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Las Vegas, Nevada

K-1, the world’s premiere martial arts fight promotion, will offer a one-day open tryout at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Mirage Hotel and Casino on Friday, April 28th, one day prior to its “Mayhem At Mirage II” star-studded fight card. 

The trial will be open to those who wish to compete in K-1’s mixed martial arts contingent as well as to those who meet the requirements of the organization’s two stand-up fighting weight divisions – the 154-pound limit “Max” class and the 200 pounds and above, super heavyweight group. 

Participants will partake in various exercises that test a wide array of skills including speed, power, coordination, flexibility, and knowledge of the sport. They will also engage in sparring sessions with one another.

The tryout session marks the third consecutive year that K-1 has offered such an opportunity to fighters who desire to join its roster. Last August, K-1 played host to over 200 contestants who hailed from various regions of The United States and whose combat sports training background included experience in a wide range of disciplines ranging from kickboxing to western boxing to wrestling. 

Finalists from the two previous tryouts have since been enlisted to compete in K-1 events held in Las Vegas, Hawaii, and Japan. Last August, 2004 K-1 heavyweight tryout finalist Patrick Barry made his debut during a “Mayhem At Mirage” tournament reserve fight and scored a first round technical knockout on Mark Selbee. Utah’s Dan Green, a finalist in last August’s auditions, will make his K-1 debut in a tournament reserve bout during the April 29th “Mayhem At Mirage II” event. 

K-1 USA Fight Coordinator Sven Bean will oversee and direct all activities during the trial. A group of judges as well as executives from K-1 Japan and K-1 USA will observe the action and make recruiting decisions. Past judges have included legendary K-1 competitor Sam Greco as well as three-time K-1 tournament champion, Michael McDonald, and 2005’s K-1 “World Grand Prix in Hawaii” tournament winner, “Big Daddy” Gary Goodridge. 

Those who wish to register for the tryout should contact Mr. Bean via email at or should fax a request for an official tryout application to 303-400-1756. Candidates will be required to make their own arrangements for travel and stay in Las Vegas during the tryout period. 

Leading martial arts equipment supplier, Fairtex, will provide all gear necessary to conduct the tryout sessions. 

K-1 is a martial arts fighting sport that derives its name from its inclusion of a wide array of combat disciplines, including Karate, Kung-Fu, and Kickboxing (“K”), and its intent to determine one champion in one ring (“1”). After being staged for the first time in Japan in 1993 under the direction of founder Master Kazuyoshi Ishii, it later evolved into the country’s most popular sport and achieved popular culture status there as its athletes turned into larger-than-life celebrities.




RING OF FIRE 23: IMPACT! Quick Results 


Denver, Colorado

145 MMA: Joe Jesser (CO) vs. Andreas Mondragon (NM) 
Jesser by TKO :39 seconds Rd 3

185 MMA/SB: Ed Schmidt (CO) vs. John Fabbricatore (CO) 
Exhibition draw 

155 MMA: Adrian Jiron (CO) vs. Mike Maestas (NM) 
Jiron by split decision 

K-1 MAX 155: Stephan Zetyunan (CA) vs. Tommy Alcozer Jr. (TX) 
Zetyunan by unam. decision 

145 MMA: Tyler Toner (CO) vs. Gerald Lavato (NM) 
Toner by TKO ;22 seconds 1st rd 

170 MMA: Nick Sertrakian (CO) vs. Toby Johnson (NM) 
Johnson by submission 1:39 1st rd 

K-1 HVYWT: Dan Green (UT) vs. Jesse Isbel (NM) 
Green by unam. decison, advances to K-1 USA 

155 MMA: Rocky Johnson (CO) vs. Leonard Garcia (TX) 
Garcia by submission 4:58 1st rd 

K-1 MAX 142: Mike Baldwin (CO) vs. Charles Williams (CA) 
Baldwin by unam. decision 

155 MMA: Alvin Robinson (CO) vs. James Martinez (HI) 
Robinson by sub 1:14 1st rd, retains ROF Light Weight title 




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Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


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UFC 58 - Nate "The Great" wins again!!!!


Las Vegas, Nevada


Nathan Marquardt defeated Joe Doerksen by unanimous decision.  

Rich Franklin defeats David Loiseau by unanimous decision after 5 rds. Franklin retains middleweight title.

Georges St. Pierre defeated B.J. Penn by split decision.

Mark Hominick defeated Yves Edwards by triangle choke.

Mike Swick defeated Steve Vigneault by submission.




UFC 58 -  Weigh-in results


Las Vegas, Nevada

Preliminary Bouts:
Tom Murphy (225) vs. Icho Larenas (233)
Jason Lambert (202) vs. Rob McDonald (204)
Spencer Fisher (155) vs. Sam Stout (154)

Main Card Bouts:
Yves Edwards (154) vs. Mark Hominick (153)
Nathan Marquardt (183) vs. Joe Doerksen (185)
B.J. Penn (169) vs. Georges St. Pierre (170)
Mike Swick (185) vs. Steve Vigneault (184)
Rich Franklin (185) vs. David Loiseau (185)




ROF Presents - UFC 58 Fight Party 


Denver, Colorado


This Saturday night all sports fans are invited to UFC 58: USA vs. CANADA Party at RED & JERRY'S brought to you by RING OF FIRE CHAMPIONSHIPS. The party will take place in the FANATIX sports bar section of the huge entertainment complex. The party will start at 7:30 pm and the UFC broadcast begins at 8:00 pm and is open to the public. A full menu will be available as well as drink specials. Please come down and help the ROF staff cheer on and support local fighter Nathan Marquardt!

Fight Card:
Rich Franklin vs. David Loiseau
Georges St-Pierre vs. BJ Penn
Joe Doerksen vs. Nathan Marquardt
Steve Vigneault vs. Mike Swick
Mark Hominick vs. Yves Edwards
Sam Stout vs. Kenny Florian
Rob MacDonald vs. Jason Lambert
Christophe Midoux vs. Tom Murphy 

Red & Jerry's is located at the intersection of Santa Fe and Oxford which is right in between Hampden and Belleview. Look for our huge outdoor sign, you can't miss it! From 1-25, exit Santa Fe. Take Santa Fe past Hampden to Oxford. If you hit Belleview, you've gone too far.




RING OF FIRE 22 and 23 Tickets on sale!!


Denver, Colorado

Promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that the tickets for the next two ROF shows are now on sale. The regions top promotion will present back to back events starting with ROF 22: VENDETTA!! 

The VENDETTA event will take place Saturday, March 25th, 2006 at the Dobson Arena in downtown Vail, Colorado. The nations top ski resort town will be in full swing as thousands of tourists will be there for Spring Break. ROF 22 will feature 12 MMA and K-1 rules bouts featuring some of the best up and coming talent in the area. Colorado's best MMA schools will be represented. A top team of fighters from Las Vegas will compete, as well as athletes from Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. The Vail Valley will be treated to a great night of MMA action in the town's top venue. The Dobson Arena, a 35,000 square foot multi-purpose facility, is the largest of its type on the Western Slope of Colorado. Dobson Arena is the site for the Vail Figure Skating Festival and the Vail Invitational Skating Championships. The venue has been used by top national music acts as well. The Vendetta event will mark the first time MMA has been promoted in this venue.

Then the very next weekend ROF returns with ROF 23: IMPACT!!

The IMPACT event will take place Saturday, April 1st, 2006 at the Douglas County Event Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. The Denver area has been inundated lately with fight show after fight show, sometimes blurring the lines between spectacle and sport. Area fight fans can rely on the fact that RING OF FIRE has been and always will be the "sure thing" when looking for a quality Mixed Martial Arts event. ROF 23: IMPACT!! will follow those standards, with the right mix of solid match making, tasteful production values, and a fan friendly venue. The show will be debuting some new faces to the ROF crowd, and some of the promotion's most exciting names will appear including: Tyler Toner, Rocky Johnson, Mike NO EXCUSES Baldwin, Hiro Kamikozono, and Luke LIL HULK Caudillo. Keeping with the promotion's commitment to create champions at all weights, a 130 lb Champion will be crowned that night. The Acrobatic John Dobson of New Mexico will vie for the title against an unnamed opponent. But the fight that has everyone talking will be 155 Champion Alvin KID Robinson's first title defense against KING James Martinez. Martinez earned his title shot at ROF 21 last month by beating Takahiro Kamikozono in a qualifying match. The KING immediately called out the KID. There was a bit of fireworks in the ring, and was obvious to everyone in attendance that there is truly no love lost between these two. So far Robinson has efficiently dispatched all comers, but has yet to face an elite striker like Martinez. Martinez has shown he has solid enough ground game to be able to bring fights repeatedly back to standing. The crowd will be in for a great display of MMA athleticism in this match.

Saturday, March 25th, 2006
Dobson Arena, Vail, CO
Doors @ 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 1st 2006
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, CO
Doors @ 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm

GA $25.00, Reserved $40.00
General Admission and Reserved floor seat tickets are on sale now at all King Soopers, City Market stores, online at, or by phone at 1-866-464-2626. As always if you want to see the show in style, VIP tables are available by calling 303-246-5237 or in Vail at 970-390-9477




UFC 58: USA vs. CANADA Countdown Show 

Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC 58: USA vs. Canada Countdown will prepare you for one of the most exciting UFC events of the year! Fighters from two great nations will go head-to-head on Saturday, March 4th, and now you can see how these incredible matches came to be. See the fights and hear the stories that led to the battle that will take place between UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin and number one contender David Loiseau. Plus, hear exclusive comments from the returning BJ Penn about his upcoming match against the amazingly popular Georges St. Pierre, and see the fights that laid the path to this show-stealing match. Prepare for a night of international combat with UFC 58: USA vs. Canada Countdown!

