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‘The Gracie Hunter’ Returns: Sakuraba vs. Ralek Gracie Booked for DREAM.14

(How Sakuraba earned his nickname. Props: Jermac2009)

It looks like DREAM will try to borrow some heat from an old Pride-era rivalry to build up its next show. The leading Japanese fight club held a press conference earlier today at Kazushi Sakuraba‘s Laughter7 gym in Tokyo, where it was announced that Sakuraba would return later this month at DREAM.14 (May 29th, Saitama), against Ralek Gracie. The son of UFC co-founder Rorion Gracie and third-eldest grandson of Helio Gracie, Ralek is an instructor at the Gracie Academy Headquarters in Torrance, and is 2-0 as an MMA competitor; he holds wins over Katsuyori Shibata and Alavutdin Gadzhiyev, both by first-round armbar. 

In Sakuraba, Ralek will be facing his family’s most well-known nemesis. During his legendary run in Pride, Saku went 4-0 against the Gracie clan, submitting Royler and Renzo, scoring a decision over Ryan, and making Royce quit after 90 minutes of fighting at the 2000 Grand Prix Finals. (Sakuraba lost a 2007 rematch with Royce at K-1 Dynamite!! USA by decision, though the UFC pioneer tested positive for steroids after the match.) Sakuraba has won his last two fights in DREAM — a first-round kimura over boxer Rubin Williams, and a first-round kneebar against Zelg Galesic, which he secured after taking an ungodly amount of punishment

DREAM.14′s current lineup and videos of Ralek’s two MMA fights are after the jump…

88kg (194lb.) Catchweight Fight
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Ralek Gracie

Welterweight Fight
Nick Diaz vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai

Featherweight Fights:
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Joachim Hansen
Hideo Tokoro vs. Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Takafumi Otsuka
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Kenji Osawa

Possible DREAM Light Heavyweight GP Opening Round, Fighters TBA

(Gracie vs. Shibata)

(Gracie vs. Alavutdin)

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RemieSmith- October 25, 2011 at 6:26 am
Though the fight was thought by many to be controversial, due to the referee stopping the fight to pull up Ralek's shorts while Sakuraba had locked in a submission. tax relief February 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm
After I start your Rss feed it appears to be a lot of junk, is the issue on my part?
mouse rat repeller- February 10, 2011 at 12:21 am
Strange , your site shows up with a dark hue to it, what color is the primary color on your web site?
Cosmin- May 11, 2010 at 6:10 am
Yess. This is exactly the kind of stuff I want to see Sakuraba doing.

Watching his cranium get pounded to mush is not cool and makes me cry, but against people with less striking prowess he should still be able to entertain.
gigacock- May 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm
snowden- May 10, 2010 at 11:24 am
Am I the only one who wants to see Saku retire??
He's a legend and one of the top MMA fighters of all time, but I can't bear to watch him get beat on anymore
Viva Hate- May 10, 2010 at 10:28 am
I prefer the "WWSD" and "Saku is my homeboy" t-shirts
El Famous Burrito- May 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

And in parts of Brazil, it might even get you armbarred.
glassjawsh- May 10, 2010 at 10:13 am
3 years ago no one thought my "saku is my bff" t-shirt was as hilarious as i did

think it would catch on today?
El Famous Burrito- May 10, 2010 at 9:45 am

"NEW Ren and Stimpy?? What fresh hell is this?"

Well, newish. It was a few years back, on Spike, and it was HORRIBLE.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 9:32 am
I'm sure its blasphemous but its news to me as well
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 9:11 am
Wait wait wait.

NEW Ren and Stimpy?? What fresh hell is this?
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 9:08 am
^LULZ on pretty much all of that.^

i see that glassjawsh is fitting in nicely.
El Famous Burrito- May 10, 2010 at 9:01 am
Well, I know if you take the new Ren & Stimpy and divide it by zero, you get YAMMA Pit Fighting!
Viva Hate- May 10, 2010 at 8:51 am
@Rex and Almost,
I am really bad with MMA/cartoong math, and need you help.

What is the square root of Tom and Jerry?
If I have 3 Ninja Turtles and 7 Transformers, how many Snorks does that equal?
If I divide the UFC by Pride,do I have to carry over Moosin to equal EliteXC?
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:47 am
PRIDE is just the Japanese word for UFC fighting. Newbs...jeeze....
El Famous Burrito- May 10, 2010 at 8:45 am
I don't remember a UFC called PRIDE, was it any good?
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:44 am
Old like a shaved and roided Rip Van Winkle
glassjawsh- May 10, 2010 at 8:41 am
edit: to be fair i have said "holy shit mark coleman looks old!"
glassjawsh- May 10, 2010 at 8:34 am
the thing that is so amazing about sakuraba is that unlike Randy couture or mark Coleman or other 40 something fighters, saku still has that "holy shit!" factor at an advanced age. whether it be in victory "holy shit! saku just legged locked another eastern European after getting bashed in the for 2-7 minutes!" or in defeat "holy shit somebody should stop Ricardo arona before he punts saku's head into some poor housewife's lap!"

as long as this guy is fighting it's pretty much appointment television
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:23 am
I think the typical internet animmath would go something like this

PRIDE = ThunderCats x He-Man > Ninja Turtles / Transformers =UFC
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 8:17 am
Possibly, PRIDE = ThunderCats x He-Man. As we all know, MMAth is an inexact science at best, and there is still ongoing research in the field of unified MMA-Animation Theory.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:10 am
So...PRIDE = Thundercats ? I can roll with that.
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 8:08 am
Almost North>> You might as well be telling me that the animation in my beloved ThunderCats was below par. I cannot hear you over how awesomely entertaining it is.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 8:01 am
The combined record of his defeated opponents from 08 to now is 11-7 and he lost a match to Royce who steroids or no has not looked impressive in this decade. Am I being unreasonable here? Maybe its just cause I haven't had my coffee yet....