MMA legends Dan Henderson and Kazushi Sakuraba will finally face off, though we won’t see any “H-Bomb” right hands being thrown.
Instead, they will meet in a grappling rules contest scheduled for Oct. 15 at a RIZIN show in Fukuoka, Japan. Henderson, who is the former UFC title challenger, will be competing against the mixed martial arts discoverer Kazushi Sakuraba in an exhibition match was announced during the RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2017 1st Round event in Saitama and Sakuraba later celebrated the booking with a shot of himself and Henderson on Instagram.
Henderson retired from the MMA in 0ctober 2016 after losing the middleweight title to Michael Bisping who is the current UFC champion. He later competed in a grappling match against UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones which took place at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground.
On the other hand, Kazushi Sakuraba last competed in 2015 in a battle against Shinya Aoki at Rizin FF’s debut even and recently he was introduced in the UFC HALL of Fame regardless of the fact that he has only fought once in the Octagon.
The Rizin FF 7 event will also be featuring four opening-round fights featuring bantamweight World Grand Prix. It is yet to be known on how many rounds the match against Henderson vs. Sakuraba will be, the weight they will compete at or the exact rules of the game.
This is essentially a dream match for fans of these two warriors who rose to stardom in Japan’s famed PRIDE organization. Henderson held both the PRIDE welterweight and middleweight titles simultaneously before joining the UFC, while Sakuraba engaged in countless classic battles with member of the Gracie family and various opponents who typically dwarfed him in size.
At 46 and 48 respectively, it appears that Henderson and Sakuraba are finding ways to still fuel their competitive fires without taking any excessive risks.
It isn’t clear how many rounds Henderson vs. Sakuraba will be, what the exact rules are, and what weight they will compete at.
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