FRIDAY, February 27th, 2004, AT 9:00 AM, PT
"WAR IN WESTPORT"
IKF and ISCF Promoter Dan Tharp will host "WAR IN WESTPORT" tonight at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City Missouri, USA. We had no bout info as of press time but for more info please contact Mr. Dan Tharp at (816) 560-1964 or by E-Mail At: Sicarii67@aol.com
MONDAY, February 23rd, 2004, AT 10:00 PM, PT
TUESDAY, February 10th, 2004, AT 10:30 AM, PT
"Rumble In The
For information please contact the Finney Gym at (314) 351-5226, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
SATURDAY, February 7th, 2004, AT 2:05 PM, PT
THURSDAY, February 5th, 2004, AT 6:00 PM, PT
F. L. DEAN has informed us today that they will re-start coverage for all IKF & ISCF Sanctioned Promoters and their events at the end of this month. Since we have such an excellent "Safety" track record with NO CLAIMS, all IKF & ISCF Sanctioned Promoters will not have to pay a LARGE UP FRONT FEE of something like $2,500.00 for coverage. However, all other non IKF & ISCF sanctioned events WILL.
As far as the rates, we have been informed they will be "VERY" close to those "GREAT" rates we have been paying in the past. Yes, they will be a little higher, but very close to the fees noted on our Fighter Insurance which can be seen by clicking HERE. We here at the IKF & ISCF along with the staff at F. L. Dean Thank you for your patients and understanding during this time.
WEDNESDAY, February 4th, 2004, AT 3:10 PM, PT
In The Jungle"
St. Louis, MO, USA: On Tuesday October 29th, 1974 two great champions met in the 15 round fight in Zaire. The first fighter was Muhammad Ali. Ali was on his path back to regaining his World Title that he was stripped of when he refused to go to war. His opponent was the current World Champion George Foreman. Foreman had won the title by demolishing Joe Frazier in 2 rounds. The Ali-Foreman event was marketed as "Rumble in the Jungle" (Right).
Over the past 30 years many promoters have revisited the names of historic fights, and using the headlines for their events. This holds true this Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Shamrock Promotions LLC has teamed up with Rum Jungle to bring a tremendous night of action to the St. Louis fight fans.
Rumble Jungle is the biggest night club in St. Louis, with over 40,000sq/ft. The fight atmosphere has been said to the most energetic, by past fighters. The high energy level is joined with an amazing sound system and a 30x30 Video screen, that the fights are projected on. This way there is not a bad seat in the house. The event is headlined as "The Rumble in the Jungle".
This fight won't have World Titles on it but will showcase some of the best fighters in the US. Shamrock Promotions LLC has moved away from the traditional fight card, and have put numerous different types of fights all on the same card. This Saturday's fight card will have 4 NHB/MMA, 3 FCR Kickboxing, 1 submission, and 1 boxing. When asked why the change Shamrock Promotions President Jesse Finney (L) answered; "It widens our spectator base, with NHB really getting big, allot of people like seeing it. This way we can give people that might not have scene the different fight styles the opportunity to get interested in something new."
The main event will give fans a new look at number 2 World Ranked IKF Amateur FCR Fighter Kevin "The Hitman" Engel (L). Engel will be facing Henry Ikebuwa from Kansas City, KS. This will be Engel's first NHB fight. There will be 3 other NHB fights on the card. Nick Zona, from St. Louis will be facing Colin Botbrick. Botbrick is from Tulsa, OK and is trained by Mikey Burnetts out of the Lion's Den. The 3rd NHB fight will be between Todd Fager from St. Louis vs Leo Pla of Kansas City, KS. Pla is no stranger to the St. Louis fights. He posted a win at the same location back in December. The last NHB fight will be between Dustin Severs of St. Louis vs Damion Smith of Kansas City, KS.
The three Full Contact Rules kickboxing fights will be just as exciting. "Little" Matt Taff (R) of St. Louis will be facing John Antigliado from Columbia, MO. Josh Fischer of St. Louis will met Cory Cortrell also from Columbia, MO. Cortell and Antigliado are both trained by Former World Champion Zenny Reynolds. The final kickboxing match will be Rob Rickerman of St. Louis against Matt Mabula from Detroit, MI. Mabula is trained by North American Champion Ray Dardin.
Rounding out the card you will see a boxing match between Brandon Bowie, from Troy, MO and Kenny Garcia, from Granite City, IL and finally a submission/grappling match between John Manke from St. Louis and Ken Keiser from Detroit, MI.
