February 18, 2006
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More details on the Open Weight Grand Prix. Pride confirmed on their website that they will have a Open Weight Grand Prix this year, slated for May 5th at the Tokyo Dome.

The big question is which weight classes will participate in the GP. Pride President Sakakibara said that the tournament would include Lightweight and Welterweights. The Lightweight and Welterweights are in addition to the Heavyweight and Middleweight divisions.

Pride’s website mentioned that Dan Henderson wants to represent the Welterweight division and that Takanori Gomi is a possibilty as a Lightweight division participant.

The Open Weight Grand Prix will be a 16 man tournament in which the second round of the G.P. will be held in the first part of July at Saitama Super Arena and the Finals will be held in September.

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