Additional Matches Announced For PRIDE Fighting's

Critical Countdown 2005

June 26, 2005

Saitama Super Arena

Saitama, Japan


TOKYO, Japan –

Two more non-tournament bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S next event, CRITICAL

COUNTDOWN 2005. In the first bout, MirkoCro CopFilipovic will take on Russia’s Ibragim

Magomedov and in the second Judo Olympic gold-medallist Makoto Takimoto will take on Japanese star

Kiyoshi Tamura. Previously announced non-tournament bouts include Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira of the

Brazilian Top Team versus Poland’s 1996 Judo Olympic gold-medallist, Pawel Nastula and Russia’s

Sergei Kharitonov versus veteran heavyweight, PedroThe RockRizzo of Brazil.


“Cro Cop”




In addition to these matches, there is the second round of the Grand Prix tournament. Defending tournament

champion, Wanderlei Silva, reached the second round of the tournament after a hard-fought split decision

victory over Hidehiko Yoshida. Yoshida’s protégé, Kazuhiro Nakamura, considered an underdog by many

in the first round, advanced by defeating American Kevin Randleman by unanimous decision. Japanese

fighter, Kazushi Sakuraba, advanced via a thirty-eight second first round KO of Korean judoka Yoon Dong

Sik. Ricardo Arona advanced after winning a unanimous decision over Dean Lister. Chute Boxe’s rising

star, MauricioShogunRua, reached the second round by knocking out 2003 tournament finalist,

QuintonRampage Jackson, in the first round. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of the Brazilian Top Team

advanced by submitting Team Quest’s Dan Henderson via armbar. Igor Vovchanchyn advanced by

winning a unanimous decision over Japanese Yuki Kondo. Golden Glory fighter Alistair Overeem advanced

by submitting UFC tournament representative Vitor Belfort via guillotine.


PRIDE FIGHTING’S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament spans three events … TOTAL ELIMINATION

(opening round), CRITICAL COUNTDOWN (Second Round) and FINAL CONFLICT (Semi-Finals and Finals).

The date for FINAL CONFLICT will be announced soon.


Tournament Matches:

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)

Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan) vs. Ricardo Arona (Brazil)

Mauricio Shogun Rua (Brazil) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil)

Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine) vs. Alistair Overeem (Holland)


Additional Matches (Non-Tournament):

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Pawel Nastula (Poland)

Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) vs. Pedro Rizzo (Brazil)

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Ibragim Magomedov (Russia)

Makoto Takimoto (Japan) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan)

(Participants and Matches Subject to Change)


CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005 premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH

NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer’s Choice Canada on July 1st at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm PST

(including a countdown show at 9:30pm EST, 6:30pm PST). For additional replay times, please contact your

pay per view provider or


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