Frank Shamrock to Face Kazushi Sakuraba in Grappling Match at Rizin’s Oct. 15 Event
By: Tristen Critchfield Sep 29, 2017
What was once one of mixed martial arts great “what if” matchups
will become a reality in a different type of combat on Oct. 15.
Japanese promotion Rizin announced Friday that Frank
Shamrock and Kazushi
Sakuraba will square off in a grappling match on its Oct. 15
card at Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan. Shamrock is
stepping in as a replacement for Dan
Henderson, who withdrew from the match due to an injured
Rizin “Aki No Jin” will also feature the “B” portion of the
bantamweight grand prix and the opening round of the women’s super
atomweight grand prix.
Shamrock, a former UFC champion, once called out Sakuraba at a
Pride Fighting Championships event, but the bout never came to
fruition. At the time, Sakuraba was one of the sport’s biggest
stars in Japan.
The 48-year-old Sakuraba has competed in grappling matches against
Gracie in 2014 and in a tandem match with Hideo Tokoro
Silva and Kiyoshi
Tamura at a Rizin event in 2016. Both bouts ended in a draw.
Shamrock, 44, last fought MMA in 2009, losing to Nick Diaz via
second-round TKO under the Strikeforce banner. He last grappled
against Henderson in 1997, winning via submission.
Shamrock and Sakuraba will compete in a 15-minute bout with no
point system, which means the match will either end in a submission
or as a draw.