Noguiera and Emelianenko released their comments.

Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira: I've heard that PRIDE is having some troubles and now is the time for that we fighters have to put our strength together. I think our biggest and most important job is for us to have great fighters in the PRIDE ring. I swear I will defend PRIDE as the PRIDE Champion. Proving that I am the strongest in the world will be my way of protecting PRIDE. Mr. Morishita tried to put this fight together last year and I want my victor of Fedor to be in memory of him. And I want to give him the present of beautiful technique as well.

Fedor Emelianenko: I'm really excited now that I can finally challenge the PRIDE Champion. I put the honor of our Russian Top Team on the line and promise that I will defeat Nogueira. Vale Tudo was a made for the Brazilians by the Brazilians. That doesn't deter Russian fighters, though. I will overcome him. The time has come for the world to know the skill and power that has lay dormant in the Russians.