Public weigh-ins were held for the upcoming PRIDE Grand Prix 2005 2nd Round. "These fighters that will battle in the event of the century are fully prepared," commented DSE Chief Executive Officer Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Taking the microphone, PRIDE General Director Nobuhiko Takada spoke excitedly about the upcoming event, "No matter how you look at the 8 cards or which fighters you look at, there are a lot of themes in this event. I think this lineup has a lot of heat and deep meaning. Everyone watching, at the event or on TV, is looking forward to one of the greatest events of the century. We pray that these 16 fighters will aggressively try to win and find a strength that will exceed even their best. We are also praying that there will be no injuries and that this will be the greatest event ever.
PRE-PRIDE GP 2005 SECOND ROUND INTERVIEWS WITH SERGEI KHARITONOV AND PEDRO RIZZO
BRAZILIAN TOP TEAM MEMBERS RODRIGO, ROGERIO, ARONA HELD A PUBLIC TRAINING SESSION
Brazilian Top Team members Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona held a public training session at a Tokyo gym, in advance of their PRIDE Grand Prix 2nd Round matches. Rodrigo, serving as the team's leader, said that everyone is in great condition and all of the BTT members will be victorious.
CHUTE BOXE TOP GUNS, WANDERLEI SILVA AND MAURICIO "SHOGUN" RUA, SPOKE WITH US
Chute Boxe top guns, Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, spoke with us at Tokyo's Narita Airport about their upcoming bouts in the PRIDE Grand Prix 2nd Round, on July 26th at Saitama Super Arena.
BOUT ORDER ANNOUNCED FOR PRIDE FIGHTING
From Dream Stage Entertainment
June 22, 2005
TOKYO, Japan - The bout order has been announced for PRIDE FIGHTING'S next event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005.
4 ADDITIONS TO THE BUSHIDO VOLUME 8
A press conference was held in the Tokyo Dream Stage Entertainment office on June 15th to announce 4 additions to the PRIDE BUSHIDO Vol. 8 card, to be held in Nagoya on July 17th. Ryo Chonan, Kazuo Misaki, Masakazu Imanari and Jyutaro Nakao were present at the conference and commented on their upcoming fights.
GOMI AND KAWAJIRI TO THE BUSHIDO VOLUME 8
A press conference was held in a Tokyo hotel on June 16th to announce the matchups for Takanori Gomi and Tatsuya Kawajiri in PRIDE BUSHIDO Vol. 8. Both fighters were present at the press conference but the mood was tense from beginning to end, and they never looked at or spoke to each other. Although the flames are still small, a rivalry has begun to emerge in the 73 kg division.