Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Maruchan, Jan 21, 2015.
Awesome to hear, thought he might retire.
Sadly I think that age has caught up with him, he's still a good grappler but standing he now looks very vulnerable considering he went toe to toe with guys like Melendez, Alvarez and Gomi in his prime years.
His fight with Guida was awesome and it sucks he's been out so long.
Kawajiri has had a lot of wars. Might be too much wear and tear but I hope he's back stronger.
I always thought of Kawajiri as the most accurately rated fighter. He beat everyone you thought he would beat and lost to everyone you thought he would lose to.
Its funny that it was in the later part of his career that he started finishing people again. From the lost to Gomi in 05(?) to the early DREAM events, the vast majority of fights he won were UD's. He was getting better as he was walking into the UFC even though he lost his last match.
UFC has a lot of events, The Crusher deserves to be on some of them.
Also, he always had the worse hair cuts. Like 90's Wesley Snipes bad.
He was fighting lower level/smaller opposition during that run though, prior to that he beat Josh Thompson, JZ(when that ment something), Azeredo, Buscape and gave Melendez and Alvarez very hard tests.
Again I think the big shift is that Kawajiri at his peak was a good striker able to threaten if not beat anyone, today he's really a grappler who looks vulnerable striking with almost everyone.
The anti-zuffa shills made him out to better than he ever was. Prior to his UFC debut he had lost like twice in the last 5 years. If you go read the threads about him signing with the UFC, there's a plethora of idiots claiming he's still a top 5 guy at worst top 10. He comes over and gets beat up by Clay Guida lol. I remember reading dozens of posts in the contenders forum how he was the best wrestler at 145. Just lol. Almost as bad as the Hioki = #2 fw garbage.
I still can't get over all that buzz they made around Hatsu. I was a fan, but it got to a point where I enjoyed watching him lose.
Aldo killer was their final straw.
My friend introduce me to LW JMMA before there was a Pride Bushido. He got signed as a FW to the UFC, I would put him as top 10. It would be 8-10, but top ten none the less. He finished 3-4 fighters at that weight. The Aoki and Gil fights were his only truly embarrassing loses.
He has very little fighting IQ. Throwing with Gomi, trying to heel hook Aoki while being heel hooked, not training in a cage when preping for Gil. I know that in the Japanese culture, sometimes they want to beat you at your own game. That could work some elite fighters, but not Crusher. That said, he deserves a spot.
Kawajiri was a Japanese KenFlo. If they fought in the UFC, KenFlo would win. I talking about there place in the sport, not a match up
hope he does
Hioki was on a great win streak when he came over to the UFC, including a huge win over Marlon Sandro. Edgar was still fighting at LW and Mendes was still developing as a fighter.
That's really the problem though, isn't it? He could have taken down Alvarez and Gomi at will and still decided to take massive punishment in a dogfight. Kawajiri is the classic more-heart-than-brains fighter, a guy who never fully utilized his skill set because once he's in the ring he just becomes a balls to the wall animal willing to fight wherever his opponent wishes. Sexyama is another example.
doubt it. they always say that. then lose or get one lucky win and then it's down hill. either way it's down hill. sad but true rhetoric.
Yeah but Sandro wasn't all that great at the time or ever really. His main claim to fame was being aldo training partner
I agree Sandro was overhyped (some were actually saying he was better than Aldo lol), but Hioki's performance against Sandro was incredible.
To be fair, some pretty good fighters have come to the UFC and been beaten by Guida. This Pettis fella comes to mind.