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Old 09-17-2008, 11:05 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Call me whatever you want, but my interest in MMA has drop severely since the fall of PRIDE. It's just that nothing compared to it, and the fights, boring or not, were so fun to watch.
Same here, I never attributed to the lack of Pride, but theres a good chance that is it. Pride maybe didn't have better fighters, but i just preferred it as an organization.
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:07 PM   #24 (permalink)
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[Drinks too much. Cries. Dreams of Igor while sleeping in the gutter, occasionally shouting out 'no pride don't go!' in a desperate voice ]
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Old 09-17-2008, 04:34 PM   #25 (permalink)
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The entrances. I loved how all the fighters were brought out before hand. Fedor's entrance still gets me pumped, I watch it on youtube sometimes before work to get me ready to deal with a day full of bullshit.

The difference between Pride and all the other organizations is that the fighters were larger then life. You wernt watching a fighter you were watching a superstar walk out to the ring. Just watch videos of how Fedor is mobbed when he is in Japan and you can see it and feel it.

Favorite fights:

Rampage/Wandy fights - Best rivalry still in MMA I think. I dont think Ive ever been pumped up for fights like I was for these 2 and they definitely delivered. If youve never seen them and want a nice recap of the whole deal heres pretty much my favorite hl ever made.

http://www.livevideo.com/video/CA618...n-enemies.aspx

Wandy vs Mark Hunt - Wow. Only word that could describe this fight. Hunt took it on very short notice(I think it was like a week at most) and still showed up and delivered the goods. Some of the shots Wand took in this were just freaking ridiculous, mix in an atomic butt drop and you have probably the most random mix of action and match making youll ever see in the ring.

Ninja Rua vs Mario Sperry - Man Ninja was and is such a beast. It kind of sucks that hes fallen into a kind of MMA obscurity because he always brought it and is a much better fighter then a lot of people give him credit for. This fight is all over the place. If you want to see two guys rush each other and just trade blows like their life depends on it this is the fight to see. I know Im a part of the minority but I always dug Ninja more then Shogun.

Big Nog vs Dan Henderson - Wandy vs Hendo made me notice Hollywood, but this fight sealed him as my favorite fighter. Stepping up on a few weeks notice to take on Big Nog(Fedor was originally scheduled but got injured). Everyone counted him out and said he would be subbed quick(Hendo came into the fight over 30 pounds lighter). What followed was some of the most heart youll ever see come out of a fighter as Hendo stood and traded with Nog actually getting the better of some of the exchanges. He escaped some of the craziest subs Ive ever seen but ended up finally succumbing to Nog and got subbed. Good thing for him this is one of the few fights where the loser out shined the winner.

Kawajiri vs Gomi - This was billed to be the 2 top Lightweights in Japan going against each other. Everyone had known Gomi had talent but he always came up short in the big fights..... before this one. Kawajiri and Gomi decided to stand up and trade in a fight that is a must see for any MMA fan. "The Crusher" had the heart but unfortunately Gomi had the skill outstriking Kawajiri in route to putting him down and locking on the RNC. One of the few fights where youll see the Japanese fans screaming their heads off.

Theirs a ton more fights I could gush about but theirs a few that just happened to pop into my mind thinking about it. I miss pride, It had its downside, shitty match making and shady favoritism for certain fighters. But at the end of the day it always delivered a quality product and its responsible for my love for MMA. I dont post a lot on this forum anymore but this topic needed some addition to it.
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Great post Wise.

Speaking of Kawajiri, is it me or does he look much bigger than he did in PRIDE. But funny thing is, he's in a smaller weight class.
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I was actually just watching Nog vs Henderson 2, and yeah, best Dan henderson fight ever. One of the most impressive performances I have seen from the man. How he got out of those subs, I'll never know, but that was Henderson in his glory. He took on the number 1 HW, who had a 40 pound weight advantage, and did really well against him. So awesome. It's hard not to like Hendo after seeing that fight.

I'm actually starting to appreciate Ninja's older fights than Shogun's, which is odd, because I like Shogun more than Ninja. Still, Sperry vs Ninja was a great fight, and Ninja should've beaten both Henderson and Rampage.

I miss the Sakurai whomping Gomi. Dude's still a great fighter, but the guy was untouchable in 2005. I think his second fight with Azeredo was a great, great fight and my favorite Gomi fight. Gomi and Kawajiri had an energetic fight, while Azeredo beat Kotani with ease. Gomi clearly beat Azeredo and proved that he was, indeed, the Bushido king. Gomi's stand-up looked really good in that fight.

Gomi vs Pulver was a great fight. Pulver, you gotta respect the guy. He fought a much bigger guy and did really well. Gomi's chin and power were just too much, though. Wow, Gomi's got a beard on him, as Pulver cracked him a plenty.

Sergei Kharitonov was the man in 2004. Nog vs Sergei was a great fight, and it was extremely close, though I scored it for Nogueira. He did just enough to win that fight.

Man, Buscape vs Azeredo was an amazing ground battle. We're talking 5 star stuff. The UFC needs to snatch up Firmino.

Fedor vs TK 2 is one of my favorite Fedor batterings. Good grief, he just kills kohsaka something fierce.
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Great post Wise.

Speaking of Kawajiri, is it me or does he look much bigger than he did in PRIDE. But funny thing is, he's in a smaller weight class.
I agree. I dont know if its so much him being bigger but he definitely looks more jacked these days.

The first lightweight Bushido are some of the best Lightweight fights youll ever see. Everyone should go buy Bushido volume nine. Joachim vs Yves, Mach vs Pulver, Kawajiri vs Gomi, Hansen vs Sakurai, and Gomi vs Azeredo in their rematch. Hands down my favorite Lightweight tourny ever(although the new Dream one was pretty freaking sweet). Pretty much all of those fights are a 9-10 in my book.
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Old 09-17-2008, 05:09 PM   #29 (permalink)
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You gotta give it to Japan, they are the kings of the lighter weight tournies. Hell, they are the kings of the tourny, period.
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