As fans of MMA, we all remember the days when Pride FC was dominating the sport of mixed martial arts in Asia and was the closest rival to the UFC. From the crazy entrances to the lightning fast paced fights we got to witness which made history around the world. Legends were made and more and more people became fans of MMA. It quickly become the fastest growing sport in the world and two companies were solely responsible for the global expansion of MMA. The other obviously being the UFC.
During the time both companies were active there was great debate about what the outcome would be if fighters were to meet from both organisations.
Yesterday we got to witness what may well be possibly the last fight of Fedor Emelienenko. A man who was widely regarded as the pound for pound best fighter on the planet until he was submitted by Jiu Jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum in a fight in which Werdum was a +325 underdog. Last night came his 3rd consecutive lost to a man who he outweighed by nearly 20lbs and was 5 years his senior.
Many fighters who became legends in Japan have not been successful in expanding their legacy in the UFC/Strikeforce. It seems as though fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filopovic & The Nogueira Brothers did not manage to preserve their dominance and have completely lost the ”aura of invincibility” which they once possessed. The aura which had their opponents defeated before they were even announced by the woman infamously known around the world as ”the crazy pride lady”.
Seeing some of the icons of the sports getting demolished by lesser competition made fans around the world question…why?….
One thing we do know for certain is the referees in Pride did not wear an ”earpiece” and the fights were not fixed as suggested by everyones favourite fighter…Mr Chael Sonnen…Back to the topic…Why?
Is it because the Pride ring was a fraction of the Octagon? Maybe a ring with limited space was more suited for fighters such as Wandy, Fedor & Cro Cop who used to overwhelm their opponents with a combination of skill & aggression. The ring seemed to be a more adaptable environment for fast paced strikers whereas battle inside the octagon usually is more favoured towards the wrestler. This could be the reason why fighters such as Hendo & Rampage, having a background in wrestling managed to survive and excel in both organisations….Another reason could be fighters such as Wandy, Fedor & Cro Cop are simply just past their prime. Maybe taking years of punishment has finally caught up to them.