renzo gracie

Kazushi Sakuraba was a legend for more than a decade. Don’t remember? Retrieve that Rubbermaid from your garage and pull out the November 2000 issue of Black Belt. Turn to Page 83 and read what MMA pundit Stephen Quadros wrote: Kazushi Sakuraba is the biggest name ever to come out of the Japanese no-holds-barred circuit. Although he has an extensive wrestling background, it’s his unconventional strikes, pre-fight humor and all-around showmanship that make his star shine brighter than that of any other competitor in the under-200-pound division. … He rose to the top of the NHB world with victories over the greatest names in the sport: Vitor Belfort, Ebenezer Fontes Braga, Carlos Newton, Vernon ‘Tiger’ White, Marcus ‘Conan’ Silveira (a member of the Carlson Gracie team), and Royler and Royce Gracie. Note the last three names on Kazushi Sakuraba's win list. Before the year was out, Kazushi Sakuraba had defeated Renzo Gracie and Ryan Gracie. His new nickname reflected his fight record: “Gracie Hunter.”

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