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- Escalante-Ruiz showdown on April 5
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- Cotto-Martinez heats up at NYC presser
- Broken thumb KOs Huck: March 29 card is off
- Brooks ready to take on Mexicali fighter
- Fortuna stops Lorenzo in three
- Focused Agnew and not distracted by Kovalev-Stevenson Hype
- Oquendo ready for Telemundo showdown with Avila
- Fighting a Welcome Escape for Krylov
NABF and SNBC cruiserweight titleholder Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs) is set to face unbeaten Shawn Hawk (18-0-1, 16 KOs) in the ten round main event on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show from The Arena in Philadelphia. Godfrey was originally planning to challenge IBF world champion Tomasz Adamek this weekend, but that fight fell through when no network picked it up. “I’m preparing for Hawk as if I were fighting Adamek,” the WBC #6/IBF #7 rated Godfrey said during a break from a recent workout. “This is a very important fight because I have another opportunity to showcase my skills on live national television. Fights fall through… That’s boxing. I can’t do anything about it and all I can do is keep focused on this fight. I don’t know too much about Hawk other than I know I’m going to beat him. He doesn’t bring anything that strikes fear in me – nobody does! He’s heavy handed and he doesn’t know how to lose. Those are his two best assets. I’m not worried but I’m still taking him seriously.”
Unbeaten lightweight Daniel “El Travieso” Hernandez (6-0, 4 KOs) returns to Omega Products International in Corona, California on July 17 to battle Jovann Jones (9-5, 4 KOs). The six rounder – which headlines a six fight Thompson Boxing card – will be Hernandez’s first at Omega Products International since he knocked out Miguel Rivera in 57 seconds back August of 2008, as well as his first as a member of the Thompson Boxing Promotions roster. (more…)
Already in Las Vegas for her newly-premiered and well-received production at Planet Hollywood called “Peepshow”, Holly Madison expressed interest at a recent Ultimate Fighting Championship event that she wanted to take a spin around the Octagon ® for UFC® 100 this Saturday night. The fight card, taking place at Mandalay Bay, is expected by every measure to be the biggest event in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s ® history with a unified heavyweight title on the line between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir and a welterweight championship fight between Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and #1 contender Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.. . . Click here for more
PLUS: Tickets on sale this week for UFC® Fight Night Live in Oklahoma City on September 16 . . . Tonight On Spike - Ultimate 100 Greatest UFC Fights At 9pm ET/PT, followed by the premiere of Countdown to UFC® 100 at 10pm ET/PT . . . Go behind the scenes at UFC® 100 this weekend with Beyond The Octagon(tm) . . . Visit the Official Site of UFC® 100
An opponent has been named for world-ranked and undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott (21-0, 18 KOs) on July 17 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Prescott, best known for his first round KO of Amir Khan, will face world-ranked Miguel Vazquez (24-3, 12 KOs), who has gone the distance with current WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. Also featured is amateur superstar and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rignondeaux (1-0, 1 KO) against Robert Guillen (4-2-3) in a super bantamweight clash. Rignondeaux is being trained by Freddie Roach. (more…)
Flyweight contender Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (29-4-1, 22 KOs) will face the experienced former WBC mini-flyweight champion Eric Ortiz (31-8-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF flyweight eliminator at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. It will be Miranda’s first fight since dropping a decision in an April world title fight against Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in Thailand. The Miranda-Ortiz clash is the co-feature on the card featuring IBF featherweight champion Cristóbal “Lacandón” Cruz and Jorge “Coloradito” Solis.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight contender Sam Soliman is confident that the IBO 168 pound champion and IBF#3 Sakio Bika (27-3-2, 18 KOs) will defeat former WBA super middleweight champion and current IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine if that fight is successfully negotiated. Soliman scored a points victory over Sakio Bika in Australia, but lost a rematch on the Contender Series in the USA in 2007. Mundine scored two disputed points wins over Soliman and also a stoppage victory over the Melbourne based middleweight. (more…)
