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Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

82 KG: Hikaru Sato (PANCRASEism) defeated Tomoyoshi Iwamiya (Takada Dojo) by unanimous decision

64 KG: Atsushi Yamamoto (KILLER BEE) defeated Masaki Yanagisawa (PPT) by unanimous decision

64 KG: Isamu Yamazawa (STAND) defeated Tomiko Murayama (AJ Kickboxing Gym) by unanimous decision

82 KG: Kozo Urita (Seikendo) defeated  Rikuhei Fujii (Wajyutsu Keisyukai RJW) by unanimous decision

64 KG: Daichi Fujiwara (Pancrase Inagakigumi) defeated Michihisa Asano (Killer Bee) by knee bar submission at 0:39 of rd 1

75 KG: Koji Oishi (PANCRASEism) KO'd Kim In Seok (KWP CHANWON Fight Factory) at 2:31 of rd 1.

75 KG:
Carlos Condit (Fighters In Training NHB) KO'd Tasunori Tanaka (Wajyutsu Keisyukai Hyogo) at 2:13 of rd 1

75 KG: Satoru Kitaoka (PANCRASEism) defeated Hong Ju Pyo (CMA KOREA) by ankle lock submission at 0:24 of rd 1


Next Pancrase event scheduled for December 10, 2006, Differ Ariake, Tokyo, Japan.




COLORADO GRAPPLERS invited to ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championship trails


Denver, Colorado


The ADCC North American Team Trials will be held in Wayne, New Jersey on October, 28, 2006. Four of Colorado's top grapplers have been invited to compete in this prestigious event. They are Elliot Marshall (98 kg, Easton's BJJ), Eric Koble (76 kg, Grappler's Edge), Brandon Ruiz (+99 kg, Grappler's Edge) and Amanda Buckner (Women's 60 kg, Easton's BJJ).

The winner of each weight class will be guaranteed an invitation to the the ADCC World Championships in 2007. 




UFN 7 Results - Denver's Marquardt wins!!!!


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Hollywood, Florida 


Under card, non-televised bouts:


Bout #1 - Welterweight 
Marcus Davis wins defeated by guillotine choke at 4:51 of rd 1.

Bout #2 - Welterweight 
Thiago Alves defeated John Alessio by unanimous decision.

Bout #3 - Middleweight 
Rory Singer defeated Josh Haynes by unanimous decision.

Bout #4 - Welterweight 
Tony DeSouza defeated Dustin Hazelett  by kimura at 3:59 of rd 1.

Bout #6 - Middleweight
Nate Marquardt defeated Crafton Wallace by rear naked choke at 1:14 of rd 2.



Main card - televised bouts:

Bout #6 - Light Heavyweight 
Matt Hamill defeated Seth Petruzelli by unanimous decision.

Bout #7 - Middleweight
Jason MacDonald defeated Ed Herman by triangle choke at 2:43 of rd 1. 

Bout #8 - Middleweight 
Kendall Grove defeated Chris Price by tap out from strikes at 3:59 of round 1.

Bout #9 - Light Heavyweight - Main Event
Tito Ortiz defeated Ken Shamrock by referee stoppage (strikes) at 2:23 of rd 1. 




UFN 7 - Live on Spike TV tonight 


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Hollywood, Florida 

Check you local cable listing for broadcast times....6PM MST


Fight card:

Tito Ortiz (203.5) vs Ken Shamrock (204.5)
Kendall Grove (184.5) vs Chris Price (185)
Jason MacDonald (185) vs Ed Herman (186)
Matt Hamill (205) vs Seth Petruzelli (203.5)
Nate Marquardt (184.5) vs Crafton Wallace (175.5)
Dustin Hazelett (167.5) vs Tony DeSouza (171)
Josh Haynes (184.5) vs Rory Singer (185.5)
John Alessio (169.5) vs Thiago Alves (171)
Marcus Davis (170) vs Forrest Petz (169.5)




NATE MARQUARDT - Another UFN 7 opponent announced


Event date: 10-10-2006

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Hollywood, Florida 


Crafton Wallace returns to the UFC, this time for an October 10th Ultimate Fight Night bout against Pancrase champ Nathan Marquardt. Crafton is a last minute replacement for Thales Leites who dropped out because of visa problems. 

Fight Card: 
Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock 
Kendall Grove vs. Chris Price 
Ed Herman vs. Jason MacDonald 
Matt Hamill vs. Seth Petruzelli 
Nathan Marquardt vs. Crafton Wallace* 
John Alessio vs. Thiago Alves* 
Rory Singer vs. Josh Haynes* 
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tony DeSouza* 
Marcus Davis vs. Forrest Petz* 

*These bouts may not make the broadcast 






Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado based fighter Duane BANG! Ludwig is currently offering sponsorship opportunties for his upcoming STRIKEFORCE MMA appearance. Ludwig will be facing UFC and PRIDE veteran Josh Tompson on the under card of STRIKEFORCE 3, which features a main event of David TANK Abbot vs. Paul Buentello. 

Ludwig's appearance will come two months after the 28-year-old Denver, Colorado native staged another thrilling performance in K-1 competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. In "Superfight" action during the August 12th "Battle at Bellagio" affair, he was put to the test by a determined Fernando "Cool" Calleros and, after three rounds that were highlighted by heavy exchanges of kicks and punches, the bout was declared a draw.

A high-spirited competitor, Ludwig took hold of the ring announcer's microphone after the decision was read and asked the crowd if it wished to see another round of action that could help determine a clear-cut winner. Ringside officials, however, did not permit an extension of the bout.

With his crowd pleasing, toe-to-toe fighting style that stems largely from his background in Muay Thai, Ludwig, the reigning International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Champion, has given mixed martial arts fans some memorable moments, including his willful run to victory over Japan's Genki Sudo during UFC 42. On January 16th of this year, Ludwig returned to the octagon and stopped Jonathan Goulet in a mere 11 seconds with a hard right hand to the chin that put the Canadian on his back.

Four and a half years ago, Bang was taken under the wing of mixed martial arts legend, Bas Rutten, who observed the young fighter's talent and fighting spirit during a grappling event in which Ludwig was competing. A year after the two bonded, Ludwig made his first big mark in mixed martial arts by knocking out former UFC 155 pound limit champion, Jens "Little Evil" Pulver. While pursuing a major championship in the sport of mixed combat, Ludwig has also maintained a strong presence in the world of stand-up fighting. In 2002, he captured North America's first-ever K-1 155 pound limit "Max" tournament crown, an achievement that helped him secure future bouts in Japan, where K-1 is headquartered.

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing, most exciting business opportunity in the world. All interested potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Sven Bean, Ludwig's business manager at 303-246-5237.

Tickets for the October 7th Strikeforce event are priced at $200, $150, $100, $75, $50, and $30 at select Save Mart supermarkets as well as at Ticketmaster (559-485-TIXS (8497), Ticketmaster Online (, and the Save Mart Center box office. 
The Strikeforce fight card in Fresno will be comprised of between 10 and 12 mixed martial arts bouts, all of which are subject to approval by the California State Athletic Commission. The Save Mart Center is home to the Fresno State University men's and women's basketball teams as well as minor league hockey squad, The Fresno Falcons.

Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion that, on Friday, March 10th, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to 18,265 fans, the largest-ever attendance at a mixed martial arts fight card held in North America.




UFC 63 - Party in Denver


Denver, Colorado 


UFC 63 - Fight Card

Arrowhead Pond
Anaheim, California

Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn
Roger Huerta vs. Jason Dent
Mario Neto
vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Jason Lambert
vs. Rashad Evans
Danny Abbadi
vs. Jorge Gurgel
Tyson Griffin vs. David Lee
Melvin Guillard
vs. Gabe Ruediger
Jens Pulver
vs. Joe Lauzon
Mike Swick
vs. David Loiseau


This Saturday night (9-23-2006) all sports fans are invited to UFC 63: HUGHES vs. PENN party at CHAMPPS Aspen Grove hosted by RING OF FIRE.

