Canadian Promotion to Implement Pride Rules

The good ol' days. Photo by Stephen Martinez for Sherdog.com.

There is a lot to miss about Pride. The pageantry. The stars. The giant checks. The Yakuza influence. A bare-assed Nobuhiko Takada banging on a giant drum.

For many, however, the biggest loss in Pride's demise was the ruleset: knees and soccer kicks to the head allowed, elbows not allowed. Pasqualino Santoro and his Colosseo Championship Fighting plan to bring those rules over to North America on July 23rd. MMA Junkie reports:

Now, more than a year later, Colosseo is planning another event for July 23 that will employ mostly American talent.

Its promoter, Pasqualino Santoro, intends to up the action by using the ruleset of another Japanese promotion, the now-defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships. The soccer kicks and stomps used in PRIDE will stay at Santoro's event, dubbed "Colosseo Championship Fighting 6: Bushido."

The article notes that fighters such as Marius Zaromskis, Shane Nelson, James Irvin, and Rob Emerson are in negotiations for the event.

The article also indicates that the event will be sanction by the International Combative Sports Association, which is not affiliated with the Association of Boxing Commissions. A Google search for the organization brings up this Angelfire-looking website and the MMA Junkie article when searching for the exact phrase.

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