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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2008, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Sakuraba Announces He Will Not Enter MW GP

Kazushi Sakuraba invited the press to his new dojo, "Laughter7" on Mar 24. Laughter 7 is located in Tokyo. Tanikawa (FEG) showed up in the dojo and said he looked forward to seeing Sakuraba raise the next MMA fighters. After the opening ceremony, Sakuraba answered questions from press.

Where does the name "Laughter7" come from?
The name doesn't have any special meaning. We are happy when we laugh, and the number 7 means lucky.

What would you like to do?
I would like to bring up stronger fighters to pull the level of Japanese MMA up. I like to raise fighters who are sly, better than those who are powerful.

Do you participate in the middleweight GP? Tanikawa said you will be ready to GP and win its tournament.
I'm still bleeding and cannot fight in the GP. Tanikawa shouldn't say anything like that. I don't agree with their offer and won't fight. I'm going to gain weight. I'll be ok with one-match though. I think I made this clear, I won't fight in the tournament. I'm not interested in that title and cannot be in condition. I will fight 3-4 times per a year if I don't get injured. If I have one match, I will do my best.

Later, Tanikawa again told press that he should fight in the tournament.
"We have very interesting fighters for him. He should just consider each fight as one match. That's all. In the tournament, we will have 8 Japanese fighters and 8 foreign fighters. I know you will be surprised to see the fighters for sure and we will announce it this week".

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Heath Herring-Josh Barnett-Roxy Modafferi-Kazushi Sakurauba-Murrillo Bustamante-Tatsuya Kawajiri-Megumi Fujii-Dan Henderson-Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria-Kazuyuki Fujita-Hideki Kadowaki
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