Past or Present: Who is the Sakuraba of the USA?

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  1. the ambush

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    Past or Present: Who is the USA version of Kazushi Sakuraba? He was a fan favorite and beloved hero in Japan. I cannot create a poll, some All-American fighters are below. I think Hughes is the closest thing we've ever seen.


    Matt Hughes
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    Randy Couture
    "Captain America", "The Natural"
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    Dan Henderson
    "Hendo", "Hollywood", "Dangerous"
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    Chael P. Sonnen
    "The American Gangster"
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    i go with hendo
     
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  4. grooves12

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    Based on his following and reputation I have to go with Couture. Hendo is close, but Couture seems to be beloved by everyone.
     
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  7. ironfist05

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    randy or maybe Hughes

    Hendo made his name in UFC tournaments and Rings tournaments when nobody really knew about them

    I think Sherk and Franklin deserve a mention too
     
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    There will never be another Sakuraba.
     
  9. Quarthon

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    Im thinking Hendo because out of the list he's the only one who can take a beating like Sakuraba did and still submit guys.
     
  10. donfryeismyhero

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    Well done sir. Personally though, I think of Hendo as the most popular American fighter.
     
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    Uhh what? Hendo knocks people out.
     
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    Randy.

    I dont think its even close. Couture is a LHW and a HW, and his career while being great is not void of losses and neither is Sakuraba's.

    Couture started a lil later than Saku, and he wasn't a big star until later but their career's seem the most similar and both are pretty well respected.
     
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    No fighter from the US approaches the folk hero status of Saku in Japan and on these boards.
     
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    I think he meant arguably get outgrappled and still win a bunch of fights by decision during most of his early career
     
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    Hendo smaller than his compitition, incredible heart and talent.
     
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