Event: Pride Final Conflict 11/9/2003
Winner: Nogueira
Winning Move : Armbar

Fedor was injured that year so Pride matched up Crocop and Nogueira for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Crocop, a feared striker, was undefeated and hinted, in retrospect, that he was looking past Nogueira. It should come as no surprise that he was taken to the ground and submitted by armbar. As always Nogueira survived some horrific punishment to secure the victory and become the champ.