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Yarennoka just a smidge less awesome

I, like many other fans of Pride, was all about soccer kicks and stomps. Are they insanely dangerous? Sure! But this isn’t a fucking tea party, so who cares??? It’s not like anyone’s getting stomped to death ‘Irish Wedding Toast’ style … it just means at any time the fight can be finished and the ref will have to step in.

Well, if you were looking forward to stomps and kicks to a downed opponent at Yarennoka, you are going to be disappointed. Because they’re not allowed. Boo-urns.

One thing I learned from watching Pet Semetary is that once you bury something, it doesn’t come back the same, and I guess that’s how things are with zombie Pride. At the moment it’s paltry number of matches kinda smells, and the lack of Mortal Kombat style finishing moves is pretty dissapointing too. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens though.

  • márcio

    Man I was hoping that Shogun after a couple more losses at UFC would go back to Japan and start kicking everybody in the head again. This is the saddest news I’ve received this Christmas. Damn fightlinker, why do you have to come and piss all over my holidays? That shit ain’t right. Now the Japanese are getting all sissy on me. This is the worst Christmas ever.

  • Mobb Deep

    Much dishonor with rule change, Japan you.

  • Toxie

    As I will still watch the show with much enthusiasm, I feel like I have just taken a soccer kick to the balls.

  • jiujitsu365

    The soccer kick kept things honest in PRIDE although I don’t want to see it in the USA. If they never institute it again in MMA format, we will never see an adequate defense for it.

  • Eric Shapiro

    were you all saying boo or boo-urns?

  • Zurich

    The last paragraph in that post was some of the best MMA writing ever. Good man, fightlinker.

  • Popetastic

    I was saying Boo-urns.

  • P W

    Honestly guys, how many times did we actually see someone winning a fight with stomps and/or soccer kicks? During the whole history of Pride, I can only remember a few occasions when it happened. Most fighters chose not to stomp (The Chute Box guys were pretty much the only ones to do it for a long time) – you’re more likely tripping and falling on your ass then actually hitting the guy, much less hurt him. Pretty far from a Mortal Kombat spine tearing finishing move.

  • Shiruba

    The rules in the WVR Sengoku promotion will allow stomps and knees (but no soccer kicks), so the almost Pride style rules aren’t completely gone in the future of MMA.

  • Swedish guy

    This sucks worse than that crappy movie… wtf was it called? Oh yeah, “Superbad”.

  • MJC_123

    I like nothing more than a defenceless individual getting booted in the temple and Japan is normally the place to go to watch it (legally)….Yarenoooooooooka sort yourself out….Whats the main event again Don Frye v a Bear?

  • kentyman

    Swedish guy, I hope you’re kidding.

    “You don’t want girls to think you suck dick at fucking pussy.” Fucking classic.