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Killer Highlight Reel Alert: The First Eight PRIDE Events, Condensed to 33 Minutes of Awesome

(Props: Hiten Mitsurugi)

CagePotato reader Andrew K. sent this to us with the brief message “The newbs deserve to know.” And indeed, they do. Above is part one of a new highlight series featuring the best moments of PRIDE’s early days, mostly soundtracked by obscure video-game music. (It’s amazing how well that works together.) Give it a look and you will witness…

- Gary Goodridge, back when he was still one of the scariest men to ever enter a cage or ring.

- Rickson Gracie armbarring Nobuhiko Takada on two separate occasions.

- Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Carlos Newton, aka The Greatest Grappling Exhibition in MMA History.

- Mark Kerr, in absolute beast-mode.

- Emmanuel Yarborough, doing whatever it is that he does.

And so much more! Check out parts 2 and 3 after the jump, which cover PRIDE 5-8, including the infamous Takada vs Coleman fight, and Sakuraba┬átaking out his first Gracie. Here’s hoping this highlight series continues, because PRIDE 8 was immediately followed by one of the most epic tournaments in the history of the sport.

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Crow42- July 14, 2012 at 11:37 am
Great post ????
Mongrel- July 12, 2012 at 11:03 pm
The biggest bummer is that there's no part 4...
HEY- July 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm
Thanks for re-posting! :D
beef_kurtains- July 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm
1. Awesome highlight reel
2. I wouldn't ever want to be standing across the ring from GG
3. Sakuraba is the most entertaining fighter ever.
4. Too bad Rickson never fought anybody, would've been great to see him eaten alive by Saku.
Fried Taco- July 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm
The music is awesome, too bad Shazaam doesn't recognize it. :-(
The12ozCurls- July 12, 2012 at 1:43 pm
This is exactly like porno except completely different. Either way, I now have a boner after watching those 3 clips.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Pride fights were all fixed so this is really 33 minutes of bullshit. Thanks for trying though....