FRIDAY, February 28th, 2003, AT 11:00 PM, PST
Winter Wars Shootsparring Division
Gets Prestigious Endorsement
ISCF Champion Headden Claims Up and Coming MMA Fighters Should Consider Competing
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Mixed Martial Arts fighters have to be concerned with facing techniques from every type of discipline. Add to the stress related to that the tension that builds up related to a first time fight, and one can see where it is difficult to get even some of the most skilled athletes to make the jump to an actual match. The space between the edge of the diving board is just too far, and there seems to be no middle ground, in which athletes can take some baby steps, before fully climbing into a ring or a case for the first time.
This is exactly what the Shootsparring division that will be feature as part of the day tournament at Winter Wars 2003 on Saturday, March 1, 2003 is designed to do. It provides a controlled, tournament-style environment for up and comers to come a step close to ISCF competition, without the risk of injury. "Shootsparring provides a safe, non-threatening environment for beginners to make contact for the first time," says ISCF Middleweight champion (And Brazilian Jiu-Jistu brown belt, Judo black belt, and Japanese Jujitsu black belt) Steve Headden (Left & Right) of LA boxing in Atlanta.
One of Headden's students, James Thorpe, who will be fighting in an ISCF bout during the night fights at Winter Wars 2003, had this to say, "Shoot sparring is an awesome intro into nhb if you want to do nhb fighting I think this is a good start because it helped me get the balls to step in the ring. Plus, its just plain fun as hell to compete against people you don't know." Thorpe should know, as he turned success in shootsparring into a tournament championship at Matthew Waller's Gauntlet Trials in October of 2002.
In essence, the rules of Shootsparring are as follows:
IKF and ISCF World President Steve Fossum (Right) sees the shootsparring as being a launch vehicle for the growth of MMA, "Clearly, this innovative division gives competitors a chance to get closer to the real deal, without all of the stress and risk and it's very exciting to watch. This is for MMA as IKF Point Kickboxing is for beginning kickboxers."
Headden adds, "This division allows fighters the chance to make an educated decision as to whether or not they want to do NHB. From a coach's point of view, it helps to see who has the heart and determination to fight." Winter Wars 2003 is a complete day of martial sports action, including a daytime tournament (including the Shootsparring division) and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar, and nighttime MMA and Kickboxing bouts.
For more details, please review below on this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or E-mail at email@example.com.
THURSDAY, February 27th, 2003, AT 9:00 AM, PST
Fighters To Compete At
Winter Wars In Augusta This Weekend
IKF/ISCF Valdosta, Georgia, USA: Four a Valdosta Martial Arts Center fighters will compete on the evening fight card at Winter Wars in Augusta, Georgia, USA this Saturday evening, March 1st. The event will be held near Augusta, Georgia, at Fort Gordon, Gym. Shaun "The Stallion" Gay will step into the ring against Shannon Hudson for the IKF Southeast U.S. Amateur Full Contact Rules Light Middleweight title. Shaun is a professional mixed martial arts competitor and plans to go pro in kickboxing after this event. The Stallion was planning to kickbox professionally at the Winter Wars event. However, his team-mate, Peewee McCall suffered an injury in his last bout (February Fight Party - See Below) requiring double retina re-attachment surgery. McCall's fight career is most likely over and he certainly could not carry forth with his match for the SE title against Hudson. Gay stepped up and took the match for his fallen comrade, who plans to be there to support him against Hudson.
Gay has made good on supporting his team-mates in similar fashion. His team-mate, Nick Panuousis lost a mixed martial arts match to Scotty "The Body" Johnson over a year ago. Gay fought Johnson in a World Extreme Fighting Championship match, February 8th, in Jacksonville, Florida. Gay completely dominated the match (see above left - Gay on top). He threw Johnson with a wizzer/leg sweep combination that would have made Yoshida, the Japanese Judo Gold Medalist and PRIDE fighter, proud. He then mounted Johnson and dropped punches until Johnson attempted to roll over but he eventually tapped out from more punishment. Gay hopes to represent McCall in good fashion at the Winter Wars event and bring the title home.
Returning to the ring for the first time since June of 2001 is Matt "Diesel" Parrish. Parrish, 0-1, will face Albert Cole of Texas in a FCR kickboxing match. Chris Vega, 0-1, will face "The Tub Doctor" Eddie Singleton of Augusta in a FCR kickboxing match as well. Wayne Music of Waycross, Georgia, will be VMAC's sole MMA competitor for the Winter Wars event. Music, the Super Heavyweight runner-up in Matthew Waller's Gauntlet Trials tournament of this past summer, will face Craig Gay of Atlanta's Suua Khai Fight School.
Winter Wars 2003 is a complete day of martial sports action, including a daytime tournament and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar, and nighttime MMA and Kickboxing bouts. For more details, please review below on this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, February 26th, 2003, AT 10:25 PM, PST
Winter Wars 2003
Saturday March 1st, Augusta, Georgia, USA
RED CORNER - BLUE CORNER
Fight card subject to change and is not in actual order
For more details, please review below on this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or E-mail at email@example.com.
BELOW NEWS POSTED AT AT 12:30 PM, PST
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Introduce Rookies At
First Timers Look To Make A Name For Themselves At March First Card
August Martial Arts Academy can brag of placing its fighters in the UFC, RINGS, other pay-per-views, and producing numerous IKF National Tournament Champions. On March 1, 2003, it will be time for some of its young guns to try to make their mark. Brad Taylor, Reggie Kitchens and Donny Hadley will all make their first trip into the squared circle at Fort Gordon's Gym One, as part of Winter Wars 2003.
