Pride Critical Countdown Absolute: A mixed martial arts event held by the Pride Fighting Championships. It took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on July 1, 2006. This event comprised the second round of the Pride 2006 Open-Weight Grand Prix tournament. Wanderlei Silva was inserted into the tournament in place of Pride Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, who was unable to participate due to a hand injury. Fightcard: Tournament bouts - Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva vs Kazuyuki Fujita, Josh Barnett vs Mark Hunt, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović vs Hidehiko Yoshida, Non-tournament bouts - Pawel Nastula vs Edson Drago, Yoshihiro Nakao vs Eun Soo Lee, Vitor Belfort vs Yoshiki Takahashi, Alistair Overeem vs Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos vs Kazuhiro Nakamura.