Additional fight card announced for the February 24th event in Las Vegas
01/31/2007

An additional card was announced for the upcoming February 24th PRIDE 33 THE SECOND COMING, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In his second Las Vegas appearance, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will face Alistair Overeem in a revenge match.



An additional fight card was announced for PRIDE.33 "THE SECOND COMING", scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, February 24th (local time). What was announced was a revenge match between Shogun, who will be making his second consecutive appearance in Las Vegas PRIDE, and the revenge-thirsty Alistair.

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy)
VS
Alistair Overeem (Holland/Golden Glory)

 

 
 

 

Young Middleweight rivals clash once again! Shogun and Overeem first faced each other in the Semi-Final Round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix tournament on August 28, 2005. Although Overeem showed impressive skill with front chokes in their match, Shogun was ultimately able to gain mount position over the Dutch fighter, and rained down punches to score a victory at 6'42" into the 1st round.

Excluding Shogun's bout against Mark Coleman in the Open Weight Grand Prix, he has already amassed 11 wins in PRIDE, following close behind senior Chute Boxe member and PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva. Despite general opinions that his ground skills were lacking when compared to his striking, Shogun repeatedly took down Kevin Randleman, an accomplished wrestler, in their October 2006 Las Vegas bout, ending the fight when he submitted Randleman with an amazing knee-bar. Shogun proved that he is getting very close to become a complete fighter.

Overeem, on the other hand, created a sensation in the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament and now carries a record of 6 wins and 6 losses in PRIDE. However, another loss to Shogun will make his losses outnumber his wins. Additionally, Overeem lost his last two matches against Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, both of which were also revenge matches. Will the third time be a charm for the Dutch hurricane? This fight against Shogun will be a real test for Overeem and is crucial to maintaining his position in PRIDE.