Anderson Silva won by KO in STORM MUAY THAI GP, a muay thai event held on April 12th in Brazil. Silva also KO'd Carlos Newton with a knee-kick at the March 16th PRIDE 25 at Yokohama Arena.
Takada Dojo's newest fighter, Kazuhiro Hamanaka, will fight Nino "Elvis" Schembri at the June 8th PRIDE 26: Bad To The Bone in Yokohama Arena. Schembri recently defeated Hamanaka's fellow Takada Dojo member, Kazushi Sakuraba at PRIDE 25. We went to Takada Dojo to speak with Hamanaka and his mentor, Takada Nobuhiko, the newly appointed General Manager of PRIDE.
POST-PRESS CONFERENCE COMMENTS
PRIDE Executive Producer, Antonio Inoki This has been a tough 2 years for Fujita. Just when he was gaining popularity, he had an accident and now it's about whether he can make a comeback. I think this will be a big chance for him. It's what everyone says but I think "what will be, will be", so I just want him to give it everything that he's got.
Q AND A WITH SAKAKIBARA, FUJITA, TAKADA, INOKI
DE Executive Producer, Antonio Inoki Do you feel alive? PRIDE is alive today. What will happen from now on? Move forward without fail. When you move, you will understand! An exciting PRIDE is waiting for you and that's why we've got this press conference today. At the same time of PRIDE's rebirth is the appointment of the new General Manager, Nobuhiko Takada. I believe that he's going to help PRIDE become even more exciting and ask you all for your support.
NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA INTERVIEW
DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Executive Producer Antonio Inoki and General Manager Nobuhiko Takada were present at a Tokyo press conference on April 15th to announce the reorganization of PRIDE. A one-year event schedule and a partial card for the upcoming PRIDE 26 (June 8, Yokohama, Japan) were also announced. Kazuyuki Fujita will fight the current PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, Fedo Emelianenkor, in a non-title match at PRIDE 26.