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Silva/Saku: The Final Showdown


One of the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time is Kazushi Sakuraba.  Saku exploded onto the Japanese MMA scene with a series of impressive outings.  His mastery of submissions netted him victories over such luminaries as top-flight grappler Carlos Newton and Ken Shamrock-protégé Vernon Tiger White.  Early in his career, the greatest showcase of Saks skills came in his win over the then-dazzling Vitor Belfort, who he dealt such a devastating loss that the The Phenoms psyche has yet to fully recover.  Sakuraba didnt enter into the world of MMA legend, however, until he faced Royler Gracie.


Known world over, the Gracie Family popularized there own brand of Jiu-Jitsu in Brazil (which would come to be known as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) and had not been defeated in a MMA fight for decades.  That would change when Saku kicked a butt-scooting Royler around the ring for almost fifteen minutes, until entering into a ground contest with him in the waning moments of the time limit and securing a Kimura in less than two minutes that caused the referee to stop the fight.  The martial arts world was astounded, and they would be even more so when Saku followed his victory up by rattling off wins over other Gracies: the legendary Royce, Renzo, perhaps the greatest active Gracie, and bad boy Ryan. 


Sakus combination of speed and technique was so impressive that many picked him to win a hypothetical match-up with American champion Tito Ortiz, despite Ortizs weight being over twenty pounds to the North of Sakus.  Before any such a fight could be made, however, Sakuraba was pitted against another a fighter with a significant weight advantage.  This opponent was of Brazilian heritage, but he posed a much different challenge than that of a Gracie.


Wanderlei Silvas method of combat was surpassed in viciousness only by his ice-cold stare.  While ranked in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Silvas focus was not on submitting his opponents.  Instead, the hard-striking, soft-chinned Axe Murderer and his opponent would take turns rocking each other in wild brawls; usually, Silvas edge in mental toughness and hitting power would cause him to emerge the victor.  More than success, his propensity for engaging in slugfests brought Silva immense fandom.


Still, Sakus abilities were thought to be such that even a great fighter like Wanderlei would eventually fall to his cunning.  Thus, while Saku was the favorite when the two met up for the first time, most expected a pitched battle.  The result was shocking.


Almost immediately entering into a punching shootout, Saku stunned Wanderlei early in the contest and tried to finish him quickly with follow-up punches.  But the Brazilian rebounded and let his fury be known.  What followed was a flurry of flying hands, knees, and feet that left Sakuraba demolished after just 90 seconds.  Wanderlei had not just defeated the best fighter in the world; he had blown him away.


But many contended the first match result was a fluke, and so a rematch was scheduled.  This time, much more of the action would be fought on the ground.  But surprisingly, Saku did not fair much better; it was Silva who almost ended the fight with an arm bar.  And eventually, it was a Silva slam that injured Sakus shoulder and led to the doctor stopping the fight in Silvas favor after the first round.  It was with this second dominant performance that King Silva was born and people began to question if Sakus best days were behind him. 


But Sakuraba argued with Japanese promoters for another shot at Silva.  Despite his loses, Sakuraba was still enormously popular with Japanese fans, and so the promoters relented to his requests.  The final chapter of the Saku/Silva trilogy would be much more of a cat-and-mouse game than the previous fights, with Silva slowly stalking Sakuraba around the ring while Sak looked for an opening.  But Silva would find his opening first, and after a devastating combination to the head, Saku would drop, unconscious.  With that emphatic knockout, it appeared that Silva and Sakuraba had locked horns for the last time.


But due to popular demand, S!O!S! sanctioned a fourth fight between the two, featuring a Sakuraba more in his prime.  Would Wanderlei still dominate his smaller foe?  Or would Saku recapture the magic that brought him so much success and finally overthrow King Silva?


