MMA Flashback 2004: Sean Sherk makes his PRIDE debut against Ryuki Ueyama

Part 1: Sean Sherk vs. Ryuki Ueyama


The year was 2004. At this point, Japan’s PRIDE Fighting Championships had been putting on several events a year for over six years, and they had began a new series of shows entitled “PRIDE – Bushido.”

On Feb. 15, 2004, “PRIDE – Bushido 2” took place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Wanderlei Silva was on his legendary win streak in PRIDE and was fighting Ikuhisa Minowa in the main event. Also fighting on the card was Shogun, Gomi, Sakurai, Cro Cop, Mario Sperry, and Yushin Okami.

Along with the some of the biggest names in PRIDE history on the card, was a 30-year-old American by the name of Sean Sherk, who was making his PRIDE debut. By this time, Sherk had already been fighting professionally for nearly five years and was on an incredible run of 21-1-1.

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Ao Hailin remains undefeated at “Art of War 15” in Beijing – full results

Art of War 15 - 11-28-09
Art of War 15 - 11-28-09

“Art of War 15: Ueyama vs. Aohailin” took place Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China. The main event saw undefeated submission expert Ao Hai Lin (6-0) continue his win streak by out-pointing the much more experienced¬†Ryuki Ueyama (10-13-4), and taking home a tough fought unanimous decision victory. It was the first time in Ao Hai Lin’s professional career that anyone had ever taken him the distance, or even past the first round for that matter.

“Art of War 15” had a significance for the promotion beyond the fights themselves. For the first time, the Chinese MMA organization implemented a new judging system that would prevent fights that go the distance from automatically being ruled a draw. Art of War’s Chief U.S. Representative, Al Yu, spoke to ProMMA.info about the new system:

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