Breaking News – MMAWeekly Exclusive
In another exclusive, MMAWeekly.com has learned that Kazushi Sakuraba will face Ken Shamrock in Pride according to MMAWeekly’s Scott Petersen from Japan. There was talk of the fight happening and now both fighters have signed contracts.
Sakuraba has spent time training in Brazil to get ready for his upcoming fight at the end of the month against Shamrock. He seems to be close to 100% entering this fight.
For Shamrock, the only question is whether or not the UFC would match the offer to have him fight in the UFC. Shamrock officially had to wait until October 12th, as Zuffa could match any offer that was tendered to him. MMAWeekly has learned that the UFC supported Ken in his decision to face Sakuraba in what should be an interesting showdown between the two fighters.
Both fighters are coming off losses. Shamrock lost last April against Rich Franklin. Before that the UFC Hall of famer’s last win was at UFC 48 with a KO win over Kimo. Sakuraba lost to Ricardo Arona in round 2 of Pride’s 2005 GP after a brutal beating. Both fighters are looking for a comeback in this second chances themed Pride show.