Wanderlei Silva vs Kazushi Sakuraba (Japanese rules)


Not content to slip into the idleness that contributed to his loss in the last Silva/Sak encounter, Sakuraba opened up aggressively early.  While a takedown attempt was blocked, he managed to surprise Wanderlei with a spinning side-kick to the midsection.  More than hurting Silva, however, the blow seemed to warm him up, as Wanderlei followed by unleashing his own striking on Sakuraba, feeding the Japanese star a steady diet of punches, knees, and kicks.  While Silva seemed to want to land a blow to end the fight, he was disciplined enough to not open himself up by forcing an attack.  In the meantime, his striking was breaking down Saku, whose own attempts at offense were consistently met with failure.  Sakuraba appeared to be in bad shape, but near the end of the first round, he managed to wrestle Silva to the ground with his signature single leg takedown, only to have Wanderlei stand back up immediately.  The new fight seemed to be of the same cloth as the old


Round One Scoring: 10-8 Silva


At the start of round two, Silva let loose with another knee-buckling kick on Sakuraba.  With almost nothing left in the tank, Saku had no more time to wait, causing him to have to force a takedown attempt.  But a fresh Silva short-circuited his desperate dive by punting his head with a violent soccer kick.  The blow sounded throughout the arena, and the gasp of the crowd was only partially drowned out by the ringing of the timekeepers bell.  Sakuraba was unconsciouss; his challenge of Silva had been turned back yet again.
WINNER: Silva via KO (Kick) in Round 2


Bob Sapp Fights 3!
(submitted by S!O!S! player "MIRALANE")
One of the undisputed phenoms of mixed martial arts is the giant Bob Sapp-a 350 pound destruction machine! I tested Sapp in 3 matches:

Match one: Sapp vs. Randleman: First I had Sapp fight Kevin Randleman. Randleman is a tremendous phsyical specimen with a questionable psyche that often leads him to do questionable things in his fights. This one was over in the first 30 seconds. Sapp had a tremendous size advantage over Randleman and he used it to overpower Kevin with a bull charge quickly pounding him into unconsciousness. Very impressive!

Match two: Sapp vs. Pedro Rizzo: While still much smaller than Sapp Pedro was a better match because he was a heavyweight. This one ended (American Rules) in the first 5 minute round. Sapp had his way with Pedro early batting him around the ring and having him in trouble. But then 3 minutes in , Sapp made an ill advised rush and ran straight into Pedro's formidable punch. Incredibly the giant dropped and lost by knockout. Sapp learned that what so many have before him-Pedro can swat !!

Match three : Sapp vs. Minotauro (current champion)

This match was incredible. In the long (10 minute-Japanese rules) first round Sapp pummeled Mino -and opened up a nasty cut . Toward the end of the round Mino pulled guard bringing Sapp to the ground. This is where Mino lives- He is famous for his submissions. But, Sap managed to avoid Mino's moves and he even landed some ground and pound of his own. Several of Sapp's shots had a chance of finishing Mino but the champions chin held up and the round ended with Sapp well ahead.

Round two was full of action. Sapp again landed some haymakers that did damage. But, Mino pulled guard and attempted several submissions which hurt Sapp -but failed to make him give up. Sapp s always questionable endurance was failing as the round ended.

Round three: The final round was the best of all. In the opening minute Mino again puledld guard. The two men struggled , and a CRITICAL moment came as Mino tried to apply a triangle choke. Sapp using all his strength managed to overpower this attempt and then -unbelievably he lifted Mino from the ground and slammed him down hard-nearly getting a KO. Mino was badly hurt but he not only survived he took the initiative. In the wainign moments he caught a now exhausted Sapp in two different submissions each of which Sapp barely managed (last die roll) to break. Had the match lasted a minute longer Mino would have had him but the tiem expired and Sapp was judged the winner in a close and thrilling contest.

As you can tell I love this game!

Fight Card: S!O!S! Payback-This fictional event was designed with the intent of matching fighters who have had (or may have) grudges against each other.  The designers of S!O!S! played against each other in every fight and were responsible (or guilty) for many of the decisions each fighter made.


Preliminary Matches


Cabbage vs. Heath Herring (Japanese Rules)


Cabbage came into the match looking to continue his accession in the heavyweight division and prove critics wrong that claim he would be defeated by a quality fighter; a win over Herring would certainly do that. Herring, meanwhile, wanted to show that he was not past his prime and that his recent losses to the three top heavyweights in the world were just that: losses to the top heavyweights in the world that are not indicative of a decline in his abilities.


