29 Dec 2015 12:08:41 PM
Of all the MMA fighters who have competed well past their prime, there have been few tales more woeful than that of Kazushi Sakuraba. One of the true legends of the sport, Sakuraba first started competing professionally back in 1996, compiling nearly 50 matches against a who’s who of the sport in the time since. And not a one of his fights — not his 26 wins, nor his 17 losses, two draws, and one No Contest — came easily.
There are few fighters, nay, human beings on this Earth who can claim to have absorbed as much punishment as Kazushi Sakuraba has, and as is so often the case, the years are clearly starting to wear on “The Gracie Hunter” to increasingly distressing results.
This morning, Sakuraba emerged from a four year absence (and a four fight losing streak) to take on Shinya Aoki in the main event of Rizin FF SARABA, night one. The results were at best what you’d expect from a 46 year-old man, and at worst a snuff film that will make every “PRIDE Neva Die!!” fan cry into their lunch.
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