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Pride 23 Went Down 8 Years Ago Today and It Was Brilliant

One of my favorite cards of the Pride era, Pride 23 had a little bit of everything. The world was violently introduced to Fedor Emelienenko’s insane ground and pound as he mashed Heath Herring’s face in. Wanderlei Silva was Wanderlei Silva as he stomped his way to victory over Hiromitsu Kanehara forcing his corner to end the massacre. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira triangle choked his way to a victory over K-1 superstar Semmy Schilt as the MMA world saw Nog as virtually unbeatable. The debacle that was Gilles Arsene vs. Kazushi Sakuraba. Judo Gold Medalist Hidehiko Yoshida twisted Don Frye’s arm into a pretzel to everyone’s shock and Chute Box and Brazilian Top Team squared off as Ricardo Arona defeated Murilo “Ninja” Rua. Good times.

“Remembering Pride”