TAPE 604

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 2.8 hrs (DVD)

PRIDE GP 2003 FINALS - 11/9/03 (Hoo boy, great show. Easily one of the top 3 MMA shows of all- time, actually, covering the last two rounds of the 2003 Pride Middleweight GP tournament. The semi-final matches are both off the charts and the rest of the show is pretty darn good as well. This is the US version of the show, with English commentary. I've got a master, so VQ is perfect.)
Gary Goodridge vs Dan Bobish (One of the fastest matches ever, with Goodridge scoring a KO over the clueless Bobish.) QUINTON JACKSON VS CHUCK LIDDEL (Semi-Finals - Great fight. This one is actually pretty one-sided, with Jackson dominating, but it's so action-packed and Liddel is so resilient that it's a great fight. Liddel isn't just a punching bag either, he gets in some great shots. Really good stuff.) VANDERLEI SILVA VS HIDEHIKO YOSHIDA (For anybody who thought Yoshida was some kind of fraud, I present this fight. He controls Silva throughout the first round and looks terrific doing it, coming real close to ending the fight a couple times. This one is really an all-time classic. Great, great fight.) Dan Henderson vs Murilo Bustamante (Henderson's sledgehammer strikes strike again!) Kazushi Sakuraba vs Kevin Randleman (Right after this fight, there was talk on the net that it was a work. It wasn't. Randleman just isn't very good - or smart - and allowed Sakuraba to submit him, unintentionally. Good to see Saku win for once.) Mirko CroCop Filipovic vs Antonio Nogueira (Pretty similar to the Nogueira/Sapp fight in that Nogueira gets dominated before catching his opponent and tapping him. This result was really a surprise, as CroCop wasn't even supposed to fight Nogueira on this show, he was supposed to fight Fedor who had a broken hand. Looks like the much-anticipated CroCop/Fedor match will have to wait. Nogueira wins the Pride Interim Heavyweight title.) Quinton Jackson vs Vanderlei Silva (The most-anticipated middleweight fight since the first Vanderlei/Saku fight ends up in a one-sided brutal beatdown. Silva just massacres Jackson at the end of this fight and even manages to bust out an evil grin as he's doing it! Wow, Silva looks awesome here.)