EASTMAN/NAKAMURA & VILLASENOR/LAWLER ADDEDTO THE REAL DEAL
10/02/2006

In its highly anticipated United States debut, PRIDE Fighting Championships secures two more superstar bouts for "The Real Deal," taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. In the first announced bout, Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman is scheduled to take on Kazuhiro Nakamura while former KOTC champion Joey "Dreamsmasher" Villasenor will meet "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler of Miletech Martial Arts in the later bout.


Former King of the Cage champion, Joey Villasenor may be new to PRIDE FIGHTING, but not to the world of mixed martial arts. One of the best young pound for pound fighters in the world, Villasenor is as well rounded as they come as his "ground and pound" technique is among the most devastating in his weight class. On his feet, Villasenor has knockout power, leading to his alternate nickname of "one punch." His opponent, "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler has also had his claim to fame fighting in the UFC and also as ICON sport's former middleweight champion. Training in the Miletech Fighting Systems out of Davenport, Iowa under the MMA legend Pat Miletich, Lawler brings his ferocious attitude, raw strength and MMA expertise to debut in the PRIDE ring this coming October 21st.

Also, Marvin Eastman will make his PRIDE debut, to the ring to face Japanese judo superstar Kazuhiro Nakamura. Eastman is a long time MMA veteran proficient in Muay Thai and with 22 years of grappling experience, having fought against the likes of Quinton Jackson, Vitor Belfort, and Alex Steibling. Training under Olympic gold-medalist Hidehiko Yoshida, Kazuhiro Nakamura is known for his calm demeanor and dangerous martial arts skills, having rolled with the best of the best: Josh Barnett, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Wanderlei Silva.


FIGHTCARD
Fedor Emelianenko (Japan) VS. Mark "The Hammer" Coleman (USA)
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (Brazil) VS. Kevin "The Monster" Randleman (USA)
Mark "The Samoan Monster" Hunt VS. Eric "Butterbean" Esch (USA)
Josh "The Baby-faced Assassin" Barnett (USA) VS. Pawel Nastula (Poland)
"Dangerous" Dan Henderson (USA) VS. Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort (USA)
Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman (USA) VS. Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan)
Joey "Dreamsmasher" Villasenor (USA) VS. "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (USA)

Participants and fight card subject to change.


Tickets to PRIDE FC's "The Real Deal," sponsored by Caesars Palace, are available at www.pridefc.com or 1-866-US FIGHT. Ticket prices range from $50 to $700. PRIDE's first U.S. card will also be featured on Pay-Per-View for $39.95. Check your local cable or satellite provider for details.