THURSDAY, October 31st, 2002, AT 1:40 PM, PT
Your Prayers Are Needed...
Valdosta, Georgia, USA: Nikki Truett, the fiance of the fearless fighter, Walter "Peewee" McCall, (Right) has met with a horrible accident. While traveling on a road in rural Berrien County, Georgia, she was struck in the head by the head, neck, and shoulders of a deer. Unconscious, she traveled down the road a quarter mile before striking a tree which shattered her arm and damaged her otherwise.
Because of this, McCall will be unable to train to compete for the IKF North American Amateur Championships as scheduled against Neil Halmstad of Wrenshall, Minnesota, USA. The NA Tournament staff is looking to resolve this situation by accommodating Halmstad in a suitable weight class.
The sad part of this situation is that the deer's head and shoulders were separated by the deer's body by a Berrien County deputy's car, who allegedly left the accident scene traveling to have his vehicle inspected. After searching for Nikki for hours, McCall was finally able to encourage authorities to assist in the search. She was found an estimated 5 hours after the accident by State Troopers. McCall said today that Nikki is still unconscious, but she is moving. Her bruised lungs and color is returning as well as her vital signs improving.
We here at the IKF & ISCF asks that you remember Nikki, medical personnel caring for her, and the McCall family in your prayers. Being considerate of his North American opponent's situation, the never-say-die McCall has issued this statement for Mr. Halmstead's consideration,
"I would hate to be in Neil's shoes where my projected opponent for the North American Super Welterweight title was forced to not fight. For this I am sorry. If Mr. Halmstad is interested, I am willing to fight him whether or not he wins a title sometime after I am able to start training again. Good luck Neil."
For more information in regards to this situation, kind words etc. please contact Mr. McCall's trainer, Mr. James Corbett by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY, October 31st, 2002, AT 2:30 PM, PT
NOVEMBER 2nd, 2002
For Event Info,
Contact Mr. Ray Thompson at (864) 313-1134 or at
THURSDAY, October 24th, 2002, AT 4:30 PM, PT
By ISCF Georgia Press: Prestigious
and pioneering mixed martial arts writer Cal Cooper of Atlanta, Georgia,
has put the finishing touches on his inaugural foray into promoting by
announcing the full card for his Cagefighter Championships, an ISCF mixed martial arts fight card, to be held
Saturday, October 26, 2002, at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia.
The following are some of Mr. Cooper's own words on the event.
Come out and check out Atlanta's own MMA promotion. We are going to show the world that the best fight show of them all is right here in the South.
Wear a costume! Best costumes get a free ULTIMATE ATHLETE magazine subscription. ALSO We're shooting for DVD release! visit www.cagefighterchampionships.com for more info. Tickets available on ticketmaster. Tickets are going fast. Only 750 seats in this auditorium seating venue! Get yours now!
"Battle for the Berth"
Tickets also available through Earthlink Live.
MONDAY, October 14th, 2002, AT 5:30 PM, PT
FIGHT PARTY II
Set For December 7th, 2002 In Atlanta Georgia, USA!
Atlanta's Holiday Season Will Include IKF and ISCF Action
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO THE SPRING OF 2003
IKF and ISCF World Team Member Brett Moses has finally made the announcement that fighters and fans in the Southeast have been anxiously awaiting. He is getting back into promoting in a big way on December 7th, 2002, as presents Holiday Fight Party II, a combination IKF kickboxing and ISCF mixed martial arts card to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Dekalb Atlanta Center.
Mr. Moses has been one of the major behind-the-scenes players who has prompted the success of the IKF and ISCF in the Southeast over the past few years. This veteran promoter, who even has the promotion of pay-per-view events on his resume', has patiently waited for the right time to throw his hat back in the promotional ring.
"I wanted to make sure that I could get the right venue for what the fighters and fans deserve," said Moses, "Sometimes it take a little more time to do things right, but in the end, everybody benefits from not promising more than you can deliver." How does Moses project that Holiday Fight Party II will deliver? "What I am planning is an event that will showcase some of the best athletes in the IKF and ISCF facing each other. Some of the fights are ones that the fans have been jumping up and down to see," says Moses. Fellow IKF and ISCF World Team Member Mike Carlson remarks that he is pleased to see Moses promoting again, "Brett is someone who has expended tremendous effort to make sure that other promoters have been successful. Now it's time for us to pull together and help him succeed in this venture. I feel certain that he will!"
"The Doctor" is highly supportive of Moses, "Mr.Moses' intergrity and trustworthiness have always made him the standard-bearer for what martial sports promoters should represent." Attorney and IKF/ISCF supporter "Bad" Johnny Markwalter adds, "Brett is a guy that you can trust. And I trust that he will have some of those elegant ladies that hang around him as ring card girls on December 7." Moses says to keep an eye on the IKF and ISCF News pages for frequent updates on Holiday Fight Party II.
"Holiday Fight Party 1 was extremely well received and we plan to eclipse the success with some great bouts and an array of first class sponsors. The IKF and ISCF web sites will be the best places to go for information on the event." For more information on holiday Holiday Fight Party II, E-mail Mr. Moses at email@example.com or call him at (404) 285-3535.
TUESDAY, October 8th, 2002, AT 2:45 PM, PT
Gauntlet Trials 4.0
Is Getting Ready For An Action Packed Night!
Gauntlet Trials, October 12th, Griffin, Georgia, USA
This coming Saturday night, October 12th in Griffin, Georgia, USA, the doors will open at 6pm to host the 4th installment of the Gauntlet Trials. This is a Mixed Martial Arts event with the winners of each five weight classes advancing to the Nationals held in Iowa by Monte Cox. Tickets in advance are $15.00 and $20.00 the week of the event. The card to date is as follows:
Also to end the night off we have the ISCF East Coast Welterweight title up between, Walter "Peewee" McCall, - G.A -Valdosta Martial Arts vs Shawn "The Excutioner" Porter - S.C. -Spartanburg Martial Arts
Directions to the venue are:
From Atlanta, Georgia: Take I 75 south to exit 205, turn right off the exit and travel about 11 miles. The venue is Taylor Street Middle School and will be on your left.
From Macon, Georgia: Take I 75 north to exit 205, turn left off the exit and travel about 11 miles. The venue is Taylor Street Middle School and will be on your left.
The fighter hotel is the Best Western - 770-227-8400 ( Be sure to ask for the Gauntlet rate) For more information contact Matthew Waller at Gauntletprods@cox.net
Card subject to change. ** fighters are not 100% confirmed
WEDNESDAY, September 25th, 2002, AT 5:20 PM, PT
WALLER HAS THEM READY TO
"RUN THE GAUNTLET"
Gauntlet Trials, October 12th, Griffin, Georgia, USA
ISCF World Team member Matthew Waller is proud to announce the "Gauntlet Trials" an ISCF sanctioned mixed martial arts event to be held at Taylor Street Middle School Gym, in Griffin, Georgia on October 12th.
The card will feature a series of MMA tournaments and a couple of PRO bouts including Kevin Brooks vs Sean Kilgus.
The card will also have numerous "featured bouts," including and ISCF East Coast title fight between Shawn Porter (Left) and Peewee McCall (Right).
"We are expecting a great turnout and are proud to bring ISCF action back to Middle Georgia," said Waller, who is busily putting the brackets together for the tournaments. Adds Waller, "We are still looking to fill out a few weight divisions, and are going to try to get a few IKF fights matched up as well."
ISCF World Director, Mike Carlson, adds, "Mr. Shush (Waller) always runs a tightly organized and efficient promotion. I am looking forward to another great show out of Matthew."
Athletes interested in competing should contact Mr. Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-475-1092.
MORE NEWS OF 9-25-02
The Golden Boy
Is Back in the Kickboxing Ring
ALSO: Along with IKF Kickboxing
This Event Will Feature Missouri's First ISCF Bouts!
Say it ain't so.... To a crowd to be over 1,000 people Promoter, Trainer, and Fighter Jesse Finney (right) is stepping back into the kickboxing ring after a couple of years off in this Saturday nights (September 28th) "MIDWEST FIGHT FEST" at Lucky's in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
After opening a bigger gym and expanding the classes the gym offers.Jesse Finney is ready to start up where he left off, at the top. "Now that I have a solid stable of top fighters I am ready to step back into the ring and pursue my personal goals", Finney said. When Finney took a leave from fighting he was a 2-Time IKF Champion, and had comprised a record of 22-0 with 18 KO/TKO's. His first opponent is Curtis Christopher, from Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Christopher will be bring his undefeated record of 15-0 to St. Louis, Missouri for the Main Event.
