Pride Final Conflict 2004: A Night of Epic Battles and Unforgettable Moments

Pride Final Conflict 2004 was a mixed martial arts event that has etched its name in the annals of combat sports history. Held by Pride Fighting Championships, this event was the culmination of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. The event took place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on August 15, 2004, and was attended by a staggering 47,629 spectators.

The event was packed with thrilling fights, featuring some of the most renowned fighters in the world. The non-tournament bouts included matches between Murilo Bustamante and Kazuhiro Nakamura, Ron Waterman and Kevin Randleman, Aleksander Emelianenko and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, and Yuki Kondo versus Wanderlei Silva. Each fight was a testament to the fighters’ skill, determination, and sheer will to win.

Kazuhiro Nakamura emerged victorious against Murilo Bustamante by unanimous decision. Ron Waterman defeated Kevin Randleman by submission due to a keylock at 7:44 of Round 1. Mirko Filipovic, known as “Cro Cop”, defeated Aleksander Emelianenko by knockout, using a head kick and punches at 2:09 of Round 1. Wanderlei Silva defeated Yuki Kondo by knockout, using stomps at 2:46 of Round 1.

The main event of the night was the final of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. The fight was between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. However, the much-anticipated fight ended in a no contest due to an accidental cut caused by a collision of heads. The fight was later rescheduled for Pride Shockwave 2004 at the end of the year.

Pride Final Conflict 2004 was not just a night of fights; it was a spectacle that showcased the best of mixed martial arts. It was a night where the world’s elite fighters competed in competitions of honor and art. Each match was the culmination of years of training by these athletes, the finest representatives of their martial art, who not only competed for victory but also to defend their fighting style.

In conclusion, Pride Final Conflict 2004 was a landmark event in the history of mixed martial arts. It was a night filled with thrilling fights, unforgettable moments, and a testament to the spirit of the fighters. It was a night that truly embodied the essence of Pride Fighting Championships.

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