All-New Ultimate Fighting Championship Presents UFC 31 - 'Locked & Loaded';

UFC World Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture

vs.

World Heavyweight Contender Pedro Rizzo



UFC World Welterweight Champion Pat Miletich

vs.

World Welterweight Contender Carlos Newton



Friday, May 4, 2001, At 9 PM ET/6 PM PT

From Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ultimate Fighting Championship

    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The all-new
 Ultimate Fighting Championship is set for UFC 31, "Locked & Loaded," featuring
 two world championship fights on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
 from the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.  The main event
 features undefeated two-time UFC World Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture
 defending his title against Pedro Rizzo.  Undefeated UFC World Welterweight
 Champion Pat Miletich will defend his crown against Carlos Newton in the
 co-feature.  In addition to the main events, there will be six special
 attractions on the eight-bout card at Mark G. Etess Arena.
     "Locked & Loaded" will be broadcast live on DirecTV pay per view, Dish On
 Demand, Bell ExpressVU, Viewers Choice Canada, as well as select cable
 outlets, including Cox Cable in Las Vegas.  The suggested retail price for the
 UFC event is $24.95.
     Highlighting the undercard will be a heavyweight showdown pitting Pete
 Williams (3-2), of the Lion's Den in San Diego, Calif., against Semmy Schilt
 (making his UFC debut), of Zuidlaren, Holland, as well as two light
 heavyweight bouts featuring Chuck Liddell (3-1), of San Luis Obispo, Calif.,
 battling former UFC world heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (3-2), of
 Columbus, Ohio, and Ricardo Almeida (making UFC debut), of Weehawken, N.J.,
 and the Renzo Gracie Camp, taking on 2000 Olympic silver medallist wrestler,
 Matt Lindland (1-0), of Oregon City, Ore.
     Also featured will be two welterweight battles pitting Shonie Carter
 (2-0), of Chicago, against Matt Serra (making UFC debut), of Long Island,
 N.Y., and Tony DeSouza, of Las Vegas, Nev., against Steve Berger, of St.
 Louis, who both will be making their UFC debuts.  Rounding out the card will
 be a lightweight special attraction between two UFC rookies, as B.J. Penn, of
 Hilo, Hi., and Joey Gilbert, of Chicago square off.
     Couture (5-0), of Gresham, Ore., is known as "The Natural" for his
 athleticism and wrestling ability.  He amassed several accolades as a
 wrestler, including the 1997 Pan Am Games championship.  Couture is a
 four-time world team member, four-time national champion in Greco Roman
 wrestling, three-time All-American in college and two-time runner-up at the
 NCAA Championships.  The 37-year-old champion is undefeated in UFC
 competition.
     At UFC 13, "The Ultimate Fighting Force," Couture defeated Tony Halme by
 submission and Steven Graham by TKO, earning a first-place finish in the
 four-man tournament.  Couture then defeated Vitor Belfort on October 17, 1997,
 at UFC 15.  The victory provided him with a shot at the heavyweight
 championship, then held by Maurice Smith, December 21, 1997, at Ultimate
 Japan I.  Couture won in a majority decision, but held his title only for a
 short time.  He vacated the crown due to contract disputes.  Couture sought to
 reclaim his title November 17, 2000, at UFC 28.  He accomplished his goal by
 out-slugging Kevin Randleman and convincing the referee to stop the fight at
 4:13 of the third round.
     Rizzo (6-1), of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who turns 27 the day prior to his
 match with Couture, is a Ruas Vale Tudo style fighter.  The former
 professional kickboxer made his UFC debut at Ultimate Brazil, trading heavy
 punches with slugger Tank Abbott.  Also known as "the Rock," Rizzo took some
 punishment, but won the fight by dropping his opponent three times en route to
 the KO.
     At UFC 18, Rizzo won a split decision over former heavyweight champion,
 Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.  He defeated Lion's Den fighter Tre Telligman in
 4:30 by knockout at UFC 20.  Rizzo beat RINGS star Tsuyoshi Kosaka at UFC
 23 by referee stoppage at 1:12 of the third round, becoming the top
 heavyweight contender.  Rizzo faced Kevin Randleman for the heavyweight title
 at UFC 26 after their first scheduled meeting at UFC 24 was postponed.
 Randleman earned the crown by winning a unanimous decision.  Rizzo immediately
 jumped back in to the Octagon at UFC 27, stopping Dan "The Beast" Severn in
 1:33 with a brutal kick to the leg.  At UFC 30 on February 23, 2001, Rizzo
 knocked Josh Barnett out at 4:21 of the second round.
     Miletich (6-0), of Davenport, Iowa is a veteran of Mixed Martial Arts,
 with more than 30 bouts to his credit.  He trains against and battles many
 world-class fighters at his school and has developed a style known as Miletich
 Fighting Systems.  Miletich made his debut in the UFC's first under 170-pound
 tournament at UFC 16, The Battle in the Bayou.  He defeated Olympic silver
 medal wrestler, Townsend Saunders, in a close decision and Chris Brennan by
 submission to capture the tournament.  He then took on Mike Burnett at
 Ultimate Brazil I to determine the first UFC 170-pound world champion.  In a
 close battle, Miletich captured the title via split decision.
     Known as the "Croatian Sensation," Miletich defended his 170-pound title
 at UFC 18 against Brazil's Jorge Patino and remained undefeated with a
 unanimous decision.  Miletich defeated Jiu-Jitsu champion, Andre Pederneiras
 at UFC 21 after a cut over Pederneiras' eye influenced the doctor to stop the
 contest.  Miletich's most recent UFC appearance at UFC 29 on Dec. 16, 2000,
 ended with another victory.  He kept his undefeated record intact and defended
 his UFC lightweight championship by defeating Kenichi Yamamoto in 1:57 of the
 second round by guillotine choke.
     Newton (1-1), of the British Virgin Islands utilizes his patented
 Dragonball Jiu-Jitsu style.  He started training in martial arts at age six
 because another child stole his lunch money.  Although he has competed only in
 one UFC event (UFC 17), where he was a finalist in the middleweight
 tournament, Newton posses a great deal of experience and has won several
 martial arts championships and tournaments.  The Ontario, Canada resident won
 three times in the PRIDE organization and was victorious at the Vale Tudo
 Japan Open in 1997 and 1998.  He is a three-time Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
 and the current Canadian Pankration Champion.
     The UFC's Jeff Blatnick and Mike Goldberg will call the action from the
 Octagon.  Blatnick, who has commentated NCAA and Olympic wrestling events
 since he won Olympic wrestling gold in the super heavyweight division at the
 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, has been with the organization since UFC
 4 in December 1994.  Goldberg, whose primary occupation is television
 play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League,
 has been with UFC since Ultimate Japan in December 1997.
     Trump Taj Mahal is hosting the UFC for the third time.  The last two
 events, UFC 29 and 30, averaged more than 5000 fans in attendance.  Tickets,
 priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Trump Taj
 Mahal box office, all TicketMaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, or
 by calling TicketMaster at 800-736-1420.
 
