3 MORE BOUTS ADDED TO CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE
06/21/2006

Three more non-tournament bouts have been added to PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming July 2nd event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006.

The first announced bout will feature submission specialist and former PRIDE heavyweight champion ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA against Dutch kickboxer ALISTAIR "DEMOLITION MAN" OVEREEM. Two new warriors will make their PRIDE debut when Japanese kickboxer YOSHIHIRO NAKAO will face I EUN-SU from Korea. Finally, undefeated newcomer EDISON DRAGO hopes to keep his 9-0 win record flawless when steps into the ring against renowned Olympic Judo Gold Medalist PAWEL NASTULA.

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, while New Zealander MARK HUNT dukes it out with "THE BABY FACED ASSASIN" JOSH BARNETT. EVANGELISTA "CYBORG" SANTOS has his sights on Japanese judo superstar KAZUHIRO NAKAMURA. In addition MMA veteran, VITOR "THE PHENOM" BELFORT will be making his return to the PRIDE ring after a one year hiatus to face former Pancrease veteran, YOSHIKI TAKAHASHI.

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.