Results from
PRIDE 26: Bad to the Bone

By Mark Ginther

PRIDE 26: Bad to the Bone
June 8, 2003
Yokohama Arena
Pride 26 was full of surprises: The Japanese fighters, generally the underdogs showed some talent tonight as two out of the three competing won their matches against favored opponents. Kazuhiro Hamanaka, of Takada Dojo, in his MMA debut, won a unanimous decision against Nino Schembri, and Daiju Takase defeated Anderson Silva with a triangle choke in the first round. Even Kazuyuki Fujita, whom no one expected to give Fedor any trouble, stunned Fedor with a hook that had him momentarily out on his feet.

Frye vs. Coleman was one of the most highly anticipated bouts of the night, but failed to live up to its promise and was rather uneventful. Coleman blamed himself for the lack of action, saying that he felt he fought too conservatively because he needed the win.

Herring, after a seven-month absence was quickly dispatched by Cro Cop in dramatic fashion, folding Herring over with a round kick to the midsection and then taking him to the ground and pounding him until the ref stopped it.

The results:
  • Kazuhiro Hamanaka defeats Nino Schembri by unanimous decision.
  • Daiju Takase defeats Anderson Silva by triangle choke 8:33 into the first round.
  • Alistair Overeem submits Mike Bencic 3:44 into the first round with strikes.
  • Quinton Jackson submits Ilioukhine Mikhali by submission 6:26 into the first round with strikes.
  • Mark Coleman wins a unanimous decision over Don Frye.
  • Mirko Filipovic TKOs Heath Herring 3:17 into the first round.
  • Emelianenko Fedor defeats Kazuyuki Fujita by rear naked choke (sleeper hold) 4:17 into the first round.

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