by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Pride has announced via its official website more match-ups for its upcoming second show in Las Vegas on February 24th. In addition to the main event featuring Wanderlei Silva versus Dan Henderson for Pride’s 205-pound title, the organization has added several more marquee fights to the card.
Pride Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi will make his Las Vegas debut when he takes on former UFC mainstay, Nick Diaz. This will be the first fight at 160lbs for Diaz, who has fought the majority of his career at welterweight. The bout is a non-title contest but should be a phenomenal match-up between two of the most exciting fighters in the world. Diaz won the last two fights on his UFC contract before signing with both EliteXC and Pride.
Also on the card will be former UFC welterweight contender and current ICON sport middleweight champion and Pride color commentator Frank Trigg, as he steps up to face Pride Grand Prix winner, Kazuo Misaki. This bout will be the second fight for Trigg in the organization that hired him most recently as a color commentator. His opponent, Misaki, is the #4 Middleweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings. The former co-host of MMAWeekly Radio will make an appearance on Tuesday’s show to talk about his bout with Misaki at Pride 33.
Kazuhiro Nakamura will have his second tour in the Pride ring in America when he takes on former UFC and IFL standout, Travis Wiuff. Nakamura, who is currently ranked #9 at light heavyweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings, was successful in his first fight in the U.S. against Travis Galbraith and this fight will surely be another tough test for the young Judoka.
Pride also confirmed one other fight on its Japanese web site. As previously reported by MMAWeekly’s Mick Hammond, former King of the Cage Lightweight Champion Mac Danzig will make his Pride debut against Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, who is the #2 lightweight fighter in the world according to the MMAWeekly Rankings.
Pride 33 will take place on February 24th at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas and will air live on pay-per-view in the United States.