The countdown show will premier on Spike TV Wednesday, March 1st at 11:30 pm. 

UFC 58 – USA vs Canada, on Saturday, March 4th.


Rich Franklin vs David Loiseau 
Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn
Joe Doerksen vs
Nathan Marquardt
Steve Vigneault vs Mike Swick
Mark Hominick vs Yves Edwards
Sam Stout vs Kenny Florian
Rob MacDonald vs Jason Lambert
Christophe Midoux vs Tom Murphy




RING OF FIRE - Results


Denver, Colorado


1. Mark Spoone defeated  Robert Hermansillo by TKO at 2:23 of rd 1. 
2. Lorenzo Coca defeated Brian Truelson by rear choke at 1:19 of rd 1. 
3. Brandon Thatch defeated David Montoya by TKO at :11 rd 3. 
4. Gerald Lavato  defeated Mike Aragon by rear choke at 1:43 of rd 1 . 
5. Chad Klingensmith defeated Mathew Congdem by tap out from strikes at 2:07 of rd 1. 
6. Eliot Marshall defeated Jarrett Kelton by strikes at 2:07 of rd 1.
7. Chad Reiner defeated Aaron Romero by unanimous decision.
8. Donald Cerrone defeats Nate Mohr by triangle choke at 1:42 of rd 1.
9. Christian Allen defeated Joe Doherty at 1:09 of rd 2 by triangle choke.
10. James Martinez defeated Hiro Kamikozono by KO at 1:12 of rd 1.
Duane "Bang" Ludwig  KOed Toshikazu Harada at 1:44 of rd 1. 






Las Vegas, Nevada

By Thomas Gerbasi

Two of the premier middleweight veterans in the world, Nathan Marquardt and Joe Doerksen, will square off in a three rounder on the undercard of UFC 58 – USA vs Canada, on Saturday, March 4th.

Denver’s Marquardt, a seven-year veteran of mixed martial arts and a former King of Pancrase, made his long-awaited UFC debut last August with a unanimous decision win over Ivan Salaverry, and he is a multi-dimensional fighter who has met with great success all around the globe.

Doerksen, a Winnipeg native, is another road warrior with a penchant for fighting anyone and everyone that is put in front of him. Holder of wins over Chris Leben, Patrick Cote, Dennis Kang, and John Alessio, this 27-year-old is ready to make a move on the middleweight division starting on March 4th.

Tickets for UFC 58 – USA vs Canada, are on sale now, and the card, which is headlined by the middleweight title bout between champion Rich Franklin and challenger David Loiseau, will also be broadcast on pay-per-view. 


UFC 58 – USA vs Canada - Complete Card

Rich Franklin vs David Loiseau 
Georges St-Pierre vs BJ Penn
John Alessio vs Diego Sanchez
Joe Doerksen vs
Nathan Marquardt
Steve Vigneault vs Mike Swick
Mark Hominick vs Yves Edwards
Sam Stout vs Kenny Florian
Rob MacDonald vs Jason Lambert
Christophe Midoux vs Tom Murphy




BANG - Ready to rock at Ring of Fire


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Duane BANG! Ludwig is on top of the world! He is coming off his KO victory of Canadian Jonathon Goulet at ULTIMATE FIGHT NIGHT 3. It took just 11 seconds (4 seconds in real time) to shake off the ring rust, and put away one of the top up and coming fighters in the circuit. It was a perfectly executed punch, timed just right, and if you blinked you might of missed it! He came out of the fight clean and is basically injury free. Ludwig is now slated to face up and coming Japanese fighter Toshikazu Harada on Saturday night's RING OF FIRE 21: FULL BLAST card. His training has been going great, as many of his gym mates are getting ready for spots on the same show. This will also be his first time back in front of his hometown Denver crowd since ROF 16. That night BANG suffered a KO loss to Minnesota fighter Sam Morgan. Morgan then used that victory to jump on board the UFC train, while Ludwig went back to K-1.

Ludwig doesn't know much about his opponent Harada. The Japanese fighter has a reputation with some of the Japanese press as having a "Genki Sudo" style. Young. Hungry. Unorthodox. A combination that should pose a threat to BANG! None of this matters to Ludwig. He is focusing on making things right for his home town fans. "I had a real bad showing my last time at Ring of Fire. I didn't fight my fight that night. I wanted to grapple. That's not my strength, I let my guard down, wanting him to shoot. Sam caught me and I went down. That won't happen again. The way I see it, I owe my Denver fans a great fight. A fight where I fight the way I want to. I am taking all the frustration from that fight and adding it my win at UFC and I am coming out gunning. I don't care what he does, it is about what I want to do, and that is knock him out. I owe that to my fans and I intend to pay them back" 

The Ludwig-Harada fight is the main event of a 11 bout fight card featuring fighters from all over the World. Teams will be coming from as far away as Japan and England. The under card will feature fighters from Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah

Douglas County Event Center
Saturday, February 11th, 2006
Doors at 6:30, first bell 7:30 pm
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketswestcom , by phone at 1-866-464-2626, or at any area KING SOOPERS store.






Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Grandmaster Carlson Gracie Sr. passed away this morning at Lincoln Park Hospital in Chicago.  The 72 year old Gracie reportedly suffered complications from a kidney infection. R.I.P.






Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that it secured a key legal victory in its trademark infringement lawsuit against the Worldwide Fighting Championship and Gino Carlucci. Zuffa filed the complaint in Phoenix on January 10, 2006 to protect its intellectual property rights. Zuffa’s principal allegations were that Worldwide Fighting Championship (1) was using an octagon fighting enclosure at its mixed martial arts events without a license from Zuffa and incorporating an octagonal design as part of its logo, (2) was impermissibly displaying the term “Ultimate Fighting” in advertisements on its website and (3) was using a “WFC” logo that was confusingly similar to Zuffa’s stylized UFC logo.

The case was resolved just before a preliminary injunction hearing scheduled for last week. The Federal District Court entered a Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction on January 25, 2006, in which the WFC defendants acknowledged the validity of Zuffa’s federal trademark rights, and were ordered, among other things, to refrain from using the term ULTIMATE FIGHTING, to modify the WFC logo to remove the octagon component and to modify the font style and appearance of the “WFC”. As part of the Judgment, WFC was also ordered to obtain a license from Zuffa and pay license fees in connection with WFC’s use of the Octagon™ fighting enclosure at its WFC mixed martial arts events.

UFC President Dana White states that “Zuffa spends a lot of time and money to create its intellectual property, and Zuffa is required by law to protect the rights it acquires. As a result, we will use all legal means to prevent others from confusing fans into believing they are buying the UFC experience.”

About The Ultimate Fighting Championship
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC® organization produces approximately eight live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit

Ultimate Fighting Championship®, Ultimate Fighting®, UFC®, The Ultimate Fighter®, Submission®, As Real As It Gets®, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners.


St. Louis-Post Dispatch




UFN - Ludwig wins by KO


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada


The UFC announced that UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes will face UFC legend Royce Gracie.

Chris Leben defeated Jorge Rivera by TKO (strikes) at 1:44 of rd 1. 
Josh Burkman defeated Drew Fickett by submission (guillotine choke) at 1:07 of rd 1. 
Stephan Bonnar defeated James Irvin by submission (kimura) at 4:30 of rd 1. 
Duane "BANG" Ludwig defeated Jonathan Goulet by TKO at :11 of rd 1.
Tim Sylvia won a unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) over Assuerio Silva


Not televised fights: 
Jason Von Flue defeated Alex Karalexis by submission in rd 1. 
Spencer Fisher wins over Aaron Riley by TKO (injury) in rd 1.
Josh Neer defeated Melvin Guillard  by submission in rd 3.






Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

Live on on Spike TV, Monday January 16th at 10pm ET/PT


Tim Sylvia vs. Assuerio Silva
Stephan Bonnar vs. James Irvin
Spencer Fisher vs. Aaron Riley
Drew Fickett vs. Josh Burkman
Chris Leben vs Jorge Rivera
Alex Karalexis vs Jason Von Flue
Jonathon Goulet vs
Duane Ludwig
Melvin Guillard vs Josh Neer





Premiers January 16, 2006, live on Spiketv

Hard Rock Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada


Heavyweight Bout: Assuerio Silva vs. Tim Sylvia 
Light Heavyweight Bout: Stephan Bonnar vs. James Irvin
Middleweight Bout: Chris Leben vs. Jorge Rivera 
Middleweight Bout: Josh Burkman vs. Drew Fickett

Under card:
Welterweight Bout: Jason Von Flue vs. Alex Karalexis 
Welterweight Bout: Aaron Riley vs. Spencer Fisher
Welterweight Bout:
Duane Ludwig vs. Jonathan Goulet
Welterweight Bout: Melvin Guillard vs. Anthony Torres 





Date: January 7, 2006
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Denver, CO
Professional Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts Bouts. Up to 15 action packed bouts. 
Ticket Information: Reserved $35.00, Gen. Admission $25.

