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Completed MMA Bout

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira I

Main Event | Pride FC Heavyweight Championship

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira via 3 Round Decision

"The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko
Antônio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira

Round 3

Fedor Emelianenko Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira

"The Last Emperor" "Minotauro"

12-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   19-1-1
Climbed to 13-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 19-2
+140 (Slight Underdog)   Betting Odds   -180 (Slight Favorite)
Challenger   Title   Champion
Russia   Nationality   Brazil
Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russia   Fighting out of   Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
26 years, 5 months, 2 weeks, 2 days   Age at Fight   26 years, 9 months, 2 weeks
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'3" (191cm)
74.5" (189cm)   Reach   77.0" (196cm)
Alexander Nevsky (Stary Oskol)   Gym   Team Nogueira
Pride 25
  • Bout Information
  • Event: Pride 25: Body Blow
  • Date: Sunday 03.16.2003
  • Referee: Yuji Shimada
  • Venue: Yokohama Arena
  • Enclosure: Ring
  • Location: Yokohama, Japan
  • Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 8 of 8)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight:
  • TV Commentary: Stephen Quadros, Bas Rutten
  • Broadcast: N/A
  • Post-Fight Interviewer:
  • Emelianenko Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Nogueira Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
  • Title on Line: Pride FC Heavyweight Championship
  • Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Nogueira
  • Event Links:

Emelianenko vs. Nogueira I Wiki Update Wiki

After winning the Pride Heavyweight Championship in 2001, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira went on one of the most impressive winning streaks of his career, defeating five straight opponents before running into the Russian Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Pride 25. Emelianenko was coming off of wins over Heath Herring and Semmy Schilt, and his win over Nogueira initiated new heights of superstardom for him in MMA.

In keeping with his usual manner, Emelianenko entered the ring first, moving little, looking impassive and stoic. Nogueira entered next, wearing the Pride Heavyweight Championship belt around his waist. Although Nogueira was game in defending himself for the first round, he was never able to mount any sort of offense against the unending onslaught of Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian punished him from Nogueira’s guard, inflicting more damage than anyone had before on the talented Brazilian in the span of one round. The second round was a carbon copy of the first, with Emelianenko avoiding or stuffing all of Nogueira’s takedown attempts and proceeding to land damaging punches from inside the guard. Again in the third round, an exhausted Nogueira had no way of nullifying the blistering offense of Emelianenko, who repeated his first and second-round strategies to cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory, which earned him the title of Pride Heavyweight Champion. Rutten: “There is no doubt now who the new Pride Heavyweight Champion is.”

After defeating Nogueira in the main event of Pride 25, Emelianenko emerged as the consensus #1 heavyweight in the world, a title he kept for nearly a decade (and some would argue he still keeps). Following the win, the Russian went on to defeat all comers during his stay with Pride, winning the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix and defeating Nogueira once again in a rematch the same year.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:46 PM ET
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Videos & Highlights

    Promo Video  |  Fedor vs. Nog I Pride Intro Video report dead link

    Pride FC's pre-fight introductory video and highlight to Fedor Emelianenko vs. Minotauro Nogueira I from Pride 25.

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