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Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba

Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba

Perhaps no other PRIDE FC star has been as loved or internationally acclaimed as Kazushi Sakuraba. He is a legend and super star in Japan, but throughout the world mixed martial arts fans flock to his unorthodox fighting style and unparalleled showmanship. His entrances alone make his fights memorable! Sakuraba represents the professional wrestlers of Japan and his success has given him the name "The Messiah of Professional Wrestling." Having made the transition to mixed martial arts, his strong grappling and striking skills have shot him to the top of the rankings and he has been involved in some of the most memorable matches in the sport's history. Among them, a rivalry with the Gracie Family, which garnered him the nickname the "Gracie Hunter" (after successive victories over Royler, Royce, Renzo and Ryan). With his incredible technical ability, mental toughness, and showmanship, you don't want to miss Sakuraba in action!
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NAME Kazushi Sakuraba
NICK NAME The Gracie Hunter
ASSOCIATION Takada Dojo
HEIGHT 6'0 / 180cm
WEIGHT 183 lbs / 83 kg
STYLE Wrestling
BIRTH DATE 1968-07-14
CITY Akita
STATE Akita 
COUNTRY Japan
PRIDE RECORD 18 / 7 / 1 (win/lose/draw)
MMA RECORD 15 / 7 / 1 (win/lose/draw)

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SHOCKWAVE 2005

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Ikuhisa
Minowa
1R 9"59' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armlock  
PRIDE 30 FULLY LOADED 2005

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Ken
Shamrock
1R 2"27' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2005  

Ricardo
Arona
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
2R 5"0' TKO - Forfeited Match  
TOTAL ELIMINATION 2005

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Yoon
Dong Sik
1R 0"38' IPPON (KO) - Punching  

CRITICAL COUNTDOWN 2004  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Nino
Schembri
3R 5"0' Decision  

SHOCKWAVE 2003  

Antonio Rogerio
Nogueira
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
3R 5"0' Decision  

FINAL CONFLICT 2003  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Kevin
Randleman
3R 2"36' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  

TOTAL ELIMINATION 2003  

Wanderlei
Silva
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
1R 5"1' IPPON (KO) - Punching  

PRIDE 25 BODY BLOW  

Nino
Schembri
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
1R 6"15' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
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PRIDE 23 CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS 2  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Gilles
Arsene
3R 2"8' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  
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PRIDE 17 CHAMPIONSHIP CHAOS  

Wanderlei
Silva
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
1R 10"0' TKO - Doctor Stoppage  
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PRIDE 15 RAGING RUMBLE  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Quinton
Jackson
1R 5"41' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Choke  

PRIDE 13 COLLISION COURSE  

Wanderlei
Silva
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
1R 1"38' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
PRIDE 12 COLD FURY  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Ryan
Gracie
1R 10"0' Decision  
PRIDE 11 BATTLE OF THE RISING SUN

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Shannon
Ritch
1R 1"8' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Other Submission  
PRIDE 10 RETURN OF THE WORRIORS  

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Renzo
Gracie
2R 9"43' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armlock  
GRAND PRIX 2000 FINALS

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Royce
Gracie
6R 15"0' TKO - Forfeited Match  
GRAND PRIX 2000 FINALS

Igor
Vovchanchyn
vs Kazushi
Sakuraba
1R 15"0' TKO - Referee Stoppage  
GRAND PRIX 2000

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Guy
Mezger
1R 15"0' TKO - Forfeit  
PRIDE 8

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Royler
Gracie
2R 13"16' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armlock  
PRIDE 7

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Anthony
Macias
2R 2"30' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar  
PRIDE 6

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Ebenezer Fontes
Braga,
1R 9"23' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armlock  
PRIDE 5

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Vitor
Belfort
2R 10"0' Decision  
PRIDE 4

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Allan
Goes
  3R 10"0' Decision  
PRIDE 3

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Carlos
Newton
2R 5"19' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Kneebar  
PRIDE 2

Kazushi
Sakuraba
vs Vernon
White
3R 6"53' IPPON (SUBMISSION) - Armbar