Rua vs. Nogueira
Silva vs. Nakamura (8), Tamura vs. Takimoto (5)
Arona vs. Sakuraba (7), Nogueira vs. Nastula (6), Filipović vs. Magomedov (4)
Overeem vs. Vovchanchyn (3), Kharitonov vs. Rizzo (1)
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In one of the best tournaments in MMA history, the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix continued with the Quarterfinal round at Pride Critical Countdown 2005. In an impressive sophomore effort in the tournament, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by Unanimous Decision. In other tournament action, Alistair Overeem defeated Igor Vovchanchyn by submission, while Ricardo Arona defeated Kazushi Sakuraba in one of the most horrific sustained beatings ever seen in MMA, and Wanderlei Silva defeated Kazuhiro Nakamura after Nakamura foolishly attempted to strip off his Gi jacket while Silva was close enough to pounce on him.
Overall, the night belonged to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. After entering the tournament with little fanfare and few high profile wins, Rua’s back-to-back wins over Quinton Jackson and Nogueira had moved him from dark horse in the middleweight tournament to potential top dog in his weight class. Some even began pining for a showdown with Middleweight champ Wanderlei Silva, but the Chute Boxe Academy teammates and friends never ultimately fought.