May 27th, 2014, AT 3:45 PM/ PST
me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you
seem, and smarter than you think. "
Christopher Robin to Pooh
One of God's Champions Now...
If you were to have ever seen Mark
Selbee, you would wonder what could take the life of such a strong man. At
6'4", 220 pounds Mark Selbee was in great physical shape and the
thought of him losing his life was the last thing you would think. It makes us
all realize there are some things more powerful than us all.
As many reading this might remember, Mark was a former
IKF Pro World Champion and held several
IKF titles during his kickboxing career
before he retired from the sport in 2006. However, his IKF
titles were not his most impressive by far... Mark was a Champion Father
and Husband who with his wife Amy Selbee had 3 children, Easton,
Ellie Brooke and Hudson.
Sadly, Mark lost his life in a drowning accident this
past Saturday at Hillsdale Lake in Miami County Kansas (USA) while on a
boating outing with two of his three children.
"His kids lived for him and he lived for his kids,
said the long-time friend, Jarrod Townsend. Mark's passion was
people. The most important people in his life were his family and his friends.
A Washburn University graduate who was born and raised in
Topeka, Mark moved with his wife and their three children from Atlanta
to Leawood about five months ago to be close to family and friends.
Between 2002 and 2006 with the guidance of Trainer Gary
Brown, Mark won four IKF
- IKF Amateur FCR East Coast (US)
Heavyweight Title on April 12th, 2002.
- IKF Pro FCR USA Heavyweight Title on
February 1, 2003.
- IKF Pro FCR North American
Heavyweight Title on October 25th, 2003.
- Defended It on April 23rd, 2004.
- IKF Pro FCR Super Heavyweight World
Title on September 11th, 2004.
On April 30, 2005, Mark made his K-1 debut against Tsuyoshi
Nakasako at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Las Vegas. He won the fight, a
tournament Quarter Final bout, via decision after three rounds. However, he was
injured during the fight and was forced to withdraw from the tournament and
replaced by Scott Lighty.
Mark retired from fighting in October of 2006 but
continued on as a Kickboxing Trainer in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to
After Mark retired from kickboxing competition, he
became a kickboxing trainer in Atlanta. Townsend said he spoke to Mark
only hours before the accident Saturday. Townsend said Mark had
just rented a slip the day before and was excited to drop his boat in the water
and take the kids out.
Exactly how or why Mark came to be in the water is
still unknown. The cause of death won't be known until an autopsy. (To be
performed this week) Townsend said it would have been incredibly
unlike Mark to leave the his children on the boat alone. Mark was
extremely responsible and his kids were his life, Townsend said,
He was so protective of his children he would not have gone in the water for
There is little visibility beneath the surface of the murky
lake. Sonar was used in the rescue effort, which ended when Mark's body
was recovered early Sunday evening.
A fund-raising campaign for the family has already been
established on the site
giveforward.com - (Click HERE)
A Celebration of Mark's Life
scheduled for 11:AM to noon Friday at
United Methodist Church of the
13720 Roe Avenue
Leawood, Kansas, USA
- Mark Selbee
IKF WORLD TITLE BOUT
SEE MARK'S IKF PAGE
Mark and Amy
And their children
Easton, Ellie Brooke and
ADDITIONAL NEWS ARTICLES
Former kickboxing champion drowns at Hillsdale Lake
April 13th, 2002, AT 2:55 PM,
& Selbee Take Home IKF
Wiezorek Takes Home
Gold In Atlanta!
April 12th, 2002, BATTLE AT THE BREWERY,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Promoter Lane Collyer and his associate Ron Gaiteri had one less
task to take care of when the doors opened at their "Battle
At The Brewery" event last night at the Atlanta Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
They didn't have to sell any more tickets. Their event was sold out nearly 3
days in advance and the packed crowd was treated to some fantastic IKF
Kickboxing and ISCF Mixed Martial Arts Action!
The first IKF Title bout
was awarded in the ring, but not in the usual way. Well known IKF Amateur Fighter Shannon "TNT"
Hudson (Left) of Greer, South Carolina, USA (5-3/2, 165) was
scheduled to meet "HOT" Rod Llaneza of Atlanta,
Georgia, USA for the vacant
IKF Amateur East Coast Super Middleweight
However, on fight day, Llaneza telephoned Promoter Lane
Collyer and simply told him, "I just don't feel like fighting."
There was no illness, no medical condition, nothing... His actions left Hudson
in the ring without an opponent and being awarded the title without a fight...
Adrian Turpin (206, 6', 4-5/0) was looking to
regain another IKF title after losing his
IKF South East Title back on February 24,
2001 in Augusta Georgia, USA to Sylvester James of Eastman, Georgia by
unanimous decision. Turpin had won the title by forfeit on October 14,
2000 in Augusta, Georgia when his opponent, Mike Ramsey of High Point,
North Carolina, failed to show up for the scheduled bout.
On the line this time for Turpin was the shot at the
vacant IKF Amateur East Coast Heavyweight
FCR Title against
Mark Selbee (Right with his team, 215, 6'5", 10-0/3) now
from Georgia, formerly of Kansas. Selbee had recently moved to Georgia
and had not fought for about 10 months. Although Turpin showed his usual
toughness as a fighter Selbee's height and reach advantage proved too
much for the Champion Turpin.
Selbee won every round of the bout except for round 2
on judge Ray Thompson's card. In the end he became the new champion with
a unanimous decision victory, 40-36, 40-36 and 40-37. At his height, Turpin
would be a much stronger fighter in the Cruiserweight division (186.1 lbs. -
We hope to see these two amateurs like all the others at the
upcoming South East Regional
Tournament and eventually the IKF National Championships
The nights main event was in the
Mixed Martial Arts Division. Facing off for the
Pro Super Heavyweight U.S. Title was Jonathan "Lock N Load"
Wiezorek (305 lbs) of Valdosta, Georgia USA against
"BIG" John Dixon (Left, 250 lbs) of Gautiar,
Mississippi, USA. When the bell rang, Wiezorek charged across the ring
like a bull after Dixon and a quick reaction by Dixon forced
Wiezorek to miss him. A few more aggressive charges later and these two
were on the ground where most of the action took place throughout round one.
