Netzler was arrested in 2019 for playing a major role in importing 500 kg of meth, with an estimated street value of $150 million, from Thailand. Netzler, who competed as a professional mixed martial arts fighter, is also a high-ranking instructor in the Bujinkan ninjutsu school and a senior student of Bujinkan founder and ninjutsu proponent Masaaki Hatsumi. He moved to Japan from New Zealand as a teenager in 1986 to begin studying ninjutsu, eventually appearing on Japanese TV shows and documentaries about the art. After training in submission grappling and competing at the 2000 ADCC World Championships, he went on to compile an 8-8 MMA record fighting for organizations like Pancrase and Shooto. On returning to New Zealand he worked for a time as a celebrity bodyguard.
Black Belt Magazine's 1989 Competitor of the Year Christine Bannon-Rodrigues was promoted to 10th degree black belt in Oki-ryu on December 5th. She is pictured above at the ceremony with her family, including Dante (left), Chris (right), and legendary Team Paul Mitchell coach Don Rodrigues. Chris and Dante were also promoted at the event, achieving the ranks of 6th degree and 2nd degree black belt, respectively. Chris Rappold, the executive director of Team Paul Mitchell who was at the event as a friend of the Rodrigues family, reported that 35 martial artists in total were promoted at the ceremony.
Bannon-Rodrigues is one of the most prolific sport karate competitors of all time, amassing numerous wins throughout her career in forms, weapons, and fighting. She won the coveted women's sparring diamond ring at the Diamond Nationals in 1992, and was inducted into the Diamond Nationals Hall of Fame in 2008. She is a nine-time world champion as recognized by the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO). Her success as a competitor led to opportunities in the film industry, where she is still active and has had a phenomenal career performing stunts as Batgirl and acting as a double for Hilary Swank in The Next Karate Kid.
WATCH: Christine Bannon-Rodrigues Dominates at the 1999 Ocean State Grand Nationals
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‘Road To ONE’ Heavyweight Tournament Headlines RUF Nation’s Blockbuster Year-End Show RUF 45: Winter Wars
RUF Nation will continue its “Road to ONE” heavyweight tournament on Saturday, December 18th.
That evening, the promotion will hold RUF 45: Winter Wars at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, and an explosive double main event will headline an exciting night of MMA action.
The first headlining “Road to ONE” heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matchup will feature Terrance Jean-Jacques squaring off against Michael Quintero, and the second will pit Cameron Chism-Brungard against Eduardo Perez.
The two winners will advance to the semifinal round of the “Road to ONE” heavyweight tournament.
This past February, ONE Championship partnered with Arizona-based organization Ringside Unified Fighting (better known as RUF Nation) for the “Road to ONE” heavyweight tournament, which aims to discover the world’s next great heavyweight superstar.
The tournament champion will receive a life-changing $100,000+ contract to compete in ONE Championship, which features the likes of ONE Heavyweight World Champion Arjan “Singh” Bhullar, former titleholder Brandon “The Truth” Vera, and BJJ legend Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida.
In addition to the two massive “Road to ONE” heavyweight tournament quarterfinal matchups, there are 14 other bouts confirmed for the bill, and more could be announced in the coming days. Tickets for the show are available here.
Take a look at the full lineup for RUF 45: Winter Wars.
Full Card For RUF 45: Winter Wars
Cameron Chism-Brungard vs. Eduardo Perez
Terrance Jean-Jacques vs. Michael Quintero
Jose Miguel Delgado vs. Jontae McCowan
A. Vandentoorn vs. Brooks Callaghan
Patrick Quick vs. Dherek Abernathy
Tristan Mordecai vs. Jhay Boyd
Dante Labarre vs. Deshawn White
Anthony Camacho vs. Efrem Thompson
Virginia Marvin vs. Nes Lewis
Alex Carrillo vs. Daniel Fessler
Danny Florez vs. Derek Freda
Anthony Rojas vs. Dre Terry
Michael Quarcoo vs. Casey Edwards
Barry Hedgebeth vs. Albe Tremblay
Angel Atoigue vs. Dakota Munro
Jacob Frias vs. Chris Quintero
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Tommy Fury, half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, has withdrawn from his upcoming bout with undefeated YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul due to injury, per ESPN. The match was supposed to be contested at 192 pounds for eight, three-minute rounds on December 18. Thanks to former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, the show must go on.
Woodley, who was defeated by Paul via controversial split decision in August, will seek redemption on short notice. The announcement of the rematch comes less than two weeks before the event takes place. According to Paul, Woodley will receive a $500,000 bonus if he is able to land a knockout. However, Paul doesn't expect this to happen, claiming that he is going to "punish" the 39-year-old mixed martial artist.
The Woodley-Paul grudge match is not the only exciting fight on the Showtime pay-per-view card, as ESPN's #3 ranked female boxer Amanda Serrano will take on Miriam Gutierrez in the co-main event. There will also be another celebrity matchup between 3x NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams and 5x NFL Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore, who will duke it out in a heavyweight bout.
A social media sensation versus a former MMA world champion. Two world class lady warriors. A former professional basketball player versus a member of the NFL 2010's All-Decade Team. Who will have their hand raised that night? Stay tuned for more news and updates about the event from Black Belt Magazine, both here on our website and on social media.
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