Scratches head I called it on my thread 'Rewind'. I'm not surprised that Royce won. Just had a feeling that Royce would outwork Sakuraba somehow and win.
But this is the most curious thing: How do we evaluate this now?
143 pound Tokoro basically took it to Royce and was beating him pillar to post in two out of three rounds in a mandated draw, making Royce look like he was the smaller fighter in that match, despite Tokoro giving up at least 30 pounds.
Matt Hughes pretty much walked right through Royce, stopping him brutally quick with barely breaking a sweat.
But Sakuraba, the first fighter to decisively beat Royce took 90 minutes to do it the first time around, and then loses to him by decision in an uneventful coin-flip match...
What does this say about Sakuraba's skills, his age or his ability?
What does it say about Royce's?
Has Royce improved since his first match against Sakuraba, or have the beatings that Sakuraba has taken over the years finally caught up to him, or is it merely a matter of Sakuraba being a relic of an earlier age, like Royce himself?
I'm kinda baffled right now of how to evaluate the result of this match.