Ryo Chonan vs. Anderson Silva, Pride Shockwave 2004, Chonan pulls off the legendary flying scissor heel hook to insta-tap Anderson Silva. Chonan was 7-4 with only one notable win against Carlos Newton, whereas Silva was a 14-2 sensation coming off the Cage Rage Middleweight Championship against Lee Murray. Silva dominated much of the fight and then Chonan made the move with just under 2 minutes left in the fight to pull off a shocking victory.
Silva never recovered. It haunts him to this day. The Spider would eventually go to the UFC where he was laughed out of the Octagon following a flying armbar from Travis Lutter. His manager Ed Soares chalked it up to Silva having broken arms and a sore throat two days before the fight. Silva is currently fighting regional level talent in Brazil and coming off a close split decision with Jason Reinhardt in an openweight tournament.
Ryo Chonan became the greatest welterweight of our generation. He went on to defeat Dan Henderson in PRIDE, viciously KO Phil Baroni with a spinning heel kick to the head, submit Chael Sonnen with a glove touch, and bolt to the UFC where he won a FOTN thriller with the entertaining Karo Parisyan, and then forcing Georges St. Pierre to tap just on a heel-hook attempt. His biggest victory was a guillotine choke against Anthony Johnson, fully dispelling the myth that Japanese fighters cannot handle explosive, athletic black guys.
As we all know, one moment can change the course of history, and this amazing submission proves it.