Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva, UFC 79, 29 December 2007
Chuck 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.
Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II, Pride 33, 24 February 2007
Dan 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.
Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira, Pride Critical Countdown 2005, 26 June 2005
One 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.
TUF Brazil 3 Finale: Maldonado vs Stipe Miocic, 31 May 2014, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Stipe Miocic def Fabio Maldonado*
(TKO punches – round 1)
Antonio Carlos Jr. def Vitor Miranda*
Antonio Carlos Jr. wins TUF: Brazil 3 heavyweight tournament
(unanimous decsion 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Warlley Alves de Andrade def Marcio Alexandre Jr.
Warlley win TUF: Brazil 3 middleweight tournament
(guillotin choke – round 3)
Demian Maia def Alexander Yakovlev*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Peralta def Rony Jason*
(split decision 29-28, 27-30, 30-27)
Rashid Magomedov def Rodrigo Damm*
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Ernest Chavez def Elias Silverio
(rear-naked choke – round 3)
Gasan Umalatov def Paulo Thiago
(unanimous decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kevin Souza def Mark Eddiva
(TKO punches – round 2)
Ricardo Abreu def Wagner Silva*
(rear-naked choke – round 2)
Marcos Rogerio de Lima def Richardson Moreira
(KO punches – round 1)
Pedro Munhoz vs Matt Hobar
(TKO punches – round 1)
*Cage Inspiration’s most anticipated fights
Continue reading for which fights you must see and why!
UFC vs Pride 2003, Japan, August – November 2003
Full fight videos including commentary from Dana White as well as history of UFC vs Pride 2003. Chuck Liddell enters the Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix against the top Pride fighters at the time.
By 2003, Pride had established itself as the premier MMA promotion in the world. Pride had most of the legendary fighters of today including the Nogueira brothers, Fabricio Werdum, Wanderlei Silva, Shogun Rua, Rampage Jackson, Alistair Overeem and many more. The UFC also had their own stable of legends including Randy Couture, Frank Mir, Matt Hughes, Sean Sherk, Frank Shamrock, Tito Ortiz, and Chuck Liddell. Both of these organizations had put on incredible events drawing crowds and building the sport of MMA.
Even though Pride was the leading MMA promotion at the time, the UFC and Pride were on an inevitable collision course. Having UFC fighters compete against Pride fighters would have been a fight fans ultimate fantasy come true. Not only would the fights be exciting, but this would also be a great marketing opportunity for the UFC. Pride fighters were considered the best in the world. With the UFC putting their fighters against the Pride fighters, win or lose it would be a great marketing campaign to promote the UFC and the quality of UFC fighters. Dana White had spent a good amount of time and effort campaigning for a UFC vs Pride show down. This would be a fight for the Pride Middleweight Championship between Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva.
Click and scroll to watch Chuck Liddell represent UFC in UFC vs Pride 2003
Pride Shockwave, 31st December 2005
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2005 was a good year for Pride, with incredible events that served as historical milestones for MMA. This year, Pride held it’s first ever Welterweight and Lightweight tournaments. Pride also held an incredibly competitive Middleweight Grand Prix.
Pride Shockwave is considered one of the most epic events in Pride history. The evening featured a main event fight between Wanderlei Silva and Ricardo Arona for the Pride Middleweight Championship. This was an especially interesting fight since Ricardo Arona had previously defeated Wanderlei Silva in the semi-finals of the Pride Middleweight Grand Prix in Pride Final Conflict held on the 28th August 2005.
The event also featured the final rounds of the first ever Pride Welterweight tournament between MMA legends Murilo Bustamante and Dan Henderson. Shockwave 2005 also had the final round of the first ever Pride Lightweight tournament between Takanori Gomi and Hayat Sakurai. The winners of these tournaments would be crowned as Pride’s first ever Welterweight Champion and Lightweight Champion.
As if the evening wasn’t exciting enough, Pride Shockwave 2005 also features an awesome match up between Mirko “Crocop” Filipovic vs Mark Hunt.
The event is about 3 hours long. Perfect for a lazy MMA Sunday.
Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann, UFC on Fuel 8, 3 March 2013
Fight of the Night
Photo from Josh Hedges Zuffa LLC
Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann gives Wanderlei the opportunity to return to fight in Saitama, Japan after almost seven years away. Wanderlei’s last fight in Japan was in Pride 33 where he and Dan Henderson gave an incredible performance in Dan Henderson vs Wanderlei Silva II.
This is the arena where Wanderlei built his reputation as the frightening Axe Murderer. This is the country where he ruled as Pride Middleweight Champion. At UFC Fuel 8 Japan, Wanderlei Silva return’s “home” where he finds an incredibly tough and game opponent in Brian Stann.