by Ricardo Mendoza and Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
courtesy of April Pishna/PishnaPhotoGallery.com)
the fighters for Saturday night’s Pride 33: The Second Coming made weight today
in Las Vegas, Nev.
were a few fireworks though as Frank Trigg and Kazuo Misaki went face-to-face
in their fight pose for the crow. Typical, except that the two wouldn’t
separate even with Pride USA Producer Jerry Millen trying to intervene. It took
several staff members to come out onto the stage and keep the two apart.
quite as heated as Trigg and Misaki, there was noticeable friction between
Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva and challenger Dan Henderson.
Henderson stood and smiled with a knowing look on his face and the Brazilian
didn’t seem to care much for it, although they didn’t have to be separated.
They lingered on the stage for quite some time before making their exit.
the weigh-ins the fighters answered a few questions from the media. Wanderlei
Silva said the he felt there would be no problems presented to him by not
having knees or stomps allowed on the ground. His opponent, Henderson, said
that he was just excited for the fight and would be bringing "all the
weapons that I got" to the fight.
his part, Nick Diaz, dropping down from his usual weight of 170 pounds to 161
to face #1 ranked Takanori Gomi, said that he felt really good at 161 pounds
and didn’t feel that it would present any problems for him.
surprise guest at the end of the press conference was NFL great Herschel
Walker, who stated that he has been an MMA fan for many years. In comparing MMA
athletes to NFL players, Walker said that he felt that the MMA fighters were
some of the best athletes in the world.
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