GRACIE, PULVER, EDWARDS ADDED TO BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 FIGHTCARD
05/09/2005

Four more matches have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING?? BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 fightcard ... Taisho (Japan) versus Jens Pulver (USA), Dokonjyonosuke Mishima (Japan) versus Yves Edwards (USA), Yuki Ueyama (Japan) versus Milton Vieira (Brazil), and Akihiro Gono (Japan) versus Crosley Gracie (Brazil). Tatsuya Kawajiri of Japan will also be on the fight card but his opponent is yet to be named.

 

 

 

Previously announced bouts include Takanori Gomi (Japan) versus Luiz Azeredo (Brazil), "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni (USA) versus Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa (Japan), and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (Japan) versus Luis "Buscape" Firminho (Brazil).

BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 will take place from the Ariake Coliseum in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer's Choice Canada.


North American Pay Per View Schedule:


DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN: Friday, June 3rd, 2005 @ 7:00 pm PST, 10:00 pm EST

iNDEMAND: Sunday, June 5th, 2005 @ 6:00 pm PST, 9:00 pm EST


Since the formation of the BUSHIDO series, Takanori Gomi has been dominant, racking up victories over Jadsen Costa, Fabio Mello, Ralph Gracie, "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett, and Jens Pulver. Intent on proving that he is the best lightweight fighter in any organization, Gomi is taking on all comers and this time will be facing Luis Azeredo. A teammate of Wanderlei Silva and fighting out of the Chute Boxe Academy in Brazil, Azeredo is a solid 9-3 in MMA and had a successful PRIDE debut at BUSHIDO Volume 6 with a decision victory over Luis Firmino of the Brazilian Top Team.

In the second announced match, Phil Baroni will take on Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa. "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni is a UFC veteran who boasts wins over the likes of Dave Menne and Amar Suloev. He possesses knockout power and is known for his loud persona outside of the ring. His opponent, will be another animated character in Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa. Like Baroni, Minowa fights with passion and attitude in the ring. "The Punk" is coming off of 5 straight wins, including victories over Gilbert Yvel, Stefan Leko, and Ryuki Ueyama. "The Punk" versus "The New York Bad Ass" ... two fighters with attitude!

The third announced bout will feature Hayato "Mach" Sakurai versus Luis "Buscape" Firminho. A grappling and mixed martial arts legend, Sakurai has defeated the likes of Caol Uno, Frank Trigg, and Daiju Takase. Constantly evolving and improving his skills, this Japanese superstar will face one of his toughest matches yet in Luis Firminho. Known as "Buscape," Firminho is a member of the legendary Brazilian Top Team and has two wins over

Tournament Matches:

Fight Card
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil)
vs.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan)
vs.
Ricardo Arona (Brazil)
Mauricio Rua (Brazil)
vs.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil)
Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine)
vs.
Alistair Overeem (Holland)

 

 

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