I would love for PRIDE to please give a chance to younger, hungrier fighters, especially heavyweights, and get rid of Hammer House and Belfort. If their contracts are guaranteed, then put them on as curtain-jerkers and let guys who are not washed up prove themsleves as worthy fighters. Its not fair to the next generation of fighters. That’s what UFC has done, and its paying off handsomely in their lighter weight classes.
Best match: Barnett-Nastula
Worst match: Randleman-Rua
Thumbs in the middle, leaning down
Very weird show, I didn’t really like it. Here’s why from a production standpoint: Frank Trigg is mealy-mouthed and currently displays the talent level of a late-night public access show host.
I can’t understand him, sometimes I can’t hear him because he doesn’t know how to project his voice, and he fails to realize his job is not to drone on and on, but to provide technical analysis, of which he provides almost nothing.
-Who was the 3rd commentator and why is he on the show? He brought nothing to the show.
-The announcer is awful, she is one of the worst things I have ever heard. Her voice is unbearable. Whenever I heard her voice on the shows I just figured it was a Japanese thing and she was Japanese. I didn’t think they’d use her or the other announcer.
-The intro music sucked. Those horrid japanese pop intro songs have to go, they make the show come across as cheesy and strange.
From a planning standpoint, why are PRIDE’s biggest stars not on their US debut show? Crocop, Silva, Yoshida, Nogueira, why were none of them fighting on a show vital for the future of the company? If Barnett could fight a month after the finals of the Hvwt tourney, Crocop and/or Noguiera should be able to as well.
Re: the fights, I found O’Haires performance suspicious. Lazy high kick, lazy kick to the body, doesn’t cover his chin, then he shoves himself into Butterbean’s belly and stays there seemingly waiting for the close range shots which are Butterbean’s strength and more or less the only offense Butterbean has to offer against a much much larger opponent.
Also suspicious: Vitor throws maybe 2 punches, then offers little resistance for 3 entire rounds. Once in a while he threw a love tap from the bottom. Randleman’s perfromances are always suspicious. He also didn’t put up much of a fight, and how can he get caught with a basic heel hook and knee bar, moves that really only work late into fights. It seemed like he just decided to take the punishment instead of resist, Did he throw the fight like O’Haire did or has he not learned simple leg-lock escapes in 10 years of fighting?