PRIDE FC 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix

Results \ Play by Play

 

April 23, 2005

Osaka Dome

Osaka, Japan

 

 

All bouts were three rounds. First round lasted 10 minutes. Second and third rounds lasted five minutes

each. Times from Sportsnavi.

 

Fight 1 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Kazuhiro Nakamura wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Kevin Randleman

 

Fight 2 -  Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Ricardo Arona wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Dean Lister

 

Fight 3 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Igor Vovchanchyn wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Yuki Kondo

 

Fight 4 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Alistair Overeem wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 9:36 of the first round over Vitor Belfort

 

Fight 5 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira wins by submission (arm bar) at 8:05 of the first round over Dan Henderson

 

Fight 6 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Kazushi Sakuraba wins by TKO (strikes) at :38 of the first round over Yoon Dong-Sik

 

Fight 7 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Mauricio Rua wins by TKO (injury\kicks) at 4:47 of the first round over Quinton Jackson

 

Fight 8 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Wanderlei Silva wins a three round split decision (2-1) over Hidehiko Yoshida

 

 

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Play by Play

 

 

 

Fight 1 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Kazuhiro Nakamura wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Kevin Randleman

 

Rd 1

Both men come out to the center, Nakamura throws a kick - Nakamura pressing forward - Nakamura tries a

left, right combo but misses - No action from Randleman yet - Nakamura comes in and Randleman takes

him down right away with a double leg - Randleman is in half-guard - Randleman has him near the corner -

Nakamura gets up - Both clinching in the corner - Randleman throws a knee - Ref breaks them up -

Randleman tries a double leg, Nakamura defends well - Randleman pushing Nakamura against the corner -

Both exchange knees - Nakamura delivers another knee - Nakamura had Randleman in a Thai clinch - Ref

breaks them up due to lack of action - Restart in the middle - Nakamura comes in with a flying knee,

Randleman catches him in mid-air and slams him - no damage - Nakamura on the ground in the half-guard

on the bottom - Ref restarts them in same position as they got to close to the edge - Randleman on top in

the half-guard - Nakamura going for a kimura - Nothing happens - Randleman pushes Nakamura against the

corner - Randleman delivers a right and a left knee - Nakamura tries to stand-up against the corner -

Nakamura now standing - Nakamura sweeps Randleman with a hip throw and is now on top in the half-guard

- ref stops action to move them to the middle of the ring - Nakamura now in side-mount, kneeing Randleman

to the side of his body - Nakamura tries for the mount and gets caught in the half-guard - Nakamura gets full

mount - Nakamura delivers a few punches - Nakamura delivering short punches to the side of Randleman's

head - Randleman tries to roll him and Nakamura goes for the arm bar - Randleman gets out of arm bar

attempt and jumps over Nakamura and lands on him - Nakamura gets Randleman in the half-guard and that's

the way they stayed until the round ends.

 

Rd 2

Nakamura comes in and throws a couple of jabs - Nakamura lands a low Thai kick - Randleman catches him

with a punch that looks like it might have dazed Nakamura  - They clinch - Randleman pushing Nakamura

against the corner - ref stops to fight to position the fighters in the center of the ring - Nakamura throws a

high kick and misses and Randleman takes him down - Randleman on top in half-guard - Randleman now

has the full mount - Nakamura escapes - Nakamura gets a knee on the belly - Nakamura delivering knees to

the face of Randleman - Nakamura landing punches to the face of Randleman - Nakamura has Randleman's

arm trapped - Nakamura goes for an americana - Randleman is able to pull away and is now on all fours -

Randleman pulls Nakamura down - they're in half-guard - ref stops the action to moves the fighters to the

center of the ring - Randleman on top in half-guard not doing much - Randleman finally delivers a punch to

the face of Nakamura - Randleman throwing a few punches - round ends.

 

Rd 3

Nakamura pushing forward - Randleman looks tired - Nakamura lands a straight right, no damage -

Nakamura comes in with a few punches, Randleman ties him up - Nakamura delivers a few knees -

Randleman has Nakamura against the corner - Ref warns the fighters to start some action - Nakamura

comes forward throwing a few punches - Randleman ties him up - Nakamura pushes Randleman to the

corner - Nakamura does an inside leg sweep and takes Randleman down - Nakamura in half-guard, then

goes to side-mount - Nakamura now has the full mount - Nakamura delivers a couple of punches down on

Randleman - Nakamura tries to punch and Randleman reverses position - Randleman now on top - ref

restarts them in the center - Randleman on top in the half-guard - Nakamura now in butterfly-guard -

Nakamura back to half-guard - ref stands them back up - yellow card to both fighters because of no action -

Nakamura goes for a flying knee - Randleman able to bring Nakamura down - Nakamura gets half-guard -

Randleman unable to do any damage - round ends.

