SATURDAY, December 9th, 2001, AT 8:30 PM, PT
The Power Of The
"BIG" Right Hand!
Photos By Cal Cooper
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Atlanta Georgia, USA Promoter Lane Collyer had stepped back from his familiar position of "Event Promoter" so he could fight on this event, putting this job title into the hands of his Sukotai Inc. partner, Ron Gaiteri (Right). The night was a MAJOR Success for all involved which included the events major sponsors Spondivits Food & Spirits of Atlanta, Georgia (who has the greatest seafood we've ever tasted!!!) and the Atlanta Brewing Company (Venue sponsor) located in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia. It was a first class event that featured great seafood and hamburgers catered by Spondivits and free Microbrewery Beer for all those of age from theAtlanta Brewing Company (except officials of course...) and of course, a lot of great fight action!! It was truly a night of Fights, Food and Spirits.
As we said, the main event had to wait until after midnight, but it was worth it all as Goutiar, Mississippi's #13 ranked (IKF Pro MuayThai Division) "BIG" John Dixon (245, 18-1/18) and #11 ranked (IKF Pro MuayThai Division)"Lightning" Lane Collyer (18-3/11, Atlanta Georgia) stepped into the ring to contend for the vacant IKF Pro MuayThai Rules Super Heavyweight United States Title. Although Collyer's had all of his ring success in the Heavyweight division, (Under 210 lbs) he wanted to move up in weight to the Super Heavyweight division, (Above 209.1 lbs.). At the weigh-ins, Collyer barely made the minimum weight for the Super Heavyweight Pro MuayThai Rules Division, weighing in at only 209.5 lbs. On the other side of the ring, Dixon was a true Super Heavyweight weighing in at an even 245 as planned. If Dixon's record wasn't intimidating enough, his size was. However, when the two stepped into the ring, it was clear to everyone that Collyer was a lean 210 lbs while Dixon looked a bit soft around the middle. To most, it would appear that the big man may get winded early, but who knows in the fight game. We all know Dixon didn't get here by being winded early and losing. With only 1 loss in his 17 kickboxing bouts of which all 17 were won by TKO/KO, Dixon was here because he's a winner, as was Collyer. Better yet, when the fighters are this big, anything can happen... Here's the round by round action of the main event....
ROUND 1: As the round started, the two showed respect with a tap of the gloves and went into action. From the outside, Collyer went to work on Dixon's legs seeming to hit his target at will with Dixon making little, if any attempt to block any of the kicks. In return, Dixon was 90% hands, mixing up jabs, hooks, uppercuts and a strong right hand which was just missing it's mark throughout the round. As the two worked into the clinch, Collyer scored well on repeated knees to Dixon's body and a few making it to Dixon's head. As round 1 ended, Collyer won on all 3 judges cards 10-9.
ROUND 2: With a slight rest and adjustment of his game plan, Dixon came out as strong as a bull, again throwing mostly hands. Although he appeared to have Collyer on the ropes, Collyer weathered the storm and took the game to the clinch again. Here again was Collyer's strong spot as he scored repeatedly on knees to Dixon's body. From ringside, it appeared Dixon, due to his size, wasn't feeling any sting from Collyer's kicks and punches as he continued to not check/block any of Collyer's kicks allowing Collyer to fire away. It was clear that if Collyer was going to win, he would win in from the clinch. If Dixon was going to win, it would be by landing one of his heavy punches which seemed to be getting closer and closer to finding there mark as he landed more often in round 2. At the end of 2 though, Collyer did enough to win the round again and lead on all 3 judges cards, 20-18.
ROUND 3: As the round begin, Collyer did a spinning side kick that Dixon caught under his elbow. As his leg came down Collyer limped gingerly but continued the fight. What he, and all at ringside didn't know was that he had just broken the top bone in his right foot, (Later confirmed by medical staff at ringside) however Collyer's heart kept him in the bout. Dixon seemed to sense something wasn't right as Collyer started dropping his hands more and his movement slowed in the ring. The experienced Dixon started to push the fight more at this point scoring on the inside with some knees of his own and several strong punches to Collyer's head. Collyer came back landing more knee strikes. This time some found Dixon's jaw that rocked him hard and later, another to his forehead. However the pain in Collyer's foot was becoming more and more noticeable as his ring movement slowed considerably and his hands begin to drop more while Dixon's hands found Collyer's head more and more. The bout had memories of the Rick Roufus Vs Stan Longinidis (1997) bout where Longinidis broke his foot in the middle of the fight which Roufus went on to win to claim the IKF IR Heavyweight World Title.
