Good piece of history
NATHAN S R RARERE | Auckland, . New Zealand | 12/18/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"OK... I've been reading everyone elses reviews and agree that PRIDE is the Premier MMA event on the planet... this isn't a good Pride tournament when you compare it to the likes of PRIDE 11 but it's still ok.... Dan Severn vs Kimo is one of the biggest bores you will ever see in MMA which is a shame but apart from that it's a pretty good card. The Pride fights have superb commentary .. it's not only accurate but alo really funny... a thing missing from alot of MMA , it's nice that the commentators are having fun.. Bas Rutten's pretty funny.
there are better PRIDES than this one... don't make it your only PRIDE FC tournament, but it would like really nice in your collection."
Beginning of PRIDE
ebrody40 | usa | 11/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the very first PRIDE show. It was held on October 11, 1997 at the Tokyo Dome.The first match is between EFC veteran Kazunari Murakami and IFC Kiev Tournament finalist and AFC veteran John Dixon. Murakami is famous for his win over Bart Vale and his knockout loss to Maurice Smith. This is a good fight but anything great.The second fight is between UFC 6 Champion,Ultimate Ultimate 1995 finalist, WVC and MARS veteran Oleg Taktarov and UFC 8 finalist,IVC 1 Tournament winner Gary Goodridge. Taktarov has wins over Dave Beneteau, Marco Ruas and Tank Abbott. Goodridge has wins over Cal Worsham and Jerry Bohlander. This has one of the most brutal knockouts in history of Mixed Martial Arts. The third fight is between MARS and World Combat Championship tournament winner Renzo Gracie and Lumax Cup 1997 veteran Akira Shoji. Gracie has a knockout win over Oleg Taktarov. This was a great fight to watch and was the best fight on the show.The fourth fight is between Universal Vale Tudo and UFC 9 veteran Koji Kitao and newcomer Nathan Jones. This is alright fight but nothing special.The fifth fight is a kickboxing fight between Ralph White and the K1 Grand Prix 1993 8 man tournament winner Branko Cikatic. Not a good fight at all.The sixth fight is between UFC 5 and Ultimate Ultimate 1995 Tournament Champion Dan Severn and UFC veteran Kimo. Severn has wins over Oleg Taktarov, Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott and Dave Beneteau. Kimo is famous for giving Royce Gracie a tough fight. This is not a good fight at all. This fight should be on one of the toughman TV shows.The main event is between Japan Vale Tudo 1994 and 1995 Tournament winner Rickson Gracie and Pro Wrestler Nobuhiko Takada. This was good fight despite the length. I recommand this for buying."
Inaugural event of top Japanese MMA
Matthew McPherson | Landisburg, PA United States | 12/11/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Lots of impressive names on this tape. Some highlights are Kazunari Muakami's textbook harai-gosh judo throw and the skull-crushing KO ending of the Goodridge/Taktarov fight. That was one that the ref should have stopped earlier. The White/Cikatic fight is kickboxing, and ends in disqualification. Cikatic's tactics wouldn't even be legal in MMA. Mitsuharu Kitao is Koji Kitao from UFC 9. His opponent must not have been told the rules, because he certainly didn't expect to be taken down. His panicked screams are pretty embarassing even to listen to. Rickson triumphs over an ill-prepared Takada."
Matthew McPherson | 11/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rickson Gracie, the world's greatest fighter, leads the way in Pride's first event and in one of it's greatest cards ever assembled. Stunning knockouts and submissions fill this event. Rickson Gracie shows the world why he's ranked number one. And his cousin Renzo puts on a memorable display of fighting prowess and incredible offense from his back. Highlights are Oleg v Goodridge, Dixon v Murakami, and the aforementioned fights."