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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Pride GP ever...went out with a bang!
Pride FC of Japan was once a great rival to the now well known UFC of the US and both organisations used to boast of having the best fighters. At the time it was widely agreed Pride did boast the best fighters and every year a tournament GP based on weight would be hosted ala the old UFC days as well as the traditional boxing style title based matches.

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Published on 2 Jun 2009 by B. Rahman

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2.0 out of 5 stars PRIDE GP.....PRESENTED UFC STYLE!
Firstly, these events have some really goods fights throughout, but unfortunately its been done under the "Pride Worldwide" AKA UFC label, and personally, it destroyed the viewing experience from the onset. The Pride presentation that can be blantantly observed in previous events aren't here, all music has been replaced by UFC, generic crappy rock music. No fighter...
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by L. Lewis


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4.0 out of 5 stars Last Pride GP ever...went out with a bang!, 2 Jun 2009
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B. Rahman "Badassbab" (Haywards Heath, West Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
Pride FC of Japan was once a great rival to the now well known UFC of the US and both organisations used to boast of having the best fighters. At the time it was widely agreed Pride did boast the best fighters and every year a tournament GP based on weight would be hosted ala the old UFC days as well as the traditional boxing style title based matches.

Pride GP 2006 Openweight was the last GP hosted by PFC before they were bought out by the owners of UFC. Reason they folded was because of alleged Yakuza involement. As a result sponsorship and funding from the main TV channels was revoked.

This particular GP boasted of some fantastic fights that only Pride FC could have allowed for. Pride did not allow elbows to the head so stoppage by cuts was very rare. However they did allow soccer kicks and knees to downed opponents heads which made for a more complete fight.

All in all a great GP with some fantastic fights and a fitting winner at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars End of an era, 9 July 2010
This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
The PRIDE grand prix always delivered top fighters, great match-ups and iconic moments. The 2006 Open-weight tournament (the last ever PRIDE Gran Prix) is no different. Legends like Big Nog, Cro Cop, Josh Barnett and Wanderlei Silva are present, and go toe to toe with admittedly lesser but never the less exciting fighters such as Mark Hunt, Minowaman, Kazuyuki Fujita and Fabricio Werdum.
The quality of the non-tournament bouts isn't particularly great, but there's nothing here horribly dull or drawn out either. Most are at least short, sharp and inoffensive.
As noted by others this DVD was released under the PRIDE Worldwide label (post Zuffa buyout) and as such is presented differently from other PRIDE releases. This release comes as 3 DVD's in a single case instead of the usual cardboard box sets or multi-DVD boxes used for other PRIDE collections. This combined with other presentation changes on the DVD's give it a slight "budget" feel.

Overall: 4/5 due to poor presentation and unessential non-tournament fights.
It is however an essential purchase for any PRIDE FC fan and a great introductory piece for anyone wanting to get a flavour of what PRIDE was. Bump the rating up to 5/5 if you're only interested in the GP itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 May 2011
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Etienne (South Africa) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a very good set to buy, containing all 3 events (Total Elimination, Critical Countdown, Final Conflict) of the 2006 open weight grand prix. It does have a fair number of duds on it (mismatches, strange endings, etc), and not having Fedor competing does take something away from it, but it's still and excellent tournament all around with some very good fights.

For the sake of any possible new fans who don't know the outcomes, I won't give it away.

TOTAL ELIMINATION:

Roman Zentsov vs. Gilbert Yvel - very entertaining fight, lots of action. This is an alternate match (winner to step up if one of the tournament fighters gets injured)

Fabricio Verdum vs. Alistair Overeem - best fight of Total Elimination, very good striker vs grappler matchup.

Mark Hunt vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka - bit of a mismatch, but the "lesser" fighter ends up making quite a fight of it... up to a point.

Josh Barnett vs. Aleksander Emelianenko - good back and forth action, grappler vs striker.

Kazuyuki Fujita vs. James Thompson - again, good back and forth action.

Mirko Filipovic vs. Ikuhisa Minowa - mismatch.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Zuluzinho - big mismatch.

Yosuke Nishijima vs. Hidehiko Yoshida - biggest mismatch. Yoshida against a former professional boxer, in his Pride debu if I'm not mistaken.

CRITICAL COUNTDOWN:

2nd round matchups between the winners of round 1. Fedor was supposed to enter the tournament in round 2, having received a bye in round 1. He can't due to a hand injury and is replaced by Wanderlei Silva. All four fights are good entertaining fights, no duds, but no "classics" either.

Non-tournament fights:

Edson Drago vs. Pawel Nastula - Olympic Judo gold medalist Nastula is 0-2 in Pride, going up against a dangerous striker. 3rd time lucky?

Yoshihiro Nakao vs. Lee Eun Su - OK fight, nothing special.

Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshiki Takahashi - Explosive fight, doesn't last long.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alistair Overeem - very odd unsatisfying finish.

Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Evangelista Santos - good striker vs judoka matchup.

FINAL CONFLICT:

Contains the semi finals and final. Semi-finals are both classic matchups. Final is OK. This is definitely the best of the 3 events.

Non-tournament fights:

Yosuke Nishijima vs. Evangelista Santos - OK fight I guess.

Sergei Kharitonov vs. Aleksander Emelianenko - very exciting striking matchup.

Mauricio Rua vs. Cyrille Diabate - OK fight.

Ricardo Arona vs. Alistair Overeem - another odd finish.

Overall: this event get's a lot of criticism for some of the mismatches and the fact that Fedor is missing, but it's still a very good tournament IMO and has more than enough good fights, and even a few classic ones, to make up for it. Worthy buy for sure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great show but hot the whole experience, 10 Nov 2010
This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
Im a massive fan of mma and Pride in particular and although this is a great tournament and fitting that it's the last one Pride held, i do feel the experience is slightly tainted by quick editing to fights, lack of entrances etc.
Over all good fights and as usual great entertainment as only Pride can (did) do!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fighting With Pride?, 14 July 2010
This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
It does exactly what it says on the tin!!!!

If you have never watched Pride but you are a massive UFC fan then stop right there... this is where it all started, well commercially anyway.

Like all FightDVD products its disc upon disc of endless action from some of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.

The whole Pride GP series are must buys! Get them now!

5*

Lynchburg
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars PRIDE GP.....PRESENTED UFC STYLE!, 3 Sep 2009
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L. Lewis - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pride Openweight GP 2006 [DVD] (DVD)
Firstly, these events have some really goods fights throughout, but unfortunately its been done under the "Pride Worldwide" AKA UFC label, and personally, it destroyed the viewing experience from the onset. The Pride presentation that can be blantantly observed in previous events aren't here, all music has been replaced by UFC, generic crappy rock music. No fighter entrances and the interviews are jumbled together. They may as well have had the UFC theme music on the DVD menu, had Goldberg and Rogan do the commentary and Bruce Buffer voiceover the fighter intros. If you're buying this purely because of the fights, then go ahead, but if you're buying it to watch an actual PRIDE event, then you're better off looking up the fights and intros on the internet. Still, even though UFC have scaled down the presentation quality of these events, it's tons better than all their PPVS this year combined...but all in all, its POORLY done!
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