Prime Sakuraba v. Prime Ortiz

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POLL: Who would you pick?
Ortiz via TKO 36% (8)
Ortiz via Sub 0% (0)
Ortiz via Dec 23% (5)
Sakuraba via TKO 0% (0)
Sakuraba via Sub 36% (8)
Sakuraba via Dec 5% (1)
Pookie
7/5/12 9:50:17PM
Who would you pick and why?

- Inspired by Tito's recent "Me in my Prime could have beaten anybody ever" quote.
kopower
7/5/12 10:16:18PM
I like the match up. What organization does this take place in? Cage or ring? Japan or USA?
Shawn91111
7/5/12 10:18:57PM
Tito is way to strong for Saku. But then again Saku has took on large opponents before,Randleman, Rampage and won. In the cage Tito would pin him up against the fence and elbow him bad. Id go with Tito, but I wouldnt bet on that fight.
Pookie
7/5/12 10:19:06PM
A giant caged square, in the middle of the samoan islands, on top of an active volcano.
Pookie
7/5/12 10:24:44PM
I think Saku's striking becomes a pretty big factor in this fight. I feel his range is superior, and in Tito's prime, his striking was worse than it is right now.

On the ground, Sakuraba's grappling/transitions/reversals were all very, very nice. I can see how that could become a huge factor in nullifying Ortiz's GnP, as the more you open up offensively, the less positional control you maintain.
pmoney
7/5/12 10:38:57PM
Great poll/question Pookie! UFC rules, I pick Ortiz. Pride rules, I take Saku. Square-cage-on-top-of-an-active-volcano-in-the-pacific ocean rules.... Wanderlei beats them both
Pookie
7/5/12 10:40:05PM

Posted by pmoney

Great poll/question Pookie! UFC rules, I pick Ortiz. Pride rules, I take Saku. Square-cage-on-top-of-an-active-volcano-in-the-pacific ocean rules.... Wanderlei beats them both



And Shamrock doesnt last a minute against either.
kopower
7/5/12 10:48:56PM

Posted by Pookie

A giant caged square, in the middle of the samoan islands, on top of an active volcano.



Now we're talking. I'd have to agree with Shawn. I think Tito had such a strong base, that Saku would not be able to lock anything up. Although, it only seemed like Sakuraba had problems with heavy hitters, which Tito was/is not. If it were a fifteen minute fight, I'd go with Tito. I think he'd land some nice gnp once the fight hit the floor. If it were longer, I'd favor Sakuraba. I just envision Tito shooting in sloppily after tiring, and Sakuraba locking something up.
pmoney
7/5/12 10:52:52PM

Posted by Pookie


Posted by pmoney

Great poll/question Pookie! UFC rules, I pick Ortiz. Pride rules, I take Saku. Square-cage-on-top-of-an-active-volcano-in-the-pacific ocean rules.... Wanderlei beats them both



And Shamrock doesnt last a minute against either.





Damn 24 hour prop limit
Chael_Sonnen
7/5/12 11:02:01PM
Prime Ortiz and/or current Ortiz would humiliate Saku

It would be like Big brother smashing little bro......over and over and over......
mentalcase
7/6/12 3:42:55AM
ortiz by dec or tko
prime frank shamrock bohlander and mezger (thesecond time) couldn't sub him or even threaten with a submission hold

saku better then them with subs yes but also not quite as strong, also tito beat wandy around the same time wandy first beat saku

so in 2001 id go with tito
ghandikush
7/7/12 3:42:29PM
In Pride Saku would have won hands down.
george112
7/7/12 4:25:16PM
Maybe I'm biased because behind fedor Sakuraba is my favorite fighter.

Id go with saku.

Tito was strong ill give him that but he won with his wrestling ability. That being said Sakuraba is absolutely no slouch on the ground especially in his prime.

Id say it would go to a decision and it would be one of them with a split decision
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