The Rivalry is Renewed:

When the top fighters in the world battle for title, honor and bragging rights, the world pays attention. When the fighters are the legendary Matt Hughes and BJ "The Prodigy" Penn, the world awaits destruction. Expect all-out war when Hughes and Penn face off for the second time at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, California, on September 23.

Hughes and Penn first battled for the title two years ago. In one of the biggest upsets in history, Hughes tapped out of a surprise rear-naked choke after 4:39 in the first round and Penn became champion. However, Hughes later regained the title by defeating Canadian MMA champ Georges St. Pierre, and Hughes and Penn never fought again. Until now. Tune in on September 23 and watch Hughes and Penn settle unfinished business.

The RING OF FIRE UFC 63 Party will again be at it's new location. For the past three years all the ROF-UFC ppv events have been held at Red & Jerrys. ROF was informed at the last event that Red & Jerrys will now expect MMA fans to pay a cover charge. ROF did not want it's fans and sponsors to have to pay a fee, so they decided to move the party to CHAMPPS SPORTS BAR located just south on Santa Fe. The UFC 63 event will be shown free of charge to all ROF/MMA fans.


Champps Aspen Grove offers portions to satisfy even the healthiest of appetites. Selections include everything from pasta dishes, hamburgers, steaks, wings, classic and unique sandwiches and much more. It's hard not to find something for everybody with Champps huge, 100 + item menu. After years of having huge Bronco parties, Champps is excited to have ROF-MMA fans in the house. The facility is equipped with stadium seating, two video walls, and 50" plasma TV's throughout the building. There isn't a bad seat in the house.

DIRECTIONS: CHAMPPS Aspen Grove is located at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive inside the Aspen Grove shopping center. For more info please call 303.707.0333


RING OF FIRE is one the top MMA promotions in the United States. ROF has promoted sold out events in multiple states for the past 6 years. ROF was the very first officially sanctioned MMA event in the state of Colorado. The promotion has a reputation of being a launch pad for athletes in the sport. ROF athletes have gone on to compete in the top fight organizations around the world.




Differ Ariake 

Tokyo, Japan

Bout #1 - Featherweight 2x5 min rounds:
KENJI SHIMADA (Pancrase P's LAB Tokyo) defeated YUKITO (U-FILE by 3-0 decision.

Bout #2 - Lightweight 2x5 min rounds:
DR. YOSHIMURA (K.I.B.A.) defeated TAKU ARAMAKI (Pancrase P's LAB Yokohama) by 2-0 decision.

Bout #3 - Middleweight 2x5 min rounds:
ICHIRO KANAI (PANCRASEism) defeated YUJI HISAMATSU (Middleweight 8th ranked/Wajutsu Keishukai TIGER PLACE) by 3-0 decision.

Bout#4 - Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds:
TATSUYA MIZUNO (U-FILE CAMP Noborito) defeated YUJI SAKURAGI (Seikenkaikan) by rear naked choke at 3:20 of rd 2.

Bout #5 - Super Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds: 
MASAYUKI KONO (freelance) defeated DANIEL LYONS (Australia/Fairtex Gym) by TKO at 3:46 of rd 1 .

Bout #6 - Featherweight 2x5 min rounds:
MANABU INOUE (Neo Blood tournament 2005 featherweight champion/U.W.F. Snakepit Japan)defeated MITSUHISA SUNABE (REAL) by 3-0 decision.

Bout #7 - Welterweight 2x5 min rounds:
(Neo Blood tournament 2000 champion/Wajutsu Keishukai GODS) defeated SHINSUKE SHOJI (Neo Blood tournament 2005 welterweight champion/KILLER BEE) by 3-0 decision.

Semifinal -  Welterweight 3x5 min rounds:
CARLOS CONDIT (Welterweight 3rd ranked/U.S.A./Fighters In Training) defeated TAKUYA WADA (Welterweight 7th ranked/SK Absolute) by armbar at 4:22 of rd 3.

Main Event -  Light Heavyweight 3x5 min rounds:
RYO KAWAMURA (Neo Blood tournament 2006 light heavyweight champion/PANCRASEism) defeated DANIEL ACACIO (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy) by KO at 2:40 of rd 2.




RING OF FIRE Relentless - Results


Douglas County Event Center

Castle Rock Colorado


155 MMA -  Eric Buck vs. Louie Lagunsad: Buck (W) by Submission 0:57 of 2nd Round
145 MMA -
Kevin Higgins vs. Mike Aragon: Higgins (W) by TKO 1:22 of 1st Round
205 MMA - Nate Martinez vs. Ken Seegrist:
Seegrist (W) by TKO 1:21 of 2nd Round
185 MMA - Jerome Rethmel vs. Abe Gevshunian:
Gevshenian (W) by Submission 0:22 of 1st Round
145 MMA - Joe Jesser vs. Scott Jorgensen:
Jesser (W) by Arm Bar Submission 1:08 of 1st Round
135 MMA - Lorenzo Coca vs. Clint Godfrey:
Godfrey (W) by Submission 2:46 of 1st Round
135 K-1 - Mike Baldwin vs. Charles Williams:
Baldwin (W) by Unan Decision
185 MMA - Ed Schmitt vs. Josh Roseaan:
Schmitt (W) by Submission 3:06 of 2nd Round
155 MMA - Rocky Johnson vs. Ali Abdelaziz:
Johnson (W) by Arm Bar Submission 2:50 of 1st Round
145 MMA - Nick Mamalis vs. Raphael Assuncao:
Assuncao (W) by Arm Bar Submission 3:35 of 1st Round
155 MMA - Donald Cerrone vs. Jesse Brock:
Cerrone (W) by Triangle 1:35 of 1st Round

Sven Bean 
K-1 USA 
Director of Fighter Development 
FY Fight Productions, INC. 
303-400-1756 fax 

Ring of Fire: For the FANS.. For the FIGHTERS.. For the SPORT!!




SHANNON RITCH - Former Colorado Matchmaker Accused Of Fixed Fights Again!!!


San Francisco, CA


"Malice in Wonderland"
Malice at the Palace 1
Held September 9th, 2006 - Cow Palace Arena
By Keith Mills


"In less settling news, both Shannon Ritch and Brian Ebersole have been indefinitely suspended by the Boxing Commission for what several insiders say was interpreted as being a fake fight or "work." Ritch adamantly denies said allegations and stated he plans on appealing the suspension within the rules of the Commission. Ebersole as of this writing could not be reached for comment and no member of the Boxing Commission will comment on the record at this time."




RING OF FIRE Relentless  


Douglas County Event Center

Castle Rock Colorado


MAIN EVENT: MMA RULES 155 LB SUPER FIGHT - Donald Cerrone (CO) vs. Jesse Brock (ID)
MMA RULES 145 LB #1 RANKING FIGHT - Nick Mamalis (WY) vs. Raphael Assuncoa (BR)
FEATURE FIGHT: K-1 RULES 200+ LB - Andre Walker (CO) vs. Jesse Isbell (NM)
FEATURE FIGHT: MMA 155 LB - Ali Abdelaziz (EG) vs. Rocky Johnson (CO)
FEATURE FIGHT: K-1 RULES 135 LB - Mike Baldwin (CO) vs. Charles Williams (CA)
FEATURE FIGHT: MMA RULES 185 LB - Ed Schmitt (CO) vs. Josh Rosaan (SD)
FEATURE FIGHT: MMA RULES 135 LB - Lorenzo Coca (NM) vs. Clint Godfrey (SD)
PRELIM FIGHT: MMA RULES 145 LB - Joe Jesser (CO) vs. Scott Jorgensen (ID)
PRELIM FIGHT: MMA RULES 205 LB - Nate Martinez (CO) vs. Ken Seegrist (CO)
PRELIM FIGHT: MMA RULES 185 LB - Jerome Rethmel (NM) vs. Abraham Gevshunian (CO)
PRELIM FIGHT: MMA RULES 155 LB - Eric Buck (CO) vs. Louie Lagunsad (CO)
PRELIM FIGHT: MMA RULES 145 LB - Mike Aragon (CO) vs. Kevin Higgins (CO

*Fight Card Subject To Change






Denver, Colorado


The Grappler’s Edge Academy of Denver, Colorado proved themselves to be one of the top Submission Wrestling teams in the country, by placing 2nd at the 2006 ISWA Team Submission Wrestling World Cup held at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, California on August 20, 2006.