According to Brad, who will face Tom Tramaglia, in a Middleweight full contact rules kickboxing bout, "I've really been looking forward to stepping into the ring. I've trained hard and I want to win." Reggie, believes, "I'm thankful for the opportunity to fight and showcase my talent," as he prepares to face Matt Dekle in a Light Middleweight full contact rules bout. Donny, who will face LA Boxing's Shane Pressley in a Welterweight ISCF MMA bout, says, "I've trained really hard and would like to thank everyone for their patience, support, and hard work." AMAA instructor IKF Kickboxer "Precious" Paul Pearman looks forward to seeing some fresh faces in the ring, "We have got to keep the sport growing and these guys are headed in that direction. I just wish that I wasn't sidelined with an injury or I would be out there with them!"
AMAA point man and IKF and ISCF World Team Member, Mike Carlson says that his rookie fighters deserve extra credit for stepping forward in their home town, "First or second fights are tough enough, but with the added pressure of doing it in your home town takes it up another notch. We will be proud of them no matter what happens out there for taking all of that on."
Winter Wars 2003. is a complete day of martial sports action, including a daytime tournament and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar, and nighttime MMA and Kickboxing bouts.
For more details, please review the 2-13-03 section below of this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fellow Georgia Promoter
Waller Speaks Up On
WINTER WARS 2002
"I am excited about this weekends Winter Wars (Promoted by the Carlsons) event that is in Augusta," says Georgia Promoter Matthew Waller (Right). I like to pick one or two bouts off a card and place a poll on the Georgia message board located at http://pub49.ezboard.com/fatlantafightscenefrm1. The poll allowes viewers to vote on what they think will be the outcome of the bout in question. At the present time the results are;
You too can vote by going to the site by clicking HERE!
There has been much talk about this bout on the board with Whitesides stating how he would like to compete against a BJJ black Belt and how he likes the odds against him, "Call me nuts, but that is what I want to do. I like the impossible odds. If I lose, it was expected anyway. If I win, it would be awesome!", says Whitesides. Byron had to gain some weight for the match as he says, "Fighting as a Light Heavyweight is too big, so I will only do it this one time with Blake, as per the special request. I am really excited about this match and glad Blake asked me to do it. I can't wait to get it over with, so I can trim this "Humpty Dumpty" body of mine back to original size. The only thing that bothers me is my physical state of being. I would be in much better condition at 165lbs, rather than 185lbs. However, I don't turn down fights, especially when the format (both in a gi) favors me."
Waller adds, "I spoke to Blake this past weekend and he seems very prepared for this bout, both mentally and very much physically. He said he is going to fight his fight. This bout along with the others will make for an action packed night of fights."
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To Scout Talent
At Winter Wars
Successful February Fight Party Promoter to be Front and Center at the upcoming March 1st IKF and ISCF Event. Nobody ever accused promoter Brett Moses (Right) of being bashful about saying what was on his mind. So it should come as no surprise that he is quite outspoken about his motivations for attending Winter Wars 2003, on Saturday, March 1, 2003, in Augusta, Georgia.
"First of all, I will always come to assist and support anything that Mike and Elizabeth Carlson (event organizers) are part of. No one out there does more for the martial sports and expects less in return than they do. I cannot even begin to tell you how much they helped with the February Fight Party. I have joked that Elizabeth did more for us as a pregnant woman than any man did!"
But Moses' reasons for attending the bouts to be held this Saturday at Augusta's Fort Gordon are not just inspired by personal loyalty or being a good IKF and ISCF team member. "I plan on getting back on the promoting horse soon, and will announce my upcoming dates in the very near future. I intend on keeping a careful eye on who I see inside the ring at Winter Wars, in terms of who are good prospects for my upcoming fight cards will be."
According to Moses, the success of his February Fight Party (Left) made him determined to diversify his upcoming promotional excursions. "I recognize that I am known as an MMA guy and that is where I made my initial foray into the business. But no one could look at the turn out and crowd reaction to the Selbee/Hudson (IKF Pro FCR U.S. Heavyweight title) bout and not be impressed. As a result, I plan on working more and more professional full contact rules kickboxing bouts in my upcoming promotions. You'd be crazy not to."
Moses says that upcoming Georgia IKF and ISCF cards have also caught his eye. "Again, I will be present at Winter Wars. I will make detailed notes, maybe just mental, on what I see in terms of who the up and comers are for future pro full contact rules and MMA fights. I have also planned on being at the IKF regional in Valdosta and the IKF National Championships (In Cedar Rapids Iowa, august 15th, 16th & 17th) with the same purpose in mind. I also see on IKF's upcoming events page that Matthew Waller, Mike Wood, Chris Stolzman and Scott Hicks have bouts coming up that will have either or both FCR kickboxing or MMA on them. So whether I can be there for all of them or not, doesn't change the fact that I will be very concerned about what happens, if you get my drift."
Moses adds that Georgia IKF and ISCF promotions are the exclusive venue for where he will look to for developing as well as established talent. "IKF and ISCF do more for fighters and promoters than anyone else out there. Its core people understand what teamwork is all about. Anyone not understanding that is shown the door. That's good. And I don't need to go anywhere else in the state to see where the real talent is. What I mean is, I could really care less about any other sanctioning bodies or what they think that they are doing, one in particular, especially given some of the creeps that they choose to get behind around here."
Moses encourages fighters and trainers to approach him at Winter Wars. "Even if you are not fighting, please feel free to get your foot in the door. The IKF and ISCF team believes in throwing out a big net!" Winter Wars 2003 is a complete day of martial sports action, including a daytime tournament and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar, and nighttime MMA and Kickboxing bouts. For more details, please review the 2-13-03 section below of this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or E-mail at email@example.com.
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FRIDAY, February 21st, 2003, AT 4:00 PM, PST
Mad Dog's Cajun Fight
& Mardi Gras Madness!
ISCF Promoter Jeff Powell of Columbia Missouri USA is all set for tomorrow (February 22nd) nights "Mad Dog's Cajun Fight Night& Mardi Gras Madness" to be held at the Fieldhouse Nightclub in Columbia, Missouri, USA. No fight card was sent in for this event but wer sure there will be plenty of ISCF Amateur MMA Action.
