additional fight card was announced for PRIDE.33 "THE SECOND
COMING", scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday,
February 24th (local time). What was announced was a revenge match
between Shogun, who will be making his second consecutive appearance
in Las Vegas PRIDE, and the revenge-thirsty Alistair.
Shogun (Brazil/Chute Boxe Academy)
Alistair Overeem (Holland/Golden Glory)
The young Middleweight rivals will clash once again! When they
first fought at the semi-finals of "PRIDE Final Conflict
2005" held on August, 28th 2005, Shogun delivered a ground-and-pound
attack, defeating Alistair in the first round at 6 minutes 42
seconds. Alistair himself came close to gaining the upper-hand
with his front choke.
the match between Coleman at the Open Weight tournament, Shogun
has already secured 11 wins, following closely behind Wanderlei.
At last year's Las Vegas event in October, he fought against Kevin
Randleman. Shogun, who is believed to be more skilled at takedowns
rather than strikes, exhibited his strength to take down Randleman,
finishing him off with an intense knee bar. He proved himself
to be one step closer to attaining complete strength.
the other hand, while Alistair created a great sensation at the
2005 Middleweight GP, he currently stands even with a 6 win 6
loss PRIDE record. A loss at the upcoming match against Shogun
will tarnish his record. In fact, his last two matches were both
revenge matches, but Alistair was defeated by both Arona and Rogerio
while trying to avenge his previous defeats. Will the third time
be the charm or, as the saying goes, will what happens twice happen
thrice? Alistair's true ability will be put to the test.