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    Wed, 2005-10-12 08:45 — Denis Martins

    Leading U.S. Shooto event to crown first-ever Americas Division champions.

    HAMMOND, IN - On Saturday, November 19th, diehard
    fight fans will visit the pumps and pay good money to fuel up in preparation for a ritual trek from all corners of the Midwest to a common destination in Hammond, Indiana. Once again, the Hammond Civic Center will host the annual Ironheart Crown full-contact submission prize-fighting event,sanctioned by the International Shooto Commission based out of Tokyo, Japan. In this year's show, the recently established Shooto Americas chapter, covering North, Central, and South America, will crown its first-ever champions in the Lightweight and Featherweight divisions.

    In the Lightweight division, local hero and
    international fight veteran Jeff Curran (27W-7L-1D)
    will take on one of his most dangerous opponents to
    date in the form of a stone-faced Canadian by the name
    of Antonio Carvalho (9W-0L-0D). Curran needs no
    introduction, having fought the world over against top
    international opponents, beating the likes of Baret
    Yoshida, Bao Quach, Ryan Ackerman, and others.

    While not quite as seasoned, his opponent, Antonio
    Carvalho boasts an undefeated record with all but one
    of his wins by smooth submission or brutal TKO, a
    testament to his balanced fighting skills. Included
    in his list of credentials is a second round TKO over
    Brian Geraghty (14W-10L-1D), a first round triangle
    choke submission over Tommy Lee (13W-5D-0L), and a
    recent decision win over one of Japan's finest
    ightweights, Lion Takeshi (6-1-0). This Shooto
    Americas Lightweight Division tile bout pits America's
    best against Canada's finest. One will emerge
    victorious and claim the belt to become the first ever
    regional champion in the Shooto Americas Lightweight

    In an equally heated battle, Miguel Torres (34W-1L-0D)
    and Ryan Ackerman
    (12-7-1) will face off once again in a highly
    anticipated rematch to determine the regional champion
    in the Shooto Americas Featherweight Division. When
    these two last met in 2003, Torres burned out after a
    strong first round and Ackerman quickly capitalized to
    win a unanimous judges' decision. It was an exciting
    display of standing exchanges punctuated by episodes
    of arduous ground fighting. Undefeated ever since,
    Torres has been on a warpath, destroying every one of
    the five opponents he's faced with a newfound aggression that was never previously a part of his game. While Ackerman remains confident and
    undaunted, Torres swears that his game has grown exponentially since their last meeting, and vows to avenge his only loss to capture the Shooto Americas Featherweight belt.

    In addition to the two featured title bouts, multiple
    class A and B matches will make up what promises to be an action-packed undercard. Clay Guida of Gilbert Grappling seeks to continue his 12 fight winning streak against a tough opponent in Antoine Skinner of Team Wolfpack. Virgil Strzelecki of Team Oyama will face Jay Estrada from the All-American (Combat-Do) Academy. Joao Herdy of Team Monteirao will face his toughest opponent to date in Joe Pearson of Miletich Fighting Systems. Juan Magana of Torres martial arts will face Andre Kariosillas, training under former IHC champion Jim Theobald. Jeff Serafin of McVicker's martial arts will face Sean Sallee fighting independently out of Muncie, Indiana. John Hossman of Team Oyama will face Eddie Wineland from Duneland Valetudo. Otto Torriero of the Chicago
    Fitness Center will face Miguel Gamez, Junior of the
    Carlson Gracie Team. Ironheart Crown veteran Bill Hill
    will test his skill against Matamoros protégé, Eric
    Shaefer. Several other fights are still being negotiated. A total of fifteen bouts are planned, all
    of which are sure to be dynamic exhibitions of
    fighting skill, the likes of which have made the Ironheart Crown the most highly respected venue for
    mixed martial arts competition in the Chicago area.

    The lovely ladies of Coyote Ugly Chicago will be on
    hand distributing programs and promotional materials,
    and there are rumors of guest appearances by multiple
    UFC stars, including Andre Arlovski, Shonie Carter,
    and Stephan Bonnar. In addition to this, several girls
    from will also make an appearance,
    signing autographs and helping with the show.

    After the action-packed fights the fun will continue
    right at the civic center as the ring is broken down
    to make room for a live band that will play while fans
    are encouraged to socialized with IHC fighters and
    staff at the official after-fight party right in the
    arena. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well
    as snacks and concessions will be available throughout
    the evening.

    Don't miss this landmark Shooto event, with the
    crowning of the first two Shooto Americas division
    champions ever! Saturday, November 19th at the
    Hammond Civic Center Arena, located at 5825 Sohl
    avenue in Hammond, Indiana, just 30 minutes outside of downtown Chicago. Tickets are on sale now and a
    limited number of ringside and VIP seats are
    available. Call now to reserve yours: 219-688-7363 or
    73-793-6555. Or visit us online:

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