A press conference was held at the Dream Stage Entertainment office on August 4 to announce an additional match to the August 15 PRIDE GP 2004 Final Round card. Starting off an already historic card will be Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Murilo Bustamante in the first match.
We interviewed Brazilian Top Team members Mario Sperry and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira immediately following Nogueira's victory over Heath Herring via spinning choke in the Grand Prix 2nd Round.
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, following his KO victory over Shungo Oyama on 7/19 at PRIDE BUSHIDO 4, declared that he wants to take down Mark Coleman in August, in advance of a rematch with Randleman in October. This plan has obviously been thrown out since Mirko was matched up with Alexander Emelianenko but what does Mark Coleman have to say about being called out?
HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!
Fans, it's been almost four months since the 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix began at TOTAL ELIMINATION at Japan's Saitama Super Arena. Now two events later and with twelve fighters eliminated, we arrive at FINAL CONFLICT! Four fighters remain and at FINAL CONFLICT the eventual champion must defeat two opponents on the same night! So how did each of the finalists reach their position? Take a look back by watching our highlight video of the first two rounds of the tournament. Get ready for FINAL CONFLICT!
ADD CRO COP AND HERRING TO YOUR COLLECTION!
Two new figures are available in the online store---Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and "The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring. Both figures are 8", highly detailed and made of PVC. "Cro Cop" dons the checkered Croatian trunks and Herring comes with a removable cowboy hat! Be sure to take a look at the photos in our online store. Order soon because supplies are very limited!
WANDERLEI TRAINING HARD FOR KONDO
PRIDE FC Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva is hard at work at the Chute Boxe Academy in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Silva is scheduled to fight Japanese mixed martial arts star, Yuki Kondo, at the upcoming PRIDE FC show, FINAL CONFLICT. Knowing the high level of skill and experience of Kondo, Silva is not taking his opponent lightly and has been training hard, concentrating on his timing and cardio. Be sure to check out these photos of Wanderlei training at the Chute Boxe Academy!
ADDITIONAL MATCH ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL CONFLICT 2004
From Dream Stage Entertainment
August 4, 2004
LOS ANGELES, California - The seventh and final match for FINAL CONFLICT 2004 has been announced and will feature Brazilian Top Team's Murilo Bustamante versus Kazuhiro Nakamura of the Yoshida Dojo. This is in addition to the semi-finals and finals of the sixteen-man heavyweight tournament and the previously announced non-tournament matches. FINAL CONFLICT will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view for customers of iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, and TVN on Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST. For customers of DISH Network, the premiere will be Thursday, August 26th, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.
RANDLEMAN AND CRO COP ON COVER OF DIRECTTV THE GUIDE
Kevin "The Monster" Randleman and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic are featured on the cover of the August 2004 issue of DIRECTV THE GUIDE. Randleman's thunderous left hand shocked the mixed martial arts world and the cover captures that very moment. The issue contains an article by Josh Gross discussing the phenomenon of PRIDE FC in Japan and the magnitude of the upcoming event, FINAL CONFLICT.
FINAL CONFLICT 2004 INTERVIEW WITH SERGEI KHARITONOV
Sergei Kharitonov has become the eye of the Grand Prix hurricane, after winning Murilo Ninja and Semmy Schilt. The Russian paratrooper is usually secretive in his interviews but this time...
MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR FINAL CONFLICT 2004
The match-ups for the semi-finals of the sixteen-man heavyweight tournament, as well as additional non-tournament matches, have been announced for FINAL CONFLICT 2004. The event will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view for customers of iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, and TVN on Sunday, August 22nd, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST. For customers of DISH Network, the premiere will be Thursday, August 26th, 2004 at 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST.