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"The Gracie Hunter"

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Kazushi Sakuraba

"The Gracie Hunter" Kazushi Sakuraba

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  • Given Name: 桜庭和志, Sakuraba Kazushi
  • MMA Record: 26-17-2, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Gracie Hunter
  • Current Streak: 5 Losses
  • Age: 47 | Date of Birth: 1969.07.14
  • Last Fight: December 29, 2015 in RFF
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Laughter7
  • Height: 5'11" (180cm) | Reach: N/A
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $30,000 USD
  • Born: Katagami, Akita, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: N/A
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling

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Kazushi Sakuraba MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:56 Round 1 of 3

Jp Shinya Aoki
26-16-2 38-6-0

Jp RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix 2015: Day 1
Main Event | 78 kg | 78 kg

2015.12.29
Odds: +500 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Masato Fukuda
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:42 Round 2 of 3, 7:42 Total

Br Yan Cabral
26-15-2 9-0-0

Jp Dream 17
Main Card | Welterweight | 76 kg

2011.09.24
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 167.1 lbs (75.8 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
2:16 Round 1 of 3

Lt Marius Zaromskis
26-14-2 13-5-0

Jp Fields Dynamite!! 2010
Main Card | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 76 kg

2010.12.31
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 167.6 lbs (76.0 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:09 Round 1 of 2

Us Jason Miller
26-13-2 23-7-0

Jp Dream 16
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2010.09.25
Odds: +370 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
#46 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Ralek Gracie
26-12-2 2-0-0

Jp Dream 14
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 87 kg

2010.05.29
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 192.3 lbs (87.2 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:40 Round 1 of 3

Hr Zelg Galešić
25-12-2 9-4-0

Jp Dream 12: Cage of the Rising Sun
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2009.10.25
Odds: +149 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 184.8 lbs (83.8 kgs) | Referee: Moritaka Oshiro
#49 Greatest Comeback of All Time
#48 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2009
Win | Submission | Shoulder
2:53 Round 1 of 2

Us Rubin Williams
24-12-2 0-0-0

Jp Dream 11: Featherweight & Superhulk GP Finale
Main Card | Middleweight | 84 kg

2009.10.06
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs (83.5 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Kiyoshi Tamura
24-11-2 31-13-3

Jp Fields Dynamite!! 2008
Main Event | Middleweight

2008.12.31
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs)
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:30 Round 1 of 2

Nl Melvin Manhoef
24-10-2 21-4-1

Jp Dream 4: Middleweight GP 2008 Second Round
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 84 kg

2008.06.18
Odds: +101 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 183.9 lbs (83.4 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Head
8:20 Round 1 of 2

Br Andrews Nakahara
23-10-2 0-0-0

Jp Dream 2: Middleweight GP 2008 First Round
Main Event | Tournament Round of 16 | 84 kg

2008.04.29
Odds: -700 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 184.3 lbs (83.6 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Shoulder
6:25 Round 1 of 3

Jp Masakatsu Funaki
22-10-2 39-11-1

Jp K-1

2007.12.31
Win | Submission | Armlock
6:20 Round 1 of 3

Jp Katsuyori Shibata
21-10-2 2-1-0

Jp K-1: HERO'S Tournament Final
Main Card

2007.09.17
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Royce Gracie
21-9-2 13-2-3

Us Dynamite!! USA
Main Card | Middleweight

2007.06.02
Disclosed Pay: $30,000 Base | Weigh-In: 187.0 lbs (84.8 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Choke
1:26 Round 1 of 2

Ua Yuriy Kiselov
20-9-2 2-3-0

Jp K-1 : HERO'S 8
Main Card

2007.03.12
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds

Jp Yoshihiro Akiyama
20-9-1 9-1-0

Jp Fields Dynamite!! 2006
Main Event | Middleweight

2006.12.31
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog)
Win | Submission | Armlock
6:41 Round 1 of 2

Lt Kestutis Smirnovas
19-9-1 18-5-0

Jp K-1 : HERO'S 6
Main Event

2006.08.05
#38 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | Submission | Shoulder
9:59 Round 1 of 3

