İddia o ki; Emin Boztepe yazdığı bir mektupla Gracie ailesine meydan okumuş. Gracie'ler de Emin Boztepe'yi UFC'ye davet etmişler. Hatta ilk UFC Superfight'ını da ona teklif etmişler. (Yani Gracie vs. Shamrock değil, Gracie vs. Boztepe'yi izleyebilirmişiz aslında zamanında...) Neyse, karşılıklı meydan okumalar, mektuplar ve suçlamalardan sonra Boztepe, kendisine sunulan bu Superfight teklifini reddetmiş. Hatta bu sebepten kendisine dövüş dünyasında 'chicken' (tavuk) takma adı takılmışmış...
Ben bu olayı en saygın MMA yazarlarından Jonathan Snowden'ın yazdığı MMA Ansiklopedisi'nden öğrendim. Ansiklopedide B harfinde, Emin 'Chicken' Boztepe diye bir sayfa vardı! Acaba bu işin aslı nedir ne değildir diye araştırınca hakikaten de Google'da Boztepe'yle dalga geçen bir çok foruma rastladım. Sonunda da Boztepe ve Gracie ailesi arasında yazılmış bütün emaillerin olduğu bir sayfaya ulaştım. Bütün bu emailleri oturup Türkçe'ye çevirecek halim olmadığından buradan meraklısına hepsini İngilizce koyuyorum.
Okumak isteyenler, yazının devamında copy/paste ettiğim emaillerin tamamını ingilizce okuyabilir...
From: das...@earthlink.net (Michael Dash) Subject: Boztepe/Gracie challenge - Entire chain of letters (long) Date: 1996/08/20 Message-ID: <email@example.com> X-Deja-AN: 175210747 x-access: 16 167 content-type: Text/Plain; charset=US-ASCII mime-version: 1.0 newsgroups: rec.martial-arts For all of you that are intersted, I am providing in this post all the letters that exist (to the best of my knowledge) regarding Emin Boztepe's challenge to the Gracie Family. If you have no interest in this subject, then exercise your right of choice and skip this post/thread. Don't bitch or complain to me because you can't seem to stop yourself from reading my posts. The follwoing is a summary of the letters provided: 1. Boztepe's original challenge letter, dated 10/26/94. 2. Art Davie's (W.O.W.) orignal response, dated 12/01/94, to the letter in which he points out that Boztepe libeled the UFC by calling it fake. Boztepe is also formally offered a guaranteed slot in the UFC. 3. Rorion Gracie's response to the challenge letter, faxed 1/19/95 in which he suggests Boztepe accept the invitation to the UFC, or he can fight Royce at the Torrance Academy. 4. Second letter from Art Davie to Boztepe, dated 1/25/95, in which he asks Boztepe to retract his statement calling the UFC fake. He also repeats a verbal offer made to Boztepe guaranteeing him a special single match with Royce (which would have been the first superfight that Shamrock received). 5. First letter from Alexander Wallenwein, Boztepe's attorney, dated 3/3/95, in which he first offers the gym of the Martial Arts Gazette, as an alternative to the Police Academy. 6. Rorion's response to the lawyer, dated 3/6/95, which he proposes a firm date for the fight at the Police Academy. In this letter Rorion refers to the fight as a "demonstration". 7. Wallenwein's response to the Police Acadmey offer, dated 3/6/95, in which he indicates, for the first time, that the fight Boztepe challenged the Gracies to is in fact illegal and that they didn't want to fight in front of the Police unless Rorion obtained a letter from the Mayor or the Chief of Police stating that such fights are "(a) legal in California, (b) that no law enforcement personnel will intervene in the fight in any way until it is over, and (c) that after the fight none of the participants or their promoters/representatives will be charged with violating any laws". By the way, it was this letter that convinced Rorion that Boztepe wasn't serious about fighting them and that the fight was never going to occur. 8. Rorion's repsonse to the request for a letter from the Mayor or Chief of Police, dated 3/6/95, in which he states the fight would be just as illegal if held at the gym of the Martial Arts Gazette, but Royce would fight there if Boztepe could provide the same letter they requested earlier from the Mayor or the Chief of Police. This letter, to the best of my knowledge, was the last letter exchanged between them. 9. Letter published in Black Belt Magazine in which Royce compares Boztepe to a circus clown. 10. Letter from Boztepe, dated 4/3/95, that Mike Adams posted to rec.martial-arts. Supposedly this letter was going to be published in magazines, but I don't know if it has. The following letters are reproduced verbatim from the original, as best as I can (i.e. I can't reproduce changes in font or underlines). I have copies of the originals for letters 1, and 3-8 above. I only have electronic versions of 2, 9, and 10. Michael Dash das...