Pride FC Shirt
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Finally, I found the Pride FC Shirt! Pride FC was the first platform to launch MMA’s popularity. Founded by Nobuyuki Sakakibara and Nobuhiko Takada in 1997 Pride FC made Japan the mecca of MMA where the world’s best athletes flocked to compete. The original intention of Pride FC was to build a platform where Takada could fight the legendary Rickson Gracie. The show found its popularity and grew to be a national sensation.
One of the reasons behind it’s popularity was that it was a new promotion that broke away from the traditional platforms in Karate and Sumo. Additionally, each event was managed and produced to be like a show instead of a competition. With exciting costumes, interesting fighters, and the enthusiastic announcing voice of Lenne Hardt. Pride FC brought early MMA fans unforgettable experiences and fight heroes.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, Pride Final Conflict 2005, 28 August 2005
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, a legendary fight between two gods of the sport. This fight won the Sports Illustrated 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the Yahoo Sports 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the MMAFighting 2005 Fight of the Year award, and the Fightmatrix.com 2005 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year award.
In 2005, Fedor Emelianenko was the Pride Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2003 to claim the title. Fedor’s dominance of the Rings and Pride Heavyweight divisions paired with his cold and stoic expression earned him cage names such as the Machine, the Russian Experiment, the Last Emperor. MMA legends like Renato Sobral, Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, all fell to this Russian master. Most of them were defeated in the first round by TKO or submission.