THREE BOUTS ADDED TO SHOCKWAVE 2005 CARD
12/21/2005

Three additional bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming event, SHOCKWAVE 2005 ... KAZUSHI SAKURABA vs. IKUHISA MINOWA, JAMES THOMPSON vs. GIANT SILVA and ALEXANDER EMELIANENKO vs. PAWEL NASTULA

Representing the Takada Dojo, legendary "Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba is known for his successive victories over several members of the Gracie family. Kazushi Sakuraba is coming off a recent TKO victory over "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken Shamrock at PRIDE 30-FULLY LOADED and is readily waiting for his next opponent. Sakuraba is a submission specialist as well as a technical striker who uses everything from chops to stomps to take out his opponents. Although his unorthodox and eccentric style sometimes seems comedic, he is a very skilled and dangerous fighter.

At SHOCKWAVE 2005, Sakuraba will square off with none other than Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa, a nine-year veteran of both PRIDE and Pancrase. His dedication to the sport has caused him to train around the world, including a stint in Brazil where he trained under the Brazilian Top Team. Minowa is comfortable fighting on his feet and is even deadlier on the ground, having defeated past opponents such as Kimo Leopoldo and Gilbert Yvel via submission.

 

 

 

In the second announced bout, JAMES "THE COLLOSUS" THOMPSON will step into the ring and face the biggest man to ever compete in Pride, GIANT SILVA. Towering at 7 feet 3 inches and weighing well over 360 pounds, this behemoth stands in the way of the 6'5, 276 pound English "Colossus." Giant Silva is a former Olympic basketball player for Brazil who is eager to prove himself in the PRIDE ring. Representing Britain 's Team Trojan, James Thompson is looking to add one of the biggest victories yet to his 10-2 MMA record, half of which were TKO's. Thompson has knocked out two of his last three opponents.

In addition, Russia 's Aleksander Emelianenko, brother of the current PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, will be competing against Polish Judo champion Pawel Nastula. Aleksander is a two-time Russian Sambo champion with a Pride record of 7 wins and 1 loss. His last three opponents were knocked out in 11, 15 and 28 seconds each. Aleksander follows in his brother's footsteps as he continues to be a dominant force in PRIDE. Pawel Nastula is a former two-time Judo World Champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist who brings his proven skills to the PRIDE ring ready to prove himself as one of the world's elite martial artists. Training under the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba , Pawel Nastula is ready to represent the Takada Dojo when he faces off against Aleksander Emelianenko at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005!

FIGHTCARD

Takanori Gomi ( Japan ) vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai ( Japan )
(This bout is the final round of the lightweight BUSHIDO tournament)
Dan Henderson ( USA ) vs. Murilo Bustamante ( Brazil )
(This bout is the final round of the welterweight BUSHIDO tournament)
Wanderlei Silva ( Brazil ) vs. Ricardo Arona ( Brazil )
(Champion) vs. (Challenger)
(This bout is for the PRIDE middleweight championship)
Hidehiko Yoshida ( Japan ) vs. Naoya Ogawa ( Japan )
Makoto Takimoto ( Japan ) vs. Sanae Kikuta ( Japan )
Kazuhiro Nakamura ( Japan ) vs. Yuki Kondo ( Japan )
Mark Hunt ( New Zealand ) vs. Mirko Crocop ( Croatia )
Fedor Emelianenko ( Russia ) vs. Zulu ( Brazil )
Ken Kaneko ( Japan ) vs. Charles Krazy Horse Bennett ( USA )
James Thompson ( UK ) vs. Giant Silva ( Brazil )
Aleksander Emelianenko ( Russia ) vs. Pawel Nastula ( Poland )
Kazushi Sakuraba ( Japan ) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa ( Japan )

Fight card subject to change.

SHOCKWAVE 2005 premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer's Choice Canada on Sunday, January 1 st , 2006 at 9 :00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT (including a countdown show at 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT).

For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or pridefc.com.

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