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420 Date (4/20) of 1995 when Rickson Gracie stopped three Japanese fighters all with rear naked chokes at Vale Tudo Japan 1995. These wins came only about nine months after Rickson had stopped three men in a row at VTJ 1994.

Rickson Gracie has reached legendary status throughout the years. Some claim he has well over 400 wins without a loss. Others claim this is greatly exaggerated. And some claim that the above six wins helped form the PRIDE Fighting Championships.

This last claim might be pretty darn accurate. The Japanese people recognized Rickson Gracie's tremendous ability and eventually, in October of 1997, the first PRIDE was held. It featured Gracie against popular Japanese pro wrestler Nobuhiko Takada in front of near 50,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome. The fight lasted 4:47 with Gracie scoring an armbar victory.

The success of PRIDE 1 launched the promotion and Rickson returned at PRIDE 4 exactly a year later to armbar Takada once again.

Of course PRIDE took off until it was purchased by the UFC (Zuffa) in 2007 and eventual disbanded. It was an exciting promotion, one that the Japanese people and people around the world fell in love with and just maybe 13 years ago today way back in 1995; Rickson Gracie impacted its coming into existence.

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