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Pride 33: The Second Coming Preview
by Stan Leung
Pride 33: Second Coming
If you like Mixed Martial Arts then you are in a treat this weekend. Pride Fighting Championship is coming to America for the second time with a spectacular fight card. The main event has a much anticipated rematch between one of the best pounds for pound fighters in the world in Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva facing off with Dan “Hollywood” Henderson.
Silva is one of the meanest fighters in the world and the last time he face Henderson they threw punches at each other for the full 3 rounds. Not that each is more experienced this Saturday show will be an incredible fight. Silva has one of the most devastating knees and kicks in the world while Henderson has a wrestling background and one of the biggest hearts in MMA. As a fighter Dan Henderson is good at everyone all round has no weakness. Henderson trains with Team Quest that is the same club the Randy Couture and Matt Lindland come from.
He is not afraid to stand and throw with Silva; in their last meeting he rocked Silva with a right that stunned him. In Vegas they will be fighting under USA regulated rules where kicking or stomping a downed opponent is illegal. This is a disadvantage for Silva who loves to stomp on an opponents head with his heel.
Don’t expect this match to go all three rounds. After Saturday this might be fight could be fight of the year. This is a must watch pay per view event; just watching Pride’s opening ceremony is worth the price of admission as they hold no expenses when is comes to opening ceremonies that rivals an Las Vegas show on the strip.
Also on the card will be:
Pound for pound top ten Takanori Gomi vs. UFC fighter Nick Diaz
Judo master Kazuhiro Nakamura vs Travis Wiuff
Hayato Sakurai vs Mac Danzig
Kazuo Misaki vs Frank Trigg
Pound for pound top ten Mauricio Shogun Rua vs the hard hitting Dutchman Alistair Overeem
Brazilian Top Team Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Team Quest’s Sokoudjou
Hard hitting Norwegian Joachim Hansen vs Jason Ireland
If you have never seen a Pride event make sure you don’t miss this one out.