Pride 5 was the first Pride event to be promoted by new owners, Dream Stage Entertainment. It was held at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall in Nagoya, Japan, on April 29, 1999.
Along with the introduction of new owners, there were a few more changes. This event was the first to officially be called Pride fighting championship, a change from the previous KRS-Pride titles.
This event was also the first ever Pride event to have ringside judges, so fights that go the distance will not be declared a draw, which is what happened in previous events. There were two fights that went the distance, with Igor Vovchanchyn winning the first ever judges decision in Pride.
Inbetween fights there was a Brazilian jui jitsu demonstration with Rickson Gracie and Royler Gracie. A great 4 round display of various grappling moves. While the first two rounds were clearly scripted to show the various moves, the third and fourth rounds were very fast paced and competitive. It ended 3-1 to Rickson Gracie.
The Main event between Nobuhiko Takada and Mark Coleman was shrouded in controversy post-fight, with wide accusations of match fixing. While this fight is widely perceived as "fixed" by the mma community, there has never been any concrete evidence to back up the claims.
|Egan Inoue||Minoru Toyonaga||TKO (Punches)||1||5:53|
|Francisco Bueno||Satoshi Honma||TKO (Punches)||1||4:59|
|Igor Vovchanchyn||Akira Shoji||Unanimous Decision||2||10:00|
|Enson Inoue||Soichi Nishida||Submission (Rear naked choke)||1||0:24|
|Kazushi Sakuraba||Vitor Belfort||Unanimous Decision||2||10:00|
|Nobuhiko Takada||Mark Coleman||Submission (Heel Hook)||2||1:44|