LEKO VERSUS NAKAMURA ADDED TO FISTS OF FIRE!
02/18/2005

 

Stefan Leko versus Kazuhiro Nakamura has been added to PRIDE FIGHTING'S FISTS OF FIRE fight card. Representing team Golden Glory out of Holland, the German-born Stefan "Blitz" Leko is a world-class kick boxer. He has garnered numerous kick boxing titles and championships and is now making the transition to mixed martial arts. Kazuhiro Nakamura represents the Yoshida Dojo and is the protege of Judo legend and 1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist, Hidehiko Yoshida. Thus far in his career, Nakamura boasts victories over the likes of Daniel Gracie and Murilo Bustamante.

 

Mirko Filipovic (Croatia) vs.
Mark Coleman (USA)
Quinton Jackson (USA) vs.
Murilo Rua (Brazil)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil) vs.
Alistair Overeem (Holland)
Choi Mu Bae (Korea) vs.
Sergei Kharitonov (Russia)

 

 

Previously announced matches include - a main event featuring clashing styles as striker Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic takes on wrestler Mark "The Hammer" Coleman ... Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returns to the ring facing Chute Boxe's Murilo "Ninja" Rua ... Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of the Brazilian Top Team will go head to head with Golden Glory's Alistair "Demolition Man" Overeem ... it's Korea versus Russia as Choi Mu Bae takes on Sergei Kharitonov ... Japan's up and coming heavyweight, Hirotaka Yokoi, will take on the leader of the Brazilian Top Team, Mario Sperry ... mixed martial arts veteran Hiromitsu Kanehara goes head to head with Chute Boxe star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua ... Kiyoshi Tamura of Japan faces Aliev Makhmud of Azerbaydzhan ... and Tom "Big Cat" Erickson makes his return to PRIDE versus newcomer Fabricio Werdum of Spain.

FISTS OF FIRE will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Vu!, and Viewer's Choice on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm PST

Tournament Matches:

Fight Card
Mirko Filipovic (Croatia)
vs.
Mark Coleman (USA)
Quinton Jackson (USA)
vs.
Murilo Rua (Brazil)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil)
vs.
Alistair Overeem (Holland)
Choi Mu Bae (Korea)
vs.
Sergei Kharitonov (Russia)
Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine)
vs.
Yoshiki Takahashi (Japan)
Hirotaka Yokoi (Japan)
vs.
Mario Sperry (Brazil)
Hiromitsu Kanehara (Japan)
vs.
Mauricio Rua (Brazil)
Tom Erikson (USA)
vs.
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil)
Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan)
vs.
Aliev Makhmud (Azerbaijan)
Stefan Leko (Germany)
vs.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
Stefan Leko (Germany)
vs.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)

 

 

Additional non-tournament match ups to be announced soon.
(Participants and Matches Subject to Change)

Also on the card:

Ryan Gracie, Hirotaka Yokoi, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and Kazuhiro Nakamura

Fight card subject to change.


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