. Terry Martin (186)
9. Keita Nakamura (155) vs. Rob Emerson (155)




“BANG” Battles Berger At “Strikeforce At The Dome”

1-28-2008, Denver, CO

Event date: February 23, 2008

Venue: Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington

TACOMA, WA.—In a classic clash of styles, World Muay Thai Champion, Duane “Bang” Ludwig (16-7), will be challenged by the ground fighting expertise of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace, Steve “The Red Nosed Pit Bull” Berger (20-17-2), in a 170 lb. limit matchup during “Strikeforce At The Dome” at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome on Saturday, February 23rd. 

A true fan favorite, the 29-year-old Ludwig was explosive in his last appearance, a September 15th matchup with another Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu stud, Mario Stapel, in Broomfield, Colorado. At the 1:50 mark of the fight’s opening round, Bang put Stapel on his back with a short left hook-straight right hand combination.

Ludwig’s February 23rd start will be his fifth under the Strikeforce umbrella. In his fourth effort with the  mega-promotion, the Denver, Colorado native was stopped by an explosive Paul “Semtex” Daly. 

Six months prior to the bout with Daley, though, it was Ludwig dishing out the beating, a relentless offensive on Tony “The Freak” Fryklund, during Strikeforce’s “Triple Threat” event. Fryklund was dropped three times before being finished with a right hand that put him on the mat and prompted the referee to stop the bout in the second stanza. 

Ludwig shattered the all-time record for the quickest finish mixed martial arts history when he delivered a crushing right hand that finished Jonathan Goulet only 11 seconds into their Spike TV live, televised matchup on January 16, 2006. 

During his professional fighting career that dates back to 1998, Berger has been tested by a host of the sport’s top talent and has stopped the likes of The Ultimate Fighter reality show veterans, “Mr. International” Shonie Carter and Pete “The Secret Weapon” Spratt. 

Recently, Berger has been busy competing on the bodogFIGHT circuit. Of the three starts he has made with the promotion, his best showing came against Sweden’s Piotr Jakaczynski in Costa Rica on February 16, 2007. 

Berger broke the Swede’s nose early in the matchup, but Jakaczynski refused to quit. Both fighters threw a steady dose of bombs at one another, but it was Berger who emerged victorious on the judges’ scorecards after three bloody rounds. 

“Strikeforce At The Dome” will be presented by bodogFIGHT. Tickets for the event, priced at $150, $75 and $35, are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations (253-627-TIXS), the Tacoma Dome box office, and

Former NFL lineman turned martial arts fighting sensation, Bob “The Beast” Sapp (8-2-1), will collide with another monstrous specimen of man in 6’10” Jan “The Giant” Nortje (25-17) in the “Strikeforce At The Dome” main event.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion and K-1 North America king, Maurice “Big Mo” Smith (73-20-4), will battle fellow legend and six-time world kickboxing champion, Rick “The Jet” Roufus (57-7), in a heavyweight contest. 

“Strikeforce At The Dome” will feature 10 world-class, professional mixed martial arts bouts. Doors at  Tacoma Dome will open at 7 PM PST and the first fight will begin at 8 PM PST. The event is being promoted by Strikeforce in conjunction with Brian Halquist Productions. 




UFC 81 "Breaking Point" - Fight Card

1-26-2008, Denver, CO

Event date: 2-2-2008

Venue: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 


Main Card Bouts:
1. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia
2. Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir
Nathan Marquardt vs. Jeremy Horn
4. Alan Belcher vs. Ricardo Almeida

Preliminary Bouts:
6. Tyson Griffin vs. Gleison Tibau
. Chris Lytle vs. Kyle Bradley
8. Terry Martin vs. Marvin Eastman
9. David Heath vs. Tim Boetsch
10. Keita Nakamura vs. Rob Emerson




UFC - "Ultimate Fight Night 13" to be held in Broomfield, Colorado


Broomfield, CO


The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Ultimate Fight Night 13 is scheduled for April 2nd at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The scheduled main event is a lightweight bout between Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon.  Other announced bouts are Karo Parisyan versus Thiago Alves, and Stephan Bonnar versus Matt Hamill.

