View Full Version : Has there been a dominant Asian MMA fighter ?


1 on 1
04-21-2010, 01:10 AM
The only one I could think of is Kid Yamamoto.

What I mean by dominant is someone who ruled for awhile, may have lost but got right back on the saddle and whupped some more @ss.

kaps
04-21-2010, 01:12 AM
Sakuraba...

1 on 1
04-21-2010, 01:20 AM
Sakuraba...I like Kazushi, although my knowledge of him and his fights have been mostly through Y*utube. My first taste of Pride was when I use to go back and forth to Japan back in the late 90's, I saw him whuppin' one of the Gracie's @ss(it may have been Royce) and I was like "who is this guy".

But, again, I didn't really get a chance to follow his career, how long was his dominant run and which weight division ? What areas was he solid at.

kaps
04-21-2010, 01:26 AM
He never had a huge run because the dudes in Pride where basically trying to get him killed. But he did win a UFC tournament and take out almost the entire Gracie clan, plus he did really well against Igor Vovchanchyn after he'd just finished fighting Royce for 90 minutes...

-Swizzy-
04-21-2010, 01:28 AM
He never had a huge run because the dudes in Pride where basically trying to get him killed. But he did win a UFC tournament and take out almost the entire Gracie clan, plus he did really well against Igor Vovchanchyn after he'd just finished fighting Royce for 90 minutes...

Sakuraba is a legend.

the traveler
04-21-2010, 01:31 AM
I believe Hayato Sakurai at one point was considered to be one of hte best pound for pound fighters. He won 18 straight matches, and was 18-0 before he lost to Anderson Silva.

F l i c k e r
04-21-2010, 01:32 AM
Sakurab was great. He is definately on my MMA "mount rushmore"

But......



The only Asian fighter to truelly have a reign of terror like A.Silva and Fedor is Takanori Gomi.

The first and ONLY Pride FC lightweight champion. That says enough right there.

kaps
04-21-2010, 01:34 AM
Sakuraba is a legend.

No, Sakuraba is god......

S.H.A.O
04-21-2010, 01:57 AM
yep sakaruba is surely a god, but gomi is also nice

Snopkins
04-21-2010, 03:31 AM
Sakuraba was never dominant.He was dominant over the much smaller Royler Gracie,but that was about it.He was involved in a highly competitive,close right until the end bout with journeyman Vernon White,and looked vunerable against Allan Goes.He was rather fortunate that he wasn't declared the loser in his bout against a man that Pride seemed to get a kick out of screwing over in Guy Mezger.


Charismatic,exciting,skilled fighter at his peak,but lacked the aura of invincibility that Wanderlei Silva had during his peak to be considered "dominant".

jakkups
04-21-2010, 01:55 PM
Gomi and Kid are the only two to truly establish dominance in a division outright. Outside of them there are a few greats who just missed out on that sort of rep.

Sakurai was a force at 170lbs early but got his jets cooled by Anderson and then dominated/mugged by Matt Hughes. Since then he's either been hit and miss.

Kiyoshi Tamura was a beast in the first half of his career and can make a good case for being a dominant fighter during this time but he did start out in an org which limited alot of what we see today in MMA and once he made the change the holes started to appear which led to alot of losses.

Rumina Sato was a beast early in his career and looked to be the guy who would rule 155lbs until he ran into a bit of an inconsistent form in 1998 and 2000 starting with Gerson and ending with Uno stopping him twice. Ever since then he was never the same.

Sakuraba was a great fighter, an ATG and a favourite of mine, but he never settled on a division to establish dominance. His claim to fame is being the Gracie hunter, but essentially he beat a bunch of one dimensional fighters 3 of which (Renzo, Royler and Royce) were smaller than him. By the time he had settled at the PRIDE MW division he was pretty battleworn and Wanderlei Silva had just come into his own.