the top mixed martial arts promotion in japan. pride was in operation from 1997 to 2007, dream stage entertainment was the parent company. the fights were held in a ring as opposed to a cage. by pride fc rules, elbows to the head of a downed opponent were not allowed. knees to the head of a downed opponent, soccer kicks, and stomps were all legal, however. the unified rules (which the ufc operates under) prohibit knees to a downed opponent, soccer kicks, and stomps; but elbows to the head of a downed opponent are acceptable. in a normal pride fight, the first round was ten minutes long, the second and third were each five, with a two minute rest period between rounds. under the unified rules, there are three five minute rounds, with one minute between them. title fights were five rounds.