Archive | August, 2008

Ralek Gracie At Fairtex San Francisco

28 Aug

by FTX (2008-08-28)

Last week our good friend Ralek Gracie stopped by Fairtex San Francisco, and gave the lucky group in attendance a full evening Jiu Jitsu Seminar.Ralek attracted a large group of students, many of whom had never trained Jiu Jitsu in the past.The night’s teachings were enjoyed by all, as Ralek showed himself as excellent a teacher, as he is a competitor.
Fairtex would like to thank Ralek Gracie on behalf of all our students in San Francisco. We’re looking forward to seeing him again soon.For more information on Ralek Gracie seminars, and also his fighting career, please visit,

Integrated Martial Arts Featured In MMA Sports

24 Aug

by FTX (2008-08-24)

Our good friends in Australia, Integrated Martial Arts, are featured in a 2 page spread this month in MMA Sports Australia.Integrated Martial Arts is currently Australia’s top MMA fight team.Congratulations to our friends, and continued success!

Caio Terra Wins Gold At No-Gi Worlds!

22 Aug

by FTX (2008-08-22)

Our good friend Caio Terra recently won gold for his second consecutive year at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu No-Gi World Championships.Caio’s two Golds have come in the 135 lbs Black Belt division.
Caio’s Jiu Jitsu is extraordinarily technical, and he has been able to dominate his division for the last two years.Congratulations to Caio from everyone at Fairtex!ADCC take notice of this talented young athlete.

Canadian Cambell To Test Lamsongkram

18 Aug

by (2008-08-18)

Undefeated WBC MUAYTHAI Middleweight World Champion Lamsongkram Chuwatana defends his title against Canadian sensation Shane Campbell at the San Manuel Casino in California USA on 4 September.
Lamsongkram won the title from Britain’s Steve Wakeling in London and he is regarded as elite fighter and icon of Muaythai.
But the Thai champion, who has fought over 100 times in first class competition, will be tested by Campbell who has an imposing record of 29 wins, 4 loses and 9 KO’s
As well as holding the North American and Mid West American USA title belts Campbell is the current WKA World Muaythai Champion.

Katrina Alendal Wins at ShoXC!

18 Aug

by FTX – Photos Courtesy Of Sherdog (2008-08-18)

On Friday night at the Table Mountain Casino in Southern California, Fairtex’s Katrina Alendal made a successful ShoXC debut, defeating Melanie Lacroix by unanimous decision.
Kat’s ShoXC debut was the first fight on her new EliteXC contract.We are all excited to see where she goes form here, as she has set off on a path towards the division’s best in Cyborg and Carano.From everyone at Fairtex, Congratulations Kat!

Cage Fighting Championship 5

11 Aug

by Tony Green for IMA Australia (2008-08-11)

We are proud to announce: Cage Fighting Championship 5 “Showdown” will take place September 12th 2008 at Luna Park’s, Big Top Stadium. Hector “Shango” Lombard Vs Brian “Bad Boy” Ebersole headline the September fight card which features a stellar under card line up. It’s a night of Mixed Martial Arts action and Cage fighting supremacy, as the best Australian and International fighters come to Sydney to battle in the famous CFC Hexagon.
We can expect to see fireworks when Integrated MMA/Fairtex Middleweight Kyle “The Ozzie” Noke returns to fight Carlo La Torre of Belgium. Carlo, who was forced to pull out of CFC 4 due to breaking his hand, was replaced by close friend and training partner Yoann Gouiada who was defeated by Kyle at CFC 4. Carlo has vowed to defeat Kyle and is making this match personal.
Jamie Tehuna makes his long awaited CFC debut against Davion Peterson from the U.S.A. JamieTehuna who had to stop fighting to have shoulder surgery in 2007 is ready to get his career back on track and Davion a talented wrestler will have to use all his skills as Jamie hasn’t been defeated sincehis return.
Also a feature of the night will be Integrated MMA/Fairtex fighter Matt Cain the former Australian Welterweight Champion fighting for no.1 Contender status. The long awaited return to the cage of Matt “Rolling Bear” Cain will see him fight for the rite to challenge the current CFC Welterweight Champion for the Title.
With shows recently aired on Fox sports and Fuel TV, CFC has again raised the bar in Australian MMA. This event is proudly sponsored by Vas , MMA Factory and WSII International.
For more information check out
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Saki Crowned K-1 USA GP Champ in Hawaii

11 Aug

by Monty DiPietro, photos courtesy of FEG (2008-08-11)

