During a press conference at Laughter7 Dojo on Monday -- held to announce the addition of a Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-5-1) vs. Karl Amoussou (9-2-1) superfight to the April 29th DEEP/M-1 Challenge card -- founder Kazushi Sakuraba spoke briefly to Sportsnavi about the future of his own MMA carer.
"The IQ Wrestler" told the site that there's a strong chance he'll be back in action on July 20th (the date for DREAM.10 at Saitama Super Arena), though his return may have to wait until September, when the as-yet-unannounced DREAM.11 is tentatively scheduled.
Sakuraba suffered a fractured left ulna in his June 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix bout with Melvin Manhoef, had surgery, then reinjured the arm on New Years Eve against Kiyoshi Tamura (who, perhaps not coincidentally, also just announced plans to return this summer). Sakuraba said he had a second surgery done in February. He also joked about K-1's Masato retiring at 30 while he (Saku) will turn 40 in July.