by Scott Petersen – MMAWeekly.com
If you read the story earlier today by MMAWeekly’s Scott Petersen from Japan, then you saw the card for the opening round of the Pride Bushido Grand Prix, which kicks off on June 4th.
The two fights that had been previously announced by Pride were Ryo Chonan vs. Joey Villasenor, and Makoto Takimoto vs. Gegard Mousasi.
Dan Henderson will get a bye into the second round of the tournament due to the fact that he won Pride’s 183-pound Grand Prix last year.
Here is the rest of the line-up for the 183-pound tournament, along with several lightweight non-tournament match-ups that have also been confirmed by Pride.
First-Round Tournament Match-Ups:
-Murilo Bustamante vs. Amar Suloev
-Paulo Filho vs. Yoon Dong Sik
-Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Denis Kang
-Phil Baroni vs. Kazuo Misaki
-Akihiro Gono vs. Hector Lombard
-Ryo Chonan vs. Joey Villasenor
-Makoto Takimoto vs. Gegard Mousasi
Non-Tournament Match-Ups on the Same Card:
-Marcus Aurelio vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Olaf Alfonso
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett
-Jason Black vs. Eoh Won Jin