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edlavis88 05-10-2012 02:57 PM

WTF!! Shinya Aoki Vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Signed For DREAM

If everything goes according to plan, two of the top Japanese stars of the generation are going to do battle in the coming months. A bout between top 10 ranked lightweight, Shinya Aoki (30-6), and MMA pioneer, Kazushi Sakuraba (26-16) is in the works for the next DREAM show.

Word about the contest was first mentioned by Daniel Fletcher as a rumor, and separate sources from the region have confirmed to that the bout is indeed in the works for a future DREAM event and it has been agreed upon by at least one party.

Sakuraba returned to pro-wrestling or 'puroresu' on DREAM's NYE event, and while people thought he may not compete in MMA again, it looks like the Japanese legend would likely be taking another bout this year. It would be a showcase match pitting a current star with an aging legend, but it's definitely the kind of spectacle that one could expect to see in Japan.

UPDATE: Sources tell me that the fight has been signed and is set to go for DREAM's next event, and it is billed as Saku's farewell fight.


The 42-year-old Sakuraba started his career back in 1996 and has fought the who's who in MMA during his heyday. Even at the tail end of his career, "The Gracie Hunter" has still faced a chain of top opponents, losing his last 4 bouts including 2 at welterweight.

Aoki on the other hand, is still at the prime of his career at 28 years of age, and has shown an improved MMA game since moving his training camps to Singapore. Coming in to this bout though, Shinya will be looking to rebound from a loss on that rematch against Eddie Alvarez, which snapped his 7-fight winning streak.

This is just a crazy matchup. Will draw FRICKING HUGE in Asia!

Someone is getting subbed here!!

LL 05-10-2012 03:23 PM

Damn right it's crazy, that's JMMA for you.

Toxic 05-10-2012 06:59 PM

I don't know or care what weight this is at call me crazy but I love the match up and it is like Dream is throwing the hail marry here. I would have never thought we would or should see it but what the hell they got my attention.

Mirage445 05-10-2012 11:28 PM

Haha, awesome!

Term 05-11-2012 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by edlavis88 (Post 1583126)

Someone is getting subbed here!!

Someone? really. Sakuraba should not be fighting anymore. Sakuraba will be lucky to get out of this with no broken limbs.

Rauno 05-11-2012 09:54 AM

:laugh: Gotta love Japan.

HitOrGetHit 05-11-2012 10:21 AM

The big names make it a draw but this should be an easy win for Aoki.

xeberus 05-11-2012 12:34 PM


I mean I'll definitely watch. I just hope sakuraba doesn't get anything broken.

John8204 05-12-2012 12:28 AM

My reaction can best be described from this gif from Community

Hennessy 05-12-2012 12:40 PM

fight's not gonna happen!

Mike Hackler said so on Twitter and nothing had been offc. announced anyways.

Im just happy not to see Sakuraba throw away his life and dignity in the ring. I pray that he will hang em up soon.

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