Monday, February 27, 2006

PRIDE ~ Unbreakable The Results

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW. As Bas Rutten would say....That's Unbeleivable. A great night of fighting from Japan. Now before you read I must explain that coming on May 5th (yes my B-day present from PRIDE) they will be going old school and holding an open weight tournament. In the early stages of the UFC there were no weight classes. Royce Gracie, 185 pounds soaking wet with led in his pocket, proved that you don't have to be the biggest to be the baddest. Most MMA fans now beleive that the sport has evolved so much that a smaller man couldn't compete like Royce did just 10-12 years ago. PRIDE is begining to put that to the test with this event and theupcoming tournament to begin in May.

Tough night for Bruceleeroy as only 3 of his predictions came through. Yeah, that's 6 of 9 wrong! Ugh. But that's why they fight the fights.

In the 1st fight of the night I was looking forward to Pedro Rizzo bringing a big knock out to the ring. And he did not dissapoint. He got knocked out at 25 seconds of the 1st round. the 1st punch as a matter of fact. he through a right low kick to Zentsov's front leg, Zentsov countered with a left hook that turned off Rizzo's lights and sent him to the canvas instantly, no question about it.

Zentsov over Rizzo by 1st round KO.

Next on board I had Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (a Memphis native by the way) in a 1st round KO over Yoon Dong Sik. Sik has 2 previous PRIDE fights in which he was pummeled and bloodied, seemed for all the fixins of a quick Rampage knock out. While I'm not a fan of the Judo guys in general, a lot of them don't figure out it's MMA and there is punching involved, Sik made a fanout of me. He stood toe to toe with Rampage and took the best that he had to offer. In all 3 rounds Rampage controlled most of the action, couple slams, some ground and pound. At one point in the 1st round Sik sunk in what appeared to be a deep arm bar. Rampage, in typical fashion, picked up Sik and went for a big slam. Sik intelligently let go and avoided the slam, something many before him have been unable to do. In the end it was a unanimous decision for Rampage but he could not get rid of the South Korean. If Sik makes a much progress between his last fight and his next fight he will be someone to contend with.

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson over Yoon Dong Sik by unanimous decision.

The next fight brought Fabricio Werdum vs Jon Olaf Einemo. This was a pretty slow fight to watch. Werdum controlled all the action and landed blow after blow, he cut up Einemo with a couple of solid knee strikes. For a while you were wondering what was keeping this guy up, a theme you will see throughout this card. Einemo was on the big stage for the 1st time, he will be there again. He needs to work on his basic skills but he's one tough sucker. He can take a punch, several actually, and some knees.

Fabricio Werdum over Jon Olaf Einemo by unanimous decision.

Next was a battle of training legends. Mario Sperry and Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Partly as I predicted these to grandfathers of grappling decided to stand toe to toe and duke it out in the ring. Sperry landed a big punch early that sent TK back across the ring and into the ropes, he composed himself and ultimately made quick work of Sperry by KO'ing him at 1:20 in the 1st round.

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka over Mario Sperry with a 1st round KO.

Next brought out one of my favorite fighters who I regretfully did not pick. Alistair Overeem has been known to gas out in fights, thats really been his only weakness in the ring. He normally fights at 205 but decided to fight a bigger Sergei Kharitonov. Overeem looked HUGE coming in at 235 and seemed to have more gas in the tank than ever. He controlled the stand up for a brief moment before taking Kharitonov to the ground and completely demolishing him. He bloodied and batter Sergei till the crowd was crying for mercy like they were at William Wallace's exicution. It was brutal. So I lost this prediction but I loved seeing Overeem at that size. I really think he has been a victum of his own desire to cut weight and fight at 205. We've seen that with other fighters. After that performance I don't see any reason for Overeem to drop weight again. He IS a heavyweight.

Alistair Overeem over Sergei Kharitonov by TKO (ref stoppage)

After the pummeling came to great friends to the ring. I always thoguth it would be tough to fight a long time friend or training partner. Josh Barnett and Kazuhiro Nakamura have sparred and trained together in the past. Barnett had a huge weight advantage and used every pound of it to complete a take down, a little ground and pound, a couple toe holds and finished with a rear naked choke. Nakamura really couldn't do anything with the weight of Barnett.

Josh Barnett over Kazuhiro Nakamura by submission (RNC) round 1

Antonio Nogueira came to the ring with a mission, beat Kiyoshi Tamura. Beat him he did. There really was never a chance for Tamura. It ended as quick as it started with an Armbar submission.

Antonio Nogueira over Kiyoshi Tamura by submission (Armbar) in round 1.

In a fabled old veteran vs newcomer fight Mark Coleman came to the ring looking a lot better than he has in a long time. He quickly pushed the action and he and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua went back and forth for a moment. Coleman was lunging ofr a takedown when Rua reached out with his left hand to post and his elbow just gave out. for a moment Coleman didn't know what happened, when the ref pulled him off Coleman slung him about 1/2 way across the ring. At this point the camera's quit following the action because several members of Brazilian Top Team, led by Wanderlei Silva apparently rushed the ring. According to Coleman Silva, along with others sucker punched him. This caused a 1 minute rumble in the ring that was quickly broken up by security. Coleman has always had a temper problem and a lack of self control. As in many sports it should never be acceptable to put your hands on a referee, he was trying to protect Shogun who was obviously in a dangerous position. Having said that the members of Brazilian Top Team should have enver rushed the ring. Shogun ended up with a penatly and lost 10% of his winings but that shouldn't be enough. Coleman, in true Coleman fashion with his lap dog Baroni in the back ground was running his mouth a million miles an hour saying how bad he was. He gets credit for the victory but really had nothing to do with it. It was a fluke injury.

Mark Coleman over Mauricio Rua Ref Stoppage due to Injury.

In the final fight of the night Mark Hunt, who I'm pretty sure weighed in at 265 about 7 weeks ago, came to the ring just over 290 to fight a rookie MMA'r Yosuke Nishijima. Nishijima was giving up a lot of weight, the former Japanese boxer came in about 80 pounds off Hunt's wieght. Hunt hit Nishijima with everything but the kitchen sink. Nishijima showed the heart of a warrior but just could not handle the power of Hunt. He lasted through the 1st 2 rounds but crumbled in the 3rd. I was pretty dissapointed in Hunt who has apparently been on the Bruceleeroy KFC lunch buffet diet since his last fight. I recommend the diet highly if you are not fighting in PRIDE anytime in the next couple months. I just wish they'd put the macaroni and cheese out there, what is the deal with that.

Mark Hunt over Yosuke Nishijima by KO in the 3rd round.

Next Saturday night is USA vs Canada in the UFC. That will also be unbelievable. You can play the new Joe Rogan drinking game. I'll explain later.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love how you're predictions about the big fights were wrong.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Bruceleeroy said...

And I love people who criticize anonymously.

It happens, sometimes I'm right on, sometimes I'm way off. That's why they fight the fights.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Jerrod said...

YEA bro...right er wrong ur still keepin it keepin on man..good work Jerrod

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By Brazilian Top team, you mean Chute Box

1:48 AM  

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