PRIDE Fighting Championships (FC), leader in mixed martial arts mma, holds “The Real Deal,” PRIDE’s first United States fight in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 21.
A legendary event in Japan, PRIDE FC matches the world’s fiercest fighters in mixed martial arts competitions of strength and honor, featuring an intense mix of combative sports such as wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, karate, judo, kickboxing and others. Originating in 1997, PRIDE FC has quickly earned a reputation for creating a fight experience that trumps most rock concerts, with its mind-blowing action and theatrical and cultural spectacle. Boasting an enormous fan following, PRIDE Fighting Championships events consistently sell out arenas around the world of up to 74,000 seats.
Tickets to PRIDE FC’s “The Real Deal,” go on sale Sunday, August 20 and are available at http://www.pridefc.com or 1-866-US FIGHT. Ticket prices range from $50 to $700. PRIDE’s first U.S. card will also be featured on Pay-Per-View for $39.95. Check your local cable or satellite provider for details.
Currently available in the U.S. via FOX Sports Network, PRIDE Fighting Championships sets its self apart from other popular mixed martial arts events by allowing its fighters to face off in a ring rather than a cage, giving the audience optimal views of the extreme sport. Aside from the actual bouts, PRIDE creates a unique production for its guests, utilizing dazzling pyrotechnics, lights and music to entertain the audience.
The October 21 card will feature nine bouts, showcasing PRIDE
Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix Champion and Olympic wrestler, Mark Coleman — who also happens to be a three-time Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC champion — and “The New York Bad Ass” Phil Baroni. Other fighters expected to step into the ring include Josh Barnett, a native of Seattle, Washington and former Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC heavyweight champ, former three-time All-American and two-time national collegiate wrestling champion Kevin Randleman and Olympic Judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida. A complete list of bouts on the card for “The Real Deal” will be announced soon.
“We are thrilled to bring the honored tradition of PRIDE Fighting Championships not only to the U.S., but to Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world,” says Nobuyuki Sakakibara, CEO of Dream Stage Entertainment, creators of PRIDE Fighting Championships. “Our fighters are among the toughest on the planet, and this event is sure to showcase not only their extreme athleticism, but also PRIDE’s ability to awe and entertain.”
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PRIDE fighting Championships hold the first US “The Real Deal” in Las Vegas.
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