Archive | March, 2006

Gladiores Extremos: Reloaded

29 Mar

by FTX (2006-03-29)

Taking place on Friday, March 31 in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico, this event will feature several exciting Muay Thai and MMA match-ups.

The main event of the evening will be Clifton Brown (Siam No. 1, Toronto) versus Anthony Brown (Master Toddy, Las Vegas).

The special featured event of the evening will be the long awaited bout between Lynda Loyce (Fairtex, San Francisco) versus Sarah Ponce (Texas Kickboxing, Houston).

Mr.Universe and Miss World at Fairtex

24 Mar

by FTX (2006-03-24)

Fairtex Sport Club welcomes Shane Stratton former Mr .Universe and his wife Diane Jardim Strattan Miss World as our newest members to the club.

“Although my interest lays elsewhere training is my life” says Shane.” At last there is a fitness centre with modern up to date equipment right here in Pattaya”. At 5 foot 9 and 200lbs he’s hard to miss around the gym. Even harder to miss is beautiful Diane, ” its so refreshing to see a place of such high standards right here in Pattaya” articulates Diane.

If you wish to know more about Shane or Diane visted their web site http://www.australianmuscle.com

“It’s been a long time between updates but we’ve all been doing extremely well and keeping busy. So much has happened this past year, and fortunately for us it has been all good.

Probably the biggest change we’ve made to our lives was last November when we decided to sell “Universe Gym” after we were made an offer by the new owners. After nearly 6 years, Shane decided that it was the perfect opportunity to sell up and focus on other things – mainly his bikes, traveling and work commitments within his fathers mining company in Indonesia – as well as being able to spend more time together as a family 🙂

Shane had already planned on coming to Australia in November for a couple of rides and Angelina and I planned on following him onto Australia in December, so when we were approached and asked if we were interested in selling the gym, it was the perfect opportunity for us – The fact that we wouldn’t have to worry about our business while away overseas was a big factor in our decision.We originally planned on selling the gym when we were ready to make the move in a couple years time when our daughter was ready to start her education in Europe – so for us, this was the perfect time to make our choice.

We originally planned on staying on at Universe Gym to continue our training but when we were invited to try the facilities the new Fairtex Sports Complex by friend and manager Bart Van der Molan (Mr.Universe), we were both completely blown away by what we believe to be the best equipped centre in Pattaya.We haven’t trained in other places in Thailand so it is hard to compare fitness centers against each other but I honestly don’t think there is anywhere else like this!

The things that make FAIRTEX Pattaya Sports Complex and it’s fitness center so different from the other gyms is that it has everything for somebody.Whether your interests are weighting training, swimming, aerobics, Rock Climbing (Devils Peak, Thailand’s highest Rock climbing wall), racket sports (tennis, badminton and squash), basketball, soccer or Muay Thai kickboxing – this establishment has EVERYTHING you could wish for.The words PROFESSIONAL and FIRST CLASS are the only words I can use to describe FAIRTEX PATTAYA, and I’m not only talking about the facilities available but all the trainers andstaff employed by the complex are some of the best and friendliest we’ve met.

The fitness centre is equipped with awesome equipment but one thing there is something special at FAIRTEX that motivates and inspires us more than ever and has made us enjoy training again (me especially since I’ve had a LONG 3 years time out from training) – and it’s watching the Muay Thai guys (and girls) sparring in the mornings and afternoons.There is just an electricity in the air when those guys are out there going through what they they do, that just makes our workouts so much better and enjoyable.It’s also awesome to be able to go for a swim in the pool after a hard workout to wind down.

Another special feature about Fairtex is that it offers training camps.The name “FAIRTEX” is a name known world wide as one of the best Muay Thai Academy’s in the world producing countless national and international Muay Thai Kickboxing / MMA champions, but those interested in weight training and other activities who prefer to stay in a place that caters for all their needs also stay here can also benefit from what FAIRTEX PATTAYA offers.

Besides the accommodation for those that stay and train with Thailand’s best trainers at Fairtex, all meals are also available and specially designed and catered for athletes in the Cafeteria located within the Dorm/Camp section. All nutrition/dietary and supplementation advice is also available for those that require guidance in these areas too.

The Five Star Hotel section of the Resort is still undergoing construction, but all the sporting facilities are fully operational.Plans are already in progress for a second stage of the resort – Which we believe will soon become Thailand’s Premier Resort and the ONLY place to stay while visiting Thailand.

There is so much available on offer atFAIRTEX PATTAYA Sports Complex but for those who wish continue to stay fit and active while away on vacation – You will not find anywhere else better that FAIRTEX PATTAYA Sports Complex to cater for all your needs.”

Dan Higgins fighting on Extreme Wars 1- Hawaii

24 Mar

by Tony Colin Green (2006-03-24)

In a special attraction fight, Australian Danny “Death Roll” Higgins (9-2, IMA Australia) steps onto the battlefield to face Fernando Gonzalez (7-2) of Hawaii.

