December 19, 2006
Los Angeles, California
For Immediate Release
PSL X-MiSSiON Report
Time has past, the reviews are in and the Professional Submission League’s (PSL) ‘X-Mission’ has been hailed as a great success by all. On Friday, November 17, 2006 the Culver City Veterans Memorial was alive with elite combat artists, Hollywood celebrities, major sports stars and many others among an over capacity crowd anxious to witness the evenings historic event. The PSL is known for the unmatched level of talent that competes on its famed oversized, raised tatame and ‘X-Mission’ was no exception. In fact, the talent level on the tatame may have only been eclipsed by the staggering number of martial arts legends in attendance definitely making this the premiere event on the Los Angeles combat scene.
When Randy Couture competes people are very interested, toss in Marcelo Garcia, Kron Gracie, Jake Shields, ‘Jacare, ’along with the rest of the PSL crew and you have an international incident. With all of the ingredients for a first class submission experience in place, ‘X-Mission’ did not disappoint. Security (or lack there of) and ticket issues coupled with a major traffic accident had lines stretched around the building while the notoriously fickle Los Angeles crowd waited over an hour for the event to begin.After the slow start, the show kicked off with an introduction of the nights participants followed by the Marine Corps Color Guard and a moment of silence for all of our fallen servicemen.
The crowd was more than ready to go after a stirring acoustic rendition of our national anthem by the Foo Fighters own Cris ‘the Mouse’ Shiflett followed by a brief demonstration of the PSL rules by officials Sean Williams & Saulo Ribiero…
Dramatic lighting set the stage as educated fans cheered for position changes while the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ Josh Barnett broadcast live at mat side.
The evening’s first matches were highlighted by a submission from King of the Cage World Champion Mac Danzig over Street Sport Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s (BJJ) Alan Zborovsky.
The match also brought on a PSL rule change as the officials agreed that from ‘X-Mission’ forward, PSL athletes must tap out when a choke is applied for submission.
The next two matches saw Paragon BJJ’s, Jeff Glover out point a game Shane Rice representing the Rickson Gracie International BJJ Center (RGIBJJC) and SRJJA’s Rafael Lavato Jr. put on a submission display against Roberto Camargo del Alencar representing Gracie Barra..
Fans with unobstructed views encouraged their favorites with technical instructions as the action was projected on both sides of the tatame for all to see. The crowd was a buzz when Kron Gracie accompanied by his father Rickson strode onto the PSL tatame.His opponent, Grappling Unlimited’s blackbelt Andy Wang All eyes in the venue were on the duo as Kron won the match and the crowd with his 4-0 (takedown & catch) victory over Wang.
Alberto Crane, one of only two Americans to win the BJJ Blackbelt Mundials (along with BJ Penn), roared back to action with an arm bar submission of Alisio Silva’s Joe Camacho.Camacho must be commended for stepping up to take the fight on 24 hours notice and Alberto for completing his mission.
‘The Janitor’ Vladimir Matyushenko, who wowed many with his draw against reigning BJJ Absolute Mundial Champion Xande Ribiero at the PSL’s L.A. Sub X, secured a takedown and a 1 point victory over Vinicius Magalhaes in the evening heavyweight match up.
Next up, Marcelo Garcia did what none has yet to do in competition and that is to make World Shooto Champion and ADCC bronze medalist Jake Shields tap in a modified guillotine choke.That makes it 2-0 in the PSL for Marcelhino who seems to put a smile on everyone’s faces while keeping them on the edge of their seats.
Bruce Buffer, ‘the voice of MMA’, had everyone in the house standing as he announced the contestants for the night’s Main Event , The crowd noise hit a crescendo as guest official Big John McCarthy gave the two MMA heroes their last minute instructions.The moment had arrived Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and Ronaldo ‘Jacare’, the alligator from Manaus, center stage PSL ‘X-Mission’, history in the making…The match saw ‘Jacare’ attacking the UFC Hall of Famer with an array of submissions but Couture was nonplussed showing that his wrestling ability is second to none. The match continued into overtime as the weary combatants fought for submission and to the surprise of many ended with Couture on Jacare’s back.After 10 intense minutes of battling the match was declared a draw.
With the building still full and fans wanting more the main event result created the evenings second rule change. From this point on all PSL main events will continue in sudden death overtime until someone scores or is submitted!
The evening ended with Jacare and Randy being interviewed center tatame as fans crowed around for autographs and the announcer teased the inaugural PSL season, beginning in the spring of 2007.OFFICIAL RESULTS