RULON GARDNER, THE MAN THAT BEAT KARELIN, WILL FIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR'S EVE EVENT!
Following the public signing ceremony and weigh-ins for the PRIDE Middleweight title match on November 30 th , DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Greco-Roman wrestling Olympic gold (Sydney) and bronze (Athens) medalist, Rulon Gardner, would participate in this year's New Year's Eve event.
PRIDE NEW YEAR'S EVE SHOW ON DECEMBER 31ST, 2004
PRIDE New Year's Eve show on December 31 st , 2004. A gold medal match-up, Gardner vs. Yoshida! Kazushi Sakuraba, too!
PRIDE: THIS YEAR AND THE NEXT
I think the fighters that fought today understand the style of fighting that we are looking for. PRIDE fighters live for fighting. They need to fight. I think that was what motivated them to give us these great matches.
THE 2004 NEW YEAR'S SHOW "SADAME"
The theme for the 2004 New Year's Eve show will be "SADAME". It is "destiny" in English. Fedor VS Nogueira in a final battle to decide who is the Champion. Mirko, Hunt, Gomi, Wanderlei Silva and Giant Silva have also been confirmed.
ADCC NEWS INTERVIEWS RULON GARDNER!
Courtesy of Eddie Goldman and ADCC News, don't miss this exclusive interview with Greco-Roman Olympic gold medallist and new PRIDE fighter, Rulon Gardner ... the man who did the unthinkable by defeating Alexander Kareline at the 2000 Olympics. Now Gardner has his sites set on a career in mixed martial arts. His first opponent ... Judo Olympic gold medallist Hidehiko Yoshida at SHOCKWAVE! For a full interview with Gardner including his thoughts on MMA and his training click "MORE INFO".
GOLD MEDALISTS CLASH AT PRIDE FIGHTER'S SHOCKWAVE
From Dream Stage Entertainment November 1, 2004 TOKYO, Japan -
The two main events for PRIDE FIGHTING'S New Year's Eve spectacular, SHOCKWAVE, have been announced. In the first bout, the highly anticipated rematch ... for the title of undisputed heavyweight Grand Prix Champion of 2004, Fedor Emelianenko versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In the second bout, for the first time in mixed martial arts history and under mixed martial arts rules, it will be Olympic gold medallist versus Olympic gold medallist as Japan's Hidehiko Yoshida (1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist) takes on Rulon Gardner of the United States (2000 Greco Roman Wrestling Olympic gold medallist). Also on the card, Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba will face a yet to be named opponent.