Friday, June 22, 2007

PRIDE: Where are they now?

Since PRIDE went into hibernation a number of organizations have been trying to sign its talent.

Here’s a list of some of the former PRIDE fighters whereabouts.

In the UFC ...

... officially signed are:

  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic
  • Dan Henderson
  • Fabricio Werdum
  • Marcus Aurelio

... rumoured to be signed are:

  • Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
  • Wanderlei Silva. There are rumors about a possible match-up with Chuck Liddell in September.

In the WEC ...

  • Paulo Filho. Will face Joe Doerkson August 5th for the 185 lbs title.

In EliteXC ...

  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Sherdog reported that the Team Quest fighter signed with the promotion.
In K-1 ...
  • Alistair Overeem. Is fighting for K-1 on their mixed card this weekend in Holland against Micheal Knaap (MMA fight).

Undecided ...

  • Fedor Emelianenko. The latest information is that Zuffa is close to securing a contract with the Russian, apparently the only hinderance is that Fedor still wants to compete in Sambo tournaments in Russia. Other players interested in acquiring his services include Bodog and FEG.
  • Josh Barnett. Is said to be participating in Antonio Inoki’s pro wrestling show IGF. Says he hasn’t even been contacted by Zuffa.
  • Denis Kang. His agent is out negotiating a deal for him, has been in talks with both Zuffa and Bodog. Reports say that a Bodog signing is close.
  • The Japanese fighters. Shinya Aoki grappled in DEEP X, and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai was rumoured to be fighting Diego Sanchez in the UFC, rumours that he denied. Ryo Chonan is fighting this weekend in DEEP. Other than that the status of the Japanese fighters are largely unknown.

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