Pick The Winners: Final Conflict Absolute 2006

Go ahead and list your predictions.

Grand Prix Semi-Final Bouts:
Mirko Cro Cop (19-4-2) vs. Wanderlei Silva (31-5-1)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (28-3-1) vs. Josh Barnett (18-3-0)

Grand Prix Alternate Bout:
Sergei Kharitonov (13-2-0) vs. Aleksander Emelianenko (8-2-0)

Non-Tournament Bouts:
Ricardo Arona (12-4-0) vs. Alistair Overeem (24-8-0)
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (12-2-0) vs. Cyrille Diabate (10-5-1)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (9-5-0) vs. Yoshihiro Nakao (5-0-0)
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (14-9-0) vs. Yosuke Nishijima (0-2-0)
Ricardo Morais (9-4-1) vs. Lee Tae Hyun (0-0-0)

Scott White’s picks…

Grand Prix Semi-Final Winners:
Wanderlei Silva def. Mirko Cro Cop via TKO
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Josh Barnett via Unanimous Decision

Grand Prix Alternate Bout:
Sergei Kharitonov def. Aleksander Emelianenko via TKO (Cut)

Grand Prix Finals:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Wanderlei Silva via Submission (Triangle)

Non-Tournament Bouts:
Ricardo Arona def. Alistair Overeem via Unanimous Decision
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Cyrille Diabate via KO (Kick)
Yoshihiro Nakao def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via Unanimous Decision
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos def. Yosuke Nishijima via KO
Ricardo Morais def. Lee Tae Hyun via Unanimous Decision


John Chandler’s picks…

Grand Prix Semi-Final Winners:
Mirko Cro Cop def. Wanderlei Silva via KO
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Josh Barnett via Unanimous Decision

Grand Prix Alternate Bout:
Aleksander Emelianenko def. Sergei Kharitonov via KO

Grand Prix Finals:
Mirko Cro Cop def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via Unanimous Decision

Non-Tournament Bouts:
Ricardo Arona def. Alistair Overeem via Unanimous Decision
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua def. Cyrille Diabate via TKO (Strikes)
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Yoshihiro Nakao via Submission (Armbar)
Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos def. Yosuke Nishijima via KO
Ricardo Morais def. Lee Tae Hyun via Submission (Strikes)

Chuck Liddell’s Future

Chuck Liddell was recently on MMA Weekly Radio discussing his plans for the near future...

Liddell stated that his next opponent will most likely be Tito Ortiz for the Light-Heavyweight title in December provided that Ortiz gets by Ken Shamrock on October 10th as expected.

Although a major push was made to get the fight with Wanderlei Silva worked out, things fell apart. Chuck noted that the announcement made at UFC 60 was a ploy by Pride to use the venue to promote themselves. He also said that the deal fell through because of Pride and had nothing to do with Wanderlei.

As always, Liddell expressed interest in rematching Quinton Jackson and avenging his loss to him a few years ago. Chuck said that Rampage signed with the WFA to avoid him. When interestingly asked if he would ever move up a weight class and fight in the heavyweight division, Liddell didn’t rule out the possibility and said that he was open to fighting anyone.

He was questioned about retirement and when it would take place - Liddell said that he would be taking things one day at a time and that he doesn’t have plans to stop fighting any time soon.

Barnett Talks Nog

MMA Weekly had the chance to sit down with Josh Barnett after a training session in Los Angeles to ask him about his upcoming fight with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira…

Barnett said, ” Basically, we’re both adept at the ground game, however, I believe that the difference isn’t so much our techniques or skill sets even… he’s much more methodic and slow-paced and he likes to work a more jiu-jitsu based attack where as my grappling base comes from catch-wrestling…catch-wrestling also is a very aggressive style, [it] doesn’t really believe in laying back and trying to wait for opportunities to present themselves, you make your opportunities, you force your opponents to do what you want them to do.”

He commented on Nogueira saying,”...he can take inordinate amounts of punishment and just stay in the fight which can be very difficult for a guy who’s trying to sprint… he can take so much punishment, so much damage, he can still just hang in there.” But he is looking for a decisive win and not leaving it in the hands of the judges. “I don’t want it to go the distance…I’m looking to finish him.”