@earthlink.net ******************************************************************** *The above statements represent my personal opinion and are not * *necessarily the opinion of any other individual or organization. * ******************************************************************** ----------------------------------------------------------------- AWTO American WingTsun Organization Los Angeles, 26th October 1994 A WORLD-WIDE OPEN CHALLENGE TO THE GRACIE-FAMILY After having watched your "Ultimate Fighting Championships" held by the Gracie-Family, I cannot find them very "ultimate" but only amusing. These so-called "ultimate fights" may impress layman or beginners, but in fact they are no more real than the professional Wrestling shows on TV. What depresses me is that I have heard of some rumors that I would not dare to accept your challenge. In fact I have never received any such challenge! Do you want me to appear like a coward? When I talked to Benny Urquidez in Germany, he told me that you people had played him the same dirty old trick for propaganda. Not long ago you even challenged the great man of American wrestling Gene LaBell. A very brave act indeed, since Mr. LaBell is over 60 years old. Now in the second "Ultimate Fighting Championships"-Show you people even (ab-)used two stupid wing chun men to perform some funny movements so as to represent "Kung-Fu". And at the same time you claimed to have defeated two "wing chun"-fighters in the first bout. Although I am a WingTsun-Fighter of the Leung Ting WingTsun-System, which is very different from the generic wing chun style in theory and practice and is highly compatible in ground-fighting, I feel bad that you brothers use these kinds of dirty tricks to put down the late Great Grandmaster Yip Man's other students, their schools as well as other respectable martial arts styles or stylists! I keep the record of over 300 bare-hand fights and have never been defeated. However, I have never talked bad about my losers and all the other styles. But so as to educate you Gracies to respect the others, my students and I hereby turn the tables on you by challenging all you people of the Gracy-Family. I can send 5 or more fighters from the AWTO to fight the Gracies. If you have more fighters in the Gracie-Family, just inform me and I shall report this to the International Headquarters and we will satisfy you with as many fighters as necessary. We like the so-called "No rules at all" Game as advertised in your propaganda. No gloves, no time-limit, the person who knocks out his opponent is the winner. This is exactly the way we WingTsun-people fought in China in the olden times. We do not mind fighting you people in the ring set up by your own organization. The only thing that we want is to fight openly, so all the audience, reporters, TV-people and martial artists can see if you can really fight against us. We only want two conditions: 1) We only fight you Gracies. For we do not want to give you the chance to use any helpful idiots to protect you as "shields". So we will only fight you directly and no others! 2) The winner takes all the money. We only want our expenses paid. The rest of the money will all be used for charity. If you Gracie-brothers dare not to accept our challenge, I do not mind. But remember: Never put down any other martial art styles from now on. [signature] Emin Boztepe 5th level Practician EWTO/IWTMAA Headman of the AWTO (American WingTsun Organization) ----------------------------------------------------------------- faxed to Emin Boztepe at (213)666-1635 DATE: 12/01/94 TO: EMIN BOZTEPE FROM: ART DAVIE, PROMOTER OF THE UFC SUBJECT: UFC V I have a copy of your letter to the Gracies being published in Cinturon Negro in Europe. You expressed an interest in entering the UFC, but I have some concerns with your letter: 1. The UFC, which is owned by my company in partnership with Semaphore Entertainment Group in New York, is not a staged exhibition like professional wrestling. Your letter's assertion "...in fact they (UFC) are no more real than professional wrestling shows on TV" is not only false but is, in the opinion of our attorneys, clearly libelous. Be advised that we have made a substantial investment in the UFC as a business, and will do everything, within our legal means to protect it. 2. The UFC is not controlled by the Gracies; they do not select the competitors nor arrange the bout order. The opening round bouts are done by a random draw. A fighter may be matched against a Gracie in the opening round or be matched against a Gracie in the second or final round. This is the way the tournament is structured. You may remember that I spoke to you on the phone a year ago asking you to fight the first UFC. You declined, saying you were retired from such competitions. I am, however,aware of and respect your reputation as a Wing Tsun stylist; I would suggest to you that a simple resolution to this issue would be for you to enter UFC V, scheduled for April 7, 1995. I am sure that a Gracie brother will be a competitor and your stature is such that I will guarantee you a selection as one of the eight UFC competitors. I have attached a UFC application for you to return to me, indicating your decision. Please call me with any questions. We will, of course, take care of your travel and accommodations as we do for the other fighters. Over 1 million people watched the UFC live on TV. Millions more saw it on delayed broadcast or video. I am sure that you will appreciate the opportunity to display your art before the millions who will view the UFC V. Please advise me as soon as possible. Respectfully, Arthur Davie Promoter ----------------------------------------------------------------- Jan 95 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu(R) Dear Mr. Boztepe: In response to your open challenge to the Gracie Family, the promoters of the UFC, W.O.W. Promotions and Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG), are pleased to