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.

YouTube video

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Fighting proverbs:

Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed.

Margaret Mitchell

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.

David Friedman

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The full value of this life can only be got by fighting; the violent take it by storm. And if we have accepted everything we have missed something — war. This life of ours is a very enjoyable fight, but a very miserable truce.

G. K. Chesterton

To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.     

Og Mandino

In a way fighting was just like using magic. You said the words, and they altered the universe. By merely speaking you could create damage and pain, cause tears to fall, drive people away, make yourself feel better, make your life worse.

Lev Grossman

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