^did they have camera/video phones back then?
There is an article in a Japanese magazine (Pro-Wrestle) about the fight, it had some pictures (a Japanese film crew was with Anjo, but was not allowed to view the fight). People have posted that link before; the article states that Rickson sent someone home to get a video camera, so it would be no surprise that the video exists.
Recorded it on your phone! LOL. Wow. Back then the internet was freakin text and BBS. Phones looked like bricks and the Beatles were still together.
I know it exists because I watched it with Rickson. I don't think they ever made the video public. If I recall, it was shot on their video equipment and they always keep control of the video.
The fight was a beatdown. Anjo made a huge announcement in some arena in Japan that he was headed to LA to "Kill Rickson Gracie" (I saw that also). This was when Rickson was fighting over there and the organization that Anjo fought for hated Rickson (it might have been Rings but I don't remember)
Anyway, Anjo shows up with the Japanese press and his manager demanding to fight Rickson. If I recall Rickson wasn't there but went over to the school. They kick out the press, there is no ref and these two go at it. Rickson didn't have a scatch on him and Anjo was left unconscious in a pool of blood. I would say the fight was 2 or 3 minutes.
I remember asking Rickson afterwards why he was so brutal in the fight. He told me that he had to make it clear to the Japanese press and anyone else who won the fight. If I recall, Anjo also had enough damage where he ended up in the hospital.
Here is an interesting side story. Some Japanese comedian showed up to play a gag on Rickson. He was a little dude and had a sign that read "I want to fight Rickson Gracie". He was meet at the door by Rockson and Luis. In short time, Rockson jumped up and said "you have to fight me before you fight my dad". Rockson was probably 14 or 15 at the time. Rockson always had the fighter spirit. RIP my friend.
I also remember hearing that a day or two after the beating, Anjo showed back up at the school and presented Rickson with a gift. I want to say it was a sword?
possibly a video of the fight ...?? i could be wrong tho
I was told by a Barra Black belt guy that Rockson probably had the best JJ technique he had ever experienced and the guy is a mat rat who loves to train, with a very good comp record...
Such a shame and a waste that all that shit happend... he made a wrong turn.
I think he would have been another Rickson... I also think he was as mad as Rickson and Relson.. in there day they would street fight all the time.
I remembered a BJJ guy I trained with who was Japanese used to get the Japanese fight magazines.
It had snapshots of Rickson. One I recall was Rickson being held up by a student and Rickson was just wearing a sweat pants. But Rickson was very mad
because the Japanese press did a whole setup.
I don't want to disrespect my Japanese friends
but Rickson was taunted and ridiculed. He gave the man a beatdown and there's a picture of Anjo with his
face covered in blood. The Japanese press took pictures wherever they could. But I think after the fight, Rickson let the press in. Anjoh was on the floor lying down.
lol, his face is messed up in that second one.
In the video Rickson is taping his hands as he drives to the school. Limao or Kim called him. Rockson was probably video taping him as they drove down. I watched the video with Rickson. There was a point in time while Rickson was beating the shit out of the Japanese guy Rockson was getting pumped and was yelling. While Rickson was giving me the play by play he explained to me when Rockson was yelling " He told him to settle down that could be him meaning Rickson someday" It was great. And right away Rockson toned it down!!
It was not a masterful tape job. He was putting white athletic tape around his knuckles as headed to his academy.
I think there is a article about it.
Cool posts Elferoz and Momentum. Thanks
Seems to me he taped the hands at the Academy with Duct Tape. I smell BS in some peoples post's.
lol at the bullshit.... why would u lie about seeing the tape if u really didnt? Some people are BS'ng on this thread