HONOLULU, August 9, 2008 — Kickboxer Gokhan Saki upset the field tonight to win the USA GP ’08 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. The 24 year-old Turk — a late substitute who came into the tournament with but four K-1 bouts to his name — turned aside three opponents en route to victory.
The K-1 World Grand Prix ’08 in Hawaii featured the K-1 USA GP tournament, along with a trio of Superfights and other bouts featuring local and international K-1 fighters.
The K-1 USA GP followed the classic K-1 elimination tournament format — eight fighters meeting in quarterfinal bouts, the winners advancing to a pair of semifinals, the victors there going head-to-head in the final.
In the first of the quarterfinals, 185cm/6’1″ American slugger Mighty Mo, who won the Hawaii tournament last year, faced compatriot Justice Smith, a 206cm/6’9″ kickboxer. Smith circled with the jab to start, but Mo got a hard right in on target. There was a protracted time stoppage after a Smith knee smashed Mo in the orchises. Mo had anguish tattooed on his face, but after a few minutes of recovery time was able to resume. An aggressive Mo barreled in on his opponent with the fists swinging, but the closed-up Smith weathered the storm and responded with a knee. In the course of the ruckus, head-to-head contact opened a cut on Mo’s face, prompting another time stoppage for a doctor’s check, and a one-point penalty for Smith.
In the second Mo got in and connected with uppercuts, hooks and knees; but Smith took the blows, responding with front kicks to open up the distance and escape the round. Figuring he was behind on the cards, Smith threw a couple of desperate high kicks in the third, but could not sustain the attacks. Mo closed again, pumping in the right hook and uppercut. Smith would not go down, and these were two fatigued fighters by the final bell. Mo took the majority decision.
In the second tournament matchup, it was rotund American boxer Butterbean taking on multidisciplinary fighter Hawaiian Wesley “Cabbage” Correira of Hawaii.
Slow going through the first round, the fighters standing center-ring, and but for a occasional low kick the action confined to punches that could make it across Butterbean’s prodigious physical form. But then, early in the second, from out of nowhere a Cabbage high kick clocked his opponent on the side of the jaw. A look of astonishment flashed across Butterbean’s face as he clutched at his opponent’s leg to stay his fall. But fall he did. A KO win for Correira and a trip to the semis.
Opening the second tournament bracket were Saki, who had been promoted from the reserve bout a day earlier when scheduled fighter Chalid Die Faust could not secure a visa; and the German-born, Hawaii-based boxer and muay thai fighter Deutsch Puu.
Saki threw the hard quick low kicks to start, while Puu — who desperately wanted to get close and punch it out — never got his chance. The hapless Hawaiian’s legs were gone by midway through the first, when Saki’s kicks earned him two quick successive downs to make it official.
The last of the tournament quarterfinals pitted Danish karate stylist Nicholas Pettas against kickboxer Rick Cheek of the United States. This one started promisingly with Pettas throwing low kicks and just missing with a high kick, Cheek stepping in when he saw an opening. But suddenly, a wincing Pettas offered up his glove to Cheek, who appeared to not understand what was happening. Actually nobody seemed to know what was happening as Pettas turned away and walked to his corner. The referee, who likes to know what is happening, followed Pettas, who made an explanation, whereupon the ref waved his arms to signal an end to the fight. The last ones to know what was happening were the crowd, who by now had began to jeer. Pettas took the ring mic to say he was injured and could not continue, and later explained he had aggravated a groin injury sustained in training weeks earlier.
Another injury changed the matchup for the first semifinal — it was announced prior to the bout that Mighty Mo could not continue in the tournament due damage suffered in his scrap with Smith. Under K-1 rules, reserve fight winner Randy Kim took Mo’s spot against “Cabbage” Correira.
An aggressive start to this one, Kim firing in kicks, Cabbage closing with fists. Kim had the more varied attacks through the first — low kicks, knees, a spinning back punch and a couple of good right crosses that made contact — but could deliver the decisive blow. In the second, however, it was evident that Correira’s trailing leg was hurt. Kim focused his attacks there, striking on the inside of the calf to score a down, then kicking the leg again to get a second down and pick up the win.
The second semi saw Saki and Cheek in a spirited contest. Cheek came out with some good stuff, sailing a high kick wide and making partial contact with a spinning back kick. But Saki was smart and steady with his hard kicks and one-two combinations. It was a couple of Saki kicks that brought Cheek down the first time, and an expertly-timed left to the body that put him on the mat again to send Saki through to the final.
And so Saki met Randy Kim in the final. Saki started with some fancy kicks and combinations, planting a high kick that Kim ably blocked, the Korean stepping through with the fists to keep it close, then putting an ax kick long and onto the shoulder blades. In the second, Saki timed a left perfectly to drop Kim, but the Korean jack-in-the-boxed to his feet to barely the count. Kim was standing but he was hurting.
Smelling blood, Saki went on the offensive, approaching his closed-up opponent with fists. Kim endeavored to rally, spinning a back kick short then stepping in with a right, which Saki coolly countered with a left that sent the Korean down. This time Kim did not beat the count, and Saki had the win and the tiki-adorned USA GP trophy.
With his victory, Gokhan Saki earns a spot at the K-1 World GP ’08 Final 16 Tournament, set for September 27 in Seoul.
“I feel really good,” said Saki afterward. “Although I was scheduled for the reserve, I trained to be ready to fight through the entire tournament, because the same thing happened to me two years ago in Amsterdam, when I went from the reserve to the final [losing to Bjorn Bregy]. So my conditioning was good, but still I was little nervous in the first fight. It was nice having the crowd get behind me as I progressed through the tournament — I feel like my team and I are the new Hawaiians!”
In the evening’s Superfights:
K-1 Heavyweight Champion Badr Hari of Morocco met Croatian MMA fighter Domagoj Ostojic. It was Hari by KO when these two met three years ago, and Ostojic had vowed to avenge the loss tonight. But Hari had other ideas.
The bell rang, the fighters closed to the center of the ring, Ostojic tossed a low kick, and then, the fighters simultaneously threw lefts. Both punches landed, and although a rattled Hari stumbled backward and into the ropes, it was Ostojic who went down. The Croatian could not beat the count, and Hari had the win at 0:19.
“I just opened with the jab and he went over,” said Hari in his post-fight interview. “I normally knock people out with my right, but I think I showed tonight that I can do it with my left as well — I’m becoming a dangerous man! I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t show the fans more, but I showed them a KO. I’m satisfied, because it’s a fight, and the nicest things you can do in a fight our not get hurt, and knock people out!”
Australian muay thai fighter Paul Slowinski took on Moroccan kickboxer Aziz “Iceman” Jahjah in a thrilling back-and-forth contest.
A fine start to this one, Slowinski moving forward with tight technical kick and punch combinations, Jahjah scoring points from in close with the fists. In the second, Jahjah turned on the hurt, sinking a punch for a down then chasing Slowinski. The Aussie fighter got the down back with a right straight punch on a counter, but Jahjah soon connected with a right hook to score his second down. At this point it was looking bad for Slowinski — but after sending the Aussie stumbling, Jahjah pulled away, apparently believing he’d won the fight. Slowinski stayed in his feet and made it out of the round. The lack of finish would come back to hurt Jahjah in the third round.
Here a refreshed Slowinski chased the increasingly fatigued Jahjah with punches to earn a standing count, then, to the delight of the crowd, pumped in a right hook and an uppercut to drop the Turk. Jahjah was hanging by a thread now, and Slowinski dispatched him with a couple of hooks.
“I had a game plan,” said Slowinski, “but Aziz’s right just kept coming in so quickly that I had to scrap the game plan and fight a brawl instead. I’m glad I got the win!”
In the third Superfight, it was American MMA fighter Scott Junk versus Min Soo Kim, a South Korean judoka.
Junk tossed low kicks and led with the right cross to start, and was looking good until he ran into a Kim straight punch and went down. Kim scored a second down with a left hook from close to take a strong lead on the score cards. There was some trash talk in the ring after the bell to end the first, cornermen stepping in to help the referee separate the fighters. In the second Kim the southpaw took a number of low kicks to his right leg before closing with fists, but Junk’s blocking was sound and the American continued to put up points with his legs. In the third Junk again chopped at Kim’s leg with low kicks, but found only fists or the clinch when the distance closed. Junk could not get the down he needed to get it close, and Kim coasted to a unanimous decision.

