(11/5/2006)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Paulo Filho - 93.3
2. Shinya Aoki - 92.4
3. Kazuo Misaki - 91.5
4. Denis Kang - 91.4
5. Joe Pearson - 91.3
6. Gegard Mousasi - 91.0
7. Mitsuhiro Ishida - 91.0
8. Luiz Firmino - 90.8
9. Sanae Kikuta - 90.7
10. Takanori Gomi - 90.4
PRIDE Bushido 13
Location: Kanagawa, Japan
Elevation: 43'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Kazuo Misaki vs. Denis Kang
90.7
Fighters & Matches 88.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.4
TOTAL 90.0

88.5
Decision
15:00
     Lombard came out there looking like Kevin Randleman, securing the clinch, and pulling Mousasi to the ground, where he ended up in Mousasi's guard, too stuck to unload any significant offense. He tried to pass the guard, but somehow, Mousasi magically ended up in side mount. From there, Mousasi stayed in various top positions, while beating up Lombard with punches. He then spent most of the first round on Lombard's back, with the body triangle, punching him in the face, while trying to open him up for a rear-naked choke. By the end of the round, Lombard was back on top, beating up Mousasi. The first round was kind of hard to score, but I'd probably have to give it to Mousasi. The second round started with Mousasi securing another takedown, getting full mount, and punching Lombard in the face, eventually sliding around onto Lombard's back, looking for the rear-naked choke again. After a couple of minutes, the referee issued a card to Mousasi for stalling. They started back on their feet, where Lombard was throwing heavy hands, and Mousasi was throwing slick kicks. Overall, it was a pretty good fight, fairly close, but I thought Mousasi deserved to win this one, and all 3 judges agreed.
90.6
Submission
(Armbar)
9:43
      Kazuo Misaki started the fight with 2 good punches. After that, it was all over... Paulo Filho took Misaki to the ground, and then he transformed into a 2,000 pound boulder, sitting on the stomach of Misaki in the full mount. Paulo Filho then started to throw solid punches down at the face of Misaki, for the last 8 minutes or so of the first round. Once he realized that he only had one minute left in the first round, he locked on the armbar for the submission victory in the first round. Paulo Filho is such a dominating fighter, and he moves on to the final round of the Welterweight Tournament.
89.6
Decision
15:00
      Meh, I have to admit that I was disappointed in this fight. I was apparently the only person in the entire world that actually thought Akihiro Gono would win this fight. Buuut, after watching a handful of Denis Kang fights while waiting for this show to start, I realized that Denis Kang truly is a bad ass. Well, with that being said, this fight went the distance, with Denis Kang pretty much controlling the pace of the fight by out-boxing Gono, but neither fighter really ended up getting into much trouble during this fight. Denis Kang wins by unanimous decision, and moves on to the finals to fight Paulo Filho.
86.5
Decision
15:00
      This fight felt like one of those long, 15 minute, boring stalemate Jiu-Jitsu grappling matches, where both guys just kind of stay in one place, waiting for the other guy to make a move on the ground, and nothing ever happens. Bustamante probably landed the better strikes, showed a little bit better grappling overall, and controlled most of the fight, but really, no damage was done to either guy, and neither guy really went for any significant submissions. Bustamante wins via unanimous decision.
87.9
Decision
15:00
      This fight consisted of 2 guys wrestling around, like a couple of really good wrestlers. Buscape would get on top, and then Obiya would reverse it, ending up on top. Then Buscape would reverse that, and end up on top. Back & forth, usually with Buscape coming out on top. While on the ground, Buscape grabbed Obiya's head in the North-South position, and then started throwing some knees to the top of Obiya's head, which was sort of the highlight of the fight (happened several times), but the problem is, Buscape would only throw a couple of slow knees. If Buscape would have thrown lots of knees, a little bit faster, he could have destroyed Obiya. Nobuhiro Obiya started to make a comeback during the last 3 minutes of the fight, but couldn't quite pull it off, ending the fight with Buscape earning the win by unanimous decision.
87.8
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
0:54
      This was one of those fights where (possibly) the best fighter on the show, takes on the worst fighter on the show, and completely destroys him. Joe Pearson, in his first fight in Pride, came out swinging violently at the head of Maeda, following that by taking him to the ground, in a headlock. Once they were on the ground, Joe Pearson worked towards securing the guillotine choke, while Maeda just tried to pass his guard. Around the 60 second mark, Pearson forced Maeda to submit via guillotine choke, and then Maeda passed out. Joe Pearson looks like a definite force to be reckoned with in the Pride Lightweight Division.