UFN 13 will be televised on Spike TV beginning at 9:00 PM EST.  

Tickets go on sale January 23, 2007.




WEC 'Live' in Albuquerque February 13th

Denver, CO, PNW







Tickets Go on Sale Saturday, January 12 at Noon

LAS VEGAS – After a star-studded 2007 in Las Vegas that saw the crowning of new champions, the emergence of new ones, and a continuation of the high-octane action that has become a trademark of the organization, World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC™) will take its show on the road Wednesday, February 13 with a championship tripleheader that is sure to pack the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

In the main event, Albuquerque’s own “Natural Born Killer”, Carlos Condit, looks to defend his WEC Welterweight title and avenge a previous defeat in the same night as he takes on Carlo Prater. Also in action will be “Razor” Rob McCullough, who defends his WEC Lightweight crown against rising star Jamie Varner, and the 135-pound iron man, WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe, who will put his belt on the line against Jiu-Jitsu ace Miguel Torres. 

WEC: Condit vs. Prater will be televised live nationally on VERSUS beginning at 9:00 pm ET/6:00 pm PT. All live WEC events will be presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area.

Tickets for WEC: Condit vs. Prater go on sale Saturday, January 12 at noon and are priced at $185, $115, $65, and $35 (not including applicable services or taxes). Tickets are available at, by calling 1-866-442-8849, at the Santa Ana Star Center box office, at the Santa Ana Star Casino Player’s Club, and select Ace Hardware locations. Tickets also are available online through

One of the best 170-pound fighters on the planet, Carlos Condit, will defend his title against Carlo Prater in what many are calling one of the best matchups in the history of the WEC.

Following his dominating first round submission win over Brock Larson in August, Condit (21-4) is eager to get back into action against Prater, who handed him his first pro loss in 2004 in front of his hometown crowd. Condit is looking forward to avenging that loss and continuing to add to his already impressive resume, and if he can do it in front of his hometown fans for the first time in over two and a half years, the victory will be even sweeter. 

Prater (21-5-1) is an explosive fighter who has taken on and beaten many of the top fighters in the sport today. Currently riding a three fight winning steak, this Texan has one thing on his mind on February 13th and that’s walking away with the WEC Welterweight title. 

In another exciting title fight, “Razor” Rob McCullough (15-3) is back in action after his stirring TKO win over Richard Crunkilton in September, where he proved why he should be considered one of the top lightweights in MMA. And while McCullough’s vicious striking has stopped many opponents in the past, he will be thoroughly tested by young gun Jamie Varner (13-2, 1 NC), a UFC® veteran who made an immediate impact in the WEC with his win over Sherron Leggett.

The bantamweight division has earned a reputation for fast-paced and action packed fights. On February 13th, MMA fans will be treated to the best fight in the division’s history. Defending champion Chase Beebe (13-1) will take on one of the pound for pound best fighters in the sport, Miguel Torres. Beebe captured the WEC title with an impressive win over Eddie Wineland in March of 2007, and he continued his domination with a win over grappling sensation Rani Yahya. Miguel Torres (19-1) may be Beebe’s toughest challenge yet though. A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Torres has taken on all comers, earning a reputation along the way as a premier battler with a bright future. Will that future include a WEC title? We’ll find out next month. 

The remaining bouts for WEC: Condit vs. Prater will be announced in the near future. All bouts subject to change. For more information about WEC: Condit vs. Prater and current WEC fight news, visit