For information regarding the fights or if you interested in participating in an upcoming fight show please contact the Finney Gym at (314) 351-5226, or email them at email@example.com
MORE NEWS OF 2-4-04
Gauntlet Productions Goes
"One On One" with Thorpe & Herring
ISCF Georgia, USA: Recently Gauntlet Productions' Matthew Waller (Right) caught up with a few guys that will be competing on his SFO X card set for this weekend, February 6th in Macon Georgia, USA. One of them was James Thorpe (Below Right) who is also know as the "Black Plague". This is what Thorpe had to say to Waller about his training and upcoming bout:
Next Waller sat down with James opponent, Chris Herring from North Carolina. Here is what Chris had to say to Matthew.
SATURDAY, January 31st 2004, AT 11:20 AM, PT
To Make UFC Debut
ISCF Georgia, USA: Two Time ISCF Champion Jonathan "Lock N' Load" Wiezorek, (Right, ISCF Pro U.S. Super Heavyweight Champion), is ready to make his debut in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on April 2nd. He will face Wade Shipp of San Diego, California, in a preliminary match to the main fight card.
Shipp is a newcomer to the UFC as well. UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, said that his intention is to introduce a couple of newcomers to vie to stay with the promotion. The winner of the debut match will then have a chance to establish himself among the best of the world's heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.
Wiezorek, with a 5-0 professional MMA record, has defeated such notables as Dan "The Beast" Severn, John Dixson, and Jonathan Ivey. His defeat of Severn in 2001 earned him a Super Heavyweight World title of an MMA promotional group. His defeat of Dixson garnered the ISCF title. Wiezorek's last two matches have totaled about a minute in fight time and both ended by choke submission.
Wiezorek says that he expects Shipp to be his most well-rounded opponent yet. "He will be extremely tough," said Lock N' Load. He continued, "Probably the most tenacious I have ever faced."
His manager, James Corbett (Left) of Valdosta Martial Arts Center in Valdosta, Georgia, says that he (of course) hopes Wiezorek will do well in the match. "Jonathan is training smart for this fight. He is using the talent of a lot of accomplished trainers and fighters from around the south east to help prepare him." Corbett continued, "There are many world class fighters right here in Georgia that are helping Wiezorek. Many of these; Foster, Headden, Griffin, just to name a few; are as deserving as Wiezorek of such a fight opportunity themselves."
The event will be UFC 47 and held at Manadalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be available via Pay-Per-View over DirecTV, DISH, and cable.
Wiezorek is a 1997 Georgia State High School Wrestling Champion and a graduate of Valdosta State Universities rigorous Sport Medicine program. He is currently earning a Master's Degree in Sports Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. He is interested in exploring a full-time career as a professional fighter and also has future plans to earn a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine and teach on the university level. He is sponsored by Open MRI of Valdosta, Casca Grossa, Langdale Industries, ACH Mortgage, Vulcan Steel, Harmon's Awards. For more information on Wiezorek, click HERE.
FRIDAY, January 30th 2004, AT 7:00 PM, PT
Illinois Says "NO" To Kickboxing...
Mixed Martial Arts Banned Too... Can ISCF Come To The Rescue?
On Wednesday, January 14th, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich banned "Toughman" events. Along with it, the State of Illinois is cracking down on other fighting events as well, including Kickboxing and MMA/NHB (Ultimate fighting style events). The State Department of Professional Regulation closed legal loopholes that have permitted Toughman bouts in Illinois in the past. In the past, Toughman's claim that it was a kickboxing event in Illinois exempted it from the state's boxing act. No longer. The new Illinois rules strengthen the previous definitions in the Boxing Act that had previously allowed promoters of "Toughman" events to mask their events and advertise them as "kickboxing" events. Officials said Toughman organizers got away with the "kickboxing" loophole but now the competitions are subject to the standards of professional boxing, including strict weight classes and medical safeguards. Violators face stiff fines and criminal charges. State inspectors say that many of the participants lack fight training, the referees are unlicensed, or at the very least...lax. Toughman and other amateur competitions must now ensure that the promoter, all the fighters, referees and ringside doctors are properly licensed by the state before the event can go forward.
The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation effectively halted the matches through emergency rule changes to the state's boxing law. The new law also says that Promoters and participants of MMA/NHB (Ultimate fighting style events) must now follow the same rules as professional boxing. When you look at the toughman weightclasses, one needs to wonder, "HOW" did they get away with such massive weight spreads: Light Heavyweight: 160 -184 Lbs., Heavyweight: 185 - 400 Lbs. With an entree fee as high as $62.50, toughman had a pretty good profit margin.
