Courtesy of Insidefighting.com, don't miss this training footage of Dan "Hollywood" Henderson as he prepares for his opening round match with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005 on April 23rd. Check it out as Henderson spars with former UFC light heavyweight champion Randy "The Natural" Couture at the Team Quest training center in Oregon. To watch, click below:
Dan Henderson, Quinton Jackson, Dean Lister and Kevin Randleman arrived in Osaka on April 19th in advance of their PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix 2005 opening round matches on April 23rd.
MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX HIGHLIGHT VIDEO!
Fans, the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix is almost upon us! TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005 takes place on April 23rd, 2005 from the Osaka Dome in Japan and premieres on North American pay per view on April 23rd at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm. As everyone waits for the tournament to begin, lets take a look back at the legendary 2003 middleweight tournament! This highlight video features the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Get ready for TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005!
TAKADA THREW OUT THE OPENING PITCH IN THE APRIL 17TH BASEBALL GAME
PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada, clad in an Orix Buffaloes uniform, threw out the opening pitch in the April 17th baseball game between the Orix Buffaloes and the Seibu Lions.
TAKADA RECENTLY GAVE A PRESENTATION AT DOSHISHA UNIVERSITY
PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada recently gave a presentation at Doshisha University. More than 400 students packed in to the presentation hall.
As soon as he arrived at Doshisha University, PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada was surrounded by a mob of students. Takada entered the university amid cheers from the students.
Kazushi Sakuraba held a public training session on April 12th to show how he is preparing for his opponent in the April 23rd PRIDE GP 2005 Opening Round, the "Japanese Killer" Yoon Dong Sik. Sakuraba sparred with Takada Dojo's Takanori Sato, wearing a gi, and also had another surprise sparring partner.
RYO CHONAN, YOSHIRO MAEDA INTERVIEW
A press conference was held in DSE Tokyo headquarters to announce two matches for the May 22nd PRIDE BUSHIDO Vol. 7. BUSHIDO's 83kg ace, Ryo Chonan, will face Nino "Elvis" Schembri and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett will face BUSHIDO newcomer and undefeated Pancrase lightweight Yoshiro Maeda.
TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005 PREVIEW VIDEO!
Fans, the 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix is almost upon us! TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005 takes place on April 23rd, 2005 from the Osaka Dome in Japan and premieres on North American pay per view on April 23rd at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm.
Take a look into the opening round of mixed martial arts' biggest tournament in this preview video which features highlights of all 16 tournament fighters including Sakuraba, Wanderlei Silva, Quinton Jackson, Vitor Belfort, and Dan Henderson! Get ready for TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005!
BOUT ORDER RELEASED FOR PRIDE FIGHTING
The bout order has been announced for the opening round of PRIDE FIGHTING'S 16-Man Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament, TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005.
Yuki Kondo held a public training session at P's Lab, a Pancrase gym in Tokyo. Kondo will face Igor Vovchanchyn in the opening round of the PRIDE Grand Prix 2005 on April 23rd.
"I feel good. I'm in top shape," Kondo smiled. Despite Vovchanchyn's easy win over Pancrase's Takahashi, there's no shaking Kondo's "immoveable heart."
AN INTERVIEW WITH MR.KEVIN RANDLEMAN
"Because I am a middleweight, I'm not really that big. When I am a heavyweight I can't do certain things. Being a heavyweight takes away from my wind. Back then I lost to Quinton and as a result I missed out on the tournament. I deserve to be in it now. I fought the top heavyweights this past years and fought well. So what do you think I'll do to the middleweights?"
AN INTERVIEW WITH MR. QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON
"I want to tell my fans that you guys are ichi-ban and my inspiration. I love the way you guys are so quiet so I can hear my trainer in the corner. I will try to do the slam just for you. Please start buying my t-shirts and my toys and everytime you see me give a brother $20. I'm working on improving my skills to you can see more smack downs. Jesus loves us all. We're all brothers and sisters, no matter how we look. And I love you all. Support the black man!"
NAVARRE'S BCI RENEWS AND EXPANDS EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT REGARDING PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS' MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAMMING
Minneapolis, MN. -April 13, 2005- Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) a leading publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia software products, has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, BCI Eclipse Company, LLC ("BCI"), has renewed and expanded certain exclusive distribution rights to PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS' library of Mixed Martial Arts ("MMA") broadcast events.
YOON DONG SIK, KAZUSHI SAKURABA ANNOUNCEMENT
The PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix 2005 will be held on April 23rd in Osaka Dome and all eight matches, with 16 fighters total, have been decided. Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara looked satisfied as he explained that PRIDE had brought together the "best of the best from the world's middleweights."
BUSHIDO PRESS CONFERENCE
A press conference was held on April 6 to announce the renewal of PRIDE BUSHIDO. Until now, BUSHIDO has been a mix of themes but from now on, it will focus on the light-middleweight division. Present at the conference were 11 fighters, each commenting on the upcoming change.
ANNOUNCE THE RENEWAL OF PRIDE BUSHIDO
A press conference was held on April 6 to announce the renewal of PRIDE BUSHIDO. Until now, BUSHIDO has been a mix of themes but from now on, it will focus on the light-middleweight division. Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara had harsh words for the fighters but fighters and promoter alike will work together to make BUSHIDO the greatest ring for light-middleweight in the world.
BUSHIDO'S ACES, RYO CHONAN AND TAKANORI GOMI, COMMENT
BUSHIDO's aces, Ryo Chonan and Takanori Gomi, comment on the changes in PRIDE and challenge their fellow Japanese fighters.
After hearing from DSE CEO Sakakibara and PRIDE General Director Takada that if they "have no future if they don't produce results within a year", BUSHIDO's two aces stepped up to meet the challenge.
TWO MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR BUSHIDO VOLUME 7
The first two matches have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 fightcard ... Ryo Chonan (Japan) versus Nino "Elvis" Schembri (Brazil) and Yoshiro Maeda (Japan) versus Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (USA). BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 will take place from the Ariake Coliseum in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer's Choice Canada.
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