Press Release

From Dream Stage Entertainment

November 14, 2005

TOKYO, Japan –

The bout of Hidehiko Yoshida versus Naoya Ogawa has been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING’S upcoming event, SHOCKWAVE 2005, which is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Sunday, January 1st, 2006 at 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT.

Previously announced bouts include the finals of the lightweight and welterweight tournaments held at BUSHIDO Volume 9 … for the lightweights Takanori Gomi will face Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and for the welterweights Dan Henderson takes on Murilo Bustamante.

In one of the main events of SHOCKWAVE 2005, Olympians will clash as Japan’s Hidehiko Yoshida is set to face fellow countryman, Naoya Ogawa. Both are legendary judokas with Yoshida winning the gold medal in the 78kg weight class at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and Ogawa winning the silver in the 95kg weight class at the same games. Each has gone on to have successful mixed martial arts careers. However, beyond the Olympic glory and their successes in the MMA ring, there is a long-standing rivalry. Both men attended Mieji University in Japan where they practiced judo. Being the senior, Ogawa is said to have been harsh on Yoshida with the two being fierce and bitter rivals. At the Olympics both teammates medalled, but two years later at the 1994 All Japan Judo Championships, teammates faced off and Yoshida (86kg) garnered the victory over Ogawa (132kg) by a 2-1 decision. The victory ended Ogawa’s domination of the event as 5-time consecutive champion. Now the rivalry and bad blood between both men will be settled once and for all … in the PRIDE ring!

Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan) vs. Naoya Ogawa (Japan)

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Gomi Sakurai Henderson Bustamante


Takanori Gomi (Japan) vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (Japan)

(This bout is the final round of the lightweight BUSHIDO tournament)

Dan Henderson (USA) vs. Murilo Bustamante (Brazil)

(This bout is the final round of the welterweight BUSHIDO tournament)

Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan) vs. Naoya Ogawa (Japan)

More bouts to be announced soon.

Fight card subject to change.

SHOCKWAVE 2005 premieres on North American pay per view via iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer’s Choice Canada on Sunday, January 1st, 2006 at 9:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm PT (including a countdown show at 8:30pm ET, 5:30pm PT).

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

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