This Day in MMA History: Nov. 24

By Cole Shelton Nov 24, 2019

On Nov. 24, 2002, Pride Fighting Championships was in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, for Pride 23.

In the main event, Kazushi Sakuraba beat Gilles Arsene by third-round submission. The win got him back into the win column after back-to-back losses to Wanderlei Silva and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.

The card featured several other legendary fighters competing. Kevin “The Monster” Randleman won his second consecutive fight as a new Pride fighter, Ricardo Arona took a decision over Murilo “Ninja” Rua in another installment of the Brazilian Top Team versus Chute Boxe rivalry, Fedor Emelianenko earned a title shot by stopping Heath Herring in one round, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira defended his heavyweight title with a triangle submission win over Semmy Schilt, Wanderlei Silva ran through Hiromitsu Kanehara and Hidehiko Yoshida took a technical submission victory over Don “The Predator” Frye.

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