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Pride Fighting Championships
- Pain is temporary.....Pride is forever.
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A legendary event in Japan, the PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS match the worlds elite fighters in competitions of honor and art. Imagine Brazilian Jiu - Jitsu practitioner versus kick boxer, Judo specialist versus wrestler ... this is the sport of mixed martial arts ... this is PRIDE FC. Each match is the culmination of years of training by these athletes, the finest representatives of their martial art who not only compete for victory, but also to defend their fighting style!
Its inaugural event was held at the Tokyo Dome on October 11, 1997. Pride held more than sixty mixed martial arts events. As one of the most popular MMA organizations in the world during its ten years of operation, Pride broadcast in 40 countries worldwide. In March 2007, Dream Stage Entertainment sold Pride to Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta III, co-owners of Zuffa L.L.C, which owns rival promotion the UFC.
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira? (Pride Heavyweight Champion and Pride interim Heavyweight Champion)
Fedor Emelianenko? (Pride Heavyweight Champion)
Wanderlei Silva? (Pride Middleweight Champion)
Dan Henderson? (Pride Middleweight Champion and Pride Welterweight Champion)
Takanori Gomi? (Pride Lightweight Champion)
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira? (Pride Heavyweight Champion and Pride interim Heavyweight Champion)
Pride Fighting Championships was initially conceived in 1997 by Kakutougi Revolution Spirits to match popular Japanese pro-wrestler Nobuhiko Takada with Rickson Gracie, the purported champion of the Gracie family of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners. The event, held at the Tokyo Dome on October 11, 1997 attracted 47,000 fans, as well as Japanese mass media attention. The success of the first event enabled its promoters to hold a regular series of mixed martial arts events, and a year later in 1998, promote a rematch between Takada and Gracie. With K-1 enjoying popularity in Japan, Pride began to compete with monthly showings on Fuji Television, as well as pay per view on the newly formed satellite television channel SKY PerfecTV.
In 2000, Pride hosted the first ever Pride Grand Prix, a two-part openweight tournament held to find the "world's best fighter". The tournament was held over the course of two events, with sixteen fighters competing in an opening round, and the eight winners returning three months later for the final round. The second round of the tournament marked the first time Pride was broadcast in the United States, and featured American fighter Mark Coleman winning the tournament by defeating Igor Vovchanchyn in the final round.
In August 2002, Pride teamed up with Japan's leading kickboxing and fight promotion, K-1, and held the world's biggest fight event, Shockwave (known as Pride/K-1 Dynamite!! in Japan), which attracted over 70,000 fans.
On January 13, 2003, the Pride MMA production was thrown into turmoil when DSE President Naoto Morishita was found dead hanging by his neck in his hotel room, apparently after his mistress told him she wanted to end their affair. Speculation still looms whether this could possibly be the real reason, as trouble with tax authorities and the yakuza have also been speculated to play a role. Nobuyuki Sakakibara later assumed the presidency.
In 2003 Pride introduced the Bushido series of events, which focused on the lighter weight classes of lightweights and welterweights. The Bushido series also stressed a faster pace, with bouts consisting of only one ten minute round and one five minute round, as well as quicker referee intervention of stalling tactics, using the new "yellow card" system of purse deduction.
Also in 2003, Pride returned to the tournament format, with a middleweight grand prix spanning two events, Total Elimination 2003 and Final Conflict 2003. The format would be expanded to three events in 2004, adding Critical Countdown 2004 as the second round. Pride would go on to hold annual tournaments, a Heavyweight tournament in 2004, Middleweight in 2005, and Openweight in 2006.
In 2006 DSE announced it would showcase Pride alongside the Ultimate Fighting Championship, North America's largest MMA event, and would be integrating their fighters, including Wanderlei Silva and Kazuyuki Fujita, at a UFC MMA show in November. However, Dana White, speaking on behalf of Zuffa then commented that the announced bout between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva was unlikely to happen because "the Japanese are very hard to do business with". This statement was likely due to the failure of previous attempts between Zuffa and DSE to organize a fighter exchange agreement. Specifically after entering Chuck Liddell in Pride's 2003 middleweight tournament, which was also with the intention of Liddell eventually fighting Silva, which fell through when Chuck Liddell lost in the semi-finals to Quinton Jackson (Jackson subsequently lost to Silva by technical knockout in the finals.)
