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How good was Guy Mezger?

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  1. thewilks Blue Belt

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    One of the first complete fighters with a legit kickboxing pedigree and solid ground work, who I like to dub "The Great Almost"....In some bizarro, alternate universe where Guy Mezger was on the other side of some controversial split decisions, and some violent exchanges that got the better of him in our dimension, Guy Mezger might have a LHW GOAT record with wins over Wand, Chuck, Arona, and Sakuraba. Some of his accomplishments...

    -King of Pancrase Openweight Champ
    -UFC 13 Tournament Winner
    -Notable wins include Tito Ortiz, Masakatsu Funaki, Yuki Kondo, Semmy Schilt.
    -Controversial Losses Sakuraba (Bullshit), Wand Silva (illegal headbutt), Lil Nog (controversial SD), Ricardo Arona (controversial SD).


    Thoughts?

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  2. Randy Fandy Fo Fanders I’m gonna take my pants off and kick your ass.

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    i'm not your friend, Guy.
     
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  3. SeattleFightFan Steel Belt

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    He may have been right - or at least not wrong - in the Sakuraba debacle, but it sure hurt him on the PR front. And IMO he never recovered from it, fanbase-wise.

    But he was one of the best in the practically pioneer days. Good shit. I just wiki’d to confirm some things and he fought 11x between the Tito fights - mostly Pancrase with their atypical rule set. That rule set probably didn’t help him with his later UFC fights.
     
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  4. Benoitthegr8 Bum Life Practitioner Platinum Member

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    Guy was skilled, just had shit luck and even a shittier team Captain
     
  5. Thepaintbucket Gold Belt

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    Hard to say. Dude fought in one of the craziest eras at LHW
     
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  6. Dutchbawz Blue Belt

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    He is one of the best guys ever
     
  7. Royce's Gi OKAMI HUGE MW-Belt Double Yellow Card

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    Shammy told him not to continue VS Saku

    Shammy said No, we'll do one round since Mezger is injured!

     
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  8. IDGETKTFO White Belt

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    It was so long ago i carely remember him, but from what ive seen, he seemed like a pretty good Guy.
     
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    He had some sick techniques but usually kept it simple and safe...Id probably call him a robotic fighter.

    A few minutes into the fight, his opponent pretty much knew what was coming.
     
  10. AmericanMMA Brown Belt

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    Mezger/Saku truly was one of the biggest bullshit things I have ever witnessed in MMA. Pride should be ashamed for it.

    Mezger was solid.
     
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    Much better than he gets credit for. Mezger was really well rounded.
     
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  12. muaythaidon1 Blue Belt

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    Great Guy, never medim.
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    A real pioneer
     
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    i'm not your guy, buddy
     
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    Guy is a badass :)
     
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    He wrote a great book on kick boxing that I read.
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    A true OG. Very good fighter as well. Being a fighter back then was a totally different beast..from training, to nutrition, rules, weight divisions....just grueling.
     
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    Tito got screwed in their first fight. He had Mezger in a really bad position and Big John broke them up which gave Mezger a nice break and a fresh start on the feet
     
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    IMO one of the more underrated guys from that era and the victim of a lot of bad luck.

    Was beating Sakuraba and should have won a decision but Pride tried to pull some shenanigans and he was forced out by Shamrock.

    Was doing good against Wand but Silva purposely rocked him with a headbutt and got the KO.

    Had very close, controversial losses against two top 5 LHWs of the time in Lil Nog and Arona. I personally thought he won both fights.

    I really believe that 2001-2002 Metzger was peak Metzger, so in a sense he retired at his peak.
     
  20. thewilks Blue Belt

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    I let it slide since Guy broke his hand in the fight before and continued on in the tournament. But yeah Tito was beating that ass. Guy was probably also realistically a 185er, like Frank.
     
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