Two Additional Cards for PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006
12/07/2006

A press conference was held at a Tokyo hotel on December 7th to announce two additional cards, fitting to close out PRIDE's year, for PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, to be held on December 31st at Saitama Super Arena.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy)
VS
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan/Yoshida Dojo)

This match will be Nakamura's ultimate test! After his loss to Josh Barnett in this year's Open Weight Grand Prix, Nakamura has put on a three-match winning streak but his final test has been saved for last. "Kazu" has had his eye firmly on the future Middleweight Grand Prix but was not expecting a match with the 2005 Grand Prix Champion, Shogun. Will Nakamura be able to overcome Shogun's powerful striking? Shogun has proven the strength of his ground skills in each of recent fights. Will Kazu's judo be enough? These two exciting fighters will carry the future of PRIDE on their backs as they close out 2006 in what may be a spectacular preview of a future Middleweight Grand Prix Championship Round!

 

   

 

Takanori Gomi (Japan/Kugayama Rascal Gym)
VS
Mitsuhiro Ishida (Japan/T-BLOOD)

Two leading Japanese fighters go head-to-head before the Lightweight Grand Prix rumored to be held next year. Since his BUSHIDO debut in April of this year, Ishida has had four consecutive wins. Particularly big was his June win over Marcus Aurelio. Ishida was able to score an amazing win over Aurelio, who had earlier given Gomi his first PRIDE loss in April. As a result, Ishida was considered to as a candidate to challenge for Gomi's Lightweight Championship but the title match wasn't realized.
Gomi has also made comments that appear to be directed at Ishida. When Gomi said, "Don't just talk about it. Get in the ring," it was seen a challenge to Ishida and evidence that Gomi is highly motivated for this match. In the past, Gomi has destroyed Ishida's teammates Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and Tatsuya Kawajiri but will Gomi be able to overcome this third challenge? Or, will Ishida's unlimited stamina and unstoppable tackles be more than Gomi can handle? This is truly a battle between top Japanese fighters fitting for a New Year's Eve event!