Last year Toughman came into the headlines here at the IKF because of owner Art Dores' "Insulting" attempt to legalize his events by calling them "Kickboxing!"
Toughman pits amateur fighters against each other in a bid to be called the toughest in a community. Toughman drew attention last June when a 30-year-old Florida woman was coaxed into fighting an experienced woman boxer and suffered fatal injuries. Jodie Meyers, the sister of Stacy Young, who died in such a fight in Sarasota, Florida last year, and Meyers' husband Donald joined Illinois Professional Regulation Director Fernando Grillo in announcing the change. The Meyerses have become activists in getting states to prohibit the fights. Illinois is the 14th. "These competitions amount to organized street fights," Grillo said. "The participants lack training, the rules are loose -- at best -- and the outcomes are often seriously damaging, if not deadly."
During the last 17 months, four fighters have died after suffering injuries in Toughman bouts around the country. In Texas, where the fights looked like they would survive a big political battle, the state has not banned them, but has made them practically impossible to continue due to their new state regulations. In an article in the Dallas Morning News a story showed how the "pro Toughman" forces rolled in some big political guns to try to save the fights. Even Dore's home state of Michigan has imposed tough new restrictions on Toughman.
The Saginaw News reported: "Michigan officials had issued a cease-and-desist order to stop Toughman events unless Dore could provide unlimited health insurance for his fighters. Facing a court battle with the state, Dore agreed to insure each of his fighters for $2 million, and a previous ruling requires that Dore get rid of a section of his pre-fight waivers that asks that fighters pledge never to make any insurance claims. The agreement kept Toughman critics in the Legislature from banning the events entirely, said state Rep. John Stewart, a Plymouth Republican who called the fights "repulsive."
With the ruling, Illinois became the 14th state to ban Toughman fights and will certainly not be the last. The ban on MMA/NHB will not be isolated to Illinois either. Other states are also looking to close down not just toughman but mixed martial arts and kickboxing unless the events are regulated and sanctioned by a legit sanctioning body for the sport like the IKF (Kickboxing) or ISCF. (Mixed Martial Arts).
"The one to thank here is IKF Promoter Rob Zbilski (R) ." says IKF/ISCF President Steve Fossum. "It was Rob who went to the state to assure IKF events could still take place in Illinois." Zbilski's work was followed up by IKF Promoter Ryan Blackorby (Right) of Peoria, Illinois who also had discussions with the state about his events. Both Zbilski and Blackorby's efforts were followed up by IKF/ISCF Promoter Jesse Finney (R) of St. Louis Missouri who also does some IKF events in Illinois. Finney has invited the state to sit ringside at his upcoming IKF Illinois show. "If not for the efforts of Rob and the followed efforts of Ryan and Jesse, we all would be wondering right now, when will kickboxing be allowed in Illinois again?" finished Fossum.
Several states across the nation have become quite friendly with the IKF and ISCF over the past several weeks. The topic has been in regards to placing the IKF and ISCF as the lone regulation for MMA/NHB and Kickboxing in their states. Many more states may end up working with the ISCF because the ISCF is the "ONLY" Sanctioning body for mixed martial arts in the world. Others are promotional "Companies" who have their own rules, regulations and champions. already ISCF is exclusive in the states of Georgia, Missouri and Kansas and close behind are Iowa, Nebraska and hopefully Illinois.
Colorado is considering a ban of toughman and also taking a much closer look at MMA events as well while Washington state has legislation pending to ban toughman completely. Toughman events are still being held in Washington, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Last year, the American College of Sports Medicine urged lawmakers to demand better safety standards for the no-holds-barred events or ban them completely.
Chad Mason. Back In Our News!
The Vieux Carre Night Club stated reasons such as Mason's procedures of picking people (Men "AND" Women) out of the crowd to fight. Not just fight anybody, but fight some of Mason's experienced fighters in which the bouts were completely one sided and dangerous. Although Iowa law prohibits amateur fighters from being paid, its common knowledge among the MMA/NHB crowd that Mason has paid fighters in the past which in reality, makes them pros.