Coached by Sheldon Marr, the Grappler’s Edge lineup consisted of: 
145lbs Jess Zobeck 
155lbs Sean Logsden 
170lbs Eric Koble 
185lbs Matt Lackey 
205lbs Eric Heinz
260lbs Malcolm Havens

Grappler’s Edge experienced a disappointing loss in the finals to Urijah Faber’s “Team Ultimate”, but had very impressive wins over the US Marine Team in the quarter- finals and Eric Paulson’s Team Archangel in the semi-finals. 

1. Team Ultimate 
Grapplers Edge
3. Team Archangel
4. Team Titan
5. Team Pain & Suffering
6. San Diego Fight Club
7. Dean Lister's Fight Team




KICK DOWN 28 - Knock Out


Denver, Colorado


The 28th installment of the Denver based "Kick Down" will feature up to 13 bouts on August 19th when the "Hated One" John Cronk will test his skills in the main event against Sport Fight, veteran Brandon Melendez. Luke Holdorf will meet Vinnie Vigil in a re-match. This time as professional MMA fighters. Rex Payne Payne will make his third professional appearance at Kick Down 28. Danny Wren out of Zee BJJ in Phoenix, Arizona will fight a tough fighter in Polynesis Jackson from Las Vegas. The under card will showcase the test pilot of the new Xtreme Fight Clubs which is an amateur feeder for the World Combat League where teams will battle it out in a fast paced modified muay thai setting. Jack Johnson recently captured the ISKA USA title in this show he will fight Patrick Jiner as part of the X Treme Fight Club test pilot. In other under card action Lannon Quintana will fight for the right to become only the second Kick Down participant to hold titles in two different weight classes in MMA at the same time when he faces Super Light Weight champion Manuel Gallardo. Quintana and Gallardo will also fight for the Colorado I.S.K.A. State Title in MMA.The Welter Weight MMA belt will be vacated by Preston Scharf and South Dakota undefeated fighter Chris Woods (4-0) will test Sean Claffey(6-1) for the title. The fight card will give fans up to 13 bouts including two women's Kick Boxing bouts.


Main Event: John Cronk VS Brandon Melendez - MMA

Luke Holdorf VS Vincent Vigil - MMA
Rex Payne VS Trevor Reed - MMA
Danny Wren VS Polynesis Jackson MMA
Chris Woods VS Sean Claffey - Kick Down Welter Weight MMA Title
Jack Johnson VS Patrick Jiner - X FIGHT CLUB (Modified Muay Thai)


Shantel Wilson VS Lacey Whitlatch - Kick Boxing X FIGHT CLUB (Modified Muay Thai)
Lannon Quintana VS Manuel Gallardo - Colorado ISKA State MMA Title
John Fabbricatore VS Corey Terry - Modified Muay Thai Kick Boxing 
Mario Lane VS Scott Roberts - MMA 
Kimberly Hall VS Kim Blanchard - Modified Muay Thai Kick Boxing 
Brison Pursley VS Bud Lawson - MMA 
Brandon Leighton VS Brendon O Dell - MMA 




K -1 Las Vegas 2006 II - Results

Bellagio Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Fight 1 - Tournament Bout - Bracket A
Alexey Ignashov defeated Imani Lee by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)

Fight 2 - Tournament Bout - Bracket A
Michael McDonald defeats Ariel Mastov by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Fight 3 - Tournament Bout - Bracket B
Stefan Leko defeated Scott Lighty by TKO (two knockdown rule) at :58 of rd 3. 

Fight 4 - Tournament Bout - Bracket B
Carter Williams won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) over Gary Goodridge

Fight 5 - Super Fight
Ruslan Karaev defeated Dewey Cooper by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)  

Fight 6 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout - Bracket A
Michael McDonald defeats Imani Lee by unanimous decision (28-27, 28-27, 28-27) 

Fight 7 - Tournament Semi-Final Bout - Bracket B
Stefan Leko KOed Carter Williams at 2:40 of rd 1

Fight 8 - Super Fight
Fernando Calleros and
Duane "Bang" Ludwig fought to a draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)

Fight 9 - Super Fight
Ray Sefo defeats Azem Maksutaj by TKO at 2:02 of rd 3

Fight 10 - Tournament Final
Stefan Leko defeated Michael McDonald by TKO at 2:28 ofrd 2 




DENVER POST article features H20man


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, Colorado




Ron Waterman story makes front page of Denver Post Sports.  




RING OF FIRE 25 - Results


Denver, Colorado


JOE DOHERTY crowned ROF 135 lb Champion 

MAIN EVENT: ROF BANTAM WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP Joe Doherty (134) vs. John Dodson (131)
Doherty (W) by Unanimous Decision
MMA 155 lbs: Jesse Brock (152) vs. Mike Justus (153)
Brock (W) by Unanimous Decision
MMA 185 lbs: Chandler Holderness (183) vs. Marcus Forin (184)
Forin (W) by Unanimous Decision
MMA 145 lbs: Joe Jesser (144) vs. Eric Buck (144)
Jesser (W) by TKO 1:35 of 2nd Round
MMA 170 lbs: Alfredo Corona (167) vs. Toby Johnson (170)
Johnson (W) by Submission 0:46 of 2nd Round
MMA 250 lbs: Tom Clemen (244) vs. Drew Knapp (263)
Clemen (W) by TKO 0:51 of 1st Round
MMA 170 lbs: Chad Kligensmith (169) vs. Rene Rendon (164)
Klingensmith (W) by TKO 1:56 of 1st Round
MMA 155 lbs: Scott Jorgensen (146) vs. Louie Lagunsad (151)
Jorgensen (W) by Submission 1:43 of 1st Round
MMA 205 lbs: Nick Tipton (201) vs. TJ Petersen (205)
Peterson (W) by Submission 1:49 of 2nd Round 
MMA 135 lbs: Vincent Ramos (133) vs. Ox Wheeler (134)
Wheeler (W) by Submission 1:52 of 1st Round




PANCRASE Neo-Blood Tournament - Results
July 29, 2006
Korakuen Hall
Tokyo, Japan

Pancrase Gate Amateur Bouts:
Takeaki Miyagawa (P's LAB Yokohama) and Yuki Yamizawa (STAND) fought to a unanimous draw.
Rikuhei Fujii (Wajyutsu Keisyukai RJW) defeated Tomokazu Hitomi (Yamada Hybrid Wrestling Dojo) by KO via punch at 2:01 of rd 1.
Tatsuya Mizuno (U-FILE Camp Noborito) defeated Keizo Nagaya (Takada Dojo) by armbar at 4:20 of rd 1.

Yukito (U-FILE Camp) and Koji Yoshimoto (AJ Gym) fought to a majority draw.
Riki Fukuda (KILLER BEE) defeated Yuji Sakuragi (Seiken Kaikan) by unanimous decision.
Takafumi Ito (PANCRASEism) and Naoki Yoshimura (K.I.B.A.) fought to a unanimous draw.
Carlos Condit (Fighters In Training NHB) defeated Koji Oishi (PANCRASEism) by TKO (doctor stoppage due to a cut) at 1:01 of rd 3.

