Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Exhibition Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 29, 2000
Date Finished: October 1, 2000
Format: Round-robin pools, winner of each pool advanced to single-elimination tournament.
The two co-favorites were Russian [Adam Saytiyev] and Cuban [Yoel Romero]. Both were World Champions in 1999, Romero in this class and Saytiyev as a middleweight. Saytiyev had also won three consecutive European Championships coming into Sydney. They dominated the competition, moving into the knockout round and meeting each other in the final. The final was expected to be close, but Saytiyev moved ahead 7-1, and then pinned Romero with only 44 seconds left in the match.
Both continued to have interesting careers post-Sydney. Saytiyev won the 2002 World and the 2006 European Championships. Romero won silver medals at the 2002 and 2005 Worlds, and a gold medal at the 2004 Pan American Games. In 2007 he defected to Germany and then took up mixed martial arts as a professional fighter, fighting with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) troupe.
|4||Amir Reza Khadem Azgadhi||30||Iran||IRI|
|5||Charles Burton||26||United States||USA|
|6||Yang Hyeong-Mo||29||South Korea||KOR|
|20||Vincent Aka-Akesse||24||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV||0||0|