Denver, CO
From the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Main Event: KEI Yamamiya (Japan / GRABAKA) defeated Ryo Kawamura (Japan / Pancrase-ism) by decision.
2. SHOJI (Japan / K.I.B.A.) defeated Takafumi Ito (Japan / Pancrase-ism) by decision.
3. Catch Wrestling bout:
Josh Barnett (U.S.A. / Freelance) defeated Hikaru Sato (Japan / Pancrase-ism) by TKO (rear choke) at 4:27 of rd 1.
4. Kenji Arai (Japan / Pancrase-ism) defeated Michael Sa Jin Kwok (Korea / Team Tackle) by armbar at 1:27 of rd 1.
5. Gadzhiev Alavutdin (Russia / SK Absolute Russia) defeated Masahiro Toryu (Japan / Pancrase-ism) by TKO from strikes at :57 of rd 1.
6. Miki Shida (Japan / Pancrase-ism) defeated Jameel "The Seargent" Massouh (U.S.A. / Freestyle Academy / Cobra-kai) by decision.
7. Yuichi Ikari (Japan / Pancrase P's LAB Tokyo) defeated Takumi Yano (Japan / Koppo Ugo-kai) by TKO from strikes at 1:51 of rd 1.
8. Tatsuya So (Japan / Toushin) defeated Hayato Shimizu (Japan / Unplugged Kokubunji) by rear choke at 3:30 of rd 2





12-7-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Wednesday, December 26th 2007

Location: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan 

1. Lt. Wt. Title Bout:  Yuika Tsuji (Japan) vs Ham Soe Hie (Korea)
2. Satoko Shinashi (Japan) vs Ann (Thailand)
3. Megumi Yabushita (Japan) vs
Lana Stefanic
4. Saori Ishioka (Japan) vs Torisha Poovy
5. Madoka Okada (Japan) vs Shawn Tamaribuchi
6. Mika Nagano (Japan) vs Megumu Fujii (Japan)




PANCRASE JAPAN Adopts Nevada's Unified Weight Classes

World Pancrase Create, Inc. 

Tokyo, Japan

PANCRASE Announces Weight Class Amendment.

World Pancrase Create, Inc., will adopt the Nevada State Athletic Commission's unified weight classes effective Wednesday, January 30th, 2008. 

New Weight classes:



Under 127.9 lb (58kg)


127.9 lb (58kg) 

to   135 lbs (61.2kg)


135 lbs (61.2kg)

to   145 lbs (65.8kg)

Lightweight :

145 lbs (65.8kg) 

to   155 lbs (70.3kg)

Welterweight : 

155 lbs (70.3kg) 

to   170 lbs (77.1kg)

Middleweight :

170 lbs (77.1kg)

to   185 lbs (83.9kg) 


185 lbs (83.9kg) 

to   205 lbs (93.0kg) 

Heavyweight :

205 lbs (93.0kg) 

to   265 lbs (120.2kg) 

Open Weight:





KICK DOWN 45 - End of Year Fights on December 8

12-6-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: Dec 8, 2007, Doors open 6:30 PM, Fights at 7:30 PM

Location: Fat City Events Center, Coal Mine Road and Kipling in Littleton, Colorado

The 45th show of the Denver, Colorado based Kick Down Mixed Martial Arts promotion will feature the return of Bryant Craven. Craven won the Kick Down Welterweight Professional MMA title in his 2nd Kick Down appearance. He will make his first title defense against Max Smith. Smith is 4-1 and has a wrestling and striking background which should make for an interesting bout. 


In what could be highlighted as the amateur fight of the year in the promotion Nathan Gates will defend his amateur Kick Down lightweight title in a much anticipated bout with one of the great strikers in the region in undefeated Prentice Ingram. 


There will be up to two women's bouts. One in Kick Boxing and one in MMA. Several titles on the line and of course the season finale always includes the awards for Kick Down professional and amateur fighters of the year. 


This show will take place at the Fat City Events Center located at Coal Mine Road and Kipling in Littleton, Colorado. The Kick Down will end 6 years of doing business in MMA and Kick Boxing dating back to February 2002. The Denver based promotion is known in the region for development of amateur fighters making a name for themselves and turning professional, working their way into other local and regional promotions.