2006 Pancrase Featherweight Neo Blood Tournament Final: 
Ryusuke Uemura (Pancrase P's LAB Tokyo) defeated Tatsuya So (Toshin) by unanimous decision.

2006 Pancrase Lightweight Neo Blood Tournament Final:
Eriya Matsuda (Freelance) defeated Tashiro Nishiuchi (U-FILE Camp) by split decision.

2006 Pancrase Welterweight Neo Blood Tournament Final: 
Asaki Honda (P's LAB Yokohama) defeated Shinya Kumazawa (Toshin) by unanimous decision.

2006 Pancrase Light Heavyweight Neo Blood Tournament Final: 
Ryo Kawamura (PANCRASEism) defeated Sumio Koyano (Ugo Kai) by KO via punches at 1:15 of the first round. 




RING OF FIRE 25 - Weigh in tonight!!

Open to the public


Vail, Colorado


The official weigh in for RING OF FIRE 25: OVERDRIVE will be held tonight at 7:00 pm at the SAND BAR SPORTS GRILL in Vail, CO. The event is open to the public and members of the media. The beautiful SAND BAR GIRLS will be in attendance to meet and greet the ROF fans. Previous ROF fights will be displayed on the televisions throughout the building. There will be free drawings for official ROF gear and signed memorabilia. The promotion has set aside one 8 seat catered VIP table to be raffled off tonight as well. We encourage everyone to come on down to meet the fighters, take pictures, and grab a cold one.

SAND BAR SPORTS GRILL, 2161 N. Frontage Rd., West Vail, CO, 970-476-4314



Dobson Arena, Vail, CO

Saturday, July 29th, 2006

Doors @ 6:30, First bell 7:30 pm


General Admission and Reserved tickets can be purchased at any CITY MARKET or KING SOOPERS store. Charge by phone at 1-866- 464-2626.You can also get tickets online at VIP tables for groups of eight are available. The table includes a catered dinner and can be reserved by calling 970-390-9477 or 303-246-5237.




Open Letter To All MMA And Fight Promoters In Colorado From J. R. Gordon


Denver, Colorado

Recently I have been contacted by several promoters who expressed their displeasure with parts of the articles I have written. Specifically I was told that some comments I made were taken in a very negative light. My intent with this letter is to address those concerns. 

First, let me start by apologizing. I never ever had the intent of portraying any show or promoter in a negative light. The only times that I said anything negative about a show in my articles were when I thought I could either help improve the show in the eyes of the fans (starting on time, etc.) or improve fighter safety (cleaning the mats with disinfectant, etc.). With the recent feedback I now know that what I wrote came across as negative feelings even though it was meant as constructive criticism. 

My intent was to help the sport, not shed any negativity on anyone. However, with the feedback I got, I now know that even though my intent was good the results were not; and the end result is what matters. When I got into the media aspect of our sport I knew that I would have to have a thick skin. However, having a thick skin does not mean that I ignore the opinions and voices of people whom I respect.  Please know that everyone receiving this E-mail has my total respect. 

Each time I had something negative to say about a show I would go back and forth with myself about whether or not it was my place to include these comments in my writings. Initially I believed that my strongest loyalty was going to have to be to the fans of the sport. However, I have been giving this a lot of thought in light of recent correspondences and in retrospect I realize that I owe a great deal to the promoters as well. It is the promoters that allow me into their shows free of charge, allow me access to the fighters and coaches, provide me with a great view of the action and who always make themselves available for my questions. With this in the forefront of my mind I will be making changes in my reports of events. 

From now on when a promoter invites me to a show I will be going with the intent of giving a report of the action that occurs in the ring or cage. If there are some good fighter comments or human interest details that become available I may include that as well. What I will not be doing is adding in my opinion of how things should be done. No longer will I be editorializing in my articles. If I have a criticism I will either address it with the promoter privately, or at least in an opinion oriented forum where such things are appropriate. When I'm happy with a show I will say so. When a show disappoints, I will merely give my most accurate account of the action that occurred in the ring or cage. 

I have been working in Martial Arts media for less than two years now. I want to make sure that each and every one of you knows how very much I appreciate you giving me time to learn how to be a better reporter. Your feedback will always be welcome and appreciated. For all that each of you has done for our sport you have my respect, admiration and heartfelt thanks. Because of each of you I get to parlay my excitement as a fan into getting to be involved on the inside of the sport. For that I owe you all a debt or gratitude. 

Best in Health and Training

J. R. Gordon



Ring of Fire promoter Sven Bean responds:


I don't know who is giving you a hard time, but I for one have appreciated your honest opinions about the promoter issues, whether it be Ring of Fire or otherwise.

I don't think a person should ever change how they operate on the whims of others. That in my opinion is not the right decision. Ring of Fire is an extension of myself and my beliefs. I haven't ever and won't ever compromise what I think is the right way to promote this sport based on whatever is going on in this saturated climate. I have never just jumped on board the latest 3 letter organization just for the quick buck. My beliefs have put me out of the "promoters circle" in this market, but I am cool with that as I know that I have made decisions based on my character and stand by them. When you get right down to it, the sport is truly about relationships. And just like in any relationship, when trust and honesty are gone then there is nothing there. The adage "honesty is the best policy" still stands true in life, and promoting is a part of life. I think many forget get that part all too conveniently in order to "better themselves" or "it's a business"..Bull shit, it's life first. This sport is a rough one to be in sometimes, and the easy road is taking more often than not.

In my opinion you were reporting honestly, and there is nothing wrong with that.

My $.02 is keep doing what you are doing. But what do I know?

Sven Bean 
K-1 USA 
Director of Fighter Development 



Editor's remarks:  JR, a reporter's only concern should be the truth!  






Denver, Colorado


World Junior Middleweight Muay Thai Champion Duane "Bang" Ludwig returns to K-1 on August 12th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Ludwig takes on three-time kickboxing champ and K-1 veteran Fernando 'Cool' Calleros in a "K-1 Battle At Bellagio" superfight.




ROF announces Main Event . . . . . Bantam Weight Belt on the line 


Denver, Colorado



The main event for ROF 25 will be a title fight for the vacant ROF Bantam Weight Championship. The 135 lb weight class is one of the most action packed divisions in the sport. While it is not the main focus of American promotions, in Japan the weight class is very popular. On Saturday July 29th, New Mexico's John Dodson will square off against Nebraskan Joe Doherty. Both of the challengers for the ROF belt hope that a win in Vail will put them in the line for an high profile appearance in Japan.

John Dodson was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He went to Moriarty High School where he became a two time state champion, a state runner-up, and a four time district champ in wrestling. After wrestling John found the Jackson's MMA team, home of Diego Sanchez, Kieth Jardine, and Joey Villansenor. Dodson is a very animated person not only to talk to, but also to watch fight. When he is in the ring/cage it seems as if he has no fear. The crazy and wild stunts that he attempts in his fights have earned him the nickname THE MAGICIAN. Dodson has a MMA record of 6 -1.

Joe Doherty is a member of Wiseman Fight Factory, a Miletich Fighting Systems gym. Doherty is known for his intensity and tenancity in the ring. He is also widely respected by fellow team mates for his dedication to strength and conditioning. Doherty has appeared on ROF many times under MMA and Shoot Boxing rules, culminating in a 145 lb title shot earlier this year. In February Doherty faced Christian Allen, submitting to a triangle choke in the second round. Doherty feels that since his walk around weight is normally 140, that the 135 lb class is actually tailor made for him. He wants the Bantam Weight title belt and is willing to put everything on the line to get it. Doherty has built up a record of 6-2 in MMA and 1-0 in Shoot Boxing.

Dobson Arena, Vail, CO
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
Doors @ 6:30, First bell 7:30 pm

General Admission and Reserved tickets can be purchased at any CITY MARKET or KING SOOPERS store. Charge by phone at 1-866- 464-2626.You can also get tickets online at VIP tables for groups of eight are available. The table includes a catered dinner and can be reserved by calling 970-390-9477 or 303-246-5237. 




PEREZ-HALL wins again


Stars Training Center

Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, Colorado



Continuing his winning ways, Merced Perez-Hall took top honors in two divisions at the  F.I.S.T. Tournament held last Saturday in Monument Colorado.  The Pancrase USA fighter won gold in men's sport Jiu-Jitsu, a combination of striking and grappling, and a silver in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Congratulations.






Las Vegas, Nevada

TUF 4 premieres Thursday, August 17th,10:00 PM on Spike TV

Middleweight Fighters:
Patrick Cote (0-3 in UFC)
Edwin Dewees (0-2 in UFC)
Charles McCarthy (0-1 in UFC)
Travis Lutter (1-2 in UFC)
Gideon Ray (0-2 in UFC)
Jorge Rivera (2-3 in UFC)
Pete Sell (1-1 in UFC)
Scott Smith (0-1 in UFC)

Welterweight Fighters:
Mikey Burnett (2-1 in UFC)
Shonie Carter (3-2 in UFC)
Matt Serra (4-4 in UFC)
Rich Clementi (0-1 in UFC)
Pete Spratt (2-2 in UFC)
Chris Lytle
(2-4 in UFC)
Din Thomas (2-2 in UFC)
Jeremy Jackson (0-1 in UFC)




Friday, July 28, 2006
Doors Open; 6:00PM, Pro-Bout#1 Starts; 7:00PM
Korakuen Hall 

Tokyo, Japan

Amateur Bout#1 Pancrase Gate Rules Featherweight 2x5 min rounds

Amateur Bout#2 Pancrase Gate Rules Light Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
TOMOKAZU HITOMI (Hybrid Wrestling Yamada Dojo) vs. RIKUHEI FUJII (Wajutsu Keishukai RJW)

Amateur Bout#3 Pancrase Gate Rules Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout#1 Featherweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout#2 Light Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout#3 lightweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout#4 Welterweight 3x5 min rounds
KOJI OISHI (Welterweight 4th ranked/PANCRASEism) vs.
CARLOS CONDIT (U.S.A./Fighters In Training)

Pro-Bout#5 Neo Blood Tournament 2006 Featherweight final 2x5 min rounds
RYUSUKE "JACK" UEMURA (Pancrase P's LAB Tokyo) vs. TATSUYA SO (Toshin)

Pro-Bout#6 Neo Blood Tournament 2006 Lightweight final 2x5 min rounds

Semifinal Neo Blood Tournament 2006 Welterweight final 2x5 min rounds
ASAKI HONDA (Pancrase P's LAB Yokohama) vs. SHINYA KUMAZAWA (Toshin)

Main Event Neo Blood Tournament 2006 Light Heavyweight final 2x5 min rounds




PANCRASE USA Grapplers Take Gold Again!


Colorado Springs, Colorado


Team USA continued it's winning ways as Ken Romero won gold at the Summer Festival Martial Arts Championship held yesterday in Colorado Springs.  Ken took first in the men's heavyweight division winning two matches by submission and defeating the state champion by a score of 7-0.  



ROF 24 - Quick Results


Douglas County Event Center

Castle Rock, Colorado


Chad Reiner defeated Jay Jack by unanimous decision. (Reiner to face Thomas Schulte in September for ROF WW Championship)

Donald Cerrone defeated Craig Tennat by armbar

Eliot Marshall defeated Mike Altman by keylock

Doug Sauer defeats Nick Rossborough by judge's decision

Richard Moskowitz defeats Aaron Romero judge's by decision

Sarah Ponce vs. Chrisanne Roseliep was a exhibition draw

Tyler Toner defeated Mike Aragon by TKO (referee stoppage)

Ed Schmitt defeated Chandler Holderness by submission

Alfredo Corona defeats Ted Morris by submission (neck crank-choke)

Paul Gorman defeats Isaac Colon by triangle choke




PANCRASE NC -  Polley wins at UCF


North Carolina


Pancrase fighter Lewis Polley and coach Jim Wright

Pancrase fighter Lewis Polley, won his fight Saturday in Ft. Myers by submission in 1 minute and 20 seconds in the first round. 
Lewis is an all American wrestler who trains and also works at Wright’s Carolina Karate and Mixed Martial Arts Center. Lewis is the coach and head instructor for the grappling, kickboxing and mixed martial art/no holds barred teams. Graduating from Jacksonville High School as their only wrestling State Champion then later becoming an All American, Lewis will be representing Wright’s for the championship belt in the UCF in September. His next fight will be on June 24th in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.



HP Pavilion
San Jose, CA

Alistair Overeem
defeated Vitor Belfort by unanimous decision
Cung Le defeated Brian Warren by TKO at 4:19 of rd 1
Gilbert Melendez defeated Clayton Guida by split decision.
Bobby Southworth vs. James Irvin was declared a no contest
Tyson Griffin defeated
Duane Ludwig by TKO (referee stoppage) at 3:57 of rd 1
Josh Thomson defeated Harris Sarmiento by triangle choke at 3:19 of rd 3
Eugene Jackson defeated Mike Seal by TKO at 2:49 of rd 2
Daniel Puder defeated Tom Tuggle by armbar at 0:28 of rd 1
Jared Hamman defeated Scott Graham by TKO at 1:36 of rd 1
Luke Stewart defeated Bill Duvall by armbar at 1:15 of rd 1
Clint Coronel defeated Juan Miranda by choke at 1:43 of rd 2
Chris Amarante defeated Sean Bassett by armbar at 4:37 of rd 1




MARQUARDT'S New Dojo in Denver


Aurora, Colorado



7-times Pancrase world champ Nate Marquardt (right) shows his new HAMA dojo to long time friend and Pancrase MMA trainer Billy Hendricks




ACF - More bad news


Denver, Colorado


Ken Pishna......out


Just to let everyone know, I have resigned my position as Director of MMA Relations at American Championship Fighting (ACF) effective 
immediately. The company and it's leadership are headed in a direction that I am not comfortable with, which lead me to the conclusion that it would be best for all parties involved if I no longer represent the ACF. 


Anyone interested can still reach me at: or 303-916-6091. I am still available to respond to your questions or concerns, but am no longer acting in any official capacity for the ACF.

Ken Pishna



Smart move Ken. It takes guts to do what's right.  


Colorado has recently become home to several ethically challenged fight promoters.  Some come with serious criminal backgrounds.  Contrary to the spin put forth by their front-men, these wannabe mobsters, accused swindlers and convicted felons have no place promoting what are supposed to be legitimate sporting contests.  Already their shows have featured worked (fixed, faked) fights.  Already they have used the audience as a source of fighters, going so far as to take people from the stands to fill in for last minute fighter no-shows.  Already they have sold tickets for big name fights that mysteriously never took place.  They have even employed the most notorious of worked-fighter as a part of their official event staff.  The list of improprieties goes on and on.  


What message does this send to the fans?  This sport barely survived the blood-sport/spectacle era and now we are faced with an influx of grifters looking for new marks.  Must we go the way of boxing?  Why do so many upcoming fighters, trainers, managers, announcers and others who should know better continue to support these events?  


If you are concerned about the legitimacy and continued growth of Colorado's mixed martial arts, please give thought to where your dollars are spent.  Tell the Colorado Boxing Commission to take a tougher stand regarding who is given a promoter's license.  Above all, support those who really are supporting the sport.  


Not sure about a promoter? Do a quick internet search by typing that promoter's name into  Yahoo or GoggleYou might be surprised at what turns up.