extend to you a formal invitation to the UFC V to represent your art. You are perhaps the most respected fighter in the Wing Tsun world and we are pleased you are willing to enter. I must, however, address several points you raised in your letter. First, whatever you may think about "THE ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS(TM)", they are very real bare-knuckle, no-holds barred matches. This is not "professional wrestling". You will find out soon enough. Second, my brother challenged Benny Urquidez after Benny declared that the Gracie's reputation was a scam developed through a publicity stunt. When invited to be in the UFC, he declined and used his retirement as his reason. If inviting a renowned fighter to enter the Western world's only legal bare-knuckle, no holds-barred tournament is a "dirty trick" - then I don't know "dirty tricks". Thirdly, regarding the two Wing Chun fighters that participated in the UFC II, I want to see the record straight at this point - they were defeated by fighters other than my brother. Regarding fighting the Gracies: The promoters of the UFC have invested a lot of money in the single elimination concept. This includes a random drawing for the first round match ups. It would not be fair to the other martial arts organizations worldwide to change the format of this tournament to satisfy your request. Also by entering the UFC V, you will have the opportunity to draw Royce Gracie in the 1st round, or given your claim of fighting superiority to face him in the championship match. Last but not least, let me remind you that while you preached respect for other martial arts, your reference to the UFC competitors as "helpful idiots" is not only an obvious contradiction, but is grossly disrespectful to Champions such as Gerard Gordeau, Orlando Weit, Minoki Ichihara and Ken Shamrock - who unlike yourself, have already competed for the title of "The Ultimate Fighter". For your information, the promoters are more than willing to pick up all travel and accommodation expenses for you, a trainer and a manager, so there is no excuse for your absence from the next tournament. If you do not want to compete in the UFC, I will be glad to set up a date for you to come here, to the Gracie Academy in Torrance, and have a match with Royce Gracie for the press to view. Looking forward to hearing from you. [signature] Rorion Gracie Head of the Gracie Family ----------------------------------------------------------------- 01/25/95 Emin Boztepe American Wing Tsun Organization 505 S. Beverly Drive Suite 1400 Beverly Hills, CA 90212 Dear Mr. Boztepe: I am writing to ask you to respond to the request I made in our last phone conversation on 01/06/95: That you issue a retraction to the statement you made about the UFC (our tournament), in your OPEN LETTER TO THE GRACIES, comparing it to staged professional wrestling. I have never, nor has anyone in my employ, written or caused to be published anything negative about you personally or professionally. You have admitted to me in phone conversations that you were only angered by gossip on martial arts bulletin boards. This has nothing to do with me or my company. Fans of your martial art style and fans of my tournament are unfettered by the First Amendment in this country in expressing their *opinions* on such bulletin board systems. You have, however, written and caused to be published in the U.S. and Europe a letter challenging another martial artist in which you stated "..."ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP" (TM)...may impress laymen or beginners, but in fact they are no more real than professional wrestling shows on TV." As I advised you by FAX on 12/01/94 this statement is not only false but, in the opinion of counsel, clearly libelous. W.O.W. and its partners, Semaphore Entertainment Group, have invested million of dollars in the UFC and will do everyhting in our power to protect this investment. I have extended in our last two phone conversations an invitation to you to compete in the UFC. I even offered you a special single match against Royce Gracie. You have not said yes to either offer. You, however, continue to give interviews to the martial arts press proclaiming your challenge. Solely based upon your actions in this matter, I am left to conclude that you are attempting to use this all for publicity purposes to further your career and have no desire to act on your challenge. Please call me with any questions. We will, of course, take care of your travel and accomodations as we do for the other fighters. Over 1 million people watched the UFC III Live on TV. Millions more saw it on delayed broadcast or video. I am sure that you will appreciate the opportunity to display your art before millions who will view the UFC V. Please advise me as soon as possible. Respectfully,
