October 24, 2005 LOS ANGELES, California " Karl-James Noons and Nick Ring, two of the four winners selected from the PRIDE FIGHTING U.S. AUDITIONS last November, will be competing in ICON Sports 'Opposites Attract" event, scheduled for Friday, October 28 th from the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu , Hawaii .
REI ZULU, THE LEGENDARY FIGHTER ARRIVED AT NARITA AIRPORT
Rei Zulu, the legendary fighter who gave Rickson Gracie his toughest fight, arrived at Narita Airport on afternoon of October 20th with his son, also named Zulu. Other travelers became wide eyed when they saw the mammoth bodies of the father and son.
PRIDE WILL HOLD STRIKING AND GRAPPLING EVENTS
The rule meeting for the October 23rd PRIDE 30 FULLY LOANDED was held at a Tokyo hotel on October 21st. Following the meeting, Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara made the surprising announcement that PRIDE will hold striking and grappling events to decide who is the strongest in the world.
JOSH BARNETT'S COMEBACK MATCH
Josh Barnett arrived at Narita Airport on the afternoon of October 19 th . After 1 year away, this will be his comeback match in PRIDE and his opponent will be Mirko Filipovic, the same opponent he lost to by accident a year ago. Josh laughed as he held a sign on which his catchphrase in Japanese was written: 'Omae ha mou shindeiru." Translated: "You are already dead."
MURILO "NINJYA" RUA WILL FACE OFF AGAINST MURAD CHUNKAIEV
Murilo "Ninja" Rua, accompanied by his brother and Middleweight Grand Prix Champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, arrived at Narita Airport on the afternoon of October 19 th . Ninja will face off against Murad Chunkaiev in PRIDE 30 FULLY LOADED on October 23 rd at Saitama Super Arena.
KEN SHAMROCK WAS EXCITED ABOUT HIS FIRST FIGHT WITH KAZUSHI SAKURABA
Ken Shamrock, a legend in the American MMA world, appeared at Tokyo's Narita Airport at dusk on October 19 th . Although quiet, Shamrock was excited about his first fight with Kazushi Sakuraba at PRIDE 30 FULLY LOADED, to be held at Saitama Super Arena on October 23 rd
QUINTON "RAMPAGE" JACKSON GREETED GATHERED PRESS WITH SMILING FACE
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson arrived at Narita Airport in the afternoon of October 19 th and greeted the gathered press with a smiling face.
PRIDE FIGHTING CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE!
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