To the fans, fighters, trainers, managers, announcers and event staff members, remember what fraud expert B. Branscum has to say:  


"Swindlers and grifters are opportunistic sociopaths who prey upon the trust and gullibility of others, feeling nobody’s pain in the process. On the other hand, these people live by their wits, and it would be foolish to underestimate them. Morally reprehensible and devoid of compassion as they may be, they tend to be intelligent, practical and devious. 

Con artists do what they do for the money, they are businessmen, and they tend to behave rationally. Some have little formal education, but they are all experts in human behavior who have mastered the art of persuasion. They use words as the instruments of deception, and they recognize pleas and/or threats as the manifestations of desperation. Trying to beg, bluff or intimidate a professional swindler is a complete waste of time and energy."




MMAWEEKLY founder dies in I-15 car wreck


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


MMAWeekly founder Ryan Bennett died on Wednesday (5-31-2006) while traveling with his family to St. George, Utah.  Bennett's car apparently blew a tire, causing the vehicle to roll. Bennett was killed instantly.  Ryan's wife, Tanya is in stable condition at the University of Utah Medical Center, and his daughters Allison and Jada remain at the Primary Children’s Center with various injuries. 

The two other Bennett children, Ashley and Braden, have been released and appear to be ok. 




ROF 24 - Tickets on sale!!!


Denver, Colorado




Tickets for the next RING OF FIRE event are now on sale. The June 17th event is the 24th installment for the promotion and is using the name INTEGRITY for the show.


"There has been quite a focus on MMA in Colorado lately, specifically on the promotions and the people behind them. I chose the title INTEGRITY for this show, as it just seemed to sum up what ROF is all about in this competitive climate. There are quite a few promotions in the area now. More than one seem to be making headlines with frauds, scams, and high profile legal problems.  Everything but MMA. Someone said that there is no such thing as bad publicity, but when it comes to MMA I don't think that is true. I think negative press can have disastrous effects on the sport as a whole" said promoter Sven Bean. 


"ROF is and always will be about the sport and the athletes. I want the fans to know that they can count on ROF as a great event to come watch the best the area has to offer in combat sports. I want them to know that when they come to the venue they will get exactly what they paid for. High level, well matched, professionally presented MMA matches. It is what I have been doing since day one, and will continue to do so for a long time to come"


The main event for ROF 24: INTEGRITY features the return of one of the sport's best grapplers, Jay Jack. Jack was recently promoted to black belt in BJJ, and has a 12-5 MMA record. His last ROF appearance saw him fall to ROF Welter Weight Champion Thomas Schulte, but he has gone 2-0 since that fight finishing both his opponents with submissions. Facing off against Jack is one of the fastest rising stars of the midwest, Chad Reiner. Reiner is one of the best conditioned athletes in the game and holds an 11-1 record. The versatile fighter has just enough of everything in his arsenal to be a threat. Just enough wrestling, just enough striking, just enough submissions. Just enough to make a complete MMA fighter. At stakes in this match will be the number one ranking at welter weight with the winner guaranteed a shot at Schulte's belt in the fall.


The full card will be released soon, but features some of the best promotion's top athletes. Knock Out artist Donald COWBOY Cerrone returns to ROF hoping to add to his undefeted MMA record. 2005 Pan American JiuJitsu Champion Eliot Marshall will make his professional debut at light heavyweight. The hard hitting Chrissane BRICKHOUSE Roseliep will appear under K-1 rules.


One of the feature matches on the card will be a professional Muay Thai match in the women's division as Sarah Ponce (TX) faces Angela Hayes (CO). Ponce is known as much for her fighting prowess as she is for her modeling accolades. She is the 2003 Swimsuit Model of the year as well as the 2004 IKF National Champion. Angela Hayes is a fourth degree black belt, multiple Karate Champion and a veteran of Chuck Norris' World Combat League.


Saturday, June 17th, 2006
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, CO
Doors @ 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm




PANCRASE USA wins gold at Top of The Rockies


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, Colorado


Pancrase students Josh Meke and Merced Perez-Hall both won gold at the R.M.B.J.J.F. Top of the Rockies submission wrestling tournament, held in Northglenn, Colorado. 




ACF Promoter - Convicted felon 


Denver, Colorado




American Championship Fighting(sm) Chief Executive Officer Rico Vecc (a.k.a. Rico Vecchiarelli) appeared before Denver District Court Friday, to face sentencing for conduct stemming from a previous real estate venture.  Vecc assumed responsibility for one count of securities fraud he incurred while engaging in a joint venture with business partner Sean Zweifel more than a year ago. The District Court judge decided that, with full restitution, Vecc would receive a 4-year sentence with immediate eligibility for a work-release program.

I made some mistakes that resulted in legal charges. I accept personal responsibility for this and now I have to deal with the consequences.  ACF had nothing to do with this; it is a completely separate matter, stated Vecc. 

Vecc remains committed to ACF(sm) and will continue to support the company as its CEO. I want to reassure MMA fans that this in no way affects the operations of the ACF. American Championship Fighting was built from the ground up as a team effort from day one. It is not all about Rico Vecc. There are a lot of great people at the ACF that will ensure that the company will continue to thrive.

The ACF(sm) is a completely separate entity from Vecc's previous real estate venture that resulted in the current legal situation. Apart from his involvement with both companies, neither business has anything to do with the other.

ACF(sm) President Josh Sylva will continue to manage ACF(sm) operations especially as the company works to finalize details for its July 15 show to be held at a venue to be determined. The July card is already slated to feature a title bout between current ACF(sm) welterweight champion John Cronk and top contender Donnie Liles, the debut of Wes Sims in the Ocho(sm), lightweight contender Dennis Davis' return against Omaha's Justin James, highly regarded middleweight Chilo Gonzalez, and more.

We know that this situation does not come across well with MMA fans, remarked Sylva, but there are a lot of people involved in this company that have worked long and hard towards making the ACF a success. That is not about to change, in fact, we are ready to redouble our efforts to take the ACF to the top of the MMA world.?

Ken Pishna, Director of MMA Relations
Phone: 303-916-6091
Fax: 720-283-3153




ACF -  Accused Colorado Conman and Swindler Goes to Slammer

One down one to go


Denver, Colorado


Attorney General John Suthers and Securities Commissioner Fred Joseph announced today the arrest of ACF President Rico Vecchiarelli (a.k.a. Rico Vecc) following his indictment on July 22, 2005, by the State Grand Jury and the subsequent issuance of an arrest warrant on the same date by the Denver District Court. Vecchiarelli’s accomplice, Sean Zweifel, age 30, was also indicted but has not yet been arrested. 

"These defendants are accused of swindling Colorado investors out of thousands of dollars," said Attorney General Suthers. "This indictment sends a message to would be criminals that we will not tolerate securities fraud of any type."

The State Grand Jury indicted Vecchiarelli and Zweifel on six counts of securities fraud and one count of theft, all class 3 felonies. According to the indictment, the two men made fraudulent sales of securities to Colorado investors by offering them investments in Vecchiarelli’s company, Infinity Investment Properties, LLC, for the purpose of financing the purchases of residential property. 

Vecchiarelli allegedly induced investors by making promises of substantial rates of return on short-term investments of as little as 60 days. Vecchiarelli allegedly represented that he and his company owned a significant inventory of residential properties. It is further alleged that Vecchiarelli then diverted significant portions of the funds for his own personal use. 

Five alleged victims from Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, and Jefferson Counties with losses over $150,000 have been identified so far. 

Commissioner Joseph said, "This case shows that protecting Colorado investors is our No. 1 priority regardless of the dollar amount of the investment."

Vecchiarelli is currently being held in Douglas County jail. His bond is set at $100,000.

As with all persons charged with a criminal offense, Vecchiarelli and Zweifel are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.






