FIELD OF DREAMS MEET & GREET SESSION A SUCCESS
08/19/2006

Pride Fighting Championship's first event in the United States, PRIDE 32 THE REAL DEAL, will be held on October 21st at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. PRIDE fighters are aggressively promoting the event and this time, we bring you a report from Las Vegas.


An autograph-signing event was held on August 17th at the Caesers Palace Forum Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Signing autographs for the fans were PRIDE Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, a fan favorite making his first trip to the United States, and the "three muscle brothers", Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman and Phil Baroni.

The number of fans greatly outnumbered the number of tickets to enter the event, and the fans that weren't able to gain tickets swarmed and forced themselves into the venue regardless. Despite the hectic conditions, the four fighters were happy to sign autographs for the Las Vegas fans.
The fans were particularly excited to see Fedor Emelianenko in person in his first Las Vegas appearance. The fans went crazy when Randleman, sitting next to Emelianenko, howled, "PRIDE, the real mixed martial arts event, is finally coming to America! You MUST watch Fedor fight live!" The frenzy continued for two hours until the event finished.

In addition to the autograph session, Emelianenko was extremely busy being interviewed by Los Angeles magazines, making live appearances on FOX SPORTS' morning new program (August 17th broadcast), etc. Emelianenko and the "three muscle brothers" also inspected THE REAL DEAL venue, the Thomas & Mack Center.
Additionally, a commercial for PRIDE's American event continues to be broadcast on the giant screen outside the Thomas & Mack Center.