In the nights other action, Marc "The Hammer" Mayfield (Left) will be going up against Chad Smith, from O'Fallon, Illinois, USA. Smith has an amateur record of 16-1 and has been trying to turn pro for quite a while, but can't find any fights. Mayfield has a record of 35-5, and is coming off his 2002 IKF USA Nationals Title Wins. Mayfield's last lost was in July, against Marc Hominick of Canada for the vacant IKF FCR Super Welterweight North American Title. This fight was called by IKF World Ambassador Brooks Mason, "The best Amateur fight I had ever seen". The fight between Smith and Mayfield should be just as exciting as the fight between Mayfield and Hominick.
This night will be the first ISCF fights to be held in the State of Missouri. This past summer the IKF has been working with the Missouri State's Athletic Commission on getting Amateur MMA/NHB fights approved. Now that it has finally been approved (amateur) it is only fit that Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts be the first to host these fights. (A previous event was scheduled last weekend, but with no Medical Doctor -MD- at ringside, the ISCF was forced to cancel the event)
UFC veteran Steve Berger will be the ISCF referee. In action that night will be "Mean" Mike Green of St. Louis, going up against John Hoppes of Waterloo, Iowa. Green has been working on his stand-up, while training with Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts. Talking about NHB, Mike Rogers a King of the Cage Veteran, will be fighting in his first Full Contact Rules kickboxing fight.
Rogers, who just lost a split decision to Vernon White for the King of the Cage Heavyweight Championship, has been training with Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts, has his sights on IKF US Nationals Champion Marcus Glen. He is hoping to meet him in the ring in early 2003. Rodgers will be leaving from this fight and getting ready for the Abu Dhabi try-outs two weeks from now.
On a night with great fights the undercards will also be something to watch. Four 2002 IKF USA Nationals Champions will also be in action this Saturday. Kevin Engal, (Left) who is ready to show the kickboxing world why he is one of the best, is ready for anyone. His opponent dropped out, due to an injury. So the matchmaker is currently looking for someone to fill this spot.
Leslie and Erin McNamara (Right) will both be in the ring this weekend. The twin sisters are both coming off impressive wins at the 2002 IKF USA Nationals and are looking to extend there records. Leslie will be facing Kim Nolden, of O'Fallon, Illinois, USA. This is a rematch from an exciting fight back on July 13th. Erin will be facing Melinda Richy, of Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.
The last, and definitely not the least is John Felts, (Below Right) of 21st Century Martial Arts. For those who might not remember who this guy is, you soon will. He is taking over the Juniors weigh classes with terror. This kid is someone that we will definitely hear about for many years. His opponent is Shadow Swopes, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.
Others seeing action will be Dylan Leonard (Finney's), from St. Louis, Missouri, USA. His opponent is 2002 IKF USA Nationals Runner-up Nick Anderson from Davenport, Iowa, USA. This should be another exciting fight with both fighters wanting to put there name into the IKF rankings. Leonard is one of Finney's up and coming fighters to keep an eye on. Drew Harris (Finney's) will be stepping into the ring for the first time against Alan O'Neal of Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA.
The event Representative will be Brooks Mason, who is sure to have something great to say after watching these fights. Look for the results sometime next week here on the IKF News Page. The IKF Referee for this event will be Mr. Vance Thompson. IKF Judges are John Leach, Jim Howell, and John Felts Sr. For more information contact Finney's Championship Kickboxing and Martial Arts at (314) 351-5226.
MONDAY, September 23rd, 2002, AT 10:20 AM, PT
FALL BRAWL 2002
DELIVERS AUTUMN ACTION AT AUGUSTA, Georgia, USA!
Cook Takes Home ISCF Title
A packed house of kickboxing and mixed martial arts fans were "reporting for duty" at Augusta, Georgia's Fort Gordon for outstanding IKF and ISCF sanctioned action. New and familiar faces joined the ranks of the trainers and competitors, and the night saw outstanding efforts for the fighters in attendance. The matches themselves saw some fighters establish themselves, others prove points, and a few surprises.
The night began with IKF World Team member Dennis Palmer
leading in the National Anthem. The Fort's soldiers must have thought well of
the rendition, as they responded heartily!
Then, it was time for the action to begin.
All in all, Fall Brawl 2002 brought IKF and ISCF action back to the Garden City and supported our armed services, by holding the bouts at Fort Gordon and giving the soldiers a discount on their tickets. The promoters want to thank the ISCF, IKF fighters, trainers and fans, and all of those who worked and volunteered to make the show a success!