For more info, please contact Mr. Jeff Powell at (573) 256-2289 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
TUESDAY, February 18th, 2003, AT 10:00 AM, PST
"Full Gi" MMA Bout To Add
To Winter Wars Card
Internet Spawns Rivalry Set For March 1 Showdown In Augusta!
Augusta, Georgia, USA
So, when ISCF fighters Blake Grice and Byron Whitesides lock horns in a mixed martial arts bout at Winter Wars 2003 in Augusta, Georgia on Saturday, March 1, 2003, fans who hearken back to those earlier days, and associate mixed martial arts action with combatants in a gi will experience, in the words of Yogi Berra, "deja vu all over again."
This is because both fighters will enter the ring wearing full, traditional gis.
"My reason for wanting to fight this match in a gi is
Whitesides, who holds black belts in three different martial arts
styles, "My greatest skills center around its wear and I cannot use
them in a standard MMA match, if my opponent does not. So, I will have much
better chances to demonstrate my techniques, based on our uniformity."
This match has an interesting history, as IKF and ISCF World Team Member Matthew "Shush" Waller (right) explains, "Like always, I was monitoring my Georgia Fight Scene web page and spotted a good natured rivalry between Blake and Byron and a lot of interest in a gi match between the two of them. I called Mike Carlson (Below Waller at Right - IKF and ISCF World Team Member) and told him it would be great fight to set for Winter Wars. I know that a lot of people are looking forward to seeing it, me included!"
Carlson says that the match will help attract interest and give the competitors a chance to exhibit different skills, "I am excited about this bout," says the event organizer, "Both of these athletes have expressed serious goals for their future as competitors. I am pleased that we can give them the vehicle to test their skills in this unique match-up. And I am sure that some of the traditional martial artists in the audience will particularly enjoy Mr.Whitesides' and Mr.Grice's choice of garb!"
IKF and ISCF World President Steve Fossum, says that such a bout is within the rules and should be exciting, "Our rules committee predicted that some folks preferred to compete in traditional attire, so it is allowed. (Note the full gi on one of the fighters in the ISCF Logo) Everything else rules wise will remain constant in this bout. I believe that we are sure to see some moves that you rarely see in MMA bouts, due the gis being worn."
So will Grice's desire to better round out his arsenal
by entering a "full gi" bout skills prevail over Whitesides'
self described "compulsion" to do so due to his "passion
for the traditional aspects of my (his martial arts) discipline?"
This nighttime match will be part of a complete day of martial sports action at Winter Wars 2003, including a day time tournament and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu seminar. For more details, please review the 2-13-03 section below of this News page or contact Elizabeth Carlson at (706) 855-5269 or by E-mail at email@example.com
Fight card subject to change.
THURSDAY, February 13th, 2003, AT 12:10 PM, PST
ISCF AND IKF Action Returns To Augusta, Georgia On March 1st, 2003!
Augusta, Georgia, USA
Augusta, Georgia's Fort Gordon will play host to another great night of IKF and ISCF bouts as Winter Wars 2003 is set to kick off. WW 2003 will bring just what we have grown to expect of IKF and ISCF world Team members Mike and Elizabeth Carlson, (Right) namely, an entire day of martial sports activities for the entire family and competitors of all stripes.
Of course, the cornerstone of the event will be the nighttime IKF kickboxing and ISCF mixed martial arts bouts. Again, it looks like the Carlsons are bringing fans some familiar names, but are also providing some new and less experienced combatants with an opportunity to gain some experience. In addition to the IKF and ISCF bouts, WW 2003 will lead with a daytime martial arts tournament. A light contact, continuous action, sparring division will be available to kids and adults, separated by size and belt rank. Similar divisions will exist for grappling division for the kids. Adults will also have available the very popular "Shoot sparring" competition at the day tournament. That division, also known as "submission kumite," combines light contact striking, grappling and submissions in an elimination format.
As an added bonus...
ALL WW 2003 DAY TOURNAMENT COMPUTERS WILL RECEIVE A
FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET TO THE EVENING IKF
AND ISCF FIGHTS!
But there is more!
After the day tournament and before the nights' action, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master and ISCF World Advisory Board member, Ricardo Murgel will conduct a three-hour ground-fighting seminar from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. One half of the seminar will be "with the gi," and the remaining 90 minutes will be "without the gi." Because this seminar is taking place commensurate with WW 2003, a special price can be made available. This three-hour seminar will only cost $50.00 (FIFTY DOLLARS)! That's right, three hours of intense BJJ training with this respected professor will only cost $50.00.
AND... ALL MURGEL SEMINAR ATTENDEES WILL RECEIVE A FREE GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET TO THE EVENING IKF AND ISCF FIGHTS!
All of this action makes IKF and ISCF World President, Steve Fossum, glad that he is making the trip to the Garden City for WW 2003, "The Carlsons have always been out front on bringing innovations and quality to our efforts to develop the martial sports world wide. In addition, they have selflessly sacrificed and contributed to others in that quest. This time, it looks like they have outdone themselves again. Now people can compete, attend a seminar and see great fights at an affordable price and a great location. All of this while supporting our armed services. My hat is off to them, again, BIG TIME!"