Currently Mason is back at his old venue, Toad Holler and according to those we spoke to, "Pulling intoxicated individuals out of the crowd and throwing them into his ring to fight is still happening." As far as the majority of the MMA/NHB crowd is concerned, promoters like Mason and Art Dore are the very ones that are causing all the bans, not to mention the recent changes in everyone's insurance rates. (See article earlier this month) From what we discovered, Mason has not cleaned up his act at all. At the Vieux Carre Night Club he had a young girl fighter lie about her age and tell everyone she was 18 instead of the 15 or 16 she was. Mason had her fight an intoxicated girl from the crowd with no fighting experience at all (As many of the fighters coming from the crowd are). Mason's "Ringer" girl we discovered had extensive martial arts experience and hurt her opponent real bad in their bout which included kicking the inexperienced girl in the head when she was on her hands and knees.
Due to Mason's recent actions here in January, 2004, the states of Iowa and Nebraska are swiftly moving to now ban MMA/NHB completely. Hopefully the ISCF will be able to step in and assist in some way. One things for sure, Promoters like Mason and Dore will definitely not be on the IKF or ISCF Promoters list!
I remember how proud I felt standing across Matt Hughes at UFC 42, fighting in the main event on pay-per-view after struggling to make a name for myself in smaller shows since 1999. I'm a very private person and have made MMA my full time careerit's in my blood, the subject never drifts far from my mind.
Today I'm working 15-hour days, holding down two jobs. This is certainly not where I expected to be after recently proposing to my girlfriend. When I choose to fight, there is nothing that is going to stop me until I met promoter Chad Mason.
In mid-August, Chad (Mason) contacted me about promoting a fight in my hometown here in Minnesota. After reaching an agreement with my manager, DeWayne Zinkin, Jr., I spent hours on the Net finding suitable venues to help him any way possible. I really want the sport to grow, and despite hearing things about Chad's storied past, I wanted to fight in front of my hometown fans, friends and family.
After settling on Spikers, a local bar that I had fought at before, I joined Chad in meeting with them to cut the deal for November 1st. Originally, I was going to be on two Chad Mason cards during the same month. One on the 1st (Minnesota) and one on the 28th (Iowa). On his word and supposed contract, I turned down other offers and put everything I had into training and assisting Chad with the promotion.
Unbeknownst to anyone, including Spikers, Chad changed the first date to November 7th. Spikers called me and read me the riot act, but I assured them the November 7th date was good as gold and not to worry. Though I had nothing to do with the promotion outside of fighting, I told Chad I could sell tickets and sure enough, I sold over 150 in less than two weeks. My family and friends were staying at nearby hotels and I was excited about fighting in front of my hometown crowd.
The Monday before the show, Chad called me and said everything was great and that he was going to finalize my deal with DeWayne, along with buying some airtime on a local radio station for advertising. I felt good about the situation and concentrated on my training, anticipating the inevitable. But as the days passed, I never heard back from Chad and my manager couldn't reach him.
The day before the show I received a call from someone who said the show had been cancelled for two weeks. Promoter Monte Cox even called and said the same thing, as if it had been public knowledge. But how could this be? I had just spoken with Chad days before the show. After receiving two more calls relating to the same subject, I tried to reach him but to no avail.
Chad finally called Thursday evening, admitting the show was canceled. If not for that call, I would have shown up Friday night with all the people I sold tickets to, along with my family and closest friends, expecting to see me fight. I would have looked like an ass.
I told Chad I needed to be paid for the 12 weeks of training and keeping me off the market for three months with no fights and no money. He said he would personally come to Minnesota on Sunday to remedy the money. He never did.
As soon as I got off the phone with Chad that Thursday, I spent the rest of my night calling everyone I know, and everyone I sold tickets to, telling them the show was canceled, assuring their money will be paid back. I called Spikers as well and left a message with the manager telling him the show was canceled and what happened.
I got a call from Brad Kohler on Friday morning saying he talked with Spikers; they wanted to meet with me. He told me they were pissed off and rightly so. Brad went to the meeting to do some damage control. They blamed me for everything that happened. They said they were out a lot of money for chair and table rentals and whatever else. Outside of losing money and other opportunities, I lost face in my own town and that's something I can never regain.
At the end of the meeting they asked if I would stay and meet people on the night in question to explain why there was no show. Along with Brad, I stayed at Spikers for five hours. I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday returning people's ticket money. Chad Mason just disappeared and left me to clean up his mess.
He (Chad Mason) is a coward without a conscience.
Chad did not answer any of my phone calls or my manager's calls for several days. When we finally got a hold of him, he kept saying he would pay my show money which he said I was entitled to for all my work and training. Chad assured me he would pay the next day, but tomorrow never came. Of course the November 28th date came and went without a thought. Several fighters lost out on this opportunity as well.
The last time I talked with Chad was about a week ago. He said he was going to Western Union to wire the money and would call back 20 minutes later after everything was sent. He never called back.
