Pride Fighting Championships: Bad Blood - Ringside Collector's Edition
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I expected a lot more out of Bad Blood, than I got. If you're looking for a PPV stacked with swift finishes and shocking upsets, this is the wrong DVD. Most of the fights (or hugging contests), go quite the distance, namely Alex Stiebling vs Wallid Ismail and Heath Herring vs Igor Vovchanchyn. Other matches are simply too predictable, including the ones worth watching.
The Special Features on Disc 2 are decent, collecting some uncut interviews and backstage clips of the fighters before and after. If anything after a rather dreary seminar of matches, the "Outtakes" with Ken Shamrock and Don Frye shooting to promote the PPV warrant a viewing to lift your spirit.
The fight card is as follows (no spoilers):
- Tom Erikson vs Tim Catalfo (4/10)
This match could've been held at King of the Cage.
- Alex Stiebling vs Wallid Ismail (5/10)
True to all of Wallid Ismail's matches, feel free to fast forward 90% of it.
- Carlos Newton vs Jose "Pele" Landi-Jones (8/10)
The first solid fight of the night.
- Heath Herring vs Igor Vovchanchyn (6/10)
How did this match go wrong?
- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Enson Inoue (8/10)
The most thrilling bout in the PPV.
- Wanderlei Silva vs Kiyoshi Tamura (7/10)
It's not the typical slugfest you'd expect from a Silva fight.Read more ›
Disc 2 includes a Behind the Scenes(17mins). There's a Fighter Bios and Ring Girl Photos. A 14min press conference along with a Shamrock/Frye interview segment which runs about 13mins together. Also there's an Outtake(2min) and Promo Spot(30sec). Lastly, there is a bonus fight between Rodrigo Gracie and Daijiro Matsui.
Not sure of how much of the "Bad Blood"(between Frye/Shamrock) is genuine, but I did enjoy all the promo and interview spots leading up to the event. The event itself was enjoyable. I'm a longtime MMA fan and loved seeing Shamrock and Frye duke it out.
PRIDE 19: Bad Blood is a very good show that showcases a wide array of talent; estalished veterans, world champions, and rising stars can all be found on this entertaining event. Furthermore, the event contains a fight that I consider to be one of the greatest in MMA history. Here is a spoiler-free breakdown on the fight card:
Tom Erikson vs Tim Catalfo - 7/10
- A short fight pitting two very large men. It almost looks like the clash of the titans when you first see these two guys at the staredown.
Alex Steibling vs Wallid Ismail - 6/10
- A relatively dreary fight between two fighters of contrasting styles. Wallid attempts to keep this fight on the ground while Alex tries his best to keep it standing.
Rodrigo Gracie vs Daijiro Matsui - 7/10
- Another typical Gracie-like fight in which Rodrigo attempts to ground his opponent
Carlos Newton vs Jose Landi-Jons - 10/10
- One of my all time favorite fight. Carlos Newton plays the role of the exceptional grappler while Pele plays the role of the remarkable striker.Read more ›
Tom Erikson v. Tim Catalfo:
This one doesn't last long, but it is difficult to tell whether or not the win was that impressive, given the fighters involved. You will see what I mean... but a decent opening to the event.
Alex Steibling v. Wallid Ismail:
Ismail is a freak. He will creep you out in his pre-fight interview, with his child-molester stare and his odd speech pattern... but out in the ring, he's a serious fighter. These two are amped to get at each other, but for all the buildup, there is truly no clear winner after the first 10 minutes of fighting. The action picks up in the 2nd and comes to a head in the 3rd, when the winner becomes apparent.
Carlos Newton v. Jose "Pele" Landi:
I don't particularly like Pele, but I do respect his fighting ability. He annoys me with his behavior and demeanor, but he also entertains me. He is overconfident in this fight against the soft-spoken Newton. The battle goes back and forth and both fighters find themselves in trouble at different points in the fight, but the fight ends abruptly and unexpectedly at the end of the 1st round. Great fight.
Heath Herring v. Igor Vovchanchyn:
Herring is a wildman and you see it here against the slugger, Vovchanchyn. Herring controls early - and Vovchanchyn then surprisingly gets a few consecutive takedowns. As usual, he is not able to do much damage on the ground, but he makes it a good fight.Read more ›
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