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Maggie Hendricks

'Best of Pride' starts this Friday on Spike

Maggie Hendricks

Pride Fighting Championships will be resurrected -- sort of -- this Friday on Spike. Highlights from the Japanese promotion that is a favorite for hardcore MMA fans will be shown starting Friday, Jan. 15, at 10 p.m. ET. To whet your appetite, here is a bout between Chuck Liddell and a much-thinner Alistair Overeem.

I'm sure that the UFC, who now owns all of Pride's video library, has no ulterior motive in releasing this particular video. There is no way they released this fight because they want to show one of their great former champions beating down on the current Strikeforce heavyweight champion, right? Right.

No matter the reasoning behind the fights chosen, all MMA fans should set their DVR for "Best of Pride." If you haven't watched Pride yet, you don't want to miss seeing Wanderlei Silva in his prime, the ring, footstomps, longer rounds and as they point out in the ad, giant checks.

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