With round one in the books, Dream Stage Entertainment has officially announced the matches for round two of the Open-Weight Grand Prix.
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Hidehiko Yoshida
Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt
Reports are circulating that Fuji TV, a Japanese television network is severing ties with MMA powerhouse PRIDE FC. The reports are starting that the network was forced to drop PRIDE from it’s lineup due to it’s connections with the Yakuza, a Japan-based organized crime ring.
The Fuji Network annouced earlier today it was canceling its contract with Pride Fighting Championships. No reason was given, but it was due to the Yakuza scandal as reported in Weekly Gendai magazine. This changes the balance of power in the MMA world completely, as Pride will go from being a major player to a company whose future is very much in question.
In an exciting night of fights at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, spectators were able to witness many of the favored fighters garner victories, with the exception of Phil Baroni, who fell victim to Kazuo Misaki, losing by decision.