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  • 07-14-2006, 03:09 AM
    killerinstinct
    here's how they're going to be matched up according to mmaweekly.com



    Dream Stage Entertainment has announced the semi-final match-ups for the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix.

    In two bouts that are sure to be highly-anticipated on the September 10th card, Wanderlei Silva will face Mirko Cro Cop, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will face Josh Barnett. The winners of these two fights will meet in the finals of the tournament later that same night, with the winner of that fight being crowned the winner of the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix.

    Based on the "odds to win the tournament" that were made before the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix, it's likely that Barnett will be the underdog against Nogueira, and Silva will be the underdog against Cro Cop.

    Silva and Cro Cop actually fought once before in the Pride ring back in 2002, but the bout was not fought under MMA rules. Instead, there were special rules that required the fighters to be stood up if the fight remained on the ground for 30 seconds, or if the fighter on the bottom was able to reach the ropes. There will be no such special rules this time around.

    Cro Cop got to the semi-finals of the Grand Prix by winning his first two fights in completely one-sided fashion against Ikuhisa Minowa and Hidehiko Yoshida, whose leg was injured by Cro Cop's vicious leg kicks.

    Silva, the only fighter left in the tournament who does not normally fight at heavyweight, defeated Kazuyuki Fujita by TKO in the quarter-finals. Silva was not in the first round of the tournament and was added to the second round of the tournament when Fedor Emelianenko had to withdraw due to hand surgery.

    Prior to fighting Fujita, Silva split two fights with Ricardo Arona in 2005. In the semi-finals of Pride's 205-pound Grand Prix last August, Silva lost to Ricardo Arona by unanimous decision in what was a fairly one-sided fight, and Silva's teammate Mauricio "Shogun" Rua went on to win the tournament. In the rematch between Silva and Arona on New Year's Eve, Silva won a very controversial split decision.

    If Silva can make it through his fight (or fights) on September 10th without injury, he will be fighting Chuck Liddell in the UFC in November, provided that Liddell defeats Renato "Babalu" Sobral on August 26th and is able to do so without suffering any injuries.

    The other semi-final bout in the Pride Open Weight Grand Prix will be a battle of two top-level heavyweights, as Josh Barnett takes on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Barnett is coming off of two very impressive submission victories over Aleksander Emelianenko and Mark Hunt in the first two rounds of the tournament. Prior to those two fights, Barnett's Pride career consisted of two losses to Mirko Cro Cop and a victory over Kazuhiro Nakamura.

    Nogueira was inexplicably matched up against Zulu, Jr. in the first round of the tournament because DSE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara felt that Zulu, Jr. is "like the Brazilian Bob Sapp." After easily winning in the first round of the Grand Prix, Nogueira defeated fellow Brazilian Fabricio Werdum by unanimous decision in the tournament quarter-finals on July 1st. Nogueira's last loss came at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko on December 31st, 2004.

    The semi-finals and finals of the Pride Open Weight Grand will take place on September 10th, along with a full line-up of non-tournament bouts that have not yet been announced.

    As with the previous round of the tournament, this event will have no television clearance in Japan other than the satellite-based pay-per-view channel SkyPerfecTV, due to the fact that Fuji TV terminated its contract with DSE. The event is scheduled to debut on North American pay-per-view on Sunday night, September 10th.
  • 07-05-2006, 10:18 AM
    nole
    Quote Originally Posted by killerinstinct
    Crocop has been looking good lately.All 4 of these guys have a legitimate chance of winning.
    your right thats what i love about pride it is so unpredictable
  • 07-05-2006, 10:17 AM
    killerinstinct
    Quote Originally Posted by nole
    bold statement i love it , good for you
    Crocop has been looking good lately.All 4 of these guys have a legitimate chance of winning.
  • 07-05-2006, 09:49 AM
    nole
    Quote Originally Posted by mattsoper
    Nog VS Barnett
    Crocop VS Wand

    Crocop Vs Nog....but I got crocop winning it all
    bold statement i love it , good for you
  • 07-05-2006, 09:39 AM
    mattsoper
    Nog VS Barnett
    Crocop VS Wand

    Crocop Vs Nog....but I got crocop winning it all
  • 07-05-2006, 07:17 AM
    NinjaShogunRua
    Yeah I don't mind seeing Wand vs Barnett either. Anything but Cro Cop vs Barnett III, please.
  • 07-05-2006, 07:09 AM
    ThaiRoundhouse
    wand vs barnett would be OK but I hate barnettand I think silva would have the hardest time beating barnett because of the size difference and his wrestling. I want to see nog/barnett and CC/silva. silva can beat CC cause CC has no ground game. nog will beat barnett. this leaves silva/nog and I think silva can take out nog because nog will try and stand with him. to be honest with you I just want it that way because It is the best chance for silva. do you guys agree or do you think silva would have an easier time with barnett and I just don't see it?
  • 07-05-2006, 06:51 AM
    Intellectual
    i want to see Barnett get a beating...

    so i was thinking,

    Barnett vs Nog would be pointless, Nog would submit him out and i want Barnett to be on his feet.

    so it's either Cro Cop or Wand

    i dont want to see Cro Cop vs Barnett, cuz it's been done before (even though the first time was an injury)

    my vote is Wand vs Barnett
  • 07-05-2006, 06:39 AM
    nole
    i got wand vs cro
    josh vs nog

    then the finals

    nog vs wand

    =

    SILVA ABOSOLUTE CHAMPINON OF THE WORLD
  • 07-04-2006, 11:29 PM
    killerinstinct
    Quote Originally Posted by NinjaShogunRua
    Yeah the 1st fight was tailor made for Mirko to win and Wand still took it. Mirko is definitely much better at MMA now then he was then though. It will be an even tougher fight for Wand. I'm just going with my gut on this one. It's usually wrong though.
    yeah it was designed for Crocop to win with the special rules and all.
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