Yeah, buddy. I love this so much. A little added backstory to the Rickson vs. Anjo gym fight. Anjo went back a second time, soon after the fight, but he did so to show Rickson respect. Rickson thought the feud was over, but then a couple weeks later Anjo went to the Japanese press and said Rickson and his students jumped him, and that's why cameras weren't allowed in. Rickson had the entire fight recorded, though, as he recorded pretty much everything back then (there's gold on Youtube of him rolling with people in the eighties and nineties), and Rickson sent one of his guys over to Japan with the tape. The Gracie rep called a press conference, showed the Japanese press the tape (as in there was only one, and he had to bring it back to Rickson), and Anjo lost all respect for lying to the press about being jumped. It was a fair fight, and Rickson toyed with him.
Rickson never released the tape, which make some people suspect of what actually happened (those that don't know the story of the Japanese press seeing it that is), but the reasoning has always been suspected that Rickson was embarrassed by how brutal he was. Anjo reportedly gave up his back almost immediately, and in a match, Rickson would have just choked him out for the win. But this was essentially a street fight, so Rickson wasn't looking for a quick win, so he turned Anjo back over, and beat his face up more instead, really bloodying him up, probably for the theatrics for when he opened the doors back up to the press. A man getting choked out, with little marks on his face, wouldn't have had quite the same impact as a dude with a nose split in half. Either way, Rickson still has the tape, and he shows it to his homeys when they come over his house.
DO NOT FUCK WITH RICKSON GRACIE
It's cool you mention Renzo quickly using the rubber guard, because I've seen Eddie Bravo cite that moment for his inspiration for building his entire guard around that. What was kind of a throwaway moment for Renzo, was another's inspiration for a new guard. And you learned a sweep from the same damn fight.
I love Renzo. He is my second favorite Gracie, after Rickson, mainly because he's funny as fuck. Also, no Gracie handled a Sakuraba loss better.
Kimo vs. Severn was indeed a dream fight back then, believe it or not. Kimo became a star without beating anybody, almost entirely carried by a good look. Severn and Kimo were two of the biggest UFC stars, and it took PRIDE FC for them to fight.