The first round turned out better than I expected. I hope they can convince some MWs to fight in the next round. There is talk of trying to convince Chute Boxe to send someone, Silva or Ninja? I think Arona could compete with the heavyweights. Also Coleman.
Fujita-Yoshida is the bout that Pride wants. I would like to see, if they got Silva and Coleman also would be:
Of course this would leave Werdum-Cro-cop who train together, so maybe my match-ups are not that good.
Did anybody notice Yoshida was holding the bottom rope near the end of his triangle?
Actually no one can join the GP anymore, other than the alternate Zenstov incase someone pulls out. Only fedor got a first round bye, the chute boxe fighters arent all that to begin with giving them a bye over Big Nog and Crocop would be unjust.
I agree with your point about Arona being more than capable of hanging with HWs, look back to his RINGs days he took fedor down at will and his leg kicks are brutal. Arona is infact arguably the best grappler alive. His ADCC record speaks for itself, no one even scored a point against him in all those years.
The coleman silva fight needs to happen. It has to, the buildup is so intense. Sadly Silva isnt under contract with Pride (even though he is their MW champ)
and by the time they negotiate anything with both parties Shogun will already be healed and will be in line for a rematch with coleman.
Pride is also coming to USA soon so maybe they will have Coleman fight on that card?[/quote]
Yes Silva doesn’t have a contract now, but I think they will try hard to sign him.
Pride President Sakakibara mentioned that he wanted someone from MW, specifically Chute Boxe, Ninja or Silva to take the reserve bout or be an injury replacement, if somebody gets hurt. Yes you are correct that nobody gets added.
But the reserve/replacement gives them a chance to have Silva fight(if signed of course).
At least they can do Silva-Coleman. I remember seeing the backroom footage of Coleman trying to apologize to Chute-Boxe and Silva was furious. He was saying “I’ll fight you!” to Coleman, and then Baroni. Rampage Jackson was standing next to Coleman, Silva kept pointing and saying “and you, and you!”
Rampage Jackson was surprised and said “Me!? Wait a minute.”