30 Dec 2008 08:30:42 AM
The big news out of Japan today is that Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, who is scheduled to take on Katsuyori Shibata on the New Year’s Eve Dynamite card, has unwittingly become a porn star. A Japanese website has screen shots from videos featuring Sakurai and as many as three women who are not his wife. One of them is allegedly the yoga instructor from his gym. One of them is also pretty hot.
We don’t want to jump to any conclusions (yes we do), but we would like to point out that this is exactly why you don’t make sex tapes if you’re even remotely famous. It’s tempting, yes. You’re just dying to see what your patented "Carpet Bomber" technique looks like on film (the answer is, inevitably, not as cool as you think) but if you make a sex tape and don’t immediately erase it, somehow, eventually, it will get leaked. And odds are it will be a most inopportune time for you, such as a couple days before a big fight.
But now that I think about it, maybe this all a calculated ploy by Sakurai. Maybe he’s MMA’s Kim Kardashian. This puts him back in the news and adds some new interest to a fight that has been largely ignored, what with the freak shows and the big fights and the other freak shows that are oddly meaningful. Now, suddenly, here we are talking about Sakurai and who he’s banging.
God, I hope this doesn’t become a popular publicity stunt for fighters who want a fast ticket back to the spotlight. The last thing any of us needs is a Houston Alexander sex tape. We already know that once the action hits the ground he’s clueless.