Little Pride rant...

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grappler-80
1/13/07 2:44:15PM
I love pride and even prefer it over ufc, but whats up with them having beltholders have non-title fights like all the time? and I dont get the point of Hendo vs Wandy?

IMO if a beltholder gets beaten by someone inthe same weightclass then they lose the belt to that person, period. The only exception that i'm completely fine with is the grand prix.

Hendo vs Wandy should be an exciting fight... but i still don't get why there fighting each other when there not in the same weightclass, unless there gonna make wandy cut weight and let hendo pack it on. Seems like a semi-pointless hypematch to try and up prides fan count in the US
DoTheMMAth
1/14/07 1:21:53PM
Well, in their first Vegas show Pride made sure to include an American in the main event (Coleman vs Fedor). I guess their marketing department thinks that Americans will only show an on-going interest in Pride if there's Americans competing in their events, even if it's not for a title and not even technically the same weight class. Chalk it up to Pride marketing
nate22
1/15/07 9:17:40AM
The above is true in terms of business, but the Hendo-Silva rematch is one alot of fans have been wanting to see for a long time now.

I think it is almost a lose-lose situation for Pride as both fighters are one's that will be important to their marketing strategy in America, Dan being a homegrown Champ and Silva, well as it's Silva. One of them has to lose and if it's Silva it takes away further for credibility of the LHW title belt, whereas Hendo will lose respect before he even gains it (in America) if he ends up getting KO'd.
thepitbull00
1/15/07 11:53:36PM
Hendo is going up a class and the fight is for Wanderlei's championship.
CommanderMander
1/15/07 11:59:28PM
You were doing fine until the "and I dont get the point of Hendo vs Wandy?........

DoTheMMAth
1/16/07 12:05:26AM

Posted by thepitbull00

Hendo is going up a class and the fight is for Wanderlei's championship.



Ahh, so this IS for the belt. I was not aware, just know Wandy as a middleweight and Hendo as a welter. Thx for the correction
Kameleon
1/16/07 1:50:14AM
Middleweight Championship is on the line. Hendo wants to prove that he is a top calibur fight at almost any weight. He as said at the press conference in LA that he wants both titles. The reason lil' Nog isn't facing Wandy is because Hendo is American. Pride wants whatever Americans they can get to put on US PPVs. I will definately enjoy this fight.
IBinHB
1/16/07 4:07:26PM
they wanted an american fighter for US interest...thats why Hendo.

hippysmacker
1/17/07 1:09:49PM
Totally agree Non-title matches belong in the WWF
The_Crippler
1/17/07 1:48:33PM
i dont understand Pride for the single fact that instead of putting on the best show they put in an american fighter that might not necessairly belong in the event
loller90278
1/17/07 1:51:16PM

Posted by The_Crippler

i dont understand Pride for the single fact that instead of putting on the best show they put in an american fighter that might not necessairly belong in the event



i think hendo vs wandy would be the most entertaining...their first fight was very much so
WaikruMass
1/17/07 2:03:49PM
hendo = dead by boot to the face
hippysmacker
1/17/07 7:06:08PM
EW
hendo = dead by boot to the face
If you mean face stomp they are outlawed in the US. I think Wandy by 3 round decision.
cowcatcher
1/17/07 7:12:39PM
Hendo has proven he can hang with anyone, but his chances of standing and trading with Wandy are nil
nate22
1/17/07 8:50:18PM
Well they were above nil last time as he proved. God I hate ignorance.
cowcatcher
1/17/07 10:15:29PM
it's not ignorance, but in most fights when a grappler hangs with a striker, or even beats him at his own game(couture/liddell), the rematch when kept on the feet goes to the striker
Savy
1/18/07 7:21:50PM

Posted by cowcatcher

it's not ignorance, but in most fights when a grappler hangs with a striker, or even beats him at his own game(couture/liddell), the rematch when kept on the feet goes to the striker


To call Dan a "grappler" is a little misleading.
The same way its misleading to cal BJ Penn a "grappler."
Both are more than willing to stand and throw. And for good reason.
Couture was willing to stand and throw; that was stupid of him.
Jeffanori-Gomi
2/2/07 2:06:55AM

Posted by WaikruMass

hendo = dead by boot to the face



no kicking/knees when opponents are downed. nevada rules