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Kauzushi Sakuraba vs. Ralek Gracie on tap for Dream 14

According to DREAM matchmaker Daisuke Soto on Ustream, a very big fight might be going down at Dream 14. It’s the return of one of the sports greatest rivalries: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. The Gracie Family. The Gracie Hunter is possibly prepping to go on the hunt against the new generation of Gracie family members, starting off with Ralek Gracie.

Ralek Gracie is the grandson of Helio Gracie and the son of Rorion Gracie, the original founder of The Ultimate Fighting Championship. Gracie made the jump to MMA in 2008, and has gone 2-0 with submission victories in both of his fights. His recent fight was at DREAM 4 against Alavutdin Gadzhiyev, whom Gracie dispatched of with an armbar and round one.

Sakuraba currently holds victories over Royce, Renzo, Ryan, and Royler Gracie back in the PRIDE promotion. The last time Sakuraba fought a Gracie was in 2007, against Royce Gracie at K-1’s first MMA event in America. Lately, Sakuraba has picked up victories over boxer Rubin Williams and Croation Zelg Galesic via submission.

A legendary rivalry will begin again, and this time the rivalry goes to the cage.

  • blue says:

    Provided the Gracie doesn’t load up on steroids, Sakuraba going away. However, it is in Japan so anything is possible…and legal, no?

  • Spoken says:

    this fight makes me a bit nervous…. as much as i love seeing sakuraba fighting (and winning) even well after his prime, i dont like the idea of the tail end of the gracie hunters career including a loss to a gracie. but hey, thats assuming he loses. never count out saku…


    Sakuraba should win this one

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    can vs. can.

  • Add another Gracie to the list. Sakuraba takes this. Nothing against the Gracies, but their time in MMA is long gone. Sakuraba would still smash any Gracie even if he was in a wheelchair…

  • LiverPunch says:

    Would still like to see F. Shamrock vs Saku.
    Saku was considered one of the 2 best LHWs (yes LHW) in the world at one stage and has victories over Randleman, Rampage, Vernon White, Newton and Fontes Bragga aswell as those Gracies Cocoonofhorror. So to call him a can is like saying Couture is a can.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    can vs. can.  

    fuck man thats harsh. Sakuraba is a pioneer of this sport, he may be way past it now and never won a title but the guy was a pure grappler who would fight the top strikers in the world (cro cop, silva 3 times, Igor and so on). that takes some nuts knowing you are never gonna knock someone out to go fight a guy who is almost guarenteed to pummel you to death. thats no can man, thats fucking Saku

  • LiverPunch says:

    I just thought I would add that he has also beaten Belfort too, if memory serves me correctly.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    shit yes he schooled Vitor didnt he. Forgot about that, also choked Rampage. Saku is a god


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