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Kazushi Sakuraba Pratfalls His Way Through DREAM.11 Weigh-Ins


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What do you do when you’re a broken-down Japanese MMA legend and you’ve been booked against an unknown American boxer in a meaningless exhibition? Make an absolute farce out of it, obviously. Check out Kazushi Sakuraba get his physical-comedy on during the DREAM.11 weigh-ins today (starting at the 0:59 mark). Despite the bizarre behavior, Rubin Williams was nice enough to shout out Saku as a "great champion," and referred to himself as a former world champion boxer, which may not be true. During a pre-fight interview, Williams told media that "I had a guy that was working with me on some MMA moves back in Detroit…As far as the ground game, I’ve been getting pretty good at it over the last year. So I’ll display what I’ve learned in the fight Tuesday." Yikes. Rubin, you may be able to pass guard on a training dummy, but that’s not going to help you against one of the best grapplers in the history of the sport. Don’t overthink it — just throw that overhand right and hope for a miracle.

After the jump: Full weigh-in results, and video of the Super Hulks hitting the scale. Nice t-shirt, Hong — was it laundry day?


DREAM Lightweight Title Match
Joachim Hansen (68.2kg / 150.3 lbs) vs. Shinya Aoki (69.8kg / 153.8 lbs)

Middleweight Bout
Kazushi Sakuraba (83.5kg / 184 lbs) vs. Rubin "Mr. Hollywood" Williams (82.5kg / 181.8 lbs)

Lightweight Bout
Tatsuya Kawajiri (69.9kg / 154.1 lbs) vs. Melchor Manibusan (69.2kg / 152.5 lbs)

Super Hulk Tournament Semifinals
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (100kg / 220.4 lbs) vs. Bob Sapp (155kg / 341.7 lbs)
Hong Man Choi (145kg / 319.6 lbs) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa (87.5kg / 192.9 lbs)

2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Bibiano Fernandes (62.7kg / 138.2 lbs) vs. Joe Warren (62.7kg / 138.2 lbs)
Hiroyuki Takaya (63kg / 138.8 lbs) vs. Hideo Tokoro (62.8kg / 138.4 lbs)

2009 Featherweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout
Kazuyuki Miyata (62.8kg / 138.4 lbs) vs. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata (62.8kg / 138.4 lbs)

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Ghostface- October 5, 2009 at 10:23 am
It's really sad to see how far a legend like Sakuraba has fallen. Now he has to fight David Allen Grier?

It's a shame.
Strife- October 5, 2009 at 8:55 am
Man, the size difference between Minowa and Choi is insane.

This fight is going to look like punch out for nintendo.
VistingDeadAncestors- October 5, 2009 at 8:38 am
SAAAAAAAKU! wonder why he's even doing this bout... is it so hard for legends to simply fade and retain their former glory?

I'm lookin at you Michael Jordan!
Steffmeister- October 5, 2009 at 7:44 am
You could make a nice healty Cauliflower salat with those guys...
Thatsozay- October 5, 2009 at 7:42 am
oh man i bet Minowa is royaly pissed Hong left him hanging on that high five in front of everyone! he acts like they're friends behind the curtain and then he disses him in front of everyone? And they say the japanese are sooo respectful!
Jeffro- October 5, 2009 at 7:18 am
You've got to be a big Mother Fucker if it takes 2 scales to weigh you. Soko vs. Minowaman in the finals.
Debacle- October 5, 2009 at 6:46 am
Hong Man is actin like his mom made him do this.
One Two- October 5, 2009 at 6:30 am
little light joachim.
BackbaconBilly- October 5, 2009 at 6:22 am
I'm only postin 1st to stop our resident douchbag from saying how great he is cause he posted 1st
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