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ICON
28-03-2007, 00:01
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Sherdog.com's Stephen Martinez reports live from Tokyo, Japan where it is expected that Dream Stage Entertainment will announce at a press conference that it has ceded control of the PRIDE Fighting Championships to UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.

5:27 Tokyo Time: Little movement on stage, which is a miniature version of the production PRIDE was famous for during shows at Saitama Super Arena. More than 1,000 fans are present at the Roppongi Hills Arena, along with a strong contingent of Japanese and International press. There are two big screens featuring PRIDE bouts.

5:44: PRIDE highlights continue to play on the giant televisions. The attitude in the area feels more like PRIDE is saying "thanks for everything" rather than promotion. Fedor Emelianenko's (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1500) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Fedor Emelianenko)) manager, Vadim Finkelstein is here.

5:55: Japanese fighters have begun to arrive. Recent fan favorite Shinya Aoki (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=10774) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Shinya Aoki)), whose gogoplata victory over Joachim Hansen (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=3177) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Joachim Hansen)) made the world know it was possible, as well as Ryo Chonan (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1831) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Ryo Chonan)), and leglock master Masakazu Imanari (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=4862) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Masakazu Imanari)) have started to file in.

6:02: Virtually all of the Japanese fighters who have participated in PRIDE throughout the organization's decade-long history appear to be here.

6:07: Ultimate Fighting Championship matchmaker Joe Silva has shown his face. He is the first UFC representative to appear at the press conference. This is the first indication that the rumor Sherdog.com first reported on March 19 is indeed true: DSE and Zuffa have agreed to a deal of some sort that would have the companies working together.

6:24: PRIDE CEO Noboyuki Sakakibara is addressing the media. It's heartbreaking. He talks about PRIDE's history and his goals during his tenure of the organization's boss after Naoto Morishita committed suicide on Dec. 31, 2002.

Sakakibara announced his resignation and has just introduced UFC co-owner and Station Casino magnate Lorenzo Fertitta. There is discussion of a mixed martial arts commission, which Fertitta will act as president. PRIDE will be run separately but under the umbrella of Zuffa, which also controls the WEC.

Sakakibara becomes very sentimental and says he will step down following PRIDE 34 on April 8.

6:46: Current PRIDE president Nobuhiko Takada (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=293) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Nobuhiko Takada)) will remain with the new company. Takada has joined the stage, and begins to address the audience. Pride will run separate from UFC but under Lorenzo Fertitta, said the main who fought Rickson Gracie (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=292) in the main event of the debut PRIDE Oct. 11, 1997.

Fertitta has the microphone and said PRIDE will continue world-wide. He discusses his love for the style of MMA PRIDE promoted, and wants to make the sport of MMA like baseball or soccer. Fertitta discusses a mixed martial arts "Super Bowl" with UFC fighters like Randy Couture (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=166) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Randy Couture)), Tim Sylvia (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1061) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Tim Sylvia)), Chuck Liddell (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=192) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Chuck Liddell)), Matt Hughes (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=232) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Matt Hughes)), Diego Sanchez (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=4824) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Diego Sanchez)), B.J. Penn (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1307) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@B.J. Penn)) facing PRIDE stars such as Fedor Emelianenko (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1500) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Fedor Emelianenko)), Wanderlei Silva (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=209) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Wanderlei Silva)), Mauricio Rua (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=5707) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Mauricio Rua)), Dan Henderson (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=195) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Dan Henderson)), Shinya Aoki (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=10774) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Shinya Aoki)), Tatsuya Kawajiri (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1326) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Tatsuya Kawajiri)), Takanori Gomi (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=425) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Takanori Gomi)) and Hayato Sakurai (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=432) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Hayato Sakurai)).

6:56: Last year's PRIDE Open-Weight Grand Prix winner Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic says he wanted to come back and fight Fedor again in a recorded.

UFC president Dana White has come on stage and says that all mixed martial arts organizations are a joke next to UFC or PRIDE. White receives a good reception from Japanese fans. He is now talking about potential dream match-ups becoming a reality:

Fedor Emelianenko (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1500) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Fedor Emelianenko)) vs. Randy Couture (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=166) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Randy Couture))
Takanori Gomi (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=425) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Takanori Gomi)) vs. Georges St. Pierre (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=3500) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Georges St. Pierre))
Dan Henderson (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=195) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Dan Henderson)) vs. Anderson Silva (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=1356)
Chuck Liddell (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=192) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Chuck Liddell)) vs. Wanderlei Silva (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=209) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Wanderlei Silva))

Also official PRIDE 34 matches have been revealed:
Jeff Monson (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=262) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Jeff Monson)) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=315) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Kazuyuki Fujita))
Ikuhisa Minowa (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=250) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Ikuhisa Minowa)) vs. Don Frye (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=124) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Don Frye))
Wanderlei Silva (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=209) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Wanderlei Silva)) vs. TBD

7:02: Jeff Monson (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=262) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Jeff Monson)) and Kazuyuki Fujita (http://www.sherdog.com/fightfinder/fightfinder.asp?fighterID=315) (Pictures (http://www.sherdog.com/news/[email protected]@Kazuyuki Fujita)) have appeared on stage and are being billed as the first UFC vs. PRIDE encounter. Fujita promises to crush the UFC.

7:16: The press conference is over.

paspoes
28-03-2007, 00:05
thx:thup:

Influcted
28-03-2007, 00:06
Leuke match-ups alleen jammer dat Couture een heel erg pak slaag kan verwachtten.

Lee Hottie # 1 fan
28-03-2007, 00:20
cro cop vs Fedor part 2\??

ICON
28-03-2007, 00:21
dat hoort niet bij pride 34 he.. dat zijn potentiele matchups die nu mogelijk gaan zijn

Remco
28-03-2007, 00:44
Interessant wat er nu gaat gebeuren! Gevoelsmatig vind ik het wel kloppen dat de UFC uiteindelijk aan het langste eind trekt. Tenslotte zijn zij de grondleggers.

Kaun
28-03-2007, 00:47
staan zeker een paar hele vette partijen tussen,,hoop egt zooooo op Liddel vs. Silva!! (en denk dat ik vast niet de enige ben)

The Bulldog
28-03-2007, 00:50
---klinkt gewoon allemaal in orde...ben benieuwd..

Evilman
28-03-2007, 00:51
minowa tegen frye.. man.
Ben bnieuwd.. ik wil m echt weer zien winnen.
Kvin dat zon kewle gast.. net zon anime figuur.

En ja.. reuzen verslaan als giant silva of butterbean ok.
daar kan k wel inkomen.. maar frye is toch wel stukje sneller
en meer capabele vechter dan de lompe reuzen.

Zou wel te gek zijn als hij dan wint. Krijgen we dan ook seminar met
minowa ipv fry? :D giantkilling seminar

Tony
28-03-2007, 01:38
ja ik geef ze ook allemaal de voordeel van de twijfel. Ik was erg huiverig in het begin.

Klagen kan altijd achteraf nog. laten we nu maar hopen op een goed vervolg.

mijn grootste twistpunt zit hem in het feit dat knieen naar hoofd van downed opponent, soccerkicks, footstomps voor mij echt bij pride horen. Lijkt me heeel heel jammer als dat nu niet meer zou mogen. Net zoals de eerste ronde van 10 minuten.

we zullen zien :)

laten we het beste er van hopen.