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.
Having had the honor of training with the same coach who trained Sakuraba (Billy Robinson), I wanted to study Saku's most technical match (with Carlos Newton) and compare training notes, basically.
It's PURE Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling.
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.
National Geographic measures the viscous criteria (VC) of Bas Rutten's kick using a crash test dummy.
Fedor Emelianenko training and classic MMA/Sambo fight highlights!
UFC gives Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN's latest craptacular attempt the big FAIL in this rediculous ad, and no, the dude's arm does not really get ripped off by an arm bar... they're saying the ref didnt understand what the dude tapping out was saying, just like crappy search engines
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...
With respect to Shinichi Kojimaâ€™s work on Yuki Shoujou, I think thereâ€™s a new front-runner for 2009â€™s submission of the year.
What is your call for sub of the year?
Forrest Griffin challenges Quinton Rampage Jackson for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship. (UFC 86: Griffin .vs. Jackson)
10 minute sample of Karo Parisyan ideas on throws for MMA and Sub Wrestling. (Part 1 of 2)
10 minute sample of Karo Parisyan ideas on throws for MMA and Sub Wrestling. (Part 2 of 2)
This is a remix from Anders on his old GSP highlight. He says: "I changed the song in the beginning( I always wanted to have that song instead of the other one =), plus there's some extra fotage of gsp post winning the title both times, plus the match between gsp and huges 3 is also in the clip at the end. feel free to give me a comment about which version of the higlight you liked most, if you've seen both =)" To see the original full HD, check it out on MySpaceTV.
Frank Shamrock VS Cung Le part2 UCC March29 2008 Part1 is uploaded into google due to size issues in youtube. Thanks.
Sakuraba Kazushi is one of Japan's most legendary wrestlers, and one of the few who successfully made the cross-over to Mixed Martial Arts. His style is one-of-a-kind, unorthodox and incredibly skilled. He is also known as the IQ Wrestler, and has lead one of the most glorified careers in MMA. He still fights today, only under the K-1 Hero's banner.
Although his battered warrior's body nears the end of its fighting career, 桜庭 和志 — (Kazushi Sakuraba) remains a living legend in the sport of MMA, and an icon in the Martial Arts world in general.
His rare transition from fixed Pro Wrestling matches to the world of real combat saw his meteoric rise to popularity in his home country of Japan, as well as globally among Mixed Martial Arts fans. The popularity carried over from his Professional Wrestling background was only magnified when he proved a wrestler could compete in MMA by winning a UFC Japan event, and subsequently becoming the poster-boy for the then newly formed (since disbanded) PRIDE Fighting Championships organization.
His career has seen many ups and downs, from being on the winning end of a rivalry with the infamous Gracie clan (of BJJ fame), to facing the losing end of a rivalry with Brazilian Top Team and its then unstoppable force Wanderlei "the Axe Murderer" Silva. Overall, though this was a career that was truly legendary, and (if he ever does decide to retire that is) Sakuraba's warrior spirit, never-say-die attitude and unorthodox approach to combat will never be forgotten.
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