"CYBORG" SANTOS / NAKAMURA & BELFORT / TAKAHASHI
SET FOR JULY 2ND
06/15/2006

Two more non-tournament bouts have been added to PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming July 2nd event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006. Chute Boxe's Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos will make his PRIDE debut against Japanese judo superstar Kazuhiro Nakamura. In addition MMA veteran, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort will be making his return to the ring after a one year hiatus to face the 37 year old Pancrase veteran, Yoshiki Takahashi.

The card so far features Japanese Olympic gold medallist HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA against the Croatian sensation, also MIRKO "CROCOP" FILIPOVIC. The "AXE MURDERER" WANDERLEI SILVA is scheduled to war with KAZUYUKI "IRONHEAD" FUJITA. In addition, MIRKO CROCOP'S Brazilian Jiujitsu coach, FABRICIO WERDUM will face off against fellow Brazilian ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA, leaving New Zealander MARK HUNT to duke it out with "THE BABY FACED ASSASIN" JOSH BARNETT.

CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE is the second round of PRIDE FIGHTING'S 2006 16-Man Grand Prix Tournament. ABSOLUTE means no weight classes. Two more rounds of the tournament remain: CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE (Second Round) and FINAL CONFLICT ABSOLUTE (Semi-Finals and Finals). The date for the latter event will be announced soon.

CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006 is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Sunday, July 2, 2006.


TOURNAMENT MATCHES

Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan) VS. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (Croatia)
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) VS. Kazuyuki Fujita (Japan)
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) VS. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera (Brazil)
Josh Barnett (USA) VS. Mark Hunt (New Zealand)

NON-TOURNAMENT MATCHES
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan) vs. Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos (Brazil)
Vitor Belfort (Brazil) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (Japan)