Fight Card:
Kick Down Light Weight MMA Title: Luke Holdorf VS Patrick Jiner 
MMA: Manuel Gallardo VS Lawrence Gaytan 
MMA: Joey Welch VS Eric Fagyas 
Kick Boxing: Shantel Wilson VS Heather Fairchild 
MMA: Josh Rosaeen VS Randy Robinette 
MMA: Reed O' Malley VS Elliott Von Eichel 
MMA: Lannon Quintana VS Matt Holland 
Kick Down Modified Muay Thai Title: Patrick Cox VS Christopher Thompson 
Kick Down Light Heavy Weight Title: Matt Dewolf VS Spencer Hooker 
MMA: Noah Thomas VS Jose Luis Murillo 
Muay Thai: Colby Snyder VS Jeff Barney 
MMA: Cruz Chacon VS Leonard Wilson 
Muay Thai: Angela Hayes Vs Katherine Meehan 
MMA: Eric Heinz VS Cyle Burgess 
MAIN EVENT: John Cronk VS Scott Anderson 




FAMILY FEUD - IFC Promoter Paul Smith arrested again! 

Sheriff's Arrest log
January 06, 2006

From the Amador County Sheriff's Office:


Paul Monroe Smith, 42, Sutter Creek; 1:25 a.m. on Highway 49 at Sutter Street; disorderly conduct, alcohol. 

Carol Smith, 41, Sutter Creek; 1:26 p.m. on Highway 49 at Sutter Street; spousal battery.

Sheriffs Arrest Log 

January 9, 2005


From the Amador County Sheriff's Office:


Paul Monroe Smith, 41, Sutter Creek; 2:20 a.m. on Main Street at Piccardo Lane; DUI alcohol/drugs.




NATE MARQUARDT - Cleared to fight in Nevada


Las Vegas, Nevada


After nearly six months and numerous delays, UFC middleweight contender Nate Marquardt finally appeared before the Nevada State Athletic Commission to answer allegations stemming from his UFC Ultimate Fight Night bout against Ivan Salaverry.  While not disputing the original findings, Marquardt's truthful testimony was convincing to the commission.  Effective immediately, Marquardt is cleared to fight in Nevada.  


I would like to complement the members who make up the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Their professionalism, keen intellect, and fairness are of the highest order.  The commission's concern for fighter safety sets a standard for others to follow.   


Will Hendricks - Manager




BANG - Back in UFC


Denver, Colorado


Breaking news from the Ludwig camp! Denver fighter Duane BANG! Ludwig (12 - 4) has signed to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ludwig will take on Canadian fighter Jonathon "The Road Warrior" Goulet (14 - 5).


The fight will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Monday January 16th. The welterweight match will be part of the Ultimate Fight Night 3 which will broadcast live on SPIKE TV.


Ludwig was already training for his return to MMA and was scheduled to fight in Hawaii on the 14th of January. Ludwig is excited about his return to the UFC and hopes to have an impressive performance. The offer was a nice Christmas present to the Ludwig camp.


"We were already working towards a return to the UFC later this year. We had two MMA bouts lined up in January and February and were working towards a possible return in the spring. This offer came short notice, and speeds thing up a bit, but it is something Duane and I both felt we couldn't pass up." said Ludwig's manager Sven Bean. "Goulet has been on a roll, beating some top guys, and making waves It is just that kind of guy that will give Duane the spark to make a great fight!"


The entire ROF staff would like to congratulate BANG! on his UFC return and wish him the very best of luck!




BAS RUTTEN - Quits Pride!


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


I quit Pride! I know, quite a shocker hey?
Why would people say, it’s a dream job! You are absolutely right, it IS a dream job, and the Company is great, they have unbelievable fighters and unbelievable shows!

Of course this is not without a good reason, and just to make sure that there are NO misunderstandings, I am going to tell you a little bit of what happened. (Pay attention to the “little bit part”) If I don’t do this, people start speculating and rumors will get started and this way you hear it straight from me and not some gossip that people are going to make up.

First of all, I deal with people here in the States that work for Pride, so it’s NOT the fault of the people that work for Pride in Japan. The people in Japan are great people and the President Mr. Sakikabara is a very nice person and he and his staff has always been very good to me.

I came to the States to try to become an actor so I asked them if I could only do the Pride shows for next year, no more Bushido shows, because I already had said “NO” to three movies, all leads, and the reason for that was that I had to go to Japan all the time.

So I asked to do only the Pride shows and because the company grew so much, PLUS I really think that I did a good job and a lot of good work for Pride, I thought it was time for me, after 6 years of working for them, to ask for a raise. Well, here we go, the “very short version” out of respect that I have for the Company. The negotiations started, going back and forward, saying this, saying that, you know, the usual negotiations drills, and it resulted in me finding out that Frank Trigg is co-hosting the next “Pride FSN show”.

Wow!! Now NOT telling me that this was going to happen after everything that I did for them in the last 6 years?? That was something just unbelievable and that was right away the motivation behind my decision to quit. (Of course this is not the only reason, that’s why I said the “little bit”) If they would have at least called or emailed me to inform me that Frank was going to do it, I would have been OK with that, because there are many reasons that they can come up with for that. But doing this behind my back, I mean, don’t these same people here call me “The face of Pride?” No thank you! This is just NOT the way you tread people and trust me, surely not me!

That’s it! It’s also not a thing that I can turn back because once I know that people don’t respect me for what I do for them, it’s irreversible. That’s just my character and I can’t change that, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror anymore if I did stay with them and still have to work with the people here in the US who don’t respect me.

I feel VERY bad about all this and I am sure that I am going to miss this job tremendously, the fighters, their trainers and friends, the staff in Japan, the friends that I made over there and of course the wonderful reactions from you guys that I always received!! 

Understand that I won’t go into details (this is for the people who want to interview me, this is it, I won’t say anything more). First of all because I am not that kind of person and second, because I had a great and outstanding 6 years with Pride and like I said before, Mr. Sakikabara and the Japanese staff always have been treating me with respect and have been very good to me.

I wish Frank Trigg all the best of luck and I hope that he will do a great job! Together with the one and only Mauro Ranallo, who’s the best play-by-play guy in the business I truly believe, it should be no problem!

No worry though, because I am pretty sure that “El Guapo” is not out of the picture and will “pop up” somewhere else, because this is in my blood and you simply can’t get that out just like that! 

The one thing that’s good about it, this will be the first time in 6 years that I am home with New Years Eve with my family and I love that! 

Happy Holidays everybody, and I really hope that you understand my decision. 

Best wishes, 
Bas Rutten 






Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


After numerous lengthy delays, UFC middleweight contender Nathan Marquardt has finally been granted a hearing date to resolve issues stemming from his August 6th, Ultimate Fight Night bout against Ivan Salaverry.  Pending the outcome, Nathan will back in the UFC octagon very early next year.  Nathan would like to thank the Zuffa Corporation and UFC President Dana White for their strong support during this long process.


Will Hendricdks - Manager

Pancrase USA Fighter Management




RING OF FIRE 20 - Results 

Douglas County Event Center
Castle Rock, Colorado


ROF Lightweight MMA TITLE: 

Alvin Robinson defeats Luke Caudillo by rear choke at 1:33 of rd 1.

ROF Welterweight MMA TITLE: 

Thomas Schulte defeats Jay Jack by rear choke at .59 of rd 1.

K-1, 170 LBS: 

Carlos Condit won over Pete Spratt by unanimous decision.

K-1 154 LBS: 

Donald Cerrone won over Lamont Forin by unanimous decision


Amanda Buckner defeats Shayna Baszler by arm bar at 4:28 of rd 1.

K-1 150 LBS: 

Chrisanne Roseliep defeats Rosalinda Olivas by TKO at 1:05 of rd 3.

MMA 170 LBS: 

Leister Bowling defeats Alfredo Corona by choke at 2:20 of rd 1.


Drew Knapp won over Kevin Rayyan by unanimous decision.

MMA 155 LBS: 

Adrian Jerone defeats Josh Ford by TKO at 0:32 of rd 2.

MMA 145 LBS: 

Tyler Toner defeats Pete Ozuk by triangle choke at 1:00 of rd 1.

MMA 185 LBS: 

Ed Schmitt defeated Jason Blaycomb by arm bar at 2:13 of rd 1.




Saturday, December 10th, 2005
Douglas County Event Center
Castle Rock, Colorado

With just under 30 days to show time, promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean announces the fight card for the ROF 20: ELITE event. A total of three RING OF FIRE titles will be on the line as fighters from all over the country converge on the DC Event Center in Castle Rock, CO.

In the main event Nebraska wrestler Luke LIL HULK Caudillo will face BJJ stylist Alvin KID Robinson for the ROF Light Weight Championship. Both fighters have been on a roll in ROF competition this year. Caudillo holds the franchise YOUNG GUN championship belt and was successful in defending it twice in 2005. KID Robinson burst on the professional fighting scene with a submission win over Eric Payne in February. He then improved to 3-0 by submitting his next two opponents as well. The build of for this fight in the local scene has been tremendous, and both fighters will have strong a fan base in attendance.

