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Hayato Sakurai comments on Akihiro Gono's cerebral fighting style

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To be honest, since Gono is my friend, my spirit sank a little when the fight card was announced. But we are professionals and this is a fight that the fans want to see, so I will give my best. No one wants to see a lukewarm fight between friends, right? Instead, we will have a murderous battle for fifteen minutes... yes that's what we want to do... we will (laughs). Gono is really talented. When he fought in Shooto, he had yet to discover his style so he struggled in some of the fights. Once he started coming into his own, however, he was amazing in PRIDE. He is a very cerebral fighter. Seriously, if I were not fighting him this time, I had been thinking about training with him to absorb the techniques of the master strategist. I can't cut myself any slack since he is craftier than I am.

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Post #1   12/21/09 3:36:27PM   

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Why can't the fighters in the UFC do this aka all those who won't fight guys that are their friends or training partners.

Post #2   12/21/09 6:17:06PM   

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The Japanease warrior culture would only honor a battle between friends to see who was the best, where as the Western civilizations consider fighting nearly a freindship ending event.

Post #3   12/21/09 6:47:21PM   

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Posted by jae_1833

The Japanease warrior culture would only honor a battle between friends to see who was the best, where as the Western civilizations consider fighting nearly a freindship ending event.


if you cant fight your friends and stay friends afterward then youre not really friends in the first place

Post #4   12/21/09 6:49:49PM   

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Posted by Manak

Why can't the fighters in the UFC do this aka all those who won't fight guys that are their friends or training partners.


It's funny you use the acronym "aka," because of the three guys in A.K.A.(American Kickboxing Academy) who won't fight each other.

Post #5   12/21/09 8:22:46PM