TAPE 492

Quality: EX (1st Gen Convert)

Length: 2.75 hrs (2 DVD)

PRIDE SHOCKWAVE - 8/28/02 (Huge show for Pride held in an outdoor stadium in front 90,000 fans. Unfortunately, the card doesn't quite live up to the hype and the result is a mish-mash of great stuff and not-so-great stuff. This is the US PPV version, so all commentary is in English. I've got a 1st gen convert so quality is EX.)
Vanderlei Silva vs Tatsuya Iwasaki Daijiro Matsui vs Jerrel Venetiaan (JIP - 3rd round only) Gary Goodridge vs Lloyd Van Dams Sammy Schilt vs Ernesto Hoost (K-1 Rules) Don Drye vs Jerome Le Banner (K-1 Rules - Frye gets PULVERIZED) ANTONIO NOGUEIRA VS BOB SAPP (*INCREDIBLE* fight, maybe the greatest heavyweight MMA fight of all-time! Sapp goes all out, dominating Nogueira with his power, and even hits a PILEDRIVER early in the fight. The fight is marred somewhat by the commentators who several times call for Sapp to use knees to the head on the ground, which were made illegal for this fight, something they should have known. Nogueira withstands the onslaught though, and ends up submitting Sapp. Amazing!) Royce Gracie vs Hidehiko Yoshida (For once, the Gracies have a legit beef with a ref's decision. Yoshida applies a choke to Gracie and the ref stops the fight, without a tapout and when Gracie clearly isn't "out". Just terrible.) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Mirko Crocop (Sakuraba holds his own for awhile before again being TKO'ed. He really needs to fight some lesser - and smaller - opponents to keep himself from getting hurt again.)