Despite his best efforts to back out of their upcoming middleweight tournament due to leg injuries, DREAM insists that Kazushi Sakuraba will be participating in the April 29th event, and recently interviewed the Japanese MMA star about it. The result, as translated by SukiMMA, is hilarious:
DREAM announced that your participation in the middleweight GP officially. How’s the right leg?
My right leg? It’s healed. I don’t think I can fight in the tournament because my left leg is now injured.
Tell me why you don’t like the tournament?
I want to concentrate on my upcoming fight and put everything into the fight. I don’t want to worry about the next. I also have a problem with my legs.
Are you talking about your NEW injury on your left leg???
Yes. Look, swollen, right?
A bit though.
Look, one more time from the side! You know what, I have been telling not to fight in the tournament since I spoke in the ring in DREAM 1.
Yeah right, your injury was switched from the right to the left though.
My left was in a serious condition. I doubt if I’m ready for the tournament.
If you fight in DREAM 2, it was long time since you fought in Saitama Super Arena. Do you like fighting in Saitama?
Yes, Saitama! I’m not excited yet, however, I like there. It’ right across the highway exit. That’s what I like about the most. I felt awesome driving the highway which had no traffic every time. I got off and arrived in a second. I have had a miserable fight before. I was exhausted that day because of the traffic…That traffic congestion made me super tired….I guess I should take a train if I can get seated. I cannot fight if someone kicks my leg in a train!
I hope the traffic is not bad. Any message to your fans?
Thank you to your support. I will probably fight.
Man, these DREAM people don’t take no for an answer. But Kudos to Sakuraba for preparing his excuses in advance. And they’re plausible, too — if you’ve ever had to ride on a Tokyo subway, you’d know that getting kicked in the leg is the least of your worries…