Cabbage started the fight out at a fast pace, quickly closing the distance on Heath and letting his hands fly.  Herring tried to fight back with blows of his own, but it soon became clear that the exchanges were favoring his opponent.  As Cabbage pressed the action with further punches, Herring began to shoot in for takedowns.  Cabbages takedown defense was largely successful, until finally, Herring wrestled him to the mat.  From there, Heath took little time in gaining the Mount position and began to rain bombs.  Much to his chagrin, Cabbage absorbed the punches with seemingly no ill effects, and because Herring had made himself off-balance by throwing such big shots, Cabbage was able to roll him off and stand back up!  A frustrated Herring had little success the rest of the round, seeing his takedowns continually thwarted and being hit with punches in between.


Round One Scoring: 10-9 Cabbage


For the second round, Cabbage would come out like he did in the first, immediately launching a big assault.  Heaths chin saved him from being knocked out, but the accumulated damage was beginning to affect him.  Cabbage, sensing his foes vulnerability, did not relent in his attack, continuing to connect with punches on an increasingly less successfully defending Herring until the referee had seen enough and called a stop to the contest.


WINNER: Cabbage via TKO (Strikes) in Round 2



Phil Baroni vs. Pele (American rules)


This fight was not listed as a grudge match, but at the press conference for the event, it essentially turned into one!  While the stare down between the two was expected to be intense, many were surprised at just how intense it ended up being.  Afterwards, Baroni got on a mic to address the crowd, referred to himself as The American Dream, and made an anti-foreigners remark.  This incensed Pele, who attempted to storm the stage!  Baroni seemed to have no qualms about starting the fight early either, but the physical intervention of officials and security prevented any further altercationuntil the next night in the cage.


Fans were eager for the fireworks that they were sure would start the fight, but Pele surprised nearly everyone by immediately shooting in for a takedown.  Baroni, caught off guard, almost lost his balance, but managed to defend and tried to work a guillotine choke on Pele.  Pele eventually broke off, and when he did, Baroni rushed at him with his usual ferocity and own takedown attempt.  His was successful, and inside the Cubans guard, Baroni began to enforce his will, blocking Peles reversal and submission attempts and hammering him with ground and pound consistently for the remainder of the round.


Round One Scoring: 10-9 Baroni


The second round started off much like the first: Pele once again tried to take Baroni down, but was not experiencing any success.  Phil retaliated by banging away at Peles body.  The combination of being met with failure in his takedown attempts and being struck seemed to anger Pele, who much to the delight of the Brazilians in his corner, abandoned his latest takedown attempt in favor of kneeing Baroni in the head.  Unfortunately for Pele, Baroni blocked the knee, and responded to the powerful strike with his own powerful strikes in the form of a Vitor-like flurry of punches!  Pele was rocked by the blows, but refused to go down, and in fact, when Baroni charged in to try and finish him, Pele countered with a hard punching combo that at least momentarily stymied Baronis charge.  Still, Pele was not yet fully coherent, perhaps explaining his attempting another takedown at the end of the round; just like the others, it was blocked. 


Round Two Scoring- 10-9 Baroni


The obvious urgency of the situation and his corners prodding most likely inspired the changes of game plan for Pele in round three, as unlike the first two rounds, he came out looking to strike.  And almost immediately, he was met with success, as a kick directed at Baronis head landed flush!  Phils rock solid chin did not falter, however, and when Pele tried another kick, Baroni caught the strike and slammed his foe to the mat.  Pele clinched from underneath long enough to force a stand-up, but the time was ticking away.  Back standing, Pele danced around Baroni, jabbing him and landing kicks to his legs.  While any damage done is a good thing, these light blows were not going to be enough for Pele; with less than a minute left, he needed a knock out to win the fight.  Unfortunately for him, Baroni essentially erased any chance had at victory by charging at Pele with another powerful flurry, staggering his adversary.  Pele, perhaps instinctively, shot in with another takedown as Phil bombarded him.  Baronis takedown defense would prevail, and Phil finished the fight trying to work his patented Baroni choke onto his opponent.


