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Stall of Duty: Do PRIDE rules make fights more exciting to watch?


According to Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz (via USA Today) they do:

"That's why I like dealing with Pride rules. I thought that there would be an organization that has that type of scoring criteria. I thought that show would stick around; I'd probably be fighting for them right now. But that whole thing went under. They kind of want to do away with that whole way of fighting, even though it's been around for a long time. The restarts and the old Pride rules, it's better. The yellow card (if) you stall. You can't stall. You have to fight. You can't elbow. You have to punch. It takes a lot of space. A guy on the bottom wants to get up, he gets up because you're making space to punch. It makes for a more technical aspect to come out. It makes more for more transition and movement to happen. It's more exciting to watch and it makes for the better fighter to win. The way that things are going now, you don't (always) see the better fighter win. They play a game to win."

Any Maniacs out there ready to bring back the PRIDE rules? Or do fighters who succumb to the suffocating ground game of today's top wrestlers use that as an excuse for their inability to be effective from guard? The debate will likely continue as more and more controversial decisions are handed down. What side are you on?

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