Higgins, nicknamed “Death Roll” after the lethal move a crocodile uses to kill its prey, is one of the fiercest talents to come from down under and looks to invade Hawaii.

Opposing him is Gonzalez who is riding high on a three-fight winning streak, including his debut victory over Sydney Silva at the last Extreme Wars X-1.

Higgins was brought to the attention of Extreme Wars X-1 through Middleweight King of Pancrase and UFC veteran Nathan Marquardt (who is scheduled to corner Danny) and is well known in Australia for being the bodyguard of the one and only “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. Gonzalez better be careful or Higgins might just take a bit out of him in what promises to be an action packed fight, crykee!

Extreme Wars X-1 2 Fight Card
Blaisdell Arena March 18, 2004

Fights start at 7:00 PM so come early!

– Walter Saliss Vs Jr Sua
– Jamal Perkins (808 Fight Factory) VS “Sugar” Shane Nelson (BJ Penn’s MMA)
– Peter “Boy” VS Bryson Kamaka (808 Fight Factory)
– Kevin Delima (Bulls Pen) VS Dave Moreno
– Albert Manners (BJ Penn’s MMA) VS Lorenzo Coca
– Ed Newalu (808 Fight Factory) VS to be announced

X-1 Title Fight

– Jim Kikuchi (808 Fight Factory) VS Lafayette Barelo
– Mike Malone (Eastsidaz) VS Tupu AluAlu (Grappling Unlimited)
– Gabriel Kamakahi VS Jay Carter (BJ Penn’s MMA)
– Miles Tynannes VS Reuben “Warpath” Villareal

Super Heavy Weight

– Shane Carwin Vs Matt Nelson
– Danny”Death Roll” Higgins VS Fernando Gonzalez

X-1 World Title Event

– Harris Sarmiento (808 Fight Factory) Vs Kola Koka
– X-1 World Title Belt
– Ross “Da Boss” Ebanez (BJ Penn’s MMA) VS Mark Moreno (Bulls Pen)
– John “The Bull” Marsh (228 St Gym) Vs John “Big J” Kailiuli
– Marcelo Tiger VS John Lober

FIRST CALIFORNIA MMA SHOW A SUCCESS

24 Mar

by MMA Weekly (2006-03-24)

It took 15 years for MMA to make it’s debut in California and it took Frank Shamrock just :21 seconds to dismantle Cesar Gracie in the main event of the first show ever in the state of California.

Over 18,000 people packed into the HP Pavilion in San Jose to witness history, as the first mixed martial arts event took place. Celebrities such as actor Forrest Whitaker, San Francisco 49er Dana Stubblefield, actor Chuck Norris and model Tyra Banks packed in to see the show, but it wasn’t easy for promoter Scott Coker to pull off the Strikeforce event.

Politicians tried to pull the plug on the event at 3pm, just hours before the show. An injunction was filed in San Jose courts to try to pull the plug on the show yesterday afternoon, but it did not go through.

That may have been bad news for Cesar Gracie as Frank Shamrock landed a crushing right hand just :21 seconds into the fight that knocked out Gracie. Both fighters came out swinging, but it was Gracie getting caught and knocked out. The shot that landed actually broke the hand of Shamrock. Shamrock told the sold out crowd that he is back and he will return to MMA full time.

The shocker of the night was in the light weight division. Clayton Guida, who improved to 20-3, dismantled Josh Thomson to win the ISKA Lightweight Championship. Guida used a ground n pound style that made him look like UFC Champion Matt Hughes in the fight. Guida executed take down after take down to pound out the decision. Thomson had Guida in trouble many times with guillotine chokes, but couldn’t finish the holds and would later pay for the submission attempts as his right eye was battered shut.

In the co-main event Cung Le was successful in his pro MMA debut making short work of Mike Altman. Le won by KO in the first round at 3:51 as he knocked out Altman with a great left hook. Altman did not attempt a takedown in the fight.

Mike Kyle hurt Krysztof Soszynski early in Round 1, but an accidential finger by Kyle in the eye of Soszynski ended the fight. Soszynski could not continue as the finger cut the eye lid (ala Randy Couture vs Vitor Belfort 2)and the fight was ruled as a Technical Draw in Round 1.

Eugene Jackson made his return to MMA for the first time in two years with a unanimous decision over Jorge Ortiz. Former WWE wrestler Daniel Puder survived a huge right hand by Jesse Fujarczyk, then settled down and looked impressive getting a rear naked choke for the win in Round 1.

Gilbert Melendez is starting to make a bid for being the best fighter in the world at 145 by easily handling Harris Sarmiento. Melendez dominated from start to finish winning by verbal submission due to strikes at :44 seconds into Round 2.

Brian Ebersole over powered Matt Horwich for three rounds to win a unanimous decision. Nathan Diaz, the brother of Nick, looked dominant in his fight as he got an easy TKO victory over Tony Juares at 3:23 of Round 1.

