What a great way to kick off the PRIDE FIGHTING'S THE REAL DEAL promotional tour with US fans! Thanks to PRIDE, BCI ECLIPSE and the BEST BUY in Torrance, California, nearly 500 lucky fans got to meet 2005 Grand Prix Middleweight Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Seattle's very own Josh Barnett, Chute Boxe's "Elvis" Nino Schembri, and Brazillian MMA legend, Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort.

Hundreds of fans in attendance were able to pick up a free limited edition PRIDE poster featuring the fighters in attendance. Fighters answered fans' questions, took pictures and autographed just about everything from shirts to boxing gloves. The official sale date of the tickets to PRIDE FC's "The Real Deal," was announced to go on sale Sunday, August 20 and were available at or 1-866-US FIGHT.

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 PRIDE FIGHTING'S: THE REAL DEAL in the United States. All in all, the two 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!