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Cosplay + Kickboxing = The Ultimate Intimidation Tactic

You're about to kickbox with a very large, very angry man. What's the best way to psyche him out? If you're Japanese kickboxer Yuichiro Nagashima, you dress up as a female anime character. And you thought pro wrestling was flamboyant.

These clips from the recent K-1 World Max 2010 kickboxing tournament in Saitama, Japan showcase avid cosplayer Nagashima's ring entrances. In a way, it's not much different from what Apollo Creed did to Ivan Drago in Rocky IV (only without James Brown). Unlike Apollo, Nagashima won the tournament.


I like this trend. I'd definitely watch more MMA if everyone wore insane wigs. Mr. Nagashima, keep on fighting the good, strange fight.

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But what about his fighting? Is he any good? Or does he win by psyching his opponents out?

I do remember a Western MMA dude who kissed his opponent to freak him out. Don't remember how that went for him, but I cheered his audacity.