Pride FC 12: Cold Fury – A Night of Epic Battles and Unforgettable Moments

Pride FC 12, also known as Cold Fury, was a mixed martial arts event held by the Pride Fighting Championships. The event took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 9, 2000. This event was a significant milestone in the history of Pride FC, featuring some of the most memorable match-ups in the promotion’s history.

The main event of the evening was a thrilling encounter between Kazushi Sakuraba and Ryan Gracie. Sakuraba, also known as “The Gracie Hunter,” was a formidable opponent with a reputation for defeating members of the legendary Gracie family. On this night, he continued his winning streak against the Gracies by defeating Ryan Gracie via unanimous decision.

Another notable fight of the night was between Igor Vovchanchyn and Mark Kerr. Vovchanchyn, a Ukrainian heavyweight known for his knockout power, faced off against Kerr, an American wrestler and one of the most dominant fighters of his time. In a hard-fought battle, Vovchanchyn emerged victorious, defeating Kerr via unanimous decision.

The event also featured a match between Wanderlei Silva and Dan Henderson. Silva, known for his aggressive fighting style and knockout power, defeated Henderson, a future champion, by unanimous decision. This victory marked a significant point in Silva’s career, establishing him as one of the top fighters in the Pride FC.

Another highlight of the event was the fight between Kazuyuki Fujita and Gilbert Yvel. Fujita, a Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist, defeated Yvel, a Dutch kickboxer and mixed martial artist, via unanimous decision.

Pride FC 12: Cold Fury was a testament to the high level of competition and the thrilling fights that Pride FC was known for. It was a night of epic battles and unforgettable moments that left an indelible mark on the history of mixed martial arts. The event showcased the skills and determination of the fighters, and the passion and excitement of the fans, making it a truly memorable event in the annals of Pride FC.


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