2000 Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba A relative no name coming from pro wrestling, he raised eyebrows in 1998 in a stunning display of grappling, tapping a former UFC champ Carlos Newton. In 1999, he followed up with a win over Vitor Belfort that looked suspect, but went on to no just beat, but submit a member of the royal family of mma, Royler Gracie. This setup his memorable year in 2000. Starting with questionable win where Guy Mezger left the ring after officials decided spontaneously to add a round, then after 90 minutes, undefeated mma great, Royce Gracie could take no mas. Saku went on that same night to put on a valiant effort vs the monster in Igor and ended up no mas after the first. Saku then went on to break Renozs arm and beat Ryan, single handily dismantling of the royal family of mma, ending an era. In their own game no less. 3 Gracie's in one year when no one had beaten a single one before. Legend. It caturpulted him into biggest star in mma and the launching pad for Japan's love with mma that would be the foundation for the golden era of mma. They would repay him by giving him bouts with Rampage, Wand, Arona, Crocop, Randleman, Lil Nog, Melvin. A blown up welterweight by today's standards fighting much heavier monsters of the game. At least they spared him Fedor. Fucking japs.