LIGHTWEIGHT BOUTS ANNOUNCED FOR BUSHIDO TOURNAMENT
09/01/2005

The lightweight bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S BUSHIDO "The Tournament." Headlining matches include a battle of Japan as Takanori Gomi faces Tatsuya Kawajiri ... Naoyuki Kotani will go head to head with Luis Azeredo of Brazil ... Hayato "Mach" Sakurai is set to face "Little Evil" Jens Pulver ... and Yves Edwards of the USA will battle Joachim Hansen of Norway.

Fight Card

BUSHIDO THE TOURNAMENT

Welterweight Tournament Bouts

BLOCK A: Phil Baroni (USA) vs. Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa (Japan)
BLOCK B: Masanori Suda (Japan) vs. Murilo Bustamante (Brazil)
BLOCK C: Ryo Chonan (Japan) vs. Dan Henderson (USA)
BLOCK D: Akihiro Gono (Japan) vs. Daniel Acacio (Brazil)


The winner of BLOCK A will face the winner of BLOCK B.
The winner of BLOCK C will face the winner of BLOCK D.
The winners of A/B and C/D will face off in a December 2005 match.
Welterweight Tournament Reserve Bout

Ryuta Sakurai (Japan) vs. Paulo Filho (Brazil)

Lightweight Tournament Bouts

BLOCK A: Takanori Gomi (Japan) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (Japan)
BLOCK B: Naoyuki Kotani (Japan) vs. Luis Azeredo (Brazil)
BLOCK C: Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (Japan) vs. Jens Pulver (USA)
BLOCK D: Yves Edwards (USA) vs. Joachim Hansen (Norway)

The winner of BLOCK A will face the winner of BLOCK B.
The winner of BLOCK C will face the winner of BLOCK D.
The winners of A/B and C/D will face off in a December 2005 match.

Lightweight Tournament Reserve Bout

Dokonjonosuke Mishima (Japan) vs. Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett (USA)




(Fight Card Subject to Change)


BUSHIDO THE TOURNAMENT will take place from the Ariake Coliseum in Japan
and is scheduled to debut on North American pay per view via DIRECTV, DISH NETWORK, UrbanXtra, TVN1, VU!, and Viewer's Choice Canada.

North American Pay Per View Schedule:
PPV Premiere Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2005
Premiere Time: 9:00 pm EST, 6:00 pm PST

BUSHIDO THE TOURNAMENT will be available at a reduced rate of $24.95.