The first participant for PRIDE FIGHTING'S 2005 middleweight Grand Prix has been announced and representing Poland as well as the martial art of Judo will be legendary Judoka, Pawel Nastula. The 1995 and 1997 Judo World Champion and 1996 gold medallist at the Olympic games in Atlanta, Nastula brings his legendary Judo skills to the PRIDE ring to compete against the world's elite mixed martial artists.

Pawel Nastula Judo Awards

Olympic Games 1996 AtlantaUnder 95Kg1st Prize
World Championships 1991 BarcelonaUnder 95Kg2nd Prize
1995 TokyoUnder 95Kg1st Prize
1997 ParisUnder 95Kg1st Prize
Euro Championships 1994Under 95Kg1st Prize
1995Under 95Kg1st Prize
1996Under 95Kg1st Prize
Tournoi de Paris 1995Under 95Kg1st Prize
1996Under 95Kg1st Prize
Dutch Grand Prix 2000Under 100kg1st Prize
Warsaw Judo Tourn. 2001Under 100kg1st Prize
A-Tournament Prague 2002Under 100kg1st Prize
Polish Championships 1991~2003 11-peatUnder 95Kg & 100kg1st Prize

The opening round of PRIDE FIGHTING'S middleweight Grand Prix tournament, TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005, takes place on April 23rd, 2005 from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Additional tournament participants as well as North American pay per view information are soon to follow.