From Dream Stage Entertainment

May 11, 2004

LOS ANGELES, California -The fight card for PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 has been assembled and will feature Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Carlos "The Ronin" Newton , and the second edition of Team Gracie versus Team Japan . BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will take place on May 23rd, 2004 from the Yokohama Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on same day delay.




The first match features Croatia's Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic against Japanese fighter Hiromitsu Kanehara. Fresh off of his devastating elimination from the 16-man heavyweight Grand Prix (via a KO loss to Kevin Randleman), "Cro Cop" has re-dedicated himself and is looking to begin the road to title contention once again. His last victory was at BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 on February 15th, when he earned a TKO victory against PRIDE FC veteran, Norihisa Yamamoto. "Cro Cop's" opponent, Hiromitsu Kanehara, is a RINGS veteran and last fought in PRIDE FC at CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS 2.

Also on the card ... UFC/PRIDE FC veteran Carlos "The Ronin" Newton returns to Japan to take on Japanese mixed martial arts star and grappling expert, Daiju Takase. Newton 's last appearance in PRIDE FC was at the inaugural BUSHIDO show in October of 2003. Fighting for Team Japan that night, Newton earned an impressive decision victory against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend, Renzo Gracie. Takase is also a UFC/PRIDE FC veteran and is coming off of a decision victory at BUSHIDO VOLUME 2 against American fighter Chris "The Westside Strangler" Brennan.

In addition to these matches, BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will feature the second edition of Team Gracie versus Team Japan. At the inaugural BUSHIDO show, Team Gracie was victorious over Team Japan, 3-2. For this latest edition, Ralph Gracie (6-0) makes his second PRIDE FC appearance, taking on one of the best middleweights in the world in Takanori Gomi (14-2). In the next match, the "bad boy" of the Gracie family, Ryan Gracie, makes his return to the ring, going up against another "bad boy" in Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa. In the third match team match, representing his instructor, Renzo Gracie, highly decorated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu star, Ricardo Almeida (7-2) faces Japanese star and U-File representative, Ryo Chonan (6-3).

This is just the beginning of stellar fight card!

Tournament Matches:

Fight Card
Ryan Gracie (Brazil)
Ikuhisa Minowa (Japan)
Takanori Gomi (Japan)
Ricardo Almeida (USA)
Ryo Chonan (Japan)



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

Additional Matches:

Mirko ??ro Cop???Filipovic ( Croatia ) vs. Hiromitsu Kanehara ( Japan )

Carlos Newton ( Canada ) vs. Daiju Takase ( Japan )

Chalid ??ie Faust???Arrab ( Germany ) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura ( Japan )

Akira Shoji ( Japan ) vs. Tamakairiki ( Japan )

Norihisa Yamamoto ( Japan ) vs. Choi Mu Bae ( Korea )

Jorge Patino Macaco ( Brazil ) Vs Kazuo Misaki ( Japan )

(Fight Card Subject to Change)

PRIDE FC: BUSHIDO VOLUME 3 will premiere on North American pay per view through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice on Sunday, May 23rd, 2004 (same day delay). The p remiere time is 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST and the count down show is at 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. The event will be available at a reduced rate of $19.95. For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or .

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