On May 8th, Dream Stage Entertainment announced four additions to the May 22nd PRIDE BUSHIDO 7 card.

"BUSHIDO is going to be a light-middleweight event," DSE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara explained. "I think we were able to put together a card that will show the fans exactly how serious DSE is. Each fight is Japanese vs. foreigner, and all are in the same weight class. Everyone is going to have a tough fight. This is a fitting card for BUSHIDO's restart. We are welcoming the world's greatest fighters and just like the slogan we are using on our posters, we are declaring a reformation on martial arts."

This card is symbolic, showing that BUSHIDO is place where only the strong are allowed. The matches are also survival matches for the 73kg and 83kg Grand Prix's scheduled for this fall. The strongest fighters from Japan and across the world will go head-to-head in a bitter battle for survival.

"This fight will be at 73kg, so I will be able to fight at my regular weight," commented Ryuki Ueyama, Kiyoshi Tamura's top student. "I've fought nothing but heavier fighters until now and this will be the first time for me to fight an equally sized fighter here. I think I'll be able to show us what I can really do. It seems like my opponent is really tough but I don't think there's anyone that can beat me in this weight class. I'm confident that I'll win the tournament, too. The real battle is from now so I want to fight as soon as possible." PRIDE's Public Relations Office, Saeki, also expects a lot from Ueyama, "This is his real weight class so this will be the real fight for him. Milton is an unknown fighter, although he is very good. You'll see how tough Ueyama is, though, now that he's in his own weight class."

Taisho, making his PRIDE debut, is one of only 22 people in Japan that have Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts. He has fought in organizations such as DEEP and ZST, and he's dying to use this opportunity to get into the major leagues, "There aren't many chances to get into PRIDE so I'm going in swinging." His opponent, Jens Pulver, lost to Takanori Gomi on New Year's Eve but is still recognized as one of the top lightweight fighters in the world. If Taisho can get a victory here, he will make a big name for himself.

Dokonjyonosuke Mishima will make his 3rd appearance in BUSHIODO. Mishima became the DEEP Middleweight Champion in February and will take on the UFC assassin Yves Edwards. "I've often been told recently that I look older," Mishima said. "I'm going to take back my youth. I'm sure Yves is tough but I plan on winning easily and moving on to the tournament."



UFC Representative Dana White sent the following message:

It's unfortunate that Vitor lost in the opening round of the PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix. Vitor is a very tough fighter and I'm sure he'll be back to fight again. I heard that PRIDE will have a lightweight tournament this year and I have the prefect fighter for that tournament. Yves Edwards can KO most of the fighters.

Yves is a well-balanced mixed martial artist and has fought Japanese fighters in the past. I'm sure he will KO Dokonjyonosuke Mishima when they fight. I'd also like to warn Takanori Gomi. Yvel Edwards is going to knock you out because UFC fighters are the best in the world.

Not only did White warm Mishima, he issued a warning to Gomi and has enough confidence in Yves to predict that he will dominate the whole tournament. Mishima also said that he wants to fight Gomi. Gomi is quickly becoming surrounded and will have to fight hard to maintain his position of ace in BUSHIDO. "If that's true, I'm in trouble," Mishima commented after hearing White's statement. "Please be gentle." It's hard to tell if he's joking or serious but Saeki tried to calm his nerves, "(White's) always like this. Don't take it too seriously."

Akihiro Gono, top member of GRABAKA, a team of top fighters that has recently separated from Pancrase, has also been confirmed to fight in BUSHIDO 7. His opponent will be Crosley Gracie, from the new generation of the Gracie family and the first person to submit Hayato "Mach" Sakurai.

"I'm Gono...from GRABAKA...separated from Pancrase," Gono said in the press conference. "When I fought in BUSHIDO the last time, many people said that I was bragging but that wasn't just talk. I say what I think. I was trying to brag last time so I won't say much this time. I received the offer last week so there isn't much time. However, my fight will be the first one since GRABAKA's separation so I can not lose. There's a lot of pressure so I'd like to do something good for my team, too. Please support me." There's no doubt that a lot of attention will be on him as the first fight since GRABAKA's separation from Pancrase and this results of this fight could determine GRABAKA's future.

Although his opponent is a Gracie, Gono says that it doesn't bother him. "I don't feel anything special (about him being a Gracie). If I win, it'll be a badge for me to wear in this (MMA) world. I'd actually rather fight Chute Boxe." Will this fight be won by Gono, who is the All-Japan Kickboxing Heavyweight Champion, or by Crosley and his Gracie jiu-jitsu?