Arthur Davie Promoter ----------------------------------------------------------------- March 3, 1995 Alexander R. Wallenwein Attorney At Law Dear Mr. Rorion Gracie: I am writing this letter on behalf of my client, Mr. Emin Boztepe, Chief Instructor of the American Wing Tsun Organization (AWTO), 5th Level Master of Wing Tsun (WT). You allowed your promoter to openly challenge and humiliate old and retired masters of different styles and did nothing to stop him. You also watched while your people kept on calling Mr. Boztepe "chicken" on the Internet computer network. When my client unexpectedly answered that challenge with a counter challenge to you to fight you and/or your brother Royce outside your TV tournament, you never accepted the terms, dates, or the locations given. Then, on February 17th you called Mr. Boztepe and told him that your brother Royce will accept his counter-challenge to your family and fight Mr. Boztepe on "neutral ground" but initially suggested your own school. This was of course unacceptable. Thereupon you said you would call him back that same night in order to give the exact date and final location of the fight. However, Mr. Boztepe waited in vain that day, and the next day.... You in fact did not call him back until Tuesday, February 21st. On that occasion you informed my client that you wanted to hold the fight at the Los Angeles Police Academy - of which you happen to be a member - on Thursday February 23rd, only two days later. You also requested that there should be no public TV coverage, only video recordings of the fight. Of course Mr. Boztepe told you that he considered two days advance notice too short. He suggested to hold the match one week later so that he could make sure that the newspaper and camera men could be there to record the fight. You responded that you would "try to arrange it" but then called back to cancel the fight with the weak excuse that the gym was not available for the next two weeks and you would call Mr. Boztepe back. So as to make it impossible for you to back out of the fight again, my client suggests once and for all the following date and location: March 14th in the gym of the "Martial Arts Gazette", one of the leading martial arts newspapers. If you prefer "Inside Kung Fu" or "Black Belt", I am sure it can be arranged on the same date. THE AGREEMENT IS THAT THE FIGHT IS A "NO RULES" FIGHT WITH NO REFEREES. NO PARTY TO THE FIGHT OR THEIR RESPECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS OR REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LIABLE TO THE OTHER FOR ANY DAMAGES, WHETHER FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR OTHERWISE, AND EACH PARTY AGREES NOT TO PRESS CHARGES FOR ANY ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW. THE FIGHT WILL BE INDEPENDENTLY RECORDED BY VIDEO BY EACH PARTY. THE RECORDING AND PHOTO RIGHTS WILL BELONG TO THE RESPECTIVE FIGHTERS ONLY. NO FIGHTER HAS THE RIGHT TO PREVENT, DELAY, OR HINDER PUBLICATION OF THE RESULT, NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME. After this date Mr. Boztepe has to leave for Europe. If you do not accept again, Mr. Boztepe and the public must assume that you or Royce never intended to fight him, and you and your family must live with that disgrace. Mr. Boztepe expects you to confirm this date in writing by March 8th. Please no more phone conversations which lead to nothing. Irrespective of this, you and your promoter still have the opportunity to apologize to the old masters and retired fighters you have insulted through your media efforts. That would make a fight unnecessary. It is especially this last solution which would please Mr. Boztepe the most. That way, it would be a victory for the common cause of all martial arts and their honor and reputation in the public mind. Very truly yours, Alexander R. Wallenwein ----------------------------------------------------------------- March 6, 1995 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (R) Dear Mr. Wallenwein: In regards to your letter of March 3, 1995, in behalf of Mr. Emin Boztepe, please note the following points: 1. The promoter of the UFC, made a professional and courteous invitation to famous martial artists to satisfy the requests of hundreds of fans all over the world, demanding such an invitation. 2. I can not control what fans write in the Internet, but I must inform you that I do not support Mr. Boztepe being called a "chicken". 3. I didn't find Mr. Boztepe's suggestion of using Benny Urquidez's or Gene Labelle's schools as a neutral ground, to be neutral. I thought the Police Academy would truly be "neutral ground", because Benny Urquidez, Gene Labelle, along with many other popular martial artists, have met there many times. 4. As far as scheduling something at the Police Academy you must understand that I do not have final say in the availability of their gym. Therefore, when I was informed of the possible opening, I immediately passed on the information to Mr. Boztepe who replied "I need more time." Now for the good news. I have obtained clearance for this demonstration to take place at the Los Angeles Police Academy, on March 9th, 10th, or 13th at 8:00pm at their gym. The address is: 1880 N Academy Dr., Los Angeles, CA. Please choose one of these dates and reply to me by fax immediately (310)782-1310. Your requests for the conditions of the demonstration: waivers, video taping/promotion, are all agreed upon. Please understand that Royce Gracie, "The Ultimate Fighter", is making an unusual exception in your case, as he does not participate in demonstrations outside of the UFC. Let's make sure that Mr. Boztepe does not pass up this opportunity. Otherwise, the fans may think he was using the "gossip" on