Main Event | Pride FC Vacant Middleweight Championship | 93 kg
Wanderlei Silva defeats Kazushi Sakuraba via KO/TKO at 10:00 of Round 1
|16-3-0||Pro Record At Fight||13-3-1|
|Climbed to 17-3||Record After Fight||Fell to 13-4|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||Fighting out of||Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan|
|25 years, 4 months||Age at Fight||32 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 6 days|
|5'11" (181cm)||Height||5'11" (180cm)|
|Wand Fight Team||Gym||Laughter7|
- Bout Information
- Event: Pride 17: Championship Chaos
- Date: Saturday 11.03.2001
- Referee: Yuji Shimada
- Venue: Tokyo Dome
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 9 of 9)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 93 kg (205.0 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Stephen Quadros, Bas Rutten
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Silva Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Sakuraba Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Title on Line: Pride FC Vacant Middleweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Vacant
Silva vs. Sakuraba II Wiki Update Wiki
After losing in emphatic fashion to “The Axe Murderer” During their first bout at Pride 13, Sakuraba was given a chance for redemption later that year, only this time, the first-ever Pride Middleweight (205 lbs.) Championship was on the line. Unfortunately for Sakuraba, the end result was much the same as the first bout, with the doctor stepping in to save him from further damage following a shoulder injury he sustained in the first round.
Directly following his victory over Sakuraba at Pride 13, Silva kept the streak alive when he annihilated Shungo Oyama in 30 seconds at Pride 14. Sakuraba, on the other hand, rose back to the top of the middleweight division by defeating Pride newcomer and future superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the first round of their Pride 15 bout.
During Sakuraba’s entrance to the ring, guest commentator Royce Gracie, whom Sakuraba had defeated previously, remarked, “[Sakuraba is] a very smart fighter. I like his style. He knows how to use his head and he knows how to study the opponent.” While the end result was the same, the rematch between Silva and Sakuraba was much more competitive than their first encounter, as both men attained top position and landed strikes throughout the first round. Silva brought an eventual end to the bout by picking Sakuraba up and driving him into the mat shoulder first for a powerful slam which broke Sakuraba’s collarbone. Sakuraba, for his part, gamely fought on for the remainder of the round from the bottom position. Once he sat up, however, and quizzically touched the large protrusion on his shoulder, the doctors stepped in to call a halt to the title bout.
With the win, Wanderlei Silva became the first-ever Pride Middleweight Champion, a title he would hold and defend over the next six years in one of the most dominant title reigns in the history of the sport.