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WANDERLEI VS FUJITA: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK Wanderlei Silva (30-5-1) vs Kazuyuki Fujita (13-4)
With so many great match-ups in the upcoming second round of the PRIDE Absolute tournament, fans wait in anticipation for Wanderlei Silva and Kazuyuki Fujita to meet in the ring for the first time. The MMA community is torn regarding the outcome of this particular fight. Some fans argue that the fight will potentially be an exciting war while others argue that the match-up is a clash of styles and the outcome will be similar to Wanderlei’s first encounter with Ricardo Arona. Let’s take a closer look at this highly anticipated fight.
Wanderlei Silva is the current PRIDE middleweight champion and the 2003 middleweight Grand Prix champion. Known for his aggressive style, ‘The Axe Murderer’ has been the most dominate fighter in the middleweight division for the last five years. Wanderlei holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a member of the well-known Chute Box Academy. Silva is coming off a close split decision victory over Ricardo Arona in a rematch. As many recall, Arona was the first fighter to defeat Wanderlei Silva in PRIDE at middleweight and end his long winning streak.
Kazuyuki Fujita wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling. He made his MMA debut at the first PRIDE Grand Prix in 2000. ‘Iron Head’ stunned many fans and critics when he handed former UFC heavyweight champion Mark Kerr his first professional loss. At PRIDE 26, Fujita almost became the first fighter to defeat heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in a PRIDE ring. During the fight, Fedor took a right hook from the Japanese wrestler that had him dazed and wobbly on his feet. Unfortunately for Fujita, he was unable to finish the champion and later succumbed to a rear naked choke. After many PRIDE appearances, Fujita moved on to fight for K-1. At K-1 Premium Dynamite 2004, Fujita knocked out highly regarded Olympic Gold wrestler Karam Ibrahim. In his return to PRIDE, Kazuyuki knocked out James Thompson at Total Elimination Absolute 2006.
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