Four more participants have been added to the sixteen man heavyweight tournament, TOTAL ELIMINATION 2004, which will take place on April 25th, 2004 from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The event is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view on same day delay.

Newly Added Participants:

Mark "The Hammer" Coleman

Hirotaka Yokoi

Paulo "Giant" Silva Cesar

Sergei Kharitonov

Previously Announced Participants:

Fedor Emelianenko

Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic

"The Texas Crazy Horse" Heath Herring

"Ice Cold" Igor Vovchanchyn

Stefan "Blitz" Leko

Sylvester "The Predator" Terkay

Henry "Sentoryu" Miller

At 10-0, Hirotaka Yokoi is one of Japan's most promising heavyweights; he is a veteran of the Rings organization and was victorious in his PRIDE FC debut, defeating Jerrel Venetiaan at PRIDE FC 23 CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS 2. At 7 '5" and 528 lbs, Paulo Silva Cesar, better known as "Giant Silva," is one of the most imposing physical specimens ever to compete in mixed martial arts. With his incredible strength and reach advantage, he constantly poses match-up problems for his opponents. Sergei Kharitonov hails from Moscow, Russia and this undefeated fighter (7-0) has quietly made his presence felt in mixed martial arts; in his two PRIDE FC appearances he has impressive, armbarring both of his opponents (Jason Nobunaga and L.A. Giant). Mark "The Hammer" Coleman is one of the legends of mixed martial arts and the winner of the 2000 PRIDE FC Heavyweight Grand Prix. That night he made history as PRIDE FC's first ever Grand Prix winner and now he looks to repeat the performance.

The remaining four participants as well as the match-ups for the opening round will be announced soon. The schedule for the tournament will be as follows:

PRIDE FC 16-Man Heavyweight Tournament


April 25, 2004

Saitama Super Arena

(Opening Round)


June 20, 2004

Saitama Super Arena

(Second Round)


August 15, 2004

Saitama Super Arena

(Semi-Finals and Finals)

PRIDE FC: TOTAL ELIMINATION 2004 will premiere on North American pay per view through iNDEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, Bell Express Vu, and Viewer's Choice Canada on Sunday, April 25th, 2004. The premiere time is 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST and the count down show is at 8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST. For additional replay times, please contact your pay per view provider or

Participants and fight card are subject to change.