|ADDITIONAL MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR PRIDE FIGHTING||
Three additional matches have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming SHOCKWAVE event ... Wanderlei Silva versus Kazushi Sakuraba, Dan Henderson versus Yuki Kondo, and Takanori Gomi versus "Little Evil" Jens Pulver. Previously announced main events include the highly anticipated rematch ... 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).
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, and TVN on Sunday, January 2nd, 2005 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.
SHOCKWAVE will feature the fourth battle between Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba (Takada Dojo) and PRIDE FIGHTING'S reigning middleweight champion, Wanderlei Silva (Chute Boxe Academy). The two first met on March 25, 2001 at COLLISSION COURSE with Silva winning by TKO in Round 1. They met again in a rematch on November 3, 2001 at CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS and the bout was stopped when Sakuraba sustained a shoulder injury. They met for a third time during the first round of the 2003 middleweight Grand Prix and Silva came away with a victory by KO. Silva went on to win the tournament and continue his undefeated streak in PRIDE (dating back to 2000). Sakuraba enters this match with a renewed vigor and training regime. With recent wins over Antonio "Nino" Schembri and Kevin Randleman, Sakuraba has re-dedicated himself to training and hopes that the forth time is a charm against Silva.
The third announced bout features the lightweights ... Takanori Gomi of Japan versus "Little Evil" Jens Pulver of the United States. Since the formation of the BUSHIDO series, Gomi has been dominant, racking up victories over Jadsen Costa, Fabio Mello, Ralph Gracie, and "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett. Intent on proving that he is the best lightweight fighter in any organization, Gomi is taking on all comers and will now be matched up with one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world in Jens Pulver. Hailing from Davenport, Iowa and representing the Miletich Fighting System, "Little Evil" Jens Pulver is a former UFC lightweight champion and boasts wins over an impressive list of fighters including: B.J. Penn, John Lewis, Caol Uno, and Dennis Hallman. Though this is his PRIDE debut, Pulver?? mixed martial arts career dates back to 1999. On a card filled with middleweights and heavyweights, these lightweights are looking to steal the show!
(This is a double title match, for both the PRIDE FIGHTING heavyweight championship
Fight card subject to change.
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