Even though this site is dedicated to UFC news, I need to briefly touch on PRIDE 33, which took place last night in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's because it was one of the most exciting shows I have seen in a very, very long time. And, it has some UFC-related implications.
(Sorry for the delayed postings here today -- I actually got some fresh air and wasn't chained to this computer all day.)
Former UFC fighter Nick Diaz shocked the world with a second round gogoplata submission victory over Takanori Gomi.
Gomi is widely considered the top 160-pound fighter in mixed martial arts.
PRIDE Welterweight Champion Dan Henderson pulled of an upset of his own, knocking out middleweight champion Wanderlei Silva to become the first fighter in the history of the organization to hold two belts at the same time.
As I sat on my green couch -- mouth agape -- I couldn't help but think that this is not what PRIDE was thinking when it booked these match ups.
On the contrary, the original thinking must have been to get these marquee fighters -- Gomi and Silva -- in front of an American crowd on American soil to showcase their talents against American fighters.
Don't forget, not too long ago PRIDE was talking about how Gomi was going to "raid" the UFC lightweight division. And, Silva has been billed as the man who will chop down UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell.
Doesn't look like either of those things are going to happen anytime soon.
Kudos to Diaz for such a gutsy performance. The dude just loves to fight and last night he did just that.
And I can't say enough about Henderson. If there is one fighter that I would love to see in the UFC from PRIDE it would be him.
Unfortunately, I doubt we'll ever see that day.
If you haven't seen the fights mentioned above then I strongly recommend checking them out on YouTube.com while they are still up -- you will not be disappointed.
For the Silva-Henderson fight click here.
For the Diaz-Gomi fight click here.