by MMAWeekly.com
Kazuyuki Fujita, who lost to Wanderlei Silva at Cricital Countdown Absolute 2006, will be fighting against a Georigian Olympic Veteran, Eldari Kurtanidze at Shockwave on New Year’s Eve. Kurtanidze, who has participated in ’96 Atlanta, ’00 Sydney, and ’04 Athens Summer Olympics has won a bronze medal in ’00 Sydney and ’04 Athens.

When asked for a comment, Kurtanidze stated, “I am honored to be able to fight in the Pride ring. Georgia is renown for it’s strong wrestlers, and MMA has become very popular. I think there will be more wrestlers making a transition from wrestling to MMA in the future. I hope everyone will look forward to Georgian fighters fighting in Pride FC. I have heard that my opponent, Mr. Fujita is a very strong fighter, but however, he will be my stepping stone for me. I would like the fans to know that there are stronger beasts throughout the world. I will be fighting for Georgia and will win. I am looking forward to go to Japan on New Year’s Eve.”

Confirmed Shockwave fights so far:

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mark Hunt (Heavyweight Title Match)
Shinya Aoki vs. Joachim Hansen
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Gilbert Melendez
Mauricio Rua vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Takanori Gomi vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (Non-Title Match)
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
Yuki Kondo vs. Akihiro Gono
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Josh Barnett
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Eldari Kurtanidze