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LEKO VERSUS NAKAMURA ADDED TO FISTS OF FIRE!
TOKYO, Japan -Headlining PRIDE FIGHTING'S BUSHIDO VOLUME 6 card will be both Emelianenko brothers as heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko faces Japanese star and mixed martial arts veteran Tsuyoshi "TK" Kosaka and Aleksander Emelianenko takes on the 6'9, 270 pound Ricardo "The Mutant" Morais of Brazil. In addition is a four man middleweight tournament featuring Amar Suloev (Russia), Paulo Filho (Brazil), Dean Lister (USA), and Akira Shoji (Japan). The tournament winner must fight twice in one night ... at stake, a slot in PRIDE's 16-man Middleweight Grand Prix. Other fighters scheduled on the main card include Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa, Gilbert Yvel, Murilo Bustamante, and Daijyu Takase.
3.8 CARD ANNOUNCEMENT
A press conference was held on March 8th to announce the first 8 participants in this year's PRIDE GP 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round "Total Elimination 2005" to be held on April 23rd in Osaka Dome. Present were Kazushi Sakuraba, Hidehiko Yoshida, Yuki Kondo and Kazuhiro Nakamura.
3.9 KOSAKA INTERVIEW
A press conference was held in Tokyo at the DSE office to announced 8 matchups for the April 3rd BUSHIDO 6, to be held at the Yokohama Arena. Attention was focused on the main event, Fedor Emelianenko versus Tsuyoshi Kosaka. Kosaka, present at the conference, surprised the media with his comments, "I can beat Fedor at everything."
SHIGERU SAEKI WOULD BE PROMOTED PUBLIC RELATIONS FOR DSE
At the recent DSE press conference announcing the 8 matches for April 4th's BUSHIDO 6, it was also announced that DEEP representative, Shigeru Saeki, would be promoted from Assistant Director of BUSHIDO to Public Relations for DSE.
EIGHT FIGHTERS ANNOUNCED FOR PRIDE FIGHTING
Included is defending Grand Prix Champion (2003) Wanderlei Silva, the Brazilian Top Team's Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Grand Prix Finalist (2000) Igor Vovchanchyn, Japanese hero Kazushi Sakuraba, Chute Boxe's rising star Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Pancrase star Yuki Kondo, Grand Prix Semi-Finalist (2003) Hidehiko Yoshida, and Yoshida protege Kazuhiro Nakamura.