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VPF: From Africa With Love (Globalverse)

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Hey guys, after a long time, i am back with another Globalverse diary. This is the story of Venom Pit Fighting which is based in Africa, perhaps the toughest region to grow in WMMA due to low acceptability. I will be looking at 5 year cycles of weight divisions with a summary post, starting with heavyweight.
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<p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;">INDEX</span></strong></p><p>

<a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2381691#post2381691" rel="external nofollow"><span style="font-size:10px;">The Initial Era - Heavyweight(1989 - 1994)</span></a></p><p>

<a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2381695&postcount=5" rel="external nofollow"><span style="font-size:10px;">The Initial Era - Light Heavyweight(1989 - 1994)</span></a></p><p>

<a href="http://www.greydogsoftware.com/forum/showpost.php?p=2381888&postcount=6" rel="external nofollow"><span style="font-size:10px;">The Initial Era - Middleweight(1989 - 1994)</span></a></p>

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The Initial Era - Heavyweight(1989 - 1994)


This was our first division that started in 89. The fights featuring a mix of local African talents along with imports from other countries started slowly making a name for themselves amongst the African crowd. The first title match featuring two English talents, Stafford Alois and Harry Milne was watched by 275 people in Dodoma, Tanzania where Alois caused a huge upset beating the favorite Milne by UD to become the first Heavyweight Champion and the first ever champion of the company. He continued his amazing run pulling off two more defenses beating favorites “The Swede Superman” Gunnar Nilsson and WR #1 Jeff Carlton making him a cult favorite amongst the audience. He had always punched above his weight but his luck ran out when James Foster debuted in the company. Perhaps the most finest wrestler to ever land in MMA, he took the title from Alois easily before defending it three more times against the same three wrestlers that Alois had defeated and is still the champion. The only complaint is he is unable to finish off fights and 3 out of his 4 title victories have come by decisions.


Title History


Defence #3: James Foster beat Jeff Carlton by UD at VPF 53: Foster vs Carlton (Sunday, W4, May 94)

Defence #2: James Foster beat Gunnar Nilsson by UD at VPF 49: Foster vs Nilsson (Sunday, W4, Dec 93)

Defence #1: James Foster beat Harry Milne by Submission(RNC) at VPF 45: Foster vs Milne (Sunday, W4, Jul 93)

James Foster beat Stafford Alois by UD at VPF 42: Alois vs Foster (Sunday, W4, March 93)


Defence #2: Stafford Alois beat Jeff Carlton by TKO(Strikes) at VPF 36: Alois vs Carlton (Sunday, W4, Aug 92)

Defence #1: Stafford Alois beat Gunnar Nilsson by TKO(Strikes) at VPF 27: Alois vs Nilsson (Sunday, W4, Aug 91)

Stafford Alois beat Harry Milne by UD at VPF 19: Alois vs Milne (Sunday, W4, Nov 90)
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The Initial Era - Light Heavyweight(1989 - 1994)


Mantas Andrayev, the Sambo master from Russia was the first star of this division carrying the weight of the division on his shoulders. But the title see-sawed a lot with Andrayev losing to Banks who then lost it to Elgar. Elgar broke the jinx when he defeated George Laurent to pull off his 1st defense. He looks set to be on a collision course with “The Hot Shot” Garry McSweegan who has racked up a 4-0 record beating biggies like Mark Cohen and Bill Cumming.


Title History


Defence #1: Elgar beat George Laurent by SD at VPF 40: Elgar vs Laurent (Saturday, W4, Jan 93)

Elgar beat Leon Banks by KO(Kick) at VPF 35: Banks vs Elgar (Sunday, W4, Jun 92)

Leon Banks beat Mantas Andrayev by TKO(Corner Stoppage) at VPF 30: Andrayev vs Banks (Sunday, W4, Dec 91)

Mantas Andrayev beat Bill Cumming by Submission(Kimura) at VPF 26: Andrayev vs Cumming II (Sunday, W4, Jul 91)
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The Initial Era - Middleweight(1989 - 1994)


If the light heavyweight was a cherry, this was a full on cake as 4 new champions were crowned in 2 years with all of them failing to register any defenses. Finally, in came Fernando Amaro who has taken the division by storm currently enjoying a 7-0 record in VPF including two title defenses. He ended 1995 as #1 Middleweight and #1 P4P fighter.


Title History


Defence #2: Fernando Amaro beat Bambang Sriyanto by SD at VPF 60: Amaro vs Sriyanto (Sunday, W4,Jan 95)

Defence #1: Fernando Amaro beat Balagot Sripituksakul by TKO(Strikes) at VPF 55: Amaro vs Sripituksakul (Sunday, W4,Aug 94)

Fernando Amaro beat Mario de Souza by KO(Punch) at VPF 47: de Souza vs Amaro(Sunday, W4,Oct 93)


Mario de Souza beat Bingwen Park by TKO(Strikes) at VPF 43: Park vs de Souza (Sunday, W4,May 93)

Bingwen Park beat Yoshinobu Tanaka by Submission(RNC) at VPF 39: Tanaka vs Park (Sunday, W4,Dec 92)

Yoshinobu Tanaka beat Greg Atteveld by SD at VPF 25: Atteveld vs Tanaka II (Sunday, W4,Jun 91)

Greg Atteveld beat Adric Kunene by UD at VPF 20: Atteveld vs Kunene(Sunday, W4,Jan 91)
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