A Deadliest Warrior Horseback Matchup: Crazy Horse Faces Off Against Pancho Villa

June 2, 2011

What happens when two great leaders from the same era come to blows with one other? A battle unlike any you've ever heard of before. Deadliest Warrior Season 3 has Crazy Horse taking on Pancho Villa!

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Crazy Horse, a Native American warrior, holy man, and patriot, was born in 1840 near the Black Hills of South Dakota into the Oglala subtribe of the Lakota people. Nicknamed "Curly" and "Light-Haired Boy" because of his physical features, he soon was able to shed these nicknames and prove that he was indeed a warrior as he started leading decoys in battles, most notably during the Fetterman Massacre and Platte Bridge battles. As the years passed throughout the mid-1800s, Crazy Horse's image as a courageous warrior grew and his tales were told to more and more Lakota People, until 1865 where he was finally labeled as Chief of the Oglala Lakota. The Battle of the Little Bighorn was perhaps Crazy Horse's most famed battle, where he was among several major war leaders. In 1877 he died at the hands of an American army soldier's bayonet, when trying to escape imprisonment. Crazy Horse's spirit was never broken, his legend never died, and he is without a doubt one of the most revered and iconic Native American tribal leaders in history.

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Pancho Villa was one of the most important generals during the Mexican Revolution. Born in 1878 as José Doroteo Arango Arámbula to a peasant family in Durango, Mexico, he grew up tending to his parents farm. He quickly fled his home and took the life of a Bandit, under the guidance of a notorious Durango bandit at the time, Ignacio Parra. Throughout the years he was caught and imprisoned but always found his way out – either because he simply escaped or due to his influential connections. In 1910 a crooked election landed dictator Porfirio Díaz in power, and that's when reformist politician Francisco I. Madero called for Mexicans to revolt. As Villa showcased his leadership and combat skills, he was named Colonel. After Madero was caught and executed, Mexican military officer Victoriano Huerta took over power and this is when Villa joined other revolutionary leaders to fight back in 1914 during The Battle of Zacatecas – a huge win for the revolutionaries. Unfortunately, ties between Villa and other revolutionary leaders started to weaken, conflicts arose, and fights broke out, so there was never a true stable government unifying the groups of revolutionaries. Although he retired in 1920 from his revolutionary activities, his retirement was short-lived because in 1923 Villa was gunned down in a car. Pancho Villa was a hero to some, a villain to others, but definitely a piece of Mexican history that no one will forget.

Crazy Horse and Pancho Villa join George Washington vs. Napoleon Bonaparte , US Army Rangers vs. North Korean Special Operations Force, Genghis Khan vs. Hannibal, Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot, and Joan of Arc vs. William the Conqueror as the officially announced matchups for Deadliest Warrior Season 3. Our next matchup will be revealed Tuesday, June 7, so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the up-to-the-minute info. Until then, let us know who would win this great battle, Crazy Horse or Pancho Villa? Don't forget to vote below!

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