Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson II
Main Event | Pride FC Middleweight Championship | 93 kg
Wanderlei Silva defeats Quinton Jackson via KO/TKO at 3:26 of Round 2
|26-3-1||Pro Record At Fight||21-4-0|
|-155 | Slight Favorite||Betting Odds||+125 | Slight Underdog|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||Fighting out of||Irvine, California|
|Wand Fight Team||Gym||Wolfslair Academy|
|28||Age at Fight||26|
|5'11" (181cm)||Height||6'1" (186cm)|
|74.0" (188cm)||Reach||73.0" (185cm)|
- Bout Information
- Date: Sunday 10.31.2004 at 03:00 AM ET
- Referee: Yuji Shimada
- Venue: Saitama Super Arena
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Saitama, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
- Weight: Middleweight | 93 kg (205.0 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten
- Broadcast: N/A
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Silva Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Jackson Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Title on Line: Pride FC Middleweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Silva
When they first met in the Finals of the 2003 Pride Middleweight (205 lbs.) Grand Prix, “The Axe Murderer” Wanderlei Silva and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson were two of the biggest stars in the weight class. Unfortunately for Jackson, their long-awaited fight was not competitive for very long, as the fresher Silva dominated him with superior striking and clinch work before finishing him with knees midway into the first round.
Silva won the first fight in devastating fashion, but according to Jackson, a variety of factors beyond his control had adversely affected his performance. A bitter feud had been born between the two superstars, and the epic rematch was scheduled for Pride 28 just five months later. This time, Silva’s Middleweight Championship belt would be on the line.
The championship classic began with absolutely no feeling out period. Upon the opening bell Jackson strode deliberately into Silva’s range and fired off heavy strikes, attempting to bully Silva. Silva, for his part, answered back with equal fury and aggression.
Over the course of two rounds (including a ten minute first frame, under the old Pride rules), the pace never abated from those opening seconds. Near the end of the first round, Jackson landed a heavy uppercut along the ropes and sent Silva reeling. The champ was in big trouble. But as Jackson pounded away from the top position, Silva kept his wits and cleverly hip-escaped out of a brief mount by Jackson and back into half-guard, arguably saving himself the fight. The bell sounded the end of the first period, and Silva gathered and recomposed himself.
In the second frame it was Jackson who came out looking tired. After taking the losing end of a couple of early standup exchanges, he finally succumbed to a fight-ending combination that was almost identical to the first time they met. Only this time, it was even more brutal. The sequence opened with a crushing hook square to the face by Silva that torqued Jackson’s chin and neck off to one side. Seeing his opponent stunned, Silva latched a firm grasp on Jackson’s neck and unloaded one of the most brutal Thai clinch sequences ever witnessed on Jackson’s skull. In a moment that would live on prominently in highlight reels for years to come, Silva unloaded knees to the face of the staggering Jackson as the two moved across the length of the canvas. “The Axe Murderer” finally cracked Jackson with one last knee to the face before allowing gravity to pull Jackson through the ropes and out of the ring, where Jackson lay face down, unconscious and bleeding profusely.
One would think that two dominant TKO victories would have firmly established Silva as the premier fighter in the weight class, but Jackson still protested. For the next several years, Jackson complained about corrupt officials and referees in the Pride Fighting Championships, claiming he was stood up prematurely after he had taken Silva down repeatedly in the rematch.
Although Jackson eventually exacted revenge on Silva at a third meeting in the UFC, Silva was widely considered the top fighter in his weight class for the next three years. His two TKO victories over Jackson remain his most legendary performances, and his Pride 28 victory is his single greatest knockout.