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CagePotato Presents: Kazushi Sakuraba in “Survivor”

(Be sure to click the "HQ" button for higher quality.)

With my girlfriend and dog out of town this weekend, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands. So, I decided to eff around with iMovie and put together the above highlight reel of Kazushi Sakuraba‘s most brutal beatings. (Has there ever been a fighter whose victories were so beautiful and whose defeats were so ugly?) I’m no Genghis Con, and most of the footage was taken from low-quality YouTube clips to begin with, but let me know what you think, and if you have any Sakuraba fans in your life, please pass it along.


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tommyhammersticks- June 2, 2009 at 7:34 am
Emotionally powerfull.
AntonG420- June 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm
o man i didnt even wanna finish watching that, brutal shit. he has dished out plenty so i guess its fair
Ubernoober- June 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm
Music suggestion:
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
Ubernoober- June 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm
Music suggestion:
Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
The Meat Missile- June 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Man I havent seen a beating like that since someone put a banana in my pants and let a monkey loose on my.
831 Son- June 1, 2009 at 11:57 am
He was rocked he didnt necessarily go limp. It looked like it from the camera angle but it was a quarter second he was out, if he was indeed out.
Stephen- June 1, 2009 at 11:11 am
If anything this video showed how bad reffing can be when not regulated. Sakuraba is probably on his way to being a vegetable thanks to the shit refs in Japan. Sure fights are stopped early occasionally, but at the end of the day a loss is better than death or paralysis. You really want to set MMA back by allowing that one extra punch that seriously injures a fighter?

BTW, that Nover/Bradley stoppage was completely justifiable, he went completely limp. There is no timing how long they go limp before stooping it, it's as soon as they go limp that you stop a fight.
Zescape- June 1, 2009 at 10:38 am
I started to watch it, but I needed to stop. I'll watch it later at home, where I can shed a single tear.

Nice work Ben. There will never be enough tributes for Saku.
CrushCo- June 1, 2009 at 10:31 am
This is a great highlight (lowlight), and I'm looking for another highlight video: a few years ago, there was a similar Saku HL of his many beatings on youtube, hosted by user fightz420. He no longer has the video up and was less than helpful years ago when I'd asked about the soundtrack, so doubt he'd help locate it. I was coincidentally looking for it yesterday, but had no luck. Anyone know where to find it?
CG- June 1, 2009 at 9:51 am
Good job with the m83.
IronClad- June 1, 2009 at 9:02 am
That is just hard to watch
Walrus- June 1, 2009 at 8:46 am
Yea, a video of Sakuraba's wins would be a lot better.
Johnny B- June 1, 2009 at 8:43 am
Great video. I loved the music. But I couldn't help but think about the dramatic difference between stoppages in old school Pride and even recent Dream events compared to what we see in the UFC and other US based organizations. I'm not saying I like the amount of damage that Saku took in those fights, but at least they were decisive finishes. I really think referees that work at the UFC and other US events can let the fights go a little longer. Just watch any one of the fights in this video and then watch the Nover/Bradley fight. Then tell me Nover did not get a raw deal.
Art Gibs- June 1, 2009 at 8:35 am
Yeah, wow. Well done but tough to watch. Assuming he's not showing any signs of traumatic brain injury, he might be the best person to make the claim that MMA doesn't cause any serious, lasting injuries.
poopiestick- June 1, 2009 at 8:25 am
Well done. But you really need to put together another one with his wins and highlights. I got a little morose watching that. One of my favorite fighters of all time getting beating into the mat over and over again.
YougotKTFO- June 1, 2009 at 8:18 am
This guy can take a beating.... Not bad on the video editing
Jeffro- June 1, 2009 at 8:17 am
Nice work. The music does make me sad. Any man that can take that much of a beating needs to be celebrated. How many hours did it take to complete this highlight?
BM2- June 1, 2009 at 7:59 am
Now I feel sad. T_T
Lumberjack86- June 1, 2009 at 7:38 am
Sakuraba is one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- June 1, 2009 at 7:31 am
Not bad!

...although, I'm not sure about the music.

I shouldn't judge. It's a hell of a lot better than what I'm capable of.