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Sometimes Fan-Made Documentaries Are the Best Documentaries; Just Ask Minowaman


(Video courtesy YouTube/clearwatertopteam)

Usually when a fighter or his management put out a highlight reel or a mini-documentary that they have the final say in producing, the final product is equal parts bias, hype and bullshit. There are exceptions of course, but nine times out of ten the best videos come from passionate fans who have no vested interest in the fighter, besides being entertained by them.

The Minowaman video above is no exception.

If you aren’t familiar with the story of "The Giant Killer," Ikuhisa Minowa is a Japanese fighter who began his career with a dismal record of one win in his first ten fights before turning things around and becoming one of Asia’s biggest MMA stars.


His 47-31-8 record is somewhat deceiving when you consider he fought the majority of his career in open weight bouts against marquee competition, losing to the likes of Paulo Filho, Kazushi Sakuraba, Semmy Schilt, Evan Tanner, Quinton Jackson, Wanderlei Silva, Murilo Bustamante and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic among other notables.

In recent years Japan has made him into a bit of a freakshow fighter by pitting him up against ex-baseball players and much bigger opponents like Butterbean and Hong Man Choi, but you can’t fault him for being pigeonholed due to Asian fan preference.

If you want the Cliff’s Notes version of Minowa’s story, this video paints a pretty good picture of the fighter’s career in just over 10 minutes.


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Charming Charlie- December 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm
When MMA goes down in flames as sports greatest failure, the stories of men who could take down Phil Baroni will stoke the fire.
Travis.Logan- December 28, 2010 at 11:25 am
When MMA goes down in history as the greatest sport/lifestyle in the world, stories like these will line our hall of fame.
NOTSOB- December 28, 2010 at 10:49 am
@Chael Sonnens Balls
750,000 yen
That's about $8,982.14


actually its less then that, cuz the yen is stronger then the dollar now.. ( i just came back from japan)
so 750,000 yen is pretty much like it says 7,500.
Waxedpants- December 28, 2010 at 10:41 am
That was fucking awesome
donfryesmustache- December 28, 2010 at 10:32 am
the mustache approves
Chael Sonnens Balls- December 28, 2010 at 10:14 am
I FUCKING LOVE THIS GUY!
Did you know he gets paid 750,000 yen a month to don a Tiger Mask mask a couple times a year!!!

That's about $8,982.14

Like I said : I FUCKING LOVE THIS GUY!
Sakuraba3900- December 28, 2010 at 9:33 am
I actually was watchin this around 330am and it got me so jacked that i havent slept since... well it was either that or the coke.
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