The ROF Welterweight Championship will be on the line as fan favorite Jay Jack takes on New Mexico stand out Thomas Schulte. Schulte is a grappler who's ground game mixes wrestling with BJJ. The former KING OF THE CAGE champion is 12-4 in MMA, with all of his wins coming via submission. Jay Jack is also 12-4, with all but 1 of his wins coming by submission. The fighters have very similar styles, and have actually faced each other once before. The pair had a grappling match in Las Vegas, with Schulte earning a decision on points This could be one of the most even match ups ever seen on a ROF card.

Pete Spratt has fought on some of the top promotions in both Kick Boxing and MMA. The Dallas fighter has been seen on UFC, Shoot Boxing Japan, STRIKE FORCE, A-1 Australia, and recently on Chuck Norris's World Combat League. Spratt loves to come to Denver, and enjoys a huge show of support form the local fans. The same can be said for Albuquerque's Carlos Condit. The ever confident Condit has always been able to sway the ROF crowd with his aggressiveness and desire to win. The two will meet each other in a K-1 Rules Super Fight. Spratt will have the edge in experience under these rules, as Condit is primarily a MMA fighter. Condit has shown his stand up skills before by beating Cruz Chacon and TUF season 2 star Marcus Davis. Both matches were on ROF cards under K-1 rules, and Condit won both by TKO.

The ROF Women's Light Weight belt will be up for grabs as Amanda Buckner steps in the ring with South Dakota's Shayna Baszler. Current champion Buckner is on a 3 fight win streak that started with Yuki Kondo in Japan. Baszler just won gold at Grapplers Quest in Las Vegas and sports a 4-2 MMA record. It will be BJJ vs. BJJ in the most competitive women's match in the promotion's history.

Two of the top fighters from the 2005 K-1 Open try Outs will meet at ROF 20. Colorado's Donald COWBOY Cerrone, and New York's Lamont Forin wowed the judges and both were picked as finalists. When the two met at the call back the next morning, the whole room of fighters, judges, and media were blown away by the tenacity shown. ROF promoter Sven Bean who was on hand as K-1 Director Of Fighter Development signed the match right then and there. The match will be fought under K-1 MAX rules.

Two of the top women Muay Thai fighters will also meet at ROF 20. K-1 USA veteran Gina Carano will bring her 8-2 record on her ROF debut. She will face 2 time national champion Chrisanne BRICKHOUSE Roseliep. The two will compete in a 3 round Muay Thai battle.


155 MMA: Alvin Robinson (CO) vs. Luke Caudillo (NE)

170 MMA: Jay Jack (ME) vs. Thomas Schulte (NM)

170 K-1: Pete Spratt (TX) vs. Carlos Condit (NM)

135 MMA: Amanda Buckner (ME) vs. Shayna Baszler (SD)

154 K-1 MAX: Donald Cerrone (CO) vs. Lamont Forin (NY)

140 K-1: Chrisanne Roseliep (CO) vs. Gina Carano (NV)

205 MMA: Elliot Marshall (CO) vs. Ed Schmitt (NE)

170 MMA: Alfredo Corona (CO) vs. Leister Bowling (CO)

HVYWT MMA: Drew Knapp (CO) vs. Mark Spencer (NM)

155 MMA: Josh Ford (CO) vs. Adrian Jerone (CO)

145 MMA: Tyler Toner (CO) vs. Pete Ozuk (CO)

In an effort to show support of our troops around the world, December 10th will also be RING OF FIRE MILITARY APPRECIATION night. Besides having both the Army and National Guard in attendance, the national anthem will be performed by the Joint Color Guard accompanied by a Navy soloist. There will also be a special in ring presentation to American war veterans of all branches. Special Thanks to Jeff Conrad of Military Connect for his assistance. 




FOX NEWS -  Pancrase MMA Story To air Sunday


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO



Fox News recently visited the Pancrase Academy for a story about "cage fighting".  Fox anchorman Jeremy Hubbard conducted several interviews and filmed a live mixed martial arts training session. The story is scheduled to air Sunday, November 27th, 2005, at 9:00 PM (MST), on Denver Fox News KDVR channel 31.




H20MAN #1


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO



The "H20MAN" Ron Waterman was voted number 1 super-heavyweight fighter in the world by MMA Ranks, home of the world's largest MMA rankings.






Denver, Colorado


Promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that tickets for the RING OF FIRE #20: ELITE! show are now on sale. The promotion's year end event will take place on Saturday, December 10th at the DC Event Center in Castle Rock, CO. Combining the importance of the 20th installment and the year end show, Bean has produced a stellar card. Aptly titled ELITE, the card features some of the best fighters in the organization's history. Chrisanne BRICKHOUSE Roseliep, Donald COWBOY Cerrone, Jay Jack, Amanda Buckner, Pete SECRET WEAPON Spratt and Duane BANG Ludwig will all appear.

The same night the vacant ROF Light Weight Championship will be on the line. In a match that has the local scene buzzing, Young Guns Champion Luke LIL' HULK Caudillo will face BJJ stylist Alvin KID Robinson. Caudillo is known for his relentless style in the ring. The Nebraska wrestler has appeared on 5 ROF shows and has quite a fan base in Denver. Caudillo dispatched K-1 veteran James Martinez at ROF 18 in July, showing the crowd that he is equally dangerous on the ground or standing. Royce Gracie BJJ is the style of choice for up and coming fighter Alvin Robinson. At ROF 15 Robinson was able to take out veteran fighter Eric Payne with a textbook rear naked choke. At ROF 16, Robinson made short work of Iowa grappler Josh Arocho, finishing the wrestler with a triangle choke. Then at ROF 19, Robinson was put to his toughest test by Texas fighter Alonzo Martinez. The match had Alvin being pushed to the limit. In the 2nd round Robinson was able to cinch in a rear naked choke, get the tap and secure his title shot.

Denver has been a hotbed of MMA activity as of late. New events are popping up like flies with promotions appearing every month. Needless to say, ROF fans can be assured that they will get what they have come to expect from the Colorado based promotion: World class athletes.. The best up and coming fighters.. High production levels.. Fair, even matchmaking.. comfortable, fan friendly venue.. all combined to make a RING OF FIRE show a "sure thing" for the MMA fan.

Saturday, December 10th, 2005
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, CO
Doors @ 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm
GA $25.00, Reserved $40.00
General Admission and Reserved floor seat tickets are on sale now at all King Soopers stores, online at, or by phone at 1-866-464-2626. As always if you want to see the show in style, VIP tables are available by calling 303-246-5237.




RANDY COUTURE - Visits Pancrase North Carolina


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Head Pancrase NC instructor Jerry Roeder reports that none other than UFC champ Randy Couture visited their gym last Wednesday.  The "Natural" was in town and decided to stop by for a workout. 


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Stars/Pancrase Training Center 

Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


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The Pancrase Promotions Committee is pleased to announce the following persons where awarded the rank of Blue Belt.  Congratulations!


Kris Tuller, effective 10-10-2005

J. R. Duart, effective 10-10-2005

Merced Perez-Hall, effective 10-10-2005





Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

Kanagawa, Japan

Yoshiki Takahashi wins over Kestutis Arbocius by decision (2-0)
Aslan Dzeboev defeats Masayuki Kono by TKO in rd 1
Poai Suganuma defeated Hikaru Sato by decision (3-0)
Lee Segak defeats Yuji Sakuragi by submission in rd 2
Satoru Kitaoka wins over Carlos Condit by submission in rd1
Mike Kyle defeated Tsuyoshi Kosaka by decision (3-0) (fight stopped in 3rd rd after eye injury to TK)
Yuki Kondo defeated Hiromitsu Kanehara by decision (3-0)




Sunday, October 2, 2005
Doors Open; 4:00PM
Bouts Start; 5:00PM
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

Kanagawa, Japan

Amateur Bout #1 Pancrase Gate Featherweight 2x5 min rounds
YO SAITO (Wajutsu Keishukai Tokyo Hombu) vs YUKITO (U-FILE CAMP)

Amateur Bout #2 Pancrase Gate Lightweight 2x5 min rounds
TAKU ARAMAKI (P's LAB Yokohama) vs KENICHI ITO (A-Square)

Amateur Bout #3 Pancrase Gate Welterweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #1 Heavyweight 3x5 min rounds
YOSHIKI TAKAHASHI (Pancrase) vs KESTUTIS ARBOCIUS (Lithuania/ Latvia Shidokan)

Pro-Bout #2 Open-weight 2x5 min rounds
MASAYUKI KONO (freelance) vs ASLAN DZEBOEV (Russia/ Marupro Gym)

Pro-Bout #3 Open-weight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #4 Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
LEE SEGAK (Heavyweight 2nd Ranked/Wajutsukeishukai RJW) vs YUJI SAKURAGI (Seiken Kaikan)

Pro-Bout #5 Welterweight 3x5 min rounds
SATORU KITAOKA (Welterweight 1st Ranked/PANCRASEism) vs CARLOS CONDIT (U.S.A./Fighters In Training)

Semifinal Super Heavyweight 3x5 min rounds
TSUYOSHI KOSAKA (1st Super Heavyweight K.O. P./Team Alliance) vs MIKE KYLE (U.S.A./Team CroCop)

Main Event Light Heavyweight 3x5 min rounds
YUKI KONDO (3rd Light Heavyweight K.O. P./PANCRASEism) vs HIROMITSU KANEHARA (U.K.R.)