After 1, Wiezorek led on all the scorecards, 4-1, 3-2 and 3-2.
In round 2, Dixon seemed to gain some momentum when he
locked Wiezorek in a strong heel hook. However Wiezorek got out
of it and went back into a controlling position. As the round grew longer, Wiezorek
started to land more and more strikes. At 2:36 of the second round, Dixon
had had enough as he tapped out giving Wiezorek (At right with
trainer James Corbett) the ISCF Pro Super Heavyweight U.S. Title.
However the victory didn't come cheap. Wiezorek will
remember that strong heel hook Dixon had him in for some time. The move
injured Wiezorek's knee pretty severely forcing Wiezorek to seek
some medical attention after the bout. An early assessment seems that something
tore inside his knee but an official medical exam with confirmed results will
probably not take place until today or Monday.
Selbee & TEAM
"Lock N Load" Wiezorek
Here's how all the nights action
AMATEUR INTERNATIONAL RULES
Chip Pittard, Atlanta,
Georgia, USA, 2-0/1, 144, 5'6", 19
defeated Ian Tosayanon,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 1-1/0, 137, 5'6", 21, by TKO at :36 seconds of the
3rd round. Pittard was ahead on all 3 judges cards 20-16 after the first
Jason Kuhn, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 4-2/0,
150, 5'6", 25
defeated George Munn, 6-1, 155, 6', 27 by
majority decision, 29-27, 30-26 and 28-28. Munn lost a point for not
getting his kicks in round 3.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI
Nihad Husic, Atlanta, Georgia, USA,
2-1-1/0, 150, 5'8:, 20,
defeated Frank Maryska, Atlanta Georgia,
0-1/0, 157, 5'9", 19 by unanimous decision, 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
Mitsuaki Uchida, Norcross, Georgia, USA, 1-0/0, 184, 5'8", 24,
defeated Shawn Gay, Valdosta, Georgia, USA, 7-5/4, 170, 6'1",
22 by tappout at 4:40 of round 2.
AMATEUR MUAY THAI
Marshall Berger, Atlanta, Georgia,
USA, 3-0/2, 203, 6'3", 22,
defeated Yahosuah Yahudah, Georgia,
0-1/0, 212, 5'9", 20 by unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27.
Shannon Hudson, Greer, South Carolina, USA,
defeated Rod Llaneza, Atlanta, Georgia, USA by forfeit
to win the vacant
IKF Amateur East Coast Super Middleweight
Regional Title after Llaneza choose not to show up for the bout the day
of the fight.
AMATEUR FCR EAST COAST HEAVYWEIGHT FCR TITLE
Mark Selbee, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 10-0/3, 215, 6'5",
defeated Adrian Turpin, Anderson, Georgia, USA, 4-5/0, 206, 6',
34 by unanimous decision 40-36, 40-36 and 40-37.
Rory Singer, Athens, Georgia, USA, 198, 6'2, 25
Williams, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 200, 5'10", 30 by submission due to
strikes at 2:54 of round 1. Singer's comment after the bout... "Bronk
Rules!"... A predictor of Georgia fights in the past...
PRO MUAY THAI
Jeff Perry, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, P:
1-0/1, AM: 9-1/4, 158, 6'1, 25 made his pro debut against an unlikely opponent,
mixed martial arts fighter Shawn Porter, Greer, South Carolina, USA,
MMA: 18-3, KB: 0-1. 155, 5'3", 24. Porter had never done any
kickboxing before but wanted to give it a try. In the bout,
Perry showed the MMA fighter Porter that in muaythai, your not
allowed to go to the ground so you must stand and take the punishment. He
managed to do that until the 1:29 mark of round 1. After being knocked down, he
refused to stand up as referee Dennis Palmer counted him out.... Perry,
winner by TKO.
Forest Griffin, Athens, Georgia, USA, 216 served Kent Hensley,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 207 his first defeat in MMA in 10 bouts after winning by
a triangle choke at 2:26 of round 1. Hensley was working in the right
direction to get out of the choke but being in the corner of the ring, the ropes
made it impossible for him to move enough to get free.
- ISCF PRO SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT U.S. TITLE
Jonathan Wiezorek, Valdosta, Georgia USA, 304, 6'2, 23 defeated
John Dixon, Gautiar, Mississippi, USA, KB: 17-1/17, BX: 6-6/6, 245, 6',
35 by submission by strikes at 2:36 of the second round.
For more info on the Battle At The
Brewery event, please contact Mr. Ron Gaiteri at (770)
518-1887 or by e-mail at Rgaiteri2@aol.com or
Mr. Lane Collyer by e-mail at Lanecoll@aol.com.
February 1st 2003, AT 11:30 PM,
The Sleeping Giant
Parts The Sea Promoting, Selbee Parts With The
Atlanta, Georgia, USA:
IKF Promoter Brett Moses (Below
Left) was once known in Atlanta as one of the GIANTS in the promotion game.
However a few years back, he decided to take some time off from promoting due
to a busy work schedule and other life commitments. However, tonight, the "Sleeping Giant AWOKE" at the DeKalb-Atlanta Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA!
Now we've all read stories that claimed sellout shows, when in
reality, there were plenty of empty seats... However, Moses and this writer
don't need to make anything up... Those who were are witnessed the facts and the
pictures at the right should speak for themselves... Georgia Fight Fans, along
with many from South Carolina as well ROCKED THE HOUSE TONIGHT!
With 900 printed tickets gone before the opening bout, Moses
and his promotional crew still had a line around the block, so they elected to
sell standing room only tickets which according to our closest estimates,
brought the crowd to around 1,200 to 1,300. This was a PACKED HOUSE!
