Pride GP R1 Results
Writeup by Budd, pictures by Yahoo Sports JP
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pride/live/200404/25/photo/a01/pict/pict08.jpg" align=left height=200 width=300>Heath Herring def. Yoshiki Takahashi - KO (Strikes) 4:53 rd 1
I think this one was the least surprising of the night for me. Takahashi wasn't able to mount any offense from the guard as Herring g'n'pded his way to victory.
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pride/live/200404/25/photo/a03/pict/pict04.jpg" height=250 width=300 align=left>Paulo Cesar Silva "Giant Silva" def. Henry Miller "Sentoryu" - Submission (Kimura) 6:44 rd 1
The circus event of the night. Sentoryu joins a growing list of sumo players that have failed to do well in MMA. Giant Silva's submission by kimura was a bit like watching a beginners groundfighting class. I think Sentoryu would have been best served while in GS's guard to just continue to hammer away at GS's midsection. GS didn't look like he was enjoying those punches.
Last edited by phrost; 4/28/2004 12:08pm at .
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pict/200404/25/040425_kak_pride_02_dj01_b.jpg" align=left>Sergei Kharitonov def. Murilo Rua - KO (Strikes) 4:14 rd 1
Probably the second biggest upset for some, but Sergei Kharitonov came out strong and hungry. His body punches seemed to quickly wear down Rua and his grappling skills allowed him to keep setting the pace and fighting his fight. Tonight was Kharitonov's coming out party.
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pict/200404/25/040425_kak_pride_04_dj03_b.jpg" align=left>Semmy Schilt def. Gan McGee - Submission (Arm Bar) 5:02 rd 1
Gan McGee had Chuck Liddell in his corner, but it wasn't enough to prevent Semmy Schilt from taking the fight. Gan showed some good grappling skills and landed some good strikes, but Semmy was able to bide his time and capitalize on an opening to get the arm bar.
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pride/live/200404/25/photo/a05/pict/pict11.jpg" align=left>Naoya Ogawa def. Stefan Leko - Submission (Choke) 1:34 rd 1
It's been a while since I've seen as pure a style vs. style match. As usual, the grappler was able to force the striker to fight his fight. Hopefully a wake-up to Leko that, if he wants to be competitive in MMA, he'd better work his grappling a bit more.
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pride/live/200404/25/photo/a06/pict/pict07.jpg" align=left>Kevin Christopher Randleman def. Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic - KO (Strikes) 1:57 rd 1
On one hand, probably the biggest upset of the night, but on the other, I wasn't totally surprised. Given the tools that Randleman has at his disposal NOBODY should count him out. Crocop was heavily hyped going in to this one, but Randleman was prepped by Mark Coleman and had Chuck Liddell (a very successful striker that can force grapplers to play his game - of course his NCAA div I wrestling experience doesn't hurt) in his corner.
Randleman immediately shoved Crocop into the corner and used his positioning and leverage to hold him there, forcing Crocop to use energy to try and pry him away. The ref moved them back to the center where Randleman tried a quick shot, to which Crocop showed a beautiful sprawl. Randleman kept his right hand tucked up by his head to ward of Crocop's vicious left leg. When Crocop turned his hip in to throw the left leg, Randleman unloaded with a heavy left hook that knocked Crocop to the ground, stunning him. Randleman followed up with a hard series of forearm smashes and knocked Crocop out. Randleman was pumped up, executed his game plan and caught the Croation Member of Parliament off-guard. I'm now thinking of PeeDee's pre-fight write-up and can't help but ruminate on the question that was posed then.
Last edited by phrost; 4/26/2004 10:18am at .
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pict/200404/25/040425_kak_pride_07_dj01_b.jpg" align=left>Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira def. Hirotaka Yokoi - Submission (Choke) 1:25 rd 2
Yokoi proved to be tough, with some excellent throws, but was gassing hard towards the end of the first round. Nog showed why he is one of the very best by staying aggressive and looking for any sign of weakness. The choke he used in response to Yokoi's leg-shoot seemed to be some hybrid of the guillotine and syracuse. At any rate, it made for a highly effective finish.
<img src="http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/fight/pict/200404/25/040425_kak_pride_08_dj01_b.jpg" align=left>Fedor Emelianenko def. Mark Coleman - Submission (Arm Bar) 2:11 rd 1
Coleman was pumped up and came out strong, taking down Fedor, taking his back and getting his hooks inside. Fedor also showed why he's one of the very best by taking some good shots from Coleman, defending the choke attempt and eventually reversing to catch Coleman with a very sweet armbar. Fedor just seems to keep getting better and better. His ability to ground and pound OR submit makes him a very dangerous opponent indeed.
If I were an oddsmaker, I'd look to Nog getting the opportunity to try to avenge his previous loss to Fedor in the finals of this competition. But, as the first round proved, there are some very talented people that are working very hard to see that they are the ones that walk away with the championship. That just means that ultimately the fans are going to be the real winners.
Professor of Chaos
Thanks for putting the pictures next to me words :)
kewl pics, great write up.
Nog's choke was obvioulsy effective. However, I didn't really follow the technique as he rolled Yokoi over. Could someone explain exactly what he was doing? (aside from the obvious rolling and choking!)
And Giant SIlva is a freak. It's often been said that a guy with a hugh size/strength advantage and even some limited BJJ skills can be pretty tough on the ground. I think most people just brush this guy off as a freakshow .... but I'm starting to believe he's goling to be tougher to beat than many people give him credit for.
Professor of Chaos
As for the choke that Nog caught Yokoi with, it just seemed like he trapped Yokoi's head and arm when he (Yokoi) shot in and as Yokoi tried to roll through (or maybe Nog drove his head into position) for a possible syracuse, Nog was able to get the dominant position to apply the choke.
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