Is Kazushi Sakuraba going to die in the ring?


Dana White and Frank Shamrock recently appeared - separately - on Mauro Ranallo's radio show, and each discussed the greatest fighter to ever come out of Japan, and maybe the world, Kazushi Sakuraba.

“I’m a huge Sakuraba fan. The problem with the Sakuraba story is, Sakuraba should have fought at 170 pounds instead of doing all these Japanese freak show fights where they got him destroyed by guys who were two weight classes heavier than him. So, it goes unanswered whether Kazushi Sakuraba could have been the greatest fighter to ever come out of Japan. The Japanese ruined him!

“It’s just like any other sport that starts out in the beginning. Guys that were great that you try to compare ‘em to different eras and, you know, like I told you — (I’m a) huge Sakuraba fan and it’s unfortunate that his career wasn’t handled in the right way where we could have found out if this guy was possibly the best fighter ever in Japanese history and I don’t disagree with you at all that he was a huge superstar and definitely put, you know, it on the map, not only in Japan but in the rest of the world.”

Ranallo also interviewed Frank Shamrock on The Gracie Hunter.

Mauro Ranallo: “This guy is literally going to die in the ring and, yet, here we are six years later and the 42-year old is still fighting. I wanted to get your thoughts on why what was considered one of the big fights and one that both Bas Rutten & I were both looking forward to calling never materialized, that being Frank Shamrock vs. Kazushi Sakuraba under the PRIDE banner. Why didn’t it happen?”

Frank Shamrock: “Well, it never happened because we just could never come to terms with it and at the time, you’re right, Sakuraba was the biggest thing in Mixed Martial Arts and honestly my brand was on the decline and… you know, I was a tough fight, him and I were the exact same style, our teacher’s teachers were the same teachers, so it seemed like we were destined to fight each other but, you know, that was a time when I was going down and he was going up and he was, you know, superstardom ahead of me.

“But when you talk about continuing to fight past your ability to represent your own brand, you know, the Japanese culture believes differently. To them, dying in the ring, that’s a big honor and, you know, I hate to say it but it looks like Sakuraba’s going to go out that way.”

MR: “You’re joking?”

FS: “No! I mean, when I was in Japan… I would have loved to have died in the ring fighting.”

MR: “Why?”

FS: “Because that’s what I love to do, that’s the essence to of putting everything on the line and risking your life and your heart and your soul, your spirit, and putting everything out in front of the people. What better way to do if you’re a warrior?”

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ednzo777 site profile image  

9/6/11 5:25 PM by ednzo777

if Japanese ruined Sakthen what did Dana do to Chucka and Wandy.size might matter but letting someone go 1-5 with 4 losses by tko/ko is bad to. or 2-6 4 tko losses as well 2 in Pride

Todd Parker site profile image  

9/6/11 5:23 PM by Todd Parker

Dana is 100% correct

Jack Skellington site profile image  

9/6/11 5:15 PM by Jack Skellington

 dfw is right

jacktripper site profile image  

9/6/11 5:05 PM by jacktripper

how would anyone know? most of the time the greatest mma org and gold standard for the sport didnt bother to have weigh ins...

jacktripper site profile image  

9/3/11 2:51 PM by jacktripper

and if youre aunt had a cock...(chitat would probably be fantasizing about it but thats beside the point)

jacktripper site profile image  

9/3/11 2:50 PM by jacktripper

first of all take your gay fantasies to matbattle where they belongso what exactly was racist about that post... was it the part where i mentioned pride flashed banana and monkey graphics during randlemans ring walk?

Chitat site profile image  

9/2/11 12:56 AM by Chitat

Why don't you take your racist douchebag ass and go suck on some foreskin where you belong.

cincibill site profile image  

9/2/11 12:37 AM by cincibill

Sak forever, Dana shut the hell up. Hindsight is 20-20. If the Japanese knew better they would own fighting and I wouldn't know who Dan White is.

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9/2/11 12:13 AM by vruntson

Would be great to see Saku retire this year and become the CEO of DREAM, in a similar way to that of Takada and Pride. Saku can continue to train young fighters and become the figure head of Japans No.1 MMA organisation.