Moses picked up the promotional business right where he left off several years
ago... ON TOP! With a 20' x 20' big screen to enlarge the fight action for those
not so close there wasn't a bad seat in the house. In the end, several were
turned away and all that was left now was the action, and was there ever plenty
Moses' "February Fight Party"
was mainly a card of mixed martial arts and because of this, many thought the
crowd came just to see the ISCF MMA bouts... How wrong we were. The South
East fight fans came out tonight to see BOTH ISCF MMA and IKF
Kickboxing! The Main Event was one of only 2 IKF
Kickboxing bouts on the night. It was the first title defense for IKF Pro USA National Heavyweight Champion Kevin
Hudson of South Carolina against the challenger, Mark Selbee of
Atlanta, Georgia. You would think this would be a total Selbee crowd in
Atlanta but the Hudson loyals from South Carolina showed up in force!
And we mean FORCE!
From what many had seen these two do in the past, the concensis
was, "If it ended early, it would be because of Selbee's Power.
If it went the distance, it would be Hudson's win." Selbee
had never ventured past 5 rounds in a kickboxing fight so it was figured that
the rounds past 5 would be his hardeast to win. On the other side of the ring,
Hudson was known for being a slow starter, and was expected to get
stronger after the first few rounds. However tonight, it was like the rolls were
Out of the opening bell, it was Hudson who seemed to
get the edge while Selbee seemed stiff and nervous. The first 2-3 rounds
were easily for Hudson and with this, many thought he would take the
fight early and coast in the late rounds for the win. Two of the 3 judges gave
Hudson the first 2 rounds and 2 of the 3 gave him the third. However in
the fourth, it was Selbee who shook off the butterflys off in his first
pro title shot and picked up the pace. Two of the three judges gave Selbee
the 4th and 5th rounds and in round 5 Hudson, had less than 10 kicks for
the first time in the bout. Only getting off 8 to make the minimum to Selbee's
15. By the sixth round, all 3 judges had scored it for Selbee which
wasn't much of a change as Hudson kicked 9 times to Selbee's 19.
In rounds 7 and 8, Selbee backed off his kicks and went to work with his
hand combinations knocking Hudson down twice forcing referee Dan
Stell to administer 2 standing 8 counts. From here on out, every round was
Selbee's as for whatever strange reasons, the usually strong in the late
rounds Hudson seemed to hit a wall and fuel was running out. However,
Hudson's strong fan base didn't give up on their Champion, around round
8 or 9, the place sounded like a European soccer stadium as chants for "Kevin!,
Kevin!" were equally met with chants for "Selbee!,
Selbee!" In the final round, Hudson did enough to sway 1 of
the 3 judges to give him the round while the others scored it 10-10 and 10-9
Selbee. What Hudson had in the end though was too little too late.
Simply put, tonight was not his night...
Tonight was not a night for storms and without a cloud in the
sky there was no Hurrican Hudson. This was all Sunshine tonight
and it belonged to Selbee. In rounds 5 through 10, Selbee
outkicked Hudson 87 to 48. Selbee had a point taken away in
round 9 for kicking too low while Hudson lost a point in round 8 for not
getting all his kicks in. Although many thought this was all Selbee on
the cards, this one ended in a Split decision, Judge
Ray Thompson scored it 97-89 Selbee. Judge Jim Reneau
scored it 96-91 Selbee while judge Sean Wohl scored it 95-94,
Tonight was Mark Selbee (33 years of age) night
who took the title from the Champion Hudson (31 years of age) in
a great performance. It's the first of hopefully many titles for the young Selbee
(Pro: 6-0/5, Amateur: 11-0/4) while for Hudson, (21-4/10) it's
only a temporary setback in an excellent career. No doubt he will be back, and
this loss will only make him more hungry for his next win. Tonight though
belongs to Selbee, who now has his sights on maybe his first title
defense, possibly on Moses next event scheduled for May or June of this
year. Against who? No plans yet but if anyone is talking rematch, Moses better
get a bigger venue...
For more information, Mr. Moses can
be reached at
or call the Fight Party Hotline at (404) 315-7235.
April 21st, 2004, AT 10:00 PM,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
This Friday, April 23rd, the Georgia fight
community will be treated to the 2nd edition of the Friday Night Fight Party. 17
total fights including 11 ISCF Mixed Martial Arts,
5 Boxing and 1 IKF Championship Full
Contact Kickboxing. Georgia martial artists representing AFA, Alliance, LA
Boxing, Tiger Academy, Hardcore Gym, United Karate & Trammell's will pit
there skills against fighters from Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama.
Mark Selbee of Atlanta, Georgia puts
his IKF North American Heavyweight Full
Contact title on the line against #4 ranked
John James of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Rising MMA star Jeff "LITTLE
POPEYE" Bedard puts his undefeated MMA streak on the line against
Ohio's Steve "THE WEASEL" Hallock. Promising
prospects Junior Assuncao of LA Boxing and Damien Stelly of Alliance
make their professional MMA debuts. On the boxing side, two of Atlanta's most
promising up and coming fighters: Welterweight Ebo Elder &
heavyweight Cedric Boswell, both of whom recently fought on high profile
network broadcast cards, come to give their hometown fans a treat.
April 27th, 2004, AT 9:45 PM,
Retains IKF Title Against James
At The Fight Party
In Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Promoter Bret Moses
(R) is finally resting after a long night this past Friday. Moses
card only featured one Pro Kickboxing bout but before it took place, the crowd
was witness to both Pro and Amateur ISCF MMA: and Pro Boxing and by the time the
Main Event came around it was after midnight.
The Main Event featured the IKF
Pro North American Heavyweight Full Contact Title Defense of Mark Selbee
(Below Left) of Atlanta, Georgia against #4 IKF
Pro FCR ranked John James (Below Right) of Grand Rapids,
Michigan. Selbee was awarded the title last year by forfeit when his opponent,
Dan Lucas of New York got injured on the way to the Airport for their
bout. The condition put on the Title though was that Selbee had to
defend it within a year and tonight was the night.