     For more information, please visit the official UFC website at www.ufc.tv.
 The web site will web cast the press conference (May 3) and weigh-in (May 4)
 for UFC 31, "Locked & Loaded," on a delayed basis.
 
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SOURCE Ultimate Fighting Championship
    NEW YORK, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The all-new
 Ultimate Fighting Championship is set for UFC 31, "Locked & Loaded," featuring
 two world championship fights on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
 from the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.  The main event
 features undefeated two-time UFC World Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture
 defending his title against Pedro Rizzo.  Undefeated UFC World Welterweight
 Champion Pat Miletich will defend his crown against Carlos Newton in the
 co-feature.  In addition to the main events, there will be six special
 attractions on the eight-bout card at Mark G. Etess Arena.
     "Locked & Loaded" will be broadcast live on DirecTV pay per view, Dish On
 Demand, Bell ExpressVU, Viewers Choice Canada, as well as select cable
 outlets, including Cox Cable in Las Vegas.  The suggested retail price for the
 UFC event is $24.95.
     Highlighting the undercard will be a heavyweight showdown pitting Pete
 Williams (3-2), of the Lion's Den in San Diego, Calif., against Semmy Schilt
 (making his UFC debut), of Zuidlaren, Holland, as well as two light
 heavyweight bouts featuring Chuck Liddell (3-1), of San Luis Obispo, Calif.,
 battling former UFC world heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman (3-2), of
 Columbus, Ohio, and Ricardo Almeida (making UFC debut), of Weehawken, N.J.,
 and the Renzo Gracie Camp, taking on 2000 Olympic silver medallist wrestler,
 Matt Lindland (1-0), of Oregon City, Ore.
     Also featured will be two welterweight battles pitting Shonie Carter
 (2-0), of Chicago, against Matt Serra (making UFC debut), of Long Island,
 N.Y., and Tony DeSouza, of Las Vegas, Nev., against Steve Berger, of St.
 Louis, who both will be making their UFC debuts.  Rounding out the card will
 be a lightweight special attraction between two UFC rookies, as B.J. Penn, of
 Hilo, Hi., and Joey Gilbert, of Chicago square off.
     Couture (5-0), of Gresham, Ore., is known as "The Natural" for his
 athleticism and wrestling ability.  He amassed several accolades as a
 wrestler, including the 1997 Pan Am Games championship.  Couture is a
 four-time world team member, four-time national champion in Greco Roman
 wrestling, three-time All-American in college and two-time runner-up at the
 NCAA Championships.  The 37-year-old champion is undefeated in UFC
 competition.
     At UFC 13, "The Ultimate Fighting Force," Couture defeated Tony Halme by
 submission and Steven Graham by TKO, earning a first-place finish in the
 four-man tournament.  Couture then defeated Vitor Belfort on October 17, 1997,
 at UFC 15.  The victory provided him with a shot at the heavyweight
 championship, then held by Maurice Smith, December 21, 1997, at Ultimate
 Japan I.  Couture won in a majority decision, but held his title only for a
 short time.  He vacated the crown due to contract disputes.  Couture sought to
 reclaim his title November 17, 2000, at UFC 28.  He accomplished his goal by
 out-slugging Kevin Randleman and convincing the referee to stop the fight at
 4:13 of the third round.
     Rizzo (6-1), of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who turns 27 the day prior to his
 match with Couture, is a Ruas Vale Tudo style fighter.  The former
 professional kickboxer made his UFC debut at Ultimate Brazil, trading heavy
 punches with slugger Tank Abbott.  Also known as "the Rock," Rizzo took some
 punishment, but won the fight by dropping his opponent three times en route to
 the KO.