I've called 30 times since then; he will not answer his phone. So for the first time in nearly three years, I'm working full time and unable to concentrate on training 100%. Every night, no matter how tired I am, I still train with the same intensity I've always had. My name is mud in my own town, Chad Mason contends he is putting on a show (without me against my original opponent) on December 12th and refuses to acknowledge the people he's hurt in the process. To boot, the money owed to me was to pay for my wedding on January 24th, something Chad knew all along.
"I'm not asking for sympathy, but I am asking the
MMA community to permanently ban Chad
Mason from promoting shows. He is taking advantage of a movement
yearning to find its legs and I cannot allow this person to continue his
practice of stepping on people for financial gain. I urge everyone to strongly
reconsider any dealings with this individual. This sport is still a grassroots
community, one with a lot of hope to succeed. It's a shame bad apples have
plagued what so many have fought for so I ask you to do the right thing and shun
his unscrupulous practices."
THURSDAY, January 29th 2004, AT 10:10 PM, PT
ADRENALINE EXTREME COMBAT
ISCF Promoter Chad Osborne is all set to host his event tomorrow night, Friday, January 30th at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Osborne and his Adrenaline Athletics promotional company will present ADRENALINE EXTREME COMBAT. The event will feature amateur mixed martial arts. For more info, please contact Mr. Chad Osborne at (816) 914-6527.
MONDAY, January 26th, 2004, AT 1:50 PM, PT
Oblas Team Up For Atlanta's
IKF Georgia, USA: Last Friday night, January the 23rd, Atlanta was privileged to another great Fight event. But this time, it was a Dynamic mix of Fight Party Production's Brett Moses (R) who this time teamed up with Atlanta Boxing Super Promoter, Undisputed Productions David Oblas (R). Together their work and efforts produced one on the greatest "One-Two" punches in Atlanta fight history!
It was a "REAL" sellout crowd for the 1,800 plus seat venue and a night of exciting ISCF Mixed Martial Arts and Pro Boxing that would make any spectator a hard core fan. Moses continues to raise the bar for any Mixed Martial Arts promoter in the South East and for Oblas, it was business as usual with his great boxing events. In attendance at the event was ISCF World Middleweight Champion, Steve Headden, IKF North American Heavyweight Champion Mark Selbee and some heavyweight boxer guy named Evander Holyfield... Just kidding Evander, it was a great "HONOR" to have you there! Here are the results for the MMA bouts for the evening.
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in any of the Boxing results. For those we suggest you go to
MORE NEWS OF 1-26-04
The Submission Fighting Open is Georgia's longest running mixed
martial arts promotion and has been in effect since 1997. Owned and operated by
Gauntlet Productions, the same company
that brings you The Gauntlet Trials Southeastern Regional MMA qualifiers. The
SFO is the premier showcase for up and coming talent in the southeastern region
of the U.S.
Fight card is subject to Change.
If you have any questions please contact promoter Matthew Waller (R) at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-475-1092.
FRIDAY, January 23rd, 2004, AT 8:40 PM, PT
Those promoters seeking fighter insurance you can attain coverage from Gagliardi Insurance out of Campbell, California. They can be reached at (408) 369-8040. They will insure events sanctioned by the IKF and the ISCF. They are the "ONLY" Company offering fighter insurance at this time so if someone is telling you they can get you covered for a couple of hundred dollars, they are WRONG! Due to the massive amounts of claims from other groups (See January 12th Article Below) this insurance has gone up dramatically to about $80.00 to $115.00 per fighter (Depending on the requested amounts of coverage). All of us hope that a new carrier for this type of insurance will be attained by mid February. We will keep you posted.
WEDNESDAY, January 21st, 2004, AT 3:25 PM, PT
Bout Change For
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT PARTY
Fight number 3 listed below as: MIDDLEWEIGHT MMA
MIKE ISRAEL, Team Tiger vs. FRED GRISWALD, Dixson Jiu Jitsu, has been changed to:
MIDDLEWEIGHT MMA MIKE ISRAEL, Team Tiger vs. CHAD JAY, Dixson Jiu Jitsu.
Also, fight number 6 listed below as: LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT MMA
JUAN GUEVARA, Team Tiger vs. ROY JOHNSON, Dixson Jiu Jitsu has been changed to:
LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT MMA: JUAN GUEVARA, Team Tiger vs. MARK KLING, Dixson Jiu Jitsu.
For more info contact Mr. Brett Moses at email@example.com or Mr. David Oblas at (770) 444-3953 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org