MMAWeekly’s Damon Martin reports that Shogun Rua will face off against Mark Coleman according to Pride’s Japanese website. Shogun who just won the Pride Grand Prix Tournament will move up in weight to fight as a heavyweight against Coleman.
Coleman hasn’t fought in the Pride Fighting Championships, since his loss to Mirko Cro Cop back at Pride 29, but is coming off a win over Milco Voorn who he choked out in just :51 seconds at the Bushido Europe-Rotterdam Rumble back in October.
Shogun has won eight straight fights; including, winning the Pride Grand Prix Tournament by defeating Quinton Jackson in the first round by KO, defeating Rogerio Nogueira by decision in the second round, knocking out Alistair Overeem in the semi’s and of course KO’ing Ricardo Arona in the first round to win the tournament.
Here is the rumored card for Pride 31
31 February 26 – Saitama Arena.
– Minotauro Nogueira vs
– Mauricio Shogun vs Mark Coleman
– TBA vs James Thompson
– Kevin Randleman vs
– Sergey Kharitonov vs
– Mario Sperry vs Tsuyoshi Kosaka
– Josh Barnett vs