     At UFC 18, Rizzo won a split decision over former heavyweight champion,
 Mark "The Hammer" Coleman.  He defeated Lion's Den fighter Tre Telligman in
 4:30 by knockout at UFC 20.  Rizzo beat RINGS star Tsuyoshi Kosaka at UFC
 23 by referee stoppage at 1:12 of the third round, becoming the top
 heavyweight contender.  Rizzo faced Kevin Randleman for the heavyweight title
 at UFC 26 after their first scheduled meeting at UFC 24 was postponed.
 Randleman earned the crown by winning a unanimous decision.  Rizzo immediately
 jumped back in to the Octagon at UFC 27, stopping Dan "The Beast" Severn in
 1:33 with a brutal kick to the leg.  At UFC 30 on February 23, 2001, Rizzo
 knocked Josh Barnett out at 4:21 of the second round.
     Miletich (6-0), of Davenport, Iowa is a veteran of Mixed Martial Arts,
 with more than 30 bouts to his credit.  He trains against and battles many
 world-class fighters at his school and has developed a style known as Miletich
 Fighting Systems.  Miletich made his debut in the UFC's first under 170-pound
 tournament at UFC 16, The Battle in the Bayou.  He defeated Olympic silver
 medal wrestler, Townsend Saunders, in a close decision and Chris Brennan by
 submission to capture the tournament.  He then took on Mike Burnett at
 Ultimate Brazil I to determine the first UFC 170-pound world champion.  In a
 close battle, Miletich captured the title via split decision.
     Known as the "Croatian Sensation," Miletich defended his 170-pound title
 at UFC 18 against Brazil's Jorge Patino and remained undefeated with a
 unanimous decision.  Miletich defeated Jiu-Jitsu champion, Andre Pederneiras
 at UFC 21 after a cut over Pederneiras' eye influenced the doctor to stop the
 contest.  Miletich's most recent UFC appearance at UFC 29 on Dec. 16, 2000,
 ended with another victory.  He kept his undefeated record intact and defended
 his UFC lightweight championship by defeating Kenichi Yamamoto in 1:57 of the
 second round by guillotine choke.
     Newton (1-1), of the British Virgin Islands utilizes his patented
 Dragonball Jiu-Jitsu style.  He started training in martial arts at age six
 because another child stole his lunch money.  Although he has competed only in
 one UFC event (UFC 17), where he was a finalist in the middleweight
 tournament, Newton posses a great deal of experience and has won several
 martial arts championships and tournaments.  The Ontario, Canada resident won
 three times in the PRIDE organization and was victorious at the Vale Tudo
 Japan Open in 1997 and 1998.  He is a three-time Canadian Jiu-Jitsu Champion
 and the current Canadian Pankration Champion.
     The UFC's Jeff Blatnick and Mike Goldberg will call the action from the
 Octagon.  Blatnick, who has commentated NCAA and Olympic wrestling events
 since he won Olympic wrestling gold in the super heavyweight division at the
 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, has been with the organization since UFC
 4 in December 1994.  Goldberg, whose primary occupation is television
 play-by-play announcer for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League,
 has been with UFC since Ultimate Japan in December 1997.
     Trump Taj Mahal is hosting the UFC for the third time.  The last two
 events, UFC 29 and 30, averaged more than 5000 fans in attendance.  Tickets,
 priced at $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, can be purchased at the Trump Taj
 Mahal box office, all TicketMaster outlets, including www.ticketmaster.com, or
 by calling TicketMaster at 800-736-1420.
 
     For more information, please visit the official UFC website at www.ufc.tv.
 The web site will web cast the press conference (May 3) and weigh-in (May 4)
 for UFC 31, "Locked & Loaded," on a delayed basis.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X61984428
 
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