Eddie Mercado is joined by Fraser Coffeen to recap the historic PRIDE 10: Return of the Warriors event from August 27, 2000. Complete with analysis and results for the entire card.
On August 27, 2000 PRIDE 10: Return of the Warriors went down from Tokorozawa, Japan with the main event witnessing the iconic moment where Kazushi Sakuraba technically submitted Renzo Gracie, by breaking his arm with an insane spin around drop down Kimura. The co-main event saw the debut of the late Ryan Gracie, who dusted fellow new comer Tokimitsu Ishizawa in just over 2 minutes into the opening round. In somewhat of an odd outcome, Kazuyuki Fujita defeated Ken Shamrock by TKO due to corner stoppage, after what was a highly competitive bout up until the strange ending.
Also on the card, Igor Vovchanchyn mauled Enson Inoue in a fight that should have been called off way sooner than it was, much like the recent Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira fight from UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders. A couple of old school submissions were on deck as Mark Kerr finished Igor Borisov with a Can Opener, and Ricco Rodriguez choked out Giant Ochiai with a good ol’ fashioned smother choke. A couple of brilliant knockouts were on the billing at PRIDE 10 as Gilbert Yvel slept Gary Goodridge with a head kick in just 28 seconds, and vintage Wanderlei Silva went full savage on Guy Mezger, even throwing a standing headbutt as part of his finishing combo. Opening up this classic event, Vitor Belfort channeled his inner Mark Coleman to pick up a grinding unanimous decision over Daijiro Matsui.
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Kazushi Sakuraba def. Renzo Gracie by Technical Submission (Kimora) at 9:43 of round 2
Ryan Gracie def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa by KO at 2:16 of round 1
Kazuyuki Fujita def. Ken Shamrock by TKO (Corner Stoppage) at 6:46 of round 1
Masaaki Satake def. Kazunari Murakami by TKO at 6:58 of round 1
Igor Vovchanchyn def. Enson Inoue by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 10:00 of round 1
Mark Kerr def. Igor Barisov by Submission (Can Opener) at 2:06 of round 1
Gilbert Yvel def. Gary Goodridge by KO (Head Kick) at :28 of round 1
Ricco Rodriguez def. Takayuki Okada (Giant Ochiai) by Submission (Smother) at 6:04 of round 1
Wanderlei Silva def. Guy Mezger by KO at 3:45 of round 1
Vitor Belfort def. Daijiro Matsui by Unanimous Decision