A moving tribute to Kazushi Sakuraba, a true pioneer of the sport who single handedly brought down the Gracie empire. Sakuraba was one of a kind, always amusing the crowds with his ring-antics and won many hearts doing so. He was a fearless fighter who took on anyone regardless of size or weight defeating some of the top HW's at the time. He defeated seven UFC champions in Vitor Belfort, Carlos Newton, Guy Mezger, Royce Gracie, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Kevin Randleman and Ken Shamrock.
Last month he broke his arm in a pro wrestling match, and for the sake of his health I sincerely hope he can transition his career from both the real (MMA) and scripted (NJPW) fights and more into coaching and mentoring the next generation of mixed martial artists and/or pro wrestlers.
He has the samurai spirit in his heart so he may never want to retire. Either way, I do wish him all the best.
Here is a short history lesson on the first sanctioned MMA match in American History - "Judo" Gene Lebell VS Milo Savage, a top ranked boxer, in Salt Lake City, Utah, from December, 1963.
It was Judo VS Boxing in this match, and Gene Lebell came out on top with his Judo using a rear-naked choke.
Joe Rogan interviews Enson Inoue (and Chuck Liddell for a bit) to delve into an interesting look at the Japanese underworld and its relation to the once thriving MMA scene in Japan, which is recovering slowly along with the country and its economy.
ESPN's E:60 gets a rare look at the training regimen of UFC superstar Georges St-Pierre as he prepares to return to the Octagon in November after an 18-month hiatus and vacating his welterweight title while recovering from major knee surgery on both knees.
Genki Sudo wipes the floor with the competition at the Westside Grappling Tournament in California, 2001. Winning the tournament qualified him for the ADCC's, where he went on to lose to Rodrigo Gracie.
Genki Sudo is a retired mixed martial artist that is also known in part for his entrance dance to his fights. He now spends his time composing music, writing the lyrics, and doing the choreography for the group World Order. One of his songs, “Mind Shift,” is very catchy and the video is quite enjoyable.
Sunday, 4:30 a.m. ET: Courtesy of Bellator, check out Toby Imadaâ€™s submission of knockout artist Jorge Masvidal. This is a rare one indeed, as it seems that Shimada won by an Inverted Triangle on his standing opponent...