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Kazushi Sakuraba to Be Inducted Into UFC Hall of Fame

Kazushi Sakuraba to Be Inducted Into UFC Hall of Fame

Maybe you were a fan of the sport back then, or maybe you weren’t. Either way, back when PRIDE FC was a thing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was almost a guarantee of success in MMA fights, there was a Japanese fighter with an almost supernatural knack for tying the best grapplers into knots.

I’m talking about Kazushi Sakuraba, who was in the Octagon for a hot minute, but wound up fighting in PRIDE a ton, where he achieved legendary status for his spectacular wins.

(Fun fact: Sakuraba was deathly afraid of flying, so fighting in the States was kind of a non-starter for him.)

The UFC announced that they’re inducting Sakuraba into the UFC Hall of Fame, and when it comes to being someone who helped shape the sport, I can’t think of a more worthy candidate.

Here’s the official highlight reel.

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