tazmma Sloppy Slugfest – Koichiro Matsumoto vs. Tatsunao Nagakura

When it comes to fights, a seasoned fan can often appreciate the subtle techniques in each aspect of MMA, and find interest in a bout which a more casual onlooker may see as downright boring. However, every once in a while there comes a fight that everyone can agree is thoroughly enjoyable, and often those fights would fall under the category of a “Sloppy Slugfest”. While some in the MMA community dismiss these fights due to their lack of technique, they are merely soulless pessimists and need to learn how to enjoy some brainless fun every once in a while.

The epitome of the Sloppy Slugfest is the legendary Don Frye/Yoshihiro Takayama throwdown that made men, women and children weep. The men wept out of joy, while the women and children wept due to what the Hawtness’ mug looked like post fight. In honour of the untouchable nature of this slugfest, all others are judged on the patented 5-Fryama scale. 5 Fryama’s is Frye/Takayama itself, while anything less denotes a fight which ultimately falls short of the classic – which, inevitably, is every other slugfest in history.

Let us commence.

Koichiro Matsumoto vs. Tatsunao Nagakura

DEEP 55 – August 26, 2011

As you sit and watch the first round of this fight, you’re going to think I’m crazy for picking it, but stick around for the second round and I guarantee it will be worth it. In what Koichiro Matsumoto made clear would be his final MMA bout, he came to put on a show in defense of his DEEP Featherweight Title. Oh, the second round starts at 7:00, in case you’re really too impatient to sit through the first (for shame…)

You have to love a round where the longest period of time that the fighters aren’t throwing bolos at each other is when they pause to shake hands in the middle of some heavy exchanges. Matsumoto – if he chooses to remain retired – closed out his career in style, but at 25 retirement is hard to imagine being a permanent fixture, especially given that if he becomes successful in his comedy pursuits he will be one of the few Japanese crossover draws.


About bradtaschuk

An MMA enthusiast who also fancies himself a writer, I've been following the sport in depth since moving off to University in the fall of 2004 allowed me more free time than I knew what to do with. Quickly, an obsession with watching as much MMA as possible developed, which has continued to this day in the form of writing and editing articles for various MMA sites, and now to my own blog about my views on the sport.
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