From the promoters of Poland’s KSW 13:
“His last fight in front of the Polish audience was almost a year ago. He battled in Japan, where he made a name for himself. On May 7th he returns to KSW ring to defend his light heavyweight title, which he won knocking out Brazil’s Daniel Acacio. Mamed Khalidov, the best mixed martial artist in Poland, is back.
Ryuta Sakurai, a thirty-year old veteran was today revealed as his KSW 13 opponent. The fighter form the Land of the Rising Sun is one hundred and seventy-eight centimeters tall and weighs eight-four kilograms. He has forty fights under his belt, twenty wins, fifteen defeats and five draws. During his MMA tenure he fought on the biggest MMA stages including the Pride and Deep organizations, in the latter he even held a championship belt.
His wresting skills, in which he has trained since he was a teenager, will be his key factor in the fight against Khalidov. Sakurai also owns some domestic kickboxing titles in his collection, so he might be dangerous in the stand-up. How will this bout unfold. Who will leave the ring victorious. The biggest MMA show in Europe, the thirteenth Martial Arts Confrontation on May 7th will answer these questions.
In his MMA debut Mariusz Pudzianowski needed only forty-four seconds to dispatch his opponent. His second fight won’t be that easy as his next foe is much more experienced and demanding.
On May 7th at KSW 13, “World’s Strongest Man” will face Deep Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi. The Japanese fighter is one hundred and eighty-three centimeters tall, weighs one hundred and ten kilograms and has three years of MMA experience. He is a tough competitor and his ground skills are his biggest asset. He has a background in Judo and had amateur successes in this discipline. He is also not afraid of stand-up exchanges as he hits hard and has a monstrous chin.”
Check out the complete lineup for KSW 13:
Mariusz Puozianowski vs Yusuke Kawaguchi
Light heavyweight title
Mamed Khalidov vs Ryuta Sakurai
Krzysztof Kulak vs Vitor Nobrega
Heavyweight tournament title
Konstantin Gluhov vs David Olivia
Daniel Tabera vs Jan Blachowicz