At a press conference today, Pride General Manager Nobuhiko Takada announced that Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko will defend his title against Mark Hunt at Pride’s Shockwave show on New Year’s Eve.
This match-up is the first confirmed fight for Pride’s most highly anticipated event of the year. Fedor is coming off of a win over Mark Coleman at Pride 32: The Real Deal, while Hunt looks to rebound from a loss to Josh Barnett at the second round of Pride’s Open Weight Grand Prix. Fedor is the #1 Heavyweight in the MMAWeekly Rankings, while Hunt is the #9 Heavyweight.
Previously, Pride announced a list of fighters who may participate at Shockwave:
-Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
In addition to those names, Pride added a few more names of fighters who might also participate:
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
Please take note that not all of the names listed above will compete at Shockwave.