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Takanori Gomi vs Tatsuya Kawajiri (Full Fight)

Takanori Gomi vs Tatsuya Kawajiri, Pride Bushido 9, September 2005

takanori gomi vs tatsuya kawajiriThe lightweight division has always been an exciting weight class to watch. It is one of the most competitive divisions with a never ending talent pool to draw from. The fighters possess the right combination of speed, agility, and power – the perfect recipe for action packed, exciting, and technical fights.

However, before there were the lightweight champions that are so celebrated today. Before Rafael Dos Anjos, the newly crowned UFC Lightweight Champion. Before Anthony Pettis, before Benson Henderson, before Frankie Edgar, and even before the great BJ Penn. In the land of Pride, there was Takanori Gomi and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

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Fedor vs Nogueira III – Trilogy (Full Fight)

Fedor vs Nogueira III, Pride Shockwave 2004, 31 December 2004

fedor vs nogueira IIIFedor vs Nogueira II ended in a no contest due to an accidental headbutt. Both fans and fighters were hugely disappointed. Fedor vs Nogueira III picks up immediately four months later from where we left off. The 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship is on the line as well as the Pride Heavyweight Championship title. This is the third fight in what is considered one of Pride’s best MMA trilogy rivalries.

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Fedor vs Nogueira II – Trilogy (Full Fight)

Fedor vs Nogueira II, Pride Final Conflict 2004, 15 August 2004

fedor vs nogueiraFedor vs Nogueira II at Pride Final Conflict 2004 was the highly anticipated rematch between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. It is also the second fight in the Fedor vs Nogueira trilogy.

The first fight happened in March 2003 with Fedor Emelianenko upsetting the reigning Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Fedor at the time was new to the Pride stage and Pride fans knew him only from his win against Heath Herring. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was the dominant champion and had proved himself with wins against Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring and Dan Henderson. The result of the battle was Fedor winning the Pride Heavyweight Championship. This is the rematch between the two greatest Pride Heavyweights of the time.

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Fedor vs Nogueira I – Trilogy (Full Fight)

Fedor vs Nogueira I, Pride 25, 16 March 2003

fedor vs nogueiraFedor vs Nogueira is one of the best trilogy rivalries in Pride and one of the best rivalries in MMA. In three separate posts, we will be bringing these three fights to fight fans around the world.

Fedor vs Nogueira at Pride 25 is the first of an epic trilogy rivalry between two of the best heavyweights in Pride. This match-up was the most highly anticipated fight at the time. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was the current Pride Heavyweight Champion and Fedor Emelianenko was the fast rising MMA superstar. What made this fight amazing was the performance of the underdog rising above the expectations of fight fans and fight critics. Fedor vs Noueira was also a phenomenal match-up in styles. Nogueira, a master of triangles and armbars wanted the fight to go to the ground. However this plan would play directly into Fedor’s dangerous ground and pound. It was almost as if both fighters were competing against each other with the strongest tools they possessed.

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Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman (Full Fight)

Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman, Pride Critical Countdown 2004, 20 June 2004

fedor emelianenko vs kevin randlemanThis fight  Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman is a fight that lasts less than 2:30. This is the fight where Kevin Randleman executes one of the most beauty belly to back suplexes we have ever seen. This suplex could have very well re-organized Fedors spine. Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman is required knowledge for hardcore MMA fans around the world.

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Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva (Full Fight)

Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva, UFC 79, 29 December 2007

chuck liddell vs wanderlei silvaChuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva represents rich MMA history and has been in the making since before 2003. In 2003, UFC President Dana White had been trying to match Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva for ages in what he declared as the best of UFC versus the best of Pride. That year, Dana White and Chuck Liddell traveled to Japan to challenge the best of the best Pride fighters in the 2003 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. In entering Chuck Liddell into the Middleweight Grand Prix, Chuck Liddell would earn the chance to fight Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva. Additionally, Chuck would fight other Pride MMA superstars in the tournament. This would ultimately give Dana White and more importantly, the fight fans an incredible UFC vs Pride tournament. Unfortunately, we never got to see Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva in 2003 as Chuck Liddell did not make it past the semi-finals against Rampage Jackson.

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Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II (Full Fight)

Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II, Pride 33,  24 February 2007

dan henderson vs wanderlei silva IIDan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II is an instant classic, a milestone in MMA, and one of the best fights in Pride. This is the second time these two MMA legends and Pride warriors meet. The first meeting was at Pride 12 in 2000. Wanderlei Silva won that fight via unanimous decision. Since that fight, Wanderlei Silva went on to defeat Pride superstars such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Rampage Jackson, and Ricardo Arona. He captured and successfully defended the Pride Middleweight Championship and established himself firmly as one of the most dangerous MMA fighters in the world. Pride 33 is Wanderlei Silva’s last fight in Pride before moving to the UFC to face Chuck Liddell in another one of MMA’s best of the best fights.

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Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira 1 (Full Fight)

Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira, Pride Critical Countdown 2005, 26 June 2005

mauricio shogun vs rogerio nogueiraOne of the best fights from Pride, Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira is one of the most action-packed and exciting MMA fights in the history of MMA. This fight won the Sherdog 2005 Fight of the Year award. Mauricio Shogun also won the Sherdog 2005 Fighter of the Year award. This fight was one of the quarter final fights for the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. An incredible tournament featuring legends of MMA.

The 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix featured fighters such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Ricardo Arona, Dean Lister, Kevin Randleman, Wanderlei Silva, Hidehiko Yoshida, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, Igor Vovchanchyn, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, and Rampage Jackson. Click here for the full tournament card. This is a particularly interesting middleweight tournament as there is the possibility that Mauricio Rua will fight team mate and current Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton (Full Fight)

Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton, Pride 3, 24 June 1998

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Kazushi Sakuraba vs Carlos Newton is an incredibly technical, suspenseful and action-packed grappling match. The fight is a spectacular match-up between grappling masters. Both fighters come from an incredible wrestling background and are skilled technicians of the sport. Just from the first two minutes of the first round, Kazushi Sakuraba attempts two submissions and Carlos Newton defends them both.

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Bellator 121: Prindle vs Thompson (6 June)

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Bellator 121: Prindle vs Thompson, 6 June 2014, Oklahoma, USA

 Main Card 

James Thompson def
Eric Prindle*
(TKO punches – round 1, 1:55)
 Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def Terry Davinney*
(rear-naked choke – round 1, 4:16)
Philipe Lins def Austen  Heidlage
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)

(rear-naked choke – round 1, 2:45)
Egidijus Valavicius def Carlos Eduardo
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)
(split decision – 28-29, 29-28, 

Preliminary Card

Stephen Banaszak vs Treston Thomison
Joe Vedepo def Cortez Coleman
(majority decision 28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Kelly Anundson def Rodney Wallace*
(light heavyweight tournament opening round)
(unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ray Sloan def Jamelle Jones
(rear-naked choke – round 1, 0:48)
Bubba McDaniel def Matt Jones
(unanimous decision 30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Garcia def Cody Walker
(KO punch – round 1, 0:39)
WIlliam Florentino def Guillermo Martinez Ayme
(split decision 28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
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