the Internet and various other magazines, as a publicity stunt. If you are concerned with them calling him "chicken" now, imagine what they will call him if he does not show up at all.... Again, please fax me back immediately with the date you have chosen. Cordially, Rorion Gracie ----------------------------------------------------------------- March 6, 1995 Alexander R. Wallenwein Attorney At Law Dear Mr. Gracie: I am pleased to see that you are so willing to have your little brother Royce defend your family's honor. As you know, Mr. Boztepe has always preferred to fight you, personally, but Royce will be an acceptable alternative. As to the fight location, the Police Academy is unacceptable because in the State of California fights in the nature of the challenge match between Royce and Mr. Boztepe - full contact, no rules, no referees, no time limits - are against the law. The L.A. Police Department is sworn to uphold the law. They will not tolerate such a fight without intervening when it begins to get interesting. Whether Benny Urquidez and Gene LaBelle have met there on occasion or not has nothing to do with the neutrality or lack thereof of this fight location. Your response does not comply with the conditions given in our last letter to you. Mr. Boztepe will only fight at one of the three magazine gyms listed there: Martial Arts Gazette, Inside Kung Fu, or Black Belt Magazine, UNLESS the Los Angeles Chief of Police or the Chief of the Police Academy gives a written guarantee, on his personal stationary and signed by him, that such fights are (a) legal in California, (b) that no law enforcement personnel will intervene in the fight in any way until it is over, and (c) that after the fight none of the participants or their promoters/representatives will be charged with violating any laws. That written guarantee should be faxed by the author directly to my office. If you can provide such a written guarantee, Mr. Boztepe will be happy to choose one of the dates provided in your letter dated March 6, 1995. If not, it is up to you to still comply with the conditions set out in our letter of March 1, 1995. I must make one final but crucial point: In your letter of this date you call the fight a "demonstration". Please note once and for all that this is not intended to be a "demonstration." It is intended to be a no rules,no holds barred fight. One fighter wins when the other indicates his submission by tapping out or throwing the towel. Are the fights in the UFC also just "demonstrations?" Please clearly state your position regarding this issue or define what precisely you mean by that word, today, by fax. In Mr. Boztepe and the martial art public's mind a "demonstration" is equivalent to a "show." Please understand that this is NOT going to be a "show." If you and your brother have any different perception of the nature of the upcoming fight, please let us know now. Otherwise, your brother might accidently be seriously injured without his actual consent. You must be very clear about this. Very truly yours, Alexander R. Wallenwein ----------------------------------------------------------------- March 6, 1995 Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (R) Dear Mr. Wallenwein: In response to your fax of March 6, 1995, what would make this fight "legal" if we did it at Martial Arts Gazette, Inside Kung Fu, or Black Belt Magazine? They are all located in the State of California. Wouldn't you be legally concerned about this as well? This is why the UFC was developed and it takes place in other states, so there will be no legal impediments. I agree to have Royce face Mr. Boztepe, if you have any publisher of one of the above publications, fax to me, a confirmation of the following: a) that such fights are legal in California; b) no law enforcement personnel will intervene with the fight until it is over; and c) that after the fight none of the participants or promoters will be charged with violating any laws. Furthermore, they must also agree to allow only 5 people from each camp to enter their facility - other than the press. Cordially, Rorion Gracie ----------------------------------------------------------------- THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER The Highs and Lows of Winning, by Royce Gracie The Ultimate Fighting Championship has given me a great platform for demonstrating what my family has believed in for over 65 years: That the techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu(R) prepare the best fighters in the world. Winning at the UFC has made what we do very popular, and the results are that I am getting a lot of attention, and our Academy is growing like crazy. The publicity surrounding the UFC is very controversial, and I receive many requests from the media for interviews. I like to fight and I like the rewards, both emotional and financial. The only down side to being The Ultimate Fighting Champion is the clowns I must deal with who claim to challenge me or the Gracie Family, and who hide behind the publicity stunt of a challenge with no intention of meeting me in the octagon. They use the tactics of a challenge in an attempt to discredit the integrity of my victories, and support their weak claims of fighting superiority. They then have the audacity to explain why they do not want or need to fight in the UFC. I heard that there were over 400 applications for UFC IV, and many fighters make no bones about who they are after - me! We also receive many direct requests at the Academy from fighters who want to challenge me, and who feel they deserve special treatment over all of the other fighters in the UFC, because they are who they think they are. The final insult comes when we bend over backwards to accommodate a challenger, who then badgers us with excuses and the fight never happens. The most recent example is Emin Boztepe. First came his challenge, then he told everyone why he does not need to fight in the UFC, finally all the reasons why a scheduled fight outside the UFC will never take place. All the while boasting of his alleged fighting superiority. In Boztepe's original challenge letter he made two requests. First, that he fight only a Gracie. Second, that the winner takes all the money (Boztepe said he would donate his to charity). Boztepe was offered a special fight with me in UFC V by Art Davie. With this offer all the conditions of Boztepe's challenge were met, but Boztepe then said that he would not compete at the UFC. My brother Rorion, then went to the effort of setting up a special match at a neutral location, the Police Academy in Los Angeles. Boztepe then said the fight was illegal in California, and he would not compete at the Police Academy because my brother is a "member" and therefore it is not neutral ground. For the record, the Police Academy is not a health club and does not have "members". Rorion sits on a civilian panel that assists the Police Academy with its self defense training. So does Benny Urquidez and Gene LeBell, whose honor Boztepe is supposedly defending. Just in case this new excuse is not enough, Boztepe has his lawyer send a list of guarantees that must be met before the fight is scheduled. Boztepe then suggested an alternative location, and when my brother requested the same guarantees as requested by Boztepe's lawyers, they accused me of not wanting to fight. I sometimes feel like the lion tamer at a circus dealing with real lions who have the courage to step into the octagon. I regard individuals like Boztepe as the clowns who entertain the audience between performances. Boztepe has an open invitation, and a guaranteed place at any UFC, yet he cannot bring himself to enter. He requests a private match, then assigns his lawyer the task of making sure it never happens. I can only conclude that Boztepe was never serious about fighting a Gracie in the first place. This latest example of a publicity stunt by Boztepe is the final reason why we will no longer take challenges outside the UFC. I respect the fighters who have the courage to step into the octagon. The reason the Ultimate Fighting Championship was developed was to eliminate legal impediments to staging a real life no-holds-barred fight. Anyone who wants to fight only the Gracies, please respect the other fighters who have the guts to compete in the UFC. This is how to get to Royce Gracie. ----------------------------------------------------------------- April 3, 1995 My original challenge letter was addressed to the Gracie family because Rorion promotes himself as the head of the Gracie family, and it appeared that his actions were representative of the entire family. It has since become quite clear that the entire problem is with Rorion Gracie (and his partner, Art Davie). It is widely known now that even Rorion's associates and members of his own family have trouble with him because of some of his attitudes. In light of this, I would like to make it quite clear that I have no problem with any member of the Gracie family other than Rorion Gracie. I have made it quite clear directly to Rorion that it is him whom I wish to fight. So far he will not respond to this, and insists that I fight his little brother Royce. I have nothing against Royce, but will fight him if he insists on being his brother's puppet in this matter. Rorion now is even trying to drag other members of his family in to fight his battles for him - battles he won't fight himself. I would also like to make it clear exactly what has been said and done. Art Davie, Rorion Gracie's partner in WOW Promotions which promotes the UFCs, called me and invited me to fight in the UFC. I explained that I only believe in fighting in self-defense, not for sport, but thanked him for the invitation. A week later, Gracie Jiu Jitsu students began posting messages on the Internet essentially calling me chicken for not competing in the UFC. Since information posted had only been discussed between myself and Art Davie, I immediately called Art, who denied saying such things about me and insisted that it was all a misunderstanding and that no ill will was intended. The GJJ students later publicly apologized on the Internet, but at least one GJJ student still keeps writing offensive and misleading - often false - messages. The damage was done. I did not realize at the time how powerful a medium the Internet is for quickly and widely spreading news, opinions, and even gossip. Over the next few months, false rumors that I refused a direct challenge from the Gracies quickly spread worldwide. And since the only one I had