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423 Date (4/23) of 2005 when PRIDE Total Elimination took place at the Osaka Dome in Osaka, Japan. The card served as the opening round for the promotion's middleweight or 205 lb, tournament. It was stacked with great fighters: Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, Vitor Belfort, Yuki Kondo, Kazushi Sakuraba, Quinton Jackson, and many more.

 

The seventh fight of the night pitted "Rampage" Jackson against "Shogun" Rua. Coming into the bout Rua was 8-1 with all his wins had come via (T)KO's from punches to kicks, to stomps, to soccer kicks...simply put, the dude could strike! Jackson was a solid 22-5 and in his previous fight he'd gained a decision over Mauricio's brother, Murilo Rua, and Jackson of course is also known as an expert in the art of putting people to sleep.

 

It seemed almost a forgone conclusion that one of these men would stop the other and it would be spectacular. Turned out to be Rua doing the stopping when at 4:47 of round one he finally finished Jackson by pummeling him in the corner with knees and soccer kicks. It was a dominating performance as for much of the fight Rua held Jackson in a Muay Thai clinch and delivered excruciating knees.

 

So as you can see, "Rampage was rocked on this day three years ago, but he shouldn't feel bad. Rua went on only a few months later to beat Alistair Overeem by TKO and Ricardo Arona by KO to claim the PRIDE 2005 middleweight GP title.

 

And since April 23, 2005 Jackson has not lost! He's stormed through six opponents, and in the process claimed the UFC's light heavyweight belt by TKO'ing Chuck Liddell. He also beat PRIDE belt holder Dan Henderson at UFC 75, so things have been going great for Jackson.

 

Of course now he is starring on TUF season seven opposite of Forrest Griffin and the two will meet on the show's finale. Many think Jackson will win, but let's not forget, Griffin in his last fight was able to stop the very same guy that handed Jackson his last loss, Mauricio Rua.

To read more stories like this and current MMA numbers in the news, the most recent are painful, check out my Sports by the Numbers MMA blog.

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