| | Melendez vs Gomi At Bushido 13?
The press conference immediately following the end of PRIDE Bushido 12 was full of energy for those in Japan. Nobuhiko Takada spent some time displaying the pride both Japanese fans and himself possessed in the feats accomplished by native fighters. The most significant accomplishment belonging to GRABAKA's Kazuo Misaki, defeating Dan Henderson, the reigning Welterweight Champion, by unanimous decision. Hatsu Hioki and Shinya Aoki also received generous praise in their PRIDE debuts.
But the most significant point of the conference came from the mouth of DSE President Nobuyuki Sakakibara. PRIDE's Head Honcho announced that he wished to acknowledge in some way the wishes of the current Lightweight Champion, Takanori Gomi, in determining the contender for his November 5th defense on the Welterweight Grand Prix Finals card.
To that effect, Marcus Aurelio, who defeated the champion in April was naturally selected as a possibility. But more interesting was Gomi's nomination of Gilbert Melendez. Gomi expressed great dissatisfaction concerning Melendez' PRIDE debut victory over Team RASCAL teammate and DEEP Lightweight Champion Nobuhiro Obiya. The matter was unresolved at the conference however, and MMA fans around the world will have to wait for the official announcement due to in a few days.