One of the most impressive street/challenge fights he apparently had may have been against Hugo Duarte.
You probably heard of the first of the their 2 scraps that happened at Copacabana beach. Duarte claimed though that Rickson came ready to fight, with a huge crew, while Duarte was just chillin at the beach.
Duarte also claimed that some of Rickson's guys kicked sand in his face or some shit. Rickson won that one.
Then Duarte repaid the challenge at Rickson's dojo in dojo crashing. Rickson won again.
Duarte is pretty big, like 220, I think and was regarded as the top Luta Livre fighter I believe.
One of the problems is that, ya, when Rickson was in his prime, MMA was not yet.
Of his offical MMA matches, Funaki has to be his best opponent but although Funaki is a Pancrase legend and perhaps if Funaki made the attempt to full MMA in his prime, very well may have been a top 10 fighter, when he fought Rickson, wasnt he losing his share?
Didnt he lost to Jason DeLucia not too long before Rickson?
Apparently Braga beat down Funaki pretty good but it was a no-decision fight. Still, I remember Braga being impressed with Funaki in that he still had some slick sub attempts until the end.
Rickson, of course, just took Funaki to school on the mat apparently. Some claimed work, who knows?
One thing that always sticks out in my mind though is not who Rickson didnt fight but the reason he gave once for not fighting a particular fighter.
Was he serious about the "aura" shit?