Although fights are being added, the WW
2003, fight card is currently set as follows:
Winter Wars 2003 Fight Card
- BLUE CORNER
IKF Amateur Middleweight Kickboxing
Brad Taylor (AMAA) vs Tom Tramaglia (Hurricane MA)
ISCF Amateur Welterweight MMA
Donny Hadley (AMAA) vs Shane Pressley (LA Boxing)
IKF Amateur Middleweight Kickboxing
Chris Moncrief (Ivie) vs Toty Otarola (Hurricane MA)
ISCF Pro Heavyweight MMA
Wayne Music (Waller) vs Jason Thompson (VMAC)
IKF Amateur Light Middleweight Kickboxing
Reggie Kitchens (AMAA) vs Matt Dekle (Ivie)
ISCF Amateur Light Heavyweight MMA
Blake Grice vs Byron Whitesides
IKF Amateur Super Middleweight Kickboxing
Stevie Dement (AMAA) vs Ryan Robertson (Halverson)
ISCF Amateur Middleweight MMA
Blake Barber (Waller) v Cleuder Junior (LA Boxing)
IKF Amateur Light Middleweight South East Kickboxing Title
Shaun Gay (VMAC) vs Shannon Hudson (Hurricane MA)
ISCF Amateur Heavyweight MMA
Bobby Gay (Waller) vs Andy Foster (LA Boxing)
IKF Amateur Heavyweight Kickboxing
Albert Cole (AMAA) vs Matt Parish (VMAC)
ISCF Amateur Middleweight MMA
Shawn Gonzalez (Travkin) vs Usif Murtadi (LA Boxing)
IKF Amateur Super Heavyweight Kickboxing
Eddie Singleton (AMAA) vs Richard Cox (VMAC)
Fight card subject to change and is not in actual order
Here is the full schedule of events for WW 2003
Profiles of several of these fights and fighters will be placed on the IKF and ISCF pages in the coming days and weeks. So stay tuned! For more information, call (706) 855-5269 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on last years
Winter Wars Click HERE!
FRIDAY, February 7th 2003, AT 10:00 AM, PST
Amateur Promoter of the Year to Kick Off
St Louis, Missouri, USA: A little over a month has gone passed since Jesse Finney (Right) and his staff receive the IKF 2002 Amateur Promoter of the Year Award. Now they are ready to take on 2003. The first event is this Saturday, February 8th, at Lucky's on the Landing in St. Louis, MO. They are holding true to what they said they were planning to do in 2003, "Get MMA/NHB noticed in Missouri".
There will be three
ISCF sanctioned fights on this Saturdays
The first one will be Tim Vandersteck -vs- Ken Sparks. Vandersteck is a former Holland kickboxing champion, fighting out of Nashville, TN. He is trained by Eddie Clay who is the President of Grappling Gear. Sparks is a 2-time All American wrestler. He also has some boxing experience. He is from Rolla, MO. Both fighters are new comers to NHB.
The next one will be "Brazilian" Mike Rothmeyer -vs- "The Pit Bull" Carema Bennett. Rothmeyer is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter trained by Rodrigo Vaghi. He has trained with UFC Veteran Steve Berger and King of the Cage veteran Mike Rodgers. Vaghi is a black belt student of Rickson Gracie. Rothmeyer has numerous Jiu-jitsu fights under his belt, and will be showcasing his skills in his first NHB fight. Bennett is a Jiu-jitsu fighter from Waterloo, IA. He as been training on his kickboxing skills with Trainer Russ O'Connell. He is no new comer to the NHB scene, he has an NHB record of 2-2.
Lastly is Dustin Fercella -vs- Don Davis. Fercella is an American style wrestler with submissions. He has been working on kickboxing and boxing since coming to Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts. Davis is a submission specialist, and has been in numerous grappling matches. He still hasn't made the transition into NHB, but will be on Saturday.
The main event will be Kevin "The Hitman" Engel -vs- Victor McCullough. Engel is coming off a big win over undefeated Anthony McGaughy. Engel has been jumping up and down between weight classes, and has been dominate in doing so. Still there are plenty of top contenders that Engel is wanting to face, but he is being patient and letting everything fall into place. Also, Engel is the current 2002 IKF USA National Amateur Super Middleweight Champion and is looking to improve his 18-3 record. McCullough is the former 2001 IKF USA Junior Amateur Champion. Now that he is out of the Junior rankings, he is taking on someone that could really make a name for himself if he can pull out the win.
Also in action will be 2001 IKF USA National Woman's Amateur Champion Jen Repa, Mikey "Babyface" Fusco, and Jose Ponce. All of these fighters have had some time off and have been eager to get back in the ring. Fusco will be facing Matt Neibergal from Battlesville, OK. Ponce will be squaring off against Belleville, IL native Chris McDavid. McDavid is no stranger to the ring, he has comprised a 7-1 record since starting a year ago.
Rounding out the card are three up and coming fighters. Dylon Leonard, Mike Green, and Matt Taff (Left) Leonard will be facing Brock Billings. Leonard has comprised a record of 2-0 since he started training 6 months ago. Billings is flying in from Vermont to make is first appearance in St. Louis. Mike Green is still making a transition from NHB to kickboxing. He has a kickboxing record of 1-0. His opponent is also from Vermont. Chris Ballard will be making the long trip to show St. Louis fight fans what he has to bring to the ring. Taff will be facing ring veteran Nick Anderson. Taff is one of Finney's standouts. At only 17 years old, he's holding his own with top fighters from Finney's gym. Anderson (IKF National Runner-up.) is from Waterloo, IA, and is trained by Russ O'Connell (Right). Knowing O'Connell's fighters this fight should be a great one for the crowd to watch.
For more info please contact Mr. Jesse Finney at (314) 351-5226 or by e-mail by clicking: HERE or visit their website at www.FinneysKickboxing.com
MONDAY, February 3rd 2003, AT 7:40 PM, PST
The Sleeping Giant
While Moses Parts The Sea Promoting
Selbee Parts With A Title & Miller Keeps His!
Atlanta, Georgia, USA: IKF & ISCF Promoter Brett Moses (Below Left) was once known in Atlanta as one of the GIANTS in the promotion game. However a few years back, he decided to take some time off from promoting due to a busy work schedule and other life commitments. However, tonight, the "Sleeping Giant AWOKE" at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA!
Now we've all read stories that claimed sellout shows, when in reality, there were plenty of empty seats... However, Moses and this writer don't need to make anything up... Those who were are witnessed the facts and the pictures at the right should speak for themselves... Georgia Fight Fans, along with many from South Carolina as well ROCKED THE HOUSE TONIGHT!
