Josh Barnett became the
first man to defeat Randy Couture and gained the heavyweight title during last
Friday’s Ultimate Fighting Championships at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I can’t stand to
lose, and I relish ÂÃ‚Âbeing the underdog,” said the newly-crowned Barnett.
“The key to the fight was my heart and my training.”
Couture said Barnett
would make a great champ. “Josh is an underrated fighter. I made a mistake.
He’s big and I couldn’t get out from under him.”
champ Livingstone Bramble returns from a long retirement to face Juan
Rodriguez this Friday at The Orleans. Bramble, one of the most explosive and
popular fighters in the 1980s, gained notoriety for
his wars with Ray “Boom
The main event features
a 12-round 154-pound e bout between Ross ÂÃ‚ÂThompson and Ronnie Johnson. Thompson
has previously fought highly-regarded Fernando Vargas.
TOUGHMAN AT CAESARS
The 2002 Toughman World
Championship will be fought March 29-30 at Caesars Palace.
The event features 16
light heavyweight and 16 heavyweight local champions from 24 cities across the
The contestants will
battle for $110,000 in prize money and bragging rights. Reserved seats are
priced from $20 to $50 for one night.
grassroots, completely real,” said founder Art Dore. “There is no politics,
no staged entertainment. Just real men from all walks of life who punch hard.”
The event begins each night at 7:30 p.m.