PRIDE Lightweight GP Postponed
Dream Stage entertainment, the group which recently ceded control
of PRIDE FC to UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, has issued a press
release through its official Web site in Japan announcing the
postponement of the opening round of the PRIDE Lightweight Grand
Prix, which was originally scheduled for May 20 at the Saitama
The postponement comes as a result of PRIDE assets not being
transferred from DSE to PRIDE FC Worldwide, the recently formed
company which will take over control of the Japanese mixed martial
arts organization, before the first of May.
With little over three weeks remaining before PRIDE FC Worldwide
will begin promoting PRIDE under new president Lorenzo Fertitta,
the Station Casinos magnate stated in the official press
"As we're in the midst of transferring business assets between both
companies, we have decided that only one month to prepare for the
5/20 event is not enough time to organize the production and
promote the event in a manner that reflect our first PRIDE event
for the fans"
"The new date for the Lightweight GP Opening Round will be
announced at another time.
"We deeply apologize to our fans and all parties concerned for the
sudden announcement and the trouble we have caused."
In an interesting note, rumors have been circulating about possible
candidates for the upcoming PRIDE Grand Prix, with DSE releasing an
official promotion poster featuring the likes of Takanori Gomi (Pictures), Hayato Sakurai (Pictures), Mitsuhiro Ishida (Pictures), Marcos Aurelio, Tatsuya Kawajiri (Pictures), Joachim Hansen (Pictures), Luiz Azeredo (Pictures), Shinya Aoki (Pictures), Luiz Firmino (Pictures), Gilbert Melendez (Pictures) from the PRIDE FC side, along
with UFC representatives Matt
Hughes (Pictures) and Diego Sanchez (Pictures).
All PRIDE GP participants are unofficial save for Pancrase and DEEP
Kitaoka (Pictures), who secured a spot in an
elimination match on Friday at DEEP's 29th Impact held in Tokyo,
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