Denver, Colorado 


Mark Kerr's much hyped return to the ring at Rico Vecchiarelli-McLaughlin's (a.k.a.Rico Vecc) A.C.F. show in Denver never happened.  Kerr was supposedly forced-out because of a last minute hand injury.  Unfortunately for ticket buying fans, this news was never revealed until show time.  


Conveniently, Kerr's recent deal with the International Fighting League should offset the monetary losses he suffered by not fighting on the ACF show.



Kerr's trainers made these comments about his failure to fight.  


S. M. - "Mark trained at my gym (Grappler's Edge) for this fight, and I was there last night to corner him.


Chad K's story is true. Mark informed the ACF about his hand when it happened. Mark still wanted to fight (of course), so he got treatment and cortisone shots, but it didn't help.


The ACF knew about Mark's hand, but waited until the last minute because either they were hoping for the best (a miracle), or they didn't want to disrupt the ticket sales (you decide). Mark couldn't even make a fist during the Dr. physicals, so there was no way they were going to clear him.



Chad K. -  "Cindy, I don't know what the ACF officials told you (I wasn't there), but I'm sure they had a good story. On the other hand, you weren't in our dressing room either, so all I can tell you is that you were misinformed.


Things weren't handled well last night (by the ACF), and I'm sorry for the fighters and the fans. Mark may not be as big or as young as he once was, but he's still a warrior. If healthy last night, he would have fought, and he would have won!"


Cindy, you talked to the ACF folks, but I was in that dressing room. The same officials who got 2 other Doctors to come back in hopes of overriding their 1st Doctor's opinion? This after Mark sat in my living room (while posting under my screen name earlier in the week no less) and told these same people what the doctor had said about his hand? 

The same officials who suggested that Mark go out, throw a punch, then clutch his hand and fall to his knees in pain. Then said they'd set up a rematch after his hand healed? The same one's who told us that Wes said "this" while telling Wes and Coleman that Kerr said "that"? (Wont go into too much detail but you would be hard pressed to imagine worse than what was said) 

Unfortunately, I didn't have a tape recorder with me. Somehow, I forgot to throw it in my corner bag along with the mitts, Vaseline, end swell and other items I brought to the arena."        


MMAFighting reporter Cindy O. had these comments -  "It's a freakin' mess, I can tell you that. 

Here are the "facts" as they have been presented to me. I'm not making a judgement either way because in my opinion, both sides could very well be equally in the wrong. 

Allegations appear to be strong that both sides may have mislead the public. The ordeal was out of my hands before I concluded my last interview. Apparently, I was not the only one with questions. 

1) Mark knew he wasn't prepared to fight Wes so he used the injury as an excuse. 
2) Mark was the one who insisted on checking with multiple doctors in order to find one who would deem him unfit to compete. 
3) Mark was given the option of fighting or not (injury was marginal) and he decided to "pass." 
4) Mark reported the injury earlier and agreed to go along with the ACF's cover up so as not to impede ticket sales. 
5) Mark backed out of the fight because he is not "clean" and knew he would fail any post fight testing. 
6) Mark "broke his hand" over a week ago, yet showed no signs of injury, taping or swelling in IFL event photos. 
7) Mark continued training before the fight w/o signs of significant injury to his hand which occured "about a week ago" during a training session. 
8) Mark is blowing the injury waaaay out of proportion and could have competed if he wanted to. 
9) Rico was made aware of the injury well in advance to have notified the public, but chose not to... and convinced Mark to play along with the scheme. 
10) Rico and other ACF officials were witnessed discussing the "scheme" backstage as to how the "story" would be told to the spectators at the event. 
11) Mark, his "people," ACF officials and management, at least one CO State Athletic Commission employee, Wes and Mark Coleman discussed how the news would be broken and how to "pump" the crowd for a rematch, hence the WWE display in the cage. 
12) Mark lied, pulled out and pissed Rico off enough to cause him to give Wes the belt. 
13) Mark really didn't care because he found out his IFL contract, which Rico claims to know nothing about, is in conflict with his existing ACF contract and being "released" by Rico for cause would eliminate the issue. 
14) Mark failed to inform the IFL he is under contract with the ACF, yet accepted their coaching position and has begun actively recruiting new fighters. Contract conflict(s) abound. 
15) The ACF is throwing Mark "under the bus" because he has proven to be unreliable with keeping PR commitments necessary for the company "poster child" in order for Rico to recoup his investment in Kerr. 
16) If the ACF finds out Mark has been "dishonest," they can release him from his contract and save face with the spectators. Blame would be on him, not the ACF. 

There are a bunch more... no one had the same story. Again, these are not my suspicions, they are allegations and comments made by folks who were supposedly involved or had knowledge from behind the scenes. "




FIGHTER Blasts Denver Fight Promoter


Denver, Colorado

"This is going to be long...sorry. But it is worth reading. The promoter that screwed me the same promoter promoting the Mark Kerr Vs. Wes Sims fight. He was just recently arrested for fraud. If you don't feel like reading this whole thing....TTT it so other fighters will hear about this organization.

As many of you may know...I have not fought since 7/23/2005. On that date I beat one of Denver Colorado's top prospects. Donnie Liles who had a combined Amateur and Pro record of 19-0.  After beating Donnie Liles I was approached by a new fight organization. American Fighting Championships. ( The show is promoted by a guy named Rico Vecc a.k.a. Rico Vecchiarelli-McLaughlin.

The promoter flew me from Phoenix Arizona to Denver Colorado. He took me out to eat at several of the "high end" restraints in town. It felt almost like a recruiting trip for a Blue Chip High School athlete. Rico explained to me that he had great ideas of a new fight promotion. He wanted to have the fighters signed to contracts and provide them with Health Insurance and other benefits. Rico said that the promotion wasn't looking for "stars"...that they were looking to build their own fighters and that he wanted to build a strong fan base in the Denver area before moving the show to the national spot-light.

Several days after leaving Denver Rico provided me with a "Letter of Intent". The letter of intent stated that we were to receive a base salary of $4,000 a month. (Great money that was suppose to help with training, marketing, and serve as a fight purse as well). The deal was supposed to be a 3-year 150K deal. The ACF explained to me that they were going to sign John Cronk, Chilo Gonzales, myself, and Donnie Liles to the first contracts.

We began talking about opponents and the ACF gave me a name "Steve Sniederman". I goggled the name and didn't find any information on him. They explained to be that he trained in Denver and was a member of UFC vet's Brad Gumm's school. I explained to them that I would be willing to fight the opponent...but that I would need to receive video footage of the fighter. (Obviously I'm not going to fight a fighter that I've never heard of or seen footage of). They agreed to send me footage. 

During the next couple of weeks the ACF told me to go ahead and proceed as if the contracts were signed. (They said that these are 1 of a kind contract and that they were going to take several weeks to construct) One of the stipulations in the LOI stated that we could not have any sponsors, or fight for another promotion. (The ACF did not want us to be attached to other companies). 

The ACF paid me my first check for January 1st eight days late... ($2,000). We were suppose to get paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. The first check they sent me was returned to me for insufficient funds. The bank continued to try and clear the check... after a 40-day hold the check cleared.  During the time it took the check to clear the ACF was scheduled to pay me twice. (Jan. 15th and Feb. 1st) I was scheduled to fight for the ACF on Feb. 24th. 

Wanting to prepare for the fight I left my original training partners and began to train out of the country. I explained to the ACF that I was going to be spending most of the "salary" money on rent, car payments, cell phones...etc while I was out of the country.

While training my fiancé handled the finances. We never received funds for Jan. 15th or Feb. 1st. I arrived back state side for Valentines Day. TO MY SHOCK...upon my return my fiancé informed me that we had gone past due on our rent, car payments, and several other bills. She also informed me that I never received "promised" promotional materials. The ACF was suppose to design and print 10,000 Magicalray post card size promotional flyers and a patented Magicalray T-shirt for sales at the event. I still had not received flight itinerary (10 days out from the event) or a fight tape on my opponent.

