Pride Fighting Championships has announced that Josh Barnett will face Pawel Nastula and Mark Hunt will face “Butterbean” Eric Esch.
Barnett was last seen in the ring earlier this month in the Open Weight Grand Prix where he lost to Mirko Cro Cop in the finals after he defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira earlier in the evening. Pawel Nastula is coming off of a loss to “Cyborg” at PRIDE - Final Conflict Absolute.
Heavy handed strikers Eric Esch and Mark Hunt will face off in what should prove to be a slugfest. I doubt this fight will hit the canvas.
PRIDE FC has added three non-tournament fights to “Critical Countdown Absolute”. BTT fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will face the tough strike Alistair Overeem, K-1 vet Yoshihiro Nakao will fight Eun Su Lee and heavyweight prospect Edson Drago will battle judo stand-out Pawel Nastula.