ever talked to was Art Davie, I knew that only Art and/or his partner Rorion could be the original source of these rumors. When the same exact thing was later done in the martial arts press to old, respected martial artists such as Gene LeBell, I knew that this was no simple misunderstanding, but rather a purposeful effort on the part of Rorion Gracie and Art Davie to promote Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the UFCs by questioning the courage of famous and respected martial artists around the world and even damaging their reputations. Seeing beginning level Wing Chun people invited and placed in the UFCs and promoted as world-class representatives of their arts only served to strengthen my perception that Rorion Gracie (and his partner, Art Davie) were deliberately attacking other martial artists and their arts to build up Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the UFCs and make a fortune in the process. At this point I decided to respond to the Gracies' long-standing open challenge with a counter challenge. In my letter, I asked only that I fight only a Gracie, that the event be recorded/televised, and that the profits after expenses go to charity. Rorion's public reply offered me a slot in the UFC with no guarantee of fighting a Gracie. Art Davie wrote me a letter and later called, each time threatening to sue me if I did not publicly retract statements I made which compared the UFCs to professional wrestling. During the phone conversation, it was mentioned in passing that a possible special fight in the UFC directly with Royce Gracie might be offered me. Later, a letter was sent to Inside Kung Fu Magazine offering me the special bout. However, since neither Art Davie nor Rorion is willing to do this for charity, and since they are threatening to sue me and the UFC is their event, I will not meet them under these conditions. I do not feel like making those who would sue me any wealthier. Rorion later amended his offer to include an offer for me to come fight Royce at Rorion's school in Torrance. Since it was obvious that we could not come to terms for a fight at the UFCs, and since walking directly into their school to fight them would not be very wise, I countered with a request that the fight be on neutral ground, and suggested Benny Urquidez's Jet Center or Gene LeBell's gymnasium. Rorion refused to hold the fight at either location. About the same time, and without my prior knowledge, the Martial Arts Gazette called Rorion and confidentially offered their gym for the challenge match. Rorion refused the offer. During a phone conversation on February 17th, Rorion told me that I must fight one of their students first to prove myself worthy of fighting Royce! Or one of my students must fight one of theirs first. I told him this was ridiculous, and that I wanted to fight him, Rorion. Rorion replied, "No!!! You fight Royce!" I said, "Then I will fight you after I beat Royce," to which Rorion would not reply. Rorion, like his promoter, prefers sitting behind a desk in a nice suit and tie challenging and humiliating well-known and respected martial artists of any style because they both know that they will not fight anyway. Rorion was supposed to call back that night with a location and date for the fight, but did not call back until Tuesday, February 21. He then offered to let me fight Royce at the Los Angeles Police Academy in only two days. I asked that it be held one week later because this was not enough notice to get the media and a professional video team there. So the fight was scheduled for March 2 with Royce at the LA Police Academy. Four or five days before the fight was to happen, Rorion Gracie called me and cancelled the fight, saying that the LA Police Academy Gym was unavailable for the fight on March 2 and that he would call back in a couple weeks when other arrangements could be made. After this cancellation by Rorion, both my attorney and friends of mine within the law enforcement community advised me not to fight at the LA Police Academy without a written guarantee that the police would neither interfere nor bring charges against anyone. Everyone knows that the police would not really allow a no rules, bareknuckle fight on their property! On March 3, my attorney sent a letter to Rorion Gracie summarizing the events thus far and suggesting that the fight be held on March 14, 1995, at the gym of the Martial Arts Gazette, or at Inside Kung Fu or Black Belt Magazine if Rorion preferred. He also said that if Rorion and his promoter apologized to those they had insulted through their media efforts no fight would be necessary and that this was actually the preferred solution. On March 6, 1995, Rorion Gracie responded with a letter which said: a) The promoter of the UFC had made a professional and courteous invitation to famous martial artists at the request of fans the world over; b) he cannot control what "fans" write on the Internet but that he doesn't support me being called chicken; c) he didn't think Urquidez's or LeBell's schools were neutral; and d) he doesn't have control of the LA Police Academy gym's schedule. He then said he had permission for the "demonstration" to be held on March 9, 10, or 13 and requested me to choose a date. He agreed to waivers and