shen - I bought that event. Remember it well.
I was at the event / live.
Spent a lot of time taking to an Australian that I believe was a Gene Lebell blackbelt and trained with the Machados. Fellow gave a lot of sound advice about training to a small group of us strangers just asking questions.
John Donehue really enjoyed the conversation with this fellow. We were just a bunch of young guys going to a traditional jiu-jitsu school, learning what we could of BJJ from tapes and seminars. John was super helpful with his advice and answering questions. Again this was just while standing around at the event before it started and during as well.
Rico Chiapparelli was there as well although I did not recognize him at first, but I recall he was watching a seminar Gene taught the day before. I believe it was Ricco and Matt Linland and another group sitting around. Later I realized that was Ricco recognizing him from watching his NCAA win with all the crazy leg rides and reversals.
That may have been Matt Linland's first MMA fight.
Hugo Duarte was kind of a scary looking cat up close.
Plenty of other people at the event but always stood out the way John Donehue was free with advice. As I type I recall enjoying his story about how he ended up in California and with Gene and later the Machados. Have not kept up with the guys journey since that time.
Brings back memories.