The first Pride show to take place in the United States will air on pay-per-view as a four-hour live broadcast instead of the usual three hours.
Airing live on American PPV outlets on Saturday, October 21st starting at 9:00 PM, Pride’s “Real Deal” event will be four hours long and will carry a suggested retail price of $39.95. The two bouts that have already been announced for the card are Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mark Coleman, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Kevin Randleman.
Normally, Pride’s PPV events are three hours long in the United States and carry a suggested retail price of $34.95 (or $29.95 for Bushido events). The UFC’s PPV events are three hours long and carry a suggested retail price of $39.95.
In addition, the Pride Bushido Grand Prix Finals, featuring the semi-finals and finals of Pride’s 183-pound Grand Prix, will debut on American pay-per-view outlets on Sunday, November 12th. The event will take place in Japan on November 5th at the Yokohama Arena.
Instead of airing on highlight form on Fox Sports Net, as was the case with the previous round of Bushido GP in August, the entire event will be available on pay-per-view starting on November 12th.
While the FSN broadcast of the previous round of the Bushido GP exposed many new viewers to the Pride product, many hardcore fans of the sport were upset that they were not given a choice between watching the entire event on pay-per-view or watching highlights of selected fights on Fox Sports Net. The Bushido GP Finals may or may not air on Fox Sports Net in some form (negotiations are still ongoing), but it will definitely be airing on pay-per-view for those who want to see every fight.
The four semi-finalists in Pride Bushido’s 183-pound Grand Prix are Paulo Filho, Kazuo Misaki, Denis Kang, and Akihiro Gono.