Round Three Scoring: 10-9 Baroni


After the fight, Pele threw his mouthpiece into the crowd and stormed out of the cage before the winner was announced, obviously frustrated and disgusted with his performance in the fight.  Baroni, meanwhile, exalted in victory as the judges decision was declared in his favor.


WINNER: Baroni via judges decision (30-27) after Round 3






Wes Sims vs. Tim Sylvia (American rules)


It is unclear how exactly this feud started, but is has been brewing for several months.  Both fighters have taken pot shots at each other before American events and on a MMA radio program.  The 610 Sims, a former college basketball player, contends that a real athlete like himself is naturally superior in MMA to a fighter with a non-athletic background like Sylvia.  Sylvia, 68, meanwhile, has harassed Sims for rules infractions he has committed, and feels that Sims fighting skills are not at an elite level. 


This battle of giants was not expected to be slow, and with both men looking to bang, it wasnt.  Indeed, both men forewent takedown attempts in the first round so that they could strike standing.  Sylvia, however, appeared to be the more technical striker, and while Sims did damage when he landed, it was Sylvia who was scoring with the most punches and knees.  As the round progressed, it became a more and more one-sided fight, with Sylvia clearly dominating.


Round One Scoring: 10-9 Sylvia


For the beginning of round two, Sims valiantly came out throwing punches, but a big right cross from Sylvia put an abrupt halt to his offense and had him reeling.  Sylvia moved in and connected with a second right cross, and while Sims did not go unconscious, he was most certainly out on his feet.  Sylvia perfunctorily landed a few more punches that Sims made no move to defend and the referee rightfully intervened to bring a halt to the bout.    


WINNER: Sylvia via TKO (Punches) in Round 2



Lee Murray vs. Tito Ortiz (American rules)


This fight is the one referred to by the Rematch the gutter brawl from the streets of London? line on our webpage.  Multiple versions of what happened have been bantered about, but it appears that Murray got the best of a drunken Tito in a short physical altercation.  It is unclear if one man initially snuck attacked the other, but in this rematch, they will start off facing one another and neither fighter will be inebriated, so the playing ground will be fairer.  We will see if Titos claim that he was only defeated because he slipped in his dress shoes is true, or if London Calling Lee will get the better of him again. 


Ortiz, enjoying a considerable weight advantage, opened things up by feeling Murray out via a quick low kick.  Tito had respect for Murrays striking, though, and made sure the bout did not stay standing for long, taking Lee to the ground with a takedown from the clinch.  On the mat, Tito trapped Murray up against the cage and fed him a steady stream of punches and elbows.  Murray eventually clinched long enough to get a stand-up, but he was quickly taken down again and pounded on some more.  By the end of round one, this was beginning to look like a huge mismatch.


Round One Scoring: 10-8 Tito


For the second round, the two would circle each other with little action standing in the beginning minute.  Murray seemed hesitant to step forward and strike, as if he was afraid of being taken down again, while Tito seemed to be waiting for Murray to come at him.  Eventually, Tito took a chance and pressed the action, shooting in with a takedown he had little problem getting.  With surprising quickness, Ortiz passed to the mount position and began to hammer Murray with elbows.  The blows opened up a cut on Murray that, while not severe enough that the doctor stopped the fight over it, was sure to be nonetheless detrimental to his performance.  Once the fighters were restarted in the mount after the medical check, Ortiz continued his vicious assault, dropping a barrage of bombs on Murray that knocked the Britain out before the ref even had time to stop it!  After the match, Tito performed his grave digger routine and finished it by pointing to his chin while shaking his head no, as if to say, He couldnt even lay a glove on me.


WINNER: Ortiz via KO (Strikes) in Round 2



Tank Abbott (Legend) vs. Ken Shamrock (Legend) (vale tudo rules)


These two have a long and sordid history.  Both have hurled countless insults each others way and more than once almost gotten into physical confrontations.  While a match pitting them against one another has been proposed many times, for a myriad of reasons, it has never happened.  Now in S!O!S!, the score can be settled once and for all.  The fight will be held under vale tudo rules to simulate what a fight like them under the old American system would have been like.