Pictures will be added to this article later in the week. For more information, contact Augusta Martial Arts Academy at (706) 855-5269.
FRIDAY, September 20th, 2002, AT 4:30 PM, PT
With "Bad" Johnny Markwalter
RE: IKF/ISCF Augusta, Georgia, USA "FALL BRAWL" Event This Saturday Night.
IKF/ISCF Note: "Bad" Johnny Markwalter (Right) has served as everything from a prosecutor to a ring announcer. The hard-hitting former assistant district attorney is renowned for his righteously indignant in-court presentations. Once, in a final argument, Bad Johnny responded to a criminal defense lawyer's implication that a respected investigator had mischaracterized evidence in his own special way. He told the jury that opposing counsel was a "Coward," and implored him to, "Be a man!" The case resulted in a conviction! Bad Johnny is also an enthusiastic fan of the martial sports, particularly when events come to his native Augusta. Below he revels in the fights scene and enjoys the opportunity to provide his take on upcoming bouts.
Bad Johnny on Fall
"It looks to me like the Carlsons are letting some new blood come into the game. There has been a lot of rotating and recycling of the same group of fighters lately, so I think it is great that some fresher faces will get the chance."
Bad Johnny on Rob
Akins Vs Walter McCall: IKF Amateur Kickboxing (Light Middleweight)
"Razor Rob is well conditioned with great technique. Walter "PeeWee" McCall honors his heritage by positioning himself the as the modern embodiment of a Confederate foot soldier, sometimes low on ammunition, but always high on spirit and aggression. I think that Akins will be out of luck when this one ends, and I expect that McCall will be waiving a victory flag all the way back to Valdosta. Bad Johnny SEZ--McCall by Unanimous decision."
Bad Johnny on Holding
Fights at Fort Gordon
"What a place! You feel like you are in a building that should house a fight when you are in there. It is great that our armed services can be supported too, they deserve it, especially now."
Bad Johnny on Mark
Selbee Vs Kevin Brooks
"IKF Professional Kickboxing (Heavyweight): This will be the first pro fight I know of for Selbee where he will face a guy like Brooks--a true heavyweight who is coming down in weight to meet him. These guys are both well trained and skilled, and the biggest thing to hurt Brooks over the last year has been some fluke bad luck. Even though I see Selbee winning , I predict that Brooks will establish himself as a force in another rules division by his performance in this fight. Bad Johnny SEZ--Selbee by split decision."
Bad Johnny on ISCF/IKF
"They are clearly the leaders in their respective sports. They also operate with principle and integrity. Everyone saw how Steve Fossum was "front and center" when IKF and ISCF honored Jim Tredore, a local narcotics investigator who was wounded in the line of duty, at Winter Wars 2002, here this year."
Bad Johnny on Steve
Headden Vs Kevin Cook:ISCF
U.S. Light Heavyweight Title Bout
"This is an interesting match up between the powerful and compact Cook and the master technician Headden. I see this fight coming down to whether Cook can aggressively impose his will or whether Headden can stretch the match out and submit him. With a title on the line, and fans from Atlanta filling the house, I think that Headden will take the belt. Bad Johnny SEZ--Headden, via submission, in the third round."
Bad Johnny on The Doctor
"Well, I guess after my Winter Wars 2002 picks were so much more accurate than his, he is sipping some Merlot, and sitting this one out!"
DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in the foregoing column are strictly those of Johnny Markwalter, Esq. They do not represent the feelings, thoughts, or expressions of the IKF, ISCF, Karate Masters, Inc. d/b/a Augusta Martial Arts Academy, M.E.R.K. Services, Inc., any of their representatives, employees, and/or assigns, including but not limited to Steve Fossum, Eddie Singleton, William Dunwoody, Mike and/or Elizabeth Carlson.
FALL BRAWL FIGHT CARD
For more information, contact Augusta Martial Arts Academy at (706) 855-5269
TUESDAY, September 17th, 2002, AT 2:00 PM, PT
(WEIGHT) ARTILLERY TO
AT FORT GORDON ON 9-21-02
"A fighter worth watching."
That is how IKF World Ambassador and Kickboxing laureate Brooks Mason (Left) described Atlanta's heavyweight kickboxer, Mark Selbee (Right). All eyes will be zeroed in on the ring this coming Saturday night, September 21, 2002, in Augusta, Georgia, USA as Selbee locks horns with MMA standout and premiere Southeastern competitor, Kevin Brooks, in a 5 round, IKF full contact rules professional kickboxing contest.