After doing some research on a "Steve sniederman" I eventually found a Steve Schneider. The fighter however was not located in the Denver area. He actually trained with UFC vet Curtis Stout and lived in Missouri.

Feb. 16th I suffered a sever knee sprain and hamstring pull. I immediately went to the doctor and had an MRI and X-ray done on the knee. The doctor said that it wasn't "SERIOUS" but that fighting in 10 days was highly unlikely. (I was on crutches for 1st 3 days after the injury). Look at the scenario from my point of view...
*No contract 
*No promotional flyers or T-shirts 
*I had been paid $2,000's almost a month late 
*The ACF owed me $4,000 (the total would be $6,000 on the 20th of Feb) 
*No fight tape (that was promised) of an opponent that I knew little info about 
*No flight itinerary 
They never gave me a "fight weight" (I emailed 9 times asking them if we were fighting at 170 or 185lbs). I was injured. (If it were a UFC or Pride fight I would have competed but with the scenario it was too much of a risk).

I decided that fighting on the card was not in my best interest. I pulled out of my scheduled fight. After pulling out of the match I contacted the ACF and informed them that I signed "information release forms" with my doctors...and that they could contact them directly for verification of the injury. I also explained to them that I would be willing to get examined by a doctor in the Denver area for a second opinion. 

Another contracted fighter...Donnie Liles was injured at the same time. He was not scheduled to fight on the Feb. 24th card...but was still getting paid. They told me not to worry about the injury and to get healthy.

Rico promised to "square up" with me when I got to Denver *he would owe me $6,000 by that date excluding another $1,000's that I incurred in late fees and over draft expenses due to his "unorganization". (The ACF told me that the miss funds were due to the show experiencing growing pains...and the rigors of planning their debut show)

I finally received my flight itinerary THE DAY BEFORE THE SHOW. When I received my flight info...It was discovered that I was not going to arrive into Denver until MIDNIGHT~ the day of the show (missing the fights and my chance to collect the money they owed me). I changed my flight itinerary without telling Rico and simply "showed up in Denver". Visibly startled Rico fumbled through several excuses before eventually giving me $4,000 in cash. I presented him with over $1,000's in receipts for late fees and over draft costs. Rico explained to me that he would reimburse me for those charges, give me the additional $2,000 he owed me and take care of my medical costs after the show.

The show ended and Rico was NO WHERE to be found. Returning to the hotel still being owed $3,000. I didn't know what to do. I called Rico in the morning and his phone was shut off (supposedly in a meeting with Mark Kerr and Wes Sims). Eventually time passed and I needed to get to the airport. After calling the ACF's director of fighter relations I was told to pay for a cab ride to the airport and Rico would reimburse me for the cost. (Of course I demanded a ride...and eventually someone showed up and literally dropped me off at the curb as they were calling my flight to board)

The following Monday after returning home I received a phone call from a guy named Josh. He informed me that he was the "new" CEO of the show and that the "growing pains" were going to stop.  Josh also explained that the ACF had worries that my injury wasn't "Legit". I explained to him that not only was the injury "Legit"...but that I was still hurt and could visit a doctor in the Denver area. I also informed him that I signed an information release and he could obtain my doctors medical records at anytime. He continued to tell me that he still had concerns that the ACF was going to pay me thousands of dollars without me ever fighting.  Josh told me that they wanted me to Fight Donnie Liles in a rematch May 6th. He said that we would be a co-main event with Mark Kerr Vs. Wes Sims. Josh explained that he wanted to hold my monthly paychecks until the day of the fight. He explained to me that the paychecks would be paid to me as a fight purse.

The paycheck for Feb 20th was a few days late. But the check was supposed to be in the mail with my reimbursement for the late fees incurred due to the ACF's late paychecks included. I asked him why 8 weeks have passed and I still didn't have a contract. Josh informed me that I would have the contract, and "missing money" within a couple of days.

Several days later I received a contract (they told me that the fax # I gave them didn't work and that was the delay in me getting the contract...BS!!)

I was told for 4 straight days that the "check was in the mail"...I asked them for a tracking number and they informed me that the employee who mailed the check forgot to get a tracking number. The ACF also said that Bank Of America would not allow them to do a wire transfer.

While waiting for the check to arrive in the mail..I hired a lawyer to review the contract. The contract was written 95% in favor of the ACF and 5% in favor of Magicalray. Deep within the legal jargon of the contract were loop-holes that would allow the ACF to collect the funds that were paid to the fighters at anytime. Instead of being stated as a "salary" it was an "advancement of future profits recoupable at anytime". Obviously I refused to sign the contract.

Josh informed me that negotiations usually "work that way". He said that "We shoot high, you shoot high and we meet in the middle". The contract had SEVERAL points of interest that needed to be arbitrated. (EX "what would happen with Magicalray's existing sponsors?) Literally a couple of weeks out from the May 6th card I informed the ACF that getting a contract arbitrated and signed before the fight date was impossible. I informed Josh that I was still willing to fight Donnie Liles. I explained to Josh that I would be willing to fight Donnie on 6th. He agreed that the fight should happen and I continued training.

I contacted the ACF and informed them that the paydays missed total $10,000. Having had a discussion with the CEO of the company it was my impression that they were going to hold the checks for
   *Feb 20th $2,000
   *March 1st $2,000
   *March 20th $2,000
   *April 1st $2,000
   *April 20th $2,000
   *May 1st $2,000
    Grand Total $10,000 
Not including legal fees for my lawyer, medical costs, late fees, airline charges, and other bills totaling an additional $5,000

The ACF informed me that $10,000 was out of their budget. I knew it was FAR ABOVE market value...but it was the money they promised me I have it documented in several emails.

The ACF paid me $6,000 total. I explained to them that I felt like I did "owe them" a fight. I told them that if $10,000 was out of their budget I would be willing to fight a different opponent other than Donnie Liles and we could agree on a new purse. The matchmaker of the ACF informed me that the card was already full and they had no room for me.

While searching for a replacement fighter the ACF contacted SEVERAL promoters, managers, and fighters. They went out of their way to give everyone a lasting impression that I was "demanding 10K for a fight" and that I was difficult to work with. The ACF tried their best to run my name through the mud! I asked the CEO of the ACF if they wished to pursue any further relationship. They literally stopped returning phone calls and emails. 

I have not heard from the ACF. Because of my dealing with them I have witnessed my credit get destroyed. The late payments on my car, rent, phone where all reported to my credit report. Those derogatory remarks are going to last for 6-10 on my credit score!

Rico Vecc was recently arrested and is being indicted under his real name Rico Mclaughlin. I have heard the charges are for Mortgage fraud. 

The ACF eventually signed Mark Kerr Vs. Wes Sims as the main event. I have heard rumors that Mark Kerr received a HOUSE as payment. Knowing how my dealing have been with them...I have to wonder if Kerr is actually going to have a place to live after his fight!

I was forced to turn down several fight offers while working with the ACF. Some of those offers included; Total Combat offering me a title fight May 13th against Erik Apple. I was contacted at during the formation of the IFL about possibly being on one of the teams. I was forced to turn down several smaller promotions and that literally cost me thousands in potential earnings. With the slander conducted by the ACF promoters in the states of NM and CO they have cost me thousands in possible future earnings. My credit score is ruined and I still have several unpaid lawyer fees (from paying them to draft me a new contract) and medical bills that are sky rocketing through the roof!

I hope the ACF loses 100,000$'s on their show this weekend! I hope that no one in the Denver area shows up to support the show. Because of the Con Artist better known as Rico Vecc I am struggling just to put food on the table. ANYBODY THAT HAS READ ALL OF THIS...I ask that you go out of your way to not support the ACF.  The promoter screwed me out of 10,000$'s over the past 6 months."


*Fighter Ray Elbe posted this public statement at