With the Yarennoka
show coming up at the end of the year, I think this is a great time for us PRIDE FC fans to get on about "the old days." Y'know, like 2005. A PRIDE FC slideshow
, to get new fans in the mood, and to bring a tear to the eye of older fans. *sniff*
Seriously, though, I know a lot of new MMA fans are mostly familiar with the UFC. There's nothing wrong with that, of course; people who make fun of new fans annoy me. Those who started watching MMA in 2006 are no less fans than those who started in 1996.
On the other hand, UFC fans who refuse to watch anything else because they think it's inherently inferior annoy me too. So I thought I would make some recommendations for PRIDE Fighting Championships DVD rentals. You'll see a lot familiar names in these lineups, as several of these guys have migrated to the UFC and WEC. I'm pretty sure you can rent every PRIDE event from Netflix
; I don't know about Blockbuster or other services. NO SPOILERS IN THIS THREAD, PLEASE.
This is for recommending past events to new fans. Go ahead and say, "Man, that fight was innssaannne
!!!!", but if you tell us who won, I'll slap you with a piece of wet lasagna.
To get us started, I'll recommend the 2nd round of 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix, PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004
. This featured four tournament fights and three preliminaries. All of the fights were pretty entertaining, imho, and there were a pair of absolutely crushing body-slams that people still talk about today.
- Sergei Kharitonov vs Semmy Schilt
- Naoya Ogawa vs Paolo Cesar "Giant" Silva
- Heath Herring vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira II
- Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman
- Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba vs Nino "Elvis" Schembri
- Ricardo Arona vs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
- Mark Hunt vs Hidehiko Yoshida
Next I'll recommend PRIDE Shockwave 2004
. Shockwave was PRIDE's annual New Year's Eve show, and they always tried to pull out all the stops for it. This year's "Yarennoka!" show is a throwback to these events. This one featured the epic finale of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix, and a Muay-Thai-vs-kickboxing slugfest that was straight out of a comic book. It was like watching The Thing vs. Terrax in real life, only the building didn't actually collapse around them; I think I got a concussion just from watching it.
Heavyweight Grand Prix Final & PRIDE Heavyweight Championship:
- Fedor Emelianenko vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Mark Hunt vs Wanderlei Silva
- Takanori Gomi vs Jens Pulver
- Dan Henderson vs Yuki Kondo
- Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs Kevin Randleman II
- Rulon Gardner vs Hidehiko Yoshida
- Henry "Sentoryu" Miller vs Makoto Takimoto
- Ryo Chonan vs Anderson Silva
- Yoji Anjo vs Ryan Gracie
- Mu Bae Choi vs Paulo Cesar "Giant" Silva
- Stefan Leko vs Ikuhisa Minowa
Finally, step into PRIDE Total Elimination 2005
, the 1st round of the Middleweight Grand Prix (in PRIDE, "Middleweight" was 93kg, or 205 lbs, the equivalent of Light-Heavweight in the UFC). You'll start to see here why Dana White was so eager to sign all of these guys.
- Kazuhiro Nakamura vs Kevin Randleman
- Ricardo Arona vs Dean Lister
- Yuki Kondo vs Igor Vovchanchyn
- Vitor Belfort vs Alistair Overeem
- Dan Henderson vs Antonio Rogerio "Lil' Nog" Nogueira
- Dong-Sik Yoon vs Kazushi Sakuraba
- Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
- Wanderlei Silva vs Hidehiko Yoshida