September 29, 2005

From Dream Stage Entertainment
TOKYO, Japan – Two more titanic match ups have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S upcoming event, FULLY LOADED, which is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Monday, October 24th, 2005 at 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT.

The first is a long-awaited rematch between Croatian Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and American Josh “The Babyface Assassin” Barnett. The two originally fought back on October 31, 2004 at HIGH OCTANE with Cro Cop taking the win via submission in only 46 seconds. However, the submission came after Barnett sustained a major shoulder injury. Now healthy again, Barnett looks for revenge, while Cro Cop looks to re-establish himself in the heavyweight rankings.

The second bout pits Cro Cop’s teammate, Fabricio Werdum, against rising heavyweight contender Sergei Kharitonov. Undefeated thus far in his mixed martial arts career, Werdum has garnered wins against Roman Zentsov and Tom “Big Cat” Erickson. His opponent, Sergei Kharitonov has been nothing short of impressive in his PRIDE career including destructive victories over Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo and Murilo “Ninja” Rua. In addition, Kharitonov advanced to the semi-finals of the 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, losing only to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a tough decision. Kharitonov now looks to establish himself as the top contender to Fedor Emelianenko’s heavyweight title.

Cro Cop vs. Barnett Kharitonov vs. Werdum

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Previously announced matches include the return of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as he takes on Japanese fighter Hirotaka Yokoi and a match up of judo legend against judo legend as Japan’s Makoto Takimoto (Olympic gold medallist) takes on Korea’s Yoon Dong Sik under mixed martial arts rules.

Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (Croatia) vs. Josh Barnett (USA)
Sergei Kharitonov (Russia) vs. Fabricio Werdum (Brazil/Spain)
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (USA) vs. Hirotaka Yokoi (Japan)
Makoto Takimoto (Japan) vs. Yoon Dong Sik (Korea)

Additional matches to be announced soon.
Fight card subject to change.

FULLY LOADED premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer’s Choice Canada on Monday, October 24th, 2005 at 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT (including a countdown show at 9:30pm ET, 6:30pm PT).

For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or pridefc.com.

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