As the round came near the end, Dixon landed the shot he was looking for all night long. A "BIG" right hand that dropped Collyer to the mat. This bout should have been over at that moment but referee Richard Trammell made a costly error as he waived it off due to the bell sounding the end of the round. (In the IKF the fighter can only be saved by the bell in the FINAL round) Tremmell made not only a costly error that should have been a Dixon win in round 3, but was soon to prove a safety error for Collyer. Although Collyer seemed to have a slight edge in round 3, Dixon's knockdown turned the judges minds who all gave Dixon the round 10-8.
During the break, Collyer never informed his corner of his foot injury, vowing to continue on despite the fact he had no ring movement left and worse yet, that he was still in a sense, out on his feet from Dixon's big right hand at the end of the previous round.
ROUND 4: While Collyer questioned himself to enter round 4, Dixon appeared as if he had just started the round like he just walked into the ring. He wasn't breathing heavy and continued to look extremely composed as he did throughout the entire fight. He may not have a 6 pack stomach, but don't be fooled... Dixon was in "FIGHTING" shape. As round 4 started, Dixon did what any ring veteran would do. Like a hungry animal, he went after his wounded prey. Dixon moved in and landed the last needed "BIG" right hand on Collyer, dropping him to the canvas. This time, referee Trammell made no error in judgement, immediately stopping the bout at 17 seconds into round 4.
Dixon's belt was presented by special guest Frank Shamrock (Right). The win gave "BIG John" the IKF Pro Super Heavyweight MuayThai Title and brought some attention for him as being a potential contender for the K-1 North American Tournament. Question is, is there an opening for him? Well, there just so happens to be one we know of... From what we found out last Thursday, a day before this bout, Collyer had pulled out of the K-1 North America Qualifier event in Milwaukee Wisconsin in February of 2002. If there's still an opening where Collyer's name once was, we'd like to suggest Dixon be the one to fill it. Under the circumstances, it would only seem fair.
As far as Collyer, (Left) he already had plans to stay in the Heavyweight Division (Under 215 lbs.) which is where we feel he's the strongest. Once again, nearly every title in the heavyweight division is vacant and Collyer's proved he's a contender in any of the rules styles at that weight. We're sure to see Collyer back again in the heavyweight division after his foot heels and if Dixon can't get his shot in the K-1 North American Tournament, there's always the chance of him going to England to face Matt Skelton in March for Skelton's IKF MTR World Title. Here's a review of all the nights bouts.
For additional event info contact Mr. Ron Gaiteri by e-mail at this link: Rgaiteri2@aol.com.
TUESDAY, December 4th, 2001, AT 7:15 PM, PT
Faces Dixon In
"BATTLE AT THE BREWERY"
Plus 3 Other Title Bouts: 2 ISCF & 1 IKF
IKF & ISCF Promoter and East Coast FCR Heavyweight Champion Lane Collyer (Right) is quickly becoming a household name on the IKF News pages. From putting together several dynamic promotions to winning the award for the largest IKF USA Nationals Regional Event this year, Collyer knows the promotional game.
However this Friday night at the Atlanta Brewing Company in Atlanta Georgia, Collyer will take a step back and let associate Ron Gaiteri take over the promotional duties of their "BATTLE AT THE BREWERY" as he steps into the ring again in hopes to win another IKF Title. Collyer (18-2/11, 6'2", 211) is currently ranked in all 3 rule styles of the IKF He's #2 in the IKF Pro Full Contact Heavyweight Division, #3 in the IKF Pro International Rules Heavyweight Division and #11 in IKF Pro MuayThai Division. The heavyweight division in the IKF FCR & IR Divisions breaks at 215, however in Pro MTR, it's at 209, putting Collyer in with a little bigger competition and with all the big K-1 Names as well.
