"Check out the pre-fight interviews from SHOCKWAVE 2004 with Rulon Gardner, Mark Hunt, Hidehiko Yoshida, Wanderlei Silva and Kevin Randleman. Read all about the fighter's pre-fight thoughts."
THE MATCH-UP BETWEEN YOJI ANJO AND RYAN GRACIE
The match-up between Yoji Anjo and Ryan Gracie was announced at the DSE office on December 17. Anjo, the Gracie family and PRIDE have a long history together and another chapter will be written when they face each other again at Saitama Super Arena on December 31st in the PRIDE 2004 New Year's Eve event.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira arrives in Japan, prepared for cold weather and his opponent in the 2004 New Year's Eve event, PRIDE SHOCKWAVE, Fedor Emelianenko.
RULON GARDNER INTERIVEW
Pride Fighting Championships interviewed Rulon Gardner in advance of his match against fellow Olympic Gold Medalist, Hidehiko Yoshida, in the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE.
IKUHISA MINOWA INTERVIEW
"The only thing I'm thinking about right now is 'killing'."
When the fights over, I want everyone to know what real pro-wrestling is." Pride Fighting Championships interviews Ikuhisa Minowa in advance of his fight against Stefan Leko at the PRIDE 2004 SHOCKWAVE, on New Year's Eve.
An unfortunate turn-of-events: Kazushi Sakuraba is forced out of the New Year's Eve show due to broken ribs! Dream Stage Entertainment announced at an emergency press conference on December 26th that Kazushi Sakuraba will not be allowed to participate in his scheduled 4th match against Wanderlei Silva, scheduled for the December 31st 2004 PRIDE SHOCKWAVE event.
WANDALEI SILVA AND DAN HENDERSON ARRIVED AT NARITA AIRPORT
At 2pm on December 27th, Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson arrived at Narita Airport on the same plane. The two fighters, scheduled for different fights in the December 31st PRIDE 2004 SHOCKWAVE event, didn't talk at all during their flight. Are the two middleweight powerhouses already thinking about next year's planned Middleweight Grand Prix?
THE GOLD MEDALIST ATTACKS!
The Gold Medalist attacks! Rulon Gardner has arrived in Japan for the battle of the Olympic Gold Medalists against Hidehiko Yoshida in the December 31st 2004 PRIDE SHOCKWAVE. Gardner arrived at Narita Airport at approximately 4pm on December 27th. He had a cut below his right eye but was calm before his debut MMA fight.
KEVIN RANDLEMAN ARRIVED AT NARITA AIRPORT
"My win last time was lucky? Whoever said that can eat shit!" Kevin Randleman arrived at Narita Airport on December 27th at approximately 5p.m. He's here to give a rematch to Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at the December 31st 2004 PRIDE SHOCKWAVE. As usual, Randleman doesn't fail to get himself, and everyone around, fired up!
12.16 PRESS CONFERENCE
A press conference was held in Tokyo on December 16th to announce 3 new fights on the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE card.
"The end of the year will be upon us in just 2 weeks," DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara began the conference, "and we've nearly completed the final adjustments for the SHOCKWAVE card." To date, the matchups had been "judo vs. sumo" with Sentoryu vs. Makoto Takimoto, "real pro-wrestling vs. kickboxing" with Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Stefan Leko, "the giant vs. the Korean boom" with Giant Silva vs. Choi Mu Bae, and a spot for the "Butchering Piranha", Ryo Chonan.
CHONAN VERSUS SILVA ADDED TO SHOCKWAVE FIGHTCARD
The match-up of Ryo Chonan versus Anderson Silva has been added to PRIDE FIGHTING's SHOCKWAVE fight card. Hailing from Japan, Chonan is a mixed martial arts veteran and is coming off of one of the biggest victories of his career (defeating Carlos Newton via decision at BUSHIDO VOLUME 5). Chonan's opponent will be former Chute-Boxe team member, Anderson Silva (now representing the Muay Thai Dream Team). Silva is a 3-time PRIDE veteran and is coming off of huge wins over Lee Murray and Jeremy Horn.