- Sunday 08.28.2005
- U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
- Promotion: Pride FC
- Ownership: Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE)
- Venue: Saitama Super Arena
- Location: Saitama, Japan
- Enclosure: Ring
- TV Announcers: Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten
- Ring Announcer: Lenne Hardt, Kei Grant
- MMA Bouts: 7
Rua vs. Arona (7), Emelianenko vs. Filipović (6), Yoshida vs. Abbott (5)
Werdum vs. Zentsov (4)
Rua vs. Overeem I (3), Arona vs. Silva I (2)
Nakamura vs. Vovchanchyn (1)
Pride Final Conflict 2005 Wiki Update Wiki
In the biggest MMA event of the year, and one of the biggest in MMA history, Pride Final Conflict 2005 kicked off with the Semifinal and Final rounds of the 2005 Middleweight Tournament. After blitzing Alistair Overeem and earning a TKO in the Semifinals, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua stopped Ricardo Arona in the Finals to become the Middleweight Grand Prix Champion. After beginning the tournament almost completely ignored among the brighter luminaries, Rua’s tournament performance made him the most feared and respected light heavyweight fighter in the world at the time.
In the featured bout of the evening, Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko defeated Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic in what was considered to be the most difficult fight of his career. The win over Filipovic was highly anticipated in its buildup and legendary in its result, but it also proved to be the most meaningful win for Emelianenko for the next several years.
Videos & Highlights
Highlight | 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix Highlight Video by Machinemen report dead link
MMA underground video maker Machinemen recaps the entire 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament, featuring video from all three elimination rounds.
Promo Video | Pride GP 2005 Promo and Opening Ceremony Video report dead link
The introductory highlight video to Pride FC's Final Conflict 2005 Grand Prix tournament.