426 Date (4/26) of 1998 when Jose "Pele" Landi-Jons fought in the International Vale Tudo Championship 5 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to UFC star Chuck Liddell in his book My Fighting Life the nickname "Pele" comes not because of the famed strikers ability to deliver soccer, or should I say fútbol kicks (he is good at them though), but because of his love for Pele the original, as a kid he never missed one of the soccer star's games.
On this night ten years ago Landi-Jons was busy being a star himself. He started off his night at IVC 5 with a 13:34 TKO of Gerald Taylor in what turned out to be Taylors only professional fight. "Pele" followed it up with another TKO, this time it was previously unbeaten at 7-0, Jorge Pereira in 8:14.
The Brazilian middleweight Land-Jons concluded the evening by winning again. In his third bout he met up with Milton Bahia who'd earlier made his debut with two victories. Now though he was stepping up against "Pele" and this one didn't go so well. Landi-Jons needed only 3:48 to strike Bahia into submission and claim his third win in about as many hours.
When Land-Jons climbed into bed on April 26 of ten years ago he'd just won three fights and possessed a 13-2 record. Over the last ten years Landi-Jons has struggled a bit, especially from '01 to 04 when he went 1-5. As of today his record sits at 23-14 and the veteran is riding a two fight losing streak, but it wasn't that way on April 26, 1998, when Landi-Jons was dropping people left and right.
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