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- NASTULA MAKES STATEMENT AT PRIDE

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A legend in the art of Judo, Pawel Nastula made a transition into MMA last year. Considered to be the “Rickson Gracie of Judo” by many, the accomplished Judoka has faced world class opposition in his short four-fight career.

Since signing with PRIDE Fighting Championships in 2005, Pawel Nastula has been thrown to the wolves. In his debut, he faced former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, arguably the best heavyweight submission fighter today. Although he was unsuccessful in his first professional MMA fight, Nastula gave a strong effort despite having never fought on an amateur level. Many fans and experts were impressed by his performance. However, DSE stated otherwise in a post-fight press conference.

In his next fight, Pawel had the unenviable task of taking on heavy handed Russian Aleksander Emelianenko. Nastula handled himself well against Emelianenko’s superior striking. During the fight, the Judoka scored a couple of takedowns in addition to almost securing an armbar. After seven minutes of action, an exhausted Nastula succumbed to a rear naked choke.

Undeterred by his losses, Nastula remained optimistic about his career. Pawel returned to the ring last July on the undercard of PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute ‘06. Scheduled to fight yet another tough opponent in Edson Drago, the Judo champion finally got his first victory when he submitted the previously undefeated Brazilian with an armbar.

Nastula made his U.S. MMA debut this past Saturday at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal. Standing across the ring was former UFC heavyweight champion and Open Weight Grand Prix runner-up Josh Barnett. The “Babyface Assassin” is currently #3 on MMAWeekly’s heavyweight top ten rankings. Once again, the Judo legend played the role of the underdog.

Nastula looked impressive, utilizing his Judo prowess, physical strength and good balance to defend against Barnett’s clinches. The Poland native took the fight to the ground and controlled the opening round. In the second, Pawel landed a couple of nice hooks that stunned the “Babyface Assassin” and took the fight to the mat again. The world champion Judoka was seemingly on his way to winning the first two rounds when Barnett reversed positions after a failed armbar attempt and submitted Nastula with a toe hold. Pawel fell short in what could have been a major upset and his record dropped to 1-3. Regardless, his performance warrants another appearance in a PRIDE ring.

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Guest wrestling/mma/rj

O nastula brincou de derrubar o barnet, acho que ele tem um futuro promissor no mma

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Guest Phoenix

eu gostei mto da percomance dele.... perder prakele boçal do barnett com uma xave de peh nao eh novidade... deu um atraso bonito no barnett tanto na trocaçao como nas kedas, soh bobiou no peh ai ja era...

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Só deram pedrera pro cara!

Tem que dar mais umas lutas, pra ele ganhar connfiança e afiar a trocação dele que vai ficar parada mto dura pra qualquer lutador!

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Depois que vi a luta dele contra o Drago - que algum louco daqui do portal apostava que ia ser o cara a derrubar o Fedor, não me lembro quem foi nem vou procurar - vi contra o fedorzinho e agora contr o Bernet, o cara tem mostrado muita garra e desenvolvimento no esporte.

com certeza ele vai dar o que falar, pena é que o DSE não dá moleza pro cara, só coloca pedreira.

Para mim o bom desempenho dele tem haver com o profissionalismo que o cara tá acostumado, o nível de treino dele deve ser muito bom, para ser campeão olímpico não é mole... agora ele precisa de uma equipe boa, com cross treino

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"Rickson Gracie" do Judô...

Sacanagem com o polaco, ele luta com tops

:lol: :ZZZ: :ZZZ:

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eu fikei surpreso, o gordo-magro do barnett nao conseguiu dirruba o nastula, o kra brinco com o barnett , mando impon o kralho a 4, na hora q ele boto o barnett pra ver estrelas pensei q ele ia nocautear

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Guest Viper

Só deram pedrera pro cara!

Tem que dar mais umas lutas, pra ele ganhar connfiança e afiar a trocação dele que vai ficar parada mto dura pra qualquer lutador!

Tá foda isso...Minota, Aleksander e Barnett pra um cara que está iniciando no VT é sacanagem!

Só falta o pessoal da DSE colocar Fedor, CC e Kharitonov pro Nastula enfrentar nas suas próximas lutas... :lol:

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Guest chapado122

nastula contra yoshida o nastula desmonta o yoshida

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Tb me surpeendi com ele.....evoluiu bastante e trabalhando mais pode ser um Top dos pesados......o problema é que parece que ele não é mais um garoto.....a carreira dele no MMA não vai ser longa

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nastula contra o ganhador de fedor e CC

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