taping conditions. My attorney replied back by fax the same day saying that a fight at the Police Academy is unacceptable (because Police are sworn to uphold the law, and such a fight is allegedly illegal in California) unless the Chief of Police or Chief of the Academy provides a written guarantee that a) the fight is legal, b) the police won't intervene, and c) no charges will be filed against anyone. He also stated that without such a written guarantee Rorion was still expected to comply with the original conditions (a fight at the Martial Arts Gazette, Inside Kung Fu, or Black Belt Magazine). Most important, he questioned Rorion's use of the word "demonstration". Apparently, the Police were only told that the gym was to be used for a martial arts demonstration rather than a no rules, no referees, bareknuckle challenge fight. Rorion responded the same day with a fax in which he wonders why I should be concerned about fighting an allegedly illegal fight on police property in front of police more than I would about fighting the same allegedly illegal fight at a magazine gymnasium (with no police present). He then states Royce will only fight at one of the above magazine's gyms if the chosen magazine will provide the same three written guarantees that my attorney asked of the police. I feel it should be obvious that doing a no rules, bareknuckle challenge fight on police property and in front of the police (who are expecting a mere martial arts demonstration!) is far different than doing a fight in front of magazine publishers who have no legal power, especially since both sides have agreed to sign waivers not to press any charges against the other. So this is where it currently stands: Rorion refuses to fight me himself. No matter what. Period. He also refuses to let the fight be done at Gene LeBell's gym or at Benny Urquidez's Jet Center. Rorion refused a direct, confidential, personal offer from the Martial Arts Gazette to have the fight there. He cancelled the March 2nd, 1995 fight that was originally agreed upon at the Los Angeles Police Academy and he refused to let Royce fight on March 14th, 1995 at the Martial Arts Gazette or Inside Kung Fu or Black Belt Magazine. At this point I find myself deeply surprised at Rorion Gracie's apparent lack of honor in this situation. But his statement in one letter that he does not support me "being called a 'chicken'" seems to indicate that he has some honor. Now if he would just say this about the others whom he or his associates have insulted, challenged, or humiliated, and apologize publicly, this whole mess would be done. Or he could just take off his suit and tie and come out from behind his desk and fight me himself. Emin Boztepe Chief Instructor of the AWTO
ben bunları baya önce okudum.meydan okuma degil başta boztepe bi dergideki röportajinda ufc dövüşçülerine yeteneksiz diyor.daha sora gracieler bunu davet ediyor bu da kabul etmiyor tabiki.kabul etmemesi de dogal adam deli gibi para kazaniyormus zamaninda hollywoodda ünlülere özel dersler,dünya capında salonlar.japonyada bile salonu var bildigin kadariyla.ismine bi zarar gelmesini istememiştir.korkak mi bence degil yenebilirdi royce gracie yi bence ama yenilebilrdide sadece akıllı bi tercih yapmiş:).he bu arada wing tsun dan cacık olmaz.
Bir programda emin boztepenin gracielerle ilgili konuşmasını dinlemiştim.''Gracie kardeşlerden bazılarını severim gerçek dövüşçü ama diğerleri sadece reklam tv üzerine falan dedi.Onlarla dövüşsem yensem de yenilsem de onların ününe ün katmış olurum benimse bu durumdan hiçbir çıkarım olmaz falan dedi.Tabi o dönemde ufc 2 ye bir wing chuncu da katılmıştı ve judocuya karşı çok kötü bir şekilde yenildi bunun üzerine forumlarda dönen wt ile ilgili komik absürt ve aşağlayıcı yorumlara nazaran konu haliyle ucundan Si-fu Emine ulaştı ardından da mektuplaşmalar başladı.Emin Boztepe için o dönem itibariyle iki ana kollu yorumlar başladı. Bunlardan biri dendiği gibi 'coward' diğeri ise gracie yi de döverdi kafestekilerin hepsini harcardı gibi yorumlar...Emin için internette tek videosu vardı o da bir diğer wt ustası william cheung ile yaptığı yaklaşık yirmi beş sn süren ne idüğü belirsiz video.hatta o videoda bile bildiğiniz yer dövüşü yapıyor(wt deki yer dövüşü stilini ekleyen emin boztepe jiu-jitsudan temel almıştır) izleyenler bilir.sonrasında ne oluyor nasıl bitiyor kim kimi hakkatten dövüyo belli değil.Hatta Emin zamanında Steven Segal ın zamanında kendisini dövmek için evini basmış kapıdaki korumalarını dövmüş Segal de arka kapıdan kaçmış..Bu ve bunun gibi birçok efsane mevcut.Bunların hepsi yalan Emin de tam bir korkak sayılabilir ancak Si-fu yu efsane kabul eden tayfa ise yaptığı wt den öte sokak dövüş tarzına hızına ve değişik stiline bizzat şahit olmuş kesimdir..
Oha!! bu Steven Seagal hikayesine inanamıyorum!! Ne efsaneler varmış Emin Boztepe'yle ilgili be! Ne kadarı doğru ne kadarı yalan bilmiyorum ama ateş olmayan yerden duman çıkmaz
bende baya arastirmiştim seneler önce ama emin boztepenin yer dövüşüyle alakali bi sözü videosu vs görmemistim hiç.
300 sokak dövüşü zaferi iyiymiş, bir de ricksonın 400 galibiyeti vardı ve daha bir sürü bu tarz şeyler söyleyen adam var dövüş sanatlarında. neşeli günlerdeki ziyadan beterler.
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