Much like many of the events in both mens careers, this match was shocking: shockingly quick!  The two men approached each other quickly, with Tank seeming particularly eager to trade blows.  Before he had a chance to get a punch off, however, Shamrock dove at his legs and attempted a rolling knee bar!  Tank, although caught by surprise, was able to slip the hold.  Once he escaped, however, Shamrock simply stood back up, and when Tank came at him, tried the knee bar again!  And this time, it worked!  With his leg bent at an awkward angle, Tank slapped the mat repeatedly to signify his surrender, giving Shamrock a victory over his long time nemesis that in its quickness was perhaps more humiliating for Tank than a loss in any other fashion.  After the match, Tank claimed that he just got caught.


WINNER: Shamrock via submission (Knee Bar) in Round 1



Mirko Cro Cop vs. Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira (Japanese rules)


In their first match in Japan, Cro Cop was on the verge of KOing Minotauro in the first round, but time ran out before he could get the job done.  At the start of the second round, Minotauro took Cro Cop down for the first time in the fight, quickly got the mount position, and arm barred him soon afterwards.  In the rematch, we would see if Cro Cop could knock Minotauro out before Minotauro scored with a takedown, or if history would repeat itself and Minotauro would claim another victory.


When the fight began, both fighters circled each other tensely.  Surprisingly, Minotauro was the first to strike, showing off his own boxing skills by scoring with a quick combo of punches on the Croatian.  Cro Cop soon retaliated, however, and in a big way, with a lethal kick to Minotauros head!  Minotauro survived, but soon received a jab and a kick to the body from Cro Cop.  Mino responded with another punching combo, but Cro Cop showed why its a bad idea to trade with him, as he answered back with a straight left hand that had Mino reeling!  Cro Cop followed it up with another high kick to the head, and while the strike landed flush, Mino managed to do what many other men havent as he somehow survived.  In fact, with his brain still fogged, he attempted to take Cro Cop downa little too aggressively, as with no set-up for the takedown, Cro Cop was not only able to sprawl, but strike Mino with punches off of it as well.  As Mino backed off, Cro Cop pursued his hurt foe around the perimeter of the ring, before finally cornering him and with lightning speed, blazing another kick into Minos head.  This time, even Minotauro had had enough, and he fell against the ring post unconscious.


WINNER: Cro Cop via KO (Kick) in Round 1



Josh Barnet vs. Randy Couture (American Championship Fight Rules)


Our final fight of the evening would be a rematch from an earlier championship fight in America that resulted in a storm of controversy.  The first controversy came from the finish of the fight, where many claimed the referee intervened to end the bout in Barnetts favor too early.  The second controversy came after the fight, when Barnetts pre-match steroid test came back positive, yet the result of the fight was never changed to a No Contest.  Both fighters still held bitter feelings over the match and the events surrounding it, so there score would be settled in S!O!S!   


Barnett started the payback match off with a tactic employed by many of our fighters tonight: attempt to surprise an opponent who is thought to be a better wrestler with a takedown.  And like most of the other attempts, this one failed as well.  Barnett did not let it discourage his attack, however, as he launched a high kick against Couture that, unfortunately for Josh, Randy caught and took him down off of.  On the ground, Couture exhibited his strength by pushing the larger Barnett up against the cage and beginning to pound him.  Barnett tried to defend, but Coutures punches were getting through; in fact, they were scoring so well that Barnett was soon sporting a nasty cut on his forehead!  The doctor checked the cut, but Barnett pleaded with him to be able to continue and assured him that he could see fine, which probably was not true.  Restarted in the guard, Couture mixed elbows with his punches.  Barnett tried to escape to the up position, but Couture blocked his effort and continued pounding as the round ended.


Round One Scoring: 10-8 Couture


Couture began the second round by copying the approach that had worked so well for him in his previous fights.  Knowing that Barnett was looking for the takedown, Couture hoped to surprise him by punching first, then shooting the takedown.  The strategy worked to perfection; Couture scored with a right cross and followed it with an immediate takedown.  Trying to avoid Randys ground and pound, Barnett attempted a triangle choke.  Couture worked through the hold, got in close and began butting Barnett with shoulder rams.  Barnett, however, showing much more vigor than he had in the first round, pushed Couture away and escaped to the up position.  Back standing, Couture moved in and was successful with another cross, but Barnett struck back with an assault of big punches!  Couture looked wobbly, but he managed to defend against a follow-up Barnett takedown attempt and hold on until the conclusion of the round.


