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Date 3/25 of 2001 when PRIDE 13 Collision Course was held at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The fight card saw a host of great fighters who now compete in the UFC: Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Heath Herring, and Mark Coleman.

 In the third fight of the night Heath Herring submitted Denis Sobolev with a keylock in only 0:22. In the fourth, Dan Henderson needed a little bit longer, 1:40, to KO Renzo Gracie. The fifth fight featured Mark Coleman as he took only 1:19 to TKO Allan Goes. And finally, the last fight of the night saw Wanderlei Silva TKO Kazushi Sakuraba at 1:38.

All four of the victors of seven years ago are now under contract with the UFC:

Heath Herring beat the tough Frenchman Cheick Kongo at UFC 82 and then asked Bud Light (the UFC's new sponsor) to send him to Iraq again to visit the troops. The win improved Herring to 28-13.

Dan Henderson also fought at UFC 82, for the middleweight belt, but suffered a loss to the great Anderson Silva. The loss dropped Henderson to 22-7.

Wanderlei Silva last fought at UFC 79 where he lost a close decision in the much anticipated fight with Chuck Liddell. The decision dropped Silva to 31-8-1.

Mark Coleman, who is 15-8 and last fought in 2006 against Fedor Emelianenko, is returning to the UFC. It was announced at UFC 82, a night when he was inducted into the UFC hall of fame, that Coleman would fight Brock Lesnar in Minnesota at UFC 87.

Now back to PRIDE 13 on 3/25/2001, it was a great show, but of course the promotion was pumping out one great event after another back then. PRIDE 13 was the first where these four guys fought on the same card. Coleman, Herring, and Silva were PRIDE veterans, but Henderson was a relative newcomer. PRIDE 13 was his second time with the promotion. In his first Wanderlei Silva handed him his first loss.

On that March night seven years ago fans at the Super Arena, which by the way is amazing in and of itself with its moving section of 9,000 seats, got to see six stoppages, two decisions, and a great night of fighting.

Surely none of them at the time could have foreseen that the winners of the four fastest fights of the night would be making waves in the UFC seven years into the future. Especially because the UFC was still standing on wobbly legs in '01! But they are, all big names, and all making waves, and seven years ago today they all climbed through the ropes at PRIDE 13.

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