From Dream Stage Entertainment June 15, 2006 TOKYO, Japan Two more non-tournament bouts have been added to PRIDE FIGHTING'S upcoming July 2nd event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006. In the first bout, Chute Boxes EVANGELISTA CYBORG SANTOS will make his PRIDE debut
From Dream Stage Entertainment June 15, 2006 TOKYO, Japan Two more non-tournament bouts have been added to PRIDE FIGHTINGS upcoming July 2nd event, CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006. In the first bout, Chute Boxes EVANGELISTA CYBORG SANTOS will make his PRIDE debut against Japanese judo superstar KAZUHIRO NAKAMURA. In addition, MMA veteran VITOR THE PHENOM BELFORT will be making his return to PRIDE after a one-year hiatus to face Japanese Pancrase fighter, YOSHIKI TAKAHASHI.
The card also features four bouts from the second round of the absolute weight tournament, including: Japanese Olympic gold medallist HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA against the Croatian Sensation MIRKO "CROCOP" FILIPOVIC
the "AXE MURDERER" WANDERLEI SILVA versus KAZUYUKI "IRONHEAD" FUJITA
Jiu Jitsu phenom FABRICIO WERDUM faces fellow Brazilian ANTONIO RODRIGO NOGUEIRA
and New Zealand slugger MARK HUNT versus "THE BABY FACED ASSASSIN" JOSH BARNETT.
CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006 is the second round of PRIDE FIGHTINGS 2006 16-Man absolute weight Grand Prix Tournament. ABSOLUTE means no weight classes. The semi-finals and finals of the tournament will occur at FINAL CONFLICT ABSOLUTE 2006 in August (date to be announced soon).
CRITICAL COUNTDOWN ABSOLUTE 2006 is scheduled to premiere on North American pay per view on Sunday, July 2, 2006.
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PPV Premiere Date: Sunday, July 2, 2006
Premiere Time: 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT
Count Down show: 9:30 pm ET, 6:30 pm PT
Hidehiko Yoshida (Japan) vs. Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic (Croatia)
Wanderlei Silva (Brazil) vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (Japan)
Fabricio Werdum (Brazil) vs. Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera (Brazil)
Josh Barnett (USA) vs. Mark Hunt (New Zealand)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (Japan) vs. Evangelista Cyborg Santos (Brazil)
Vitor Belfort (Brazil) vs. Yoshiki Takahashi (Japan)
Participants and fight card subject to change.
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