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Fight of the Day: Daisuke Nakamura vs. The Man Who Will Not be Submitted

(Props: The TrainWreck)

If you thought Benson Henderson‘s performance against Donald Cerrone was the craziest display of submission defense/pain tolerance in recent MMA history, you need to watch the above video, which shows the second and final round of Bogdan Cristea‘s decision loss to Daisuke Nakamura at M-1 Challenge 5 (7/17/08). Nakamura, God bless him, does everything he can to finish this fight. He bends Cristea’s leg in a kneebar, then transitions to an equally nasty-looking heel-hook. He tries one armbar, then another, then a kimura. Cristea shakes them off, and when the fight goes back to the feet, he actually puts Nakamura in trouble with strikes.

At the 3:31 mark, Nakamura tries a flying armbar to get the fight back to the ground. Cristea escapes (obviously), so Nakamura transitions into a straight armbar that would have finished any other opponent. Cristea shakes his finger "no." As the fight ends, we learn that Cristea was previously hit by a car and left for dead, and nearly had his arm amputated. And if he didn’t let a car rip off his arm, he certainly isn’t going to let some little punk in a black Speedo do it. Bogdan Cristea’s enormous balls: We salute you.

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Lapoisse- January 6, 2010 at 10:34 am
@ Sakuraba3900

What makes you think I didn't enjoy the match ?
I corrected the writer on a very obvious mistake. I don't see how this takes away from the fighters' grappling ability.
KrmtDfrog- January 5, 2010 at 9:10 pm
That was goddamn awesome.
Sakuraba3900- January 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Fucking dope.

Lapoisse your an idiot shut up and enjoy next time.

Merlin you are still an asshole.
itsgalf- January 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm
that must be frustrating.
Cosmin- January 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Odd- his city is listed as Amsterdam, Holland, despite having a very Romanian first and last name. I wonder if he made the trip out there so he can train with the big boys.

That was awesome, btw. A grappler's worst nightmare.
Lapoisse- January 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Not to be a grappling elitist or anything, but ... that was clearly a toe-hold, not a heel-hook.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- January 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm
I'll salute his balls. That was a fucking sick display on both their parts.
iDestroy- January 5, 2010 at 11:59 am
Everyone knows if the dude don't tap then you must snap. His arm. Nakamura needs to train with aoki, get some of that killer instinct.
phaderlanx- January 5, 2010 at 11:33 am
being a second or seeing that live mustve been sofa king awesome. flying armbar, kneebar, toehold, toehold counter, armbar, armbar, kimura, flying armbar, triangle, super deep armbar... holy crap, thats a dude you have to put to sleep.
ZMMAJUNKY- January 5, 2010 at 9:40 am
KJGould- January 5, 2010 at 8:41 am
Holy shit that round was insane.
kerouac- January 5, 2010 at 8:08 am
Nakamura won by unanimous decision btw
skeletor- January 5, 2010 at 7:52 am
he's a tough mother fucker that's for sure. But as far as saluting his balls I'll pass.