UFC president Dana White has just wrapped up his trip to Japan where he and several fighters who are set to battle in September on the UFC’s card in Japan held a press conference about the event.
The UFC announced that many Japanese mixed martial arts legends will be fighting at the event, some of whom have not fought in quite some time. Included in that list is Takanori Gomi, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto. As of now, there is merely speculation as to who these men will fight come September.
With the trip coming to it’s conclusion, Dana White had the opportunity to sit down with mixed martial arts legend Kazushi Sakuraba. Sakuraba, who was once deemed “The Gracie Hunter”, is a veteran of the UFC, Pride, and Dream.
White shared his experience with Sakuraba earlier today on Instagram with this hilarious photo:
Sakuraba has been retired from mixed martial arts for just about three years, but letting Dana White tap you out has to be a new low.
All joking aside, Sakuraba is highly regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of our generation. Back at the Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals, Sakuraba and Royce Gracie engaged in one of the most brutal and famous MMA matches in history.
After an hour and a half of fighting, Gracie’s corner threw in the towel as their fighter was completely exhausted. Incredibly, Sakuraba fought again later that night, losing to Igor Vovchanchyn when he withdrew from the bout due to exhaustion after 15 minutes.