TAPE 637

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 2.8 hrs (DVD)

PRIDE BUSHIDO 2 - 2/15/04 (The second of Pride's "second-tier" shows designed to showcase "up-and-coming fighters". Good stuff, but nothing spectactular. This is the US version of the show, so all commentary is in English. I've got a DVD master, so VQ is perfect.)
Yusuke Imamura vs Choi Mu Bae Ryuta Sakurai vs Yushin Okami Yasuhito Namekawa vs Egidijus Valabicius (Super-fast chokeout in this one; For this show, Pride uses a really hard-to-read on-screen font for fighters' names, making it basically impossible to figure out Valabicius's name without seeing it elsewhere.) Ryuki Ueyama vs Sean Sherk (Ranallo on commentary busts out a Gordon Solie reference!) Mario Sperry vs Mike Bencic (Don't blink or you'll miss the KO!) Daiju Takase vs Chris Brennan (After all kinds of hype coming in, Brennan gets dominated big-time in this one.) Rodrigo Gracie vs Hayato Sakurai Mirko CroCop Filipovic vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto (Early in the fight, Yamamoto taunts CroCop by smiling and laughing as if CroCop's kicks don't hurt. Hooooo boy, does he pay for that! Right now, CroCop might be my favorite fighter. He's super intense in the ring and he's classy too. After this fight, he gives a real nice promo for the upcoming GP tourney.) Jadson Costa vs Takanori Gomi Mauricia Shogun Rua vs Akihiro Gono Vanderlei Silva vs Ikuhisa Minowa (You don't often see guys get KTFO from the guard...)