Best of the best
William Jackson | 03/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pride FC holds the best mixed martial arts tournaments in the world. I've seen almost all of them, and Pride 8 ranks near the top. The DVD is almost 3 hours long and 2 sided, so midway through, you have to flip the disc. You'll get to see Mark Coleman at 6' 1" take on 6' 8" Brazilian Ricardo Morais, and Daijiro Matsui's huge heart as he battles the Axe Murderer, Vanderlei Silva. Vovchanchyn vs. Bueno is a fight between 2 great strikers. This disc is packed with knockouts, great submission techniques, and climaxes with plenty of drama in the main event between Kazushi Sakuraba and Royler Gracie. Previous to this Pride, Sakuraba had fought the Brazilians who are experts in Ju Jitsu and sumbissions. He has been undefeated. Rickson Gracie had beaten Sakuraba's teacher, Takada twice, both times by submission. It's time to let it all hang out between Sak and the Gracie family."
Beginning of the Sakuraba-Gracie family fued.
ebrody40 | usa | 12/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pride 8 was held on November 21, 1999 at the Ariake Colosseum.The first match is between Pride veteran Daijiro Matsui and IVC and UFC veteran Vanderlei Silva. Great fight between two fighter that don't back down. The second match is between Shooto and Japan Vale Tudo 1998 veteran Frank Triggs and Extreme Challenge and UFC veteran Fabiano Iha. Another good match with a good ending.The third match is between Pride veteran Carl Malenko and Pancrase, Extreme Challenge, Extreme Fighting, UFC and Pride veteran Allan Goes. Another good match with a good ending.The fourth match is between AFC 1 32 man tournament winner, RINGS and Pentagon Combat veteran Ricardo Morais and UFC 10 & 11 tournament winner and former UFC Heavyweight champion Mark Coleman. This is a dull match.The fifth match is between AFC 3 tournament winner, IFC 1 tournament winner and WVC 5 tournament winner Igor Vovchanchyn and IVC and Pride veteran Francisco Bueno. This as one of the best knockouts I have seen.The sixth match is between UFC 8 finalist and IVC 1 tournament winner Gary Goodridge and MARS and Japan Vale Tudo veteran Tom Erikson. Beginning is good, but I wish the rest of the match was good. The seventh match is between Pride veteran Alexander Otsuka and World Combat Championship tournament winner Renzo Gracie. Great fight and I want a rematch.The main event is between UFC Japan tournament winner and Pride veteran Kazushi Sakuraba and Universal Vale Tudo, Japan Vale Tudo and Pride veteran Royler Gracie. Great fight with a exciting ending.I recommand for anyone who like MMA."
Great card, plenty of action
obediah | Sydney, Australia | 02/03/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Pride 8 is the first time that Sakuraba faces a Gracie. The Gracie legacy is on the line. Royler is faced with the burden of defending the undefeated Gracie legacy. Sakuraba is burdened with avenging the loss of his mentor to Rickson Gracie.Sakuraba always puts on an entertaining fight and this time is no exception. Plenty of standup and ground action, topped off with a controversial ending.Another excellent fight worthy of mention is Silva vs Matsui, plenty of action. You'll see why he deserves his moniker of "The Axe Murderer". Vovchanchyn versus Bueno and Trigg vs Iha are also great fights. There are two boring fights Coleman vs Morais and Erikson vs Goodridge. It's a pity they don't have a "reset the fighters when there's no action rule".However all in all a great night of action and well worth the purchase! It's got everything you'd want good standup action, grappling action, knockouts...the works!"