I’m a relatively new fan of MMA, but am learning quickly about this great sport. Most of what I’ve watched has been UFC related, but I’m certainly interested in Pride as well. I do have a few questions, just to bring myself up to speed, that I hoped you guys could answer.
- What’s Vitor Belfort’s story? I keep seeing mention of his unfulfilled potential but was unsure if something happened to cause this or it’s simply the result of his own lack of desire? I just watched the UFC Hits DVDs that featured some of his earliest fights, and I must say, he lived up to his legend.
Vitor Belfort came in and absolutely destroyed people in his first UFC tournament…then he ran in to Randy Couture and got taken to school in UFC 15. His career hasn’t been a complete disappointment, you’ve got to give the guy credit for being a good fighter, he’s just knocked for not becoming great after starting off with so much potential…the guy was only 18 or 19 in that first tourney and just a dominate fighter, I guess he got our expectations too high with those first fights.
- How long has Pride been around in relation to UFC? What are it’s roots?
Pride actually came about in 97 or 98, a few years after the UFC. Their first card featured the most legendary Gracie, Rickson, fighting a relative can(one of Japan’s “pro” wrestlers, ie-WWE style)
They then managed to steal the UFC’s Heavyweight Champ, Mark Kerr, with a lucrative contract…this has continued to today where the better fighters(in the HW and LHW division) tend to go overseas due to bigger paydays.
Their middleweights are good as well, but I still think Rich Franklin and David Loussieu are still top caliber guys…everyone’s going to bring up Anderson Silva, but as far as strikers go, that guy is a very, very good striker so of course in a strictly stand up fight like he had with Leben he will obliterate lower caliber guys. UFC’s problem in the HW, LHW, and MW divisions are simply that they lack depth, not that there aren’t top guys in there.
- How does someone in the U.S. view Pride fights, besides purchasing the DVDs? And while we’re on that topic, does anyone recommend certain Pride DVDs for someone wishing to catch up on its recent history?
I’m sure I’ll have more questions, but I’ll just start with these few.
You can order Pride’s PPVs even here in the US, at least in Hawaii you can…just like you’d order a UFC event. However, there is usually a delay of a half a day or so after the event, so stay away from the MMA forums or you’ll have the fights spoiled for you. Also, there are a lot on youtube and google video.[/quote]
Pretty good response. As far as Vitor goes, he’s really just had a lot of bad luck. After his sister was kidnapped and never found, he started suffering from depression, withdrawal, and a plain lack of motivation to train. This is why in a few of his previous fights, he has looked out of shape, gassed early, etc… Also, he appears to have bad luck with some judges, but I suppose it is his own fault by letting it get to the scorecards.