Art of War

Pedro Rizzo Arrives in Dallas, Texas

IFA World Heavyweight Champion, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo arrived from Brazil, in Dallas, today (Monday, Aug. 27), Texas style with a cowboy hat atop his head.  He’s in Dallas, finishing up preparations for his upcoming world title defense against Jeff “The Snowman” Monson this Saturday night (Sept. 1) at American Airlines Center. 

The Rizzo vs Monson title bout will be one of ten mixed martial arts fights on the ART OF WAR 3, USA vs BRAZIL nationally televised Pay-Per-View event (10 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Pacific). 

For Rizzo, the cowboy hat says one thing.  “I’m ready for a Texas shootout,” smiled Rizzo, undefeated as a world kickboxing champion.  “They tell me that cowboys are tough guys, so I’m here to prove, I’m a touch guy.  I don’t know if anyone will believe the Cowboy part, but they will know I’m a tough guy when it’s over.”

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Art of War 3 Odds

BetOnFighting.com published odds today on the Art of War 3, USA vs Brazil, mixed-martial-arts event on September 1st at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. 
According to the odds makers, the International competition, which will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View (10:00 pm Eastern), is pretty much a toss-up between the two national teams. Out of the top six (of ten scheduled) fights, each team can claim three favorites going in.
Submission specialist Jeff “The Snowman” Monson was made a slight favorite over Brazilian Ju Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, in their main event bout for the IFA World Heavyweight Championship. 
Rizzo, the former two-time UFC World Heavyweight title challenger and undefeated World Kick Boxing Champion, is the current IFA champion but a (+155) betting underdog. Monson, also a UFC veteran, is a (-185) favorite.
MMA and UFC legend, Jeremy “Gumby” Horn (-265) is favored to defeat Brazil’s Jorge Santiago (+215). MMA up-and-comer, Mario Rinaldi (-170) is narrowly favored over former UFC heavyweight contender, Ron “H20” Waterman (+140) as is Dallas’ Alex Andrade (-180) against Fabiano Capoani (+150).
The closest line is on the Carlo Prater (+110) vs Keith Wisniewski (-120) fight. Coprus Christi, TX native, Hector Munoz (+180) is being picked to lose to Cristiano Marcello (-220). 

Art of War 3: USA vs Brazil Card

Jeff Monson (22-6) vs. Pedro Rizzo (15-7) - IFA World Heavyweight Championship
Jeremy Horn (78-15) vs. Jorge Santiago (13-7)
Ron Waterman (13-5-2) vs. Mario Rinaldi (5-0)
Keith Wisniewski (21-11-1) vs. Carlo Prater (19-5-1)
Alex Andrade (6-3) vs. Fabiano Capoani (7-2-1)
James Damien Stelly (7-1) vs. Luis Arthur Crane (6-0)
Hector Munoz (6-2) vs. Christiano Marcello (6-2-1)
Lana Stefanac (3-0) vs. Franita Gathings (0-0)
Anthony Njokuani (7-1) vs. Keyon Mike Jackson (4-1)
Jason Maxwell (9-8) vs. Thomas Schulte (13-5)

Dan Severn Named Captain of Team USA at Art of War 3

DALLAS, TEXAS— SUN Sports & Entertainment Inc. announced today the Company has chosen MMA Legend Dan “the beast” Severn as Captain of Team USA MMA for the upcoming ART OF WAR 3, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships in Dallas Texas on September 1st 2007.

Severn will be on the sidelines guiding an American squad of MMA All-Stars as they take on Team Brazil MMA.  Heavyweight star Jeff “Snowman” Monson heads up Team USA when he challenges Brazilian Jui Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo for Rizzo’s IFA World Heavyweight title, in the Main Event. 

The Monson vs Rizzo five-round title bout will headline an exciting ten-bout card that also features Team USA MMA stars Jeremy “Gumby” Horn, Jake “The Snake” Shields, Ron “H20” Waterman and Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez taking on some of Brazil’s best action fighters.

Severn, still active as a fighter, has captured the attention of fight and wrestling fans all over the world since his 1994 debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championships [UFC]. Dan is known as “The Beast”, a name given to him by Jim Brown during one of his many fights in the UFC.

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CKA: May 24, 2007

News and Notes

- A Croatian news outlet reported yesterday in an interview with Mirko Cro Cop that his next fight would take place at UFC 75, the organization’s next event to be held in England. However in the latest issue of Japanese magazine Kamipro, Cro Cop’s manager Ken Imai stated that his client will most likely fight on the undercard of Randy Couture and Gabriel Gonzaga’s heavyweight title bout at UFC 74 in August.

- The Fight Network is reporting that Nippon Gaishi Hall, the proposed site for the PRIDE Lightweight Grand Prix scheduled to begin on July 16th, has now removed the event from it’s calendar.

- Kestutis Arbocius has been stripped of the Heavyweight King of Pancrase title because of inactivity. The title has been declared vacant and will be on the line at Pancrase’s 2007 Rising Tour on May 30th when Tatsuya Mizuno and Assuerio Silva battle for it.

- Art of War 3 has been moved from June 30th to August 18th according to the Houston Chronicle:

Art of War 3 is being postponed until later this summer.

The promoter was having trouble clearing enough homes to make a pay-per-view telecast fly and decided to move the show, originally scheduled for June 30 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, to August.

The new date is Aug. 18. Pedro Rizzo versus Jeff Monson remains the show headliner, with Jeremy Horn, Carlo Prater and Jake Shields also on the card.

The date of the event has also been changed on the official site...

Monson vs Rizzo to Headline Art of War 3

DALLAS, TEXAS—- The mixed-martial arts world stage is now set for an explosive night of International team fighting. 

SUN Sports & Entertainment, CEO, C.J. Comu, announced today that SUN’s ART OF WAR 3, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships will feature an All-Star lineup when Team USA takes on Team Brazil on Saturday, June 30th at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. 

MMA heavyweight star Jeff “Snowman” Monson heads up Team USA when he challenges Brazilian Jui Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo for Rizzo’s IFA World Heavyweight title, in the Main Event. 

The Monson vs Rizzo five-round title bout will headline an exciting ten-bout card that also features Team USA MMA stars Jeremy “Gumby” Horn, Jake “The Snake” Shields, Ron “H20” Waterman and Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez taking on some of Brazil’s best action fighters.

The first bout at the American Airlines Center begins at 7:00 pm/Central.  The Live Pay-Per-View broadcast, which is being produced in association with Mark Cuban’s HDNet, begins at 8:00 pm/Central (9:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm/Pacific) and will be available on cable and satellite systems, nationally.

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