Selbee, who trains out of the highly successful LA Boxing camp in Atlanta, is focusing his efforts to secure a shot at IKF U.S. titleholder Kevin "Hurricane" Hudson (Below Right). A win over the respected Brooks could get him noticed by many, but as a young pro (1-0) it will take more than 1 win to get a shot at Champion Hudson.
Brooks, a versatile and talented combat athlete, should not be overlooked by Selbee. Trained by legendary cornerman Gary Brown at Eagle Martial Arts in Lawrenceville, Georgia, sporting a solid background in boxing and various martial arts, and coming from a fight camp comprised of the likes of George Allen and Joe Merit, Brooks could represent a true "spoiler" for Selbee's future U.S. title hopes.
Consistent with the military motif of holding Fall Brawl 2002 at Augusta's Fort Gordon, these two fighters each possess the same "doomsday weapons"-- devastatingly powerful right hands!
For more information, contact
Augusta Martial Arts Academy
at (706) 855-5269
TUESDAY, September 10th, 2002, AT 11:00 PM, PT
TITLE BOUT TO TOP
Augusta, Georgia USA's
FALL BRAWL 2002 CARD
ISCF Georgia, USA: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Am Games Gold Medalist and number 7th ranked ISCF Middleweight Steve Headden (Right) of Atlanta, Georgia, USA will move up a weight class to the Light Heavyweight division to face number 7 ranked Light Heavyweight Kevin Cook of Lakeland. Florida, USA in the main event at Fall Brawl 2002. Fall Brawl 2002 will be an ISCF and IKF sanctioned kickboxing and mixed martial arts event to be held at Fort Gordon's Gym 1, in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday, September 21, 2002.
Headden, who holds and ISCF South Eastern Title in the Middleweight division, will fight where many say he will be more comfortable anyway. The densely muscled Cook is an experienced and highly skilled adversary for Headden, who will be fighting near his home of Atlanta. While other, additional match-ups are still "in the works", Fall Brawl 2002 looks to have both well known Southeastern standouts as well as newcomers "stepping into the squared circle " for the first time. As it stands now the September 21, 2002, Fall Brawl card is as follows:
FIGHT CARD WAS REVISED ON 9-12-02
A daytime shoot sparring and grappling tournament will also provide an opportunity for athletes of all skill levels to try their hand at martial sports competition, in a more controlled environment than the night fights. Please allow an extra 15-20 minutes to get on the Base (Event Location). Augusta Martial Arts Academy supports our Armed Forces!
Directions to get to Gym 1, Fort Gordon.
For more information, contact Augusta
Martial Arts Academy at (706) 855-5269
The Event Promoters of this event are the Promoters of Winter Wars. For info on the Winter Wars event click HERE!
MORE NEWS OF 9-11-02
Records "ANOTHER" TOP Internet Rating!
Last month we reported a new "HIGH" Rating of the IKF (www.IKFKickboxing.com) website. However, we have even better news today as we announce yet ANOTHER Internet Traffic Rating record for the site! The last report we gave you announced the IKF Web Site as being ranked at 110,994 among the Millions of Internet Web Sites. Today the site registered at 106,965 on the web traffic rating site, Alexa.com
These are not "Hits". This is a ranking among the millions of world wide web sites. Like in Golf, the lower the number, the better the rating. For example, Yahoo.com is the number 1 rated site in the world. Since the IKF started tracking the site back in April of this year, there has never been any Sanctioning body ranked ahead of the IKF Site. In fact, no site has gotten closer than 280,000 ranks of the IKF Site.
The IKF as many know is the sister Organization to the ISCF. The IKF, International Kickboxing Federation, is the largest kickboxing sanctioning body in the world today and the web traffic numbers prove this. For a comparison example as to where the IKF web site ranks among other sanctioning bodies...
Other Fight related sights will give you even a better idea of how popular the IKF web site is around the world. Some of these rankings as of today, September 11th, 2002 include;
How does the IKF site compare to sites like the NFL, NBA, Chuck Norris or Bill Wallace? See for yourself by going to our Fight Site Tracker page by clicking HERE. Or check out these sites for yourself by going to Alexa.com Remember, the lower the number, the higher the site traffic rating...