American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank: The Next Chapter returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose on Thursday, July 16 featuring a special eight-round bout highlighting San Jose native Ricardo Cortes (22-3-1, 15 KOs). Cortes makes his return to HP Pavilion for the first time since November 2007 when he knocked out Joshua Onyango (14-17-1, 11 KO’s). Always a Fight Night at the Tank favorite, Cortes has knocked out 10 of his 13 opponents at HP Pavilion dating back to 2002. Cortes will be fighting Oakland native, James Buggs (8-9-3). This will be Buggs’ first time fighting at the Tank. The undercard will include Clint Coronel (0-0-1), Juan Tepoz (1-1), Maurice Slade (0-2), Claudia Gutierrez (Debut), Fernando Barajas (4-2). Each of these fighters will be competing in four-round bouts and will be included in the “You Be The Judge” competition. Individual tickets can be purchased at the HP Pavilion ticket office, at Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Bay Area, online at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Get an inside look at Agbeko’s boxing gym in the south Bronx, which hosts numerous boxing champs from the African country of Ghana who have traveled to the U.S. to pursue their dreams of becoming world champions. See the 118-pound brawler explain how the name King Kong, which is actually his given birth name from his father, inspired him to become a boxer.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA minimumweight champ Roman Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs) , Nicaragua, arrived in Japan on Monday, eight days before his second defense against ex-WBA/WBC ruler Katsunari Takayama in Kobe next Tuesday. Nicknamed “Chocolatito,” Gonzalez sincerely expressed his condolence to his country’s national hero Alexis Arguello’s sad and sorrowful passing. The 22-year-old KO artist is accompanied by his long-time trainer Gustavo Herrera. By the same flight from Tokyo to Osaka, Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs), US, also arrived here in Kobe, as he will have an ambitious shot at the WBC bantam throne against Hozumi Hasegawa in the Japanese southpaw’s ninth defense on the same bill.
Also, WBC official challenger Elio Rojas (20-1, 13 KOs), Dominican Republic, arrived in Tokyo on the same evening, as he will challenge the newly crowned WBC feather ruler Takahiro Aoh next Tuesday. The split-site promotions will be telecast live by Nippon TV here in Japan.
Unbeaten Mercito Gesta’s future is looking brighter, almost as bright as the fireworks he enjoyed this past 4th of July.
“I went somewhere near my home to watch the fireworks – back home in the Philippines, we only have them at Christmas and New Year’s,” the 21-year-old stated. “We can buy them and light themselves ourselves in the streets.” . . . Click here for more
Looking to become a top 5 world contender in the heavyweight division is the WBC #11 ranked and WBC CABOFE champion, Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (27-4, 17 KOs). Standing in Quezada’s way is the WBC #17 rated and former NABF Heavyweight Champion, Travis Walker (30-2-1, 25 KOs). Riding a 16-fight winning streak, Quezada puts his title and world ranking on the line when the two warriors take center stage in a twelve round main event, Thursday, July 16 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The first fight was legendary because of its questions. The second fight will be historic because of its answers. In one of the most highly anticipated rematches in UFC heavyweight history, world champion Brock Lesnar meets former conqueror and interim titlist Frank Mir in a effort to redeem his lone Octagon loss. Since Mir locked up the 265 lb Lesnar in February of 2008, both men have been riding waves of momentum that have made this fight inevitable. Can Lesnar erase his lone disappointment and continue his dominance or will Mir prove that skill and will can still tackle strength . . . Click here for more
It’s the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, and for UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is bringing out the big guns. Two championships will be on the line when UFC heavyweight title holder Brock Lesnar defends his crown against rival Frank Mir in their long-awaited grudge match, and UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre puts his belt up for grabs against Brazilian knockout artist Thiago “Pitbull” Alves. Also, The Ultimate Fighter coaches collide as Dan Henderson takes on Michael “The Count” Bisping in a pivotal middleweight showdown. For more info, visit the official site for UFC 100
Johnny Tapia has been arrested again, and taken into custody by the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Though Tapia was given permission from his probation and parole officer to go to Las Cruces, where he resides again, he was not given the green light to go on a trip to Red River. At a bar in Red River, Tapia was involved in a verbal confrontation –the altercation and the trip violated his terms of parole.