With 900 printed tickets gone before the opening bout, Moses and his promotional crew still had a line around the block, so they elected to sell standing room only tickets which according to our closest estimates, brought the crowd to around 1,200 to 1,300. This was a PACKED HOUSE! Moses picked up the promotional business right where he left off several years ago... ON TOP! With a 20' x 20' big screen to enlarge the fight action for those not so close there wasn't a bad seat in the house. In the end, several were turned away and all that was left now was the action, and was there ever plenty of that!
Moses' "February Fight Party" was mainly a card of mixed martial arts and because of this, many thought the crowd came just to see the ISCF MMA bouts... How wrong we were. The South East fight fans came out tonight to see BOTH ISCF MMA and IKF Kickboxing! The Main Event was one of only 2 IKF Kickboxing bouts on the night. It was the first title defense for IKF Pro USA National Heavyweight Champion Kevin Hudson of South Carolina against the challenger, Mark Selbee of Atlanta, Georgia. You would think this would be a total Selbee crowd in Atlanta but the Hudson loyals from South Carolina showed up in force! And we mean FORCE!
From what many had seen these two do in the past, the concensis was, "If it ended early, it would be because of Selbee's Power. If it went the distance, it would be Hudson's win." Selbee had never ventured past 5 rounds in a kickboxing fight so it was figured that the rounds past 5 would be his hardeast to win. On the other side of the ring, Hudson was known for being a slow starter, and was expected to get stronger after the first few rounds. However tonight, it was like the rolls were simply reversed.
Out of the opening bell, it was Hudson who seemed to get the edge while Selbee seemed stiff and nervous. The first 2-3 rounds were easily for Hudson and with this, many thought he would take the fight early and coast in the late rounds for the win. Two of the 3 judges gave Hudson the first 2 rounds and 2 of the 3 gave him the third. However in the fourth, it was Selbee who shook off the butterflys off in his first pro title shot and picked up the pace. Two of the three judges gave Selbee the 4th and 5th rounds and in round 5 Hudson, had less than 10 kicks for the first time in the bout. Only getting off 8 to make the minimum to Selbee's 15. By the sixth round, all 3 judges had scored it for Selbee which wasn't much of a change as Hudson kicked 9 times to Selbee's 19. In rounds 7 and 8, Selbee backed off his kicks and went to work with his hand combinations knocking Hudson down twice forcing referee Dan Stell to administer 2 standing 8 counts. From here on out, every round was Selbee's as for whatever strange reasons, the usually strong in the late rounds Hudson seemed to hit a wall and fuel was running out. However, Hudson's strong fan base didn't give up on their Champion, around round 8 or 9, the place sounded like a European soccer stadium as chants for "Kevin!, Kevin!" were equally met with chants for "Selbee!, Selbee!" In the final round, Hudson did enough to sway 1 of the 3 judges to give him the round while the others scored it 10-10 and 10-9 Selbee. What Hudson had in the end though was too little too late. Simply put, tonight was not his night...
Tonight was not a night for storms and without a cloud in the sky there was no Hurrican Hudson. This was all Sunshine tonight and it belonged to Selbee. In rounds 5 through 10, Selbee outkicked Hudson 87 to 48. Selbee had a point taken away in round 9 for kicking too low while Hudson lost a point in round 8 for not getting all his kicks in. Although many thought this was all Selbee on the cards, this one ended in a Split decision, Judge Ray Thompson scored it 97-89 Selbee. Judge Jim Reneau scored it 96-91 Selbee while judge Sean Wohl scored it 95-94, Hudson.
Tonight was Mark Selbee (33 years of age) night who took the title from the Champion Hudson (31 years of age) in a great performance. It's the first of hopefully many titles for the young Selbee (Pro: 6-0/5, Amateur: 11-0/4) while for Hudson, (21-4/10) it's only a temporary setback in an excellent career. No doubt he will be back, and this loss will only make him more hungry for his next win. Tonight though belongs to Selbee, who now has his sights on maybe his first title defense, possibly on Moses next event scheduled for May or June of this year. Against who? No plans yet but if anyone is talking rematch, Moses better get a bigger venue...
Here's the results of the rest of the nights action. Listed in reverse order from the Semi Main event down to the first fight...
For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at
or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.
THURSDAY, January 30th, 2003, AT 1:35 PM, PST
Party About To Kick Off
Promoter Moses' Much Anticipated Return Shows Great Promise And Draws Attention
On Saturday, February 1, 2003, the much heralded February Fight Party card will finally begin. Some of the most noteworthy and popular martial sports stars of the Southeast will see action. The kickboxing main event will have IKF U.S. Heavyweight Champion, Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson square off against Atlanta's own and formidable Mark Selbee.
Jason Miller (Sorry...no photo available) will put his ISCF East Coast Middleweight title up against the "double tough" challenger, Todd Carney, (Below Left) in the mixed martial arts main event.
In addition, names familiar to those in the Southeast and anyone who has perused the IKF and ISCF web pages in recent years like Steve Headden, Pee Wee McCall, Kevin Brooks, Shawn Porter, John Wheby, Daniel Anchetta, Andy Foster and Sherry Thompson are scheduled to have contests on the card as well. Plus, bouts have been made for representatives of such prestigious fight camps as the RAW Team and a U.S. Olympic Wrestling Training Center resident.
So, with this array of talent, it is no wonder that IKF and ISCF World President, Steve Fossum, (Below Left) and IKF co-founder Dan Stell (Below Right) will BOTH be in attendance for promoter Brett Moses' February Fight Party Saturday night. And we are expecting MANY fight fans will be there too!
February Fight Party will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The venue telephone number is (404) 982-0989.
For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at email@example.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.
MORE NEWS OF 1-30-03
Wins MMA World Title!!!!
MMA: Mixed Martial Arts
Photo at right courtesy Peter Lockley
Commentary courtesy Maxfighting's John Hanlon
Montreal, Quebec: Duane "Bang" Ludwig (Right, arm raised, Former 2 time IKF Amateur USA National Champion) of Denver, Colorado, USA scored a first round knockout of Jens "Lil Evil" Pulver, of Davenport, Iowa, USA, the number one lightweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world 1:13 into round one Saturday night inside the Pierre Charbonneau Center. Ludwig dropped Pulver for the second time with a straight right, winning the UCC world lightweight championship.
