Sakuraba Returns to HERO'S Ring in March
HERO'S parent company Fight Entertainment Group has officially
added three bouts to the line-up of its March 12 card at Nagoya
Rainbow Hall, with some considerable starpower.
The card will see Japanese icon Kazushi Sakuraba (Pictures) in his first in-ring action after
Akiyama (Pictures) greasing controversy, which
embroiled the Japanese fight industry in early 2007. The return to
the ring for "The Gracie Hunter" will be a soft touch, as he is
scheduled to meet unheralded Ukrainian "Playboy" Jurij Kiselov. The
30-year-old Kiselov's most notable competition has come in the
Lithuanian HERO'S events, where he has suffered two unceremonious
Devastating Dutch striker "Marvellous" Melvin Manhoef (Pictures) will return to HERO'S competition
for the first time since his loss to the aforementioned Akiyama in
the HERO'S 2006 187-pound tournament final last October. Manhoef
will take on former King of Pancrase Yoshiki Takahashi (Pictures), who has just returned to Japan
after spending the last few weeks in Costa Rica for the filming of
bodogFight, in which Takahashi took on Mark Burch (Pictures).
Also, veteran Yoshihisa
Yamamoto (Pictures) will take on a fellow former
Shibata. The 27-year-old Shibata has fought one MMA bout,
defeating another pro-wrestler, Ice Man, at Jungle Fight in May of
2004. Shibata has since dedicated himself to mixed martial arts
training under Pancrase pioneer Masakatsu Funaki.
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