Deadliest Warrior: Aztec Jaguar vs. Zande Warrior pitted two of the most exotic warriors yet to appear in the series. While most people have heard of the Aztecs, not too many people have heard of the Zande, once the terror of Central Africa.
Spoilers surely follow.
The Aztec Jaguars, called so because of their habit of wearing jaguar pelts over their cotton armor, were the elite, ritual warriors of the Aztec Empire. They helped to establish a pre Columbian empire that dominated Mexico and most of Central America. The Aztec Jaguars main mission was to grab as many victims as possible to have their hearts cut out by priests on top of pyramids to appease the blood thirsty Aztec gods.
The Aztec Jaguars were also mowed down in droves by Cortez when the Spaniards came. That is another story.
Since the Aztecs did not know the use of metal, they used weapons primarily of obsidian, a volcanic glass substance that was incredibly sharp. The Aztec weapons consisted of a spear and spear thrower, a wooden sword with an obsidian edge, an obsidian knife that was also used as an instrument of sacrifice, and a sling.
The Zande are less known, being an African warrior tribe which knew its zenith in the 19th century. They were fierce warriors, depicted often as not bush whacking Arab slave traders. The Zande territory at once time stretched from Southern Sudan to the Congo.
The Zande were armed with a whicker shield and a variety of iron weapons, including a bow with poison tipped arrows, a spear, a curious kind of throwing knife with odd shaped blades, and a hand held sickle like blade. The Zande battle cry was also unique: “Yum Yum! Yum Yum!” to illustrate their reputation of being cannibals.
One of the interesting aspects of the portion of the show where ballistic gel dummies and animal carcasses get abused was the simulation of an Aztec sacrificial ritual, where a heart is cut out of a living body and presented to the howling masses at the foot of the pyramid. One was also surprised at the stopping power of the cotton shirt that the Aztec jaguar used as body armor.
In the final combat, the overall superiority of the Zande weapons won the day. The Zande was able to hit the Aztec at long and mid range to wear him down before going into the kill. While the obsidian sword was deadly and could have finished the combat had the Aztec gotten in a good cut, the Zande barbed spear finished the Aztec, ripping out his insides.
Source: Blood on the Sand: Aztec vs. Zande, Mari Shapiro, Spike TV, May 11th, 2010