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Old 11-20-2008, 11:44 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Just no..
Just yes.

Anyone without major love for Saku has something wrong with them IMO. It's like people who don't like Bas.

He just seemed to pick up the sport and put it all together so naturally. Hi career and list of wins is impressive enough before you even consider that he was at a noticeable size disadvantage in pretty much every fight.

I just wish he'd retire after beating Tamura; I've still got Saku faith.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:51 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Sakuraba is without a doubt one of the greatest fighters to have ever walked the planet.

This thread really made my day. It's been a while since we discussed the legend that is Kazushi Sakuraba.
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Old 11-20-2008, 11:52 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Man, i love Saku like family. On more than one occasion his fights have brought tears to my eyes, i am seriously and emotionally invested in the guy. haha. but, and it's a big but, there is no way i consider him the best to ever fight in the sport.

First off, there have been fighters -- most notably Rampage -- who have outright stated they were asked to lose to him by Pride officials. It's hard to elevate a fighter to the best ever what that sort of stigma hangs over his record.

Secondly, heart simply does not equate to skill and while Saku possesses a ton of natural skill... his biggest asset is his unbreakable will.

Long live Saku... but no, he is not the best ever.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Saku was a lot more than just heart, though. We're talking about a guy who put it all together. It's not like he's the Arturo Gatti of MMA. That's no knock on Gatti, as I love the guy, but Sakuraba wasn't this punching bag.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:04 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Sure, he was more than heart. He had great skills, unorthodox maneuvers which entertained and were effective, a superb fight IQ and the love of fans worldwide. However, as for not being a punching bag... i would not, but i think Wand might take exception to that.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:08 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Not the highest level of fighter we have seen but certainly one of the all time greats.
I would love to make a time machine and go back to stop him fighting the much bigger guys who whooped him so hard. That and not let him take up smoking.
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Old 11-20-2008, 01:17 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Yeah, it would be great to go back in time and tell Saku to fight guys his size. Take on guys like Pele, Tamura, etc. Stay the hell away from Wanderlei Silva.

How much fun would a Sakuraba vs Ninja fight be? Total ground battle. We never did get to see Henderson vs Saku, which would've been fun in 2001.
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Watching him fight was like watching a child playing. Beautiful.
He and josh barnett showed me that there is more to catch wrestling than meets the eye.
My fav video of him:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0nltcFB4kI

PS:He was a chain smoker?
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Sakuraba was cool, didnt he invent the cartwheel guard pass or the double punch to the head from the guard, he tooled alot of fighters and had a great roundhouse kick.great kimura from the standup too, he could break anybodys grip that had him from behind. awesome shootwrestler
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