TAPE 583

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 2.75 hrs (DVD)

PRIDE GP 2003 1ST ROUND - 8/10/03 (GREAT show that the features the best lineup of talent ever assembled on an MMA show and the fights ALL deliver. You get the first round of the Pride Middleweight tournament plus a few great heavyweight fights. I've got a master, so VQ is basically perfect.)
Emelianenko Fedor vs Gary Goodridge (Hoo boy, what a massacre. If you weren't aware before, Fedor is awesome. And Goodridge is finished.) Chuck Liddell vs Alistair Overeem (Terrific fight that features lots of back-and-forth action. It's really cool to see a UFC guy fighting in Pride. After the fight, Liddell gives a hilarious interview where he graphically describes exactly where he got kicked on a groin shot.) Quinton Jackson vs Murilo Bustamante (Bustamante pulls out the performance of a lifetime on 5 days notice, subbing for Ricardo Arona. Great fight that sees both guys going all-out. Jackson gives a hilarious pre-fight interview too. I love this guy. He's over-the-top profane, but man he's got charisma. ***1/2) Antonio Nogueira vs Ricco Rodriguez (Lots of controversy over the decision in this one) Mirko CroCop Filipovic vs Igor Vovchanchyn (Unbelievable KO, a total must-see!) HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA VS KIYOSHI TAMURA (GREAT fight!) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Vanderlei Silva (Sakuraba once again stupidly tries to trade strikes with Vanderlei, leading to a predictable result...)