 

 

Fight 2 -  Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Ricardo Arona wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Dean Lister

 

Rd 1

Both come out to center of the ring - both throw jabs - Arona throws an inside low kick - they clinch - Arona

pushing Lister back - Arona lands a knee as he pushes Lister back - Arona doing some foot stomps - Arona

delivers a knee that is partially blocked - ref stops them and restarts them in the center - Arona tries an

overhand left that is blocked - Arona throws a couple of rights but Lister pulls back avoiding the punches -

both throwing a few punches - Arona lands an upper-cut - Arona lands another upper-cut that sends Lister

down - Arona follows Lister down - Lister ties up Arona - Arona passes the guard and is in side-mount -

Lister tries to put Arona in the guard - Arona does a good job at stopping him - Arona stands-up and kicks

Lister on the head, not much damage - Lister on his back, Arona standing in front of him, throwing kicks -

Arona comes down and Lister pulls him into his guard - Lister throwing a few punches to Arona's head, no

damage - Lister trying to set up a triangle choke - Lister goes back top full guard - Arona pulls out - ref

stands them up - Lister delivers a low Thai kick - Arona tries another upper-cut but Lister pulls away - Lister

lands a straight right - Arona starts to throw punches but they all miss - Arona tries another upper-cut but it

is blocked - Arona attempts a jumping right but Lister blocks - ref calls time - yellow card issued to Lister for

inactivity - Arona goes with a left hook and then an upper-cut - Lister takes Arona down with a single leg -

Lister on top - Arona tries to push him away - Lister goes for a heel hook - Lister is bleeding - Arona doing a

good job at defending the heel hook - Arona tries to pull away - Arona legs are in-between Lister's leg - Lister

trying for the submission - Arona defending well - Arona pulls away - Arona delivers a few heel kicks to Lister

- Lister goes for the heel hook again - Arona slips out again - Arona tries to deliver a heel strike - Lister goes

for another leg but Arona gets away - Lister is now on top with Arona in full-guard - Lister throws a few short

punches to the face of Arona - Lister lands a good elbow to the body of Arona - Lister goes for a heel hook

again and Arona moves forward and gets on top of Lister - Round ends

 

Rd 2

Lister's eye looks good, not bleeding  - They come out to the center of the ring,  Lister delivers a low Thai

kick, no damage - Lister shoots in and gets a single leg, goes to trip Arona and Arona lands on top in half-

guard - Lister now in open-guard - Lister holding Arona's gloves - Arona able to land a couple of lefts - Lister

back in the full-guard - Arona landing some body shots - Arona still on top - Arona landing some body

punches - Lister goes for a triangle, Arona pulls out - ref stands them up - Arona lands a good upper-cut,

Lister okay - Lister throws a high kick that is blocked - Arona tries his own high kick but Lister goes under -

Arona attempts a straight right, Lister counters with his own straight right, both blocked - they clinch -

Lister takes Arona down - Lister in half-guard on top - Lister lands a few punches from the top - Arona

scrambles - Arona now has Lister in half-guard with his left leg on his shoulder - Lister on top throwing a few

lefts - Arona lands an up-kick and a heel kick - Arona attempts a triangle choke as the round ends.

 

Rd 3

They come out to the center of the ring and touch gloves - Lister delivers a low Thai kick - Lister tries a high

kick that is blocked - Lister takes Arona down with a single leg - Arona goes for a triangle choke on Lister -

Lister attempts a heel hook - Arona pulls up and is on top of Lister in full-mount - Arona striking but Lister

doing a good job at holding Arona down - Arona still in full-mount - Arona delivering a few right hands to the

side of the face of Lister - Arona sits up and delivers a few rights - Lister gets on all fours - Lister rolls, they

scramble - Lister now on top, Arona in full-guard - Lister delivers a few good punches to the face of Arona -

both fighters scramble on the ground - Lister still on top but with Arona's knees in-between him - Lister

delivers a right - Arona sweeps Lister - Arona gets the side-mount - Arona delivers a few punches to the side

of the face of Lister - Arona lands a knee to the body - Arona pulls away - ref tells Lister to stand-up - Ref

checks Lister's cut - both circle - round ends.

