Leko Versus Nakamura Added to Fists of Fire

By Press Release Feb 17, 2005
February 17, 2005 TOKYO, Japan – Stefan Leko versus Kazuhiro Nakamura has been added to PRIDE FIGHTING’S FISTS OF FIRE fight card. Representing team Golden Glory out of Holland, the German-born Stefan “Blitz” Leko is a world-class kick boxer. He has garnered numerous kick boxing titles and championships and is now making the transition to mixed martial arts. Kazuhiro Nakamura represents the Yoshida Dojo and is the protégé of Judo legend and 1992 Judo Olympic gold medallist, Hidehiko Yoshida. Thus far in his career, Nakamura boasts victories over the likes of Daniel Gracie and Murilo Bustamante.

Previously announced matches include – a main event featuring clashing styles as striker Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic takes on wrestler Mark “The Hammer” Coleman … 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 … it’s Korea versus Russia as Choi Mu Bae takes on Sergei Kharitonov … 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 … Kiyoshi Tamura of Japan faces Aliev Makhmud of Azerbaydzhan … and Tom “ Big Cat” Erickson makes his return to PRIDE versus newcomer Fabricio Werdum of Spain.

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, TVN, Vu!, and Viewer’s Choice on Friday, February 25th, 2005 at 10:00pm EST, 7:00pm PST.

FIGHT CARD

Mirko Filipovic vs. Mark Coleman
Quinton Jackson vs. Murilo Rua
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem
Choi Mu Bae vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Igor Vovchanchyn vs. Yoshiki Takahashi
Hirotaka Yokoi vs. Mario Sperry
Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Mauricio Rua
Tom Erickson vs. Fabricio Werdum
Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Aliev Makhmud
Stefan Leko vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Fightcard subject to change.

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