June 9, 2005 TOKYO , Japan Two more non-tournament bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S next event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005. In the first bout, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic will take on Russia 's Ibragim Magomedov and in the second Judo Olympic gold-medallist Makoto Takimoto will take on Japanese star Kiyoshi Tamura.
June 9, 2005 TOKYO , Japan Two more non-tournament bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTINGS next event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005. In the first bout, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic will take on Russia s Ibragim Magomedov and in the second Judo Olympic gold-medallist Makoto Takimoto will take on Japanese star Kiyoshi Tamura. Previously announced non-tournament bouts include Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira of the Brazilian Top Team versus Polands 1996 Judo Olympic gold-medallist, Pawel Nastula and Russias Sergei Kharitonov versus veteran heavyweight, Pedro The Rock Rizzo of Brazil.
In addition to these matches, there is the second round of the Grand Prix tournament. Defending tournament champion, Wanderlei Silva, reached the second round of the tournament after a hard-fought split decision victory over Hidehiko Yoshida. Yoshidas protégé, Kazuhiro Nakamura, considered an underdog by many in the first round, advanced by defeating American Kevin Randleman by unanimous decision. Japanese fighter, Kazushi Sakuraba, advanced via a thirty-eight second first round KO of Korean judoka Yoon Dong Sik. Ricardo Arona advanced after winning a unanimous decision over Dean Lister. Chute Boxes rising star, Mauricio Shogun Rua, reached the second round by knocking out 2003 tournament finalist, Quinton Rampage Jackson, in the first round. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of the Brazilian Top Team advanced by submitting Team Quests Dan Henderson via armbar. Igor Vovchanchyn advanced by winning a unanimous decision over Japanese Yuki Kondo. Golden Glory fighter Alistair Overeem advanced by submitting UFC tournament representative Vitor Belfort via guillotine.
PRIDE FIGHTINGS 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament spans three events
TOTAL ELIMINATION (opening round), CRITICAL COUNTDOWN (Second Round) and FINAL CONFLICT (Semi-Finals and Finals). The date for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.
Wanderlei Silva ( Brazil ) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura ( Japan )
Kazushi Sakuraba ( Japan ) vs. Ricardo Arona ( Brazil )
Mauricio Shogun Rua ( Brazil ) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ( Brazil )
Igor Vovchanchyn ( Ukraine ) vs. Alistair Overeem ( Holland )
Additional Matches (Non-Tournament):
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ( Brazil ) vs. Pawel Nastula ( Poland )
Sergei Kharitonov ( Russia ) vs. Pedro Rizzo ( Brazil )
Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic ( Croatia ) vs. Ibragim Magomedov ( Russia )
Makoto Takimoto ( Japan ) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura ( Japan )
(Participants and Matches Subject to Change)
CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005 premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewers Choice Canada on July 1 st at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm PST (including a countdown show at 9:30pm EST, 6:30pm PST). For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or pridefc.com.
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