what are the biggest fights in Japan history?

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  1. eseseses681

    eseseses681 Purple Belt

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    You know Randy Couture (then the 3rd-ranked heavyweight) vs. Brock Lesnar (2-1 as a professional) broke a million pay-per-view buys? And Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock III was the highest-rated fight in American history before Kimbo Slice came along? And that the only reason the UFC's not an organization that went bankrupt 11-years ago is cuz' they made a reality show that was like a shitty version of Big Brother?
    We Americans really only care about rankings.
    It's also moronic to think the false-stereotype of the Japanese being completely fad-obsessed acted in anything more than a tertiary capacity (at best) regarding this sport's post-2007 Japanese-recession.
     
  2. skylolow

    skylolow Silver Belt

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    Everyone knows the UFC/MMA in America has had some highly rated shows with more cultural type figures. But the UFC can knock it out of the park with just good match ups now on a regular basis and have for years. UFC now makes stars that cross over into mainstream culture. JMMA can't and never have been able to do that. Yet so many people think there is this massive hotbed of fans that can support MMA there and it just really isn't there and that is why its very hard to think Rizin is really going to be around long term. I hope they are but the hardcore fans base is small and nobody has to really be able grow the fan base.
     
  3. norsuu

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    big nog vs cc
    fedor vs big nog 3
    barnett vs big nog 1 & 2
    fedor vs cc
    hunt vs wand
    Sergei vs big nog
    and much more...
    anyone knows if these exist in good quality? i thought they only exist in 500x300fps..:(
     
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  4. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Disarming Posting

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    Japan at its peak I'v say was very much a two tier sport in terms of draw, you had the consistant interest in guys like Crocop, Wanderlei, etc and then you had the massive casual interest in guys like Yoshida and Sapp.

    Yoshida vs Ogawa was basically like Brock fighting Kurt Angel in MMA.
     
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  5. Oshime2

    Oshime2 you were too beautiful for this world

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    Takanohana vs Chiyonofuji in sumo, 54.5 million viewers

    From Wikipedia:
    "In the following tournament in May 1991 [Takanohana] defeated veteran yokozuna Chiyonofuji in a match watched by 44 percent of the Japanese population on TV."

    According to Google, the population of Japan in 1991 was 123.9 million people.
     
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  6. The Reed

    The Reed Red Belt

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    Had no idea Bobby Ologun was such a draw, it all makes sense now.
     
  7. ThunderL1ps

    ThunderL1ps Black Belt

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    Come on you amateurs.

    Ali vs. Inoki.
     
  8. JacJeanFinger

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    Yeah, rating limited to working adults, not women, children and elderly has Inoki winning
     
  9. Idonotbelieveit

    Idonotbelieveit winning

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    Saku vs royce
     
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    Idonotbelieveit winning

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    Sakuraba is the biggest star of all time
    When he fell off pride did too
     
  11. Idonotbelieveit

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    Yes on the second one
    Highest purse for ages too
     
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  12. Idonotbelieveit

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    Not really they both fought good competition
    Kurt has never fought terrible comparisons
    And yoshida ogawa both medalists. Cred wise competitive but who was better in which discipline was answer
    Yoshida was boss
     
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    lukeuidswords Brown Belt

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    nevr 4get
     
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  14. moreorless87

    moreorless87 Disarming Posting

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    You basically had the same mix of well known Olympics and pro wrestling draw in MMA as that example would be although generally the Japanese have more interest in the former I would say, hence drawing 20% of the population to watch.
     
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  15. Aberlour

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    I would have assumed Fedor vs Cro Cop would have been up there, they spent two years building it and I remember at the time it felt like a massive fight.
     
  16. kingcillo24

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    However, all the mentioned fights in the OP are bigger than any other viewership number in MMA history.
     

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