that crazy ass russian guy
I'm thinking you're thinking of Paul Varelans aka The Polar Bear. Maybe not though because Paul was from Alaska. In any case, I'm glad it made me remember Paul, because I loved seeing him get his big ass kicked by Marco Ruas who systematically chopped him down with leg kicks to his left thigh. Probably the most effictive use of the leg kick ever. Found the fight on youtube...
Marco Ruas Vs. Paul Varelans UFC VII Title Fighthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgd9Jrkm7CM
<---- Part Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmeSkmLzuOc
Part two is where you really see what can happen when you use the leg kick to perfection. Literally chopped him down like a tree. Paul said he was so badass that nobody wanted to train him because he would be a killer.
And if you want a "highlight" reel, take a look.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAZZiPpFOls
Pretty much sums up his career. In three years, he was 9-9-0. Biggest 6'8 330lbs wuss.
Japanese org Pride FC who many, including myself, considered to be superior
I agree. And I don't thinks it's better because it has better/worse fighters. I think it had better rules. I liked the ten minute first rounds, the judges scoring on the entirety of the bout, the tournaments, and how it didn't cater to the ground specialists. I think the UFC and the American rules cater way to much to ground and pound type fighters. Or in the case of Josh Koschek "Lay'n'Pray." Pride pretty much forced ground fighters to have good stand up since they were in the ring, and it forced stand up guys to have at least some ground defense.
In the UFC, if you are a stand up guy against any sort of ground specialist, you either score a one/two punch/kick knockout or better have a hell of a good take down defense a la Chuck Lidell.