PRIDE Adds Two More to the OWGP Final

Dream Stage Entertainment has announced two more fights for their Open Weight Grand Prix Final which is set to take place September 10th in Tokyo.

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be making his return to the ring for the first time since suffering a terrible injury to his arm in a fight against Mark “The Hammer” Coleman back in February. Shogun’s opponent will be Cyrille “The Snake” Diabate who sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-5-1.

Pride officials also announced a fight between Ricardo Arona and Alistair Overeem. Arona is on a two fight skid with losses to Shogun and Wanderlei Silva. Overeem is coming off of a loss Antonio Rogerio Nogueira so this fight should produce some fireworks.

PRIDE Bushido 12 Results

Here are the results from PRIDE Bushido 12…

Daisuke Nakamura def. Seichi Ikemoto - Submission (Armbar)
Hiroyuki Abe vs. Naoki Matsushita - Draw
Hatsu Hioki vs. Jeff Curran - Decision (Unanimous)
Shinya Aoki vs. Jason Black - Submission (Triangle)
Gilbert Melendez def. Nobuhiro Obiya - Decision (Unanimous)
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Chris Brennan - TKO (Strikes)
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Cristiano Marcello - Decision (Unanimous)
Hayato Sakurai def. Luciano Azevedo - TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Eric Esch - Submission (Armbar)
Denis Kang def. Amar Suloev - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Paulo Filho def. Ryo Chonan - Submission (Armbar)
Akihiro Gono def. Gegard Mousasi - Submission (Armbar)
Kazuo Misaki def. Dan Henderson - Decision (Unanimous)
Takanori Gomi def. David Baron - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)

PRIDE to Air on FSN

Fox Sports will continue its partnership with Pride Fighting Championship Sunday, August 27th as they will broadcast fights from Pride Fighting Championship Bushido Survival 2nd Round. None of the fights will be shown in North America on pay per view so FSN will have a two-hour special.

The special will feature three main events and if time permits they could broadcast as many as nine bouts. The first bout will be Dan Henderson vs. Kazuo Masaki followed by Dennis Kang vs. Amar Suloev and finally Takanori Gomi vs. David Baron.

More Matches Announced For Final Conflict Absolute 2006

Pride has annouced two more bouts for the upcoming Final Conflict Absolute 2006 on September 10th: Kazuhiro Nakamura will fight Yoshihiro Nakao and Yousuke Nishijima will take on Evangelista Cyborg. After the press conference, Yousuke Nishijima had quite an opinion on Mike Tyson.

In reference to Tyson appearing in the Pride press conference in California he said, “I was very impressed. Mike Tyson is a superstar, and I would like to fight him, if I have the opportunity.”

Liddell-Silva Nearly Off

Wanderlei Silva has been announced as part of the Pride’s USA debut on October 21st - all signs point towards his bout against Chuck Liddell being all but cancelled. UFC President Dana White has been rumored to be making announcement regarding this and the third fight between Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock at UFC 62 this Saturday.

PRIDE Press Conference Notes

Yesterday Pride Fighting Championships held a press conference at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California. The press conference featured the announcement of two fights along with the announcement of a many other fighters set to participate in the event.

The two fights that were announced were Mark Coleman versus Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Coleman’s teammate Kevin “The Monster” Randleman.

In an unexpected turn of events Pride officials called upon former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Apparently Tyson and the Japanese promotion have come to some sort of agreement which will feature Tyson fighting in some sort of exhibition match in the future.

Finally it was announced that Pride superstars Josh Barnett, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Phil Baroni, Kazuyuki Fujita, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will participate on the October 21st card.

DSE Announces Two Matches for “Real Deal”

Dream Stage Entertainment has announced that heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko will face off against UFC and PRIDE tournament champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. The fight will be a rematch of their bout in 2004 in which Fedor won by armbar.

Also on the card will be Kevin “The Monster” Randleman versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Randleman will be fighting for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury which forced him off of the StrikeForce card. Shogun much like Randleman will be making his return to the ring after suffering a TKO loss to Mark Coleman in which he was left with a severely injured arm.

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