"No one can stand with him," said Bas Rutten, Ludwig's corner man after the victory, "He is like a computer; you tell him something and he does it. Perfect!"
Both men circled the ring to open the fight, Pulver looking over confident, Ludwig looking brutally calm. "Lil Evil" struck first with a glancing left hook; from then on it was all Ludwig. "Bang" fired back with a left cross that dropped Pulver, but as he was falling, instinct took over and he reached for a double-leg. Ludwig sprawled and began landing some shots from the top. As Pulver drove deeper for the single, Ludwig scrambled back to his feet and the fighters clinched in the corner. Pulver, trying to regain his composure, grabbed the ropes, forcing the referee to halt the action. As they were separated, Pulver was still feeling the effects of the previous left. Stumbling, the ref pointed Pulver in the right direction. Ludwig capitalized on his dazed opponent. After a left high kick that was partially blocked, Ludwig landed a straight right that crumbled Pulver down and through the ropes onto the ring apron.
"I'm disappointed. I don't know what I just did," said a dejected Pulver afterwards, "Three years undefeated, I guess it has to come to an end sometime. What happened last time I lost? I dominated the world."
For the full article click HERE!
IKF ADDITION: Ludwig's manager, Sven BOOGIE Bean (Left) had this to say:
"I can think of no one that deserves a World Title more than Duane. He has beaten World Champions in the past without getting a championship, and now he is finally recognized a true WORLD CLASS ATHLETE. I am so proud of him. This title is in MMA, but Duane wants to win a Muay Thai world title and win the K-1 Max series. Now the fun really starts!.."
HISTORY NOTE: When did
Pulver last lose? To our knowledge it was in 2000. It was the first ever
ISCF Pro World Title Bout on a show called
"New Blood Conflict Part 1",
SATURDAY, August 26th,
2000 in Augusta, Georgia.
Pulver lost to Din Thomas (Right) of Team Rival. Thomas put a stop to Jen's "The Pulverizer" Pulver of Team Extreme at :35 seconds of the 2nd round with a heel hook to be the first NHB fighter to win a World Title in the ISCF.
MORE Fight Party NEWS...
Looks To Avenge Student's Loss
In His Upcoming February 1 Bout...
ISCF Regional Champion In Hopes Of Reestablishing Himself While Settling A Score With Opponent Mendez
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Ask any top-flight fight trainer what the hardest part of the job is and they will all tell you the same thing. "Watching one of your protege's lose."
ISCF Southeastern Middleweight Champion, Steve Headden, (Right) is no different. When he watched Franz Mendez defeat his student Eugenio Stoupine in an ISCF bout in 2002, it was not an easy thing for the chief instructor as the Kennesaw, Georgia branch of LA Boxing to do. But there is a salient difference about what could be done about the common reaction that Headden had to his student's loss that was, in fact, quite uncommon.
Headden is in the same weight class as Mendez. That fact provided an opportunity for Headden who earned his brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under mixed martial arts legend Alan Goes. He could find a legitimate outlet through which to vent his frustration with his student's loss. The plan was clear. Headden must fight Mendez. This would "close the book" on the matter. The only thing needed was to find a venue. The search was not a long one. February Fight Party promoter, Brett Moses, seized the opportunity and made the fight. Headden will face Mendez and get the chance to avenge his student's loss. There will be more, however, on the line for Headen. This will be Headden's first ISCF contest since coming up in weight and losing to Kevin Cook in Augusta, Georgia in September of 2002 in a Light Heavyweight U.S. title match. Back to his natural weight class, the submission expert is up for the challenge that the powerful striker Mendez will represent: "My opponent is looking to make a name for himself against me in this bout. I think that his whole strategy is to knock me out. I am becoming a well rounded fighter and expect to be ready for him." Headden cautiously added: "But of course, there is always that proverbial banana peel."
It is hard to see, however, where, at this weight class, there are any "gaping holes" in Headden's game. He sports an impressive competitive resume in addition to his solid mixed martial arts record. For instance, Headden was the winner of two Pan Am Games gold medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition and sports numerous titles and successes in top level judo competition. His striking skills are being fine-tuned by training with the professional boxers and kickboxers that are part of LA Boxing's extensive network of talent.
Mendez, of course, who is also a professional boxer, is known for his devastating striking. He will most certainly attempt to expose the perceived weakness in Headden's arsenal... stand up fighting. Recognizing this, Headden remains self-assured and somewhat equivocal: "Well, I will give the people what they want." Quite frankly, what the highly partisan Atlanta crowd will want is a Headden win. With only a few hours left until February 1st, they will not have to wait very long to see if their desires will be satisfied. The February Fight Party will be held in the DeKalb-Atlanta Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, USA beginning at 7:00 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2003. For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.
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MONDAY, January 13th, 2002, AT 11:30 AM, PT
February Fight Party
Card Shows Talent and Diversity
Promoter Moses Serves Up A Veritable Smorgasbord Of Action
With just a few weeks left to go, promoter Brett Moses announces his February Fight Party bout card. And as the last few matches come together, it is clear that what is currently set is reflective of an exemplary effort. "I wanted to provide some variety in the types of matches that the fans would see," said Moses, "I hope that they will be pleased."
They should be. In addition to the "anchor bouts," which include an IKF Professional U.S. Heavyweight title defense of champion Kevin Hudson (Right) and challenger Mark Selbee (Below Right) and the rematch between ISCF East Coast U.S. Middleweight Champion Jason Miller and Todd Carney, the February Fight Party will host competitors from a wide array of fight camps and bouts from a variety of rules styles.