Scott Graham sunk in a rear naked choke at 2:37 of round one to get the victory over Chris Yee, while Crafton Wallace knocked out previously undefeated fighter Ray Routh at :35 seconds of Round 2 to win. Look for many more fights to come off in Northern California as this shows was a huge success.

Steve Wakeling wins the WBC Muaythai World Championship Title

15 Mar

by FTX (2006-03-15)

The event televised on Sky TV attracted a full house of British Lords, celebrities and workers who came to cheer the local hero who, at 21 years, is now the Muay Thai ring king.

A disappointed Parr, who has narrowly lost two world title challengers in the past four months, said he just failed to catch Wakeling with his hard punches. “He stopped me coming forward in the first two rounds with his elbow weapons, and by the time I worked out how to counter him I ran out of time.”

Wakeling paid tribute to Parr who he had idolized as a teenager. “When I was going to school I looked up to John Wayne Parr and my dream was to be as good as him. It’s really a bit surreal to beat a living legend for a WBC world title.” Two of the three judges awarded to title to Wakeling.

SPARTAN 15 “Desire”

7 Mar

by David McDonald (2006-03-07)

With the latest installment of Australia’s Showpiece Mixed Martial Arts event just weeks away, I am happy to announce another great card.

Tickets are now available.You can view seating information at http://www.TheSpartan.tv (currently under construction).

Here is a quick rundown on the fights in the line up …

Dan Higgins is coming off a his spectacular Round 1 Submission on Pancrasse veteran Yuji Hisamatsu at the last Spartan, he is now set to take on another leading Japanese opponent that will be announced soon.

The ‘Hunter’ Adrian Pang is looking to add the Australian Featherweight title to his already impressive record when he takes on the ‘rising star’ that is ‘Dinosaur’ Jake Sidic.Jaje is coming off a 6 week training stint in Tokyo, where he sparred and rolled with some of the best in the business.This will be one of the most talked about matches of the year.

Also featuring Spartan regular Matt ‘Rolling Bear’ Cain will be banging it out with New Zealand sensation Hamish ‘F U’ Robertson.Both boys in sensational form, this is sure to please.

Former Pancration champion Jon Leven will be making his Spartan debut against a formidable opponent in Newcastle’s Justin Murray! Justin was narrow points loser a split decision against Matt Cain last start and Jon is coming off a TKO 1st round stoppage also against Matt (Cain) that saw both boys letting the leather fly.This match up will be a war!

A full under card as outlined below ensures Spartan’s dominance in MMA’s rise as Australia’s full contact fighting SHOWPIECE event.Here are the confirmed match ups with more still to come:

Matches confirmed so far:

Justin Murray (Gracie Barra) v Jon Leven (Jin Wu Koon Double Dragon Kung Fu)

Matt ‘Rolling Bear’ Cain (Advanced M.A.) v Hamish ‘F U’ Robertson

Dimitry Rozenbelov (Submission Wrestling Arts) v Kenton ‘Rage’ Campbell (PUMMA)

Steve Oliver (Gracie Barra) v TBA

Stuart Ashby (Endurance) v Taka (Advanced M.A.)

Pete ‘Bull’ Hickmott (Rings Toowoomba) v Brad ‘Hand Grenade’ Harcourt (5 Rings)

Adrian ‘The Hunter’ Pang v ‘Dinosaur’ Jake Sidic

Dan ‘Deathroll’ Higgins v TBA (Japan)

Saturday March 25 Southport Sharks, Gold Coast AUSTRALIA

Doors Open 6pm for 7pm start.

Fairtex Japan Opens A Fourth Gym

1 Mar

by FTX (2006-03-01)

Fairtex has expanded its Japan operation by opening a fourth gym within the Tokyo metropolitan area.Fairtex and Weerasakreck jointly purchased a four-story building which will be converted into one of the largest muaythai training centers in Japan. Fairtex Thailand has sent five Thai trainers to assist with the new operation, headed by Jackrit Fairtex and Fanta Fairtex.

“Having established ourselves in the US, it has always been my dream to promote muaythai in Japan.The Japanese understand and appreciate muaythai as one of the most effective combat sports in the ring.The athletes with muaythai skills have done very well in Pride and K-1.I am proud that Fairtex is playing a prominent role in promoting muaythai to the Japanese public,�? states Mr. Philip Wong, Chairman and Founder of Fairtex Group.

In 2004, Fairtex and Weerasakreck gyms joined forces as equal partners to form the Weerasakreck-Fairtex Muaythai organization in Japan. Weerasakreck Gym has been active in Japan for over 10 years and is considered one of the pioneers of muaythai in Japan.Weerasakreck regularly promotes the sport of muaythai through its M-1 event, which one of the biggest muaythai promotions in Japan.Since merging with Fairtex, the operation has grown from one sole gym to four gyms spread throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area.

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