- ICON SIGNS CHARUTO & TWO MORE STANDOUTS

January 29, 2007
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Press Release
The future is bright for Icon Sport. Within the last 2 weeks, Icon has signed fighters who each hold the potential to become champions within their respective weight classes: Heavyweight Scott Junk, Middleweight “Charuto” Renato Verissimo, and Light Heavyweight Poai Suganuma:

Scott “Punk Haole” Junk, a collegiate football stand-out who was invited to try out for the Pittsburg Steelers, has successfully made the transition from team sports to the individual challenge of MMA. Junk, now 3-1, makes the move to Icon from the Rumble on the Rock organization. Junk’s only loss came in his exciting MMA debut against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez. He has gone undefeated since his debut. Junk will work towards the now-vacant Icon Sport Heavy Weight Title, previously held by Wesley “Cabbage” Correira. Junk has signed an exclusive multi-fight deal with Icon, and will make his debut in the Friday, February 9th event, All In.

“Charuto” Renato Verissimo, needs no introduction in the MMA industry. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert has competed against – and beaten – some of the best in the world, including UFC Champion Matt Hughes, UFC Champion Carlos Newton, and current Icon Middleweight Champion Frank Trigg. “Charuto,” a native of Brazil who resides in Hawaii, was a water polo stand-out who competed in the U.S. Nationals. He was drawn to MMA after witnessing competitions in Brazil in the early 1990’s. “Charuto” plans on moving up quickly in Icon’s hot middleweight division, joining the mix of Frank Trigg, Robbie Lawler, Mayhem Miller, and Falaniko Vitale. Charuto has signed a multi-fight deal with Icon and will make his debut in the Friday, February 9th event.

Poai Suganuma, could be the future of Icon Sport’s Light Heavyweight division. Still in the early stages of his MMA career, Poai has shown the potential to compete with the world’s best in the very near future. After a successful high school (State Champ, Waiakea HS) and collegiate wrestling career, Poai moved to Japan to train MMA with Tokyo-based Team Twist. In just 14 months, Poai amassed a 5-1 record in the Japan’s Pancrase organization. Poai returns home to work towards becoming Hawaii’s next MMA super star, in the steps of Egan Inoue, B.J. Penn, and Falaniko Vitale. Poai has signed a multi-fight deal and will make his Icon debut in April.

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