As the two entered the ring there was one clear deference,
their height. The night before at the weigh-ins James came in 5 lbs
overweight and was given till the following morning to make weight, which he
did, tipping the scales at 214 to Selbee's 215. Selbee had the
height advantage standing 6'5" tall to James 5'11" height.
However James came into the bout as the more experienced fighter with a
record of 35 wins, 5 loses and 25 wins by KO/TKO. Selbee had much less
experience with a record of 19 wins but no loses and 10 wins by KO/TKO. As
everyone knows though, once the bell rings, their past means little, as was the
game-plan of Selbee who was now under the direction of a new trainer.
Not just any trainer though, he was disciplined by one of the greatest ever in
the sport, Gary Brown, best known for training multi time World Champion
Rick "The Jet" Roufus. This was a new game to Selbee
under Brown, and it showed...
Round one is usually a proving period for two fighters prepared
for a 10 round bout, however no one told these guys that. Selbee threw
16 kicks to James 14 and what impressed us most was James
ability to throw his kicks up to Selbee's head, which seemed to surprise
Selbee a bit too. However Selbee stayed to his game plan of "stick
and move" throughout the round, scoring with his jabs and front leg.
Round 2 seemed to slow down for both as Selbee dropped his kick count down to 11
as he focused more on his hands as did James. But James still
stayed busy with his legs with 13 kicks.
In round 3, Selbee seemed to back way off his plan of
kicking throwing only 8 while although less than the round before, James
still threw more kicks than Selbee at 11. Round 4 was a change of pace
for both. Selbee seemed to come alive with his hands and his kicks
seemed to be stronger. Although he only threw 10, these kicks seemed to find
their target more. James on the other hand went to work with his hands
trying to close the gap with Selbee only throwing 8 kicks. In the middle
of the round, James found himself under Selbee's left arm and
here is where the questions come from. James felt Selbee
tightened his arm around his neck and leaned forward on him causing him pain. So
much that on the break, James fired a right hand hitting Selbee
hard, probably the hardest shot he took in the bout. Referee Dan Stell
warned James for hitting on a referee break but James answered
back complaining about Selbee's move against the ropes. Although none of
us could see such a foul or injury, it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Maybe so,
but only James would know. He said it happened, so that is all we have
to go on. (We are looking forward to see the video on this bout though to
see if we can pick up what James complained about)
The pain started to bother James as the round ended
and when he came out for round 5, he brought with him a totally changed
game-plan and attitude. Instead of staying composed he now simply rushing at
Selbee where he immediately got locked into a clinch. Some of his rushes
now looked more like an attempt of an MMA fighter trying a takedown instead of
in close fighting. In the middle of the round as referee Dan Stell went
to break both fighters up in yet another bear-hug clinch, James threw
and again hit Selbee on the break. This time Stell deducted a
point from James for the foul.
As round 5 went on things just seemed to look worse. Possibly
due to James injury but whatever had happened it had changed from a good
fight to what looked more like a toughman contest with nothing to be proud of.
James threw only 5 kicks in round 5, losing a point on the judges cards
while Selbee threw 9. When the round was done, James told
referee Dan Stell he was done due to the pain in his neck giving Selbee
the win by TKO at the break of rounds 5 and 6.
We are not going to comment whether it was real or not because
we are not James and you can't just see a neck pain. Regardless, in the
end it wasn't pretty but Selbee took the win to confirm his title and
now looks forward to a possible World Title shot against one of the top 3
contenders. Who will it be? Possibly Kevin Smiles of England who holds a
record of 26-6/11 or even possibly Ronnie Copeland of High Point,
North Carolina, USA who has a pro record of 22-4-1/18 and an amateur record of
10-3-1/2. Copeland has a bout against the number 1 IKF Ranked FCR Super Heavyweight, Raul Doucet
of Canada this May in South Carolina for a defense of Doucet's IKF North American Super Heavyweight Title. Copeland
has a chance to completely shake up the Pro FCR Heavyweight and
Super Heavyweight rankings if he defeats
Doucet. It would put Copeland in the drivers seat with a full
tank of gas and a big engine because he would then be in line for possible "TWO" World title bouts. The Heavyweight
against Selbee or at Super Heavyweight against who knows, actually
several possible fighters. While the Heavyweight contenders would be easy to
determine, a Copeland win would cause plenty of confusion for the Super
Heavyweight contenders. Especially since Doucet has pretty much
established himself as "THE" Super Heavyweight to
beat. Come May 15th at Ray Thompson's IKF
"Martial Arts May-Hem II"
event in South Carolina, we may all see this more clearly...
September 4th, 2004, AT 5:40 PM,
Kickboxing Back To
Battle Of Atlanta In Super
Atlanta, Georgia, USA: We here at the IKF
are proud to announce our re-affiliation with one of the greatest promoters in
the World, Joe Corley (Left) of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
It was back in 1994 when the IKF
worked with Corley on one of his last Kickboxing shows that was held at
Caesars Tahoe in Nevada. On that night, Rick Roufus won his first IKF World Title when he defeated Michael
McDonald of Vancouver, BC, Canada, by "KO" at :43 seconds of round
1 on January 22nd, 1994. However, just before Roufus' bout, Juan
Torres of South Lake Tahoe, California, USA, (38-3/26) became the
very first IKF Mens Pro Champion and the
very first IKF Mens World Champion when he
defeated Jorge Angat of Angoura Hills, California, USA by TKO at :45
seconds of round 2. Now, one week from today, Corley will bring back his
PKA Kickboxing promotional company and where else to feature it but on his World
The Main Event?
about two fighters that will bring somewhere in the neighborhood of 445 Pounds
and 25 Knockouts to the ring! Both currently hold IKF
Pro North American Titles but on Saturday night, September 11th the two will be
going for the vacant IKF Pro Super
Heavyweight World Title! The "War of Words" is already
underway as Atlanta's Mark Selbee says "I see Victory."
while Montreal, Canada's Raoul Doucet answers back, "Goodnight
The North American civil war is brewing and September 11 marks
the clash of the continent's two most powerful countries and the collision
course of two #1 IKF Rated World
Kickboxing contenders. It all happens in a Las Vegas style event in the plush
Hyatt Regency Atlanta. "This will
be a *PKA KICKBOXING WAR, 12 rounds of
grueling action to fill the IKF's vacant
World Super Heavyweight title," promises Canada's Raoul Doucet.
