Shogun Rua vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira
We go back to Pride Critical Countdown 2005 for the penultimate entry into the list of incredible fights you probably forgot about to bring you Shogun Rua vs. Antônio Rogério Nogueira.
Long gone are the days of Pride Fighting Championship but we are still left with some of that era’s most amazing fighters. Both Shogun and Nogueira have made quite the careers for themselves after leaving the Japanese owned promotion. But nothing will ever compare to the glory days of Pride Fighting.
After defeating Nogueira in the quarterfinals, Shogun went on to win the middleweight tournament and was generally considered the best 205-pound fighter in the world for several years.