Summary: Good MMA but not impressed
Comment: I have been a loyal UFC fan for a long time. I decided to give Pride a fair shot, so I bought 2 Pride FC DVDs. This event was one of the 2. I am impressed with the structure of the Pride FC and the Japanese fans are very commendable for their appreciation of MMA. It is amazing how silent they are during the fights. It is almost eerie. They applaud the fighters when the action kicks into gear, but otherwise they are stone silent. You can even hear the referee's voice reverberate in the Tokyo Dome. That is something you will NEVER find in the UFC. I often times get sick of the booing fans of UFC when the fights get technical (like true MMA). Oh, yeah, there are fights on this DVD (hahaha). Although the fights are good displays of MMA, I must humbly say that I will remain loyal to the UFC.
Summary: Pride FC: Cold Fury 2
Comment: Oh how wonderful - a Christmas fighting event/celebration...
Daijiro Matsui v. Quinton Jackson:
I was looking forward to a wild one between these two. Looking for Quinton to put on a slam display. Instead, you get the opening bell, two seconds of fight and a fight-ending kick to the groin. This fight is a no contest. What a letdown.
Allen Goes v. Alex Steibling:
This is a ground fight in the first, with Goes on top and in control throughout the round. Steibling escapes some really good submission attempts. The second round is basically the opposite. The 3rd round is won by the fighter who is able to turn the grappling into a striking match on the ground. This is a technical battle that is fairly entertaining.
Murilo "Ninja" Rua v. Alex Andrade:
Andrade is a Lion's Den fighter. They call him "El Toro" in the den. He comes out strong in this fight, but is thoroughly controlled by Ninja, who is one of the most well-rounded fighters in Pride competition at only 21 years of age. This one goes to a decision.
Norihisha Yamamoto v. Jan "The Giant" Notrje:
Notrje is a pro boxer and he makes that apparent early on in this fight. Yamamoto finds a way to escape the striking of Notrje and gets the fight to the ground, where a boxer's skills are nullified. This one ends in the first round.
Igor Vovchanchyn v. Valentijn Overeem:
Igor is desperate for a strong win in this bout. He is coming off of a streak of tough losses and damaging fights. Igor lands a quick shot, Valentijn slams Igor and the fight is underway in a hurry. This one doesn't last all that long and has a surprising ending. Obe fighter steps out of the style to which he is most accustomed to win this fight.
Akira Shoji v. Jeremy Horn:
Jeremy Horn is so well known and so well respected in the MMA world. He makes his first appearance in Pride here at Pride 18. This fight goes to the ground quickly, which would favor Horn. Shoji gets a few takedowns and when the fight is standing, Horn seems to get the better of the lackluster exchanges. Horn does well with striking early in the 2nd round, but quickly and strangely pulls guard again and returns the fight to an unexciting state. This is a boring fight that goes to a decision.
Wanderlei Silva v. Alexander Otsuka:
Silva is expected to dominate this non-title fight... and he does. It is stopped in the 3rd round when Otsuka's nose is broken. No one seems to want to fight Silva at this point, as he is certainly the most dominant force in Pride Fighting at this point.
Semmy Schilt v. Yoshihiro Takatama:
Takayama comes out looking to touch gloves. Schilt ignores it and throws a front kick, which obviously angers Takayama. The fight turns into a quick slugfest that is ended promptly by a few crisp left jabs by Schilt.
This is a decent Pride event. It's not all that exciting, but it is worth seeing. We are robbed of a Quinton Jackson fight due to a groin shot, so hopefully we can see a rematch in Pride 19.
Summary: Good, technical exhibition
Comment: Cold Fury 2 is a must buy for MMA fans but not for the casual fight fan. There's hardly any fireworks in this DVD. Silva fans might also be a little disappointed, as he fought an overmatched Otsuka who seemed more concerned on surviving than winning. Semmy Schilt's fight was probably the most brutal of the fights. The fights of Ninja Rua and Alan Goes are two examples of world class mixed martial arts,, with the Rua fight involving more strikes and the Goes fight showing more grappling skills. On a funny note, the Rampage Jackson fight against Matsui was an odd one. Listen to the commentators describe Jackson as "relaxed," but any honest observer will not be able to deny that Jackson was high on something coming in to the ring. See it for yourself.
Summary: Fight listing for Pride 18 - Cold Fury 2
Comment: The fights may be in a different order on the DVD.
Putting Otsuka up against Silva is just disgusting.. Otsuka didn't have a chance
Vanderlei Silva vs Alexander Otsuka
Semmy Schilt vs Yoshihiro Takayama
Jeremy Horn vs Akira Shoji
Igor Vovchanchyn vs Valentijn Overeem
Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs Jan Nortje
Murilo Ninjya vs Alex Andrade
Alex Steibling vs Allan Goes
Daijiro Matsui vs Quinton Jackson