MARK HUNT vs TSUYOSHI KOSAKA has been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming May 5th event, TOTAL ELIMINATION ABSOLUTE 2006:

Armed with an arsenal of lethal punches, knees and kicks, the New Zealand kickboxer MARK HUNT has defeated the likes of former WBO NABO cruiserweight boxing champion YOSUKE "YOSUKEZAN" NISHIJIMA and Croation sensation MIRKO CROCOP. On May 5th, he will face the renowned Japanese submission fighter, TSUYOSHI KOSAKA, who is fresh off of a TKO victory over Brazilian Top Team's MARIO SPERRY. Both fighters will step into the ring at TOTAL ELIMINATION ABSOLUTE with the dream of being crowned the world's number one fighter!

The card so far features Japanese Olympic gold medallist HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA against the former WBO NABO cruiserweight boxing champion YOSUKE NISHIJIMA. The Croatian sensation, MIRKO "CROCOP" FILIPOVIC will go toe to toe with IKUHISA "THE PUNK" MINOWA, JOSH "BABY-FACED ASSASSIN" BARNETT will clash with Red Devil's ALEKSANDER EMELIANENKO, JAMES "COLLOSUS" THOMPSON will war with KAZUYUKI FUJITA leaving FABRICIO WERDUM to take on the Dutchman ALISTAIR OVEREEM.

ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA is also expected to participate in the tournament. Additional participants and match ups will be announced soon.

TOTAL ELIMINATION ABSOLUTE is the first round of PRIDE FIGHTING'S 2006 16-Man Grand Prix Tournament. ABSOLUTE means no weight classes. The tournament will span three events: TOTAL ELIMINATION ABSOLUTE (Opening Round), CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE (Second Round) and FINAL CONFLICT ABSOLUTE (Semi-Finals and Finals)

TOTAL ELIMINATION ABSOLUTE 2006 is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Friday, May 5th, 2006.