Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazushi Sakuraba I
Main Event | Heavyweight
Wanderlei Silva defeats Kazushi Sakuraba via KO/TKO at 1:38 of Round 1
|14-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||12-2-1|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||Fighting out of||Akita, Japan|
|Wand Fight Team||Gym||Laughter7|
|24||Age at Fight||31|
|5'11" (181cm)||Height||6'0" (183cm)|
- Bout Information
- Date: Sunday 03.25.2001 at 03:00 AM ET
- Referee: N/A
- Venue: Saitama Super Arena
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Saitama, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 8 of 8)
- Weight: Heavyweight |
- TV Commentary:
- Broadcast: N/A
- Post-Fight Interviewer: N/A
- Silva Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Sakuraba Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
Prior to his bout with the fast-rising Wanderlei Silva at Pride 13 in 2001, Kazushi Sakuraba had established himself as the premier Japanese mixed martial artist in the world. But after Silva beat him into submission early on into the first round of their Pride 13 bout, Sakuraba was never able to recover the Pride 205 lbs. crown.
Before taking on the Brazilian slugger at Pride 13, Sakuraba has dispatched of many of the best fighters in the world, including two members of the legendary Gracie clan as well as Vitor Belfort and Carlos Netwon. For his part, Silva had lost two of his three fights with the UFC before wracking up wins over Guy Mezger and Dan Henderson after rejoining Pride FC.
Silva entered first, looking confident and aggressive as his steel platform lowered onto the entrance ramp. The always-colorful Sakuraba entered next, wearing strange black-rimmed glasses and a white suit jacket. When the bell rang to start the first round, Wanderlei Silva wasted no time, landing hard shots to Sakuraba with his fists and knees in the clinch. After over a minute of punishment during which Sakuraba managed to mount little in the way of serious offense, Silva brutally finished the Japanese standout with soccer kicks on the ground at the 1:38 mark. Following the win, Silva jumped up onto the ropes to salute the crowd while Sakuraba remained on his back in the middle of the ring, bloody and defeated, for several minutes. The win was Silva’s sixth without a loss for Pride FC, and his streak would continue for the next three years until he lost a Split Decision at heavyweight to Mark Hunt in 2004.
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Ring Entrance | Wandy vs. Saku I Pre-Fight Video and Ring Entrances report dead link
Pride FC's pre-fight highlight video and ring entrances to Wanderlei Silva vs. Kazushi Sakuraba 1 from Pride 13.