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Kazushi Sakuraba to return at DREAM.17 against Yan Cabral

It looks like fight fans will get to see Kazushi Sakuraba in action at least one more time in his career at DREAM.17 in September. Challenging the MMA legend will be the undefeated Brazilian Yan Cabral, making his DREAM debut and trying to make an immediate splash in the MMA world.

DREAM officials have confirmed the bout.

One of the most prolific and beloved Japanese MMA fighters of all time, the 42-year-old Sakuraba will be stepping back into the DREAM ring for the first time since New Years Eve 2010 against Marius Zaramskis. “The Gracie Hunter” lost that bout by doctor stoppage after part of his ear was torn off during the action. The loss was Sakuraba’s fifth defeat in his last seven bouts. Despite the slide, Sakuraba remains one of the most popular fighters in the company and country.

Cabral is a jiu-jitsu black belt who trained under Carlson Gracie before moving to the Nova Uniao camp. He holds a 9-0 MMA record and has finished all nine of his opponents via submission. However, he hasn’t competed since April 2010.

DREAM.17 is scheduled for September 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Also on the card is a lightweight showdown between submission ace Shinya Aoki and decorated striker Rob McCullough and the start of the DREAM bantamweight tournament. No US broadcast details have been announced for the event.

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  • joe mo mma says:

    Sakuraba is still and will always be one of my favorite fighters, the guy is a legend. It just pains me to see him get beat up in his +40 year old body. But seeing that single leg take down when he grabs the guys ankle is just an awesome sight to see. I hope he pulls this one off and I hope his ear stays on his head too. Sakuraba via kneebar or heel hook RD1. GO SAKU!

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