(*) PKA is a Promotional
Company, not a sanctioning body
Doucet is the #1 IKF
Rated Super Heavyweight in the world, a 6'3" rock-solid, Canadian policeman
weighing 225 lbs. His manager, Vic Theriault, brother of former World
Champion Canadian Jean Yves Theriault, the Iceman says, "Here
are my thoughts about anybody who thinks Canadians are wimps: remember when Sherman
ignited the original Battle of Atlanta? I would advise the Atlanta fans
not to leave their seats when this fight starts. Raoul will take Selbee
into deep waters, early, and drown him. He will not play any fancy tae kwon do
or be polite in that ring; we are going to do everything to knock Selbee
out cold. Come Saturday on 9/11 in Atlanta, there will be a new Canadian Sheriff
in town; we have put a bounty on Selbee's head!"
Atlanta's Mark Selbee is the #1 IKF Rated World Heavyweight contender. He has agreed
to fight Doucet, the #1 IKF Rated
Super Heavyweight contender, a heavier, and many say, stronger opponent.
"I've been a warrior all my life", Selbee said. "Sure,
words can fire me up and hurt my feelings, but this is not a war of feelings
we're undertaking. This is business--the business of punching, kicking,
blocking, footwork, strategy and tactics. I won't be knocked down or out by a
Canadian cliché. It's those round kicks and right crosses of Doucet's
I'm training for! And, like I said before, I see victory!"
Will He Be Atlanta's
Biggest Kickboxing Star Ever?
Atlanta, Georgia, USA: At 6'4" and 215 pounds, he is the
current IKF Pro North American Heavyweight
Champion. He is, Mark Selbee! Selbee's first IKF title was the IKF
Amateur East Coast U.S. Heavyweight Title he won on April 12th, 2002 when he
defeated Adrian Turpin of Anderson, Georgia, USA by unanimous decision
40-36, 40-36 and 40-37. Selbee's first Pro IKF
title was the IKF Pro FCR USA Heavyweight
Title which he won on February 1, 2003 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA when he defeated
previous Champion Kevin Hudson of Greer, South Carolina, USA by Split
decision, 97-89, 96-91 and 94-95.
Selbee went on to win his IKF
North American Heavyweight title by forfeit on October 25th, 2003 in Dalton,
Georgia, USA when his scheduled opponent Dan Lucas of Rochester, New
York, USA (22-5-1) split open his forehead in a freak accident at his
home the day before their scheduled bout. However Selbee went on to
confirm his title in the ring on April 23rd, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA when
he defeated John James of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA (35-6/25)
by TKO when James did not answer the bell after the 5th round due to a
pain/injury in his neck suffered in round 4.
Selbee (20-0 with 18 KO's) will be the
biggest Atlantan Corley has presented in his 37 years of the Battle of
Atlanta. From US Super Lightweight Champ Richard Jackson to World
Welterweight Champ Jeff Gripper to Light Heavyweight Champ Rick
Roufus and Heavyweight Champ Jerry Rhome, Corley has presented
Atlanta fans and the worldwide television audience a host of great kickboxers
and great fights. Next Saturday the tradition of these great bouts returns to
the squared circle as part of Joe Corley's 37th
Battle of Atlanta in 35 years.
Selbee will meet Montreal's Raoul Doucet for a
scheduled 12 rounds of PKA KICKBOXING to fill the vacant IKF World Super Heavyweight title. "In
terms of tradition, I have some big shoes to fill", says the quiet
spoken Selbee, as humble as he is tall, as dry as he is powerful. "Marital
arts has been my passion for all my adult life, and to get a shot at the World
Title, to do it in my adopted home town and at an event with the history and
tradition of the Battle of Atlanta, it's a martial arts dream come true. The
only thing standing in my way is a 225 pound, hard hitting, fire breathing
Canadian policeman who wants to kick my head off. Other than that, it'll be
another day at the office!"
The normal office day for Selbee begins around 7:30 AM,
as he prepares for his day's presentations with Clear Channel Outdoor,
where he has won the President's Club and Pinnacle Awards for
outstanding performance. By then, he's already been at the Velocity
Kickboxing Gym (Formerly LA Boxing of Atlanta) for 90 minutes,
building power, stamina and mental toughness to face the onslaught from the
North. "I am great at compartmentalizing my day", Selbee
said, "and it's a long one. From the time I get started in the morning,
my focus is on Doucet, as I lift, hit the bag and do my light sparring
for the day. Then I put him out of my head from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and do what
I have been trained to do in the professional world. Then I re-focus on Doucet.
It's two more hours of grueling training, including the heavier sparring. It's
here where I see his power, I prepare for his pressure, and I plan the warat the
end, I see victory. That's what warriors do. Just a normal day!"
Selbee's head hits the pillow at 11:30 PM, just 18
hours later. "Not your everyday fighter or everyday advertising exec",
Corley says. "That's what makes him so interesting, so
different and doubly deadly".
Corley says Selbee brings back a favorite dimension to his (Corley's)
work as a martial arts promoter. "Mark is quick witted and
quick footed", Corley said, "and he has that natural
charm that wins hearts and minds in the ring. I have had the pleasure of working
with a lot of great fighters these past 36 Battles and through PKA on
television, but for the past 10 years have focused just on the point fighting
this fight has my enthusiasm flowing the same way as the days of weekly ESPN,
SHOWTIME and pay per view. This will be a great event for fight fans, and one I
am having a lot of fun with."
For Selbee, this is a bold move going up to Super
Heavyweight in pursuit of his first world title. He could have waited for the
right opponent as a heavyweight (215 pounds tops). But the #1 Super
Heavyweight, Doucet, presented himself, as did the opportunity, and Selbee
jumped at it.
