Grabaka Announces Oct. 15 Event in Tokyo with Kikuta, Somdet
By: Chris Nelson Aug 9, 2011
Well-known Japanese gym
Grabaka will celebrate its 11th anniversary by staging its
inaugural MMA event Oct. 15 at Tokyo’s Differ Ariake arena.
Produced in conjunction with Deep, “Grabaka
Live! 1st Cage Attack” will feature MMA bouts contested in a
six-sided cage, with a lineup comprised of Grabaka representatives
old and new. The show was formally announced Tuesday at a press
conference in Tokyo.
Grabaka founder Sanae Kikuta
(Pictured; file photo) will serve as the event organizer and will
also compete on the night against an adversary to-be-determined.
When asked with whom he would like to step into the cage, the
39-year-old ADCC Submission Wrestling world champion was quick to
rattle off a few possibilities.
“It’s been about one year since I fought,” said Kikuta, who notched
a first-round stoppage of South Korean neophyte Yi Sak Kim in
October. “If I were to choose a Japanese opponent, I’d go for my
senpai (senior) like Kazushi
Sakuraba or Kiyoshi
Tamura. If it’s a foreigner, I’d like to maybe face Paulo
Grabaka -- a portmanteau of “grappling” and “baka” (Japanese
for “fool”) -- is perhaps most notable for producing UFC and Pride
Fighting Championships veteran Akihiro Gono
and current Strikeforce signee Kazuo
Misaki, both of whom have parted ways with the gym in the past