Fedor vs Nogueira II, Pride Final Conflict 2004, 15 August 2004
Fedor 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.
Since this fight, Nogueira went on a five fight win-streak. He defeated Ricco Rodriguez at Pride Total Elimination. He submitted Mirko Crocop in the second round via armbar to win the Pride Interim Heavyweight Championship. The interim championship was created as Fedor was unable to fight due to injuries.
On 25th April Pride started it’s 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament that included Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Other fighters included Sergei Kharitonov, Murilo Rua, Semmy Schilt, Gan McGee, Naoya Ogawa, Stefan Leko, Paulo Cesar Silva, Henry Miller, Heath Herring, Kazuo Takahashi, Hirotaka Yokoi, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Mirko Crocop.
Nogueira made his way to the finals by defeating Hirotaka Yokoi via anaconda choke in the opening round. He defeated Heath Herring via anaconda choke in the quarter finals, and Sergei Kharitonov via unanimous decision in the semi finals.
Fedor fought to the finals by defeating Mark Coleman via armbar in the opening round. His defeated Kevin Randleman via Kimura in the quarter finals. The fight with Kevin Randleman was one of the most intense and epic matches in Pride and featured a spine shattering slam by Kevin on Fedor. Watch the full fight here. Fedor would go on to defeat Naoya Ogawa via armbar in under the first minute of the first round to reach the finals.
The finals were set, the highly anticipated rematch between the heavyweight submission master Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and the Russian fighting machine Fedor Emelianenko.
Fedor vs Nogueira II full fight video