I like them all. I love how Bushido mixes it up. This fight has alot of fresh faces and shows that Pride is still spending the money to bring in the best young and veteran fights from around the world.
About the last card being better than this one. It's really tough to compare. The last card had more names, but this one has alot of the same names, and alot more youth. I like the addition of the young fighters. Jason Black has a much tougher opponent this time in Aoki. Melendez, Obiya, Curran, and Hioki get their shot on the big show. It will also have the return of Gomi. All in all it's tough to really compare, it's like apples and oranges IMO. I like both, but that's just me.
I believe the semi-finals and finals will be in November.
I forgot about the Tyson Griffin rumor. He may be the tough foreign fighter that Sakikabara mentioned. I could definitely see Gomi vs Griffin non title match, with Ishida vs Sakurai for #1 contender. Then the winner fights Gomi in November for the title. Sakikabara said Gomi wouldn't defend the title till November probably.