IKF and ISCF World President, Steve Fossum is impressed with Moses' effort, thus far, "As we all can see, Brett has put together yet another great night of kickboxing and MMA in Georgia. I look forward to being at ringside to witness all these bouts." At press time, the February Fight Part line up is as follows:
"We are in final negotiations with opponents for LA Boxing's Tony Tucci and Sheri Thompson" said Moses. "Finding an opponent willing to fight Sheri has been hard." When asked if his card really does represent a "smorgasbord" of fights, Moses whimsically responds, "I just hope everybody comes back for some second helpings!"
February Fight Party will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2003, at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The venue telephone number is (404) 982-0989. For more information, Mr. Moses can be reached at email@example.com or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.
(fight card subject to change)
MORE NEWS OF 1-18-03
"ANOTHER" Upcoming Seminar In Valdosta, Georgia, USA!
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master to Return To the Azalea City
Fifth degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and trainer of dozens of mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and submission fighting champions, Prof. Richardo Murgel (Right in Blue Pants) will make his way back to Valdosta, Georgia, for a weekend seminar. Murgel, who also possess a black belt in judo, has over 45 years experience in the martial arts. His Union World Fighting Team has produced, among others, 2001 Abu-Dhabi submission wrestling tournament champion, Mark Robinson.
Prof. Murgel plans on imparting his knowledge and innovative teaching techniques in this seminar. Seminar times include Friday, January 24th, beginning at 6:00 PM, and, Saturday, January 25th, beginning at 9:00 AM.
Private instructional sessions with Professor Murgel will be available upon appointment. To register for the seminar, or schedule private lessons, contact James Corbett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another seminar date that has already been established is that of March 1, 2003, in Augusta, Georgia. That seminar will be in the afternoon preceding Winter Wars 2003, a night of IKF Kickboxing and ISCF mixed martial action to be held at Gym One of Augusta's Fort Gordon. All seminar attendees at Winter Wars 2003 will receive a free general admission ticket to the IKF and ISCF bouts that will follow that night. Prof. Richardo Murgel is available for seminars in America. He can be reached via E-mail at email@example.com (All scheduling matters subject to change)
MONDAY, January 13th, 2002, AT 11:30 AM, PT
To Return To The USA
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Announces Return To America And Seminar At Winter Wars 2003
On March First In Augusta, Georgia, Seventh degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and trainer of dozens of mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission fighting champions, Prof. Richardo Murgel (Blue Pants at Right) will make his way back to America from his native Brazil this week (the week of January 13, 2003) and will reside and teach in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A. Murgel, who also possess a black belt in judo, has over 45 years experience in the martial arts. His Union World Fighting Team has produced, among others, 2001 Abu-Dhabi submission wrestling tournament champion, Mark Robinson.
Prof. Murgel plans on imparting his knowledge and innovative teaching techniques in forthcoming seminars and instructional video tapes. One seminar date that has already been established is that of March 1, 2003, in Augusta, Georgia. That seminar will be in the afternoon preceding Winter Wars 2003, a night of IKF Kickboxing and ISCF mixed martial action to be held at Gym One of Augusta's Fort Gordon.
ISCF World Director and Winter Wars 2003 organizer, Mike Carlson (Right) adds that the March 1, 2003, Richardo Murgel seminar will include an added bonus for attendees, "Certainly, any chance to train with Prof. Murgel represents a great opportunity. We have a great venue to provide that opportunity and help kick-off his return to our country in proper style. Accordingly, any and all seminar attendees at Winter Wars 2003 will receive a free general admission ticket to the IKF and ISCF bouts that will follow that night."
IKF and ISCF President, Steve Fossum, is excited about Prof. Murgel's return as well, "Certainly, Richardo Murgel is a man whose reputation precedes him. I am looking forward to being present for his seminar and fully discussing his planned video tape series with him. Mike Carlson and the rest of the Winter Wars 2003 crew deserve a lot of credit for brining Prof. Murgel to their event and for making the generous offer of a free ticket to everyone who participates in the seminar."
When asked to confirm whether "discussing video tape plans," pertained to rumors that Murgel might be part of an ISCF endorsed mixed martial arts instructional video tape set, Fossum would only coyly respond, "Well, we (IKF/ISCF) have a lot on the table right now." For information concerning Winter Wars 2003, including the Richardo Murgel Seminar, contact Augusta Martial Arts Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 855-5269. Prof. Richardo Murgel will be available for seminars in America beginning in January 2003. He can be reached via E-mail at email@example.com (All scheduling matters subject to change)
FRIDAY, January 10th, 2002, AT 10:30 AM, PT
We have talked a lot in the past about publishing our own IKF Kickboxing magazine. Well due to some recent circumstances it has become a priority for us to assure that the facts of our sport are reported in a magazine form and not just the website. With this being said, It's time for us to "WALK THE WALK!" We are proud to announce that WE WILL have our first publication of IKFKICKBOXING.com (The Magazine) out later this spring. The magazine layout has already been done and will include current pro and amateur rankings, event listings, event and fight results, feature stories about trainers, promoters and of course FIGHTERS! It will also feature tips for fighters, trainers, officials as well as event promoters. Another section will feature news of our sister organization for Mixed Martial Arts, the ISCF. As we get closer to the publish date we will have a link for those wanting to get the first copy so keep an eye out for it in the weeks ahead.
If you are interested in Advertising in the first edition of IKFKICKBOXING.com keep in mind, our first time advertisers will get the best rates! Those who start the first issue with us will be given a special discount rate that will be continued throughout the duration of the magazines publication. For more info on rates and subscription info, again, keep watch of the news page here or you can e-mail us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
magazine itself will be published by the IKF.
However our Editor-in-Chief will be IKF
World Ambassador and Representative
Mason (Right). Many of you have read his event stories
and other articles here on the IKF
News pages. He will be one of the lead figures for the magazine organizing the
various articles, tip sections and of course rankings. His expertise of the
martial sports will bring truth to a much needed publication here in North
America as well as worldwide. In his vast martial arts background he has several
black belt ranks including a masters rank in Aido Tae Kwon Do. Adding to this,
Mason "IS" the REAL DEAL!
