Wanderlei Silva, PRIDE Final Conflict 2003
Here’s to hoping you remember this Wanderlei Silva, and not the one who fought Chael Sonnen in Bellator.
“The Axe Murderer” was an absolute beast in Japan’s PRIDE, which at the time surpassed even the UFC in MMA’s landscape. The promotion knew a thing or two about entertainment as well, often staging elaborate entrances for fighters.
When Silva arose from beneath the entrance ramp behind pillars of pyro, the beats of Darude’s Sandstorm pounding throughout the arena, you knew his fight with Rampage Jackson was going to be something special.