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Sadhu Bhusana to Fight for 145lb Belt Live PPV

by Shanti Parayana dasa

Posted December 14, 2007

Sadhu Bhusana will take to the ring Saturday, the 15th of December, and hopes to win the ICON 145 lb. State MMA belt. His opponent will be the current champ, Bronson "the Chosen One" Pieper, who won the belt by knocking out the the previous champ last February. It was during that same event (ICON - ALL IN) that set the stage for the upcomng match when Sadhu defeated Penni "the Tongan Assassin" Taufa'ao by submission (rear naked choke) and earned a chance to take on Pieper.

This event, ICON SPORT's "FEARLESS", will again be held in Honolulu's Neil S. Blaisdell Center ( ICON SPORT is one of the largest fight promoters in Hawaii, and this event will be shown live on streaming video through an arrangement between ICON SPORT and ELITE XC. Interested parties may make arrangements through ELITE XC's web page ( In all, 14 fights are scheduled for the price of $12.95 with three of them championship challenges. Top billing goes to the title match between Mixed Martial Arts vetran "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (16-4-0) and a very game Hawaiian - Kala Kalohe Hose (4-1-0) for the 185 lb. title. Both fighters are known to have heavy hands.

The event was originally scheduled for 6 months ago but was postponed after Lawler injured himself training. Since that time, "ICON SPORT" and main island rival "Rumble on the Rock" have teamed up with ELITE XC to expand promotions and showcase Hawaii fighters. Weigh-ins will be Friday, December 14th at the Blaisdell. The show is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm HST (Hawaiian Standard Time) - 7:00 pm Pacific / 10:00 Eastern. Check the ELITE XC web site for updates.

Sadhu's interest in Kickboxing and MMA grew out of his exposure to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while traveling with His Holiness Rtadhvaja Swami's summer youth tours. Maharaja had several gurukulis from Brazil with him and Brazilians are famous for their knowledge of the martial art. His main gym since he began as an amateur has been HMC (Hawaii Martial Arts Center -, located in the Kalihi-Palama area of Honolulu, where trains under former kickboxing champion and world-class instructor Haru Shimanishi. His opponent, Bronson Pieper, trains out of Jesus is Lord Gym (, also in Honolulu.