Preliminary Fight Card:
1. Kick Down Pro Welterweight MMA Title: Bryant Craven (8-4) VS Max Smith (4-1)
2. Kick Down Light Weight MMA Title: Nathan Gates (4-0) VS Prentice Ingram (2-0)
3. MMA Bout: Louise Johnson (3-1) VS TBD
4. Ben Hand VS Joseph Mihalovich
5. Danny Simpson (2-0) VS Joe Caderli (2-0)
6. Matt Vigil (1-2) VS Todd Kornfield (1-0)
7. Greg Shipporeit (2-0) VS Douglas Martinez (1-0)
8. Jake Sukla VS Nick Olsen
9. Mitchell Alexander (1-0) VS Weldon Coonce (Debut)
10. Patrick Wycoff (1-2) VS Anthony Werner (4-5)
11. Venny Tijerina VS TBD
12. Modified Muay Thai Kick Boxing: Dia Csay (0-1) VS Heather Conry (Debut)             
13. Modified Muay Thai Bout: Chase Rickard (Debut) VS Akiel Sharif (Debut)




RING OF FIRE  31 - Results


Broomfield, CO




1. Hanme Clark (Pancrase USA/Starz) defeated Jay Wymer by TKO from strikes at 2:10 of rd 1

2. Brian Wood defeated Ryan Olivera by rear choke at 2:04 of rd 1

3. Kate Martinez defeated Sharya Hefner by armbar at 2:30 of rd 1

4. Cody Donovan defeated Ian Berg by decision.

5. Cat Albert defeated Nikki Garcia by TKO from strikes at 0:45 of rd 3

6. Jamie Schmidt defeated Luke Holdorf by armbar at 1:55 of rd 1

7. Douglas Lima defeated Eric Davila by armbar at 3:52 of rd 2

8. Shane Carwin defeated Sherman Pendergarst by TKO from strikes at 1:41 of rd 1

9. Lah Thao defeated Christian Allen by submission at 2:15 of rd 2

10. Lynn Alvarez defeated Michelle Waterson by guillotine choke at 1:19 of rd 1

11. Rob MacDonald defeated Eliot Marshall by TKO from strikes at 1:41 of rd 2




NO HOLDS BARRED: Tedd Williams of Gladiator Challenge

Denver, CO

On this edition of NO HOLDS BARRED, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Tedd Williams, the owner and founder of Gladiator Challenge (, one of the oldest mixed martial arts companies in the U.S.

We discuss the history and origins of Gladiator Challenge as well as its development and plans for the future. We also discuss its two year-ending major shows coming up. Gladiator Challenge will hold a fight card Saturday, December 1, at the Thornton Sports Arena in Thornton, Calif., near Sacramento. One week later, on Saturday, December 8, another big show will be held at the Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco.

Also, make sure to check out my weekly boxing show, SecondsOut Radio. On this week's edition, we begin by reviewing the unanimous decision victory this past Saturday, November 17, by undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) over Humberto Soto (43-6-2, 27 KOs) at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. We next discuss the situation involving Larry Hazzard Sr., who, until this past Wednesday, had been the commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board, which regulates combat sports, for almost 22 years. He had leveled numerous charges of alleged “malfeasance” against officials regulating boxing and mixed martial arts events in New Jersey in a letter to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine by James Binns, his attorney, written on his behalf. Now, after establishing New Jersey as a leader in the fight for fighter health and safety in boxing's often suspect regulatory world, he is out as commissioner. This move by New Jersey officials has resulted in an outraged reaction by many in the combat sports world.
Next, we preview the fight slated for the Friday, Nov. 23, between veterans Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and Ricardo Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs). This takes place in the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be shown live in the U.S. on Showtime pay-per-view. We also spoke with IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron and Jesse Feliciano, who fight in a co-feature.

SecondsOut Radio is also free to hear, but you must register to gain access to it, at

Make sure to check out my regular articles on the ADCC News at and on at

Also, NO HOLDS BARRED is available through iTunes at

The show is in MP3 format, so may take some time to download.




