"Three More Matches Announced"

Official Release


February 20, 2005

Saitama Super Arena - 4pm

Saitama, Japan


TOKYO, Japan –

Three more matches have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S FISTS OF FIRE fight card:  Japan’s up

and coming heavyweight, Hirotaka Yokoi, will take on the leader of the Brazilian Top Team, Mario Sperry

… mixed martial arts veteran Hiromitsu Kanehara goes head to head with Chute Boxe star Mauricio

“Shogun” Rua … Tom “Big Cat” Erickson makes his return to PRIDE versus newcomer Fabricio Werdum

of Spain. 


Previously announced – the main event will be a clash of fighting styles as striker Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

takes on wrestler Mark “The Hammer” Coleman.  Also on the card, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns

to the ring facing Chute Boxe’s Murilo “Ninja” Rua ...  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of the Brazilian Top

Team will go head to head with Golden Glory’s Alistair “Demolition Man” Overeem … and it’s Korea

versus Russia as Choi Mu Bae takes on Sergei Kharitonov


FISTS OF FIRE will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is scheduled to debut on North

American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network.


Mario Sperry

Mauricio  Rua

Tom Erickson




 Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Mark “The Hammer” Coleman (USA)

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (USA) vs. Murilo “Ninja” Rua (Brazil)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (Brazil) vs. Alistair Overeem (Holland)

Choi Mu Bae (Korea) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (Russia)

Igor Vovchanchyn (Ukraine) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (Japan) 

Hirotaka Yokoi (Japan) vs. Mario Sperry (Brazil)

Hiromitsu Kanehara (Japan) vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Tom “Big Cat” Erickson (USA) vs. Fabricio Werdum (Spain)


Fightcard subject to change.



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