CITY OF INDUSTRY, Jan 24, 2006 - What a great way to kick off the year for PRIDE and their US fans! Thanks to PRIDE, BCI ECLIPSE and FRY ELECTRONICS, nearly 700 lucky fans got to meet 2005 Grand Prix Middleweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Chute Boxe star Murilo "Ninja" Rua, 2005 Grand Prix Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson, and MMA veteran, Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo.

Fans were able to pick up a free limited edition PRIDE poster featuring all four fighters in attendance and were in for an even bigger treat when PRIDE commentators "El Guapo" Bas Rutten, Frank Trigg and Dreamstage CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara unexpectedly showed up and surprised all the fans.




Fighters answered fans' questions, took pictures and autographed just about everything from shirts to boxing gloves.

This autograph session allowed PRIDE and its fighters to say "thank you" to the fans and to provide them with one on one interaction with the superstars while providing greater exposure to mixed martial arts in the United States. All in all, the three hour event was memorable for both fighters and fans alike and PRIDE hopes to bring more of these sessions to the U.S. in the near future!