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Sakuraba vs. Zaromskis Welterweight Title Fight Slated for Dynamite!! 2010

("That’s what I thought, bitch!" Photo courtesy of the Kazushi Sakuraba – Laughter 7 Facebook page)

As first reported by MMA Junkie, Japanese MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba will return to action on New Year’s Eve at Dynamite!! 2010, where he’ll challenge Marius Zaromskis for DREAM’s welterweight title. Though the 41-year-old vet has generally competed as a middleweight, he’ll be dropping to the lighter division following back-to-back losses against Ralek Gracie and Jason Miller

The match will also serve as a comeback attempt for Zaromskis, who’s coming off of a disastrous Strikeforce run this year which saw him suffer first-round knockouts against Nick Diaz and Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, then eye-poke his way into a six-second no-contest against Waachim Spiritwolf last month. Zaromskis went 4-0 under the DREAM banner in 2009, with three of those wins coming via head-kick knockout.

As of now, the only other fights booked for this year’s Dynamite!! card are a featherweight title fight between Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya, and a lightweight feature between Josh Thomson and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Shinya Aoki, Melvin Manhoef, and Gegard Mousasi are also reported for the event, but their fights haven’t been finalized. But hey, the show’s not for another three weeks. Plenty of time.

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jeanclaudetransam- December 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm
How is anything on this card relevant if they go belly up?
Joe-Say Aldo- December 8, 2010 at 1:52 pm
My prediction: Zaromskis takes out Saku with a flying-eyepoke 6 seconds into the fight. Shortly after the fight that move will become known as getting "Spiritwolfed".
RwilsonR- December 8, 2010 at 11:27 am
And Dream is in financial trouble?
Almost North- December 8, 2010 at 10:26 am
This photo looks like an add for one of those weird Japanese cooking video games.
MoTropolis- December 8, 2010 at 9:43 am
That photo above is fuckin WIN. Did Saku try out for the part of Dale in the Japanese version of "Step Brothers" or something?
echoxer0- December 8, 2010 at 8:54 am
saku came to train at ATT and learned to keep the pimp hand strong in america
Fried Taco- December 8, 2010 at 8:10 am
Why are you posting these spoilers? I prefer to find out who is fighting who during the live show.
ReX13- December 8, 2010 at 8:06 am
War Saku forever, obviously...So, i heard a rumor that Kennedy-Manhoef may go down.  Thoughts?(and by "i heard a rumor" i mean that i'm trying to start a rumor)
Kimbos Bread- December 8, 2010 at 8:06 am

Zaromskis is about as revolutionary to the sport as Nickelback was to rock music.

jimbonics- December 8, 2010 at 7:54 am
Best photo caption in months!
LOKI- December 8, 2010 at 7:30 am
Well, Saku did always say he wanted to die in the ring.