Report: Former PRIDE Staffers Planning Lightweight GP for May


Shinya Aoki. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Real Entertainment, a company made up of former PRIDE Fighting Championships employees and recent co-producers of the DREAM brand are planning an eight-man lightweight tournament that would kick off this May.

According to Josh Gross of ESPN.com, the event would be staged without the help of FEG, the parent company of K-1 and DREAM, amidst huge financial woes and claims that FEG is in debt to Real Entertainment employees.

In addition, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has confirmed that he is in talks with the promotional group to send up to five of his fighters over to participate.

Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Katsunori Kikuno are also expected to be a part of the tournament.

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