Yesterday Pride Fighting Championships held a press conference at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California. The press conference featured the announcement of two fights along with the announcement of a many other fighters set to participate in the event.
The two fights that were announced were Mark Coleman versus Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua against Coleman’s teammate Kevin “The Monster” Randleman.
In an unexpected turn of events Pride officials called upon former undisputed heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. Apparently Tyson and the Japanese promotion have come to some sort of agreement which will feature Tyson fighting in some sort of exhibition match in the future.
Finally it was announced that Pride superstars Josh Barnett, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Phil Baroni, Kazuyuki Fujita, Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva will participate on the October 21st card.
Dream Stage Entertainment has announced that heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko will face off against UFC and PRIDE tournament champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman. The fight will be a rematch of their bout in 2004 in which Fedor won by armbar.
Also on the card will be Kevin “The Monster” Randleman versus Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Randleman will be fighting for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury which forced him off of the StrikeForce card. Shogun much like Randleman will be making his return to the ring after suffering a TKO loss to Mark Coleman in which he was left with a severely injured arm.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will return to the ring almost six months after breaking his arm during a fight against Mark Coleman. He’s looking for another shot at Coleman on Pride’s biggest stage yet.
“Recovery is coming very well and I’m looking forward to fighting in October,” said Shogun. “I want to fight Mark Coleman and hopefully he’ll accept the fight. The last fight was a mishap and I don’t think it will happen again.”
“I think its going to be Coleman. I hope its going to be Coleman, but its still not for sure. My sights are set on Coleman,” said Rua about the prospects of his next fight.
“He is a great wrestler, but I’m not too worried about his wrestling. I’m going to do what I always do and I’m going for the knockout. I’m not concerned about his wrestling because I’m going to knock him out,” said Shogun.
Mark Coleman has quite a decision to make in the coming weeks: In what organization is he going to fight?
“I wish I knew right now,” said Coleman about the next place he might fight. “Right now my brain is scrambled with decisions to make. Pride or UFC, which one? I’ve got offers from both of them and I’m trying to figure out what’s going to be best for my future.”
“In the States, I’m fighting in the States. I’m fighting in the States, period,” said Coleman very emphatically. “I’m coming back to the States and if that’s one thing that Pride offers me because they are now coming to America and I’ve got to come back here and fight before I’m done. I’m tired of answering the question ‘when are you coming back?’ I don’t know if people mean when am I coming back to fighting, a lot of people don’t even know I’ve been fighting the last 7 or 8 years. Or ‘when are you coming back to the UFC or America?’ I’ve definitely got to get back here because I’m tired of answering that question.”
The International Fight League is set to announce the addition of four new teams and coaches at a press conference this weekend. The new coaches are expected to be named as followed: