88.2
Decision
15:00
      Nelson started this fight by pumping a lot of jabs, and then he tried to clinch, but Cro Cop overpowered him in the clinch. They were both battling for control in this round, and it was a pretty close round overall. Neither fighter did a ton of damage, but I thought Cro Cop MAYBE did enough to win the round. It was a close round though.
     Cro Cop continued to chip away at Nelson in the second round, clipping him with some big shots, but Nelson just kept eating them, and then plowing forward like a bull. Nelson wasn't doing much of anything noteworthy, other than showing off his strong chin. He landed some big knees late in the round from the clinch, and then Cro Cop fired back with a brutal leg kick that nearly ripped Nelson's leg off. I have Cro Cop ahead 20-18 going into the final round, but this fight has been close, so I have no idea what the judges are thinking so far.
     Nelson was digging for a takedown in the final round, but Cro Cop was doing a good job slipping out of the shots with his sweaty legs. They both looked exhausted in the final round, with Cro Cop mostly just circling around the outside, trying to escape, and Nelson was plowing forward, but too tired to lift his arms. Nelson finally scored a takedown with a minute left in the fight, and then he just laid in Cro Cop's guard until the end of the round. I'm scoring this fight 29-28 for Cro Cop, but I wouldn't be shocked by anything at this point. All 3 judges agreed with me, giving Cro Cop the unanimous decision victory. This is the second 3-Fight losing streak of Nelson's career, and the first 10-Fight winning streak of Cro Cop's career.
87.8
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
4:58
      This fight was a pretty slow paced kickboxing match, where both guys looked out of shape (sad, considering Cro-Cop at one point was arguably the best fighter in the world), they both landed a few decent shots, but for the most part, they just looked like two dads that didn't really want to fight each other. Martinez was sort of beating up Cro-Cop, they clinched a little bit, Cro-Cop blasted Martinez with a clean left overhand elbow, he opened a massive cut on Martinez's scalp, and the doctor stopped the fight. Congrats to Cro-Cop for the win, as he continues his ridiculous 9-Fight winning streak, and Martinez's 8-Fight winning streak is now broken, due to a cut from a single shot that landed in a fight he was winning.
88.9
TKO (Corner Stoppage)
1:02
      Cro Cop has put on about 10 pounds of solid muscle since last time I saw him a year ago, I'm sure using 100% clean & organic techniques. They both came out throwing punches, Cro Cop grabbed Kosaka's back for some clinch striking, Cro Cop punched him in the jaw multiple times, Kosaka dropped to the ground, Cro Cop continued to unload on him with hammerfists, blood started flying everywhere, and Kosaka's corner threw in the towel. That was a solid one-sided ass beating delivered by Cro Cop, against the 46 year old Kosaka, who really should have retired 3 years ago after his last win over James Thompson.
89.7
KO (Punches)
2:03
      The first round started very slowly, Aliakbari pressed Cro Cop into the corner one minute into the round, but he couldn't keep him there for long. Aliakbari looked aggressive, as he was moving forward, but he wasn't really landing with much. Cro Cop then dropped him with a left hand, Aliakbari stood back up, got dropped again, Cro Cop hammered him with heavy left hands on the ground, and the fight was stopped. That was a fantastic finish by Cro Cop, and once again, he wins a big tournament in Japan. I've always been a huge fan of Cro Cop, but at this point, I'm not really sure how many more times I can see him fight random dudes in Japan, without losing interest. Aliakbari is a legit opponent, but after seeing him fight for 20+ minutes in the past 2 days, compared to Cro Cop's 7+ minutes, I can't help but feel like Cro Cop had the easier path to victory here. Still, I don't want to take anything away from him, because this victory over Aliakbari was legit, but his fight earlier tonight with the 400 pound Baruto was a joke.
86.6
KO (Knee to the Body)
0:49
      Here we have the legendary Cro Cop, fighting a 400 pound water buffalo. Baruto tried to smother Cro Cop into the corner, Cro Cop threw a single knee to his body, and Baruto ran across the ring and fell down, throwing the fight so that the legendary Cro Cop could move on to the tournament finals without absorbing any damage. I'm glad that Cro Cop is in the finals, but come on man, Baruto should be a better fighter considering the potential of his size. Either way, this was a terrible fight. Next?
90.7
TKO (Punches)
6:41
      King Mo came out wearing his wrestling shoes. They traded a few solid shots, and then King Mo scored a takedown 30 seconds into the opening round. King Mo spent a couple of minutes beating up Cro Cop with punches on the ground, from inside his guard. The referee stood them up halfway through the round. King Mo shot for another takedown, but Cro Cop stuffed it this time. Cro Cop landed some decent strikes, and they both started sliding around the ring. Mo shot for another takedown with a minute left in the round, and Cro Cop stuffed that shot as well. The final 30 seconds of the round had both guys trading strikes wildly, and then Cro Cop stuffed another shot in the final few seconds. King Mo probably won that round, but it was a close round.
     The second round had both guys trading some decent strikes, King Mo shot for another takedown 90 seconds into the round, Cro Cop stuffed that shot as well, he unloaded with some heavy punches in the corner, he rocked Mo, dropped him, unloaded with some heavy left hands on the ground, and the referee was forced to stop the fight. That was a fantastic finish by Cro Cop, against a pretty legit contender. I have to admit, I wasn't that excited about this event, going into it, but after watching all of the fights, this was a fantastic night of fights, and I'm pretty stoked for the tournament finals in two days. Cro Cop vs. Baruto in the next round?
87.2
Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
2:20
      Myung rushed Cro Cop early, pressing him into the ropes, but Cro Cop quickly spun him around and landed some knees to the body from the clinch. They tried to whip each other around, and Cro Cop threw Myung to the ground, with Cro Cop landing on top in full mount in the center of the ring. Cro Cop unloaded some short punches, while Myung just hugged him, hoping for a standup. Cro Cop threw some big punches, passed to the side, locked on an arm-triangle choke, and finished the fight by submission fairly early in the first round. That was a pitiful performance by Myung, and a very juicy performance by Cro Cop. I'm glad to see Cro Cop get a win, but this fight had setup written all over it. Cro Cop looks stronger than he has in recent memory for some reason.
90.9
TKO (Elbows & Punches)
13:30
      YES! I don't want to blow this out of proportion, since both of these guys are obviously on the down-side of their careers, but... CRO COP IS BACK! (Sort of...) He got his ass beat for the first two rounds, as Gonzaga took him down repeatedly, and beat him up, and displayed his superior grappling skills. The third round though, had Gonzaga clinching Cro Cop against the cage, where Cro Cop was able to launch a BRUTAL elbow, as he chopped the big man down, eventually getting in Gonzaga's guard, where Cro Cop beat the living shit out of him with punches & brutal elbows, until the referee was forced to stop the fight. AWESOME return for Mirko Cro Cop.
88.4
TKO (Head Kick and Punches)
10:00
      These guys traded punches at a pretty decent clip in the opening round. Cro Cop was kind of stalking Ishii while looking for the perfect time to take his head off with a high kick. He missed with a big kick early in the round, and Ishii clinched in an effort to find safety. He eventually tripped Cro Cop and took him to the ground. Ishii accidentally poked Cro Cop in the eye on the ground. Ishii tried to work some ground & pound, but Cro Cop did a decent job keeping a tight guard, preventing Ishii from being able to do much damage. Round one goes to Ishii I guess?
     They traded some strikes to start the second round, and then Ishii took down Cro Cop again, landing back in his guard. Ishii seems to be good from side control, but he isn't putting any effort into passing Cro Cop's guard in this fight, so that's preventing him from really doing anything noteworthy on the ground. They stood back up late in the round, and Cro Cop started to chip away at Ishii with some hard punch combinations. He sort of landed a head kick, but Ishii was able to block most of it with his arm. They clinched, they broke apart, they clinched some more, Cro Cop continued to land punches & knees, he kicked Ishii in the head, punches him, made him crumble, and the fight was stopped as the bell sounded, as Ishii wasn't able to get back up. Great finish for Cro Cop.
86.2
Submission (Armbar)
1:18
      Suzukawa came out in full Sumo garb, and started the fight with a flying knee, followed by a rake to the eyes. After Cro Cop was given time to recover, he came out, threw some big punches, chased Suzukawa around for a few seconds, took him down, mounted him, beat him up for a minute or so, slapped on an armbar from mount, and finished the fight by submission in under 90 seconds. Decent win for Cro Cop I guess, but this fight felt more like a joke than an actual contest.
90.7
TKO (Punches)
11:30
      Every time Cro-Cop goes out to fight, I PRAY that he'll beat the shit out of the guy that he's up against, and EVERY TIME I'm disappointed by the results. In this fight, Cro-Cop ended up getting his ass kicked in the third round, but he got pretty crazy at a few spots in the first 2 rounds. In the end, Big Country Roy Nelson proved to be too fat for Cro-Cop to handle, and he exhausted Cro-Cop by flopping his belly onto his face while on the ground for a little bit too long. I guess this was Cro-Cop's final fight?
90.8
KO (Punch)
13:44
      This was a pretty decent fight overall, but I have to admit, I'm getting more & more depressed these days, watching Mirko Cro Cop fall down in the rankings, as he's clearly not what he used to be. Brendan Schaub on the other hand, has been looking good lately, with his victory over Gonzaga & now Cro Cop. This knockout was pretty brutal, the punch didn't look that hard, but as Cro Cop was falling to the ground, his head bounced off the mat sideways, and he was clearly unconscious for a few seconds. This was almost as bad as when Gonzaga knocked him out.
89.2
KO (Knee)
14:02
      Well, this was sort of a Heavyweight Superfight or whatever, two of the greatest heavyweights of all time, but the entire fight was pretty slow paced & boring, especially in the later rounds. Frank Mir launched a knee as Cro Cop moved in on him in the third, and knocked him out instantly, so it was a good finish, but the rest of the fight was sort of disappointing.
91.4
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
14:30
      Hell yeah! Mirko Cro Cop was one of my favorite fighters over in Pride, and it's a mixed bag these days, as to whether or not he can still handle top competition at all. The first round, Barry looked good, knocking Cro Cop to the ground a couple of times, with single shots to the chin. At one point during the first round, they LITERALLY hugged & giggled, and the referee yelled at them, telling them that they're supposed to be fighting. I gave the first round to Barry. The second round goes to Cro Cop, because he started to get kind of crazy in there, doing some damage to Barry. The third round, Cro Cop pretty much kicked Barry's ass, finishing him off with a rear-naked choke. Cro Cop started slow, but the last two rounds looked solid.
88.6
TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
10:00
      It's always a treat watching Mirko kick some ass, but Anthony Perosh? Really? WHO!?! This fight basically consisted of Cro-Cop stalking Perosh like the Terminator, and punching, and punching, and punching him. Eventually, the fight was stopped at the end of the second round, due to a HUGE cut above the right eye of Perosh. Cro-Cop looked pretty awesome, Perosh looked horrible.
93.4
Submission (Punch)
12:00
      This fight was crazy, based on the fact that it was basically the #1 (or #2?) Heavyweight from Pride, taking on (who currently several years after this event took place) the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Mirko was able to land a few decent straight left hands during the fight, but for the most part, he looked like he was constantly on the run. Junior dos Santos on the other hand, has hands like trucks, and he ran over Cro Cop, with some HEAVY HEAVY punches. Especially once the third round started, Dos Santos started landing huge knees, punches, brutality, etc... Cro Cop was forced to basically just give up randomly, because he could no longer see out of his busted up face. Dos Santos is a brutal Heavyweight.
89.0
TKO (Punches)
3:06
      Well, damn. I was REALLY excited about this fight, especially once Cro-Cop started to pick up the pace near the end of the fight, where he basically destroyed Al-Turk during the final 20 seconds or so. Cro-Cop won via TKO, but after watching the replay, we realized that he poked Al-Turk in the eye really badly (so the "fatal blow" was actually an eye poke, and not a "fatal punch"). So, Cro-Cop still looked pretty good, but that kind of killed the momentum once they played that replay.
85.6
TKO (Low Kick)
6:32
      Hong Man Choi is a legit giant. He looks like he's twice Cro Cop's size. Cro Cop threw a left head kick, which basically hit Choi's chest. He threw a few more kicks to the body, but Choi caught a kick and tripped Cro Cop, but he got right back up. If Choi had any sort of offensive skill at all, then it seems like he could have destroyed Cro Cop, but since all he does is walk forward at a plodding pace, waiting for something to happen, then it was only a matter of time before Cro Cop landed a head kick, to the Techno Goliath's dick which almost killed him. Once the fight started back up, Cro Cop landed a single kick to the inside of Choi's knee that put him down for the count. Pretty shitty fight overall, but congrats to Cro Cop for taking down the giant.
89.2
No Contest (Knee to the Groin)
6:09
      This fight started kind of slow, until Overeem went for the clinch, which he used to throw Cro Cop to the ground. He then fell into Cro Cop's guard, and then beat him up with some basic punches for a few minutes, and Cro Cop showed a clear weakness off his back. Cro Cop's left eye was bleeding, so the referee stood them up, and had the doctor check the cut. They started the fight back up on the ground, with Overeem in Cro Cop's guard. The referee eventually stood them up. Cro Cop threw a head kick, Overeem caught it, and then took Cro Cop right back down to the ground again. The referee eventually stood them back up due to inactivity. They clinched, Overeem threw several kicks to the dick of Cro Cop, and the fight was stopped due to the low blow, and it was declared a no contest. I'm going to give the victory points to Overeem, since he was clearly in control of this entire fight, and received zero damage, but yeah, that's a shitty way for a fight between two legends to end.
89.7
TKO (Punches)
0:56
      This fight was just about as retarded as the Minowa fight earlier in the night. One of the (former) Greatest Heavyweight Fighters of all time, Mirko Cro-Cop, takes on some (basically) no name Japanese guy, who can't seem to defend himself at all against the "past his prime" Cro-Cop. This fight was disappointing, only because it shows that Cro-Cop really has no interest in fighting high levels of competition, and instead, he'd rather just fight people he knows he can walk through. So, that's basically what happened. They both walked towards each other, Cro-Cop threw a couple of "meh, decent" looking kicks, he seemed a little bit arrogant, and then he punched the guy in the head several times, knocking Mizuno to the ground, and then he played basketball with the guy's head, by bouncing it off the canvas with his fist several times before the referee finally stopped the fight. If this fight mattered AT ALL, I probably would have enjoyed it, but since Tatsuya Mizuno is ranked somewhere around #89 Heavyweight in the world (if that), then this fight really was meaningless.
84.2
Decision
15:00
      Holy Christ man... Last time we saw Mirko Cro-Cop, he got absolutely destroyed by Gabriel Gonzaga... Now, for his comeback fight, he gets his ass beat by Cheick Kongo, via decision (and it wasn't even a questionable decision)... Mirko won the first round by taking down Kongo, but he pretty much got beat up for the last 2 rounds... This wasn't a very exciting fight, Mirko kept walking backwards, and Kongo spent the fight just picking away at him with kicks & knees to the body... Boring fight, sort of, and Cheick Kongo moves on up the ladder I guess... Where does this leave Cro-Cop?
92.5
KO (Head Kick)
4:51
      Holy fuckin' crap... Gonzaga absolutely destroyed the #2 Heavyweight in the entire world... Gonzaga took Cro Cop to the ground, and started pounding away on him, cutting Mirko's head with elbows, and just slamming heavy fists into the face of Cro Cop... Referee Herb Dean eventually made both fighters stand up (in an attempt to save Cro Cop in my opinion, because Gonzaga was killing the guy on the ground...) Well, bad move... Once they stood back up, with about 10 seconds left in the first round, Gonzaga threw a right high kick at the head of Cro Cop, and I honestly thought he ended the guy's career... (And he may have)... Cro Cop's leg literally was turned inside out, with his foot basically backwards & up his ass when he hit the ground... It was the most insane knock out that I've ever seen, and I literally almost threw up, and almost cried... Gonzaga is a fuckin' beast, and is extremely under-rated... I want to see Gonzaga take on Fedor!!! But instead, we're getting Gonzaga vs. Randy Couture for the Heavyweight Championship... So basically, Gonzaga is going to be your next UFC Heavyweight Champion...
91.5
TKO (Punches)
4:33
      This was exciting... This was actually the #1 fight that I wanted to see from this card, due to the fact that Cro-Cop is SO FUCKING AWESOME!!! *high fives everyone*... Anyways, the point is, Mirko Cro-Cop is the #1 rated fighter on ShadowMafia.com (and has been for a while) regardless of weight class... (Yes, even higher rated than Fedor)... And now he's finally fighting in the United States, via the UFC, and it's rad... Seeing this guy circle around his opponent in the UFC cage is fucking brilliant... Eddie Sanchez literally came into this fight, swinging the wildest punches I've ever seen, as if the point was to kill a swarm of bees or something... Cro-Cop just looked at him like he was retarded, and then destroyed him... KICKS to the legs! PUNCHES to the face! KICKS to the face! Then Cro-Cop takes Sanchez down, mounts him, and then throws bombs at the face of Sanchez, until eventually the referee had to stop the fight... Mirko is SO FUCKING AWESOME... Sanchez gave it a shot though, so props to him for that... I mean, we're talking about the #9 Heavyweight in the UFC, taking on the #1 FIGHTER (regardless of weight) in the entire world... So yeah, not much of a surprise, but BOY was it exciting to watch...
92.0
Submission (Punches)
5:32
      So here we are, with the final fight of the Pride Absolute Open-Weight Tournament, which started with 16 fighters, and it all ends here. Crocop defeated Wanderlei Silva earlier in the night with a KO kicked to the head. Josh Barnett defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, via decision. To cut to the chase, Barnett tried to stand with Crocop for a little bit, but he wasn't going to be able to win that way, so he tried to take the fight to the ground a few times. Crocop kept getting back to his feet, and eventually, Crocop took Barnett to the ground after almost knocking him out, and he threw 100+ punches & hammerfists to Barnett's face, the back of his head, the side of his head, everywhere in between. Eventually Barnett just tapped out for some reason, and held onto his eye, so I guess maybe he hurt his eye? (Which wouldn't surprise me since he got punched in the eye a million times...) But yeah, overall, this was a pretty good fight, and Mirko "Crocop" Filipovic is THE FUCKING MAN, because he destroyed the competition in this tournament, which pretty much means he's the best fighter in Pride, other than MAYBE Fedor Emelianenko. We'll get to find out who's the best out of those two, once Mirko gets his title shot. Good show!
93.6
KO (Head Kick)
5:26
      FUCK... YEAH... MAN... I honestly wanted Wanderlei Silva to win this entire tournament, just because it would really elevate his God-Like status to new levels, but alas... Mirko Cro-Cop really handed him his ass right here. Mirko saw all of Silva's flaws, with his wild punches, and overly-aggressive attitude, etc... So Silva started the fight swinging wildly, but Mirko soon capitalized with a VICIOUS middle kick to Silva's stomach, and then from that point on, Mirko dominated on the feet. Then Silva pulled guard several times, obviously trying to avoid standing with Mirko, but everytime the fight went to the ground, all Silva did was try to defend. Mirko was on the offensive the entire fight. The fight almost got stopped due to an eye injury of Silva's, but he begged to continue the fight. Which I was excited about, but it was probably a bad idea. Cro-Cop threw his famous left leg head kick, connecting with Silva's head around the 5 minute mark of the first round, knocking him out instantly. AMAZING fight by Mirko Cro-Cop. Silva could have done better, but he was entirely out-classed this time. Now I want to see Cro-Cop fight Chuck Liddell. But for now, Cro-Cop advances to the finals of this open-weight tournament.
92.0
TKO (Leg Kicks)
7:38
      This fight was pretty predictable. The only chance that Yoshida had of winning this fight, was to take Cro-Cop to the ground, and try to submit him. Well, Mirko Cro-Cop has one of the best takedown defenses in all of MMA, and Yoshida just couldn't get him to the ground. Eventually, Cro-Cop started tearing away at Yoshida's leg with some viscious kicks, until Yoshida literally couldn't even stand anymore, and he just collapsed, giving the TKO victory to Cro-Cop in the first round by leg kicks. Mirko Cro-Cop is a bad bad man. The final round of this tournament should be pretty fucking spectacular.
89.4
TKO (Punches)
1:10
      Ikuhisa Minowa is the only 185 pound fighter that was in this tournament, the next smallest guys were around 210 or so, so you have to give The Punk credit for having a huge heart. Hands down though, there was no way that Mirko Filipovic was going to lose this fight, with a 30 pound weight advantage, and lightning quick hands, Mirko Cro-Cop dominated this entire fight from beginning to end, and finished it early in the first round by TKO. Minowa didn't stand a chance, but it was still a decent fight to watch.
90.2
Decision (Split)
20:00
      Mark Hunt is like a fucking tank man. Mirko is known for his high kicks, but after unleashing TONS of high kicks, with shoes, Mark Hunt still didn't show that he was hurt at all. Mirko couldn't do anything at all, he just circled around the ring the entire time. Mark Hunt not only can take a punch, but he is an incredible striker as well. I would have liked to see Mark Hunt vs. Tank Abbott back in Tank's prime. Anyways, the point is, Mark Hunt won the fight by split decision. The only downside to this fight, is the fact that it shows how limited these fighters are, when they don't really have any submission experience at all. The fight ended with Mirko on top of Hunt on the ground, but he just couldn't do anything down there. A good submission fighter could have EASILY locked on an arm bar and finished the fight.
87.8
Decision
20:00
      Sometimes a few great flurries can really help out, when it comes to the entertainment aspect of a fight. When you're watching a 5 minute fight, that is filled with 3 minutes of non-stop action, it's hard not to come out feeling like it was a great fight. In the case of this rematch between Filipovic & Barnett, the match lasted the entire 3 rounds, and only had maybe a minute or two worth of awesome flurries. This means that we're left with 15-20 minutes or something, of pretty much 2 guys laying on top of each other, without ANY SUBMISSION ATTEMPTS whatsoever. I picked Filipovic to win the match, because he seemed more active, and the 3 judges agreed with me. Mirko "Cro-Cop" Filipovic wins by decision. Technically decent, but very boring fight.
93.2
Decision
20:00
      Here we have the biggest heavyweight fight in the history of the sport! Fedor is the clear #1, and Cro Cop is the clear #2. With that being said, this was a VERY one-sided fight, with Fedor taking Cro Cop to the ground in all 3 rounds, and absolutely dominating him with ground & pound. Cro Cop was barely able to get any shots off, and his ground game is clearly subpar compared to Fedor. So yeah, very clear decision victory for Fedor, and a fairly entertaining fight, assuming you like watching Fedor smash guys for 20 minutes.
90.8
KO (Kick to the Body)
3:53
      Magomedov said that Cro Cop isn't dangerous to Russian fighters. So Cro Cop came out, and kicked the shit out of him, finishing him with a brutal kick to the liver, that caused Magomedov to crumple up on the ground like a worthless piece of scrap paper. Cro Cop wants his fight with Fedor, and there's nothing Magomedov can do about it. After this fight ended, Cro Cop called Takada to step into the ring (Pride General Manager). He then told Takada that he wanted Takada to call Fedor to the ring. Fedor then walked to the ring with the Pride Heavyweight belt. AND IT'S OFFICIAL! The biggest Heavyweight Fight of all time, Cro Cop vs. Fedor, in 2 months, at Final Conflict 2005!
88.9
KO (Punches)
3:40
      Coleman should seriously reconsider the fighting thing. He hasn't REALLY looked great in a LONG time. With that being said, the first 3 minutes of this fight were pretty slow, then Coleman already exhausted, started shooting for wild takedowns, and Cro Cop's takedown defense made Coleman look foolish. Cro Cop then blasted him in the face with punches, Coleman fell on his face, and then Cro Cop kicked him in the head to finish the fight. Cro Cop vs. Fedor could very well be the greatest fight of all time. But Coleman on the other hand? I don't really want to see him fight anyone, other than MAYBE Randleman, just because that would be interesting (since they're training partners).
89.6
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
0:41
      BOOM! That was fucking weird. Randleman shot in immediately for a takedown, Cro Cop caught him in a guillotine, and around 41 seconds of the first round, Randleman tapped out to the choke. Who would have thought that Cro Cop would submit Randleman? At least he got revenge for that awful KO loss to Randleman 8 months ago.
89.6
Submission (Shoulder Injury)
0:46
      Meh... This should have been one of the greatest fights ever, since Barnett is "sort of" the UFC Heavyweight Champion going into this fight (other than the fact he got fired for steroids, etc...) But he made his Pride debut here, after winning his last fight against Randy Couture, so this was SORT OF like "UFC vs. Pride" in a round-a-bout sort of way. Barnett came out like a beast, swinging wild punches, and he grabbed Cro Cop for the takedown. The problem is, when they went to the ground, Barnett apparently dislocated his shoulder somehow (even after watching the replay, it was unclear what happened). But yeah, Josh tapped, and then Cro Cop punched him a couple of times for good measure, before the referee could stop the fight. So... Decent win for Cro Cop, I guess, but it sucks that Barnett's debut ended with a fluke injury.
92.9
KO (Head Kick & Punches)
2:09
      YEAH! That fight was badass. Emelianenko came out swinging, and clearly was ready to keep this fight standing, he landed some HUGE punches & knees on Cro Cop. The problem is, Cro Cop was able to duck out of the way, where he countered with a brilliant punch combination, followed by a throw, launching Emelianenko to the ground, where Cro Cop kicked him in the face. Once Emelianenko stood back up, Cro Cop landed a huge kick to the head, knocking him on his ass, and Cro Cop finished him with some hard punches on the ground, knocking Emelianenko unconscious in just over 2 minutes. AWESOME win for Cro Cop.
88.1
TKO (Punches)
1:00
      This fight was meaningless. Sometimes though, it's fun to watch a badass (Cro Cop), dismantle some random dude with a 1-3 record in Pride, for no reason, other than to make Cro Cop look good. Oyama came out wearing his Gi, and decided to stand and trade strikes with Cro Cop, which was clearly a bad idea, as Cro Cop punched him a lot, kicked him a lot, knocked him to the ground with punches, and finished him off with a soccer kick to the face. Cro Cop is BAAAACK they say? Seriously? I mean... He's still the man and stuff, but dismantling Oyama isn't exactly an "out of this world" feat or whatever.
87.8
Decision
15:00
      This fight felt like some sort of weird Croatian training camp, where they brought in Kanehara, to get beat up by Cro Cop, just so Cro Cop could let out some aggression. The problem is, Cro Cop seemed like he just woke up from a nap, and didn't really have a lot of energy in this fight. He threw Kanehara to the ground a couple of times, he kicked the shit out of him, beat him up, and stalked him throughout the fight, but the fact that Cro Cop never turned it up enough to finish Kanehara, leads me to believe that maybe he was sick or something. Kanehara has no business going the distance with Cro Cop. Maybe it has something to do with the elevation of Kanagawa?
93.3
KO (Punches)
1:57
      OH FUCK! That was unexpected. Randleman started this fight by immediately running at Cro Cop, getting the clinch, and pinning him against the corner, draining the energy out of Cro Cop as he was forced to defend the takedown. The referee eventually split them up, so they hawd to strike with each other. Randleman threw a punch, and knocked Cro Cop on his ass, and then he finished him, actually KNOCKED HIM OUT, with punches on the ground. This was probably the best Kevin Randleman I've ever seen.
92.2
TKO (Punches)
2:12
      YES!!! FINALLY!!! This was one of the most entertaining fights that I've ever seen. Yamamoto spent the entire match, mocking Mirko Filipovic, and talking shit to him, laughing at him... etc... And Mirko just kept getting pissed off, and ended up knocking Yamamoto out in the first round. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic won this match by knocking Yamamoto the FUCK out. ASS WHOOPIN'!!! I should also add, that Yamamoto tried to get the referee to stop the fight 2 times, because he got poked in the eye. The crowd actually started to boo, because Yamamoto was being a bitch. Japanese fans don't boo very often at Pride events, but Yamamoto definitely deserved it this time. I definitely look forward to seeing more Mirko "Cro Cop" fights in the future.
89.5
TKO (Soccer Kicks)
4:37
      Ron Waterman is a beast. He ran forward like a bull, grabbed Cro Cop, took him to the ground, landed in his guard, and tried to beat up Cro Cop for several minutes, but Cro Cop did a good job avoiding any damage while on the ground. Somehow, Cro Cop suddenly threw Waterman off of him, and then started kicking Waterman in the face repeatedly with soccer kicks, forcing the referee to stop the fight. AWESOME win for Cro Cop, especially considering he had such a massive mountain of muscle on top of him for the first 4 minutes or so of the fight.
91.6
Submission (Armbar)
11:45
      This was a HUGE fight for the heavyweight division, between the two top guys, other than the current Champion, Fedor. (Fedor is out due to a thumb injury or something along those lines...) Other than the awesome "importance" of this fight, it wasn't really a ton of fun. Nogueira shot for a takedown in the first round, Cro Cop sprawled, and Nogueira pulled guard, and then they just hung out on the ground for a while. Cro Cop landed some nice kicks while they were standing, but neither guy was really going for the finish in the first round. With about 3 seconds left in the first round, Cro Cop landed his left high kick, and knocked Nogueira on his ass, but he was saved by the bell. The second round started with a takedown by Nogueira, where he quickly got full mount, and then locked on an armbar for the submission victory. Huge win for Nogueira, the new Pride "Interim" Heavyweight Champion.