ROF 19 "SHOWDOWN" - Results
September 13, 2005
Douglas County Event Center
Castle Rock, Colorado

Andre Walker def. Aaron Brink by TKO at 2:41 of Round 1

Alvin Robinson def. Alonzo Martinez by Rear Naked Choke at 1:14 of Round 2
Takahiro Kamikozono def. Ali Abdelaziz by Heel Hook at 1:11 of Round 1
Carlos Condit def. Chilo Gonzalez by Arm Bar at 1:06 of Round 1
Mike Nickels def. Noah Inerhof by Rear Naked Choke at 4:10 of Round 2
Aaron Romero def. Paul Willman by Submission to Strikes at 2:59 of Round 1
Toby Johnson def. Darrel Murphy by Triangle Choke at 0:33 of Round 1
Brian Truelson def. Ryan Fotheringhom by Triangle Choke at 2:49 of Round 3
Alfredo Corona def. David Favela by Guillotine Choke at 1:31 of Round 1

Ricardo Ponce def. Rocky Johnson by Unanimous Decision, 3 Rounds




NATE MARQUARDT - Two voluntary retests are negative!

Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Nevada State Athletic Commission apologizes for releasing WRONG report to press

Keith Kizer, the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the state of Nevada, has informed MMAWeekly that the Nevada State Athletic Commission received erroneous information about Nathan Marquardt's steroid re-test, and in fact Marquardt's re-test came up negative for nandrolone metabolite and all other anabolic steroids. 

In an interview with MMAWeekly, Kizer clarified the situation. Kizer said, "Zuffa called the lab to get the results, and instead of getting the results of the re-test, they actually got the results of the original drug test, which of course was positive. So Zuffa tells us that, you know, the re-test has come in and it's positive, and then we pass that on to the media. So then today, about the time of the weigh-ins [for UFC 54], the commission's secretary calls me, because she had also been told that the re-test was positive, and she says, 'I just got the actual hard copy of the test results from the lab, and it says negative.'" 

Kizer went on to say that the Nevada State Athletic Commission then cleared up the confusion with Zuffa. Kizer said, "So I went to talk about it with Marc [Ratner, who is the executive director of the NSAC], and talked about it with some people from Zuffa, and we found out where the confusion was. Zuffa thought that the 'positive' test result they were given by the lab was for the re-test, but it was actually for the original test. And the re-test came back negative. So we obviously apologized to Mr. Marquardt, but we were told that the re-test was positive. I'm sure some people are going to think there's a conspiracy or something, but we were originally told that the re-test was positive. We now know, straight from the lab, that the re-test was negative."





WEC XVI: Clash of the Titans II - Results


Lemoore, California

Ron Waterman defeated Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision 
Alex Serdyukov defeated Victor Parfenov by TKO at 2:20 of rd 1
Tosh Cook defeated Troy Miller by rear-naked choke at 1:45 of rd 1
Chris Sanford defeated Josh Green by guillotine choke at  2:30 of rd 1
Jody Poff vs Rafael Real was declared at No Contest
Steve Ramerez defeated Jason Biswell by TKO at 2:01 of rd 1
Casey Olsen defeats Rolland Parli by TKO at 4:58 of rd 1
Kenny Ento defeats Chris Botehlo by armbar at 4:33 of rd 1
Ernie Tiserino defeats Van Palacio by armlock at  2:48 of rd 3
Alan Weickert defeated Rocky Batastini by armbar a 2:50 of rd 2
Dan Marks  defeated Walt Hughes by armbar at  2:22 of rd 2




NATE MARQUARDT - Banned substance test results negative!!!


Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


Since receiving news late last week that his post-Ultimate Fight Night urinalysis had tested positive for a banned substance, UFC fighter Nathan Marquardt has voluntarily submitted himself to two additional tests, one conducted in Colorado this past weekend, and a second in Nevada on Monday. Today, the Colorado tests results came in and indicated NEGATIVE for any banned substance. The Nevada results should become available tomorrow or early next week. 






Denver, Colorado

By Steve Alley


Per our conversation with Marquardt's manager Will Hendricks, Nathan Marquardt went back to Las Vegas, Nevada where he was tested again which he did voluntarily in an attempt to clear his name. This happened at the beginning of the week. The N.S.A.C. did speak with Ryan Bennett at MMA Weekly to indicate changes could be moving forward to change how bouts are handled where one of the fighters test "positive" for a banned or illegal substance as determined by their commission. Things to consider in the specific case of Nathan Marquardt;

He re-tested voluntarily in Nevada and Colorado and has the support of Dana White and the UFC.

Marquardt categorically denies having used steroids. If he were guilty why go and do the immediate re-test?

Approximately 90 days ago he tested in Nevada when working toward perhaps being on the 2nd season of "The Ultimate Fighter". Those test results were negative.

Contracts were signed for the main event fight 90 days out from his bout with Salaverry-therefore it makes no sense that he would jeopardize the opportunity to fight in the UFC and in front of millions (Television) in his home country.

He worked for over a decade to put himself in a position to fight in the biggest promotion in North America.

I did a little investigation of my own with many that figured to be experts on the use of what would be considered a "banned" substance or "steroids". Speaking specifically with weight lifters where we office inside World Gym the questions were asked regarding the name "Deca". It seemed that just about everyone asked knew or were familiar with the name. Nearly all agreed that it works and also stays in the system for a long period of time. Some said up to as much as 17 or 18 months. We posed the question asking if this substance could have been introduced into the system from the purchase of over the counter supplements. To a person the answer was "Yes". We figured why not ask experts on the matter of why a person would seek to gain strength and muscle mass at the same time............very common amongst competitive weight lifters. We then threw out the hypothetical "what if" in this case (Nathan Marquardt) without mentioning names or specifics. The overwhelming response was this;
Why would anyone try taking "Deca" knowing they would be tested in as little as 90 days knowing it stays in the system for a long time?
This point could be brought to the powers that be in the Nathan Marquardt case.

It is not out of the question that someone could test negative 90 days prior and then test positive 90 days later.
Just not likely when using "Deca" because it stays in the system and for the regular user it would have tripped a "positive" in the beginning.

What effect would taking "deca" have on the user?
Like any steroid or banned substance there could be mood swings, unusual aggression, quicker route to mass muscle, fatigue would set in after long periods of working out or competing. The examples listed in red print do not define Nathan Marquardt-particularly in his fight with Ivan Salaverry.

If the fighter knew that he would be fighting in the fight capitol of the world (Las Vegas, Nevada) why would anyone risk so much for so little? It makes no sense in this case.

Would it be possible to have a test come back as a false positive?
Absolutely. It happens all the time. And according to many of the weight lifters questioned it does happen all the time. That is why "blockers" were introduced.

It was reported on Wednesday August 17, 2005 that the results of the follow up tests could come out as early as Friday August 19, 2005 from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. If they are returned negative then one would assume that the tests administered at the conclusion of the fight between Nathan Marquardt and Ivan Salaverry would come into question as to the validity of the initial results. People do what they do for their reasons. Having followed the career of Nathan Marquardt for nearly a decade, watching the fighter try and make his way in the sport we hope for the most positive conclusion to this situation so the fans in America will know the Nathan Marquardt that they have seen in Japan. Certainly for him in this case but especially for the fans that have long supported mixed martial arts- and for those in the Zuffa organization.




UFC Fighter NATE MARQUARDT - Denies Use Of Banned Substances 


Denver, Colorado



Late last week, Nathan was notified that his post-Ultimate Fight Night urinalysis had tested positive for a banned substance. This unexpected news left us unbelieving, and in a state of shock. At this point, we can only assume this is a false-positive result, possibly due to some flaw in the testing process. For those reasons, Nathan has voluntarily submitted to two additional tests, one conducted in Colorado this past weekend and a second in Nevada on Monday. We are confident the new tests will exonerate Nathan of these allegations.

Nathan would like his friends and fans to know that he has NEVER knowingly taken any banned substance. His personal code of ethics, and strong Christian faith would never allow him to do so. We are confident that an impartial review of the facts will reveal this truth. 

We would also like to thank UFC president Dana White for his strong support in this unfortunate matter.