Pride continued to enjoy success, holding roughly ten events per year, and even out-drawing rival K-1 at the annual New Year's Eve show Pride Shockwave 2005. On October 21, 2006, Pride held its first MMA event in USA, Pride 32: The Real Deal took place in front of an audience of 11,727 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and was the first Pride event to be hel
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PRIDE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONS.
Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira defeats 'The Texas Crazy Horse' Heath Herring to become the first Pride FC World Heavyweight champion.
'The Last Emperor' Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira to become the new Pride FC World Heavyweight champion.
PRIDE - FINAL CONFLICT 2003.
Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira defeats Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic to become the Pride FC Interim Heavyweight champion.
PRIDE - SHOCKWAVE 2004.
'The Last Emperor' Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nogueira to unify the Pride FC Interim Heavyweight title and the Pride FC Heavyweight title.
PRIDE FC WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONS.
Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva defeats 'The Gracie Hunter' Kazushi Sakuraba to become the first ever Pride FC World Middleweight champion.
Dan 'Hollywood' Henderson defeats Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva to become the new Pride FC World Middleweight champion.
PRIDE FC WORLD WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONS.
PRIDE - SHOCKWAVE 2005.
Dan 'Hollywood' Henderson defeats Murilo Bustamante to become the first ever Pride FC World Welterweight champion.
PRIDE FC WORLD LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONS.
PRIDE - SHOCKWAVE 2005.
'The Fireball Kid' Takanori Gomi defeats Hayato 'Maha' Sakurai to become the first ever Pride FC World Lightweight champion.
PRIDE GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONS.
2000 GRAND PRIX.
Mark 'The Hammer' Coleman defeats 'Ice Cold' Igor Vovchanchyn in the finals to become the Pride Grand Prix 2000 champion.
2003 MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX.
Wanderlei 'The Axe Murderer' Silva defeats Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson in the finals to become the Pride Middleweight 2003 Grand Prix champion.
2004 HEAVYWEIGHT GRAND PRIX.
'The Last Emperor' Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antonio Rodrigo 'Minotauro' Nigueira in the finals to become the Pride Heavyweight 2004 Grand Prix champion.
2005 MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX.
Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua defeats 'The Brazilian Tiger' Ricardo Arona in the finals to become the Pride Middleweight 2005 Grand Prix champion.
2006 OPENWEIGHT GRAND PRIX ABSOLUTE.
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Filipovic defeats 'The Babyfaced Assassin' Josh Barnett in the finals to become the 2006 Pride Openweight Grand Prix Absolute champion.
2006 WELTERWEIGHT GRAND PRIX.
Kazuo 'Grabaka Hitman' Misaki defeats Denis Kang in the finals to become the 2006 Pride Welterweight Grand Prix champion.
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- Yasharu Takanashi - Pride FC Theme Song Download
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- 'The Demolition Man' Alistair Overeem (Algerino - 2 Hot 2 Handle) Download
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- 'The Last Emperor' Fedor Emelianenko (Pride 32 Entrance) Download
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- Fedor Emelianenko (48)
- Wanderlei Silva (48)
- Dan Henderson (48)
- Takanori Gomi (48)
- Mark Coleman (39)
- Mauricio Rua (48)
- Mirko Filipović (48)
- Kazuo Misaki (48)
- Kazushi Sakuraba (48)
- Mark Kerr (12)
- Igor Vovchanchyn (48)
- Daijiro Matsui (10)
- Gary Goodridge (35)
- Akira Shoji (30)
- Aleksander Otsuka (7)
- Kazuyuki Fujita (39)
- Heath Herring (48)
- Ricardo Arona (48)
- Murilo Rua (40)