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PRIDE GRAND PRIX TOURNAMENT MATCHUPS
Today, Dream Stage Entertainment (the parent company of PRIDE) held a press conference at Tokyo Price Hotel. The Executive Producer Nobuhiko Takada, and Sakakibara, the president, were present, alongside Hidehiko Yoshida.
GRAND PRIX: SILVA, JACKSON, SAKURABA, AND GRACIE
Statement from Nobuhiko Takada, PRIDE General Manager, during PRIDE 26
"I thought of a message for everyone so please give me a moment of your time (pulls out a sheet of paper). Tonight is the 26th event in the PRIDE series or 28th if you count the Grand Prix.
THE NEW PRIDE - SAKAKIBARA, TAKADA INTERVIEWS
PRIDE REBORN PRIDE 26 was called REBORN in Japan. We wanted to take a second look at how we came this far and return to our origins. What do the fans want? What do the fights want in the fight? We've got to take these things into consideration. There may be fans that are happy just to see someone appear all the time or maybe they want to see highly skilled matches. Some fans said the screens at Yokohama Arena were hard to see. Some fans said they couldn't see because of the person's head in front of them. So, we set out to do what we could to fix these things. So, we put in 2 giant screen TVs. Even small things like this can really improve the environment for the fans.
PRIDE 26 PRE_FIGHT INTERVIEWS
Mikhail Illoukhine fought Quinton Jackson at PRIDE 26, nearly tapping the famous American on separate occasions.
Alistair Overeem continued his winning streak with a KO over Cro-Cop trainer Mike Bencic.