UnderGround Forums Don Frye’s heartbreaking message to Takayama

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Pride 21: Demolition on June 23, 2002, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan featured the league debut of future MMA heavyweight G.O.A.T. Fedor Emelianenko and future UFC G.O.A.T. Anderson Silva. And in the main event, Don Frye and Yoshihiro Takayama engaged in the manliest fight in the history of combat sports.

There is no other way to describe this:

Last year Frye suffered potentially life threatening medical issues, but is recovering. Takayama is far, far worse.

At a DDT professional wrestling show on May 4, 2017, Takayama attempted a sunset flip on Yasu Urano and landed on his head. He was diagnosed with “cervical spinal cord injury due to degenerative cervical spondylosis.” On August 6 it was reported that Takayama was paralyzed from the neck down. On September 4 it was reported that Takayama could breathe on his own, but the paralysis from the shoulders down was apparently permanent. A Japanese language Takayamania fund was set up to help defray costs.

Now Frye has released a heartbreaking message, saying this could be goodbye.

“Takayama-san, God gave me the greatest opponent anybody could ever ask for, you,” began a visibly diminished Frye. “You made the greatest fight the world has ever seen. You are the reason that our fight beat the World Cup of soccer head to head on TV. You are the image of Bushido and strength and triumph. You are the first person everyone asks about when they meet me. You are the warrior we all look to be.

“Tayama-san, if you are done with this life, in this adventure, and wish to move on, good luck. We are not ready to lose you, and let you go. Therefore we will always remember you. But if you must go sir, God Speed.”

Hopefully this story has a happy ending, but the backside of combat sports only rarely does.

9/12/17 12:07 PM
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Fuuuuck didn't know that happened to takayama.
9/12/17 12:08 PM
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Holy fuck
9/12/17 12:17 PM
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Fucking sad 

9/12/17 12:21 PM
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Dusty up in here.....

9/12/17 12:35 PM
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Is Takayama dieing?

9/12/17 12:38 PM
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I choked up reading that
9/12/17 12:38 PM
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:(

9/12/17 12:41 PM
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I hope Takayama comes through ok.

9/12/17 12:42 PM
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Is Takayama dieing?

This?? I thought he was just paralysed. By the sounds of it, its seems like he has a choice or maybe im picking it up wrong.

Also cool fact that it was nore watched than a world cup mate. Thats huge
9/12/17 1:25 PM
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Is Takayama dieing?

He can't breathe on his own - he needs a machine.

9/12/17 1:34 PM
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that was tough 

great men

9/12/17 1:40 PM
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I show that fight to friends several times per year.
9/12/17 1:47 PM
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Got chills reading that.

 

9/12/17 1:48 PM
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Mercenary Tao -
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Is Takayama dieing?

This?? I thought he was just paralysed. By the sounds of it, its seems like he has a choice or maybe im picking it up wrong.

Also cool fact that it was nore watched than a world cup mate. Thats huge
"just paralyzed" from the next down?

Yeah, he'll be fine...
9/12/17 1:58 PM
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Wow. Deservedly one of the only youtube videos I've ever seen with 0 dislikes. Fucking legends.
9/12/17 2:47 PM
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:(.... he is too hawt to die....

9/12/17 3:59 PM
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Kinkle -

:(.... he is too hawt to die....

It's not sexyama.....
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Dugs95 -
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:(.... he is too hawt to die....

It's not sexyama.....

WRONG

 

Lol fuckin noobs...

9/12/17 4:06 PM
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Bullet in the Butt - I choked up reading that
Same here
9/12/17 4:11 PM
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:(.... he is too hawt to die....

It's not sexyama.....

You've exposed yourself

9/12/17 4:11 PM
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Damn. Right into the feels.

9/12/17 4:33 PM
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 i saw that fight live in saitama arena. i will never ever forget it. many people had tears in their eyes after that fight. . only if your a real man you understand the beauty of the fight. the purity of it. i still remember it fondly.

also Takayama is such a nice and kind guy. so terrible to see this happened to him. life is just so shit sometimes!

9/12/17 4:56 PM
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Dugs95 -
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:(.... he is too hawt to die....

It's not sexyama.....

Not familair with the hawt one?

9/12/17 5:03 PM
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 i saw that fight live in saitama arena. i will never ever forget it. many people had tears in their eyes after that fight. . only if your a real man you understand the beauty of the fight. the purity of it. i still remember it fondly.

also Takayama is such a nice and kind guy. so terrible to see this happened to him. life is just so shit sometimes!

Wow that's amazing that you saw that live, cool as fuck mate.