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TAKANORI GOMI AND HAYATO "MACH" SAKURAI INTERVIEWS
12/31/2005
We caught up with Takanori Gomi and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

CHARLES "KRAZY HORSE" BENNETT AND KEN KANEKO INTERVIEWS
12/31/2005
We caught up with Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and Ken Kaneko to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

KAZUHIRO NAKAMURA AND YUKI KONDO INTERVIEWS
12/31/2005
We caught up with Yuki Kondo and Kazuhiro Nakamura to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

MAKOTO TAKIMOTO AND SANAE KIKUTA INTERVIEWS
12/31/2005
We caught up with Makoto Takimoto and Sanae Kikuta to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

ARONA AND BUSTAMANTE ANSWERED REPORTERS FOR UPCOMING BOUTS
12/30/2005
On December 28th, Ricardo Arona and Murilo Bustamante answered reporters" questions before their upcoming bouts for the PRIDE Middleweight Championship title and the Welterweight Grand Prix Championships title, respectively, at the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

SILVA WAS ON HAND TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF A LIMITED EDITION "SILVA UDON"
12/30/2005
Wanderlei Silva was on hand at a December 28th press conference in Shibuya, Tokyo to announce the sale of a limited edition "Silva Udon" at Hanamaru Udon noodle shops in Japan. Wanderlei, a big fan of Hanamaru Udon, was all smiles at the conference and received a certificate allowing him to eat Hanamaru Udon for free, for life.

A CEREMONY FOR THE MVP AND BEST BOUT AWARDS
12/30/2005
A ceremony for the MVP and Best Bout awards, voted for by users of the PRIDE Official Site and PRIDE portable phone site, was held at a hotel in Tokyo on December 29th, 2005

INTERVIEW WITH EMELIANENKO AND NASTULA
12/30/2005
We caught up with Alexander Emelianenko and Pawel Nastula to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

INTERVIEW WITH HENDERSON AND BUSTAMANTE
12/30/2005
We caught up with Dan Henderson and Murilo Bustamante to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

INTERVIEW WITH MARK HUNT
12/30/2005
We caught up with Mark Hunt to ask them their thoughts and feelings on their upcoming December 31st fights at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

THE OFFICIAL SIGNING CEREMONY FOR THE PRIDE WELTERWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AND PRIDE MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE MATCHES
12/30/2005
The official signing ceremony for the PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix and PRIDE Middleweight title matches was held in a Tokyo hotel on December 29th. Present at the ceremony were Murilo Bustamante and Dan Henderson, who will fight to determine the first PRIDE Welterweight Champion, and PRIDE Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva and Ricardo Arona, who will fight in a rematch after Arona's victory over Silva in August. Also present were Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara and Pride General Director Nobuhiko Takada.

ZULU ARRIVAL
12/29/2005
Zulu arrived at Narita Airport as dusk fell on December 27th before his December 31st match against Fedor Emelianenko in PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena. Although his pre-fight chances don't look very good, both Zulu and his father, Rei Zulu, declared together that Zulu will, without a doubt, knock Fedor out!

HUNT ARRIVAL
12/29/2005
Mark Hunt arrived at Narita Airport on December 27th, exactly one year from his last appearance in Japan. On December 31st, he will face Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in a rematch in PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena. Hunt answered questions from the gathered reporters and seemed unworried about his upcoming bout.

THE OFFICIAL SIGNING CEREMONY FOR THE PRIDE LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX FINAL ROUND
12/28/2005
The official signing ceremony for the Pride Lightweight Grand Prix Final Round was held at the Takeshiba PRIDE Dojo on December 26th. Present were Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai and Takanori Gomi. This was the first time for Mach and Gomi to meet in 2 months, since the opening of Rumina Sato's gym.

KEN KANEKO TRAINING
12/28/2005
On December 26th, Ken Kaneko held a public training session at the Takeshiba PRIDE Dojo, in Tokyo, just 5 days before his debut fight. His opponent will be Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett at the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena. Masakazu Imanari, nicknamed " 0th degree in leg locks" was on hand to teach Kaneko his secret techniques.

MURILO BUSTAMANTE INTERVIEW
12/28/2005
Murilo Bustamante will face off against Dan Henderson in the Final Round of the Pride Welterweight Grand Prix 2005 on December 31st at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Arena. We asked Bustamante, also referred to as "professor" about his philosophy of fighting.

SAKURABA & MINOWA ANNOUNCEMENT
12/27/2005
A press conference was held on December 21 st in a Tokyo Hotel to announce 3 matches on the upcoming December 31 st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005 event, to be held at Saitama Super Arena. Among them was the Japanese VS Japanese match-up of Sakuraba and Minowa!

GOMI TRAINING
12/27/2005
Takanori Gomi held a public training session on December 22 at the Kiguchi Dojo in Machida, Tokyo. Gomi declared that he will become the Champion when he and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai battle to become the first Japanese PRIDE Champion at the December 31 st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

SAKURABA & NAKAMURA TRAINING
12/27/2005
Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuhiro Nakamura held a public training session at Takada Dojo in Musashikoyama, Tokyo on December 23 rd . Both fighters showed off the new skills they recently picked up while training in Brazil, and plan to use against their Japanese opponents in PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at Saitama Super Arena on December 31 st . Sakuraba's opponent will be Ikuhisa Minowa and Nakamura's opponent will be Yuki Kondo.

MAURICIO RUA INTERVIEW
12/27/2005
Pride Fighting Championships sat down for an interview with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, who became the new main star of the Middleweight division after he dominated this year's Middleweight Grand Prix.

DAN HENDERSON INTERVIEW
12/27/2005
On December 31, Dan Henderson will face Murilo Bustamante at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2005, to be held at the Saitama Super Arena. Henderson is motivated in his quest to become the newest PRIDE Champion and answered Gomi's challenge: Get the lightweight belt first!

FSN/PRIDE FIGHTING EPISODE PREMIERES MONDAY NIGHT!
12/23/2005
New Episode Premieres Monday, December 26th at 9:00 PM Local Time

A new episode of PRIDE FIGHTING'S FSN series will premiere this Monday, December 26 th at 9:00 pm local time.

YUKI KONDO TRAINING
12/22/2005
Yuki Kondo held an open training session at a gym in Kitasenju, Tokyo on December 19, 2005. Kondo demonstrated his yoga training, which he began in 2001, and he spoke about his upcoming New Year's Eve bout with Kazuhiro Nakamura.

FILM "SIMSONS"
12/22/2005
On December 19, 2005, at the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo , Dream Stage Pictures held a press conference to announce the production of their 2 nd film, "Simsons" DSP's 1 st film "Nagurimono" featured several PRIDE fighters. Today's conference was attended by DSP President Nobuyuki Sakakibara and actors and actresses featured in the film, including Rosa Kato, Mina Fujii, Mai Takahashi and Nanase Hoshii.

RICARDO ARONA INTERVIEW
12/22/2005
Ricardo Arona defeated Wanderlei Silva in this year's Middleweight Grand Prix. Although Arona lost to Shogun in the Final Round, he believes that it was simply because of an "accident" Arona, not one to accept a loss, said that once he has beaten Silva on New Year's Eve and taken revenge on Shogun, he would accept Sakuraba's request for a rematch.

THREE BOUTS ADDED TO SHOCKWAVE 2005 CARD
12/21/2005
Three additional bouts have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming event, SHOCKWAVE 2005 ... KAZUSHI SAKURABA vs. IKUHISA MINOWA, JAMES THOMPSON vs. GIANT SILVA and ALEXANDER EMELIANENKO vs. PAWEL NASTULA