PRIDE FC has officially announced that Sergei Kharitonov will be fighting Mike Russow at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.
Kharitonov was originally scheduled to face Dutch striker Gilbert Yvel but the fight was dropped when the NSAC denied Yvel’s VISA application. Yvel’s application was denied due to an incident that took place in the past where is punched, then kicked a referee. Kharitonov who is currently on a two fight losing skid will now be facing Mike Russow who is 3-0 with 1 NC.
It has also been announced that Yoshido Dojo member, Kazuhiro Nakamura, has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Travis Wiuff due to a knee injury suffered while training. To this point PRIDE still has not found a replacement for Wiuff.
News and Notes
- The next WEC show will be March 24th at The Joint in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- PRIDE has added the following bouts to their upcoming show Pride 33: Second Coming:
* Takanori Gomi vs. Nick Diaz
* Hayato Sakurai vs. Mac Danzig
* Kazuo Misaki vs. Frank Trigg
* Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Travis Wiuff
- Matt Lindland has confirmed through ‘The Fight Network’ that he signed a three-fight deal with BodogFight. All of the fights will take place in the heavyweight division.
- It’s looking like Tito Oritz vs. Forrest Griffin II is a strong possibility for UFC 70 in Manchester.
It has been confirmed that Pride superstars Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Takanori Gomi have been added to the Pride Shockwave 2006 card.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is scheduled to face Kazuhiro Nakamura. Both fighters recently appeared on the Pride USA card entitled “The Real Deal” where fans saw both fighters pick up victories. “Shogun” defeated the very tough Hammer House product Kevin Randleman by submission and Nakamura stopped his opponent Travis Galbraith via strikes.
Pride Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi will battle Shooto Pacific Rim Welterweight Champion Mitsuhiro Ishida in a non-title bout.
Edmonton, Alberta native, Travis Galbraith has been approved to fight Kuzuhiro Nakamura in a light heavyweight affair at Pride 32: “The Real Deal”. The event will be taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Galbraith is replacing Marvin Eastman who pulled out of the fight due to a contract dispute with the World Fighting Alliance. Galbraith sports a record of 10-3 and he is currently on a 4-fight winning streak. Galbraith’s last win came against Ricardeau Francois at KOTC: “Widowmaker”. Galbraith’s three professional losses have come against fellow Canadians and UFC veterans Georges St. Pierre, Jonathan Goulet, and Joe Doerksen.
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced two more fights slated to take place at PRIDE’s upcoming show ‘The Real Deal’. UFC veteran Robbie Lawler will be making his PRIDE debut against Joey “Dreamsmasher” Villasenor. Also on the card will be UFC veteran Marvin Eastman against Kazuhiro Nakamura.
As of late Robbie Lawler has been spending his time in Hawaii with Icon Sport. He just recently lost his middleweight title to Jason “Mayhem” Miller after going 2-0 in Icon Sport. Joey Villasenor made his PRIDE debut earlier this year at Bushido 11. He went up against Ryo Chonan and lost a controversial spilt decision. He has fought once then earning a TKO victory over John Cronk.
Marvin Eastman is coming off of a draw against Jorge Oliviera at WFA: King of the Streets. Eastman was scheduled to face Vernon “Tiger” White September 29th but he was forced to withdraw due to a hand injury. Eastman’s opponent, Kazuhiro Nakamura is a veteran of PRIDE and he has fought some top notch competition. Nakamura is 10-5 in PRIDE and he holds victories over the likes of Igor Vovchanchyn, Yuki Kondo, Murilo Bustamante, among others.