He has never been shy about going for the gold. He has won
medals in tae kwon do at events as great as the US Open, has competed since he
was 14 in his home town of Topeka, Kansas and racked up a string of victories
across the Midwest. These were normal days.
Corley summarized the new, normal goal. "Now, as a result of
his hard work and the support of his growing base of Atlanta fans, normal might
just include the new title: Super Heavyweight Champion Of The World!"
The biggest Atlanta kickboxing champion in history.
To Compete for
IKF Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: If
you happen to get caught speeding on the 417 highway going towards Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada, and a tall, rugged, handsome, Ottawa Ontario Police officer is
handing you a ticket, think twice about arguing. The officer may very well be
Raoul Doucet, the #1 World Rated and current IKF
Pro Super Heavyweight North American Kickboxing Champion. And as for your
reasons to be polite to this rather large man, they exceed his mere size.
Raoul (better "Officer" Doucet) is fighting
for the Vacant IKF Pro Super Heavyweight
World Title on September 11th in Atlanta Georgia. At 6'2" and 225+ lbs.
Officer Doucet is a big force to be reckoned with. The event, Joe Corley's 37th Battle of Atlanta is
sub-titled A FORCE OF ONE.
Doucet's will face undefeated heavyweight Mark
Selbee in the 12 round title bout which will headline this 2004 Battle of Atlanta, the world's premiere Karate
As one would imagine, the rigors of training for a 12 round
world kickboxing title bout are many, combined with a full time profession, a
wife and two daughters. Nevertheless, the desire to compete and excel in the
ring dates back to 1990 when Officer Doucet entered a Michigan "Tough
Man" contest where he won all the way to the final match, only to get "robbed"
in a "hometown decision". Driven, he entered the same Toughman
Contest the next year, won all 3 bouts, captured the prize money and the title.
All this time, he was perfecting his kicking skills with his tae kwon do coach
and dreaming of one day following in the steps of the illustrious "Iceman"--
Jean -Yves Theriault. (Left)
Theriault, a soft spoken, gentle Maritimer like Officer
Doucet, is one of the undisputed legends of the sport of kickboxing,
having defended his title 23 times. The Iceman recommended that
Raoul join forces with his brother Victor Theriault, a world
class promoter and co-corner man of the Iceman for many of his
After Vic saw Raoul's kicking ability, he
immediately started finding Kickboxing bouts in the states, and Doucet
has amassed a record of 14 wins against two narrow losses and 1 draw. Seven of
his opponents were stopped by KO or TKO.
Theriault has insured that the Fighting officer of the
Law added serious boxing skills to his long, powerful kicks. Theriault
paired Doucet with boxing coach Johnny Muccionne. Subsequently,
Doucet went on to win the
IKF North American Title on April 26th,
2003 in Glenville, West Virginia, USA where he defeated Mike Sheppard of
Glenville, West Virginia, USA (11-3-1/9) by unanimous decision. The
fight ended with a standing ovation from the sell out crowd and Raoul's
name accelerated through the American karate network. That victory was followed
by an appearance on a Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing show as part of a
special Kickboxing bout at a charity event in Tustin, California (Los
Angeles area) where Star Trek / Priceline Captain William Shatner
and many sport celebs applauded his success via a round 3 KO win over Darren
Walters of Lubbock, Texas, USA, (Pro: 2-3/0, AKB: 25-9/11)
Doucet's last bout was in South Carolina against the #1
contender for his IKF North American
title, Ronnie Copeland of High Point, North Carolina, USA (Pro KB:
22-5-1/17, Amateur KB: 10-3-1/2, Pro Boxing: 8-3/7). This took place on May
15th, 2004 in Simpsonville, South Carolina and actually ended due to a
nonintentional foul in round 9 of the scheduled 10. In round 9, Doucet's
knee was coming up on his kick and Copeland ducked into it and Doucet's
knee hit Copeland in the temple knocking him out. The bout decision went
to the score cards where Doucet defeated Copeland by unanimous
decision, 87-84, 88-84 & 86-85.
The fighting Cop, now complete with devastating power kicks and
a new arsenal of boxing skills, makes for a formidable opponent for anyone.
Raoul's "bite at the apple" is around the corner.
Eerily, the date is September 11, or 911. "For sure I will be thinking
about all the police and fireman that lost their lives on that date. I am
inspired to bring the title belt back to Canada. Selbee better be ready
for an onslaught from the North."
Battle of Atlanta
producer Corley said, "Mark Selbee has expressed
serious respect for the power of Officer Doucet, and says he will have
to train for the toughest fight of his life. Selbee fully expects,
however, to be Super Heavyweight Champion before the bell tolls 12 on September
Conversely, Victor Theriault hopes to have the Fighting
Cop defend the title he believes will be Doucet's on July 3rd next year
at the World Police and Fireman Games, where 25,000 of his brothers and
sisters converge on Quebec City. Remember, next time you get pulled over by an
OPP Patrol Car on the way to Ottawa or Montreal, be polite!
For more information, contact Joe Corley at (404)
502-3777 or by e-mail at email@example.com or go to the website,
In Montreal contact Victor Theriault at (450) 632-7812 or e-mail at
seats reserved. Tickets on sale at Joe Corley Karate Studios (770)
998-4610 and Velocity Kickboxing Gym (404) 943-0609 and on line at
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Company, not a sanctioning body
September 11th, 2004, AT 11:35 PM,
Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Surly there could be other words to
describe Joe Corley's Main Event at his famous "Battle of Atlanta" but these two were "EARNED"
so we had to use them. These two words were the response to all the critics out
there that questioned the past performance and the potential of a fighter we
have been watching move up the ladder for years now. He has grown in the IKF as an amateur and matured tonight as a Pro. But
not just any Pro... Tonight you can call him a IKF
World Champion! And his new name to all you fight fans out there is now,
"MR." Mark "THE HAMMER" Selbee!
