CRO COP VERSUS RANDLEMAN SET FOR PRIDE FIGHTING
12/09/2004

Judo Olympic gold medallist Makoto Takimoto of Japan has been added to PRIDE FIGHTING's SHOCKWAVE fight card. His opponent is yet to be announced. Takimoto won the gold medal in the men's 81-kilogram division in Judo at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games by defeating heavy favorite In-Chul Cho of South Korea. Takimoto joins fellow Olympic gold medallists Hidehiko Yoshida and Rulon Gardner on the SHOCKWAVE fightcard.

 

 

 

Previously announced bouts for SHOCKWAVE include: for the title of undisputed heavyweight Grand Prix Champion of 2004 as well as for the title of PRIDE heavyweight champion ... Fedor Emelianenko versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira ... also, for the first time in mixed martial arts history and under mixed martial arts rules, it will be Olympic gold versus Olympic gold as Japan's Hidehiko Yoshida (1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist) takes on Rulon Gardner of the United States (2000 Greco Roman Wrestling Olympic gold medallist). Other bouts will feature Wanderlei Silva versus Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Henderson versus Yuki Kondo, Kevin Randleman versus Mirko ??ro Cop???Filipovic and Takanori Gomi versus ??ittle Evil???Jens Pulver.

SHOCKWAVE 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 Sunday, January 2nd, 2005 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.

Tournament Matches:

Fight Card
Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
vs.
Rulon Gardner (USA)
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil)
vs.
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan)
Dan Henderson (USA)
vs.
Yuki Kondo (Japan)
Takanori Gomi (Japan)
vs.
Jens Pulver (USA)

 

 

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