By Nick Giongco
Boxing’s No. 1 attraction and basketball’s hardcourt hero will shoot a print ad somewhere in Los Angeles on Wednesday (Thursday in the Philippines). Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Los Angeles Laker main man Kobe Bryant will appear in a photo shoot as part of their contractual obligations with leading sports apparel manufacturer Nike. Barring a last-minute change in schedule, Pacquiao will fly to LA on Tuesday night (early Tuesday morning US West Coast time) together with lawyer Franklin Gacal, business manager Eric Pineda and an official from Nike Philippines. “It’s going to be a one-day shoot in Los Angeles and Manny and I are returning (to Manila) the next day,” Gacal told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin. Pacquiao had done a few print ads for Nike Philippines but this latest project will be the second time the Filipino fighter is embarking on a deal for a much wider audience release. Pacquiao had appeared in a commercial last year featuring Bryant and other top Nike endorses like Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova of tennis, Cristiano Ronaldo of soccer and Liu Xiang of track and field. Pacquiao will likely return to the ring on Nov. 14 against Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. The venue is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Photos: Marianne Müller
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Sports fans can expect a special weekend when “Boxing meets Formula 1″ at the famous Nürburgring Speedway. It will be “The Night of the Middleweights” the evening before the German Grand Prix in the new Ring ° Arena with two middleweight world championship bouts. In the main event, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) defends against the very tough reigning European champion and Universum stablemate Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs). It has been announced that the WBA/WBO #2 rated Gevor will be recognized as the WBA’s mandatory challenger. (more…)
The rising rookie Rafael “Raffles” Gutierrez is ready to be the main event for the first time this Saturday night, July 11th when he faces Daniel Quevedo of Mexicali in Ensenada, Mexico. The fight night is being presented by Box Latino along with the Mexican cable channel Cadena Tres and will also feature the best prospects of the promotional company in the seaside port one hundred miles south of the Tijuana/San Diego border which include Sergio “Mickey” Lopez (7-1, 6 KOs), Andres Gutierrez and Pedro Gibran Guevara, all unbeaten and ready to take part of “Sangre Nueva (New Blood)” as the fight card is being billed. (more…)
Mark Coleman was fighting on pure instinct. Of course, if you’re a UFC Hall of Famer, former UFC heavyweight champion, and PRIDE Open Weight Grand Prix champ, that’s not necessarily the kiss of death, but when your opponent is Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, it’s not the ideal situation to be in. Add in being 44 years old, and for most fighters, the night of January 17, 2009 was going to be a painful one.. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Tijuana, Mexico’s Box Latino, helmed by the Morales brothers, Erik and Diego, will be presenting an open air fight card on the legendary Revolucion Ave. located in the heart of the city. The event is expected to gather more than 5,000 fight fans to support the newly crowned WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez as she makes her first defense on Saturday, July 25th. Juarez (20-5-3, 9 KOs) of Mexico City but residing in Tijuana, captured the strap last month by defeating Irma “Guerita” Sanchez in Jalisco and now will be facing Carolina Alvarez (9-2-1, 4 KOs) of Venezuela in a ten round bout. Also featured on the card will be Alex Sanabria (21-0, 16 KOs) of Tijuana taking on Sonora’s Roberto Tamayo (9-3-1, 6 KOs) in the featherweight division while an opponent is still being sought for Oscar Gonzalez (5-1, 4 KOs) also of Tijuana, for a super bantamweight scrap. Local up and coming prospects Felipe Salguero (7-2-1, 4 KOs) and Jorge Silva (8-0, 7 KOs) will also make an appearance.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan who challenges for the IBF bantamweight title against Joseph Agbeko at Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, will equal Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech in winning world titles in three weight divisions if successful. He has already equalled Kostya Tszyu as a WBC/IBF/WBA champion. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs) will meet Yuri Romanov (21-2, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title August 1st at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The bout will be on the undercard of the main event featuring WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) and former IBF lightweight champion Nate Campbell (35-5-1, 25 KOs). Ironically Angulo and Romanov are fighting for the title Campbell was stripped of when he failed to make the weight limit for his title defense against Ali Funeka this past February.
Hall of Fame promoter Don King will be traveling to Los Angeles to pay his respects to Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. As a result, the final press conference for Saturday’s Darchinyan-Agbeko fight at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday to allow King time to return to Florida to host the presser.
Chicago-based Simmons Marketing Entertainment LLC, which also guides two-time heavyweight world title challenger Fres Oquendo, has announced the signing of undefeated middleweight prospect Orphius Waite (5-0, 3 KOs) to an exclusive managerial contract.
The IBF had scheduled a purse bid for tomorrow for the IBF jr. featherweight eliminator for #1 between Takalani Ndlovu and Kiko Martinez. The two sides have reached an agreement to hold the fight in South Africa. The purse bid has been canceled.
Former undisputed jr middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright has announced a series of fight cards titled “Knockout Fight Club.” The first event will be held at M2 UltraLounge in New York City on August 19th with Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin in a featured bout. Shows in South Beach, FL and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are also in the pipeline.
