Silva versus Yoshida; Jackson and Henderson Added To

PRIDE Fighting's Total Elimination 2005

Official Release

 

April 23, 2005

Osaka Dome

Osaka, Japan

 

 

TOKYO, Japan –

One match up and two additional fighters have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S 2005 Middleweight

Grand Prix … TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005. 

 

The first announced match for the opening round will feature defending 2003 Grand Prix Champion,

Wanderlei Silva, taking on Japanese Judo star Hidehiko Yoshida.  The two originally met in the semi-

finals of the 2003 tournament in which Silva won a hard fought decision over the former Judo Olympic gold

medalist.

 

Added to the previously announced eight fighters will be two Americans … QuintonRampageJackson

and DanHollywoodHenderson.  Jackson reached the finals of the 2003 tournament, eventually

succumbing to Wanderlei Silva in one of the most memorable bouts of the year.  Since then, the native of

Memphis, Tennessee has gone on to defeat IkuhisaThe PunkMinowa, Ricardo Arona, and Murilo

NinjaRua.  Team Quest’s Henderson is making his Grand Prix tournament debut.  Always among the

elite in his weight class,  “Hollywood” is coming off of wins over Yuki Kondo, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Murilo

Bustamante and Shungo Oyama.

 

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil)

Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)

Quinton Jackson (USA)

Dan Henderson (USA)

 

Tournament Participants:

 Wanderlei Silva

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Igor Vovchanchyn

Kazushi Sakuraba

Dan Henderson

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Yuki Kondo

Hidehiko Yoshida

Kazuhiro Nakamura

 

Tournament Matches:

 

Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan)

 

Additional tournament participants and match ups to be announced soon.

(Participants and Matches Subject to Change)

 

PRIDE FIGHTING’S 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament will span three events … TOTAL

ELIMINATION (opening round), CRITICAL COUNTDOWN (Second Round) and FINAL CONFLICT (Semi-

Finals and Finals).   Dates for the latter two events will be announced soon.  

 

TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005 takes place on April 23rd, 2005 from the Osaka Dome in Japan and premieres on

North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and

Viewer’s Choice Canada on April 23rd at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm PST (including a countdown show at 9:30pm

EST, 6:30pm PST).  For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or pridefc.com. 

 

For more information on PRIDE FC, visit pridefc.com!

 

 

- From Dream Stage Entertainment with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)

 

 

Card subject to change

 

 

 

(3/17/05)