Less than a year since his amazing PRIDE debut, Mitsuhiro Ishida will face PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi in the New Year's Eve mega-event, SHOCKWAVE. PRIDE FC sat down with Ishida for an interview before his upcoming big chance at super-stardom.
Yuki Kondo and Akihiro Gono Interview at Press Conference
Two additional fights have been announced for the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, to be held at Saitama Arena. Akihiro Gono will face Yuki Kondo and Josh Barnett will take on Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Both Gono and Kondo were present at the December 18th press conference held at Dream Stage Entertainment's Tokyo office in Aoyama and spoke with reporters after the conference.
Bushido PR Director Shigeru Saeki fulfilled his promise
Before the press conference to announce match-ups for the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, a "head shaving ceremony" was held. Public Relations Director Shigeru Saeki said before the Welterweight Grand Prix that if a Japanese fighter won, he would shave his head. Kazuo Misaki and Akihiro Gono were on hand to help Saeki fulfill his promise.
Akihiro Gono Speaks about the fight at the Press Conference
A press conference was held at the Dream Stage Entertainment office in Aoyama, Tokyo on December 18th to announce two additional cards for PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, the New Year's Eve event to be held at Saitama Super Arena. Two of the announced fighters, Akihiro Gono and Yuki Kondo, were also present at the conference.
Two Additional Cards Announced for Shockwave 2006
Two additional cards have been announced for PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, to be held on December 31st at Saitama Super Arena. Josh Barnett and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will meet again after earlier putting on one of the best bouts of 2006! Akihiro Gono, who shot to the forefront during this year's Welterweight Grand Prix, will fight in his first New Year's Eve event against full-time New Year's Eve fighter, Yuki Kondo.
Minowa and Tamura Appeared at Press Conference on Dec. 13th
A press conference was held on December 13th at the Tokyo Dream Stage Entertainment office to officially announce a match between Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan/U-FILE) and Ikuhisa Minowa (Japan/Freelance) at PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, to be held at Saitama Super Arena on December 31st. Both fighters were present at the conference.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara Spoke about Fedor and Mirko
A press conference was held on December 13th at the Tokyo Dream Stage Entertainment office to announce a rematch at the December 31st PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006 between Kiyoshi Tamura (Japan/U-FILE) and Ikuhisa Minowa (Japan/Freelance) that has been four years in the making. Following the conference, President Nobuyuki Sakakibara spoke to reporters regarding the remaining New Year's Eve card and recent rumors flying around on the internet.
Additional Card Announced for Shockwave 2006
An additional fight was announced for the upcoming PRIDE SHOCKWAVE 2006, to be held at Saitama Super Arena on December 31st. Kiyoshi Tamura and Ikuhisa Minowa will fight in a rematch four years in the making. Following the recent Takanori Gomi VS Mitsuhiro Ishida match, the Tamura-Minowa bout is the second big match-up of Japanese stars to be featured at SHOCKWAVE. A press conference was also held on December 13th by Dream Stage Entertainment to announce this match and conference details will posted later.
Akihiro Gono's Interview
Akihiro Gono (GRABAKA) has become the face of BUSHIDO after he transformed into "DZ GOZMA" at the start of the Welterweight Grand Prix in June. Although he would have likely been written off had he lost after that performance, Gono was able to push ahead in the tournament and prove that he is also a strong fighter. Gono's name is one of several fighters who plan to fight on New Year's Eve. Gono sat down with Pride Fighting Championships to speak about the hidden side of the Welterweight Grand Prix.