Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Sakakibara speaks about Las Vegas, PRIDE future

Dream Stage Entertainment held a press conference at the Aoyama, Tokyo office on January 23rd to announce four fight cards for the upcoming February 24th event in Las Vegas, Nevada, PRIDE 33 THE SECOND COMING. At the press conference were CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara and four announced fighters Takanori Gomi, Kazuo Misaki, Kazuhiro Nakamura and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. These four PRIDE samurais will shock America!

"We have no intent to neglect the Japanese market. We have to return to the air waives this year. That is one of our biggest goals," Dream Stage Entertainment CEO Nobuyuki Sakakibara said in his first appearance since the January 2nd press conference. After Sakakibara greeted the gathered press, he announced the participation of four Japanese fighters in the February 24th Las Vegas PRIDE event.

"There are now several organizations competing in America, including the UFC and BODOG, but you can only find the Japanese samurai spirit in PRIDE. When we send fighters out, we do so with confidence that they will show the fans what a PRIDE fight really means and that is why we selected these four fighters."

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