Jp Ikuhisa Minowa
18-9-1 31-22-8

Jp Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Welterweight | 83 kg

2005.12.31
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 190.0 lbs (86.2 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#86 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:27 Round 1 of 3

Us Ken Shamrock
17-9-1 26-9-2

Jp Pride 30: Fully Loaded
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2005.10.23
Weigh-In: 190.0 lbs (86.2 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
5:00 Round 2 of 2, 15:00 Total

Br Ricardo Arona
17-8-1 10-2-0

Jp Pride Critical Countdown 2005
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2005.06.26
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 191.0 lbs (86.6 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:38 Round 1 of 2

Kr Dong Sik Yoon
16-8-1 0-0-0

Jp Pride Total Elimination 2005
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16 | 93 kg

2005.04.23
Weigh-In: 191.0 lbs (86.6 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Cancelled Bout Wanderlei Silva Pride SW 2004 2004.12.31
Reason: Sakuraba Withdrew
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Br Antonio Schembri
15-8-1 3-1-0

Jp Pride Critical Countdown 2004
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2004.06.20
Weigh-In: 200.0 lbs (90.7 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Br Antônio Rogério Nogueira
15-7-1 6-1-0

Jp Pride Shockwave 2003
Main Event | Light Heavyweight

2003.12.31
Weigh-In: 198.5 lbs (90.0 kgs) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:36 Round 3 of 3, 17:36 Total

Us Kevin Randleman
14-7-1 14-6-0

Jp Pride Final Conflict 2003
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2003.11.09
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
5:01 Round 1 of 3

Br Wanderlei Silva
14-6-1 21-3-1

Jp Pride Total Elimination 2003
Main Event | Tournament Quarterfinal | 93 kg

2003.08.10
Odds: +475 (Heavy Underdog)
#84 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Knees
6:15 Round 1 of 3

Br Antonio Schembri
14-5-1 2-0-0

Jp Pride 25: Body Blow
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2003.03.16
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat
#53 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:08 Round 3 of 3, 17:08 Total

Fr Gilles Arsene
13-5-1 1-0-0

Jp Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 93 kg

2002.11.24
Odds: -575 (Heavy Favorite)
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
5:00 Round 2 of 3, 15:00 Total

Hr Mirko Filipović
13-4-1 2-0-2

Jp Pride Shockwave
Main Event | Heavyweight

2002.08.28
Loss | KO/TKO | Injury
10:00 Round 1 of 3

Br Wanderlei Silva
13-3-1 16-3-0

Jp Pride 17: Championship Chaos
Main Event | Vacant Title | Middleweight | 93 kg

2001.11.03
Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
5:41 Round 1 of 3

Us Quinton Jackson
12-3-1 10-1-0

Jp Pride 15: Raging Rumble
Main Card | Heavyweight

2001.07.29
#56 Greatest Submission of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:38 Round 1 of 3

Br Wanderlei Silva
12-2-1 14-3-0

Jp Pride 13: Collision Course
Main Event | Heavyweight

2001.03.25
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds

Br Ryan Gracie
11-2-1 1-0-0

Jp Pride 12: Cold Fury
Main Event | Heavyweight

2000.12.09
Win | Submission | Leglock
1:08 Round 1 of 3

Us Shannon Ritch
10-2-1 13-17-0

Jp Pride 11: Battle of the Rising Sun
Main Event | Heavyweight

2000.10.31
#97 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Shoulder
9:43 Round 2 of 3, 19:43 Total

Br Renzo Gracie
9-2-1 9-1-1

Jp Pride 10: Return of the Warriors
Main Event | Heavyweight

2000.08.27
Weigh-In: 182.6 lbs (82.8 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#9 Greatest Submission of All Time
Loss | KO/TKO | Retired
15:00 Round 1 of 1

Ua Igor Vovchanchyn
8-1-1 37-2-1

Jp Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

2000.05.01
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
15:00 Round 6, 90:00 Total

Br Royce Gracie
8-1-1 12-0-1

Jp Pride Grand Prix 2000 Finals
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal

2000.05.01
Referee: Yuji Shimada
#24 Greatest Fight of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Retired
15:00 Round 1 of 1

