Pride held an amazing event in Las Vegas ten years ago today
I remember it like it was yesterday. Sitting at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas for Pride 33. The card was absolutely stacked. Pride put on an amazing show. The music, the sounds, the pageantry, it was unbelievable. They played a video to hype the event before it started that ended with. “MMA is your world. The cage is your world…..this ring is the Universe.” Check it out!
The fights were excellent, all the Pride greats were on the card, sans Fedor. Lenne Hardt was screaming like a banshee, in the most amazing way possible. It’s the single best event I’ve ever attended. It’s so hard to believe it was ten years ago, but it was.
I was there with my cousin, we had great seats and traveled there from Montana to watch Wanderlei Silva fight in person. That didn’t work out like I’d hoped (dammit Dan Henderson) but man, what a night. The fight I remember most fondly was Nick Diaz and Takanori Gomi waging war. What a battle. Gomi was nearly out on his feet, Diaz was cut and hurt. It ended with an amazing submission. It’s like it never happened because it was ruled a no-contest due to failed drug tests, but it happened. I was there. Evan Shoman was there. It was unreal. Here’s the finish!
If you were lucky enough to be in the arena for this event, I’m sure you’ll never forget it. If you haven’t seen it, head over to FightPass and fire it up. You won’t regret it. The card had all the stars, Wand Silva, Dan Henderson, Nick Diaz, Takanori Gomi, Alistair Overeem, Diet Nog, Shogun Rua, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Frank Trigg, Hellboy Hansen and more.
Pride 33 Results
Henderson def. Wanderlei Silva via KO, 2:08 Round 3
Nick Diaz def. Takanori Gomi via Submission (Gogoplata) 1:46 Round 2
Shogun Rua def. Alistair Overeem via TKO 3:27 Round 1
Sergei Kharitonov def. Mike Russow via Submission (Armbar) 3:45 Round 1
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Mac Danzig via KO 4:01 Round 2
Sokoudjou def.Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via KO 0:23 Round 1
James Lee def. Travis Wiuff via Submission (Guillotine) 0:39 Round 1
Frank Trigg def. Kazuo Misaki via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joachim Hansen def. Jason Ireland via KO 2:33 Round 3