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Old 07-10-2008, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This Is The Re-Watch: Pride 33: Second Coming

I really liked Hansen vs Ireland, mostly because of Joachim, but Jason Ireland's always been a game dude. He even had a really fun fight with Gurgel, so yeah, he, of course, has a fun fight with Joachim. Hansen looked pretty damn good in this fight, even pulling off his somersault---->gets the back type thing he did to Miyata in their fight. It's hard to describe, but it's one of the swankest things I have seen in an MMA fight. I never really got the feeling that Joachim was in trouble in this fight, and has him winning all 3 rounds up until that swank armbar that put Ireland away. Ah, what an armbar. Ireland is either really brave or really stupid to not tap. It's so bad that Hansen tells the ref to stop the fight. Hansen, I love you.

Frank Trigg did what he needed to do to put away Misaki. I thought he looked good in this fight, totally overwhelming a solid fighter in Kazuo Misaki, and winning 30-27. Misaki was coming off a really odd Bushido GP win, where he got eliminated by Filho, but then came back to win the damn thing. Misaki had some nice stand-up, but other than that, he had nothing but a sneer and defense. This was all Frank Trigg.

Well, Wiuff vs Lee was pretty damn short. James Lee gets crapped on for his performance against Alessio Sakara, but really, the guy's not a bad fighter at all, and smokes Travis Wiuff with ease in this fight, catching him and then subbing him. The commentators make it seem like an upset, but Travis Wiuff is so inconsistent that it wasn't. Gotta give it to Travis, though, he's on a roll currently.

I shed tears when I saw lil Nog lay there. That was brutal, but hey, Sokky likes to brutally kill fools. Huge upset, and a star is born. I'm glad that this didn't really make people think of Rogerio as this weak chinned fighter, since he's far from it. I mean, the guy took some brutal shots from guys like Shogun, Henderson, Mezger and Overeem and kept fighting. Sokky just has the power to kill a Nogueira brother, which means he's the hardest hitter in MMA.

I like my Sakurai when he slowly picks apart his opponents, and he does so here against Danzig. Danzig put up a scrappy effort, but Mach was just in another league, constantly tagging him and making him look sort of stupid. Just an awesome performance from a guy who should be putting on awesome performances more often.

Josh Barnett wastes no time mentioning Volk Han during Sergei vs Russow. Ah, hell yeah, Josh, VOLK HAN!!!! That's right, he's watching his Rings! Enough about Volk, though, as I can talk about him all day, back to the fight. Sergei looks mad sloppy here, and actually gets outstruck by a wrestler. He then grabs on an ultra slow armbar (Which Russow is dumb enough to actually let him apply) and that is it. Sergei, being the nice guy that he is, holds on to his glove and cranks the arm some more even after Russow has tapped. Russow tells the ref that Kharitonov was holding on to his glove and Barnett just starts going off on Russow like a total douchebag. Totally forgettable stuff.

Shogun's last good performance, sad to say. He lands a MISSILE PUNCH!!!! which was cooler than any stomp he has performed. Seriously, that was freakin' amazing! Overeem is dead. Dead, dead, dead, dead, dead. Good showing from Rua, but Overeem is such an inconsistent fighter, especially at LHW.

Diaz vs Gomi's still a fun fight, but honestly, it wasn't as fun on the re-watch as it was when it first happened. Usually I'll re-discover a fight or I'll watch a past great fight and it'd age really well. This was just fun but nothing really great. Gomi looked like shit, and a shitty Gomi gave Diaz trouble. A motivated Gomi would've won, but a motivated Gomi did not come to Vegas, so I was stuck watching a craptastic Takanori Gomi. Ah well, I bet he had fun drinking beer and playing slots.

Henderson vs Silva 2 was also really fun, and I liked it more than Diaz vs Gomi. Silva was sick as a dog, but I give him props for stepping in there against Henderson (Who performs better at 205). Dan Henderson looked really good in this fight, showing crisp stand-up and some pretty nice GnP. The Dan Henderson at 185 is totally different than the Dan Henderson at 205. Silva goes down hard, and I sort of felt bad for him, since he looked kind of helpless out there. Like a little puppy or something.

Fun show, one of the best shows of 07, but it loses some of its fun factor on the re-watch. Still, totally recommended.

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Old 07-10-2008, 06:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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good review again damone a watched this a few weeks back and its defo 1 of the beat of o7 and like u said a nearly shed tears for lil nog cus basically i told a few of my m8s how lil nog should be fighting wand for title and that he is going to whoop this predator like guy and u know wot happend next,also hendo should not fight at 185 he just seems way slower at everything hes does he performs better at 205 and should stay there.
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Old 07-10-2008, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Normally Damone I'd love to read through your review but I still haven't been able to purchase this DVD so I can't. It was supposed to be released last Tues and I've stopped by Best Buy probably about 6-7 times with the lastest being today and they still don't have it. I never buy things off the internet(yup- caveman I know) but I might have to as it's bugging the shit out of me not getting to watch this whole event.
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I will never watch Sokky vs Nog again, it's just not nice.

And yeah, even though Diaz vs Gomi is a fun fight, it's not very nice watching someone who's so awesome and one of the best lightweights in the world, perform like that.. Terrible performance.

Wand and Dan are two of my favourites, so I really didn't know what to do when that happened.
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I loved this event, and I'd have to disagree with you about the Gomi-Diaz fight. I've seen that thing like five times and I still love it. Gomi looked great before he gassed and then it was cool watching him eat Diazs punches like tic-tacs and taunt him.

Shogun Overemm wasn't that great a performance from Shogu seeing as he was losing most of that fight before he knocked down overeem and landed that ridiculous superman punch.

My favourite thing about the Henderson fight was the way he pranced like a fairy over to his corner after brutally KOing Silva.
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The only fight I saw from this card was Diaz-Gomi (For pretty obvious reasons). Anyways I'm thinking of finding a way to watch the whole card. I saw it for like $15 the other day. I just wanted to know if it was worth it.
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One of Henderson's greatest performances, up there with the Big Nog fights even though he lost. Like where are those takedowns, gnp and telegraphed slugging (?) at 185?

Damn Damone, running out of Pride re watches The Danzig whopping lets me forget Sakurai's last fight in Shooto.
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Oh, nah, I still have plenty of Pride re-watches to do. I haven't even scratched the surface yet, Terry77. There'll be plenty more.

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