- PRIDE FIGHTERS COMING TO AMERICA

August 16, 2006
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Dream Stage Entertainment, the parent company of Price Fighting Championships, has announced the first ten competitors to take part in their North American debut.

On October 21st, Pride will stage their first promotion on American soil in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card, entitled “The Real Deal,” will feature an assortment of American fighters and a host of international stars.

Josh Barnett, who last fought in America at UFC 36 when he defeated Randy Couture, will be on the card. Joining him will be a host of Hammer House fighters slated to include Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and “the New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni.

In addition to the Americans, Pride is planning on bringing some of the top international fighters in the world as well. Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will be making his American debut, as will Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Kazuhiro Nakamura, and Pawel Nastula. Returning to the U.S. will be Kazuyuki Fujita, who fought on a card in Texas many years ago, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, who lost to Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the IFC’s light heavyweight tournament in Denver, Colorado nearly three years ago.

No matchups have been announced as of yet, but it would seem likely that Pride would want to grant Shogun his long-desired rematch with Mark Coleman.

In conjunction with their American debut, Pride kicks off a media tour with some of the fighters tonight in Torrance, California.

MEDIA TOUR DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

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Wednesday, August 16th
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Best Buy
3675 Pacific Coast Hwy
Torrance, CA 90505

Scheduled to Appear for Autographs: Josh Barnett, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and Vitor Belfort

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Thursday, August 17th
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Field of Dreams
@ The Forum Shops, Caesar’s Palace
Las Vegas, NV

Scheduled to Appear for Autographs: Fedor Emelianenko, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Phil Baroni, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Frank Trigg

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Saturday, August 19th
6:00pm to 8:00pm

PRIDE FIGHTING NIGHT!
Fox Sports Grill
Irvine Spectrum
31 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
949-753-1369

PRIDE FIGHTING NIGHT will feature a meet and greet at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California! Scheduled to appear: Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Coleman, Phil Baroni, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson

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A free, limited edition PRIDE Fighting poster will be available with purchase at both the Best Buy and Field of Dreams events.

Fighter appearances are subject to change.

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