UFC 78 "Validation" - Results

11-18-2007, Denver, CO

From the Prudential Center in New Jersey



1. Main event - Rashad Evans defeated Michael Bisping by split decision (29-28 Evans, 29-28 Bisping, 29-28 Evans)

2. Thiago Silva defeated Houston Alexander by TKO from strikes at 3:25 of rd 1
3. Karo Parisyan defeated Ryo Chonan by unanimous decision
4. Ed Herman defeated Joe Doerksen by KO at 0:39 of rd 3
5. Frankie Edgar defeated Spencer Fisher by unanimous decision
6. Thiago Alves defeated
Chris Lytle by TKO (stopped due to cut) at 5:00 of rd 2
7. Joe Lauzon defeated Jason Reinhardt by rear choke at 1:14 of rd 1
8. Marcus Aurelio defeated Luke Caudillo by TKO from strikes at 4:29 of rd 1
9. Akihiro Gono defeated Tamdan McCrory by armbar at 3:19 of rd 1



KICKDOWN 42 - Results


Denver, CO


From the Red Lion Inn in Denver, CO

1. Ian Berg defeated Sergio Salinas by KO in rd 1
2. Prentice Ingram defeated Patrick Wycoff by armbar in rd 1
3. Robert Martinez defeated Josh Kirby by TKO from strikes in rd 1
4. Nathan Gates defeated Anthony Werner by rear choke in rd 1
5. Ben Hand defeated Jason McQueen by armbar in rd 1
6. Danny Simpson defeated Matt Vigil by unanimous decision 
7. Douglas Martinez defeated Michael Riggs by TKO in rd 1
8. Mitchell Alexander defeated Alex Zuniga by TKO in rd 1
9. Cameron Thurgood defeated Bryant Kelley by unanimous decision 
10. Geoff Brokx defeated Calvin Smedes by unanimous decision
11. Kim Blanchard defeated Dia Csay by decision




KICKDOWN 42 -  Lineup Announced

10-31-2007, Denver, CO

Event date: November 02, 2007
Red lion Hotel, Denver, CO

Fight card:
1. Tom Johnson vs. Chris Cisneros (Kick Down Professional Feather Weight MMA Title)
2. Robert Simmons vs. Rex Payne (Kick Down Professional Light Weight MMA Title)
3. Jack Johnson vs. TBD (MMA Professional Debut)
4. Louise Johnson vs. TBD (MMA) 
5. Garth Heth vs. Nick Worrell (MMA) 
6. Anthony Werner vs. Nathan Gates (Kick Down Am Light Weight MMA Title) 
7. Danny Simpson vs. Matt Vigil (MMA) 
8. Robert Martinez vs. Michael Riggs (MMA) 
9. Prentice Ingram vs. TBD (MMA) 
10. Kim Blanchard vs. Diana Casy (Modified Muay Thai Kick Boxing) 
11. Scott Brock vs. Calvin Smedes (Kick Down Light Weight Modified Muay Thai Title) 


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ART OF WAR 4 - Results


Denver, CO, PNW

ART OF WAR 4: Mississippi Mayhem played to a nearly sold-out crowd of 2,400 fans on Saturday, October 27th at Harrah's Grand Tunica Casino & Resort and delivered eight action-packed bouts that all ended before going to the scorecards.

MIKE WESSEL, strength and conditioning coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks, was not the favorite going into his heavyweight main event contest against Memphis native MATT THOMAS. Wessel had only eight months of training and carried a 2-1 record against Thomas, who held a 3-3 record against some tough competition. In the opening seconds of the bout, Wessel's standup proved to be tighter than his opponent's and he opened a cut on Thomas? head. Eventually Thomas shot in for a takedown and had Wessel in a bad position dropping punches and elbows.

Just before the two-minute mark, Wessel showed an incredible amount of strength by reversing his position and dropping bombs of his own. The two big men briefly got back to their feet, but Wessel kept the pressure and unleashed a flurry of shots before the ref called the bout at 2:42 in the first round. Wessel walked off with the ART OF WAR Quickest Knockout Award.

In a battle between undefeated super heavyweights,
SHANE CARWIN tested his 6-0 record against REX RICHARDS (4-0). At the weigh-ins, Carwin could have made heavyweight tipping the scales at just 266 pounds. Richards, on the other hand, looked leaner but weighed in a whopping 312 pounds. Both men stood toe to toe for just seconds before Carwin shot in, took Richards down and had him in the mount position. The Colorado native pounded on Richards who flailed away trying to escape.

Remarkably Richards was able to get back to his feet, but Carwin capitalized by sinking in a tight guillotine choke. With blood streaming from Richards? nose, the bigger man tapped out at 1:24 into the first stanza. Both men intend to drop to heavyweight, and with Carwin's undefeated record unblemished, he will no doubt have big opportunities in his future.

On paper, RON FAIRCLOTH vs. CHRIS HAWK looked like a light heavyweight mismatch. Faircloth held a record of 26-12, while Hawk was making his pro debut. It took only a few seconds to see why Hawk would be facing a cagey veteran to get his pro card. After a little feeling out period, Hawk launched a barrage of punches, kicks and knees that put Faircloth against the cage. Faircloth took over 20 unanswered shots and the ref nearly called the fight on two different occasions. Managing to survive, Faircloth got a few seconds to clear his head and took Hawk down to close out the first round.

In Round 2, Hawk continued his assault with head kicks and punches, but Faircloth kept his head in the game. The 21-year-old Hawk began to look tired and Faircloth took advantage by finally getting him down and sinking in a rear naked choke. Hawk tapped out at 1:57 into the round, but proved he has a long career ahead of him. Faircloth said after the fight that he would now be moving down to middleweight. And for taking a beating and coming back the way he did, Faircloth won the ART OF WAR MVP Award.

ANDREW CHAPPELLE (5-5) stepped into the cage for the first time in two years to face local favorite and BJJ black belt ADRIANO NASAL (6-3) in a lightweight bout. During the first round, Chappelle's tight standup game overmatched Nasal, who tried time and time again for takedowns. When the fight went to the ground, the Brazilian couldn't find any holes in Chappelle's game. During the middle of Round 2, Chappelle not only kept Nasal away, he landed a couple of takedowns and throws of his own.

By the end of the second round, Chappelle had the lead on the scorecards, but neither man had been in trouble. In the third round, Chappelle kept on the pressure and after rocking Nasal, poured on the pain. Landing shot after shot, the referee called a halt to the contest at 3:54. Nasal's manager said the fighter would be moving down to 145 pounds, while Chappelle is ready to restart his MMA career and has a much better game to prove it.

To the delight of fans, Memphis fighter ANDY UHRICH made his pro debut against Mississippi native CHRIS GATES in the middleweight division. People were screaming out Andy's name at the beginning of the fight and no doubt there were plenty of fans cheering on either side. Unfortunately the experience may have been too overwhelming as Uhrich got off one kick before the much taller Gates took him down and started raining down elbows. Uhrich managed to escape and turned the tide, but couldn't find much of an opening. Sitting in Gate's guard, Uhrich was caught in a tight triangle choke and ended up getting choked unconscious at 3:34 into the fight.

In one of the most exciting fights of the night, DAVID BROWN (1-1) faced off against DAVID HULETT (2-3) in a welterweight contest. Brown, who had once tipped the scales at 230 pounds as a pro wrestler, certainly had showmanship, but his fight game was more flash than substance. He had heart though. During the first round, Brown was caught in a clinic of submissions and had his right eye closed, but kept on fighting. Brown slammed, threw and took down Hulett several times and continued punching. In Round 2, Hulett tried to finish with more submission attempts, but looked tired. Brown didn't look much better, but never stopped moving forward.

About three minutes into the round, Brown illegally kneed Hulett to the head on the ground and the fight was stopped momentarily. Brown had been warned of the infraction earlier and had a point taken away; Hulett was given the full five minutes to recover. Despite a communication breakdown between Hulett, Hulett's manager and the referee, Hulett eventually stood up and the fight resumed. In Round 3, Hulett and Brown both traded shots, but Brown was the hungrier fighter and Hulett couldn't take any more damage. At 1:18 into the round, the referee halted the contest. Hulett's manager plans on petitioning the commission for a no contest ruling.

MARK WIGGINS (2-1) had the edge on standup against KEITH BACH (2-0) at the beginning of their fight, so Bach got the takedown and worked for a choke. Wiggins tried to escape, but Bach finished him quickly by rear naked choke at 1:32. KYLE GIBBONS (6-3) also made quick work of MIKE QUEEN (4-2), who took the fight on late notice, by submitting him via arm bar in just 58 seconds.

ART OF WAR will have a full schedule of events in 2008 and plans will be announced soon.