I was such a big Igor fan about fifteen years ago. The guy absolutely dominated one Vale Tudo tournament I had on VHS. I think it was the same tournament where he KO'd Nick Nutter with an utterly, life sapping, neck snapping, soul destroying knee to the cranium in, like, five seconds, after Nick tried to bum rush him from the jump. It's crazy to think he was only five, eight. He beat on fools like he was ten feet tall. Fucking loved that guy.
Very interesting information here, Shinnykins. Never knew that about what the vision for Pride was initially. Such an amazing concept. Just a ring for anyone to fight anyone, no questions asked.
It's a shame Takada never beat Rickson (but not really surprising), as the resulting NJPW shows that would have come out of it would have been history making gold. Oh well... Coulda, woulda, shoulda...
Oh, and, yeah, @ShinobiMusashi you win PW for these Pride posts. Great work, bro. Great fucking work.