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Renzo vs. Sakuraba: 14 years later, remember one of the most thrilling moments in MMA history

It was August 27, 2000, when Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba faced each other on Pride 10, in Saitama, Japan.

The fight became part of MMA history because of the way it ended.

The Japanese caught the Gracie in a surprising Kimura lock that caused Renzo’s elbow to come out of the socket.

“I was winning the fight up until those last 17 seconds. Then, he surprised me with that lock. I had him on all fours and tried to put the hooks in to take the back. That’s when he stood up and twisted my arm. I remember hearing the ligaments tearing and the arm popping, but not even for a second I though of giving up,” said Renzo, years later in a interview for a documentary on the first 10 years of Pride.

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