How do you rate Kazushi Sakuraba?

Discussion in 'Worldwide MMA Discussion' started by Homervanderjaz, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. n...not crazy

    n...not crazy Silver Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Messages:
    10,147
    Likes Received:
    6,774
    Needs more tattoos and 80 IQ trash talk. Dana would cut him.
     
  2. JohnMandick

    JohnMandick Interim Saku belt

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2003
    Messages:
    7,429
    Likes Received:
    7,706
    Location:
    Smoking out back with Sak.
    "In fact, professional wrestling is strong."

    Also technically he is a UFC champion.
     
    josh345 and Typrune Goatley like this.
  3. OneManOrgy

    OneManOrgy Dude Yellow Card

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    1,763
    Likes Received:
    4,622
    Location:
    Canada
    A picture that will forever be remembered, and shows that this man would have died fighting in front of his people.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. TheNinja

    TheNinja Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Messages:
    16,750
    Likes Received:
    13,122
    Location:
    East Bay, Cali
    As others have said. He's a legend and had crazy heart.

    To his own detriment he fought guys that were WAY bigger than him. He took a lot of punishment. If he fought today against guys his size I have to think he'd be a contender in the MW division (possibly WW but most Japanese guys don't like to or didn't cut much weight I don't believe).
     
    Typrune Goatley likes this.
  5. Doctor Grudge

    Doctor Grudge Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2007
    Messages:
    854
    Likes Received:
    99
    Rampage was green as hell in 2001. He pretty much had only fought cans up to that point and had no jiu jitsu.
     
  6. robdogj

    robdogj White Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2008
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    69
    Also I believe he took that fight on short notice as well. Still you can't hate on Sakuraba for defeated Rampage. An argument could be made that Rampage fought a good fight & gassed out. The only questionable fight I have for Sakuraba is the one vs Vitor Belfort.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
  7. EndlessCritic

    EndlessCritic Gold Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2013
    Messages:
    21,960
    Likes Received:
    16,642
    He didn't look like he had no jiujitsu in that fight. It was a back and forth war, with Rampage slamming his way out of multiple triangles and armbars, before ultimately giving up his back in a scramble.
     
    Typrune Goatley likes this.
  8. trentkelp

    trentkelp Green Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,467
    Likes Received:
    666
    He was a Alcoholic (most Japanese are) and an average fighter.
     
  9. gono btw

    gono btw Rounds...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2018
    Messages:
    11,828
    Likes Received:
    16,545
    Typrune Goatley and robdogj like this.
  10. gono btw

    gono btw Rounds...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2018
    Messages:
    11,828
    Likes Received:
    16,545
    Rampage kneebar 1.gif Rampage kneebar 2.gif Rampage kneebar 3.gif
     
  11. manboy<3

    manboy<3 don't card me bro

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2015
    Messages:
    1,567
    Likes Received:
    2,116
    Location:
    Weaboo World
    Sakuraba was a Smoker, an Alchoholic and Onahole user..

    I met him backstage in PRIDE and he told me all this, he also said that PRIDE were fixing fights
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2020
    robdogj likes this.
  12. Jack Stevonovich

    Jack Stevonovich Black Belt

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2018
    Messages:
    6,333
    Likes Received:
    8,606
    people should probably be copying his kimura prowess. There are a lot of opportunities to use them if people were as good as them as Saku.
     
  13. Sonnyboi83

    Sonnyboi83 Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2009
    Messages:
    1,800
    Likes Received:
    626
    Fan's favourite! Ultimate entertainer/showman. Missed his fight entrances
     
    Typrune Goatley and gono btw like this.
  14. gono btw

    gono btw Rounds...

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2018
    Messages:
    11,828
    Likes Received:
    16,545
    Fighters like SAKU G. or Tamura had a specific skill set tailored to a specific Fight Configuration & Scorin´System.
     
    Typrune Goatley and DayV like this.
  15. Stoic1

    Stoic1 Boogaloo Time

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2005
    Messages:
    13,811
    Likes Received:
    16,537
    Location:
    USA!USA!USA!
    Haters have arrived. Great. I always want to hear what the TUF noobs think about the pioneers.
     
    JohnMandick, dnmb and Typrune Goatley like this.
  16. vladimirvlad

    vladimirvlad MMA is my life

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2019
    Messages:
    387
    Likes Received:
    218
    Location:
    Belgrade
    best Japanese fighter ever... maybe he'd have a good chance at Bellator, in UFC I doubt he can defeat some serious names like GSP...
     
  17. tehMoose

    tehMoose Black Belt

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2017
    Messages:
    5,527
    Likes Received:
    8,500
    BS

    GSP would never win against roided Vitor, Randleman, Rampage...He was stopped by a LW manlet

    Saku would smash GSP
     
    Typrune Goatley and gono btw like this.
  18. Mentallooser

    Mentallooser Brown Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2010
    Messages:
    2,642
    Likes Received:
    1,218
    A fighter of his era that was able to put a multitude of skills together in order to be one of the more complete fighters. He had an absolute warrior's spirit, even if he didn't have the soul of an athlete. He was exactly as gracious in victory as defeat, and had no business being competitive with the people he was.

    He showed the whole world that the Gracie mystique was an illusion, and that excellent grappling could be learned elsewhere. He also smoked like a chimney which I think is remarkable.
     
    Richard Fannin and trendnick like this.
  19. trendnick

    trendnick Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Messages:
    902
    Likes Received:
    148
    Location:
    germany/greece
    Absolute Legend.
     
    Typrune Goatley likes this.
  20. dissectingaorticaneurysm

    dissectingaorticaneurysm Red Belt

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2019
    Messages:
    7,729
    Likes Received:
    19,573
    [​IMG]
    Two old legends giving it one more go. This was a nice sendoff.
     
    Typrune Goatley likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.