“A Matter of Pride”
I’m a fan of MMA history and the Gracie/Sakuraba blood feud was one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Kazushi Sakuraba is called “The Gracie Hunter” due to his defeats over Royce, Renzo, Royler, and Ryan. I always believed that the rivalry was never settled since Rickson Gracie (famed to be the greatest fighter of the Gracie family) and Saku never fought. If you find yourself reading that and drawing a blank, I’d encourage you to read up or at least watch some of the Gracie/Saku rivalries (Watch “Gracie’s in Action” 1 and 2). It was legendary to watch one man single-handedly break a family’s long-storied pride. But the Gracie’s being the warriors they are, never lost their honor (regardless of what some might say).
It’s always been unfortunate that Rickson never stepped up to fight Sakuraba and that is why I sub-titled this video, “Dear Rickson…”
Song 1: Looped cut from “X Amount of Words” by Blue October
Song 2: “A Place For My Head” by Linkin Park
Misc: The original version was over 10 minutes long and went deep into the Gracie’s family and more current wins. It was all too much and I cut it down to this.