Awards Now introducing the newest inductee into the Hall of [email protected]#$%&g Awesome: Genki Sudo!

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Does Genki Sudo belong in the Hall of [email protected]#$%&g Awesome?

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  1. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    BY BEN DUFFY
    JAN 12, 2020

    Headquartered in scenic Woodloch, Texas, the Mixed Martial Arts Hall of [email protected]#$%&g Awesome (HOFA for short) commemorates the achievements of those fighters who, while they might not be first-ballot selections for a traditional hall of fame, nonetheless did remarkable things in the cage or ring, and deserve to be remembered. The HOFA enshrines pioneers, one-trick ponies and charming oddballs, and celebrates them in all their imperfect glory. While the HOFA selection committee’s criteria are mysterious and ever-evolving, the final test is whether the members can say, unanimously and with enthusiasm, “____________ was [email protected]#$%&g awesome!”

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    “I can’t decide which I like better, fighting or dancing. I think dancing."Genki Sudo

    THE PITCH: Fighter. Dancer. Godfather of the spectacle walkout. Musician. Actor. Author. Coach. Activist. Senator. In an era in which the label “renaissance man” is thrown around too easily, Sudo has played so many roles so convincingly and moved between them so seamlessly—often juggling several at once—that he redefines the term.

    Coming up in the late 1990s in Pancrase, Sudo rode the early wave of Japan’s kakutogi boom and in many ways exemplified the unique aesthetic of early-2000s Japanese MMA, where professional wrestling-style showmanship, over-the-top burlesque production values and serious martial arts spirit combined to form a strange, glorious whole. Sudo managed to embody all three. He championed the fighter walkout as a form of entertainment in its own right, elevating it to heights that even kindred spirit Kazushi Sakuraba would be hard-pressed to match. His in-ring performances bordered on performance art, as well; one moment, Sudo might be dancing away from his opponent with his back turned, while in the next, he might throw out a technique so preposterous that it was difficult to believe it had been executed on a non-cooperating opponent in a no-holds-barred fight. More on that later.

    However, Sudo’s awesomeness springs not only from the sheer entertainment value he brought to the ring but from the competitive excellence that quietly accompanied and reinforced it like the dark metal framework holding up a million-watt jumbotron. True to the anything-goes spirit of the place and time, Sudo once fought a man two and a half times his size in 400-pound Eric “Butterbean” Esch, yet in between taking circus sideshow matches, dancing his way down the ramp in kabuki masks and pulling off pro wrestling spots on resisting opponents, Sudo also managed to hang losses on real, live fighters, including future champions Nate Marquardt, Mike Thomas Brown and Hiroyuki Takaya. While his results were mixed when he came up against the best of the best, Sudo racked up his career mark of 15-4-2 primarily in Pancrase and K-1 when they were among the top organizations in the world for lighter weight classes, and it is worth noting that his 2-1 UFC mark features two definitive submission wins over Brown and Leigh Remedios against one controversial split decision loss to Duane Ludwig.

    Read more at https://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/The-MMA-Hall-of-F3637g-Awesome-Genki-Sudo-168295





    So what do you think? Is Genki Sudo a deserving member of the Hall of F-ing Awesome?
     
  2. smooth assassin Brown Belt

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    If he isn’t than no one is
     
  3. Reign009 Not sure if serious.

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    Yes! War Sudo. (But not literally because he said, "We are all one!")


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  4. Mr. Jamie Cee Green Belt

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    I can get on board with this. Hespect.
     
  5. GordoBarraBJJ Titanium Belt

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    Yet Jens Pulver is still getting the cold shoulder (was a champ and actually defended his title).
     
  6. Heelhook71 Purple Belt

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    I’m surprised he wasn’t added earlier than this
     
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    01 - Genki Sudo vs Takayuki Kohiruimaki [K-1 WORLD MAX Japan Elimination] 1.gif 01 - Genki Sudo vs Takayuki Kohiruimaki [K-1 WORLD MAX Japan Elimination] 2.gif 02 - Genki Sudo vs Kim Jingwu [K-1 WORLD MAX 2002] 2.gif 08 - Genki Sudo vs Craig Oxley [Pancrase – Trans 6] 2.gif 18 - Genki Sudo vs Hiroyuki Takaya [K-1 – Hero's 3] 1.gif 18 - Genki Sudo vs Hiroyuki Takaya [K-1 – Hero's 3] 2.gif Genki Sudo vs Kazuyuki Myiata [K-1 – Hero's 3] 2.gif ropes genki.gif watch me Genki Sudo vs Duane Ludwig [UFC 42 – Sudden Impact] 1.gif watch me Genki Sudo vs Duane Ludwig [UFC 42 – Sudden Impact] 2.gif
     
  9. UFCBlackbelt Green Belt

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    I will say- super entertaining but really did not do much remarkably in the ufc at least.
     
  10. Credo Proper Gold

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    Legend of the sport/awesomeness, no doubt.
     
  11. Drugstore Cowboy

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    Lightweight GOAT

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    great choice. I'd watch an event just for his entrance.
     
  14. TallGHunter Brown Belt

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    great choice. I'd watch an event just for his entrance.
     
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    great choice. I'd watch an event just for his entrance.
     
  16. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    great choice. I'd watch an event just for his entrance.
     
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    great choice. I'd watch an event just for his entrance.
     
  18. JayPettryMMA Danger Zone Aficionado Staff Member Sherdog.com Staff

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    The bolded is why he probably won't be an inductee to the HOFA. I can't speak to the commissioner of the franchise, but as a prospective participating committee member I know that champs in major organizations are not usually included in the HOFA discussion -- it's part of the criteria, posthumous inductions notwithstanding. But we do agree, Pulver should be inducted into the UFC HOF.
     
  19. Sweater of AV Gold Belt

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    Nope. He was ok a fighter nothing more .
     

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