Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2 was a mixed martial arts event held by Pride Fighting Championships. It took place at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on November 24, 2002.


Pride 23 DVD cover

DVD cover for Pride 23

Netherlands flag Jerrel Venetiaan vs. Japan flag Hirotaka Yokoi

Hirotaka Yokoi won by Submission (Armbar) over Jerrel Venetiaan at 3:29 in the second round.

United States flag Kevin Randleman vs. Japan flag Kenichi Yamamoto

Kevin Randleman defeated Kenichi Yamamoto by TKO (Knees) 1:16 into the third round.

Brazil flag Ricardo Arona vs. Brazil flag Murilo "Ninja" Rua

In a war between rival academies Brazilian Top Team and Chute Boxe, Ricardo Arona won a three-round unanimous decision over Murilo "Ninja" Rua.

Russia flag Fedor Emelianenko vs. United States flag Heath Herring

Fedor Emelianenko established himself as the #1 contender to the Pride Heavyweight Championship by defeating Heath Herring via TKO. After the end of Round 1, the doctors stopped the fight due to excessive damage to Herring's face.

Brazil flag Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Netherlands flag Semmy Schilt

Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was victorious in a non-title match, forcing Semmy Schilt to submit via triangle choke 6:36 into the first round.

United States flag Don Frye vs. Japan flag Hidehiko Yoshida

1992 Olympic Judo gold medalist Hidehiko Yoshida made his mixed martial arts debut, defeating MMA veteran Don Frye at 5:32 in the first round due to submission (armbar)

Japan flag Nobuhiko Takada vs. Japan flag Kiyoshi Tamura

Kiyoshi Tamura knocked out Nobuhiko Takada (having his retirement fight) one minute into the second round.

France flag Gilles Arsene vs. Japan flag Kazushi Sakuraba

Sakuraba defeated Arsene via armbar at 2:08 into the third round.

Pride FC Middleweight Championship: Japan flag Hiromitsu Kanehara vs. Brazil flag Wanderlei Silva

Wanderlei Silva successfully defended the Pride Middleweight Championship, defeating Hiromitsu Kanehara by TKO after 3:40 of action. Kanehara's corner threw in the towel as he was being punished on the ground with kicks and stomps.

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