Will Hendricks - Manager
Pancrase USA



K-1 WORLD GP 2005 - Results
Date: Saturday, 13 2005, Gate Open 17:00 Start 19:00
Place: Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, U.S.A.
Attendance: 3,504 people

Fight #10 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Semi Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Ruslan Karaev Russia / Marupro Gym VS Scott Lighty U.S.A. / The Pit
WINNER : Ruslan Karaev (3R Decision 3-0)

Fight #9 : Super Fight : K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Mighty Mo U.S.A. / Shark Tank Gym VS Francois "The White Buffalo" Botha South Africa / Buffalo's 
WINNER : Mighty Mo (1R 1'20" TKO)

Fight #8 : Super Fight : K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Duane Ludwig U.S.A. / 3-D Martial Arts VS Remy Bonnel U.S.A. / Extreme Team 
WINNER : Remy Bonnel (3D Decison)

Fight #7 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Semi Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Chalid "Die Faust" Germany / Golden Glory Gym VS Scott Lighty U.S.A. / The Pit 

WINNER : Scott Lighty (3R Decision 3-0)

Fight #6 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Semi Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Azem Maksutaj Switzerland / Wing Thai Gym VS Ruslan Karaev Russia / Marupro Gym
WINNER : Ruslan Karaev (3R Decision 3-0)

Fight #5 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Quarter Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Tatsufumi Tomihira Japan / SQUARE VS Scott Lighty U.S.A. / The Pit
WINNER : Scott Lighty (1R 1'23" KO)

Fight #4 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Quarter Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Hiraku Hori Japan / Team Dragon VS Chalid "Die Faust" Germany / Golden Glory Gym
WINNER : Chalid "Die Faust" (3R Decision 3-0)

Fight #3 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Quarter Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Freddy Kemayo France / Faucon Gym VS Ruslan Karaev Russia / Marupro Gym
WINNER : Ruslan Karaev (1R 1'39" KO)

Fight #2 : WORLD FINAL ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT : Quarter Final / K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Michael McDonald Canada / Freelance VS Azem Maksutaj Switzerland / Wing Thai Gym
WINNER : Azem Maksutaj (3R Decision 3-0)

Fight #1 : Reserve Fight : K-1 Rules / 3 Min. 3R Ext.1R 
Jan "The Giant" Nortje South Africa / Steve's Gym VS Imani Lee U.S.A. / Shark Tank Gym
WINNER : Imani Lee (3R Decision 3-0)





LIVE Telecast Draws 2 Million Viewers Making Spike TV #1

Outdraws ESPN’s NFL Pre-Season and X-Games Telecasts 


New York, NY


Spike TV and The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) knocked-out the competition with the LIVE telecast of “Ultimate Fight Night™” on Saturday, August 6, 2005 (9:00 pm – Midnight, ET/PT). The first-ever UFC® Live fight card, “Ultimate Fight Night™ drew 2 million viewers, made Spike TV the #1 ad-supported cable network in the time period within all of the networks key demos of M 18-34, M18-49, P 18-34 and P 18-49. 

Within its key male demographic, Spike TV delivered more Men 18-34 and 18-49 for “Ultimate Fight Night™” than any other cable telecast that day, outdrawing ESPN’s NFL Pre-season and X-Games telecasts. With M 18-34 the event scored a 2.0 rating, representing 522,000 viewers and a whopping increase of 400% when compared to the same time period last year. In M 18-49, the event earned a 1.8 rating/926,000 viewers, an increase of 350% versus YAGO. 

With Adults 18-34, “Ultimate Fight Night™” garnered a 1.6 rating, representing 803,000 viewers – a 433% increase when compared to the same time period last year. With A18-49 the telecast had a 1.3 rating, representing 1.3 million viewers, a 333% increase versus YAGO. 

Additional “Ultimate Fight Night™” ratings highlights include: For the full week (Sunday – Monday, 8-11 PM), Spike TV’s Primetime Schedule was #1 with 

M 18-49 -- a 1.1/ 578,000 viewers and with M 18-34 – 1.1/276,000. These were the network’s highest ratings since the week of 4/4/05 which featured the LIVE season finale of Season One of “The Ultimate Fighter™.” ? Within the telecast, M18-34 ratings grew from a 1.2 rating to a 2.8 in the final quarter-hour (main event - Marquardt vs Salaverry), an increase of 133%. 

“Ultimate Fight Night™” featured some of the fighters from Season One of Spike TV’s hit reality series “The Ultimate Fighter™” and took place in front of a sold-crowd at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion. The card was highlighted by a thrilling bout between Stephan Bonnar (pictures) and Sam “The Alaskan Assassin” Hoger, in which Bonnar was awarded a unanimous decision. An encore telecast can be seen Thursday, August 11 at 11 PM, ET/PT which includes a Welterweight bout not seen in this weekend’s telecast between Alex Karalexis (pictures) and Kenny Florian (pictures). 

Season Two of “The Ultimate Fighter™” premieres on Spike TV Monday, August 22 (11:05 pm – Midnight, ET/PT) featuring 18 of some of the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters in the world. UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin (pictures) and UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes (pictures) are the coaches for Season Two. UFC President Dana White serves as host. 

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 87 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. 






Marquardt, Bonnar and Leben Among the Winners of UFC Event Televised LIVE From Las Vegas. 


Las Vegas, Nevada

The Ultimate Fighting Championship ® (UFC ®) organization and Spike TV tonight premiered the first-ever “Ultimate Fight Night™” featuring some of the fighters from Season One of the hit reality series “The Ultimate Fighter™.” The event was attended by a sold-out crowd of thousands, including celebrities Tyrese and Wilmer Valderrama, at Las Vegas’ Cox Pavilion. 

Nate “The Great” Marquardt (out of Denver), Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar (out of Chicago) and Chris “The Crippler” Leben (out of Gresham, OR) were among the eight winners who exited the Octagon™ at the UFC event televised live on Spike TV. 

The main event pitted Nate Marquardt against Ivan Salaverry (out of Seattle) in what turned out to be a compelling exchange of wits, strength and well-timed take-downs. Marquardt dominated the match, striking with leg kicks, resisting attempted submissions by Salaverry and ultimately winning by unanimous decision (30-27; 30-27; 29-28). 

In an action-packed match, Stephan Bonnar battled fellow Ultimate Fighter Sam “The Alaskan Assassin” Hoger every minute of all three rounds – echoing elements of his epic fight against Forrest Griffin in the The Ultimate Fighter Season One finale – by alternating stand up strikes and ground maneuvers to score a victory by unanimous decision (30-27). 

Chris Leben also astonished the crowd by withstanding the offenses of his experienced opponent Patrick “The Predator” Cote (Montreal) and scoring enough strikes and counter-moves to earn a split-decision win (29-28; 29-27; 30-27). 


Following are the August 6th, results for UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night:


Nate Marquardt (24-6-1) vs Ivan Salaverry (11-3-1) – Middleweights
Marquardt defeated Salaverry by unanimous decision (30-27; 30-27; 29-28). 

Bout 1: Josh Neer (13-1-1) vs Drew Ficket (26-3-0) – Welterweights
Ficket defeated Neer by KO at 1:35 of the first round by submission with a standing rear-naked choke hold. 

Bout 2: Alex Karalexis (5-0) vs Kenny Florian (4-2) – Welterweights
Florian defeated Karalexis by TKO at 2:52 of the second round after the referee stopped the fight due to an injury sustained to the nose. 

Bout 3: Gideon Ray (15-2-1) vs Mike Swick (4-2) – Middleweights
Swick defeated Ray by KO at 22 seconds of the first round by a left-right-left counter-punch to the head. 

Bout 4: Pete Spratt (14-7-0) vs Josh Koscheck (5-0) – Welterweights
Koscheck defeated Spratt by KO at 1:53 of the first round by a full rear-naked choke hold. 

Bout 5: Pete Sell (6-0-0) vs Nate Quarry (13-1) – Middleweights
Quarry defeated Sell by TKO at 14 seconds of the first round after the referee stopped the fight due to knock-down from a powerful left-right combination. 

Bout 6: Sam Hoger (5-0) vs Stephan Bonnar (9-2) – Light Heavyweights
Bonnar defeated Hoger by unanimous decision (30-27) following three intense rounds of stand-up and ground fighting. 

Bout 7: Patrick Cote (6-2-0) vs Chris Leben (11-1) – Middleweights
Leben defeated Cote by split decision (29-28, Leben; 29-27, Kote; 30-27, Leben).




LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS AUGUST 6, 2005 - Live on Spike TV
Ultimate Fighters Will Be Unleashed in Octagon for First-Ever Ultimate Fight Night 

Las Vegas, NV (August 1, 2005) -- The Octagon unleashes a fury when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization holds the first-ever "Ultimate Fight Night," a nationally-televised event on Spike TV featuring fighters from the hit reality series "The Ultimate Fighter." Stephan Bonnar, Sam Hoger, Alex Karalexis and Kenny Florian will be pitted against each other, and Chris Leben, Nate Quarry and Josh Koscheck will face-off with Patrick Cote, Pete Sell and Pete Spratt in a soon-to-be classic UFC event live on Spike TV from Las Vegas' Cox Pavilion Saturday, August 6, 2005. The live action starts at 7:15 p.m. EST/4:15 p.m. PST and Spike TV's telecast starts at 6:00 p.m. EST/PST

Stephan Bonnar vs Sam Hoger (Light Heavyweights)
More than two and a half million viewers watched Stephan "American Psycho" Bonnar (9-2) fight like a warrior for three five-minute rounds before a close-call decision went to opponent Forrest Griffin. Working up the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills he learned from the legendary Carlson Gracie, Bonnar intends to vindicate himself by sending Sam "the Alaskan Assassin" Hoger (5-0) to the mat. Hoger, who trains with the renowned Pat Miletich team, is predicting a different outcome and intends to devastate Bonnar using his superior stand up martial arts skills. 

Alex Karalexis vs Kenny Florian (Welterweights)
Alex "The Assassin" Karalexis (5-0), set the precedent for his upcoming bout against Kenny "Ken-Flo" Florian (4-2) when he TKO'd Josh Rafferty in the first two minutes of the first round of the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter finale. A dangerous striker with knockout power, Karalexis will definitely need his stand-up martial arts skills against the polished ground-fighter and jiu-jitsu black belt Florian.

Patrick Cote vs Chris Leben (Middleweights)
Despite his controversial antics during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Chris "The Crippler" Leben (11-1) has proved himself a force to be reckoned with inside the Octagon. Holding a strong professional record, Leben will need all of his experience to challenge Canadian MMA champion Patrick "The Predator" Cote (6-2-0). Cote, a knockout artist, is hungry to make a name for himself in the UFC organization and plans to do so at Leben's expense.

Pete Spratt vs Josh Koscheck (Welterweights)
Already considered a top-flight wrestler, Josh Koscheck (5-0) possesses raw athletic talent and precision timing on the mat. Praised by the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter for his skills, Koscheck will find a foe of epic proportions with Pete "The Secret Weapon" Spratt (14-7-0). Described as a Dangerous striker with a Muay Thai base, Spratt renders instant knockouts with punches, kicks, knees or elbows. Spratt, who stopped "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler at UFC 42, plans to take Koscheck to school and teach him a few hard-knock lessons inside the Octagon.

Gideon Ray vs Mike Swick (Middleweights)
Scoring an intense 20-second knockout on The Ultimate Fighter finale, Mike "Quick" Swick (7-1) made good on his fight moniker and is plotting a similar attack when he meets Gideon "The Gladiator" Ray (15-2-1). Currently training under UFC veteran Keith "The Giant Killer" Hackney, Gideon intends to unload his famous striking techniques and render Swick a quick KO. With rival stand-up skills, both fighters are expected to strike at will and finish the bout by knockout.

Josh Neer vs Drew Fickett (Welterweights)
Determined to make his first-ever UFC fight a success, Josh "The Dentist" Neer (13-1-1) will enter the Octagon as an aggressive fighter who can swiftly handle an opponent by submission or knockout. Using a combination of wrestling and Muay Thai disciplines, Neer will take on Drew "The Master" Fickett (26-3-0), who considers himself one of the most well-rounded fighters in the world. Coming off months of intense conditioning and complex training, Fickett wants to defeat Neer and show the world he has the makings of a UFC champion. 

Nate Quarry vs Pete Sell (Middleweights)
Nathan "Rock" Quarry (13-1) is on the fast track to UFC fame with his TKO of Lodune Sincaid at the Ultimate Fighter finale and recent TKO of veteran fighter Shonie Carter at UFC 53. Quarry has earned the reputation as a striker with a versatile set of submission skills. Pete "Drago" Sell, (6-0-0) a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt trained by UFC veteran Matt "The Terror" Serra, was the first man to ever submit the very tough "New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni. Sell is ready to show that he can take on Quarry and become the best middleweight in the division.

Nate Marquardt vs Ivan Salaverry (Middleweights)
The only man to be crowned a seven time-champion of one of Japan's oldest fighting organizations, Nate "The Great" Marquardt (24-6-1) will find himself against Ivan Salaverry (11-3-1) inside the Octagon August 6. Marquardt, who prides himself on his versatility and lion-hearted fighting style, will utilize the full potential of his world class striking and take-down skills to handle his opponent. Salaverry, coming off wins against Andrei Semenov, Tony Fryklund and Joe Riggs, is considered one of the most talented middleweights in the world. He has plans to become a challenger for the UFC middleweight title, and has no intention to let Marquardt derail that goal.

Tickets are priced at $300, $100 and $30 for UFC's Ultimate Fight Night and are available at the Cox Pavilion box office, at, or by calling 866.388.3267. Card subject to change and some bouts may not be shown due to time constraints. 




UNION TEAM - Victorious at AFRICA U.F.A.
July 12, 2005. 

Carnival City Arena

Johannesburg, South Africa


I'm back home after two weeks of MMA events in South Africa and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro). I went to South Africa with three of my MMA fighters, plus one from the Nova Uniao Team, of Rio de Janeiro. Two of my fighters won ( an intercontinental title and a World Middle weight UFA title), one by submission and the other by KO, both at the first round. The event was a great success and it seems that the promoters are very interested to improve the level of the fights, due to the financial support of the investors.

UNION TEAM COACH - Ricardo Murgel


UFA Africa Middle Weight World Championship bout 
Itamar Rosa (Union Team) vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Itamar - winner by KO, round 1

UFA Africa Intercontinental Light Heavy Weight Championship bout
Valdir Linhares (Union Team) vs. Wiehahn Lesch
Valdir wins by submission, round 1

UFA Africa Intercontinental Light Weight Champion bout
Giovani Diniz (TEAM NOBRE ARTE e NOVA UNIÃO) x Olivier Elizabeth
Giovani wins by decision



Master Murgel will be visiting the United States in late August to conduct his annual series of MMA and BJJ seminars. Interested parties should contact for details.




July 10, 2005

Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

Kanagawa, Japan
Live gate: 4,500

Amateur Bout Pancrase Gate Welterweight 2x5 min rounds
KAZUNORI YOKOTA (GRABAKA) def. DAIGO ISHIJIMA (RKJ Kazumi Dojo) by referee stoppage, TKO (arm bar) at 1R, 4:41

Pro-Bout #1 Pancrase Athena -52kg bout 3x3 min rounds
WINDY TOMOMI (PANCRASEism) def. MISAKI TAKIMOTO (Zendokai) by 3-0-0 unanimous judges decision at full time limit

Pro-Bout #2 Featherweight 2x5 min rounds
ATSUSHI YAMAMOTO (KILLER BEE) def. NOBUYUKI (Wajutsu Keishukai RJW/G2) by front choke at 1R, 3:14

Pro-Bout #3 Super Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
ALEX ROBERTS (Super heavyweight 4th ranked/ Kujuken Kaikan) def. MASAHIRO YAMAGISHI (YMC Nagano) standing punch KO at 1R, 0:27

Pro-Bout #4 Featherweight 2x5 min rounds
DJ. Taiki (K.I.B.A.) def. KENTARO IMAIZUMI (SK Absolute) by 3-0-0 unanimous judges decision at full time limit
*HIROTAKA MIYAKAWA (Team Alliance), originally scheduled for this bout, was injured in a traffic accident, and replaced DJ. Taiki 

Pro-Bout #5 Super Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
MASAYUKI KONO (freelance) def. TSUYOSHI TAMAKAIRIKI (Pancrase Team TAMAKAIRIKI) by referee stoppage, TKO (arm lock) at 1R, 1:10

Pro-Bout #6 Open-weight 2x5 min rounds
HIKARU SATO (PANCRASEism) def. SEIJI OGURA (Pancrase Team TAMAKAIRIKI) by choke at 1R, 4:16

Pro-Bout #7 Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
DAIJIRO MATSUI (Takada Dojo) drew
ELVIS SINOSIC (Australia/ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) by 1-1-1 draw judges decision at full time limit

Semifinal Welterweight 3x5 min rounds
SATORU KITAOKA (Welterweight 1st Ranked/ PANCRASEism) def.
THOMAS SCHULTE (U.S.A./ Fighters In Training) by heel hook at 1R, 1:11

Main Event Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
YOSHIKI TAKAHASHI (Pancrase) def. YUJI SAKURAGI (Seikenkaikan) by arm bar at 2R, 3:01




Official Press Release from Jeff Weller "The Voice of the Cage" 

Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO

Hello great fans of the greatest full contact sport in the world MMA. Recently I worked a show @ the Blaisdale Arena on 7/2/05 in Honolulu Hawaii for Promoters Chad & Mike from Platinum Activities LLC.

The show was Extreme Wars X-1 and it was the promoters first time promoting MMA. Anyone who has been around MMA for any length of time know that making a professional MMA show happen and turn a financial and artistic profit is very difficult. I have been in MMA since UFC #7 in Buffalo, NY I managed Dutch Ju Jitsu fighter 
Remco Pardoel and I have called shows from NY to Ca and most states in between in the last ten years.

So lets not waste any more time and get right to the point!!! The show had some really good professional fighters on the card,  Chris "The Boston Strangler" Brennen's New Generation fight team fought with honor and skill against the home field advantaged Hawaii Top Team. All the match's between these teams were hard fought and honest MMA, 
the fans in attendance agreed. Team leader Brennan submitted his opponent @ 1:14 of the 1st round with a very professional submission employed by the crafty MMA veteran.

Jeff "The Snowman" Monson vs. Rich Wilson was also a good match up if there is  such a thing when you fight the always Brutal Monson! Rich Wilson stepped up and tried against one of the greatest heavyweight submission Grapplers on the F$$kin Planet! 

Rich Wilson is a very cool guy and a professional, Monson is also a very cool guy and a complete professional, I am glad I got to work with these great heavyweights at Extreme Wars X-1.

Ricco Rodriguez was ready to fight, and he was a complete professional.  Ricco worked with the shows promoters helping to sell the show and was a complete pro. Warpath is a very cool guy as a person but, he is not in the same league as the ex UFC Heavyweight champion Mr. Rodriguez and it showed @ 2:38 of the 1st round.

But as we all know in show business you always have some assholes who think they are bigger than the game itself. In this case the Fighters who think they are smarter than the rest of us and who think they can run a WORK on the whole MMA world and the fans who paid there hard earned money to come to Extreme Wars X-1. 

The Fighters are UFC hall of famer Dan "The Beast" Severn and his trusted Work partner Shannon "The Cannon" Ritch from here on known simply as "Monkey Boy" Or should I call him Shannon Roach because of his moral high road on Medical Marijuana? Whatever life is to short to bother with Knuckleheads like Monkey Boy honored member of the North American Work Squad (N.A.W.S.) for short.  I dismiss you Monkey Boy go eat a banana and color your hair, beard and goatee.

