Completed Bout

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Renzo Gracie

Main Event | Heavyweight

Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Renzo Gracie via Submission at 9:43 of Round 2

mmaweekly.com "The Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba
mmaweekly.com Renzo Gracie

Sakuraba
Submission
Round 2

Kazushi Sakuraba Renzo Gracie

"The Gracie Hunter"

9-2-1   Pro Record At Fight   9-1-1
Climbed to 10-2   Record After Fight   Fell to 9-2
Japan   Nationality   Brazil
Akita, Japan   Fighting out of   New York City, New York
31 years, 1 month, 13 days   Age at Fight   33 years, 5 months, 16 days
182.6 lbs (82.8 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   172.0 lbs (78.0 kgs)
5'11" (180cm)   Height   5'10" (178cm)
Laughter7   Gym   Renzo Gracie Academy
Pride 10
  • Bout Information
  • Date: Sunday 08.27.2000 at 04:00 AM ET
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Seibu Dome
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Tokorozawa, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 10 of 10)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: Heavyweight |
  • TV Commentary: Stephen Quadros, Eddie Bravo
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Sakuraba Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Gracie Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed

Sakuraba vs. Gracie Wiki Update Wiki

After defeating Royce Gracie in dominant fashion in the longest bout in MMA history in the 2000 Pride Openweight Grand Prix, Kazushi Sakuraba claimed his third Gracie scalp by finishing Renzo Gracie during one of the featured bouts of Pride 10 with a serious Kimura submission.


“This is just another day in the office,” Gracie said when asked whether or not he felt added pressure from his native country of Brazil heading into the bout. The first round was a competitive affair with neither fighter taking control. Sakuraba got several takedowns, but was unable to achieve anything of significant from top position, while Gracie landed the cleaner strikes on the feet. Quadros: “This is going to be a hard round to score. I think Renzo’s been the aggressor.” Sakuraba took control in the second round, keeping Gracie on his back and on the defensive before sinking in the fight-ending Kimura, which broke Renzo’s elbow, at the 9:43 mark. Quadros immediately called it: “Sakuraba dislocated Renzo’s elbow with a spin-around Kimura.” Like fellow family member Royler, Renzo refused to tap to the lock, but accepted the defeat humbly and graciously once the referee had called the fight.


The bout was a career-defining moment for both fighters, as Sakuraba notched another win over a Gracie and Renzo refused to tap in the face of severe personal injury. Gracie has stated that he considers his loss to Sakuraba at Pride 10 to be his proudest fighting moment.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:36 PM ET
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