This Is The Re-Watch: Pride: Total Elimination Absolute 2006.
The first round of the OWGP, baby!!!
Holy shit, Zentsov looked solid against Yvel. Sure, Yvel sucks, but Zentsov didn't embarrass himself like he usually does. Zentsov is a guy who I feel has a ton of talent, but has been in such a slump that it's almost hard to defend the guy anymore. Swank takedown by Roman early on, we get an oddly fun scramblefest, and then a nasty KO that seriously made me laugh. That was almost like James Toney's KO over the Prince.
Wow, Overeem's huge. He's about as big as Fab Doom. How did this guy ever make 205? Werdum gets overwhelmed for the majority of the fight until he finally secures a kimura. Overeem is just a totally different beast at HW. He really did well here, pretty much dominating a great ground guy until he *finally* got caught. Sure, he could've jumped to the side when the kimura was locked on, but hey, Fab Doom ain't no slouch on the ground. Fun stuff.
Wow, Kohsaka looks the same. Dude never ages, it seems. Mark Hunt is ready to have another FOTYC. What a size difference in this fight. Oddly enough, Hunt takes TK down, and it's TK who wants to slug it out, bitch. Nice back control from TK, and I'm already digging this fight. Dude, TK is banging with Mark freakin' Hunt! I am in shock at the balls displayed by Kohsaka. Hunt's tits are more noticeable in this fight. Hunt actually gets stunned by TK. What the hell is this shit? I am LOVING IT!!!! TK gets punched in the face a lot and taunts Hunt. Okay, this is the best fight on the show, no doubt about it. I forgot how annoying Mauro Renallo was. He's better than Quadros, though. First round is over. What a round that was. Hunt tries a body kick and it's a good one. I liked Hunt's boxing here. Man, TK gets whomped. Ah well, dude showed that he is the man by taking it to Hunt. Wow, this ruled.
Aleksander's boxing looked really, really good against Barnett. Barnett really couldn't do much against Aleks in the first round, and was constantly getting tagged. Fedor's bro showed some nice takedown defense, too. This was Barnett's first tough test in the GP (Dude had the roughest road, that's for sure). This is the Aleks I love!!!! Seriously, anyone who hates Aleks should watch the first round of this fight. Ah man, Aleks gets subbed by a keylock? That sucks. Still, fun fight. Barnett is incredibly sharp after getting punched in the face a lot. Thankfully, Jerry Millen wasn't shown on camera when he interviewed Barnett, or else we'd get an overload of boy band hair. barnett shows his dorkdom by mentioning Billy Robinson.
JAMES THOMPSON! FUJITA! Whoa, Thompson's ears weren't digusting here. I bet James watched a shit ton of DVD's before this fight. Thomspon gives us a legendary staredown, and Fujita looks all "Okay dude, chill dawg, yo." What the hell, Thompson shows a nice sprawl? What's this skill shit? James spent time at ATT before this fight. I'd kill to see those spar sessions. Okay dudes, stop cooter footing around and fight! FIGHT LIKE MEN!!!! PUT HIM IN A BODY BAG, JAMESSS!!!!! Wow, these 2 are slugging it out. Fujita's tights are distracting for some reason. My gosh, Thompson takes Fujita down. Whoa, Fujita is on his back! James Thompson is a better wrestler than Fedor!!!!! Oh man, Fujita punches Thompson in the face a lot. Disgusting, blood gets on the camera. Shit looks like red paint, too. Wow, Thompson dies for our pleasure. Fujita wins, and Wanderlei Silva gets hungry.
lol, Minowa sucks. Pride matchmaking really hit a new high when Mirko was set to face Minowa. Mirko actually looks embarrassed during the staredown. It's like "I have to face this clown?" Minowa tries some ridiculous flip kick and ends up getting killed afterwards. Nasty body shots from Cro Cop. Minowa is dead, and I laugh. Wow, Minowa sucks.
Mirko is back!!!!! He beat up a MW who could cut to 170!!!!!!
Sadly, Zulu vs Nogueira was not on the level as the classic Sapp vs Nogueira fight. Nog ended up schooling him with ease. Pride matchmaking, you gotta love it! Zulu doesn't like fools talking bullshit about him, he even makes some weird bird sounds afterwards. The hell? Nogueira deserves better, but hey, about time he got an easy fight. Seriously, Nog didn't even break a sweat. He had more trouble against a near WW in Kiyoshi Tamura.
Nog starts sticking his tongue out at the camera, and acts like he's possessed. Okay.
Nishijima impressed me in his debut against Hunt. Yoshida is the yoda of MMA, and he's grumpy as shit here. Holy shit, Nishijima is rocking some shiny ass shorts. Yoshida should've rocked a shiny ass gi. Yoshida unleashed some good kicks, oddly enough. Nice takedown, and it's pretty much over. Swank triangle, and it's over. Nishijima has sucked ever since he lost to Hunt.
So yeah, fun show. You got to see TK put his heart on the line, Mark Hunt flop his titties around, Nog school a fat guy, Yoshida being grumpy, Aleks punch Barnett in the face a ton of time and Minowa dying. Totally recommended.