TAPE 622

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 2.8 hrs (DVD)

PRIDE BUSHIDO 1- 10/5/03 (As kind of a second show to their legendary PPVs, Pride started a new show "Bushido" intended to showcase smaller or lesser-known fighters. The emphasis here is on action, with shorter fights and rules that result in quicker restarts and less stalling. I've got a master so VQ is EX.)
Eiji Mitsuoka vs Chris Brennan (Controversial fight that sees Brennan release an armbar thinking his opponent had tapped - it's unclear if he did, but it looks he probably did - and they end up restarting the fight. Brennan ends up winning anyway.) Rodney Faverus vs Chalid Die Faust Renzo Gracie vs Carlos Newton (First of five Team Gracie vs Team Japan fights) Ralph Gracie vs Dokojonosuke Mishima Daniel Gracie vs Kazuhiro Nakamura (Terrific fight - ***1/2) Rodrigo Gracie vs Daiju Takase Ryan Gracie vs Kazuhiro Hamanaka (After the fight, Ryan calls out Hidehiko Yoshida; I rip on the Gracies all the time - rightfully so, I think - but Renzo here again shows why I like him unlike all the others. He's 100% a class act, very respectful in his words to the fans. Too bad he's saddled with such jerks in his family.) Akira Shoji vs Mauricio Shogun Ruas (Great fight, though quite short) Mirko Crocop Filipovic vs Dos Caras Jr (Hoooo boy, what a KO. Nasty!)