All three undercard fights acted as reserve matches for the USA GP tournament.
In the first reserve, South Korean shot putter Randy Kim (196cm/6’5″) stepped in against the 180cm/5’11” Vilitonu Fonokalafi, a Hawaiian MMA and muay thai stylist.
Fonokalafi passed Kim’s low kicks to strike in the first, Kim replying to the invitation with some good fistwork of his own before coming in with a knee that rattled Fonokalafi. By early in the second Fonokalafi appear to be entirely out of gas, and Kim needed only the limpest of lefts to send him to the canvas, where he stayed.
Gokhan Saki’s promotion to the tournament had opened up a spot in the second reserve fight. The last-minute replacement was German K-1 veteran Stefan Leko, who went up against Junior Sua, a 41 year-old Hawaiian. Some might have figured Sua as way out of his league here, but the local fighter marshaled a terrific effort, surprising Leko with a right hook to score an early down. Leko had a smile on his face as he rose from the canvas, and now found his form, scoring two quick downs — the first a standing count, the second courtesy a knee — to bring this one to its logical conclusion.
In the last of the undercard bouts, Japanese kyokushin fighter Koichi made his K-1 debut against Dutch muay thai stylist Rico Verhoeven. The boys mixed it up well, both getting the strikes through, both tough enough to take them. It went to the cards where Verhoeven took a unanimous decision.
All bouts were fought under Official K-1 Rules (3Min. x 3R, with a possible tiebreaker round, two possible tiebreakers in the tournament final and the Superfights)
The K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Hawaii attracted a crowd of 8,807 to the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu. Hawaiian hero and former sumo wrestler Akebono, the event’s co-promoter, took the stage early to encourage the crowd to make some noise, and they obliged big time — bringing a terrific energy to the arena, spurring on the fighters.
The event was broadcast live across Japan on Fuji TV and in South Korea on the CJ Media Network. Time-delay broadcasts will bring the K-1 World Grand Prix 2008 in Hawaii to some 135 countries — for scheduling information, contact local providers. Check with the K-1 Official Website ( for official results and comprehensive coverage of this and all K-1 events.