87.6
Decision
15:00
      I don't even know who Jean-Francois Lenogue is... Kikuta took him to the ground at the start of the first round, and pretty much dominated him for most of the round, as Lenogue didn't seem to have any sort of ground game at all. Once they stood up, Lenogue looked more comfortable, but he just got taken back down again, as Kikuta continued to look for submissions, including a decent armbar attempt, as well as a kneebar. Lenogue started the second round strong, landing some decent punches, but once again, Kikuta took him down, and controlled him for the rest of the fight, looking for various chokes. This wasn't a great fight, but Kikuta did a good job earning his unanimous decision victory.
86.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was terrible. At nearly 100 pounds heavier than Minowa, "Bart Gunn" got taken to the ground in the first round, almost tapped to an armbar, and then escaped, and tried to work some ground & pound, but he spent the final 10 minutes or so of this fight, completely exhausted, just standing in front of Minowa, waiting for the fight to end. Both of these guys kind of suck. I like Minowa, but I never want to see Bart Gunn fight again.
88.2
Decision
15:00
      While standing, David Bielkheden (about 20 pounds heavier than Ishida) put on a decent show, for the few seconds they were on their feet. Bielkheden threw some good punches, and a great knee in the second round that almost knocked out Ishida. Other than that, Mitsuhiro Ishida absolutely dominated Bielkheden the entire fight, from beginning to end, with his superior wrestling skills, even though Bielkheden had the obvious weight advantage. Mitsuhiro Ishida is a bad little dude, and after the last couple of fights I just saw, I'd like to see Ishida take on Joe Pearson. Buuut, yeah... Mitsuhiro Ishida won this fight via unanimous decision.
88.9
Submission
(Flying Triangle Choke)
3:57
      Clay French hung in there like a pitbull. Kind of like a Pitbull without teeth, but a pitbull none-the-less. Shinya Aoki basically took French to the ground, and then spent the entire fight trying to lock on the triangle choke. Clay French fought his way out of a handful of attempts, but eventually had to submit to a triangle choke, that featured Shinya Aoki sitting on French's face. Good fight I guess, and I'd REALLY like to see Shinya Aoki fight someone like Takanori Gomi. After this fight, Aoki called out Gilbert Melendez (the guy he was supposed to fight, but Clay French was the substitution due to an injury suffered by Melendez). So yeah, I guess on Pride's December 31st show, Aoki will take on Melendez. That should be one hell of a war!!! Aoki's fight against French, wasn't much of a war. Still a good fight though.
88.9
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was kind of lame. This SHOULD have been one of the best fights of the night. Takanori Gomi is the Legendary Lightweight Champion of Pride. He was undefeated in Pride, for quite some time, until Marcus Aurelio made him tap like a bitch at Pride Bushido 10. BUT, the belt wasn't on the line for that fight (for some stupid reason), so NOW Aurelio finally gets his title shot. The fight went the distance, and was somewhat boring, except for the couple of takedowns by Aurelio, and some decent striking by both fighters. I gave the entire fight to Aurelio, until the end, where Gomi started to score some points. In the end, I still gave the fight to Aurelio, but 2 of the judges gave it to Gomi. So Takanori Gomi retains his Lightweight Title by Split-Decision.
90.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      What fucking drama... Filho beats Misaki. Kang beats Gono. That means that Paulo Filho & Denis Kang were supposed to fight for the tournament championship. Well, Paulo Filho hurt his knee, so he couldn't fight, so Kazuo Misaki for whatever reason, got to take his place. Gegard Mousasi beat Hector Lombard by decision (in the reserve fight) which meant to me that he should probably fight Kang for the title if Filho got injured. Bla bla bla, WHATEVER... To be honest, I'm just pissed that they didn't show the Mousasi fight...
      This fight basically consisted of an injured Denis Kang, fighting an injured Kazuo Misaki, and they both gave it their all, but I was honestly concerned that one of them would die before the fight was over. Denis Kang got the upperhand for the majority of the first round (10 minutes), but the last 5 minute round, pretty much went to Misaki for his diehard attitude. In the end, the fight went to decision (I declared it a draw), the judges on the other hand, gave the fight to Misaki via split-decision. Fucking weird way to end a tournament.
OVERALL 90.0
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