Sakuraba's ear partially detached vs. Zaromskis


Dream Welterweight Championship
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

The video package for the Dream welterweight championship bout between Zaromskis and Sakuraba asks the question, "Is Sakuraba finished?"

"Finished?" he says. "I don't think I'm finished."

Round 1
Zaromskis flies at Sakuraba with a kick, but "The IQ Wrestler" brushes him away. Sakuraba indulges Zaromskis on the feet for a bit, connecting with push kicks and hooks. However, Zaromskis' sharp punches connect on Sakuraba as well. One punch seems to open up Sakuraba's legendarily cauliflowered right ear. Referee Moritaka Oshiro calls a brief break to get him cleaned up.

When they resume at the center, Sakuraba takes the center and continues to work his punches. Sakuraba's defense is very tight and high, his hands aren't connecting, while Zaromskis' are. Oshiro steps in to have Sakuraba's ear cleaned up again, but this time, Sakuraba is cupping his hand over it. The crowd lets out a collective groan of disappointment as the ringside physician tells Oshiro that Sakuraba cannot continue.

The official time of the bout is 2:16 of the first round. Marius Zaromskis successfully defends his Dream welterweight title for the first time.

With his head wrapped in bandages and tape, Sakuraba takes to the microphone and says in rapid-fire Japanese, "Sorry, but my ear kind of came off, dammit. Zaromskis is a great fighter. Thanks for coming out to support me, and I'll continue to do my best. I think I'm still improving so I want to continue fighting."

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tmr site profile image  

1/1/11 6:02 PM by tmr

It wasn't only the US broadcast, I heard that the japanese TBS one was also on 2 hour delay, everybody saw it at the same time.I'd agree with your post in most situations though (and do if I'm wrong and TBS did actually air it live at 2 - but when i checked that network the show wasn't on), however the 2 hour delay was not exclusive to the US from what i understand.

Jambo888 site profile image  

1/1/11 5:51 PM by Jambo888

the ear saved him from another beating...

Floppy Divac site profile image  

1/1/11 4:28 PM by Floppy Divac

 Wow, I knew to stay off this forum because of spoilers, but had no idea that the brainless offender would be staff.    And yeah, that shit was naaaasty.

KevinMcAllister site profile image  

1/1/11 3:18 PM by KevinMcAllister

^^ haha good stuff.poor saku though it pains me to see him pain himself over and over.cmon saku we've enjoyed ur fights for over a decade just let it go now while you still have 1 ear left


12/31/10 10:46 PM by K-Dub-"T"

LOL! We should just get rid of Chris altogether.....  

opencipher site profile image  

12/31/10 10:40 PM by opencipher

Kirik said til after the broadcast..its already been broadcast.

ChicagoTom site profile image  

12/31/10 10:36 PM by ChicagoTom

They showed his ear for a brief moment and you could see it hanging. His body is saying "enough". 

Hurricane Hasan site profile image  

12/31/10 10:31 PM by Hurricane Hasan

Disgusting...Saku please retire. I want to remember you as a champion not a gatekeeper.

Steamfitter site profile image  

12/31/10 10:29 PM by Steamfitter

 Kirik lies, the UG cries. This thread is still on the UG. Chris must have moved it back. Who's running the show Kirik?

harderthanever site profile image  

12/31/10 9:50 PM by harderthanever

Kakkoroto sanI respectfully disagree although people have won fights with broken arms 90% of the time such things would indicate losing. I know they do things differently in japan but a detached motherfuckin ear means it was stopped.