89.6
KO (Head Kick)
0:46
      This fight was fucking ridiculous. Dos Caras Jr. came out there wearing his luchadore mask, and hopped around in a circle for about 30 seconds. He then threw a leg kick, and started to look really worried, and then Cro Cop kicked his head off, knocking him unconscious in less than one minute of the first round. Cro Cop is the man, but this fight was a joke.
90.7
KO (Head Kick)
1:29
      OH SHIT. That was a bad gameplan for Igor. He basically came out, looking to trade head kicks, and he landed a few that were blocked by Cro Cop. Cro Cop then delivered a high kick of his own, and nearly decapitated Igor, it sounded like he slammed him in the head with a baseball bat. After the fight, Cro Cop called out Fedor Emelianenko for the championship.
92.2
TKO (Kick to the Body & Punches)
3:17
      HOLY SHIT. That was nice. Herring came out like a ball of fire, and was throwing wild punches, but he couldn't land anything, as Cro Cop was able to step the side and spin, causing Herring to go flying to the ground repeatedly. Cro Cop kept telling him to stand back up, and then Cro Cop beat him up some more, until Herring would make another mistake, throwing himself to the ground. In the end, Cro Cop landed a brutal kick to the liver, which made Herring curl up like a ball, where Cro Cop was able to finish him off with punches on the ground. This was an awesome fight, because it was Cro Cop's first chance to fight a Top 10 Fighter, and he fucking DESTROYED him.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This fight was a little bit slow paced. I gave the first round to Fujita for securing a takedown. Fujita secured another takedown in the second round, but Cro Cop ended up getting him in sort of a front choke position, where he blasted Fujita's head with knees. Cro Cop also did some pretty serious damage to the lead leg of Fujita. Cro Cop beat up Fujita in the third round as well, until the very end of the round, when Fujita finally secured another takedown. In the end, I gave this fight to Cro Cop, 29-28, and all 3 judges gave him the fight as well.
90.5
TKO (Eye Injury)
10:00
      This was a pretty decent fight for what it was. Sakuraba is clearly the grappler, and Cro Cop is clearly the striker, so it wasn't surprising how this fight went down. Cro Cop picked apart Sakuraba with punches, and kicks to the leg, until Sakuraba was able to take him to the ground. Once they were on the ground though, Cro Cop did a decent job of hurting Sakuraba, and eventually the fight was stopped after the second round, when Sakuraba was unable to continue due to his right eye swelling shut.
90.7
Draw
15:00
      Pride really wanted these guys to stay standing, so they gave the fight some special rules. Mostly things like, "If the fight goes to the ground by the ropes, and they have to restart, then they will restart standing, instead of on the ground as usual." Also, the fight consisted of five 3 minute rounds, which is always weird, but I guess it works well for these K-1 guys. Also, there were no judges, so if the fight goes the distance (which it did), then it'll be an automatic draw. With that being said, Silva pretty much dominated Cro Cop for the entire 5 (3 minute) rounds, and if this fight would have had normal scoring setup, without a doubt, Silva would have won this fight. So yeah, I'm giving him the victory points, I'm going to declare this a loss for Cro Cop, and I'm going to look forward to watching Silva destroy people in future fights!
86.7
TKO (Punches)
0:21
      That's what I'm talking about! Cro Cop kicked Nagata in the head, knocked him on his ass, and finished him with punches. He showed up to fight, he finished the fight, and then he left. Cro Cop is all business, and I like that about him, especially at these kinds of ridiculous bullshit events.
83.2
Draw
13:00
      This was fucking stupid. It was a "Pride vs. K-1" fight, where Mirko wanted to stand and fight, and Takada kept falling backwards, and laying on the ground, waiting for Mirko to hop into his guard, which clearly wasn't going to happen. So it ended up being a complete waste of time. I saw three 3 minute rounds, and then an additional 2 minute overtime round, and I think there might have been another one that they didn't show? Either way, this was 10+ minutes of complete bullshit. I guess it's declared a draw, because nobody could win via decision, but I give the fight to Mirko anyway, since he's the only one that even really tried to fight at all.