jueves, 6 de agosto de 2015

Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round

Pride Fighting Championships had held off on tournament-based fight cards like the UFC for the first several years of its existence. Its first foray, the 2000 Pride Grand Prix, was one of the biggest and most successful tournaments in MMA history, and began a long and storied tradition of Japanese MMA tournaments. In the first round of the openweight tournament, which would be completed at a separate event later in the year, stars such as Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Igor Vovchanchyn, Royce Gracie, and Kazushi Sakuraba advanced to the Quarterfinals.

In the night’s lone bit of controversy, Sakuraba defeated Guy Mezger after coach Ken Shamrock ordered Mezger back to the locker room when four judges scored his bout a draw, opting for overtime. Since Mezger did not answer the bell for overtime, he lost by forfeit, although most observers—Shamrock included—believed he had rightfully earned the decision victory.

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