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    Am I the only hardcore fight fan that seriously misses Pride FC right now?

    I made a pretty lengthy post about Pride FC up in Fan Fic recently, and it really got the nostalgia juices flowing. This MMA promotion just had so much charm. I loved everything about it, from the grand tournaments they used to hold, all the way down to the small subtle things like the way the referee would get up in the fighters faces and repeatedly ask "DO YOU GIVE UP!" whenever they were locked in a submission.

    Lets get some discussion going about this legendary Japanese promotion. What do you miss about it? What were your favorite moments, events, fights, fighters?

    Last edited by ShinobiMusashi; 01-12-2013, 09:24 PM.

  • #2
    Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

    I loved the fact they would give yellow cards for stalling.

    I loved their presentation.

    I loved that one female ring announcer they would use for every fight.

    I loved that you could use knees on the ground. (not a big fan of stomps or soccer kicks) this REALLY needs to be added to the current rule set.

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    • #3
      Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

      No you're definitely not alone. I have every PRIDE event on my external hard drive and I watch them from time to time, especially the Grand Prix. There might never be anything in MMA quite like the atmosphere of a PRIDE fight.

      Most of my favorite all time fighters are there because of their PRIDE fights. Wandy, Shogun, Cro Cop, and Fedor are among my favorites of all time. Mark Hunt too, dude was an absolute monster.

      As far as favorite fights go, here's a few amongst my favorites ever:

      - Nick Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi, PRIDE 33
      - Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, PRIDE 21
      - Quentin Jackson vs. Ricardo Arona, PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004
      - Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop, PRIDE Final Conflict 2005
      Last edited by ReyRey619; 01-13-2013, 04:04 AM.
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      • #4
        Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

        Good god that fucking 2004 heavyweight grand prix tournament is about as epic as epic gets. Pretty much every fight was amazing. Noguera vs Fedor in the finals ends on a cut, then they have the rematch at Shockwave 2004(another epic event).

        The Shockwave shows were all amazing. It was like Pride's Wrestlemania or Starrcade. Those have got to be the most stacked MMA cards in the history of the sport. From top to bottom.

        LT brought up some more of my favorite little things about Pride. The yellow cards for stalling(10% deduction in the purse for each one). The female ring announcer that would SCREAM EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRYONE'S NAME AND RRRRRRRRRRRRROLL THE R'S FOR A RRRRRRRRIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF TIME.

        And then this:



        Sakuraba's rise from Pride 2 up to Pride 10 was just amazing.

        @ReyRey: Yeah, Diaz vs Gomi is a top favorite fight of mine as well. Unbelievable. Fedor vs Cro Cop was the Tyson vs Holyfield of MMA at that time. Another one of my all time favorites. Great shouts.

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        • #5
          Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

          I also feel the length of rounds were better suited than today's rounds
          I am your God

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          • #6
            Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

            Originally posted by Theend View Post
            I also feel the length of rounds were better suited than today's rounds
            YES!

            The 10 minute first round was perfect for MMA. 10-5-5. Great fucking shout.

            I think that would have been a much better route than just making main events(and title fights) 5X5. They should have just went 10-5-5 for all fights(with the 10-5 Bushido round rules for the smaller shows).

            The 10 minute first round was a fucking BEAST!

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            • #7
              Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

              Originally posted by ReyRey619 View Post
              As far as favorite fights go, here's a few amongst my favorites ever:

              - Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama, PRIDE 21

              Fuck yes. Clinch and beat the shit out of each other, my kind of shit.

              Favourite moments for me were the obvious, Rampage/Arona slam, Randleman's german suplex nearly breaking Fedor's neck, Aoki being a piece of shit after breaking a guys arm, etc.

              Fave fight would be Barnett/Nog, overall I just miss the grand presentation at the start though. You just don't get the same buzz with UFC.

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              • #8
                Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                I rewatched the fedor/nog 1 fight the other day. Fedor was such a beast back then. The Sakuraba/Gracie fight was a pivotal point in Sakuraba's career. too many other great fights to list

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                • #9
                  Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                  This is how you open an event and make your fighters look like superstars.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                    One guy from Pride FC you don't ever hear about anymore, but I really liked was Igor Vovchanchyn. I'd say he was a top 2-3 Heavyweight in the world in 99-00.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                      I wasn't really a big MMA guy when Pride was relevant but I get it but I don't know...I was never as connected to it. Maybe it's because I saw these guys first in the UFC when most if not all of them had already kind of lost a step or two so going back and re watching their pride days just didn't fill me with the same joy.

                      I didn't like the 10 minute first round. I actually prefer the 3 five minute rounds.

                      The yellow card for stalling was money though.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                        Originally posted by Heartbreak Kid View Post
                        This is how you open an event and make your fighters look like superstars.

                        That is the kind of thing UFC needs to do. Although for that event they had it stacked in a major way. If UFC ever lands MSG, they should do something like that to open the show.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                          The yellow card system wasn't bad, but at the same time, I've seen it used in the wrong situations. It had it's moments where it was great, and then you have the moments that made you scratch your head like "They weren't stalling intentionally, it was just a stall mate"
                          Now you're on the field callin' me an asshole, 'Cause I roped up your body like a lasso

                          And I could be just like Mr. HK, runnin' cause a melee
                          Bring my team a W, I'm poppin' shots like Pele

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                            Originally posted by ShinobiMusashi View Post
                            One guy from Pride FC you don't ever hear about anymore, but I really liked was Igor Vovchanchyn. I'd say he was a top 2-3 Heavyweight in the world in 99-00.
                            For sure.

                            I always get confused between him and Kharitonov from the SF GP though.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Pride FC Appreciation Thread

                              Love this fight:



                              I think they had a mutual agreement not to throw strikes(there were a few very light ones thrown), but this was a very entertaining, scientific submission grappling match. Sakuraba's catch wrestling skills were very sharp.

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