Well, we’re 5 days away from Zombie Pride’s triumphant return to life as DREAM. And just like back in the good old days, these guys sure are leaving the card finalization till the last second. As it stands, they’ve ‘finished’ the LW tournament bracket, and I quote ‘finished’ because it’s 7 fights instead of 8 fights. Apparently there will be one fighter who’s just going to be let into the second round, which is pretty gay as far as I’m concerned, but hey … it’s Japan. The last guy who won Pride’s Bushido tournament lost one of the fights, for god’s sake.
Past that point, we’d said earlier that Mirko Crocop’s opponent was gonna be Yoshihiro ‘KISS’ Nakao, but then there was some talk about the Yakuza being pissed with Nakao and if he fought CroCop he’d end up ‘abandoned in the sea of Tokyo’. I’m still not sure if this is a strange Japanese joke or something, but there’s been no official confirmation thus far that Nakao is fighting Mirko. My bet is he’ll be a last second choice if they can’t find anyone else.
1. Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti
2. Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
3. Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis “Buscape” Firmino
4. Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
5. Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
6. Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Oumakhanov
7. Andre Dida vs. Eddie Alvarez
1. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma
2. Mirko CroCop vs TBA
3. Ikuhisa Minowa vs TBA