Mason's worldwide experience as a "RESPECTED" representative of the sport will be welcomed to the readers of IKFKICKBOXING.com He has truly "Walked The Walk" both inside and outside the fighting ring as a fighter, trainer and official and with his knowledge he's sure to bring the best news of our sport to the upcoming pages of IKFKICKBOXING.com He will be joined in his efforts by many other respected figures of the sport in submitted feature articles. The magazine will of course focus on IKF Kickboxing news, events and associates, but it will also feature articles about others doing great things in the sport of Kickboxing no matter what letters they follow.
An important thing to point out here is that Brooks Mason "WILL" get the credit he DESERVES in the pages of IKFKICKBOXING.com Why do we bring this up? Well, over the past year, Mason spent countless hours of work and his own expenses creating a new USA amateur rankings for another new USA based martial arts magazine. This was a magazine we all thought would neutrally represent the sport and those of us who knew of it's coming were eager to see the first edition. Especially since we knew some IKF fighters were featured in it and the IKF rankings were a big part of it. However we were all shocked and sad to read that this new magazine gave no credit for all of Mason's hard work at his own time and expense. We were also shocked to see that the IKF was given no credit either for "ALLOWING" the publisher to take all the IKF Amateur Rankings. Instead, the publisher took the credit as if they did all the work to create the rankings. In addition, the publisher wrote about North American Kickboxing as if we knew nothing of the sport as compared to those in Europe. He slammed trainers, gyms, fighters and EVERY North American based sanctioning body. It was one negative story after another and we wondered, "WHO could possibly support such a magazine..? He slammed all his potential customers!"
We could go on, but it's not worth it. The damage and betrayal has been done. Integrity is important in this sport and it's a lesson that should be learned by everyone. Otherwise, our sport will never grow. We would like to also pass on to this magazine that "Your welcome" for all of Mr. Mason's hard work. For using the IKF Rankings and calling them "Yours" without ANY credit to Mr. Mason or the IKF... But heck, everyone knows where they came from...And who is REALLY "Walking the Walk"...
For More Magazine Info... Click HERE!
MORE NEWS OF 1-10-03
Versus Miller III
At February Fight Party
With Each Defeating the Other Once, The Score Is To Be Settled Once And For All
In Atlanta Georgia, USA During Night Of IKF and ISCF Action On 2-1-03
Georgia USA Press
Two men could not be more different in their training, styles or backgrounds. Jason Miller (Atlanta Georgia, USA, 30-3, no photo on file) has a fighting style as flashy as the glamorous big cities that he has called home. He has trained with some of the most recognized figures in mixed martial arts. In Atlanta, Miller honed his ground fighting skills with world renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Master Romero "Jacare" Cavalcanti. From there, it was off to Los Angeles, to train with UFC Champion Tito Ortiz's "Team Punishment." When Miller fights in Atlanta, he is accompanied by scores of supporters. They include contingents from Cavalcanti's Master Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy and Chris Stolzman's highly successful LA Boxing.
There are no Brazilian Jiu Jitsu masters or Olympic judo players in Moundsville West Virginia, where Todd Carney (Right, Moundsville, West Virginia, USA, Pro:10-4/9, AM: 9-3/5) calls home. It has no professional sports teams. In Moundsville, people drink their coffee black and have never heard of a latté. There, Carney has had to develop his expertise differently than did Miller. Taking fight after fight in venue after venue, Carney had two choices--improve and survive or fall by the wayside. Carney improved. And while he arrives at venues without an entourage, absent any sponsors, and with no fight team, dauntless and pulling from the mountaineer spirit of his home state, he has earned respect, and victories. These two worlds have collided in the bodies of these two fighters before. Both have earned a win against the other via submission. Both bouts were in Atlanta. Both were decisive. Neither has settled the lingering question of who, ultimately, is the better fighter.
Neither man will be satisfied until the tie is broken.
Enter IKF/ISCF promoter Brett Moses. His February Fight Party, which will be held at The Dekalb Atlanta Centre on February 1st, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia, will provide the venue for these two men to put the matter of who is better to rest for good.
Officially up for grabs will be Miller's
ISCF East Coast U.S. Middleweight Title.
But more than that will be at stake.
Radically opposed styles in and out of the ring will confront
one another, leaving fans with questions to be answered on February 1st. Will
Carney's blue collar toughness win out against Miller's 21st
century high tech training?
Can a small town fighter whose skills were born of necessity pull out a second win against an athlete who can pull from all of the resources that Miller possesses?
Will Miller be able to meet the expectations of his training and background?
How will Carney handle the pressure of the pro-Miller crowd that he will have to face.
Moses' February Fight Party will be the catalyst for these and other conundrum finally being solved.
SO DON'T MISS THE ACTION!
For more information, contact Brett Moses at email@example.com
(fight card subject to change)
THURSDAY, January 9th, 2002, AT 6:10 PM, PT
01/09/03-01:39 By Zach Arnold
PRIDE/Dream Stage Entertainment boss Naoto Morishita (Right, age 42, President of Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE), which promotes the Pride events) committed suicide in his hotel room in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Morishita's body was found at 12:45 AM today and he hung himself to death with a belt. The cause of suicide is now being investigated by Shinjuku police. The suicide took place right after Morishita's press release regarding PRIDE Grand Prix 2003 tournaments for heavyweight and middleweights.
There was extreme pressure on PRIDE to continue to make more money annually, since Dream Stage Entertainment became so successful. Read the whole story by clicking HERE! and HERE!
www.mmanews.com Reported: "Dream Stage Entertainment is rumored to be going through financial problems lately. It is known that lately Pride was trying to renegotiate contracts in order to cut some expenses. Nothing like this was ever expected." Read more by clicking HERE!
MORE NEWS OF 1-9-02
An interesting article by Zach Arnold of www.puroresupower.com and his views of the mixed martial arts scene in Japan. Click HERE!