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Sakuraba/Smirnovas is the most dramatic fight in MMA history. Period. Anyone who doesn't think so is a hater or a UFC nuthugger.
I wouldnt say hater or UFC nuthugger as much is I would say a difference in opinion. I could call you a Pride nuthugger. I bet you are one of those guys that think the Pride guys are only struggling in the UFC because of the cage? It has nothing to do with the guys there fighting. Smith/ Sell was unbelievable and so was Sakuraba/Smirnovas, but it's a matter of opininon.
I could call you a Nick Diaz nuthgger, Percy, but it isn't really relevant to the converesation. As for being a Pride nuthugger, I don't think so. An MMA nuthugger, maybe.
As for Sakuraba/Smirnovas, that fight happened in K-1: Heroes
, not Pride
, so I don't relly see how Pride came into the debate in the first place. Though I reckon I should've clarified which organization the fight had taken place in for some of our more uneducated fans who think UFC
is the only game in town.
But since the topic of Pride did come up, let's go ahead and and address that while we're at it. There is some bullshit myth floating around amongst some of the denser populace that want to claim Pride fighters are struggling in the UFC
. How are they struggling, exactly? Is Anderson Silva struggling? Yes he is. Struggling to find another shitass opponent after completely trashing the best the UFC
had to offer at his current weight class. And who exactly does Dana White want to bring in to fight Silva? Dan Henderson. Why? Because, in Dana's own words, Dan is the only fighter that has even a remote chance to be competitive with Silva. The same Dan Henderson who throws down with Light Heavys and Heavys on a regular basis, and the same Dan Henderson who came over to the UFC after years of fighting in Pride.
So I guess maybe the Pride guys are struggling at Light Heay because Shogun got choked out by TUF star Forrest Griffin. But... wait... isn't Rampage Jackson the champ there? Didn't he trash the face of the UFC in mere seconds by knocking his ass out cold? And didn't he come over to UFC from... gasp... Pride?
And didn't the UFC's heavyweight champion just "resign" from the company, and give up his title, in order to go look for a match with the greatest heavyweight in the world today, one Fedor Emelianenko? Should I even mention which org Fedor was fighting for before moving to M-1?
And now that Randy Cotoure has stepped away, how long is it really gonna be before Nogueira (former Pride Heavyweight champion) takes the vacant title?
Get back to me in a few months after we have 3 of the UFCs 5 titles being held by former Pride fighters, and we'll have another conversation about how, or why, Pride fighters are "struggling," lol.