Pride 34

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Pride 34
A poster or logo for Pride 34.
Information
Promotion Pride Fighting Championships
Date April 8, 2007
Venue Saitama Super Arena
City Saitama, Japan
Event chronology
Pride 33 Pride 34

Pride 34: Kamikaze[1] was a mixed martial arts event held by Pride Fighting Championships on April 8, 2007 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Background[edit]

This was the last Pride show promoted by Dream Stage Entertainment before the sale of the company (see Pride Worldwide).

Although Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua were negotiating with Pride to compete,[2] neither did. Silva did not participate because of a medical suspension received from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.[3] The commission had stated that if a Japanese doctor cleared Silva for competition, they would consider lifting the suspension three days early, but this did not come to fruition.[4]

Gilbert Yvel was originally slated to fight Bazigit Atajev, but Atajev withdrew due to an internal disease.[5]

Nobuyuki Sakakibara's "surprise announcement" at the event turned out to be a guest appearance by Kazushi Sakuraba who had left Pride nearly a year ago to join rival promotion Hero's. Kiyoshi Tamura joined Sakakibara in the ring and teased a potential matchup in a future Pride event. Sakuraba had initially expressed his wish to fight either Wanderlei Silva or Kiyoshi Tamura on the card but in the end neither fight materialized. Though Tamura would end up fighting Sakuraba at Dynamite!! 2008

Results[edit]

Card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Yoshihiro Nakao def. Edson Drago Submission (neck crank) 1 9:51
Heavyweight Eric Esch def. Zuluzinho Submission (americana) 1 2:35
Middleweight Makoto Takimoto def. Zelg Galesic Submission (kimura) 1 5:40
Heavyweight Gilbert Yvel def. Akira Shoji TKO (punches) 1 3:04
Heavyweight James Thompson def. Don Frye TKO (punches) 1 6:23
Lightweight Shinya Aoki def. Brian Lo-A-Njoe Submission (armbar) 1 1:33
Light Heavyweight Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Ricardo Arona KO (punch) 1 1:59
Heavyweight Jeff Monson def. Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 6:47


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Three Bouts Announced For Pride "Kamikaze"". Sherdog. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  2. ^ de Araújo, Thiago (2007-03-15). "Wanderlei Silva e Maurício Shogun podem voltar ao Pride em abril" (in Portuguese). Gazeta do Povo. Retrieved 2007-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results – Pride 33" (PDF). Nevada State Athletic Commission. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  4. ^ "No Wanderlei, But Maybe a Surprise or Two?". MMA Weekly. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2007-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Bazigit Atajev Off Of Pride 34 Card". MMA Weekly. 2007-04-05. Retrieved 2007-04-05.