Dan "The Beast" Severn is a completely different story, I respect Dan for what he has done in his distinguished MMA career but......... The last few years have been nothing but a series of Lets make it look good Works where Dan throws his opponent around, classic WWE ring/cage banter then Dan at the knick of time pulls out the ever evasive key lock and boom! The Beast is magically restored to the MMA hall of fame for all the MMA fans to gawk and stare at with immense MMA admiration!

Well all things eventually come to an end and when the great MMA realists of the world see the Severn vs Monkey Boy Work Spectacular @ Extreme Wars X-1 the facts will speak for themselves, weather you think I am ugly or a sic freak which we all know I am!

The Promoters from Extreme Wars X-1 gave Dan Severn and Shannon Roach every chance to  come clean and admit their lack of judgment and the Work they attempted to pass off as a real MMA contest billed as a SUPERFIGHT.

Severn and Roach are steadfast in their claims much like a pair of thieves who got caught red handed, this time by a very skilled team of cameramen capturing Extreme Wars X-1 and a Sick, pot head, gothic, ring announcer who cares about MMA and it's future as a legitimate sport for now and the future.

Extreme Wars X-1 will be broadcasting the Severn vs. Roach master work on
The leading MMA news sight anywhere in the world. Details to follow very soon.

Well, that is what I have to say take it or leave it, the tape will clarify everything once and for all.

Big Respect to the MMA fans of the world!

Weller / Voice of the Cage. 






Denver/Broomfield/Boulder, CO


UFC, K-1 MAX and ROF veteran Duane "BANG" Ludwig has just been signed to fight Thai Boxing legend Ramon "DIAMOND" Dekker. They will meet in a super fight on the K-1 World Max card in Tokyo, Japan, July 20th. Dutch Born Ramon Dekker (200 Fights 175wins 90 ko's) is probably one of the best known European Thai boxers of all time. He has fought against some of the top Thai boxers of his time. The DIAMOND is a skilled fighter with powerful punches and kicks, and a tendency to go head -to-head with his opponents. Ludwig is excited about the match up. He plans to travel to Thailand later this week to continue his training camp. While Ludwig has fought some of the best fighters in the world such as Masato, Malapaiet, Kozo Takeda, etc. fighting Dekkers will truly be fighting a living legend. He noted "I want to leave a mark as one of the best fighters, and to be a legend in this sport you have to beat a legend."

Barring any serious injury in the July 20th appearance, Ludwig will then fight 3 weeks later in Las Vegas for K-1 USA on PPV. It is likely that his opponent for that fight will be French fighter Remy Bonnel




Sunday, July 10, 2005
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium

Kanagawa, Japan

Amateur Bout Pancrase Gate Welterweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #1 Pancrase Athena -52kg bout 3x3 min rounds

Pro-Bout #2 Featherweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #3 Super Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #4 Featherweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #5 Super Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #6 Open-weight 2x5 min rounds

Pro-Bout #7 Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
DAIJIRO MATSUI (Takada Dojo) vs ELVIS SINOSIC (Australia/ Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu)

Semifinal Welterweight 3x5 min rounds
SATORU KITAOKA (Welterweight 1st Ranked/ PANCRASEism) vs
THOMAS SCHULTE (U.S.A./ Fighters In Training)

Main Event Heavyweight 2x5 min rounds
YOSHIKI TAKAHASHI (Pancrase) vs YUJI SAKURAGI (Seikenkaikan)





Spike TV To Air First-Ever Live Ultimate Fighting Championship® Fight Card On Aug. 6 


Las Vegas, NV, June 20, 2005 … In April, 10 million people witnessed his epic battle with Forrest Griffin in the live finale of The Ultimate Fighter™ on Spike TV. Now, Stephan Bonnar and other stars from The Ultimate Fighter™ return to the Octagon as UFC’s Ultimate Fight Night™ debuts at Cox Pavilion on Saturday, August 6. 

Tickets priced at $300, $100 and $30, for the eight-fight card will go on sale at 10 a.m. PT, Friday, June 24. The tickets are available at the Cox Pavilion box office, at or by calling 866-388-3267. 

The first fight of the night will get underway at 4:15 p.m. PT. The show will be televised LIVE on Spike TV (available in 87 million homes) starting at 9:00pm ET and on tape delay at 9:00pm PT.

The main event of the evening will pit top middleweight contender Ivan Salaverry versus
Nathan Marquardt, the seven-time King of Pancrase. Also on tap to fight are many of the stars of the first season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter™, including light heavyweight Bonnar, middleweights Nate Quarry and Chris Leben and welterweights Kenny Florian, Josh Koscheck and Alex Karalexis.

Two weeks after Ultimate Fight Night™ comes the next exciting Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view lineup as UFC 54: Boiling Point takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 20.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship brand is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts association and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFCâ fight programs feature six live pay-per-view events annually through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFCâ fight programs are distributed internationally throughout the world, including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom.

Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of its fight show DVDs through Studioworks Entertainment, a Ventura Distribution company. “Ultimate Fighting Championship,” “Ultimate Fighting,” “UFC,” “Submission,” “As Real As It Gets” and the Octagon cage design are registered trademarks or trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC in the U.S., Japan and other jurisdictions. All other marks that may be referenced herein belong to their respective holders.






Denver, Colorado



We are sad to report that Kikskin Kimonos owner and founder Scott Mofhitz was found dead in his Sacramento apartment. Mofhitz founded his company in 1994, and was responsible for producing a innovative line of high quality martial arts equipment.  Mofihitz also provided sponsorship for Pancrase USA and King of Pancrase Nate Marquardt.    




RING OF FIRE 17 - Results 


Castle Rock, Colorado

K-1: Rob Graff defeated Matt Priest (Unam. Dec)
MMA 170: David Farvela defeated Ben Hesse (submission: rear naked choke) 
MMA Heavyweight: Audie Brown defeated Drew Knapp (decision) 
MMA 145: Lorenzo Coca defeated Ryan Fotheringham (TKO, ref stop) 
MMA 170: Jake Ellenberger defeated Brad Fox (TKO, ref stop) 
MMA 205: Hans Merrero defeated Ed Banks (submission: armbar)
K-1 MAX: Donald Cerrone defeated Clint Rhodes (KO: head kick)
MMA 170: Donnie Liles defeated Alonzo Martinez (submission: rear naked choke)
K-1: Chrisanne Roseliep defeated Greta Hicks (TKO, ref stop) 
MMA 155: Alvin Robinson defeated Josh Arocho (submission: triangle choke) 
MMA 170: Drew Fickett defeated Brandon Melendez (submission: rear-naked choke)





The King comes home


Broomfield, Colorado


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Pancrase champ Nate "The Great" Marquardt has just signed a multi-fight agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As might be expected, the 7-times King of Pancrase is very happy to be fighting on his home turf for the first time in many years. Marquardt has long hoped to show American fans what has made him a superstar in Japan.


At just 26 years old, Marquardt has been training and fighting in Japan since 1999. During that period, Marquardt has been consistently ranked among the top-ten middleweight fighters in the world. Following in the footsteps of former Pancrase greats Bas Rutten and Ken Shamrock, he eventually went on to surpass their formidable accomplishments by doing the impossible, winning the King of Pancrase title seven times. Even more impressive, all of Marquardt's Pancrase fights were under the closed fist, UFC-like rules, adopted by Pancrase in 1999.  


Marquardt's UFC debut takes place on "Ultimate Fight Night", Spike TV network special program, shown live on August 6, 2005, from Las Vegas, Nevada.  The fight will be a main event, middleweight bout against AMC Pankration fighter Ivan Salaverry (11-3).




Saturday, June 18th, 2005
Douglas County Event Center, Castle Rock, CO
Doors @ 6:30, first bout 7:30 pm
GA $25.00, Reserved $40.00


Promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that tickets are on sale for RING OF FIRE #17: UNSTOPPABLE! The event will take place on Saturday, June 18th at the DC Event Center in Castle Rock, CO. The format will include both MMA and K-1 Rules matches. The main event will feature the Mile High return of BJJ sensation Jay Jack. The Portland, ME based fighter is known for his tremendous BJJ ability. He is a veteran of the top national promotions, and is a crowd favorite when he comes home to Colorado. Jack has amassed a 12 - 3 record in MMA, with over a 90% finishing average. At the UNSTOPPABLE event Jack will be facing Arizona fighter, Drew Fickett. Fickett has a 24 - 3 record and has competed across the country racking up wins against some of the top names in the sport. Dennis Hallman, Carlo Prater, and Ultimate Fighter finalist Kenny Florian have all fallen victim to Fickett's skills. Fickett's biggest exposure in the industry has been his appearance against Nick Diaz at UFC 51. Both fighters are coming off tough losses and both have rededicated themselves to training for this match. The nature of our sport dictates that someone has to win, and someone will inevitable lose. Both fighters are incredible determined to get that "W". When you add in the skill level that they each bring to the table, then you have a recipe for fireworks in the ring. 

Tickets are on sale now at all King Soopers stores, online at, and by phone at 1-866-464-2626.
As always if you want to see the show in style, VIP tables are available by calling 303-246-5237.