Gilbert Melendez Retools, Wants Rematch With Josh Thompson

1 Aug

by Joe Morgan for (2008-08-01)

After opening his career with 13 straight victories, lightweight Gilbert Melendez (14-2) has struggled recently. A unanimous decision loss to new Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson in June was Melendez’s second loss in three bouts.
While a recent guest on TAGG Radio (, the official radio partner of (, Melendez said he is prepared to revamp his approach to future fights.
“I want to emphasize more on certain things,” Melendez said. “Instead of just doing jiu-jitsu, or just doing wrestling, just doing sparring, I want to do more specific things. I’ve got to evolve.”
Thomson, Melendez’s good friend and former training partner, outworked him for 25 minutes en route to a unanimous decision victory. Melendez said, just as with his first loss to Mitsuhiro Ishida, he respected the game plan his opponent put in place.
“I think [Thomson] knew me pretty well,” Melendez claimed. “I think he had a really good game plan. I think my two losses were to pretty good game plans.
“I feel like I can perform better than that. But, I had a good time out there. I can’t wait to do it again. I definitely want to fight him as a fighter. I don’t know about the business aspect. But I do want to fight him again, friend or no friend.”
Melendez said a “back-to-basics” approach, where “El Nino” refocuses on what originally made him successful, would be necessary moving forward.
“I’ve got to practice those transitions and get that flow going,” Melendez admitted. “I felt like I was tough in my top jiu-jitsu game, but I didn’t get a chance to use it because I didn’t put him on his back. I didn’t practice chasing the guy down and setting up the takedown with punches. That’s what got me there, so I need to go back to it.”
Melendez said he also hopes to re-evaluate the way in which he trains.
“That’s another thing I’ve got to improve on,” Melendez said. “[Jake Shields and I] kind of train ourself sometimes. Cesar (Gracie) helps us, too. But we’re in San Francisco.
“If you saw Josh’s corner, he had like four guys or three guys really taking care of him — jiu-jitsu, Muay-Thai coach, Javier (Mendez) — and they’re real professional out there. That’s another thing I want to do is maybe get a real cornerman.”
Just 26 years old, Melendez realizes there are still plenty of fights remaining in his future. And despite a few disappointing performances, the California resident is resolved to once again be considered among the world’s best.
“I’m moving forward,” Melendez said. “I’m not happy about [the loss]. I still have a big, long future, and I plan on becoming one of the best fighters out there. It will take some time. A little regroup and improve some skills, and I think I’ll be ready.”
Melendez also discussed how difficult it was to fight a friend, as well as when he hopes to return to action. To hear the full interview, download Thursday’s edition of TAGG Radio, available for free in the TAGG Radio archives.
This story, written by John Morgan, was produced by TAGG Radio ( specially for ( The show — which is hosted by fighter/broadcaster Frank Trigg, Gorgeous George and stud producer Goze — books some of the biggest names in MMA. Download all the former episodes at, or tune into TAGG Radio’s live shows Monday-Friday at noon ET/9 a.m. PT.

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