This past Friday at Club Destiny in Orlando, Florida, heavyweight contender Derric “El Leon” Rossy (21-2, 12 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Moises Droz (13-8, 10 KOs) to capture the WBC Fecarbox heavyweight title. Rossy, a former Boston College football player, took charge from the opening round landing accurate punches to the head and body. As the fight continued, Rossy continued to apply pressure and mounted an all out assault in the beginning of the third round forcing the referee to halt the action. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor faced off at a press conference today in advance of their world championship showdown on Saturday at the new “Ring°Arena” at the famed Nürburgring Racetrack. The “Universum Champions Night” card will be part of the festivities on the weekend of the German Formula 1 Grand Prix. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Former three-time world challenger Shingo Yamaguchi (24-6-2, 10 KOs), 111, returned to ring warfare despite his previous announcement to hang up gloves for good, and impressively halted game and tough Thailander Ngaotawan Sithsaithong (9-8-1, 4 KOs), 111.5, at 0:14 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamaguchi had three unsuccessful world title shots against Yosam Choi in 2002, Takefumi Sakata and Daisuke Naito, both in the previous year. The crestfallen 29-year-old Japanese warrior gloomily said after his eleventh-round stoppage by Naito last December, “I’ve no more motivation to go on.” Yamaguchi, however, made a gallant comeback due to his manager and ex-WBA champ Katsuo Tokashiki’s advice. Yamaguchi, a busy-punching speedster, decked the free-swinging Thailander twice with solid rights in the third, but Ngaotawan amazingly displayed a furious retaliation in the fourth. Yamaguchi then came back hard to floor the fading foe again to have the referee declare a well-received halt. Promoter: Tokashiki Promotions.
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On Friday evening, Universum Box-Promotion Technical Manager Jean-Marcel Nartz, who has been coordinating the boxing events for German boxing powerhouse for the last seven years, officially said good-bye. He was given a royal send-off with a surprise party attended by family and friends during a festive three hour cruise through the Port of Hamburg. Nartz, a trained chef who lives in Cologne, was particularly pleased that proteges of bygone days such as world champion Markus Beyer and Axel Schulz were on hand in addition to Universum boss Klaus-Peter Kohl and current Universum world champions Ina Menzer and Karoly Balzsay. Universum Managing Director Stefan Braune presented Nartz with two “lifetime” honorary credentials and “golden seating” passes for future Universum events. Described as a ‘living boxing lexicon,’ Nartz stated that he plans to use the passes “very intensively.”
Nartz’ successor will be Kay Foitschik, who has been with the company since 2003 handling similar duties for Spotlight Boxing events. “I learned a lot from Marcel in the first few months,” he said, “but since 2004 I’ve also directed large events solo. The transition from Marcel to me will be seemless.” Among his career highlights have been international events, as well as the second fight between popular television personality Stefan Raab and female ring legend Regina Halmich before 18,000 fans as the sold out Cologne Arena.
For the first time in Europe, a Medical Congress was held from July 3-5 by the European Boxing Union (EBU) in collaboration with the British Boxing Board of Control in Cardiff, Wales. 67 Doctors from more than 20 European countries attended this important congress with simultaneous translation in 5 languages. (more…)
As previously reported by Fightnews, it has now been confirmed that IBF #2 rated, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF welterweight championship against IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on August 1 at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place in November in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. This time Rodriguez will have the home advantage as Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing won an IBF purse bid for the bout. “Delvin promised me that if he gets a rematch against Hlatshwayo in the U.S. that he is going to knock him out. We delivered on our end by winning the purse bid, now Delvin must deliver on his, and trust me when I tell you I couldn’t be more confident that he will,” stated DeGuardia. Tickets are $30-$125 and are on sale now. Call 1-800-745-3000.