Win or lose, this bout will test Collyer's strength against the bigger competition for his quest for a K-1 berth. Collyer's coming off of an impressive win over Mark Miller back in September of this year. Collyer (Right throwing an AX kick on Miller) opened up a strong knee attack on Miller's body and head, followed up with some strong leg kicks and good hand combinations that included strong body shots and a spinning backhand the bout was stopped at the 2:35 mark of the first round giving Collyer the win by TKO. Collyer hopes to repeat this call again Friday night.
Friday night Collyer will face one of those "Bigger" opponents in "BIG" John Dixon (16-0/16) of Gautier, Mississippi, USA. A win for Dixon would bring him back into the picture as a potential K-1 North American contender. Dixon is currently ranked #13 in the IKF Pro MuayThai Division. We plan on seeing him weigh-in at around 245 on his 6'4" frame, but Dixon has weighed as much as 273. Dixon has a world title on his resume from an unknown kickboxing organization along with being the All-Army Tae Kwan Do Champion and 2 x National Judo Champion. He's also fought and won on a World Extreme Fighting event (WEF #7), an event the IKF's sister MMA (Mixed Martial Arts - NHB) organization ( (ISCF ) sanctions in the South East. He's been mostly active recently on the MMA fighting circuit where he' experienced mixed success. He was a competitor on Pride 1 losing to Kazumari Murakami 1:34 - 1st round via submission and has also lost to Dan Severn and Ukraine's Igor Vovchanchyn. Earlier this year in Russia Dixon defeated Russia's Igor Sharahov in a Free Style Rules bout in Moscow and beat Alexandar Mandek and and Igor Gueras by submission in Kiev, Ukrane. One thing we will say, we hope that the John Dixon that's scheduled to face Collyer Friday night is not the same John Dixon scheduled to box Thursday night against Tracy Telligman in Bay St. Louis, MS. If it is, and he gets stopped before the final bell, Collyer may be looking at a win by forfeit...
Regardless of what their future may bring, on Friday night the two will be fighting for the vacant IKF MTR Super Heavyweight United States Title. A win here would justify Collyer to get a direct entrance into the K-1 North American Tournament. However, due to a new system for the 2002 event, he may have to win 3 more bouts to get there instead. He's currently scheduled to fight in the new K-1 North America Qualifier event in Milwaukee Wisconsin in January, 2002.
Three other title bouts will be featured on the night which include "Ill" Will Ivey Vs "Dangerous" Daniel Ancheta for the vacant IKF Amateur International Rules South East Region Cruiserweight Title. There will be some ISCF titles on the line as well. They include Kent "The Norsman" Hensley Vs Jared "The Prodigy" Pettitt fighting for the vacant ISCF East Coast Light Heavyweight Title and "Crazy T" Todd Carney Vs Jason Miller for the vacant ISCF East Coast Middleweight Title.
Special guests on the night will include MMA Superstar Frank Shamrock (Left) and Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Chris Chandler (Left).
The event will be held at the Atlanta Brewing Company, 1219 Williams Street, North West, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As of today, the event is 85% sold out so don't plan on getting any tickets at the door. For additional event info Contact Mr. Ron Gaiteri by e-mail by clicking: Rgaiteri2@aol.com. For TICKET INFO Call: (404) 767-1569.
Smith Making NEWS!
ISCF Indiana State
Amateur Middleweight Champ, Darrell "The Bulldog" Smith
will be fighting this Friday, December 7th in the
Ultimate Wrestling World Amateur Championships.
Good luck to Darrell as he goes for the Title!!!
WEDNESDAY, December 5th, 2001, AT 8:20 AM PT
Approves The Added
Illegal Techniques & Fouls
As many know, NHB/MMA rules have been changed and modified many times over the last few years to make the sport more accepted in regards to safety issues. Recently the ISCF was asked to adapt a couple of rules to our Illegal Techniques & Fouls section of our ISCF Rules Section in view of fighter safety. Although this rule change took longer than we had desired, we are proud to say that these rules have finally been approved. Please remember that since the ISCF is the Official Governing Body for MMA in the State of Georgia, USA, Representing the State of Georgia and approved by the "State of Georgia", such rules had to be approved in certain order. Although we are sorry for the waiting time for these rules, we are pleased that these rules have been approved and are now a part of our ISCF Rules Section under the section Illegal Techniques & Fouls. They are as follows;
We hope these added rules help to making the world of Mixed Martial Arts a safer venue for all involved.