PRIDE Announces Yvel vs Shoji

Today at a press conference in Tokyo, Japan DSE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that Wanderlei Silva could not gain medical clearance from the NSAC. He also announced that Akira Shoji would face Gilbert Yvel on 24 hours notice.

DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced that he will try to bring in one or even two additional “surprise” matches to keep the fans happy. As well, an eighth official match was announced featuring 10-year PRIDE veteran Akira Shoji, and the ever-dangerous Holland striker Gilbert Yvel. Shoji personally asked DSE President Sakakibara to be in this 10-year commemoration event, and he learned he would be fighting a short 24-hours before the event is to take place.


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