Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Japan's Saitama Super Arena played host to a soldout crowd of 45,102 mixed martial arts fans, eager to see the second portion of the PRIDE Fighting Championship Middleweight Grand Prix on June 26th. Fans in the west had to wait until the Pay Per View aired on July 1st, but most agree that it was well worth the wait.
The main events featured the remaning eight contenders from April 23rds 'Total Elimination 2005', held at the Osaka Dome.
=== Main Events ===
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs Wanderlei SilvaWanderlei Silva defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura by TKO (strikes) 5:24 into round one.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs Antonio Rogerio NogueiraMauricio Rua won by unanimous decision after 3 scheduled rounds of action.
Kazushi Sakuraba vs Ricardo AronaRicardo Arona won by TKO due to injury (corner stoppage) at the end of round two.
“The Demolition Man” Alistair Overeem vs Igor VovchanchynAlistair Overeem defeated Igor Vovchanchyn by submission (guillotine choke) 1:20 into round one, making this the shortest fight of the evening.
=== Non GP Events (Superfights) ===
Sergei Kharitonov vs Pedro RizzoSergei Kharitonov defeated Pedro Rizzo by TKO (strikes) 2:02 into round one.
Ibragim Magomedov vs Mirko "Cro Cop" FilipovicMirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic defeated Ibragim Magomedov by TKO (body kick) 3:53 into round one.
Kiyoshi Tamura vs Makoto TakimotoKiyoshi Tamura won by unanimous decision after 3 scheduled rounds of action.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Pawel NastulaAntonio Rodrigo Nogueira defeated Pawel Nastula by TKO (strikes) 8:38 into round one.
Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Ricardo Arona, and Alistair Overeem will advance to the championship round of PRIDE's 2005 tournament, Final Conflict.
== Sources ==
Akira Fujimoto. "Brazilians, Overeem Advance to August’s PRIDE GP Finals" — Sherdog.com, July 11, 2005