The PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS matched the world's elite fighters in competitions of honor and art. Imagine Brazilian Jiu - Jitsu practitioner versus kick boxer, Judo specialist versus wrestler ... this is the sport of mixed martial arts ... this was PRIDE FC. Each match was the culmination of years of training by these athletes, the finest representatives of their martial art who not only compete for victory, but also to defend their fighting style!
PRIDE FC began in 1997 with one philosophy---the acceptance of any fighting technique from any school. In other words, attempt to mimic the realities of an actual fight in the form of a legitimate and honorable sport. The Brazilians call is "Vale Tudo," some fans call it "no holds barred," but today both of these terms have evolved into a sport called "mixed martial arts." For PRIDE FC, this dream was realized on October 11, 1997 when Rickson Gracie faced Nobuhiko Takada at the main event of PRIDE FC I at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Gracie personified the legend of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, his family's unique fighting style from Brazil. His opponent, Takada, represented the style of professional wrestling. Both claimed the superiority of their fighting art and looked to prove it to themselves, their opponents, and the fans.
Inaugural PRIDE FC event:
Tokyo Dome ... October 11, 1997
First Grand Prix tournament:
Tokyo Dome ... January 30, 2000 (opening round)
Tokyo Dome ... May 1, 2000 (semi-finals and finals)
The last PRIDE FC event was Pride 34, held on April 8, 2007 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
First U.S. Pay Per View broadcast:
May 13, 2000 (Grand Prix semi-finals and finals)
Tokyo National Stadium ... 91,107 (SHOCKWAVE 2002)
The PRIDE FC library is now available on UFC Fight Pass at http://www.ufc.tv/category/pride-library.
PRIDE FC is owned by Pride FC Worldwide Holdings, LLC