I think the thing that I'll always remember and cherish about PRIDE is that no matter how bad the matchmaking was, or how long the lineup of cans being fed to top fighters was, I still found it impossible to not be entertained by a PRIDE show. They knew how to put on a show, and how to build towards HUGE fights. Fedor-Nog 2 and Wandy-Rampage 2 were so ridiculously anticipated. Nog-Cro Cop and Fedor-Cro Cop may have even exceeded the others. It just seemed like every card had relevance to the MMA landscape, where even in the much more one horse world of MMA today, I don't feel the same about the UFC.
Other things I miss about PRIDE:
-Takada banging a drum in his diaper
-Random appearances by Inoki
-Inspirit (I love that company, and I just don't see it enough anymore. Sure DREAM fighters rep it a lot, but DREAM isn't on the same scale as PRIDE)
-Bushido. Shows dedicated to lighter weightclasses are the goods. Hence my love for the WEC and now DREAM, and to a lesser extent DEEP, Shooto and Cage Force.