by Damon Martin/ Photo courtesy of April Pishna
In a conversation with MMAWeekly, current King of the Cage middleweight champion, Joey “The Dreamsmasher” Villasenor disclosed that a deal with Pride may not be that far from being signed. Villasenor, who is widely considered the top middleweight fighter not competing one of the major organizations, has been working hard to fight in Japan in the near future.
Villasenor was most recently seen cornering fellow King of the Cage veteran, Charles “Krazy Horse” in his fight in Pride Bushido against Dokonjonosuke Mishima. He also got a chance to train with Team Quest member Dan Henderson as he prepared for his fight.
During his trip to Japan, Villasenor met with Pride and DSE president, Noboyuki Sakakibara who was reportedly impressed with the Team Jackson member, and negotiations are underway to hopefully bring the hard hitting Villasenor to Pride.
While in Japan, Villasenor was very impressed with the show and spectacle that Pride puts on, as well as the fans who were extremely knowledgeable about the sport of mixed martial arts.
“The Dreamsmasher” is now back in the United States and training full time again. He was rehabbing a sore shoulder but is back to 100% and ready to fight again soon.
A major headlining fight for Villasenor has now also been mentioned as King of the Cage now also features former UFC star, Robbie Lawler, who is fighting at middleweight these days. Joey has stated that he would definitely take the fight, as he respects Lawler and his skills, but knows that the money has to be right for a main event caliber fight such as this.
Villasenor is now awaiting his team members return from Australia as his coach and fight guru, Greg Jackson was helping welterweight fighter Danny Higgins prepare for his latest fight. He will now help teammate Diego Sanchez prepare for his headlining fight with Nick Diaz at the “Ultimate Fighter 2” season finale.