It was a sad day for most old school MMA fans when the realization came that PRIDE was going to be no more, even if the demise of the promotion meant that several all-star, UFC vs. PRIDE match-ups finally materialized as a result. While it’s been over six years now since the final PRIDE show in April, 2007 (PRIDE 34: Kamikaze), fans still get to see classic fights from the organization through viewing options like The Best of PRIDE Fighting Championships television show.
RM Sports recently caught up with the program’s beautiful host Kenda Perez, who has been hosting Best of PRIDE since it’s inception. When asked how she ended up landing the job, which let’s face it, is a pretty sweet way to make some cash, Perez stated:
“I got involved with the UFC when I entered the Maxim Hometown Hotties contest back in 2007, and I became a finalist. From there, the UFC saw a lot of on camera work that I was doing, and promotional things I was doing for them, and called me in for an interview for their new show The Best of PRIDE, and it was a hit from there. I’ve been with them for about four years now. We’re in our third season of The Best of PRIDE, originally on SPIKE TV, now it’s on FOX Sports, FUEL TV. It’s doing awesome. We have a million views per episode and people love the show.”
“I was definitely a fan of the UFC and of just mixed-martial-arts in general. I had been to a few shows. I didn’t know too much about PRIDE and where it came from, where it originated from, fighters that came from there, so when they sent me home with a huge truck full of DVDs I definitely caught on.”
It’s nice to hear that plenty of fans are tuning into the program, as after all, some of the sport’s greatest fighters ever competed under the PRIDE banner. It’s also comforting to know that not as many people will look so confused upon hearing the name Kazushi Sakuraba or Igor Vovchanchyn.
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