 

 

Fight 3 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Igor Vovchanchyn wins a three round unanimous decision (3-0) over Yuki Kondo

 

Rd 1

Both come out to center of the ring - Vovchanchyn trying to measure Kondo - Kondo pushing forward -

Vovchanchyn lands a round house kick to the side of Kondo - Kondo tries a high kick that misses - Kondo

comes in for a takedown - Vovchanchyn does a cross-face and takes Kondo down - Vovchanchyn lands a

knee to the head of Kondo - Vovchanchyn knee on the belly - Kondo puts Vovchanchyn in the guard -

Vovchanchyn lands a few body punches, then one to the head - Vovchanchyn lands a few rights to the head

of Kondo - Kondo goes for a triangle choke but Vovchanchyn stops him - Kondo goes for a toe-hold with

Vovchanchyn in the north-south position - Vovchanchyn delivers a kick to the face of Kondo - both still tied

up in the north-south position - Kondo goes for a knee bar - Vovchanchyn pulls away - Vovchanchyn gets

Kondo down - Kondo goes for another triangle choke - they scramble - Vovchanchyn on the side of Kondo,

both scrambling - Kondo in half-guard - Kondo doing a good job at moving his hips and keeping Vovchanchyn

from mounting - Vovchanchyn now gets full-mount but Kondo rolls him over - Vovchanchyn now in full-guard -

Vovchanchyn delivering punches from the bottom - Kondo trying to deliver some punches from the top - ref

restarting them in the center - Kondo is in Vovchanchyn's guard - Vovchanchyn trying to escape, now in half-

guard - Vovchanchyn goes for a kimura - Kondo doing a good job at defending Kimura - Vovchanchyn rolls

him over with the kimura, Vovchanchyn in side-mount attempting the kimura - Kondo pulls out -

Vovchanchyn now in full-mount - Vovchanchyn landing a few punches down - Vovchanchyn sits up and

throws a few punches at Kondo, most blocked - Vovchanchyn lands a couple of hooks - Kondo rolls

Vovchanchyn over - Vovchanchyn in the guard - Vovchanchyn tries a heel kick but misses - Vovchanchyn

is able to sweep Kondo - Vovchanchyn now in half-guard, punching down on Kondo as the round ends.

 

Rd 2

Both come out to center of the ring, touch gloves - Vovchanchyn lands a few punches, Kondo counters -

Vovchanchyn able to take Kondo down - Vovchanchyn in half-guard - Vovchanchyn landing some body

punches and a few to the face - ref restarts them in the center - Vovchanchyn tries to go for the side-mount -

Kondo pulls him back in - Vovchanchyn throws a hammer-fist to the stomach - Vovchanchyn landing a few

punches to the face of Kondo - Vovchanchyn landing some body punches - Vovchanchyn landing a few

punches to the face of Kondo - ref starts them in the center of the ring - Vovchanchyn trying to pass -

Vovchanchyn passes to side-mount - Vovchanchyn delivering knee to the thigh of Kondo - Vovchanchyn

circles and delivers a couple of knees to the head of Kondo - Vovchanchyn is able to land a few strikes to

the face of Kondo - Vovchanchyn gets full-mount - Kondo trying to roll over Vovchanchyn - Vovchanchyn

holding a good mount - Vovchanchyn on top, Kondo trying to roll him over - Vovchanchyn lands a few good

lefts to the face of Kondo - Vovchanchyn continues to land a few good punches to the face of Kondo - Round

ends.

 

Rd 3

Both come out to center of the ring, touch gloves - Kondo pushing forward, goes for a single leg -

Vovchanchyn goes for a guillotine choke - Vovchanchyn rolls Kondo over with the Guillotine and lands on

top - Kondo puts Vovchanchyn in half-guard - they scramble - both stand-up - Kondo attempts a takedown -

Vovchanchyn stops it - Vovchanchyn in the north-south position - Vovchanchyn lands a couple of good

knees to the head of Kondo - they scramble - both standing - Vovchanchyn lands a few good punches on top

- both exchange on top - both go to the floor with Vovchanchyn on top - Vovchanchyn in full mount -

Vovchanchyn delivering punches down, some blocked - Kondo attempting to roll over, Vovchanchyn holding

a good base - Vovchanchyn continues with punches down on Kondo - Kondo trying to block the punches -

Kondo is able to get Vovchanchyn in half-guard - Vovchanchyn on top delivering punches down -

Vovchanchyn back to full mount - Vovchanchyn punching down on Kondo - round ends.

 

 

Fight 4 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Alistair Overeem wins by submission (guillotine choke) at 9:36 of the first round over Vitor Belfort

 

Rd 1

Both come out to center of the ring - Overeem comes in with a couple of knees, they clinch - They are

against the edge - Belfort goes for a takedown, Overeem reverses him and takes Belfort down - Belfort on his

back - Overeem delivers a couple of punches to the face of Belfort - Belfort goes for an arm bar - Overeem

pulls away and kicks Belfort in the head - ref stands Belfort up - Belfort gets Overeem down - Overeem in

guard - Overeem pulls away - Overeem misses with a stomp - ref stops the action and tells Belfort to get up -

Overeem misses with a left and Belfort lands a couple of punches as Overeem ties up - Belfort pulls guard -

Overeem still standing - Overeem tries a knee - ref stops that action - restart in the middle - Overeem

pushing forward - Overeem tries a high kick - Belfort takes Overeem down - Overeem in full-guard - Belfort on

top, trying to punch down - Overeem doing a good job at stopping Belfort from punching - Belfort trying to

punch - ref restarting them in same position in the center of the ring - Belfort trying to punch but Overeem

doing a good job at tying Belfort up - Belfort lands a few punches to the body and face - Overeem gets a

yellow card - Overeem comes in and delivers a straight right that is partially blocked - Overeem kind of slips

and Belfort gets Overeem in his guard - both exchange short punches - Belfort tries an arm bar - Overeem

stops it -  Overeem still on top - ref stands them up - Belfort gets a yellow card - Overeem lands a knee, then

a punch - Belfort goes down - they scramble to their knees, Belfort attempts a take down - Overeem gets a

guillotine choke, falls back and sinks it in - Belfort taps

 

 

Fight 5 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira wins by submission (arm bar) at 8:05 of the first round over Dan Henderson

 

Rd 1

Nogueira pushing forward - Nogueira throws a jab - Henderson counters - Henderson throws a low Thai kick -

Henderson throws another low Thai kick - they clinch - Nogueira tries to take Henderson down but

Henderson takes Nogueira down - they scramble on the ground - they scramble on all fours - Henderson has

like a crucifix position on Nogueira - ref stops action - Nogueira bleeding from the nose - they restart -

Nogueira pushing forward - Nogueira landing some straight rights - Henderson has a body lock, over and

under hooks - Henderson has Nogueira against the corner - ref breaks them - Nogueira gets a warning for a

low knee - Henderson comes in, Nogueira might of tagged him and Henderson falls back - Henderson kicks

Nogueira off and stands up - Henderson tried a looping hook - both exchange punches - Nogueira tries a

straight right, Henderson tries an uppercut - Henderson goes for a single leg and Nogueira just falls back -

Nogueira gets Henderson in his guard - Nogueira goes for an oma plata - Henderson steps over - Henderson

still stuck in the oma plata position - Henderson finally steps over and knees Nogueira in the face -

Henderson is able to pull away - Henderson standing over Nogueira -  Nogueira doing well at defending - ref

stops the action and stands Nogueira up - Henderson looks tired - Nogueira misses with a combo -

Henderson comes in, they clinch - Henderson pushing Nogueira against the corner - ref stops the fight,

tells both fighters to start fighting - they restart in the center - Henderson comes in and grabs a single leg -

Nogueira doing well at defending - Nogueira pushes Henderson - Henderson tries a double leg - Nogueira

stops takedown and pushes Henderson down - Nogueira now on top - Nogueira in side-mount - Nogueira

goes for a kimura, circles and gets an arm-bar - Henderson taps.

 

 

Fight 6 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Kazushi Sakuraba wins by TKO (strikes) at :38 of the first round over Yoon Dong-Sik

 

Rd 1

Both come out to the center, Dong-Sik comes out with a few punches - both standing in the center - Dong-

Sik comes in with more punches - Sakuraba counters and lands his own left - Dong-Sik goes down on all

fours - Sakuraba on the side of him, landing lefts to the side of the head of Dong-Sik - Ref stops the fight.

 

 

Fight 7 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Mauricio Rua wins by TKO (injury\kicks) at 4:47 of the first round over Quinton Jackson

 

Rd 1

Both men come out to the center, Rua comes in right away with some punches - Jackson ties him up -

Rua has Jackson against the ropes - Rua delivers a low blow - ref restarts fight in the center - Rua has a Thai

clinch, delivering knees to the face of Jackson  - Rua does a double kick to the head - Jackson looks hurt -

Jackson clinches, holding Rua - Ref restarts them - they clinch again - Rua delivering knees to the side of

Jackson's leg - Rua looks like he wants to take Jackson down - Jackson doing well at defending - Rua

delivering some knees to the legs of Jackson  - Ref restarts them - Rua lands a left - they clinch - Rua takes

Jackson down - Rua tries to get the mount and Jackson gets away - both standing - Rua gets a Thai clinch

on Jackson , delivering knees - Jackson saying that his rib is broken - Jackson stating to his corner that

something is wrong - Rua lands an uppercut, then lands some knees - Jackson trying to battle back -

Jackson goes down - Rua lands a couple of soccer kicks to Jackson head - ref stops the bout - Jackson

saying that something is wrong with his ribs.