Tonight Selbee faced off against what what was suppose
to be a much larger and stronger opponent in the number one Super Heavyweight
contender, and current IKF North American
FCR Champion Raoul Doucet of Ontario Canada. However, the first surprise
came at weigh-ins where Selbee, who has been a Heavyweight (195-215)
fighter most of his career, tipped the scales at 224 to Doucet's 222. As we
said, that was the "FIRST" Surprise... Here comes the next.
Many thought this bout could go into the later rounds. If so,
many knew that Doucet gets stronger as the rounds get higher, a deadly
zone for any fighter who has ever taken him into the late rounds. However, Doucet
is known as a slow starter and Selbee knew this. He and many were well
aware if the bout went into deep waters past 6-7 rounds, this has been where
Doucet has proved to get strong... Very Strong! Surly from seeing Doucet
fight Copeland earlier this year, Selbee knew if he was going to
score the points he needed, he needed to do it in the early rounds. The rounds
it usually takes Doucet to get warmed up. Selbee knew this and
did his trainer, the legendary Gary Brown. Oh and we may want to add in
there the never ending words that were spoken to him over and over and kept him
up at nights... "JAB, JAB" ... Something Amy gets credit
Still, with all this, there were still the doubters. Many spoke
of their doubt on the kickboxing message board. Well, stick with the story boys
and girls, because it happens in a flash and before you know it, it's over... So
here it goes.
Round 1, Selbee and Doucet touch gloves, and
after a few brief moments, Selbee charges straight towards Doucet,
a simple combination and then it came... Selbee landed a straight right hand to
the side of Doucet's head and down he went inside the first 20 seconds
of the bout. No problem for Doucet right? Heck, ask Mike Sheppard
of Virginia. He dropped Selbee, but it just woke the Canadian up as
he came back and opened up an explosive and damaging win over him.
Was this to be the same here? Did Selbee wake the "AXEMAN"
up too early in the fight? Was Doucet so awake now that he was going to
unload everything he had from anger?
Selbee's reaction... "Bring It ON!" A quick
set of combinations, including a Doucet punch that really rocked Selbee,
but here came Selbee again with ANOTHER straight right landing in the
same exact spot! Again, down goes Doucet. Referee Dan Stell
started the count as Doucet rose up. WHAT were we seeing? A revised Selbee?
A demolition man in what... The FIRST Round? Why actually... "YES we
were." Doucet appeared to shake it off, but was still dazed
from the first right hand. The two came together again, keep in mind, we haven't
even seen 5 kicks total yet. Then, it came... "The HAMMER!"
At 1:09 of the first round, the end came. With his last swing of the HAMMER,
Selbee dropped Doucet for the third and final time. Doucet
wasn't out, but it was his third knockdown and this bout was over!
The hometown Selbee couldn't hear anything as the
Atlanta crowd went crazy! How many were there? Who knows, but the Hyatt Ballroom
was packed and all got to witness first hand yet another IKF Pro World Champion from Atlanta Georgia to take
honors with the last IKF World Champion
from Atlanta, Rick "THE JET" Roufus after he put a
beating on Stan Longinidis in 1999 in Massachusetts.
Selbee answered all his critics on this night, and he
not only did it in the ring, but he left no doubt in anyone's mind, who won the
bout. Oh and for all you critics out there that had doubts about the new IKF Super Heavyweight World Champion, we offer this
little reminder reading for you...
"The credit belongs to those people who are actually
in the arena...who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions to a worthy
cause; who at best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst,
fail while daring greatly... so that their place shall never be with those cold
and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." Theodore
The night time event featured all the martial arts Championship
competition from "The Battle of Atlanta's" day tournament.
Mixed in with these other featured championship events was one IKF Amateur FCR Kickboxing match. In it, Mike
Littrel of Atlanta Georgia moved his undefeated record to 8-0 when he
stopped first time fighter Anthony Naples of Rosewell Georgia by TKO at
46 seconds of round 2. In round 1, Littrel threw 17 kicks to Naples
7. Naples also took a standing 8 count in round one and one prior to the
stop of the bout in round two.
We here at the IKF would
like to congratulate veteran promoter Joe Corley for yet "ANOTHER" dynamic
of Atlanta event and we and many others want to Thank him
greatly for bringing Kickboxing back to The
Battle again. We hope to be a part of this great event for years
to come. For more information, contact Joe Corley at (404) 502-3777 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to the website, www.battleofatlanta.com
September 15th, 2004, AT 4:30 PM,
PHOTOS FROM THE
IKF WORLD TITLE BOUT
Re-Posted From Below:
1, Selbee and Doucet touch gloves, and after a few brief
moments, Selbee charges straight towards Doucet, a simple
combination and then it came... Selbee landed a straight right hand to the side
of Doucet's head and down he went inside the first 20 seconds of the
bout. No problem for Doucet right? Heck, ask Mike Sheppard
of Virginia. He dropped Selbee, but it just woke the Canadian up as
he came back and opened up an explosive and damaging win over him. Was this to
be the same here? Did Selbee wake the "AXEMAN"
up too early in the fight? Was Doucet so awake now that he was going to
unload everything he had from anger?
Selbee's reaction... "Bring It ON!"
A quick set of combinations, including a Doucet punch
that really rocked Selbee, but here came Selbee again with
ANOTHER straight right landing in the same exact spot! Again, down goes Doucet.
Referee Dan Stell started the count as Doucet rose up. WHAT were
we seeing? A revised Selbee? A demolition man in what... The FIRST
Round? Why actually... "YES we were." Doucet appeared
to shake it off, but was still dazed from the first right hand. The two came
together again, keep in mind, we haven't even seen 5 kicks total yet. Then, it
came... "The HAMMER!" At 1:09 of the first round, the
With his last swing of the HAMMER,
Selbee dropped Doucet for the third and final time. Doucet
wasn't out, but it was his third knockdown and this bout was over!
