Dream Stage Picture's newest film, Nagurimono, is coming! Translated as"one whose nature it is to fight," Nagurimono takes place in Edo (Tokyo) at the end of the Shogunate Rule during the 1860s. The story involves exclusive, private fights being held for the entertainment of feudal lords and shoguns. The film will be a combination of action and romance and will features PRIDE stars including Kazushi Sakuraba and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Nagurimono is scheduled for a September 2005 release in Japan.
BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 TAKANORI GOMI VIDEO
Check out this video on PRIDE's top lightweight fighter, Takanori Gomi! One of the very best pound for pound fighters in the world, Gomi mixes excellent wrestling skills with top notch boxing. "The Fireball Kid" is scheduled to fight at BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 premiering on DIRECTV, TVN, and DISH Network on Friday, June 3rd and on iNDEMAND on Sunday, June 5th.
BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 AMERICAN FIGHTERS VIDEO
American mixed martial arts is coming to Japan at BUSHIDO VOLUME 7! Check out this video featuring four of America's most exciting young talents ... "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni, "Little Evil" Jens Pulver, Yves Edwards, and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett! All four are scheduled to fight at BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 premiering on DIRECTV, TVN, and DISH Network on Friday, June 3rd and on iNDEMAND on Sunday, June 5th.
OGAWA AMONG HIGHEST TAXED ATHLETES IN JAPAN
On May 16th, the Japanese Ministry of finance released its rankings of the highest taxed athletes in Japan for the fiscal year of 2004 (May 2004~March 2005). Based on his earnings, coming in at number seven on the list is PRIDE star Naoya Ogawa. Ogawa's income came from mixed martial arts (PRIDE), professional wrestling (via Dream Stage Entertainment's HUSTLE series), and endorsement deals.
PRE-ORDER THE NEW PRIDE DVDS!
Pridefc.com is now taking pre-orders for the newest PRIDE FC DVDs: "Total Elimination 2004" (double disc set) "Championship Chaos 2" (single disc), and "Legacy" (5 disc set). For a limited time order "Total Elimination 2004" and receive a "Total Elimination" poster or order "Championship Chaos 2" and receive a "Championship Chaos 2" poster. Order "Total Elimination 2003," "Championship Chaos 2," and "Legacy" and receive 2 free posters plus a PRIDE replica glove keychain. Place your order now! Orders will begin shipping on May 24th (the official DVD release date).
BARONI TRAINING FOOTAGE
Courtesy of Insidefighting.com, don't miss this training footage of "The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni as he prepares for his match against Ikuhisa "The Punk" Minowa at BUSHIDO Volume 7. The event premieres on pay per view on June 3rd on DIRECTV, DISH Network, and TVN and June 5th on INDEMAND. To watch, click below:
Ikuhisa Minowa held a public training session in preparation for his May 22 battle against Phil Baroni in PRIDE BUSHIDO 7. As usual, Minowa trained outdoors but this time, he chose the beach.
WATCH THE WORLD
The PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS exclusive middleweight tournament continues on July 1st with CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005, premiering at 10:00pm (EST), 7:00pm (PST). This is the second round of a tournament so big that it covers three events! It started with sixteen middleweights and now we're down to the elite eight ... Wanderlei Silva, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Alistair Overeem, Igor Vovchanchyn, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Ricardo Arona. Who will move on to the semi-finals and finals? Don't miss all the knockouts, slams, and submissions, as the world's biggest and best mixed martial artists go head to head at PRIDE FC: CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005!
TWO MORE BOUTS AND BOUT ORDER ANNOUNCED FOR BUSHIDO VOLUME 7
Two more bouts as well as the bout order have been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 event. Tatsuya Kawajiri of Japan will face Kim In Seok of Korea and Aaron Riley of the American Top Team will take on Omigawa Michihiro. The bout order is listed below:
GONO'S PUBLIC TRAINING AT THE GRABAKA
Akihiro Gono held a public training session at the GRABAKA gym on May 16th before his upcoming bout against Crosley Gracie in PRIDE BUSHIDO 7.
A press conference May 12th
A press conference was held on May 12th to announce four matchups for the Jun 26th PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix 2005 2nd Round. Present at the conference were Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara, PRIDE General Director, Nobuhiko Takada, Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuhiro Nakamura.
DSE ANNOUNCED FOUR ADDIONS TO THE MAY 22ND PRIDE BUSHIDO 7 CARD
On May 8th, Dream Stage Entertainment announced four additions to the May 22nd PRIDE BUSHIDO 7 card.
"BUSHIDO is going to be a light-middleweight event," DSE CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara explained. "I think we were able to put together a card that will show the fans exactly how serious DSE is. Each fight is Japanese vs. foreigner, and all are in the same weight class. Everyone is going to have a tough fight. This is a fitting card for BUSHIDO's restart. We are welcoming the world's greatest fighters and just like the slogan we are using on our posters, we are declaring a reformation on martial arts."
MATCH UPS ANNOUNCED FOR PRIDE FIGHTING
The match ups have been announced for the second round and second event of PRIDE FIGHTING'S 16-Man Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005.
ANNOUNCE TATSUYA KAWAJIRI IN THE MAY 22ND PRIDE BUSHIDO 7
Dream Stage Entertainment held a press conference on May 9th to announce the participation of the current Shooto World Welterweight Champion, Tatsuya Kawajiri in the May 22nd PRIDE BUSHIDO 7.
BUSHIDO 7 COMMERCIAL
BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 ON PAY PER VIEW! Bushido ... the way of the warrior ... from Japan, PRIDE FC once again brings you the best in mixed martial arts! From hard-hitting strikers to intense grapplers, all fighting styles are represented. Which style will prove superior? Don't miss BUSHIDO VOLUME 7 which features Takanori Gomi, Phil Baroni, Jens Pulver, Crosley Gracie, Yves Edwards, and Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett! Premieres on DIRECTV, TVN, and DISH Network on Friday, June 3rd and on iNDEMAND on Sunday, June 5th!