Sakuraba vs. Galesic at Dream 12


Fans were excited at the prospect of a classic striking battle between Melvin Manhoef and Zelg Galesic but an 'upper arm injury' to Manhoef has forced him to withdraw from the card.

Galesic will now face Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba, also known as 'the Gracie Hunter' due to his mutiple wins over members of the Gracie family in his prime.

The bout now becomes a classic 'striker vs. grappler' contest and the London-based Galesic will opt to stay away from the mat as submission specialist Sakuraba is still a potent grappling threat despite claims he is 'over the hill'.

Many fans would like to see Sakuraba hang up his gloves as a career fighting bigger men has seen him on the receiving end of some severe beatings but the charismatic star is still a fan-favourite and a huge asset for Dream - one they will look to milk for all they can.


tags: Zelg Galesic   Kazushi Sakuraba (detail)  Dream   


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ajl416az site profile image  

10/19/09 6:52 PM by ajl416az

Sakuraba needs to fight old guys, not studs half his age. GO SAKU!

MMAunltd site profile image  

10/19/09 6:00 PM by MMAunltd

Maybe we need to start an underground 'collection pot' for Sak's retirement fund so he'll agree to stop doing this to us!

thefightnerd site profile image  

10/19/09 4:36 PM by thefightnerd

 saku inside a cage with zelg... this is bad news for sak for sure. he has not been in a cage since waaaay back and against someone like galesic... yikes. poor sak. even if he does win, its going to be by miracle submission and hes going to have a long ways to survive to get that.

NorthFromHere site profile image  

10/19/09 3:57 PM by NorthFromHere

If this turns out to be another Morkevicius-fight for Saku, he could very well die in the ring.

Ecko Unltd site profile image  

10/19/09 3:53 PM by Ecko Unltd

 Same. Scary fight. I don't think Saku has the speed to sub Zelg anymore. Zelg isn't anything special on the mat, but he will know enough to stand back up where he has a huge advantage. I like Sak too much for this fight to happen

fiber site profile image  

10/19/09 1:54 PM by fiber

I like this, gonna drop a nice bet on galesic/overeem parlay here..

deepu site profile image  

10/19/09 1:52 PM by deepu

Yet another Saku fight that I'll hate seeing but will watch nonetheless :(

CretardsCrutch site profile image  

10/19/09 1:42 PM by CretardsCrutch

Dangerous fight for Sakuraba.

TheDigitalRuler site profile image  

10/19/09 1:15 PM by TheDigitalRuler

Big Saku fan here, but I simply do not want to see him fight this type of opponent at this stage in his career.

MMAunltd site profile image  

10/19/09 1:07 PM by MMAunltd

 I like Zelg but I still think this is a winnable fight for Sak...Obviously Zelg has the edge in youth, speed and striking but the old dog still has his guile! Zelg is the favourite to do damage but Saku could sneak  a sub if he gets it to the mat.