Known as the “Gracie Hunter”, for having beaten four members of Jiu-Jitsu’s royal family, Kazushi Sakuraba might need a new nickname. In 2007, the Japanese idol lost a rematch with Royce. At this Saturday’s Dream 14 event in Japan, it was Ralek Gracie’s turn to avenge his family members.
Ralek didn’t wilt at Sakuraba’s menacing kimura attempt and came close to sinking a fully extended armbar (see video below with some highlights from the fight). When all was said and done, Gracie took the win via unanimous decision.
There was more that went on last night, though. Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz submitted Hayato Sakurai via armbar. Another of the evening’s much-anticipated bouts saw Hiroyuki Takaya knock out Joachim Hansen.
Check out the results.
May 29, 2010
Nick Diaz submitted Hayato Sakurai via armbar in R1
Ralek Gracie defeated Kazushi Sakuraba via unanimous decision
Hiroyuki Takaya defeated Joachim Hansen via KO in R1
Kid Yamamoto defeated “Kiko” Lopez via KO in R1
Akiyo Nishiura defeated Hideo Tokoro via TKO in R1
Kazuyuki Miyata defeated Takafumi Otsuka via split decision
Kenji Osawa defeated Yoshiro Maeda via split decision
Ikuhisa Minowa submitted Imani Lee via rear-naked choke in R1