Round Two Scoring: 10-9 Barnett


At the start of the third, Couture seemed to have shaken off the effects of the previous round and perhaps mentally strengthened by the fact that he had been hit by some of his foes biggest blows and survived, he showed no hesitancy in throwing and landing another right hand.  Surprisingly, Barnett responded to the punch with another takedown attempt, and even more surprisingly, it worked!  Barnett now had a chance to punish Couture with his own ground and pound, the same tactic he had employed to beat Randy in the first fight.  Couture, aware of the danger he was in, wrapped Barnett up and refused to let go until much to Barnetts chagrin, the referee stood them up.  Barnett attempted another takedown, but lightning would not strike twice, as Couture blocked it and retaliated with yet another right cross.  Couture then shot in with a takedown of his own and succeeded.  Now it was Barnett turn to play the stall game, as he clinched with Couture until the referee was forced to once again restart the fighters standing, with an admonishment for their lack of ground activity.  With the final seconds of the phase ticking away, Barnett tried to steal the round (and possibly end the fight) with another attack of punches!  While the crowd cheered for the heavy shots being thrown, Couture was able to block all of them until the sounding of the horn.


Round Three Scoring: 10-9 Couture


In between rounds, the appearance of the fighters in their corners was a stark contrast.  Couture still seemed relatively fresh, while Barnett looked like the proverbial damaged goods.  Barnett may have fought better as the fight went on, but the effects of the beating he took in the first round seemed to linger, and Coutures continuous right hands were doing nothing to help him.


For the beginning of the fourth round, Couture sensed that his opponent was almost finished, and moved in for another right hand that snapped Barnetts head back.  Barnett dove in at Coutures legs, but like he had been doing for much of the fight, Couture blocked the takedown.  Couture then tried a takedown of his own in the version of a slam, but Barnett managed to keep his feet; the effort Barnett exerted in doing so, though, seemed to sap strength from his already nearly empty reserve.  Valiantly, Barnett fought on, but saw another try at a takedown and a clinch that was followed with knees blocked by Couture.  At this point, with a nearly fresh opponent staring him down and stopping everything he threw at him, Barnett bravely made one last stand, motioning for Couture to, Come on! and then recklessly charging forward while throwing punches.  Couture, in a bit of gallantry of his own, did not give ground to Barnett, eating Barnetts desperate punches before responding with his own shots.  Couture then clinched Barnett behind the head and began to dirty box him, feeding his adversary a steady stream of short uppercuts until a bloodied, battered, and exhausted Barnett slumped against the side of the cage.  The referee interjected himself to stop the fight, and with no controversy to speak of, Couture had avenged the biggest loss of his career.


WINNER: Couture via TKO (Punches) in Round 4

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Frank Shamrock vs Royce Gracie 
The fight was conducted under "vale tudo" rules, so there were no time limits or referee/doctor interventions.  The two spent a large part of the first twenty minutes of the match in a war of attrition, slowly wearing each other down.  Royce did surprisingly well in the stand-up, while Shamrock came closer to winning with submission attempts.  Around the twenty-five minute mark, both men seemingly got there second winds and expldoed in a fury of action!  After Royce pulled guard, Shamrock tried to catch his foe by surprise by immediately rocking back for a heel hook.  Royce escaped the hold, and regaining the guard position, attempted to catch Shamrock in a triangle before he had time to redajust himself.  Shamrock broke the hold and slipped off into a kneebar attempt, which Royce met with an escape, followed by another triangle.  Shamrock would pound through the submission, then continue to let his fists fly, as he began to hammer Gracie with ground and pound.  Amid exhaustion and his opponents' storm of punches, Royce somehow managed to keep his composure, and when Shamrock overextended on a punch, Gracie took advanatge of the opportunity to slap on a kimura.  Shamrock struggled with all of his strength to get out of the manuever, but finally, he was left with no reasonable choice but to tap out.  After nearly 30 minutes of action, the length of the fight befitting the two warriors involved, Royce would rise from the canvas the victor in this battle of Legends.