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New Pride card for the 1st July show

Postby Gurre » Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:26 am

Dream Stage Entertainment has announced the remainder of the line-up for its July 1st event at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

In addition to the six previously announced match-ups on the "Critical Countdown Absolute" card, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will face Alistair Overeem, former K-1 Hero's star Yoshihiro Nakao will face Korean fighter Lee Eun Su, and Olympic Gold Medalist Pawel Nastula will face Edson Drago.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alistair Overeem have fought each other once before, in a fight which Nogueira won by unanimous decision in February 2005. This will be the first fight in just over a year for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the twin brother of former Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Rogerio entered Pride's 205-pound Grand Prix in 2005 and defeated Dan Henderson by submission in the first round, but then lost to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua by decision in the second round of the tournament. Shogun would go on to win the entire 16-man tournament, and in hindsight, Rogerio was the only fighter that Shogun didn't run straight through in the tournament (Shogun was dominant in wins over Overeem, Quinton Jackson, and Ricardo Arona). Rogerio Nogueira has spent much of the past year waiting for Pride to call him and book him for a fight, which the company has now finally done.

Nogueira's opponent, Alistair Overeem, just fought in California on June 9th in the Strikeforce promotion, where he won a unanimous decision over Vitor Belfort in what was widely regarded as a lackluster fight. Like Nogueira, Overeem also entered Pride's 205-pound Grand Prix in 2005, and like Nogueira, he was eliminated by eventual tournament winner Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Before losing to Shogun, Overeem made it all the way to the semi-finals of the 16-man tournament by submitting Belfort and Igor Vovchanchyn. Overeem entered Pride's Open Weight Grand Prix earlier this year, but lost his fight to Fabricio Werdum by submission.

The signing of K-1 Hero's star Yoshihiro Nakao was announced by Pride last week, but only now has Nakao's first Pride opponent been announced. Nakao will face 24-year-old South Korean heavyweight Lee Eun Su, a veteran of the South Korean military who will also be making his Pride debut.

Nakao is best known for the incident last December in which he kissed Heath Herring during a pre-fight staredown, and Herring responded by knocking out Nakao with an immediate sucker punch. The fight was later ruled a no-contest when it was declared that both Nakao's kiss and Herring's punch were illegal. Even though Nakao is best known for the Herring incident, Nakao is actually a very promising heavyweight in the sport who has already picked up wins over Don Frye and Wesley "Cabbage" Correira.

Pawel Nastula is a Judo legend and Olympic Gold Medalist who once won 312 consecutive Judo contests. Nastula was a big signing for Pride in mid-2005, but he has gone 0-2 so far in his MMA career, with losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Aleksander Emelianenko.

Edson Drago is an imposing Brazilian heavyweight with a 9-0 record in MMA, and he will be making his Pride debut in this fight. Though only three of Drago's wins have come against opponents with a winning record, he will enter the ring on July 1st with far more MMA experience than his opponent.

With the announcement of the final three fights on the card, the entire line-up has now been announced for Pride's July 1st show at the Saitama Super Arena.

Here is the complete line-up for Pride: Critical Countdown Absolute, which will debut on American pay-per-view on Sunday, July 2nd.


Second Round Match-Ups in Pride Open Weight Grand Prix

-Mirko Cro Cop vs. Hidehiko Yoshida

-Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazuyuki Fujita

-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum

-Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt


Non-Tournament Match-Ups

-Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos

-Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshiki Takahashi

-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem

-Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Lee Eun Su

-Pawel Nastula vs. Edson Drago
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Postby stevebags » Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:25 am

graet card, wish i had the money to go and watch a pride event live
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Postby Gurre » Fri Jun 23, 2006 12:49 pm

Poor Yoshida... and the re-match between Nog and Werdum will be very fun to watch.
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:32 pm

Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem...

I am a little worried about this one. Nogueria will pull this one off if it goes the distance, but Overeem has the potential to end it quick if he stays standing up. Nogueria has great ground skills. Overeem is decent at both standup and ground.
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Postby JimmysEgo » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:51 pm

i've never seen the minotauro twin. i'm very interested in most of these match ups.
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Postby Gurre » Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:17 am

he fought Shogun and lost on decision in the last MW GP
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Postby pankratios » Sun Jun 25, 2006 4:52 am

Bout Order:

Dream Stage Entertainment Presents PRIDE: Openweight Grand Prix 2006, Second Round
July 1st, 2006
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan
Doors Open: 14:00
Fights Start: 16:00

Tentative Fight Card (Card Subject To Change):

3R 10M/5M/5M
Pawel Nastula (Takada Dojo) vs. Edson Drago (Brazilian Top Team)

3R 10M/5M/5M
Yoshihiro Nakao (Freelance) vs. Lee Eun Su (CMA Korea)

3R 10M/5M/5M
Vitor Belfort (Freelance) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (PANCRASEism)

3R 10M/5M/5M
Alistair Overeem (Golden Glory) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazilian Top Team)

3R 10M/5M/5M
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Yoshida Dojo) vs. Evangelista Santos (Chute Boxe)

2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Match
Open, 3R 10M/5M/5M
Fabricio Werdum (Cro Cop Squad Gym) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazilian Top Team)

2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Match
Open, 3R 10M/5M/5M
Wanderlei Silva (Chute Boxe) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (Freelance)

2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Match
Open, 3R 10M/5M/5M
Mark Hunt (Oceania Super Fighters' Club) vs. Josh Barnett (AMC Pankration)

2006 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Match
Open, 3R 10M/5M/5M
Mirko Filipovic (Cro Cop Squad Gym) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Yoshida Dojo)

This card is insane!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Sun Jun 25, 2006 5:20 am

Yeah its about time we get to see another Wandy bout. It has been a year.
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Postby Gurre » Sun Jun 25, 2006 8:50 am

it's gonna be crazy guys.... crazy I tellz yaz!
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Sun Jun 25, 2006 9:19 am

God how I want to go to a Pride Event. I would almost give my left nut to go.
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Postby Gurre » Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:21 pm

....ewwwwww!
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Sun Jun 25, 2006 1:48 pm

Or who knows maybe everyone will be able to go to the same event in the future.
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Postby Gurre » Mon Jun 26, 2006 7:11 am

.. what? no! there's a limited amount of seats!
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Postby GrappleorWrestle » Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:43 am

What? What?
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Postby Gurre » Mon Jun 26, 2006 11:40 am

100 k seats per event mate
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