Fedor: I looked forward to fight in Japan again. I am very glad to work with former PRIDE employees and I accepted immediately when I was offered this fight.
Vadim: Pride lapsed and cannot use the name of PRIDE anymore. I think M-1 Global will take over the PRIDE and would like to work with former PRIDE employees. I would like to hold an event `M-1 Bushido' for young Japanese fighters.
Mach Sakurai: I believed PRIDE would be back and I did not take any offer from other organization.
Shinya Aoki: I would like to fight Arona or Fedor. I would like to do my best and have a great fight.
Tatsuya Kawajiri: I really want all PRIDE fans to enjoy this last event and I would like to have a great fight.
Mr. Sasahara and Mr. Saeki (DEEP) answered questions.
- How many staff members do you have for this event?
Sasahara: We are not a company but an event group, and we have more than 1000 staff to run this event.
- Could you tell me the size of arena?
Sasahara: Probably, 25000 ~ 26000 people will be capable to come and see the event.
- Are you going to work with the day event, `Hustle'?
Sasahara: I don`t think so.
- Are you going to organize any event next year?
Saeki: This is the farewell event of PRIDE and this is not the beginning of new PRIDE.
- What happens if this event success and many fan request next event?
Sasahara: If we could succeed, it is possible to work on a next event, but I`m not thinking about next year at all and would like to focus on this event.
- Does Fedor fight in the main event? and who is the opponent?
Sasahara: Yes, but we are still working on matching. I believe we can announce next week including the opponent of Fedor.
- Where is the titte ` Yarennoka?'' coming from?
Sasahara: This phrase is actually used by Antonio Inoki before. I think this title is very powerful and contains a strong message to us and fans.
- Are you asking fighters in Yoshida Dojo and Kazuyuki Fujita?
Sasahara: I have not offered yet, but if we can find great opponents, I will offer fights more than likely. They are top fighters and it will not be easy to have matches which they can satisfy.
Saeki: We are working of making matches now and would like to have another interview or press release next week.