 

 

Fight 8 - Middleweight GP Tournament Bout

Wanderlei Silva wins a three round split decision (2-1) over Hidehiko Yoshida

 

Rd 1

Both come out to the center, Silva comes in with punches, both scramble and go down - Yoshida goes for a

box choke (with the gi) - Silva delivering punches to the side - Silva cross-facing Yoshida, getting away from

the choke - ref stops the fight, yellow card to Yoshida - Silva comes in and delivers a left - Yoshida counters

- Both exchanging blows - Silva lands a low Thai kick - Yoshida shoots for a double leg - Silva blocks the

Shoot - both in the center of the ring - Yoshida circling - Silva moves forward with a combo that lands in the

chest area of Yoshida - Yoshida circles - Silva misses with a high Thai-kick - Yoshida misses with an

overhand right - Yoshida goes for a double leg takedown - Silva stops it - They clinch - Yoshida takes Silva

down - Yoshida on top - Yoshida has side-mount - Yoshida is able to land a few punches on Silva's face -

Silva pulls away and stands up - Yoshida has Silva in a guillotine choke - Silva pulls up and away and as he

is pulling away, Yoshida lands a right - they clinch - Yoshida takes Silva down - ref stops to restart in the

center in the same position - Silva on the bottom - Yoshida punching down on Silva, lands a couple of lefts -

Yoshida still on top - Yoshida landing a few punches to the face of Silva - Silva punching from the bottom -

Yoshida lands a couple of straight rights - Silva from the bottom lands a few good knees to the face of

Yoshida - Silva goes for an arm bar - Yoshida defending well - Silva lets go of the arm bar - Yoshida pushing

down on Silva with his weight - Silva goes for the arm bar again - Silva now holding Yoshida in the triangle

position - Yoshida picks him up to try to slam him, Silva lets go - Yoshida lands a few good hammer-fists

to the face of Silva - both get up - Yoshida goes for a takedown, Silva stops him, pushes him down and Silva

comes in for a stomp as the round ends.

 

Rd 2

Both come out to the center - Yoshida circling to Silva's left - Yoshida still circling - Silva puts his hands

down like saying, lets fight - Silva comes in with a combo, then throws a left that lands - Silva comes in and

Yoshida ties him up and pulls guard. Yoshida goes for a triangle choke - Silva pulls away - Yoshida on his

back with Silva in his guard - Silva trying a couple of hammer-fists, then a couple of right punches to

Yoshida's face - Yoshida is able to tie-up Silva's hands - Silva stands up with Yoshida holding on to the

guard - Silva is able to land a few good punches before going back down - Silva stands up and tries to stomp

but misses - Silva comes back down and Yoshida attempts a triangle choke and Silva pulls away and

Yoshida goes back to guard - Yoshida just holding Silva's arms as the round ends.

 

Rd 3

Both come out to the center - Silva throws a jab and a left high kick that misses - Silva throws a low Thai

kick that lands - Silva lands another low Thai kick - Silva lands a low inside kick - Yoshida just circling -

Silva lands another low inside kick - Silva goes in with a couple of punches - Yoshida moves a little and tries

to grab Silva but Silva pulls away - Yoshida lands a straight left - Silva pushes forward - Silva lands a straight

left - Silva lands another left - Silva lands two hard low Thai kicks - Yoshida counters with a straight right -

Silva lands another low Thai kick, then a straight jab - Silva lands another low Thai kick - Yoshida now

limping - both exchange punches - Silva lands another low Thai kick - Yoshida shoots but Silva stops him -

both exchange punches - Silva comes in and lands a couple of punches - Yoshida goes to his back - Silva

goes for a stomp - Yoshida grabs for the toe and goes for a toe hold - they scramble - Silva pulls out - they

scramble on the ground - Yoshida goes for s guillotine choke - Silva can't pull away but the round ends.

Didn't look like Silva was in serious trouble with the guillotine choke.

 

 

 

 

(4/23/05)

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