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.