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Pride Bushido 11: Survival Preview

By T. Sands

 

It seems like just yesterday Pride took the revolutionary step of giving "the little guys" their own show. Unbelievably this is actually the eleventh installment of the Bushido series. This show starts off the Welterweight Grand Prix which will provide some very intriguing matchups. Survival also has a very strong non-tournament card as we see the return of Marcus Aurelio fresh off his upset of Taka Gomi. This should be another Bushido card filled with fight of the year candidates.

 

Hayato Sakurai (-900)

Vs.

Olaf Alonso       (+775)

 

This fight will most definitely be on a Prides greatest knockouts compilation. Alonso has been knocked out in his last two fights and has a flare for the dramatic while Sakurai has never been shy about exchanging the leather. Sakurai would love to get back in the lightweight title picture and a big win here would do a lot for his popularity.

 

Keys to Victory: Alonso needs to keep this fight standing and hope to catch Sakurai off guard with a big punch. Sakurai is coming off of a very serious face injury and the smart thing for him may be to take this fight to the ground. Sakurai is a crowd pleaser though so I see a stand up war here.

 

Tatsuya Kawajari  (-750)

Vs.

Charles Bennett    (+680)

 

This is a matchup between two fighters who just bring it. Kawajari is no stranger to finishing fights on his feet as he has eight career wins by TKO. Kawajari is the reigning Shooto 154 lbs. champion and needs a big win here to get back in to the Pride title picture. "Crazy Horse" Bennett has risen from the King of the Cage circuit to become a household name in Japan after defeating television personality Ken Kaneko. It took Bennett over four minutes to finish Kaneko so he would like to put up a better performance on this show.

 

Keys to Victory: Both guys need to look for the knockout. Bennett will look to come out and slug it out but Kawajari should use a controlled striking game and try and get the knockout with a combination of strikes instead of just one big blow.

 

Marcus Aurelio   (-250)

Vs.

Mitsuhiro Ishida (+230)

 

Aurelio became famous in one night as he provided one of the biggest upsets in years when he choked out Mr. Bushido Taka Gomi in April. Aurelio has come in to this fight with a big head as he has stated in interviews that he thinks this should be an easy victory. Ishida brings a controlled game to the ring and if taken lightly may pull off the huge upset.

 

Keys to Victory: Aurelio needs to keep this fight on the ground and apply relentless pressure. If he comes out to confident an upset could be on the horizon. This is a must see fight. A win here for Aurellio means a rematch with Gomi for the title at the next Bushido show.

 

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Welterweight Grand Prix Matchups

 

Gegard Mousasi (-265)

Vs.

Makoto Takomoto (+245)

 

Mousasi is a fast rising star in Pride and this will be a big test for him. The winner of this fight will solidify themselves as a contender in the division and get themselves tremendous experience in the next round when they fight a top fighter in the division.

 

Keys to Victory: I don't look for this fight to go to the cards. Mousasi has an excellent chance of ending this fight by ref stoppage but don't count out Takomoto and his sneaky submission skills.

 

Joey Villasenor (+100)

Vs.

Ryo Chonan      (-110)

 

Villasenor had a lot of trouble weighing in for the fight so look for his conditioning to be a major storyline in this fight. Chonan is a crafty vet who was on a nice win streak until he ran in to back to back fights with Dan Henderson and Phil Baroni. This fight has not gotten the hype it deserves as these are two very good fighters meeting in the first round.

 

Keys to Victory: If the rumors are true about Villasenors conditioning, he must try and finish this fight quick. If Chonan can get this in to the later rounds then he may have a huge advantage. There is no excuse for being off weight for a huge fight like this.

 

Akihiro Gono      (-164)

Vs

Hector Lombard (+154)

 

Gono and Lombard have a bit of a beef going into this fight as Gono made disparaging comments about training partners of Lombard. Lombard is going to try and use his judo skills to get this fight to the ground and submit Gono. Gono will try and keep his distance and knock out Lombard while standing.

 

Keys to Victory: Lombard has to use his submission skills and Gono needs to turn this in to a brawl. Gono better try and do all he can to keep his distance or Lombard may be able to sneak out a submission.

 

Phil Baroni     (-275)

Vs.

Kazuo Misaki (+255)

 

Phil Baroni has been reborn. He has made an amazing comeback in Pride and a couple of big wins in the Welterweight tourney would be remarkable. Misaki is known more than anything for his impressive performance against Dan Henderson at Bushido 10. Misaki lost the fight by decision but showed tremendous heart in defeat.

 

Keys to Victory: Baroni needs to keep this fight standing and get the quick KO. Baroni is a very heady fighter and if he can get in to the next round of this tournament with a KO under his belt then watch out. Baroni with confidence equals big trouble. If Misaki can take this fight to the ground then he has a good chance of wearing down Baroni and getting the eventual submission victory.

 

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Murilo Rua  (-135)

Vs.

Denis Kang (+125)

 

This will be a good fight. I have not seen the public favor an underdog so heavily in a long time. Kang has gotten a lot of support and rightfully so as he made his Bushido debut in April and defeated veteran Mark Weir. Pride Grand Prix's have been good to the Rua's over the last year and Murilo hopes to bring home the welterweight crown.

 

Keys to Victory: Rua needs to fight like the bigger fighter here and show some heart. A loss here would be career threatening for "Ninja" as he will have exhausted all weight class options. Kang can both standup and grapple so this fight can end just about anywhere. This should be a close fight.

 

Murilo Bustamante (-300)

Vs.

Amar Suloev           (+270)

 

Bustamante has a lot to prove as there have been grumblings over the past few months that he may be getting to old to be considered a dominant fighter anymore. Amar Suloev would love to get his career back on track here as a win over Bustamante would give him instant credibility in the tournament.

 

Keys to Victory: Bustamante needs to use his BJJ to his advantage and get a quick submission victory. Suloev does possess great submission defense though as he won a decision in 2004 against world champion grappler Dean Lister. This fight may end up a lot closer than people imagine. Bustamante deserved a much easier first round opponent than this.

 

I hope you guys enjoyed the article. I appreciate the great response I have gotten from readers and your comments and questions are always welcome. Now relax and enjoy the show.

 

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Great job as usual.  Routing for Chonan and Rua tonight.

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