"THE REAL RICKSON" AND ATLANTA OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL WINNER PAWEL NASTULA ENTERS PRIDE!
"The real Rickson" and Atlanta Olympics gold medal winner Pawel Nastula enters PRIDE!
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic was announced in a recent Tokyo press conference as the 2005 spokesman for martial arts goods manufacturer BODYMAKER. Mirko will appear in BODYMAKER's TV commercials from the end of March. Previous BODYMAKER representatives include Kazushi Sakuraba and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai.
PAWEL NASTULA HOLDS PUBLIC TRAINING AT TAKADA DOJO
Nastula appeared before the reporters wearing the same judo uniform, complete with Takada Dojo patch, that he wore when he made his appearance in PRIDE 29. "It was a great event," Nastula recalled. "I was particularly surprised at PRIDE's event management. The scale of the event was much larger than anything I had imagined. I felt the same excitement there that I did at the Olympics." The fight that he felt the strongest about was Mirko Cro Cop's, an opponent that Nastula himself wants to fight. "Coleman hit him with a few punches but in the end, Mirko put him away with his punches. I think his strategy was really incredible." Natsula evaluated Mirko highly but he's already working on a strategy. "If I fight Mirko, I will train to grab and tackle Mirko. As far as I saw yesterday, he doesn't have any ground techniques. I'll get inside of his punching and kicking range, take him down and attack with submissions." "If I have enough time to train, I'm certain I can beat him."
DSE CEO NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA'S POST-PRIDE 29 COMMENTS
There were several themes in this event. One was that of the survival match, to help decide which 16 middleweight fighters will participate in the Grand Prix. Another was predicting who would be in the front lines of the heavyweight division, represented by Mirko.
PRIDE AND HUSTLE GO MOBILE!
A press conference was held in Tokyo on February 22nd to announced DWANGO Co., Ltd.'s new Pakeraji service. Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara and PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada were present.
NASTULA FEATURED IN YAHOO! NEWS
PRIDE FIGHTING'S newest fighter, Pawel Nastula, was recently featured on Yahoo! News in the United States. A native of Poland, Nastula is a legendary Judoka and has won numerous awards in Judo including first place at the 1995 and 1997 Judo World Championships and a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.
EUROPEAN JUDO LEGEND JOINS PRIDE
The first participant for PRIDE FIGHTING'S 2005 middleweight Grand Prix has been announced and representing Poland as well as the martial art of Judo will be legendary Judoka, Pawel Nastula. The 1995 and 1997 Judo World Champion and 1996 gold medallist at the Olympic games in Atlanta, Nastula brings his legendary Judo skills to the PRIDE ring to compete against the world's elite mixed martial artists.