"The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball. They
fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in
the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The
man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the
one who never tries anything. He is the break on the wheel of progress. And yet
it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the
very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do
David M. Shoup General, United States Marine Corps
April 12th, 2005, AT 7:00 PM,
Added To The Prestigious List Of Kickboxing Advisors On
IKF Advisory Board
"When you seek
perfection you attain Excellence!"
This is what the
IKF Organization is all about and they
seek that perfection by the knowledgable advice of those who truly KNOW
Kickboxing! Today the IKF added 1
more "Perfectionist" to the IKF Advisory Board.
Meet Fight Sports Training Legend Gary Brown.
has been a part of Kickboxing long before there was an IKF.
He began boxing in 1951 and started studying Marital Arts in 1957 in
his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. It was there he earned his first Black Belt in
Tae Kwon Do.
Mr. Brown trained and studied during this tour in Vietnam in 1970 with
the Korean Rock Unit. He returned to Columbus and began teaching
children boxing and Marital Arts at the Ohio Youth Commission. He also taught
for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Depart and was an executive member of the
Ohio Amateur Athletic Union boxing commission.
Mr. Brown himself, was a professional boxer from 1974
to 1977. He has trained numerous Champions including Bill Douglas, the
father of Buster Douglas, former holder of the World Heavyweight Boxing
Title, 2 time Former
IKF World Champion Rick "The Jet"
Roufus, current IKF World Champion
Mark Selbee, Brad Hefton, Jerry Rhome, Jeff Gripper, Steve Shepard, Yves
Sanake and many more including his work in bringing up top women fighter
Gary came to Georgia in 1979 where he opened his
Karate and Boxing. He has trained nine World Champions in full
contact Karate and Boxing. After over forty-five years in Martial Arts, Mr.
Brown holds several black belts and is declared a recognized Master in
several of these styles and systems. He has and currently does training for
various law enforcement agencies such as GBI, GSP and other city/county agencies
using his patented Flood System.
- His various ranks and accomplishments include,
- 8th Degree Black Belt, Eagle American Karate
- 8th Degree Black Belt, Eagle Combat Jujitsu
- 5th Degree Black Belt, Shin Nagare Karate
- 5th Degree Black Belt, Shin Shink Jujitsu
- 3rd Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do
- Received 9 golden glove titles as an amateur
- Trained with Korean combat unit known as "Tiger Unit"
- IKF Certified Referee
Congratulations Gary and thank you for being a valuable part of the
can be contacted at Sensei@EagleBoxing.com or you can view his website
Gary is currently training fighters at
For more on Gary
To see all the IKF Advisory Board members Click Here.
April 29th, 2005, AT 12:30 PM,
On K-1 PPV Event
Yesterday, April 28, was an exciting day
for current Pro IKF FCR Champion Mark
Selbee (Right). At the K-1 Press Conference for this weekends Las
Vegas event it was announced that Michael McDonald was forced to
withdraw due to injury from the opening 8 man bracket and in his place went Selbee.
Selbee of Atlanta, Georgia, USA had been scheduled to fight IKF Amateur IR/MTR Champion Rick Cheek of
California in a side bout. Now Selbee will be in the tournament's
opening bout against Japan's Tsuyoshi Nakasako.
Nakasako is a tall young promising Japanese fighter who
will need his height against the 6'4 Selbee. Still, this will be Selbee's
first ever leg kick bout. As Mark told us, "I have nothing to
lose and much to gain." And if his first leg kick bout turns into 3
wins, he could gain a lot of $$!
If Selbee makes it past Nakasako he will face
the winner of brawler Gary Goodridge of Trinidad and Tobago and
American Sean O'Haire, a former pro wrestler.
On the other side of the bracket will be former IKF National Amateur Champion and a former K-1
Champion Carter Williams of Modesto, California, USA. Williams
will meet Yusuke Fujimoto of Japan. These two met three years ago with
Also on this side of the bracket will be Kyokushin fighter Glaube
Feitosa of Brazil against Dewey Cooper of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
The winner of the K-1 World 2005 USA Grand Prix tournament will advance to the
WGP 05 Final Elimination Tournament, set for the Osaka Dome this September 23.
Also on the nights event but not in the 8 man tournament will
be a match-up of former 2 time IKF Pro
World Champion Rick "The Jet" Roufus, (www.roufuskickboxingcenter.com)
of Tempe, Arizona, USA. Roufus will face Musashi of Japan.
May 11th, 2005, AT 11:50 PM,
That Took Down A World Champion...
Well... Sort Of...
of The bout Explanation Are From K-1 Reporter Michael Afromowitz
Curtesy of K-1 USA Website
When Three-time K-1 tournament champion, Michael McDonald
withdrew from last months K-1 Battle at Bellagio IV in Las Vegas due to an arm
injury that he sustained during a sparring session, his replacement in the live
Pay Per View television event became undefeated IKF
World Champion Mark Selbee of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
With High Hopes and in his own words, "Nothing to lose",
Selbee set out to be the next K-1 Champion. However, the last thing Mark
expected was to be sidelined from the event due to a "Toe Injury."...
Yes... A Toe.
As always, there are people who question why a fighter may pull
out of a bout, as there were with Mark. Still, here's the scoop... Selbee
added a nice sense of color to "The New Fighting Sport" by
exploiting the kicking skills that he honed since earning black belts in both
Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido.
Facing Japan's Tsuyoshi Nakasako, Selbee stayed
busy by unloading a number of axe kicks and reverse roundhouse kicks. Although
Nakasako was scoring kicks to Selbee's thigh, it was Selbee who
was more effective in battle and who gained a unanimous judges decision at the
end of three rounds.
However after winning his opening round bout Selbee
was forced to bow out of the competition due to a toe injury. So... your
thinking, "A toe injury? How bad can a toe be?"
Well, Mark sent us a photo of the toe and although we
didn't come right out and ask him if we could show it, we just couldn't turn it
down. Sorry Mark if the ladies get a little sqeemish, but we just
couldn't pass this up... Besides, your already spoken for Superstar!
This photo is not for the "Weak Stomach and
So if you click the link, don't say we didn't warn you...
Click Here For "The Toe"!
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