Easter Sunday in Brazil is a day for kids to eat chocolate. In Brazil, “chocolate” can also mean an astounding victory, a soccer drubbing, when the opposing team doesn’t even see the color of the ball, and the victor has his way.
In homage of the date, GRACIEMAG.com picked 10 “chocolates” from MMA history. Savor in moderation.
10) José Mario Sperry vs Igor Vovchanchyn, 2001
At Pride, Zé Mario made the task of facing the feared Ukrainian seem easy.
9) Yoshihisa Yamamoto vs Mark Kerr, 2004
All-powerful fighter from the past Mark Kerr lost by diving headfirst into the ground. The most famous knockout in MMA.
8) Alexander Emelianenko vs James Thompson, 2004
In the Pride ring, anyone who judges by the face doesn’t see the heart.
7) BJ Penn vs Diego Sanchez, 2009
The dominant and bloody win from the Hawaiian at UFC 107.
6) Royce Gracie vs Ken Shamrock, 1993
At UFC 1, technique overcame physical prowess.
5) Matt Hughes vs Royce Gracie, 2006
Now at UFC 60, prowess overcame technique.
4) Vitor Belfort vs David “Tank” Abbott, 1998
The “Phenom” is born at a time when no Jiu-Jitsu fighter had such quick hands.
3) Wanderlei Silva vs Kazushi Sakuraba, 2001
Saku seemed to be unbeatable. He seemed to be.
2) Fedor Emelianenko vs Tim Sylvia, 2008
In 36 seconds, a walk in the park from the Russian at Affliction.
1) Anderson Silva vs Forrest Griffin, 2009
The chocolate freshest in the memory of MMA fans, perhaps of sports fans in general.