Pride FC will always hold a special place in the hearts of many MMA fans because it was so different from the UFC; Pride utilized a ring, Pride fighter walkouts had a pro wrestling feel, the pageantry was spectacular, the atmosphere was amazing and the fights were the perfect combination of beauty and brutality.

Of course, not every fight was something to behold, but when fighters like Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, and Shogun Rua stepped into that ring you knew you were about to see something amazing. Unlike many fighters in the UFC today fighting to win rounds, fighters in Pride looked to finish fights.

Why was that the case you ask? In Pride fights that went the distance, judges judged the whole fight and choose a winner based on a fighter’s entire performance, whereas in the UFC and any other organization utilizing the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts, rounds are judged individually with a 10 point must scoring system. In addition to the judging, Pride utilized a card system for fighters who were stalling; for every card against a fighter, that fighter would lose 10% of his fight purse.

These rules forced fighters to constantly press the action and it made for some of the most memorable moments in MMA history.

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven years since Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, purchased Pride and gutted the organization for its talented roster of fighters — many of whom were never able to truly find success in the UFC Octagon.

This video contains some of the best moments of brutality from Pride FC.


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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.