There was a certain viciousness in Pride that simulated a no holds barred/street fighting setting. That's the type of shiet you see in clubs or on the streets if anybody has ever been in one. I'm all about regulations for the safety of fighters, but one can't help admire the Pride fighters who fought with those rules.
I'll tell you right now half of the wrestlers and BJJ wouldn't last in Pride. That's how drastic the rules would change things.
1.) For the wrestlers who ground and pound you can use the ropes to your advantage.
2.) yellow card - Fitch would get fined the most I'd imagine.
3.) refs stand up fighters more often than not
4.) Kicking the opponent in the head on the ground.
5.) Kneeing the opponent in the head on the ground.
6.) My favorite stomping the opponent in the head on the ground.
7.) Pile driving was allowed.
8.) Pride's matches are not judged on the ten point must system, rather judges score the whole fight. A lot of fights would have different outcomes.
Imagine if a BJJ or wrestler is constantly falling back to egg you on. But guess what you can stomp and kick his head. Changes the dynamic of the fight dramatically. Then you had Werdum going for the takedown then getting stuffed by Overeem. In Pride he'd knee his head in. Even though they fought in Pride before I'm using their last rematch in SF as an example. There wasn't much Overeem could do but pick his shots very carefully. Had he had the option of kneeing his head on the ground, kicking, or stomping it I'm sure he would have.
It's too bad that all the Pride fighters had to assimilate to the UFC rules. They should have a special exhibition match with the Pride rules to see how the UFC fighters adapt. Only a few representing the UFC who ventured out to the Far East had limited success; Rich Franklin, Jens Pulver, and Chuck Liddell.
Last edited by No_Mercy; 12-06-2011 at 06:39 PM.