PRIDE FIGHTING FANS ARRIVE IN FULL FORCE IN HOLLYWOOD
09/07/2005

Over 700 PRIDE Fighting fans attended an official autograph session this past Saturday, September 3 rd at the Best Buy in West Hollywood , California . Fighters in attendance included "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni, Dan " Hollywood " Henderson, Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and Bas Rutten. The event was organized in cooperation with Best Buy and DVD distributor BCI Eclipse.

Fans wait in line for an opportunity to meet their favorite PRIDE fighters.


Fans began lining up inside the store more than an hour before the event was scheduled to start at 3pm. "It was amazing, when we arrived early there were already fans in line eager to meet the fighters, " said Yukino Kanda, Executive Vice President of Dream Stage Entertainment. "The line kept growing until it circled the entire perimeter inside the store."

Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Phil Baroni, Dan Henderson, and Bas Rutten meet and greet the fans.

"We were all thrilled that it turned out to be such an exciting event and were pleased to see the overwhelming enthusiasm that the multitude of fans provided," said Jeff Hayne Director of Acquisitions at BCI Eclipse.

Lucky fans were able to pick up a free, limited edition PRIDE Fighting poster, which featured all four fighters in attendance. Fighters shook hands, took photos with fans, and signed posters and other items (including numerous Jiu Jitsu and Judo gi's being signed by Mr. Yoshida and Mr. Nakamura). As it was the birthday of Mr. Yoshida, other fans brought gifts to the Judo legend including cards and gift baskets.

The event ran for over two hours, though the line did have to be cut at 4:30pm. All in all, the door was left open for future autograph sessions with other fighters. Said David Grover, Best Buy store manager, "It was an amazing in-store event, by far the best ever in this store ... we look forward to supporting PRIDE FC in the near future."