A chirpy Brit with plenty of character and quotable lines, Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping can usually wax lyrical on any subject and enjoy it. You don’t have to inspire him, you don’t have to prompt him – Bisping likes to talk and he realises the importance of getting his words out there. Even when he’s digging at prospective opponents, he thrives on the sense of danger and says everything with his tongue firmly pressed into his cheek . . . Click here for more by Elliott Worsell, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Denis Boulanger
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Panamanian Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno successully defended of his WBA bantamweight world title against Mahyar Monshipou by split decision on Saturday night at the Parc of Expositions in Poitiers, France. The scoring of the judges was Nelson Vásquez of Puerto Rico 116-113 in favor of Moreno, Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa 116-112 in favor of Moreno and Erkki Meronen of Finland 115-113 in favor of Monshipour. Moreno now has the record of 26-1-1 with 8 KOs while Monshipour falls to 31-4-2, 21 KOs.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Kohei Ohba (25-0-1, 10 KOs), 118, kept his Japanese national bantam belt as he displayed his advantageous speed and skills to pound out a unanimous decision (99-92, 98-93 and 97-93) over Akira Mano (10-3, 6 KOs), 118, over ten nearly one-sided rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan.
Undercard: Unheralded Nao Yamamoto (8-6-1, 4 KOs), 125.5, scored an upset split duke (78-74, 76-75 and 76-77) over JBC#8 super-bantam Shota Hayashi (11-3, 7 KOs), 126, over eight. The underdog’s surprising knockdown of Hayashi with a vicious right uppercut in the third carried him to an unexpected triumph. Japanese #4 light Daiki Koide (14-1-2, 6 KOs), 136.25, showed a come-from-behind stoppage of ex-OPBF challenger Koji Samejima (17-4-1, 7 KOs), 136.75, with southpaw lefts at 2:50 of the sixth session in a scheduled eight. Ex-OPBF heavy champ Peter Okello (19-5, 17 KOs), 258.5, returned to action after a long hiatus and dispatched Jairo Kusunoki (4-5, 1 KO), 236, at 1:12 of the opening round in a scheduled six. Promoter: Hatanaka Promotions.
Two time world title challenger Fres Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) will now face former WBA heavyweight world champion Bruce Seldon (40-7, 36 KOs) for the NABA heavyweight title in the ten round main event on July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Oquendo was originally scheduled to face Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile. “There’s just too many complications bringing Basile in from Argentina,” stated promoter Dominic Pesoli. “I’ve seen Seldon’s last two fights and he was in very good shape and looked sharp. With his power, experience and intelligence, this is going to make for a terrific heavyweight fight on July 24th.”
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko and unified super flyweight champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan participated in a highly spirited conference call with the media last week with both men tangling directly with each other boasting of what will transpire when they meet in the main event of one of the most anticipated fights of the year at “Don King’s Summer Sizzler” emanating from BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT). Here’s what they had to say.
By Nick Giongco
Nonito Donaire, the Filipino puncher who is regarded the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao, has been running in the morning and reporting to a gym in the afternoon as he revs up for a tough assignment on Aug. 15 at the hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Donaire is facing Panamanian banger Rafael Concepcion in the main event of a Top Rank show that also features the long-awaited battle between Steven Luevano of the US against Filipino hopeful Bernabe Concepcion for Luevano’s WBO featherweight title. Donaire is leaving the flyweight class and his match with Concepcion will be for the interim WBA super-fly throne. (more…)
Heavyweight contenders Eddie Chambers and Alexander Dimitrenko spoke to the press shortly after their WBO elimination showdown on Saturday night. Here’s what they had to say:
Eddie Chambers: “Happy Birthday Sascha! It was a great fight. He showed that he’s a future champion. He didn’t succeed today, but he will succeed sometime. This fight was a good test, a good and strong opponent at the right time. Today I proved how fast and good I am. I showed everyone and defeated Dimitrenko. So when possible I’m ready for the fight with Vladimir Klitschko – this was the perfect preparation!”
Alexander Dimitrenko: “Today was not my day. I came into this fight badly, my hands were somehow jammed up and [the punches] didn’t flow like normal. I’m not looking for excuses. I clearly lost. I’d like to closely analyze this fight with my trainer Fritz and learn from it. One learns the most from defeats. Every great boxer has lost. It doesn’t break them, they come back stronger. I’m 27 years old for another half an hour. The best time for a heavyweight is age 30. I have the goal to fight for a world championship more than ever. I will succeed. I’m sorry that I disappointed the fans. But thus is life. It also goes on after defeats.” (more…)
Nowadays, to keep a job requires complete dedication to remain sharp in an increasingly competitive world. To have two jobs is even harder, especially when one of those jobs is as a police officer, and not just any police officer, but one who is part of a Special Forces team whose main goal is to recover firearms that have fallen into the hands of drug dealers (For a better understanding, take a look at Elite Troops, a Brazilian movie).. . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
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