Us Guy Mezger
7-1-1 22-9-2

Jp Pride Grand Prix 2000 Opening Round
Main Card | Tournament Round of 16

2000.01.30
Win | Submission | Shoulder
13:16 Round 2/3, 23:16 Total

Br Royler Gracie
6-1-1 3-0-0

Jp Pride 8
Main Event | Heavyweight

1999.11.21
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
#28 Greatest Heavyweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
2:30 Round 2 of 3, 12:30 Total

Us Anthony Macias
5-1-1 15-5-0

Jp Pride 7
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.09.12
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Armlock
9:23 Round 1 of 3

Br Ebenezer Fontes Braga
4-1-1 10-3-1

Jp Pride 6
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.07.04
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 20:00 Total

Br Vitor Belfort
3-1-1 6-1-0

Jp Pride 5
Main Card | Heavyweight

1999.04.29
Draw | Decision
3 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Br Allan Goes
3-1-0 3-1-1

Jp Pride 4
Main Card | Heavyweight

1998.10.11
Weigh-In: 183.0 lbs (83.0 kgs) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Leglock
5:19 Round 2 of 3, 15:19 Total

Ca Carlos Newton
2-1-0 4-2-0

Jp Pride 3
Main Card | Heavyweight

1998.06.24
#56 Greatest Fight of All Time
#35 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
6:53 Round 3 of 3, 21:53 Total

Us Vernon White
1-1-0 11-20-1

Jp Pride 2
Main Card | Heavyweight

1998.03.15
#87 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:44 Round 1 of 1

Br Marcus Silveira
0-1-0 3-1-0

Jp UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan
Co-Main Event | Tournament Finals

1997.12.21
Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#82 Greatest Submission of All Time
No Contest | Armlock
1:51 Round 1 of 1

Br Marcus Silveira
0-1-0 3-1-0

Jp UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan
Main Card | Tournament Semifinal

1997.12.21
Weigh-In: 203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Kimo Leopoldo

Jp Japan Regional

1996.07.14

Kazushi Sakuraba Wiki Update Wiki

Known as the legendary “Gracie Hunter,” Japan’s Kazushi Sakuraba was one of Pride Fighting Championships’ all-time greatest mixed martial arts fighters, and came to epitomize Japanese martial artists’ warrior ethos and “never say die” fighting mentality. At his peak in and around 2000 many regarded him as the world’s best fighter. In recent years, the damage accumulated in dozens of classic MMA wars has slowed and at times hobbled Sakuraba, but he remains among MMA’s most beloved figures, an ambassador and elder statesman of the game and an embodiment of the fighter who fights for the love of competition. Sakuraba is MMA royalty.


Kazushi Sakuraba’s MMA career spans more than two decades, with a fight resume dotted with many of the most fearsome individuals ever to step into a ring or cage. He has defeated many of MMA’s best, including Carlos Newton, Vitor Belfort, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Kevin Randleman, but it was his quartet of classic victories over Royler Gracie, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie and Ryan Gracie in 1999 and 2000 that established him as the “Gracie Hunter” and made him the newfound figurehead for the fledgling Pride organization. The site of Sakuraba, adorned in the colorful masks and guises of various Japanese anime, superhero and video game characters, thronged by cheering fans, marching down the ramparts into the Pride ring to do battle yet again, remains one of MMA’s most iconic sights.


Some of Sakuraba’s defeats are as memorable as his greatest victories, based on his refusal to give in and, in some instances, the horrible beatings he endured as a result. Losses to Ricardo Arona in 2005 (where he sustained so much damage that he was observed being carried out of Saitama Super Arena on a stretcher) and Melvin Manhoef in 2008 were particularly gruesome, and it was his trio of violent losses to the ferocious Brazilian Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva beginning in 2001 that signalled a changing of the guard in MMA, as a new class of size, strength and athleticism emerged among its elite combatants.


Sakuraba was born in Katagami, Akita, Japan in 1969 and still lives, trains and fights professionally out of Japan.


Kazushi Sakuraba came to America for only the second time in his career,  to compete at Metamoris V.  a invitation only, submission only, 1 round, 20 minute event. He and Renzo Gracie fought to a draw on Nov.22 2014

Last updated 11.27.2014, 12:43 PM ET
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    A highlight video paying tribute to the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba.

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