LOS ANGELES, California - Dream Stage Entertainment announced the addition of two new matches for the FINAL CONFLICT fight card, scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan:




In the first match, top ranked heavyweight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic will face former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira. After a verbal agreement in August, the originally scheduled match was to be Cro Cop against reigning PRIDE FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, but due to a recently broken thumb, Fedor has been forced to pull out. The thumb on Fedor's right hand was injured during in his match against Gary Goodridge at TOTAL ELIMINATION on August 10th. After some time off, the thumb did not improve and the injury was re-aggravated during a training session on September 15th. With no improvement since then, Fedor was forced to back out of his match with Cro Cop. Because of the sensitivity of the injury, it is unknown when Fedor will be able to train or fight again. As a result, the Nogueira/Cro Cop match will be for the PRIDE FC interim heavyweight championship. The hope is that the winner will be able to face Fedor sometime during 2004 when he is ready to fight again. Fedor would like to apologize to his fans and plans to be in attendance at FINAL CONFLICT as a spectator.

The injury creates a dynamic and style-contrasting match-up between two legendary fighters ... Nogueira and Cro Cop. Nogueira, arguably the world's top heavyweight grappler, is coming off a decision victory against Ricco Rodriguez while Cro Cop, arguably the world's top heavyweight striker, is coming off of a dramatic knockout victory over Igor Vovchanchyn.

In addition to the colossal Cro Cop/Nogueira match, PRIDE FC legend Kazushi Sakuraba is now set to fight again and is slated to face an opponent yet to be decided (in a match-up with no relation to the middleweight tournament). Sakuraba was eliminated from the tournament after a knockout loss to Wanderlei Silva at TOTAL ELIMINATION.

All of these new matches are in addition to the middleweight tournament, which will feature Hidehiko Yoshida versus Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson against Chuck Liddell. The winners of each of these match-ups will go on to the final round, which will be held on the same evening.

Tournament Matches:

Fight Card
Mirko Filipovic (Croatia)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil)
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan)
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil)
Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)
Quinton Jackson (USA)
Chuck Liddell (USA)



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

More matches for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon. Fight Card is subject to change.

FINAL CONFLICT is scheduled for November 9th, 2003 from the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The event will premiere on North American pay per view (through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice) on November 9th via same day delay.