From Dream Stage Entertainment, September 19, 2006 TOKYO, Japan PRIDE FIGHTING is proud to announce two additional bouts for its first ever show on American soil, THE REAL DEAL. The event will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at the THOMAS & MACK CENTER in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. Just added to the card: BARNETT who battles PAWEL NASTULA and ERIC BUTTERBEAN ESCH faces off with MARK HUNT.
From Dream Stage Entertainment, September 19, 2006 TOKYO, Japan
PRIDE FIGHTING is proud to announce two additional bouts for its first ever show on American soil, THE REAL DEAL. The event will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at the THOMAS & MACK CENTER in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. Just added to the card: THE BABY FACE ASSASSIN JOSH BARNETT battles PAWEL NASTULA and ERIC BUTTERBEAN ESCH faces off with THE SAMOAN MONSTER MARK HUNT.
The first announced bout features THE BABY FACE ASSASSIN JOSH BARNETT versus Polish Judo expert PAWEL NASTULA. A native of Seattle and former UFC Champion, Barnett has established himself as one of the worlds top mixed martial arts heavyweights. A submission wrestler, Barnett is coming off of an impressive string of victories in the absolute weight tournament including wins over former PRIDE heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Aleksander Emelianenko. Barnett lost in the finals of the tournament to eventual champion Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic. Barnetts opponent, Pawel Nastula, is a former two-time Judo World Champion and 1996 Olympic gold medallist who is coming off of a victory over Brazilian slugger, Edson Drago. Training at the legendary Takada Dojo, Pawel Nastula will be ready for anything when he faces off against Josh Barnett on October 21st.
A former IBA World super heavyweight Champion, ERIC BUTTERBEAN ESCH brings more than 350 pounds of fierce fighting energy to PRIDE FIGHTING. In addition to his successful boxing career, Butterbean has also been seen kicking butt in MTVs film Jackass: the Movie, where he beats down professional prankster Johnny Knoxville. Challenging this massive tough man is the SAMOAN MONSTER MARK HUNT, a former K-1 WORLD GP tournament winner who is establishing himself in PRIDE with his deadly arsenal of punches, Muay Thai knees and kicks. So far in PRIDE, Hunt has defeated the likes of former WBO NABO cruiserweight boxing champion Yosuke "Yosukezan" Nishijima, as well as The Croatian Sensation Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic.
Headlining the Thomas & Mack event is PRIDE FIGHTING heavyweight champion and 2004 Grand Prix champion, FEDOR EMELIANENKO against former Olympic wrestler and PRIDE FIGHTING 2000 open weight Grand Prix champion MARK COLEMAN. Also, 2005 tournament champion, MAURICIO SHOGUN RUA will meet the explosive two time NCAA wrestling champion, KEVIN THE MONSTER RANDLEMAN in a match to be remembered.
Tickets to PRIDE FIGHTINGs The Real Deal, sponsored by Caesars Palace, are available at www.pridefc.com or 1-866-US FIGHT. Ticket prices range from $50 to $700. PRIDE FIGHTINGs first U.S. card will also be featured on Pay-Per-View for $39.95. Check your local cable or satellite provider for details.
North American Pay Per View Schedule:
PPV Premiere Date: Saturday, October 21st
Premiere Time: 9:00pm EST, 6:00pm PST
Fedor Emelianenko (Russia) vs. Mark Coleman (USA)
Mauricio Shogun Rua (Brazil) vs. Kevin Randleman (USA)
Mark Hunt (New Zealand) vs. Eric Butterbean Esch (USA)
Josh Barnett (USA) vs. Pawel Nastula (Poland)
Additional bouts to be announced soon.
Fight Card Subject to Change.
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