Statement from Nobuhiko Takada, PRIDE General Manager, during PRIDE 26
"I thought of a message for everyone so please give me a moment of your time (pulls out a sheet of paper). Tonight is the 26th event in the PRIDE series or 28th if you count the Grand Prix.
Looking back on it, it has been a bumpy road for PRIDE but we made it this far by keeping our eyes on the road ahead. PRIDE will not stop in its tracks. PRIDE will not stop advancing. PRIDE is aiming for a new world and will be reborn as many times as it takes. The name of this even is REBORN (in Japan) and that's a message to ourselves and a statement of intent to the fans. The same as the fights here tonight, no matter what hits you take, you always get up.
That is the spirit of REBORN. This year in August, we will enter a new ground again. It will be the toughest tournament in the world under the blazing August sun. It will be the PRIDE middleweight tournament."