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HOT OFF THE PRESSES – UFC 38 CARD IS SET: Josh Hedges from the UFC just sent me the following press release:


U.K.’S REMEDIOS, ZIKIC COMPLETE FIGHT CARD FOR

UFC: BRAWL AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL, JULY 13, IN LONDON

4 British Fighters Now On 8-Fight Card For UFC’s First European Show

LAS VEGAS, June 26, 2002… Leigh Remedios, the United Kingdom’s top lightweight Mixed Martial Arts fighter, and James Zikic, a light heavyweight contender from Watford in London, will add a decidedly British flavor to the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Brawl At Royal Albert Hall eight-fight card at 7 p.m. BST, Saturday, July 13, at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Remedios (11-2-1 in MMA) of Ashford, Kent, England, will meet Genki Sudo (3-1-1) of Tokyo, Japan, who is one of his country’s top lightweight fighters. Zikic (16-2-0) will fight undefeated Phillip Miller (13-0-0) of Hesperia, Calif. Zikic, a stand-up specialist previously trained with UFC legend Frank Shamrock in Northern California. Miller just won an eight-man World Vale Tudo tournament in Runaway Bay, Jamaica..

UFC veterans complete the London card with top welterweight contender Gil Castillo (17-1-0) of Concord, Calif., taking on Tony DeSouza (5-1-0) of Lima, Peru, and light heavyweight Evan Tanner (7-1-0) of Gresham, Ore., meeting Vladimir Matyshenko (11-2-0) of Los Angeles, Calif.

Undefeated British middleweight Mark Weir of Gloucester, England, will put his 16-0-0 record on the line when he meets Eugene “The Wolf” Jackson (11-4-0) of East Palo Alto, Calif. A heavyweight showdown will be between undefeated Frank Mir

(4-0-0) of Las Vegas, Nev., and top-ranked British heavyweight Ian Freeman (12-5-0) of Sunderland, England. Light heavyweight Elvis Sinosic (4-5-1) of Syndney, Australia, will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral de Cunha (9-1-0) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in another feature match.

Remedios, Zikic Complete UFC Card – add one

The main event will be the long-awaited re-match for the UFC welterweight championship. Champion Matt Hughes (26-3-0) of Hillsboro, Ill., will defend his belt against former champion Carlos Newton (10-5-0) of Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Hughes captured the welterweight crown Nov. 2, 2001, at UFC 34: High Voltage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a controversial knockout of Newton. Hughes picked him up as he was attempting a triangle choke and slammed him to the mat. The force knocked out Newton just as Hughes went unconscious from the choke. Referee John McCarthy separated the fighters and awarded the victory to Hughes. Many thought Newton won.

Hughes defended his title March 22 at UFC 36: Worlds Collide at the MGM Grand Garden Arena with a fourth round technical knockout of legendary Japanese fighter Hyato Sakurai. Newton last fought on February 24 in Japan where he defeated highly ranked Brazilian striker Jose “Pele” Landi-Jones by arm bar submission.

Tickets for Brawl At Royal Albert Hall, 100 pounds sterling, 75 pounds sterling and 50 pounds sterling, are now on sale at the Royal Albert Hall box office in London, at all Ticket Master outlets in the United Kingdom, by calling Ticket Master at 011-44-020-7316-4709, or on the internet at www.ticketmaster.com.

Brawl At Royal Albert Hall also will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, North America and Brazil on Sky Box Office, iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Dish Network, Bell ExpressVu, Viewers Choice Canada and Globosat Programmadora LTDA pay-per-view television. It also will be televised on WOWOW-TV in Japan. The fight will be televised live at 7 p.m. BST on Sky Box Office in the U.K. and Ireland and on tape delay at 10 p.m. EDT /7 p.m. PDT on iN DEMAND and 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on DIRECTV in North America. The suggested retail price in North America is $29.95, and in the U.K., 14 pounds sterling. U.K. fight fans also can view “Ultimate Fighting Championship,” a weekly, two-hour show that airs at 10 p.m. each Thursday on British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).

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