Over 800 pounds of raw knockout power going at it…
Cast your minds back to the mid-2000’s. Although Pride FC was on the brink of going under, they were still putting on crazy shows. With the worlds best stars fighting in Japan at the time, Pride FC was the peak of competition.
Boasting talents like Fedor Emelianenko, the Nogueira brothers and Mirko Cro Cop, Pride had them all. As well as these top level matches, the organisation loved putting on a good ‘freak show.’
Japan Loves The Giants
During their peak, Pride FC put on some of the craziest displays in MMA history. Obviously these scraps had little to do with rankings, but Japan loved it. Some of the most viewed bouts of all-time feature non-ranked fighters.
One such bout that drew the attention of millions was Eric ‘Butterbean’ Esch vs. Zuluzinho. Each man weighs around 400 pounds, making these a real clash of giants. The result was a wild scrap. You can watch the video on the Youtube player below.
Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Looking back to one of the most entertainig fights in MMA, Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama. Frye was one of the original UFC tough guys, and when he went over to Japan to face pro wrestler Takayama, few expected much more than a quick finish.
The bout ended up being a wild back-and-forth brawl, one that has been replayed hundreds of millions of times since. Frye eventually won the bout, and provided one of the most swollen black eyes ever on his opponent.
Watch the video on the Youtube player below.
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